Groups by Faculty

For people no longer in fulltime employment for lifelong learning and  social activities.

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A Year in History

Status

Faculty

Current

CURRENT AFFAIRS AND HISTORY

Tuesday am

From

10:00

To

12:00

Monthly 2nd and 4th Tuesdays.

Currently meeting via Zoom, we choose a year and members prepare a presentation on any topic of their choice relevant to that year, as much latitude as required being allowed for explanations of cause and effect. We typically spend five sessions or more on a chosen year, and presentations average about 40 minutes. Our approach is unsystematic, but not unscholarly, and the variety of presentations is a delight.

Adventures in Music

Status

Faculty

Suspended

MUSIC

Friday pm

From

14:00

To

16:00

Sessions are currently suspended until Covid-19 restrictions are eased.

Sessions are on alternate Friday afternoons, starting at 2.00pm and lasting up to two hours. Pieces follow a brief background and are followed by refreshments and maybe more music and discussion. The content will appeal to anyone interested in any genre of classical music.

Art Appreciation

Status

Faculty

Suspended

ARTS AND SCIENCE

Wednesday pm

From

14:30

To

15:30

Third Wednesday of each month, except August, 2.30pm - 3.30pm.

Re starting on September 15th - new members welcome
Powerpoint presentations are used to illustrate the life and work of an artist, or an art related theme.

Art and Design

Status

Faculty

Current

CRAFTS AND ART

Wednesday pm

From

14:00

To

16:00

2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month

Group sessions of drawing and painting incorporating the formal elements of art and design using water-based paints and mixed media materials. The sessions will cover knowledge of colour and of composition in drawing – using line, tone, pattern and perspective. The group is not suitable for absolute beginners and the maximum group size is 10. The group meets at Drake House in central Wimbledon.

Birdwatching 1

Status

Faculty

Current

ACTIVE PURSUITS AND GAMES

Tuesday am

From

To

Alternate Tuesdays

The new birdwatching "season" for Group 1 starts on Tuesday 5 October 2021 and will continue fortnightly until June 2022. We travel to birdwatching spots in and around London, including wetland centres and RSPB reserves. Some outings involve 4-6 miles walking. Binoculars and email essential.
Bird photos on this page kindly supplied by Michel Julien, Group 1 member.

Birdwatching 2

Status

Faculty

Current

ACTIVE PURSUITS AND GAMES

Wednesday am

From

To

Alternate Wednesdays

The new birdwatching "season" for Group 2 starts on Wednesday, 6 October 2021 and will continue fortnightly until June 2022. We travel to birdwatching spots in and around London, including wetland centres and RSPB reserves. Some outings involve 4-6 miles walking. Binoculars and email essential.

Book Club 1

Status

Faculty

Current

ARTS AND SCIENCE

Thursday am

From

10:30

To

12:30

Monthly on the last Thursday.

This group, which currently meets via Skype, is run by the members with each one in turn suggesting a book for the next meeting. New members very welcome.

Book Club 2

Status

Faculty

Current

ARTS AND SCIENCE

Wednesday evening

From

To

Monthly Wednesday evenings

Currently meeting via Zoom, we read both new and classic novels. We also share some wine and have a good chat about books and everything else. New members are very welcome.

Book Club 3

Status

Faculty

Current

ARTS AND SCIENCE

Thursday am

From

To

monthly on third Thursday

We are a friendly group, currently meeting via Zoom. Members take it in turn to choose a book and lead the discussion. We welcome a wide variety – fiction and non-fiction.

Book Club 4

Status

Faculty

Current

ARTS AND SCIENCE

Thursday pm

From

14:00

To

first Thursday of the month

Meets in members homes in Central Wimbledon (close to station) New members welcome

Bridge 1

Status

Faculty

Current

ACTIVE PURSUITS AND GAMES

Thursday am

From

10:00

To

12:30

Alternate Thursdays

A mixed ability, 'help each other' group, not for absolute beginners, but improvers are welcome.

Bridge 2

Status

Faculty

Current

ACTIVE PURSUITS AND GAMES

Monday pm

From

14:00

To

16:30

Alternate Mondays

Play and improve as part of a friendly, relaxed group. Not suitable for beginners. Standard ACOL used, but with opportunity to practise conventions.

Bridge for Improvers

Status

Faculty

Suspended

ACTIVE PURSUITS AND GAMES

Tuesday pm

From

14:00

To

16:00

most Tuesdays

Group sessions are suspended until Covid-19 restrictions are eased, although some members play online.

This is a new group playing bridge with support and help available from a qualified bridge teacher.

Bridge, Social

Status

Faculty

Current

ACTIVE PURSUITS AND GAMES

Thursday pm

From

14:00

To

16:30

Alternate Thursdays

Restarting on 29th July

Play Contract Bridge in a relaxed atmosphere under no time pressures. Not suitable for beginners. Standard ACOL used but with agreed conventions.

