Groups Wish List
The Groups Co-ordinator holds a list of subject groups that people have suggested they would like to join. Whenever sufficient people express an interest in the same topic, a meeting will be convened to arrange times, place and how the group will function.
Current requests are French Conversation; Greek; Philosophy; Wine Tasting; Church visits & pub lunches; Local History, Spanish beginners; Greek; Philosophy; Canasta; Beginners Latin; Italian Beginners; Grow Your Own but you can also add to the list.
Of course anyone who would like to run a new group will be very welcome - it doesn't have to be on this list!
In either case, get in touch with the Groups Co-ordinator or a committee member. For our current groups see below.....
Co-ordinator: Evelyn Hamilton-Perkins.
Meetings: Weekly on Thursdays, 11.00am to 1.00pm.
Venue: St Lawrence Church Hall, Countess Lilias Road, Chesterton.
Since we started our Art Group three years ago, our membership has steadily grown to 20 very active and interested 'artists' who like to paint, draw and enjoy a coffee together (our weekly membership fee of £3 covers hall hire, refreshments and workshops). St Lawrence Church Hall is spacious and light and has a parking area with additional parking and a community shop in the road outside. Some members have very little experience, while others have much wider experience, but whatever their level they enjoy sharing knowledge and the opportunity to create art with a group of like-minded people.
Co-ordinator: Peter Watkins.
Contact: Phone 01285 861614.
Meetings: 2nd Thursday of the month at 8.00pm
Venue: currently peoples houses, but an option for a village hall if numbers grow
We have a late starting time in the hope that the sky will be dark and clear, so that after the meeting we can go outside and find our way around the stars and planets. None of us is an expert, but we are enthusiastic and have covered many astronomical and astronautical subjects, from history to the future. We have a mixture of talks by members or occasionally experts, and choosing a topic for each of us to explore in a show and tell manner. There is no requirement for you to talk about a subject if you would rather just listen.
We are still looking for a dark sky site with parking within easy reach of Cirencester, so if you know of one do let us know!
Do come along whether novice or expert to try us out. ^Top
Co-ordinator :Tony Natt.
Contact: Phone 01453 731018
Meetings: 3rd Wednesday of the month.
Venue: A variety of outdoor locations.
Beginners and garden birdwatchers are very welcome. The only requirements are footwear and clothing to cope with local weather on the day plus a pair of binoculars. Contact the co-ordinator for a programme of intended times and locations. ^Top
Co-ordinator: Richard and Bonnie Green.
Meetings: 2nd Wednesday of the month at 6.30 to around 9.00pm
Venue: Daglingworth Village Hall.
The Board Game Group usually meet the 2nd Wednesday of the month in Daglingworth Village Hall. This is subject to change so please look for the dates in the Newsletter or call Richard Green on 01285 656157. There will be a charge of approx £2 per person to cover the cost of the Hall. The focus is learning new games but the aim is to play a variety of games, new and old. ^Top
Co-ordinator: Keith Dancer.
Meetings: Twice weekly.
Thursdays 2.00-5.00pm. We play Rubber Bridge most weeks, with one Duplicate Bridge session on the last Thursday of each month.
Fridays 2:00-5:00pm. We play Duplicate Bridge each week.
Venue for both meetings: St Lawrence Church Hall.
We are a keen group of players with a good standard of Bridge and beginners are encouraged to join in on Thursdays where the atmosphere is more relaxed as well as stimulating and you do not need to bring a partner.
On Friday you are expected to have a partner but those without can usually be paired with someone.
Members are asked to contribute £12.00 every 6 months for Thursday sessions and £16 every 6 months for Friday sessions. This covers the hire of the rooms and refreshments
New members are welcome to join either session.
Each year a beginner's class is available during the winter months. ^Top
Co-ordinator: Ruth Kelly and Jane Dyer.
Meetings: Second Friday of the month at 10.30am via Zoom (at present).
