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

Current

ARTS AND SCIENCE

Wednesday pm

From

14:30

To

15:30

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

Powerpoint presentations are used to illustrate the life and work of an artist, or an art related theme. Currently, a presentation on an art related theme is circulated by email every week.

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 14. Currently, meetings are held via Zoom.

Birdwatching 1

Status

Faculty

Current

ACTIVE PURSUITS AND GAMES

Tuesday am

From

To

Alternate Tuesdays

Birdwatching Groups are starting again with just six of us meeting fairly locally. We will build up to the full strength and go further afield when the COVID regulations allow. As there are more than 5 in a my groups, I am taking on Wednesdays as well for a short while in order to take out as many members as possible. I am also extending the season to make up for lost time, so after a short summer break we will resume outings in the Autumn.


Trips to birdwatching spots in and around London are arranged between December and May on alternate Tuesdays. Some walking involved (2-7 miles). Binoculars and email essential. Details from leader.

Birdwatching 2

Status

Faculty

Current

ACTIVE PURSUITS AND GAMES

Tuesday am

From

To

Alternate Tuesdays

Birdwatching Groups are starting again with just six of us meeting fairly locally. We will build up to the full strength and go further afield when the COVID regulations allow. As there are more than 5 in a my groups, I am taking on Wednesdays as well for a short while in order to take out as many members as possible. I am also extending the season to make up for lost time, so after a short summer break we will resume outings in the Autumn.

Trips to birdwatching spots in and around London are arranged between December and May on alternate Tuesdays. Some walking involved (2-7 miles). Binoculars and email essential. Details from leader.

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

We are currently meeting via Zoom. Members take it in turns to choose a book and introduce it.

Bridge 1

Status

Faculty

Suspended

ACTIVE PURSUITS AND GAMES

Thursday am

From

10:00

To

12:30

Alternate Thursdays

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

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

Bridge 2

Status

Faculty

Suspended

ACTIVE PURSUITS AND GAMES

Monday pm

From

14:00

To

16:30

Alternate Mondays

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

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 Beginners

Status

Faculty

Suspended

ACTIVE PURSUITS AND GAMES

Wednesday am

From

10:00

To

12:30

Twice a month on the first and third Wednesdays

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

This group provides an introduction to the game. from 10.00 am to 12.30 pm.

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

Suspended

ACTIVE PURSUITS AND GAMES

Thursday pm

From

14:00

To

16:30

Alternate Thursdays

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

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

Suspended

ACTIVE PURSUITS AND GAMES

Thursday pm

From

14:00

To

Weekly

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

Always accessible by public transport and parking usually available.

Canasta 2

Status

Faculty

Suspended

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

Suspended

ACTIVE PURSUITS AND GAMES

Wednesday evening

From

19:00

To

Alternate Wednesday evenings

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

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 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

Suspended

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 1

Status

Faculty

Suspended

CURRENT AFFAIRS AND HISTORY

Wednesday am

From

10:30

To

12:00

Alternate Wednesdays

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

This group deals with current affairs in the widest sense - political, cultural, social, long term as well as short term and with their background. At most meetings two subjects are discussed. The first is agreed beforehand to allow members to think about it and do research. Subjects recently discussed include our two-party system, knife crime, smoking and vaping, Notre Dame fire, local elections, child poverty in the UK, EU elections, faith schools, Trump’s visit to London, modern media of communications and their effect on society, Middle East, prorogation of Parliament, Hong Kong protests.

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. 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 for health reasons.

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

Weather permitting, 6 Group members are taking turns to meet outdoors on alternate weeks. Zoom remains a fallback if it rains - which has the benefit of accommodating everyone.

In a relaxed atmosphere you will be encouraged to speak French and gradually become more confident and fluent, with increasing understanding. Learn how to listen for the general meaning, not translating word for word, so that you can continue to participate in any conversation.

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, 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.

Walks starting in April using WhatsApp for planning to keep to groups of max 6

The walks are generally of 4 to 5 miles and are designed to be exploratory, not guided historical walks. They are nearly always within the Freedom pass area. The focus of the walks is to take some exercise, to enjoy the social side of walking with others and to discover new places in London. Members of the group are expected to take turns in choosing and leading the walks. There are lots of suggestions for walks online and in books available in local libraries.

Gardening

Status

Faculty

Suspended

ACTIVE PURSUITS AND GAMES

Wednesday am

From

10:30

To

12:30

Last Wednesday of each month

Meetings are suspended until Covid-19 restrictions are eased.

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

Suspended

GET TOGETHER

Ad hoc

From

To

Get Together is not a group and it has no regular members. However, Covid-19 restrictions prevent the organisation of any activities, other than the online talks shown on the Events page.

Any member of Merton u3a may apply for a place on any planned event, and often there is no limit on numbers. Planned events appear on the Events page; select Get-Together in the dropdown. To reserve a place on an event with limited numbers, go to the Reservations page.

Golf Buddies

Status

Faculty

Suspended

ACTIVE PURSUITS AND GAMES

Monday am

From

10:30

To

Every third Monday

Meetings are suspended until Covid-19 restrictions are eased.

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

Suspended

ARTS AND SCIENCE

Monday am

From

10:00

To

12:00

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

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

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.

Indian Classical Dance

Status

Faculty

Suspended

ARTS AND SCIENCE

Irregular

From

17:00

To

20:30

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

If you are interested in Indian culture, dance and music, you may like to join this group which attends free evening concerts at the Nehru Centre in Green Park. Travel by Tube and little a bit of walking. We meet at Morden Station at 5.00pm and the concerts are at 6.30pm. Day varies.

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

Suspended

CRAFTS AND ART

Friday pm

From

14:30

To

16:30

1st and 3rd Fridays of the month

Group meetings are suspended until Covid-19 restrictions are eased, although the group meets socially by Skype.

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

Suspended

CURRENT AFFAIRS AND HISTORY

Irregular

From

To

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

This group meets as a series of short courses on different aspects of law and famous cases. Meets on various days.

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

Suspended

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

Suspended

ACTIVE PURSUITS AND GAMES

Monday pm

From

14:30

To

16:30

fortnightly on Mondays

Playing is suspended until Covid-19 restrictions are eased.

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

Restarting 29th March following Covid regulations

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

Suspended

CRAFTS AND ART

Thursday pm

From

14:00

To

16:00

Weekly

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

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, 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 of £6 in advance to cover eight 2 hour sessions.

Papier-mache Sculpture

Status

Faculty

Current

CRAFTS AND ART

Tuesday am

From

10:00

To

12:00

Weekly

Meetings are starting from 30th March in the garden, in line with Covid regulations

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

Meeting via Zoom, this 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

Suspended

CRAFTS AND ART

Wednesday pm

From

14:00

To

16:00

Monthly, 1st Wednesday

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

(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

Suspended

CRAFTS AND ART

Tuesday am

From

10:00

To

Alternate Tuesdays

Group sessions are suspended until Covid-19 restrictions are eased but the group continues to share photographs on its Flickr site.

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.

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, 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

Suspended

ACTIVE PURSUITS AND GAMES

Wednesday am

From

10:45

To

Weekly

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

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

Suspended

ACTIVE PURSUITS AND GAMES

Thursday pm

From

15:00

To

16:00

Weekly

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

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.

Scrabble

Status

Faculty

Current