Canasta 1

Status

Faculty

Current

ACTIVE PURSUITS AND GAMES

Thursday pm

From

14:00

To

Weekly

The Canasta group is now back to meeting each Thursday at 2pm at different members homes.

We have been back to 4 or 6 of us meeting indoors, for quite a few weeks now. The group is currently full.

Canasta 2

Status

Faculty

Current

ACTIVE PURSUITS AND GAMES

Tuesday pm

From

14:30

To

Fortnightly

Group sessions are suspended until Covid-19 restrictions are eased.

Tuesdays from 2.30pm.

Canasta 3

Status

Faculty

Suspended

ACTIVE PURSUITS AND GAMES

Saturday pm

From

14:00

To

1st and 3rd Saturdays each month

Group sessions are suspended until Covid-19 restrictions are eased.

Game starts at 2.00pm

Canasta 4

Status

Faculty

Current

ACTIVE PURSUITS AND GAMES

Wednesday evening

From

19:00

To

Alternate Wednesday evenings

The group is now meeting again after the suspension for Covid.

Cinema

Status

Faculty

Suspended

ARTS AND SCIENCE

Tuesday pm

From

To

Monthly on 3rd Tuesday

Group sessions are suspended until Covid-19 restrictions are eased.

Films chosen by group members, usually with coffee and discussion immediately afterwards; afternoons only.

Cosmology

Status

Faculty

Current

ARTS AND SCIENCE

Tuesday pm

From

15:00

To

17:00

2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month

This group is for members interested in Cosmology and Physics. We meet via Zoom to view, discuss and learn from on-line courses, lectures and videos. Some knowledge of science, especially Physics or Maths would be useful.

Creative Textiles and Thread

Status

Faculty

Current

CRAFTS AND ART

Thursday pm

From

14:00

To

Fortnightly

Meeting via Zoom and in members gardens when it is not raining, and also using WhatsApp, . This is a group for people who enjoy doing things with textiles and thread. This could be anything from the very practical to highly decorative work. The emphasis will be on gaining new skills and combining them imaginatively. We will explore traditional and newer techniques, both academically and practically by visiting exhibitions, museums and galleries, running workshops to learn or improve our skills (using group members’ expertise and online or print resources) and having design sessions which could be anything from colour theory to planning individual or group projects.

Creative Writing 1

Status

Faculty

Current

ARTS AND SCIENCE

Thursday pm

From

14:00

To

16:00

Third Thursday of every month

Friendly group currently meeting on Skype. Assignments are set by group members in turn and we read and discuss what we have written.

Creative Writing 2

Status

Faculty

Current

ARTS AND SCIENCE

Wednesday am

From

10:30

To

12:30

Monthly on third Wednesday

Currently meeting via Zoom, this is a fairly new group, which will be experimenting with formats, styles and genres.

Cribbage

Status

Faculty

Current

ACTIVE PURSUITS AND GAMES

Tuesday pm

From

14:30

To

16:30

twice a month

Group sessions are suspended until Covid-19 restrictions are eased.

For 2, 3 or 4 players. Complete beginners welcome.

Current Affairs 2

Status

Faculty

Current

CURRENT AFFAIRS AND HISTORY

Monday pm

From

14:30

To

16:30

Alternate Mondays

Meeting via Zoom, the group discusses recent events in the news as well as debating issues such as drug legislation, Britain’s foreign policy, the Middle East conflict and the BBC, not to mention Coronavirus and Brexit.

Current Affairs 3

Status

Faculty

Current

CURRENT AFFAIRS AND HISTORY

Tuesday pm

From

To

Third Tuesday afternoon of the month

Currently meeting via Zoom, this fairly new and friendly group discusses a wide range of Current Affairs. For the first part of the meeting members can raise issues that they have noticed in the previous month. The second half concentrates on a special topic which will have been agreed at the previous meeting. As we are the newest Current Affairs Group, we still have a few vacancies. We warmly welcome a very broad range of opinions and views.

Current Affairs 4

Status

Faculty

Discontinued

CURRENT AFFAIRS AND HISTORY

Tuesday pm

From

To

First and third Tuesday of the month

This group has now been discontinued.

Current Affairs 5

Status

Faculty

Current

CURRENT AFFAIRS AND HISTORY

Monday pm

From

14:00

To

16:00

Monthly on the first Monday of each month

We are currently meeting via Zoom. During the first half of our meeting we have a general discussion about events and issues in the news. In the second half, discussion focuses on a single topical issue selected by the group at the previous meeting (and on which group members will hopefully do some reading/research). We also make occasional group visits to organisations which play an important role in the running of society, such as national and local government, the legal system, the health service, transport, and the financial and commercial sectors. 2.00pm for about two hours.

Current Affairs 6

Status

Faculty

Current

CURRENT AFFAIRS AND HISTORY

Wednesday pm

From

14:30

To

once a month on a Wednesday

We are currently meeting via Zoom and, like some of the other groups, we spend the first part discussing recent events and issues. In the second part, we discuss in depth topics which members have chosen prior to the meeting. Each member researches the topics using articles in newspapers, magazines and the internet before the meeting.