Hua Shuo Zhongguo
During lockdown, three interested members have been meeting monthly via Zoom to discuss the possibility of convening a new group called China Chat. The main objective of this group was to meet on a regular basis to discuss everything and anything pertaining to this vast country. Suggested topics could include but are not limited to, the history, language, culture, festivals, food and personal experiences etc. Initially we have met via Zoom or at an outside venue if numbers permit. So far, we have discussed a variety of subjects ranging from Chinese customs including the Winter Solstice festival and officiating at a Chinese wedding. It is hoped to develop the group so that we can meet monthly, eventually “adopting” a Chinese restaurant, where we can enjoy a feast and perhaps experience cookery demonstrations.
Please note that we intend this group to be strictly non-political.
If you would be interested, please contact either Ruth Kelly (07484889752) or Jane Dyer (07931100267) ^Top
Co-ordinator: Malcolm Lewis
Contact: Phone 01285 644110.
Meetings: 2nd Friday of the month 1.45 - 4.00 except December when we have a social gathering.
Venue: the Baptist Church, Chesterton Lane.
The meeting takes the form of two films being shown that give the members an insight into a genre across a great canvas from Musicals-Opera-Ballet -Biographies of composers and artists from the world of Music.
The equipment has a 10 ft wide screen and is state of the art.
Both groups ('Musical Cinema' and 'Nostalgia and Music') have a large capacity and we welcome new comers to the U3A.
Contact the Group Leader for details. ^Top
Co-ordinator: Maurice Goodwin
Meetings: 1st Monday, 2.30pm.
Venue: Ashcroft Centre
The usual format is to share any problems or difficulties we have experienced over the last month and offer advice and possible solutions - if we have any. In addition we regularly take a look at a particular topic, perhaps demonstrating software that may be new to some.
Do get in touch if you are thinking of joining. ^Top
Co-ordinator: Sheila Laycock
Contact: Phone 01285 643361
Venue: The Ashcroft Room, Ashcroft Centre.
Co-ordinator: Chris Rodgers
Meetings: At the Waterloo on the 4th Tuesday of the month, 2.00 - 4.00 pm. There will be no meeting in August and December. ^Top
Co-ordinator: Christopher Boydell
Rides: Every Friday. 10.00 start.
Starting Point: Depends on the route, either Tesco Superstore or the Market Place by the Church, start 10.00am, finishing about 12.00 - 12.30.
Co-ordinator: Jill Lang
Meetings: 4th Friday, 10.00am
Venue: The Ashcroft Centre.
Recent topics included Ancient Maps, Iceland and Svalbad, Geopolitics of the Middle East, Wildfires, Venice.
Recent field trips included Gloucester in Stone and Cotswold Scenery. Future topics will include Water Supply and Weather Systems. ^Top
Co-ordinator: Alan Stoner
Meetings: This is not a group with meetings but if you are starting out or would like advice,
Co-ordinator: Hazel Kolb
Meetings: 3rd Wednesday each month, 2:30 to 4:30
Venue: The Waterloo.
This group is for those who already have elementary French, but who would like to be able talk more confidently.
Each month we prepare (homework!) and discuss a topic, or we listen to a French guest, or read a short story or play. We aim to improve our understanding of each other’s French; we question each other; we listen to each other.
It is rather strenuous! English is permitted over the cup of tea! ^Top
Co-ordinator: Ann Hardie
Meetings: 1st Monday in every month;
October to March the Garden Group meets on Monday afternoon from 2.30pm to 4.30pm on the first Monday in the month in the Ashcroft Room at the Ashcroft Centre.
April to September the meetings are held in members gardens from 10.00am
A member may arrange a visit for the Group to an Open Garden during the summer.
You don't have to have a garden to belong; as long as you are interested, you are welcome. ^Top
Co-ordinator: Joan Oakeshott
Meetings: Every Tuesday morning, 10.00 am to 12.00.
The members of the group have all learnt German in the past and are pretty rusty but want to revive the language they once knew.
We do some limited conversation, watch TV, listen to CDs and use some of the BBC language programmes.
Co-ordinator: Ann Hardie
Meeting: 2nd and 4th Tuesday afternoon
Venue: Members take turns to host the meeting and provide the tea and biscuits.
The German Conversation Group is a small group and was set up in 2017 to give us the opportunity to speak German and to brush up on forgotten vocabulary and grammar through chatting. So far we have achieved our aim and resist lapsing into English.
