Welcome to the Groups Page
These groups are part of the University of the Third Age (U3A) and are only open to members of that organisation. For information about membership, fees and how to join please go to the Welcome page.
We have a variety of interest groups which meet at individual locations and are run by volunteer Co-ordinators.
Here you will find a list of the groups, please click on the group name to find further details and who to contact for the group you are interested in.
If a group is full this is usually due to accommodation limitations, we are happy to support you in bringing together people to form a new group.
If you are interested in setting up and leading a group or running a short course on a subject that interests you but isn't covered here please contact the Activities Co-ordinator by clicking the 'mail to' envelope in the top right hand corner of this page.
For further information on how to join any of the groups please contact the Activities Co-ordinator by clicking on the 'mail-to' envelope in the top right-hand corner of this page.
Alternatively, you can contact the Group Co-ordinator for the group you are interested in by selecting from the list below.
News of New Groups and Short Courses
The Activities Co-ordinator is collecting names for the following new groups:
French Conversation, Shakespeare, Pudding and Jigsaw Swap. Classical Music Appreciation; and World Music groups. Contact as above if interested.
Badminton - If there is demand, there will be sessions for beginners or “rusty” players.
Humour Group - Anyone interested in starting a humour group - contact Jean Bishop for information 01903 695215 / email JeanBs2@aol.com
Walking - Friday Fivers
|Art Appreciation - Saturday||Saturday a.m.
Monthly visits to galleries
|Art Appreciation Group 1||Thursday p.m.
|Art Appreciation Group 2||Monday p.m.
|Art Appreciation Group 3||Tuesday a.m.
|Bird Watching||Thursday a.m.
|Board Games - Chess||Thursday p.m.
Fresh Ground Coffee Shop
|Board Games - Scrabble||Wednesday p.m.
|Book Group - Dead Authors||Wednesday
|Book Group - Shakespeare||Monday a.m.
|Book Group 1||Thursday p.m.
|Book Group 2||Monday a.m.
Monthly Dates vary
|Book Group 3||Wednesday a.m.
|Book Group 4||Thursday a.m.
|Book Group 5||Monday p.m.
|Book Group-The Victorian Novel||Tuesday p.m.
1st Tuesday 3-4.30pm
|Card Games - Bridge||Wednesday p.m.
|Card Games - General||Friday p.m.
2nd and 4th Friday at 1pm
|Craft - Beadwork||Thursday a.m.
|Craft - Felting||Friday a.m.
|Craft - Needle Arts||Tuesday p.m.
2nd Tuesday 2pm
|Craft - Needles and Natter 1||Tuesday p.m.
|Craft - Needles and Natter 2||New Group||Craft-General||Thursday p.m.
|Creative Writing Group 1||Monday a.m.
2nd Monday 10am
|Creative Writing Group 2||New Group|
|Cycling - Easy Rider||New group||Cycling - General||Friday a.m.
2nd, 3rd, 4th Fridays
|Family History||Tuesday p.m.
Last Tuesday 3-4pm Ripley Libr
|Film-Goers Group 1||Monday p.m.
Last Monday 6pm
|Film-goers Group 2||New Group||Flower Arranging||Wednesday a.m.
|Further French||Thursday p.m.
3rd thurs month
|Garden Lovers Group||Thursday a.m.
3rd Thursday sometimes all day
|Garden Visits||Sunday p.m.
Usually NGS from 2pm
|Jigsaw Swap Group||Friday
any Friday monthly
|Latin Group 1||Tuesday p.m.
1st and 3rd Tuesday 1.30-2.30
|Latin Group 2||Tuesday p.m.
2nd and 4th Tuesday 1.30-2.30
|Local History Group 1||Monday p.m.
|Local History Group 2||Thursday
|Lunch Group - Friday||Friday p.m.
|Lunch Group - Monday||Monday p.m.
|Lunch Group - Sunday||Sunday p.m.
|Music - Classical Music||Tuesday p.m.||Music - Jazz Appreciation||Friday p.m.
Last Friday 7.30pm
|Music - World Music||Tuesday p.m.
3rd Tuesday 7.15-9.30pm
|National Trust Property Visits||Various Dates|
|Not-the-Poetry Group||An email group||Painting and Drawing||Friday a.m.
2nd & 4th Friday 10-12pm Strut
|Poetry Appreciation||Pudding Group||Bi Monthly|
|Real Ale Appreciation Group||Thursday p.m.
2nd Thursday 7.30pm
|Table Tennis 1||Thursday p.m.
At Strutts 7.15-9.15pm
|Table Tennis 2||Thursday p.m.
At Strutts 7.30-9pm
|Table Tennis 3||Tuesday p.m.
|Tai Chi 1||Saturday a.m.
|Tai Chi 2||Wednesday a.m.
At Strutts Wednesday 10-11am
|Walking - Friday Fivers||Friday a.m.||Walking - Inbetweeners||Monday a.m.
|Walking - Over 6's||Wednesday a.m.
|Walking - Saturday Striders||Saturday a.m.
|Walking - Strollers (easy)||Monday a.m.
|Well Dressing||Details to come|
|Wine Tasting||Four times a year|
|Monday||Badminton, Book Group - Shakespeare, Book Group 2, Creative Writing Group 1, Walking - Inbetweeners, Walking - Strollers (easy)||Art Appreciation Group 2, Book Group 5, Film-Goers Group 1, Local History Group 1, Lunch Group - Monday|
|Tuesday||Art Appreciation Group 3||Book Group-The Victorian Novel, Craft - Needle Arts, Craft - Needles and Natter 1, Family History , French, Latin Group 1 , Latin Group 2, Music - Classical Music, Music - World Music, Table Tennis 3|
|Wednesday||Book Group 3, Flower Arranging, Tai Chi 2, Walking - Over 6's||Board Games - Scrabble, Card Games - Bridge|
|Thursday||Bird Watching , Book Group 4, Craft - Beadwork , Garden Lovers Group||Art Appreciation Group 1, Board Games - Chess, Book Group 1, Craft-General, Further French, Real Ale Appreciation Group, Table Tennis 1, Table Tennis 2|
|Friday||Craft - Felting, Cycling - General, Painting and Drawing, Walking - Friday Fivers||Card Games - General, Lunch Group - Friday, Music - Jazz Appreciation|
|Saturday||Art Appreciation - Saturday, Tai Chi 1, Walking - Saturday Striders|
|Sunday||Garden Visits, Lunch Group - Sunday|