Cycling

Status

Faculty

Current

ACTIVE PURSUITS AND GAMES

Monday am

From

To

Fortnightly on Monday mornings

Restarting on April 12th April following Covid regulations.

We meet for a ride along back roads and cycle paths, around 20-30 miles, with sometimes a longer ride. There are always options for people to break their journey at a station.

Easy French

Status

Faculty

Suspended

LANGUAGES

Thursday am

From

10:30

To

12:00

Alternate Thursdays

Group sessions are suspended until Covid-19 restrictions are eased but the group leader distributes articles in French by email.

For those with just a little French, maybe from school days, who want to brush it up, possibly for travel or holidays. A very relaxed and convivial approach, with emphasis on the spoken language.

Family History 1

Status

Faculty

Current

CURRENT AFFAIRS AND HISTORY

Thursday pm

From

15:30

To

16:30

Fortnightly on Thursday

Meeting via Zoom, this is a self-help group of individuals interested in finding out about their ancestors, taking advantage of the ever-increasing resources available via the internet. The group leader has been investigating her own family histories for many years so hopefully can help members avoid some of the pitfalls and dead-ends which we inevitably encounter. Members of the group are actively researching their own families and the sharing of information gained is of benefit to the whole group. New members are welcome but in the current situation must have access to a computer in order to be able to progress.

Family History 2 - Sharing

Status

Faculty

Suspended

CURRENT AFFAIRS AND HISTORY

Wednesday am

From

10:30

To

12:00

First Wednesday of every month throughout the year.

Group sessions are suspended until Covid-19 restrictions are eased.

An experienced family historian and creative writing teacher is leading a group aimed at those who have already researched their family history but would like support in presenting their discoveries in a style and format that can easily be shared with others and that will interest and engage its readers. Group members are coached towards this within a collaborative learning environment.

Family History 3 - Research

Status

Faculty

Suspended

CURRENT AFFAIRS AND HISTORY

Tuesday am

From

10:15

To

12:15

Monthly on 2nd Tuesday

Group sessions are suspended until Covid-19 restrictions are eased.

This group follows a programme designed to develop and extend the research skills, understanding and knowledge that help family historians have confidence in the integrity of their personal research. Overcoming our research “blocks” is a key focus. There is a small charge for the room hire (shared between group members).

France Culture

Status

Faculty

Current

LANGUAGES

Monday pm

From

14:30

To

Fortnightly on alternate Mondays

A new group with a Zoom friendly format for members with a good command of French. When weather permits we try to meet in members gardens, with a fall back to Zoom. We will be exploring all aspects of French culture by reading articles, watching short videos and discussing what we find – with the emphasis being on the spoken word. Meetings alternate with Parlons Français.

France Encore

Status

Faculty

Suspended

LANGUAGES

Monday am

From

10:30

To

12:30

Weekly

Group sessions are suspended until we can all meet safely indoors again, probably September.

For those with a thorough knowledge of the French language and grammar. The aim is to use short extracts from the French media to foster the ability to participate fluently and intuitively in French conversation covering a range of topics.

French Adv Revision 1 and 2

Status

Faculty

Current

LANGUAGES

Thursday am

From

To

Alternate Thursday mornings

For members with a good knowledge of French. We currently meet via Zoom and also use email. We have structured sessions of discussion based on texts from French press or internet, general conversation and revision of key grammar points (e.g. the dreaded subjunctive).

French Advanced Conversation

Status

Faculty

Current

LANGUAGES

Thursday am

From

10:00

To

12:00

Alternate Thursdays

We are back and running almost as normal; garden preferred but inside spaced apart with French (!) doors open if the weather is not good.

The Group does not believe in “homework”. We just arrive and talk about what we have done, what is going on in the world or whatever takes our fancy. This results in some unexpected vocabulary being unearthed. In a relaxed atmosphere members are encouraged to speak and become more confident, listening and conveying the general meaning rather than translating word for word, so that you can continue to participate in a wide range of conversations

French Cafe Conversation

Status

Faculty

Suspended

LANGUAGES

Friday am

From

10:30

To

First Friday of each month

Meetings are suspended until Covid-19 restrictions are eased.

A chance to speak French once a month with members from other U3A groups, not just French groups. We meet over a cup of coffee and stay for as long or short a time as you wish.

French Converse Improvers

Status

Faculty

Current

LANGUAGES

Thursday am

From

11:00

To

12:30

Meeting via Zoom, in gardens and parks. We are a friendly informal group with the aim of improving members’ fluency. We start each meeting with a general discussion of individual activities/topical items of interest then discuss prepared questions on a French novel.

Friday Walks

Status

Faculty

Current

ACTIVE PURSUITS AND GAMES

Friday am

From

10:15

To

First and third Friday of each month from February to November.