Members need to have basic German; we don't do formal grammar exercises or written work, though points of grammar may be discussed. ^Top
Co-ordinator: Ian Crawford
Contact: Phone 07341381686
Meetings: Twice weekly, Monday and Thursday
Venue: Oaksey golf course. 13:30 start in the summer months and 13:00 after the clocks go back for the winter.
Co-ordinator: Barry Wicks
Contact: Phone 07798682198
Meetings: 4th Monday morning of each month from April to October.
Venues: Various courses with an optional pub lunch to follow.
Players of all standards are welcome at either or both. All you need are some clubs. ^Top
Co-ordinator: Chris Sutton.
Meetings: 2nd Monday of the month 10.00 - 12.00
Venue: Currently meeting on Zoom.
One of the first groups established in Cirencester, its first topic was the 350th anniversary of the Royalist attack on the town.
Normally a subject is chosen for research and discussion. Not surprisingly the Roman occupation features, as does the growth of the town from the Wool Trade. Topics are, however, wide-ranging and include far-away places such as India and China. Most recent discussion has been on the suppression of the monasteries by Henry VIII with its consequent loss of buildings and other treasures.
On occasion, members choose a famous person, building, garden or painting of special interest, among them Wellington and Nelson, the Silk Route and the history of coinage. ^Top
Contact Liz Applegate. Phone 01285 658351
Meetings: 2nd Thursday & 3rd Friday in the month
Venue: Members Homes in rotation.
We are about to start a tried and tested 'Italianissimo' course for a different approach, to reinforce our learning and to progress. Homework efforts are shared each week. We devise games, bring in articles in Italian, pamphlets from holidays, etc for variety. After over 3 years we ought to be 'Improvers'!
Actually conversing in this self help group is the hardest part but we now have a fluent speaker of Italian who generously comes one meeting in three to firmly encourage us.
Co-ordinator: Maggi Brown.
Meetings: 2nd & 4th Tues 10:00 a.m.
This group is for people with a reasonable knowledge of Italian. This may range from learning the language at school or university through to having lived or worked in Italy. ^Top
Co-ordinator: Carol Smith. 01285 654494
Meetings: 2nd Wednesday 2-4 p.m.
Venue: Siddington Village Hall
Kurling is similar to Curling but without the ice! It just needs a smooth floor and it does NOT include vigorous brush sweeping. ^Top
Co-ordinator Jackie Natt
Meetings: See below.
The aim is to learn some Latin just for the fun of it and to get to know how the Romans lived.
There are three groups - Intermediates, Improvers Beginners.
Intermediates meet two Mondays a month, Improvers meet two Tuesdays a month and Beginners meet as agreed. ^Top
Group leader Marion Stephenson
Contact: Phone 01285 651073.
Meetings: 4th Thursday afternoon at 2.15p.m.
Venue: Members Homes
Co-ordinator: Liz Dancer
Contact: Phone 01285 770919
Meetings: 1st Wednesday afternoon of each month
Venue: Members homes, though it is not compulsory that you host.
Co-ordinator Brenda Lissimore
Contact: Phone 01285 652809
Meetings: Alternate Thursdays, 2.30 – 4.30 pm
Venue: The Waterloo. ^Top
Co-ordinator Cate Luck
Contact: Phone 01285 658021
Meetings: 4th Wednesday 2:30p.m.
Venue: The Waterloo.
We have a theme and everyone is encouraged to bring along some appropriate cds.
It's a good opportunity to have almost two hours of listening and sharing in a very relaxed, friendly and informal atmosphere to a varied selection of all types of music chosen by members. ^Top
Co-ordinator Peter Chambers
Contact 01285 885883
Group 1 Monday morning 10.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m
Group 2 Thursday morning 10.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m.
Group 3 Tuesday morning 10.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m
Venue: St. Michael's Park.
We play all year round and in all weathers. Players should arrive at least 10 minutes before the start time stated above for a prompt start of play at 10am. We usually play 3 timed games of about 35 minutes each game. We run occasional internal competitions and also play competitive home and away matches in the Cotswold League during summer months. We have 5 lanes available and are limited to a maximum of 30 players on any one of the sessions.