The Friday walks group resumed several weeks ago using WhatsApp as a convenient way of organising groups of 6. Now that we are able to meet out doors in larger groups we have resumed our previous system. We usually meet outside Wimbledon Station main entrance ready to leave at 10.15
Walks take place on the 1st and 3rd Friday of the month and are notified in advance using email. Members are expected to take turns in planning and leading a walk. The walks are of about 5 miles and are within the Freedom Pass Area.
It is up to individuals to decide whether they feel confident about using the relevant public transport.
The main focus of the group is to get some excercise in a social setting.

Gardening

Status

Faculty

Current

ACTIVE PURSUITS AND GAMES

Wednesday am

From

10:30

To

12:30

Last Wednesday of each month

Members share garden experience, knowledge, cuttings, seedlings etc. Outside visits are arranged in Spring, Summer and Autumn.

General History

Status

Faculty

Suspended

CURRENT AFFAIRS AND HISTORY

Wednesday pm

From

To

Last Wednesday of the month

Meetings are suspended until Covid-19 restrictions are eased.

The format of our meetings can be either a presentation (if a group member wishes to make one) or DVDs on historical and related themes, followed by discussion. We usually meet in the afternoon.

German Conversation

Status

Faculty

Suspended

LANGUAGES

Tuesday am

From

10:30

To

12:15

Alternate Tuesdays

Meetings are suspended until Covid-19 restrictions are eased.

Conversation, some classical and modern German literature and games with minimal grammar.

German Int Adv Converse

Status

Faculty

Current

LANGUAGES

Monday pm

From

14:00

To

15:30

Fortnightly on Monday afternoons

We currently meet via Zoom for lively general conversation, reading and discussing texts from German papers or literature. Later in the year, weather and Covid-19 regulations permitting, we will meet outside in the garden following all government/U3A guidelines.

Get Together

Status

Faculty

Current

GET TOGETHER

Ad hoc

From

To

Government roadmap permitting, we have regular Sunday Lunches and Coffee Mornings, which are announced in the newsletter under Get Together and also in the updates. These are relaxed and friendly opportunities to meet other members. Places for the lunches need to be reserved by email as there are limited numbers. To access upcoming get togethers on the website, go to the Events Diary page and select Get Together.

Coffee Mornings: 6th September at Dibbas Down Wetherspoons in Wimbledon, 15th October in Elys, all at 11am. Contact Frances Partridge at frances_partridge@yahoo.co.uk

Sunday Lunches: 19th September at the Babylon Restaurant Raynes Park and 24th October in Carluccio Wimbledon Village, all at 1pm. Contact Patricia da Costa at patricia.dacosta@btinternet.com. Please be aware that we can only accommodate 10 people at each of these lunches, so please let Patricia know as soon as possible if you wish to attend.

Golf Buddies

Status

Faculty

Current

ACTIVE PURSUITS AND GAMES

Monday am

From

10:30

To

Every third Monday

Are you interested in playing golf but not good enough to play in a club? If you would like to have company in your efforts to play a round, do come and join us.

Hist Western Architecture

Status

Faculty

Current

ARTS AND SCIENCE

Monday am

From

10:00

To

12:00

Monthly on Mondays. Please call the leader Monday - Friday 9:00 - 5:00

Meeting in line with Covid restrictions.
The group continues to follow a series of lectures centred mainly on the History of Western Architecture. New members are welcome at any time. Sessions start with chat and refreshments. .

History in Context

Status

Faculty

Suspended

CURRENT AFFAIRS AND HISTORY

Tuesday

From

14:00

To

Monthly on Tuesday afternoons. Please call the leader Monday - Friday 9:00 - 5:00

Group meetings are suspended until Covid-19 restrictions are eased.

This group is run as a workshop with everybody contributing. Currently studying William I and William II. From 2.00pm with a break for tea and biscuits.

History of Stained Glass

Status

Faculty

Suspended

ARTS AND SCIENCE

Monday am

From

10:30

To

12:00

Tea/coffee and biscuits from 10.00am. Please call the leader Monday - Friday 9:00 - 5:00

Group meetings are suspended until Covid-19 restrictions are eased.

The course will reach the Nineteenth Century in January 2020 and will continue through to the present day in the months to come. Monthly.

How the Past has Formed Us

Status

Faculty

Current

CURRENT AFFAIRS AND HISTORY

Tuesday am

From

10:30

To

12:30

Monthly. Ten minute walk up a steep hill from Southfields Tube station. 39 and 493 buses go almost past the door and there is some free street parking, though increasingly far from the school.

Discussion papers are circulated by email and Zoom is used for meetings on a more social basis. The group studies and discusses how our human lives and society have been shaped by the past. Subjects chosen by the group are introduced by members in turn, leading to exploration of the historical impact of any aspect of the natural world, or human culture, and how that past impact affects the way we think and act today.

Improve Your Singing 1

Status

Faculty

Suspended

MUSIC

Thursday am, Friday am

From

10:00

To

12:00

Alternate Thursdays and Fridays

Group meetings are suspended until Covid-19 restrictions are eased.