Co-ordinator: Val Faulkner
Contact: Phone 01285 239367
Meetings: 1st Wednesday in the month 9.45-12.00
Venue: The waterloo
We read a variety of plays to hopefully suit all tastes; everyone has a chance to take a part and make suggestions for new plays for future months. We are an extension of play reading 1 group which was so popular it ran out of spaces for members.
| Radio Group
Meetings: Ad hoc.
The U3A Radio Group meets each month to record a programme, broadcast monthly on Corinium Radio, our local community radio station. We meet on an ad hoc basis during the preceding month to plan each programme and record interviews with U3A members with an interesting story to tell.
Training is offered in interviewing and developing the technical skills to make and broadcast a programme.
Spaces are available for anyone else wishing to join a Group.
Co-ordinator Dennis Peters.
Venue: Normally in members Houses.
A group for those who are in any way interested in railways, from their history through to the present day (and beyond). Members' interests include railway technology, operations and economics and include the impact of railways on the social and economic affairs of nations.
In the summer months we try to fit in trips. These typically include outings to preserved railways, railway museums, and places of particular interest from a railway architectural/historical point of view. We also take occasional trips on lines of interest, Crossrail is high on the list when it finally opens. ^Top
Co-ordinator Peter Stephenson.
Contact: Phone 01285 651073
Meetings: Second Wednesday at 11.00 am and 4th Monday at 2.30 p.m. If you can read music and used to play a recorder, or wish to do so, please join us to make music together. ^Top
Co-ordinator Nigel and Janet Wardell.
This group started in May 2017. At each meeting, one or two members describe an aspect of Scandinavia: travel, language, music, food, film, art, mythology, traditions, culture, history; which we then discuss, talking about our own experiences. We intend to explore aspects of Norway, Sweden and Denmark, and possibly Iceland, Finland and the Faeroes too. Group activities could also include: watching Scandinavian films, looking at Viking and later history, tasting typical food, observing main celebrations and learning some useful language - we are open to suggestions.
Spaces are available for anyone else with interest in Scandinavia, who wish to join the Group. ^Top
Co-ordinator Brian Wells
We meet once a month, on the second Tuesday of the month, at 10.30 in the St Lawrence Hall. (Doors open at 10.00 am for coffee). We generally have a speaker giving an illustrated talk, followed by a (hopefully) informed discussion. The group started at the end of 2012, and to give you the flavour of the subjects, here are some that we have dealt with since then: Small Electric Motors, Wind Turbines, Graphene, the Autonomous Car, 3-D Printing, Military Vehicles, Composite Materials, Fracking, Batteries, Lasers and Nuclear Power. Other subjects coming up soon include Genetics and Artificial Intelligence.
Also, we occasionally go visiting, and recently we've been to the Armoury at Shrivenham College and the Aircraft Scrapyard at Kemble.
All are welcome at the meetings - no need to book ahead: no qualifications needed, except an interest in how things work. ^Top
Co ordinator: Anne Vardy.
Co-ordinator Maureen Folliard.
This small group meets each Monday from 10.00am - 12.00 and is for people who already have some knowledge of Spanish. We work together to make language learning fun by using lots of different activities. These include watching Spanish DVDs and TV programmes, playing language games, listening to CDs and podcasts, using Internet resources and talking and reading in contexts relevant for people visiting Spanish speaking countries. We also use an intermediate level textbook.
If you are interested in joining our group, please contact me. ^Top
Co-ordinators Sally & Vedant Wood.
Meetings: 2nd and 4th Mondays 2-4pm.
This is for people with some knowledge of Spanish. We use different methods of learning to accommodate people with a range of ability. Sessions are relaxed and we try to make learning fun and help each other. ^Top
Coordinator Pauline Phillips.
Meetings: 2nd Monday at 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm Venue: St Lawrence Hall.
The meetings take the form of general support, discussion and displaying current projects. Help will be given to new and less experienced quilters, whilst it is also an opportunity for sharing amongst the more confident quilters. ^Top
Co-ordinator Sue Slack
Meetings: We meet on the 15th of the month, usually at 7 p.m.
The Supper Group is a great way to meet new people and catch up with old friends, whilst enjoying an evening with food, wine and conversation.