Improve your Singing comprises two small choral groups that meet in Morden. We sing a wide range of repertoire and the leader is a professional singer and teacher, who is able to help with vocal technique by working with the group and sometimes individually. Vacancies exist in both groups. Group 1 meets on , 10.00am - 12.00pm. Group 2 meets on alternate Fridays, 10.00am - 12.00pm.

Improve Your Singing 2

Status

Faculty

Suspended

MUSIC

Friday am

From

10:00

To

12:00

Alternate Fridays

Group meetings are suspended until Covid-19 restrictions are eased.

Improve your Singing comprises two small choral groups that meet in Morden. We sing a wide range of repertoire and the leader is a professional singer and teacher, who is able to help with vocal technique by working with the group and sometimes individually. Vacancies exist in both groups. Group 1 meets on , 10.00am - 12.00pm. Group 2 meets on alternate Fridays, 10.00am - 12.00pm.

Italian Intermediate Adv

Status

Faculty

Current

LANGUAGES

Monday am

From

10:00

To

12:00

Alternate Mondays

Meeting via Zoom, this is a friendly self-help group, some of whose members take it in turns to run the sessions. Each session includes some conversation, reading, listening and grammar. A good basic knowledge of Italian is required. New members are welcome.

Italian Upper Intermediate

Status

Faculty

Current

LANGUAGES

Wednesday am

From

10:15

To

12:00

Alternate Wednesdays

For those with some knowledge of Italian, without being fluent. Meeting via Zoom, we discuss articles, as well as things we have done or seen, and use grammar and listening exercises.

Jazz Appreciation

Status

Faculty

Current

MUSIC

Friday pm

From

14:00

To

16:30

Last Friday of each month

Our group meets via Zoom to learn about, share music tracks, and discuss the many facets of jazz we have discovered on different media. Our programme is guided by the U3A National Jazz Co-ordinator, but its development is very much our own.

Knitting and Crochet

Status

Faculty

Current

CRAFTS AND ART

Friday pm

From

14:30

To

16:30

1st and 3rd Fridays of the month

This is a new group. All levels of ability welcome. Come along and learn from each other. Bring your own pattern and projects or join a group project to make items for the charity Knit for Peace UK, which sends clothes, blankets, toys, etc to those in need.

Latin Intermediate

Status

Faculty

Current

LANGUAGES

Wednesday am

From

10:30

To

12:30

Fortnightly on Wednesdays with optional catch-up sessions on the Wednesdays in between for students who feel very rusty.

The group has been running successfully for several years but we can accommodate newcomers provided they have a basic knowledge of Latin grammar, albeit rusty. Meeting via Zoom, we revise points of grammar and practise the language in order to enjoy reading and discussing Latin texts in a relaxed atmosphere.

Law in Action

Status

Faculty

Current

CURRENT AFFAIRS AND HISTORY

Monday am

From

11.00

To

12.30

Monthly

Restarting at the end of September

This group meets as a series of short courses on different aspects of law and famous cases. It plans to meet on Monday mornings this autumn, but days may vary.

Local History

Status

Faculty

Current

CURRENT AFFAIRS AND HISTORY

Thursday am

From

10:00

To

Usually last Thursday of the month

After a long gap, this friendly group has restarted, using Zoom. Newcomers with access to the internet are welcome. In more normal times, one member presents a talk or arranges a visit to a place of historical interest in the surrounding area. We are looking at not only Merton but also Richmond, Sutton, Wandsworth and Kingston. Subject possibilities are suggested, or members may wish to offer their own ideas.

Loose Enders

Status

Faculty

Current

ACTIVE PURSUITS AND GAMES

Saturday am

From

To

We meet about twice a month, always on Saturday.

Activities are suspended until Covid-19 restrictions are eased.

Every few months the group gets together in a member’s home and plans our programme, which includes theatre trips and visits to places of interest. We normally include lunch. A shared lunch is organised every 4 months or so.

Mah Jong

Status

Faculty

Current

ACTIVE PURSUITS AND GAMES

Monday pm

From

14:30

To

16:30

fortnightly on Mondays

We are back playing every two weeks. New members welcome.

We are a mix of complete newcomers to the game, returning players who may not have played for many years, and one or two more experienced players. We have been having fun learning or remembering the game. There are several versions of Mah Jong. We use the British Mah Jong Association rules as our guide.

Nordic Walking

Status

Faculty

Current

ACTIVE PURSUITS AND GAMES

Tuesday am, Wednesday am

From

09:30

To

Weekly, alternating Tuesdays and Wednesdays

New members welcome.

Nordic Walking is fun and sociable. It is also a specific fitness technique with the aim of improving physical fitness and wellbeing. It uses poles to add to the benefits of normal walks. Using the poles correctly helps to propel the walker along, so the walker works harder than usual but the support given by the poles makes it feel easier. To get the most out of Nordic Walking, we run introductory courses which teach the correct use of poles, walking technique and posture for which poles are provided. , starting 9.30 am.

Opera Appreciation

Status

Faculty

Suspended

MUSIC

Thursday pm

From

14:00

To

16:00

alternate Thursdays

Group sessions are suspended until Covid-19 restrictions are eased.

Sessions are held in a cinema environment, and usually are about 2 hours. Longer operas usually last more than one session. A wide variety of operas are shown on DVDs with subtitles, preceded by an introduction and followed (if time) by a discussion of the piece and its interpretation.

Painting and Sketching

Status

Faculty

Current

CRAFTS AND ART

Thursday pm

From

14:00

To

16:00

Fortnightly

This group is aimed at those with any level of experience or ability who share a love of putting pen, pencil, brush or whatever to paper. Sessions have a focus e.g. still life/landscape/perspective, which group members are encouraged to approach from their own perceptions, medium, level of expertise, and the emphasis is on furthering current skills and learning new ones in a mutually supportive environment - and having fun!

Charge in advance to cover eight 2 hour sessions (usually in the region of £5 per term of 8 sessions). This covers rental of the room, printing costs and refreshments.

The group is currently full at 20 members, but please email Sue on the email address below if you are interested in being put on the waiting list.

Papier-mache Sculpture

Status

Faculty

Current

CRAFTS AND ART

Tuesday am

From

10:00

To

12:00

Weekly

Have you ever thought you would like to try sculpture but couldn’t bear the thought of using clay? Why not try constructing in papier-mâché? It really is fun, and so easy to do. Really therapeutic, with the added advantage of recycling!

Parlons francais

Status

Faculty

Current

LANGUAGES

Monday pm

From

14:30

To

16:30

Fortnightly on Mondays

The group plans to meet outdoors when possible with a fall back to Zoom. It is a group for members who already have a good command of French and would like to use it in discussions on a wide range of topics. The emphasis will be on spontaneous conversation, which could be prompted by articles from the French press, short video clips, or by the interests of any of the group members.

Patchwork and Quilting

Status

Faculty

Current

CRAFTS AND ART

Wednesday pm

From

14:00

To

16:00

Monthly, 1st Wednesday

We are back in Drake House at separate tables, masks to be worn until we are seated.
Sewing machine not required at meetings but some experience of hand sewing is required. Two hours of sewing and chat with amazing results! Whether you wish to follow a regular design or ‘block’ each month or ‘do your own thing’, it is exciting to produce a wonderful patchwork quilt, table runner or cushion. All group members are willing to help each other with advice, colour suggestions and practical demonstrations if needed. There is a charge of £2 per member, per month, for the room hire.

Philosophy

Status

Faculty

Suspended

ARTS AND SCIENCE

Wednesday am

From

10:30

To

12:00

Alternate Wednesdays, Spring, Summer and Autumn terms.

Group meetings are suspended until Covid-19 restrictions are eased.

The Philosophy Group members do not need to have a philosophical background but should be interested in the questions which philosophy asks. It is a highly participative group, and members volunteer to introduce subjects for discussion. We synchronise with Current Affairs 1. New applicants are accepted for three trial meetings. Regular attendance required (common sense excuses accepted). About one third practise formal religion. Few members have had formal education in philosophy. Genders roughly equal.

Photography

Status

Faculty

Current

CRAFTS AND ART

Tuesday am

From

10:00

To

Alternate Tuesdays

Mostly we meet up with our Freedom Passes and cameras and go to one of the many great places in London. Sometimes, particularly in summer, we travel further afield. We also visit photographic exhibitions. All plans are made and agreed by the group at occasional meetings in Morden. We will make time to share our photographs and discuss any problems. There is no need for expensive equipment; any camera will do. Alternate Tuesdays, often meeting at 10.00am. New members are very welcome

Playreading 1

Status

Faculty

Suspended

ARTS AND SCIENCE

Friday am

From

10:00

To

Monthly on a Friday. Please call the leader Monday - Friday 9:00 - 5:00

Group meetings are suspended until Covid-19 restrictions are eased.

Our group reads whole plays at a meeting without rehearsal. Members take it in turns to choose the play, prepare the session, cast the parts to ensure everyone has a good turn at reading. We borrow playsets from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and we also use local libraries. Thanks to the generosity of Merton U3A, who pays the membership fee, the group is only responsible for the fee for hire at each session, which is usually only £3.00 per person inclusive of postage. Break for tea/coffee and biscuits halfway through.

Playreading 2

Status

Faculty

Suspended

ARTS AND SCIENCE

Friday pm

From

14:00

To

First Friday of the month. Contact leader 10.00am - 3.00pm weekdays please.

Group meetings are suspended until Covid-19 restrictions are eased.

We include three workshops in aspects of drama. We read playlets or excerpts from prominent playwrights. Scripts are provided and there is an opportunity for discussion. We subscribe to the Surrey County Drama Library. There is a charge of £3 per session to cover costs of hiring scripts. Refreshments available.

Poetry Appreciation

Status

Faculty

Current

ARTS AND SCIENCE

Monday pm

From

14:00

To

16:00

Alternate Mondays

Communicating via email, members of the group take turns to introduce the poet/topic and everyone chooses poems to read and discuss. We have looked at a varied range of poetry, including the Metaphysical poets, Kipling and Tennyson.