This is how it works:- The host provides the main course, tea or coffee and perhaps a welcome drink with some nibbles.
Other members bring a starter or dessert as their contribution to the meal.
If there are more than 6 members participating, then the others provide cheese and biscuits.
The aim is to enjoy the evening, and not spend all day in the kitchen! Sometimes in the summer or around Christmas, we hold "all comers" bring-and-share outdoor suppers, lunches or barbeques. ^Top
Co-ordinator Jane Miller
Meetings: Wednesdays 2-3pm at Fentons Community Centre, South Cerney.
All abilities - relaxed atmosphere playing both doubles and singles. Small monthly fee payable to cover cost of hall hire. ^Top
Co-ordinator Tom Kolb
Meetings: First Tuesday 10.25am at the Watermoor Hall
TAI-CHI is a chinese system of co-ordinated gentle exercise particularly suitable for promoting health in older people. It is not stressful or violent, and improves mental as well as physical health.
Finally, we cool down with some exercises taken from chinese medicine to promote longevity. ^Top
Co-ordinator Cacilda Warriner
Around 4 to 6 visits a year are offered to theatres in Malvern, Bristol, Bath. Oxford, etc. We look for good quality drama and comedy productions with the emphasis on straight plays rather than musicals, ballet or opera. Travel is by coach from Cirencester. ^Top
Co-ordinator Andrew McKechnie.
Meetings: Fortnightly by arrangement, Thursdays 2pm to 3.30pm
Interested in playing the Ukulele? This is your opportunity! The group is open to beginners and to more experienced players, all you need is enthusiasm and a ukulele. If the group is very popular we will look for a bigger room as our aim is to eventually widen the group to include other instruments. ^Top
Co-ordinators Jennifer Crawford and Diane Stallabrass.
Meet new friends, keep active and enjoy the lovely Cotswold countryside with Walking Group 1. The group meets on the 1st Friday of each month for a walk of about 5 miles, followed by a Pub Lunch. Walks are usually within a 15 mile radius of Cirencester and we meet at Cirencester Rugby Club at 9.20am in order to share cars as much as possible. The vehicular entrance is on The Whiteway and from here follow the track round to park and meet by the Clubhouse.
New members will be made very welcome. You need to be reasonably fit, have walking boots and waterproofs, bring your walking pole if you use one, and a drink for the mid-morning break.
Information on current walks, and how to reserve a place on a walk, can be found in the printed copy of the Cirencester U3A Newsletter which is distributed to members. Members take turns to lead walks and arrange the lunchtime venue throughout the year. Meals and snacks are pre-ordered at the pub before the start of the walk.
photo by kind permission of walking group member, Steve Fearn
Occasionally the number of walkers may be restricted by the catering facilities of a pub. If a walk is oversubscribed, anyone failing to get a place will get priority booking on the next walk. Hope you will join us. ^Top
Short Walk Group
Co-ordinator Frank Lindsley
We are a friendly, chatty group who take gentle walks of 2 to 3 miles, enjoying conversation and taking in the countryside around us. We try to find circular walks, generally flat and starting and ending at a pub or café for lunch.
We meet at the Cirencester Rugby Club Car Park at 10.15 on the last Thursday of every month. Please meet and park just inside the gateway from The Whiteway. ^Top
New Walk Group
Co-ordinator Frank Lindsley
Purpose of the group: To provide a more taxing walk than that offered by the Short Walk Group. Where possible a brief resume will be provided to help members assess whether a walk is suitable for them.
We meet at the Cirencester Rugby Club Car Park at 10.00 on the third Thursday of every month. Please meet and park just inside the gateway from The Whiteway. ^Top
Co-ordinator Liz Dancer. 01285 770919
Walking Netball is a women's activity. Even at walking speed, it is an exhilarating and competitive game, and lots of fun. The group often enjoy some well-earned refreshment afterwards. ^Top
Co-ordinator Elaine Harris.
Meetings: Second Wednesday of each month at 2.30 - 4.00pm
This is a relaxed and friendly group. At each meeting the next title is chosen, by mutual consent. Members read their work in turn and then there is general discussion, followed by the essential cup of tea. ^Top