Popular Science and Technology

Status

Faculty

Current

ARTS AND SCIENCE

Thursday am

From

10:30

To

12:30

Every four weeks

You don’t need to have a background in science to join us, just an enquiring mind. Meeting via Zoom, though hope to return to Colliers Wood Community Centre in the autumn. We cover a very wide range of subjects – from how our bodies function to astronomy, and renewable energy sources to how the internet works – anything that interests us. We have talks given by visiting speakers and some of our members, discussions covering popular and topical science and technology and we are also planning visits to places and exhibitions of interest. We are a thriving and welcoming group and are very happy for you to come and try us out. When we can meet personally, we share the costs of room hire and refreshments (about £1 a meeting).

QiGong

Status

Faculty

Current

ACTIVE PURSUITS AND GAMES

Wednesday am

From

10:00

To

Weekly

QiGong can be described as a meditation for the body, or health through movement. It is beneficial for relaxation, fitness and longevity. It is rooted in the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine and consists of movements which improve posture and balance. It brings many health benefits, including well-being, energy and a strengthening of the immune system. Suitable for people of all ages, of any body shape or fitness level. The main requirements are an open mind and a commitment to do regular practice between sessions. Led by a qualified QiGong instructor,

Racketball

Status

Faculty

Current

ACTIVE PURSUITS AND GAMES

Thursday pm

From

15:00

To

16:00

Weekly

Racketball is THE growing sport being actively taken up by seniors. We are keen to promote it, having found the non-sporty and those who have forgotten they were are enjoying the exercise. Racketball is played on a squash court but the racket and ball are similar in size to those used in tennis so the game is slower than squash and is appropriate for all ages and abilities. We provide coaching sessions and loan of equipment. Court hire £4.00/hr - cost shared by members and is usually around £2 each per hour. Weekly, Thursdays 3.00 to 4.00pm (but please check as times may vary).

Railways Appreciation

Status

Faculty

Suspended

CURRENT AFFAIRS AND HISTORY

Irregular

From

To

Monthly

When Covid-19 restrictions are eased, this new group is intended to be all about railways – railway history, modern railways, heritage steam railways, HS2, Crossrail etc. Initially this will be a discussion group, but later it is hoped to visit places of railway interest, such as the London Transport Museum or the Mid-Hants Railway (Watercress Line).

Reading Herodotus' Histories

Status

Faculty

Discontinued

ARTS AND SCIENCE

Tuesday am

From

10:30

To

Third Tuesday of each month

This group has been discontinued.

We read selections from the work of the world's first historian, which centred around the titanic clash between the forces of east and west in the 5th century BC. Herodotus' interests and travels went much further: he gives many fascinating stories of the good and the great from all parts of the world he knew, though he did not believe them all himself.

Reading Short Stories

Status

Faculty

Current

ARTS AND SCIENCE

Monday am

From

10:30

To

12:00

2nd and 4th Mondays of each month.

We read a varied selection of short stories from newly published and established anthologies. Currently, members read the same stories and exchange views by email.

Recorder, Advanced

Status

Faculty

Suspended

MUSIC

Tuesday pm

From

To

Fortnightly on Tuesday

Group sessions are suspended until Covid-19 restrictions are eased.

The group meets usually in Merton Park, and plays a variety of recorder ensemble music, both classical and modern. We welcome experienced recorder players – descant, treble, tenor and bass. We have some instruments available to borrow. The emphasis is on enjoyment.

Recorder, All In Ensemble

Status

Faculty

Suspended

MUSIC

Tuesday pm

From

14:00

To

Every fourth Tuesday

Group sessions are suspended until Covid-19 restrictions are eased.

This group welcomes recorder players of all levels of expertise, except absolute beginners, and meets on Tuesday afternoons at 2.00pm, before every other Advanced group meeting.

Recorder, Intermediate

Status

Faculty

Suspended

MUSIC

Friday am

From

10:00

To

2nd Friday of the month

Group sessions are suspended until Covid-19 restrictions are eased.

Saturday Walks

Status

Faculty

Suspended

ACTIVE PURSUITS AND GAMES

Saturday am

From

10:00

To

Fortnightly on Saturday

This group is not walking at the moment, as it looks for a new group leader.

The group started life as a Short Walks group, with walks lasting around an hour or a little longer. It became the Saturday Walks group as Saturday morning was the time that best suited members; mid-week walks could be added if there is demand, and help with organising. Walks take place on Wimbledon Common.

Scrabble

Status

Faculty

Current

ACTIVE PURSUITS AND GAMES

Monday pm

From

14:00

To

Alternate Mondays

This group aims to help you enjoy the game, improve your word-power and amaze your friends with your knowledge of two-letter words. Most members are playing via the Internet Scrabble Club and also meet via Zoom.

South Westerners Walking Group

Status

Faculty

Current

ACTIVE PURSUITS AND GAMES

Tuesday am, Wednesday am, Thursday am

From

To

Every two weeks

Walks are 5-7 miles, sometimes a little longer, and take place every two weeks, rotating on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays (avoiding the Walking Group 4’s days). We explore the open spaces, river banks and canal towpaths of south west London and Surrey. All walks are reached by public transport. Group members are encouraged to take a turn to suggest and lead a walk. New members welcome.

Spanish Intermediate

Status

Faculty

Suspended

LANGUAGES

From

To

Group meetings are suspended until Covid-19 restrictions are eased.

Note: The group was about to restart in March 2020 with a new leader, just as the first lockdown began.

Speaking and Debating

Status

Faculty

Current

CURRENT AFFAIRS AND HISTORY

Thursday pm

From

14:00

To

16:00

Alternate Thursdays

Meetings, currently held via Zoom, will include developing our speaking skills and confidence, and debates of various types. The scope for variety is endless. The group will be enjoyed both by those wishing to learn the art of effective speaking and by those who enjoy speaking and debating.

Table Tennis 1

Status

Faculty

Current

ACTIVE PURSUITS AND GAMES

Wednesday am

From

09:00

To

11:30

Weekly on Wednesdays

As of October 2021, we are playing doubles again with appropriate covid risk reduction measures in place. These are not drop-in sessions, so please phone/email if you are interested. Charge of £1.00 per session towards room.

Table Tennis 2

Status

Faculty

Current

ACTIVE PURSUITS AND GAMES

Friday pm

From

14:00

To

16:00

Fridays (but not first Friday of month)

As of October 2021, we are playing doubles again with appropriate covid risk reduction measures in place. New members welcome. These are not drop-in sessions, so please phone/email if you are interested. Charge of £1.00 per session towards room.

Tapestry and Embroidery

Status

Faculty

Current

CRAFTS AND ART

Monday pm

From

14:00

To

16:00

Meeting fortnightly

An individual choice of needlework e.g. crewel or cross-stitch needlepoint in a stimulating and cheerful atmosphere. There is no formal course but group members help each other in solving problems. Regular attendance is expected.

Theatre

Status

Faculty

Current

ARTS AND SCIENCE

Irregular

From

To

Monthly theatre visit

The Theatre Group has had its first face to face meeting in 18 months. It was a joy to get together again over a cup of tea and a delicious brownie to talk about what is on in theatreland. We chose a selection of plays to see in the coming months to Christmas and flagged up some opening in the new year. The group would be happy to welcome new members. If you are keen on the theatre and would like to join the group to enjoy a show once a month and meet up every 6 weeks for discussion and share news and ideas about interesting productions, please contact our leader.

Ukulele

Status

Faculty

Current

MUSIC

Thursday pm

From

15:30

To

16:30

Learn the Ukulele together

Understanding Shakespeare

Status

Faculty

Suspended

ARTS AND SCIENCE

Friday am

From

10:00

To

Monthly on Fridays

Group is inactive

Visits

Status

Faculty

Suspended

VISITS

Ad hoc

From

To

Ad hoc

Visits is not a group and it has no regular members. However, Covid-19 restrictions prevent the organisation of any visits.

Any Merton u3a member may apply for a place on any visit. Planned visits appear on the Events page; choose Visits in the dropdown at the top of the page. To find more information and to reserve a place, go to the Reservations page.

Walking Group 4

Status

Faculty

Current

ACTIVE PURSUITS AND GAMES

Tuesday am, Wednesday am, Thursday am

From

To

Fortnightly

This is a group for people who love to plan and lead walks as well as enjoying walking through the many and varied locations readily accessible from Merton. Group members take it in turns to lead a walk either singly or jointly at last once a year to ensure that an interesting mix of walks features in each quarterly programme. The fortnightly walks rotate between Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, giving members the chance to participate despite their other regular commitments. The group started in October 2014 and has enjoyed a varied programme of walks along the Thames and other rivers and canals, sections of the London Loop and Capital Ring, parks and commons and many other routes. The walks are between 5 and 7 miles long, include a lunch stop and are all reached by public transport.

Weekenders

Status

Faculty

Current

ACTIVE PURSUITS AND GAMES

Irregular

From

To

Weekly

Restarting in line with Covid restrictions from May 14th

The Weekenders meet on Saturdays and Sundays (and may branch out to weekdays in future too) to participate in outings arranged by its members. We visit places local to the Merton area, eg museums, walks, restaurants, cinemas/theatres. Occasionally if there is something of mutual interest further afield, we include it in the programme. We look for outings that are informative and fun.

Welsh Conversation

Status

Faculty

Current

LANGUAGES

Wednesday pm

From

14:00

To

16:00

Alternate Wednesdays

This group is now meeting via Zoom. Do you speak Welsh? Are you a learner interested in gaining confidence through conversation or a proficient Welsh speaker interested in keeping your language alive? This group provides an opportunity for members who already have some knowledge of Welsh to converse in the Welsh language through culture and literature.