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A Year in History

Faculty

Venue:

CURRENT AFFAIRS AND HISTORY

Status

Current

Internet via Zoom

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.

Contact

Name

Phone

Name

Phone

Email

Email

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Adventures in Music

Faculty

Venue:

MUSIC

Status

Suspended

Off Ridgway; good public transport; limited car parking by prior arrangement.

Friday pm

From

14:00

To

16:00

Alternate Fridays

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

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.

Contact

Name

Phone

Name

Phone

Email

Email

Members: Sign in to see contact details

Art Appreciation

Faculty

Venue:

ARTS AND SCIENCE

Status

Current

Drake House

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.

Contact

Name

Phone

Name

Phone

Email

Email

Members: Sign in to see contact details

Art and Design

Faculty

Venue:

CRAFTS AND ART

Status

Current

Drake House

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.

Contact

Name

Phone

Name

Phone

Email

Email

Members: Sign in to see contact details

Birdwatching 1

Faculty

Venue:

ACTIVE PURSUITS AND GAMES

Status

Current

Trips to birdwatching sites

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.

Contact

Name

Phone

Name

Phone

Email

Email

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Birdwatching 2

Faculty

Venue:

ACTIVE PURSUITS AND GAMES

Status

Current

Trips to birdwatching sites

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.

Contact

Name

Phone

Name

Phone

Email

Email

Members: Sign in to see contact details

Book Club 1

Faculty

Venue:

ARTS AND SCIENCE

Status

Current

Internet via Skype

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.

Contact

Name

Phone

Name

Phone

Email

Email

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Book Club 2

Faculty

Venue:

ARTS AND SCIENCE

Status

Current

Members' homes

Wednesday evening

From

To

Monthly Wednesday evenings

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.

Contact

Name

Phone

Name

Phone

Email

Email

Members: Sign in to see contact details

Book Club 3

Faculty

Venue:

ARTS AND SCIENCE

Status

Current

Internet via Zoom

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.

Contact

Name

Phone

Name

Phone

Email

Email

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Book Club 4

Faculty

Venue:

ARTS AND SCIENCE

Status

Current

Homes Central Wimbledon

Thursday pm

From

14:00

To

first Thursday of the month

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

Contact

Name

Phone

Name

Phone

Email

Email

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Bridge 1

Faculty

Venue:

ACTIVE PURSUITS AND GAMES

Status

Current

Wimbledon. Close to 57, 131 and 163 bus routes. Limited parking.

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.

Contact

Name

Phone

Name

Phone

Email

Email

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Bridge 2

Faculty

Venue:

ACTIVE PURSUITS AND GAMES

Status

Current

South Wimbledon area. Close to 57, 131, 219 and 93 bus routes.

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.

Contact

Name

Phone

Name

Phone

Email

Email

Members: Sign in to see contact details

Bridge for Improvers

Faculty

Venue:

ACTIVE PURSUITS AND GAMES

Status

Current

Holy Trinity Church, Wimbledon, in the Broadway, next to the Polka Theatre.

Tuesday pm

From

14:00

To

16:00

most Tuesdays

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

Contact

Name

Phone

Name

Phone

Email

Email

Members: Sign in to see contact details

Bridge, Social

Faculty

Venue:

ACTIVE PURSUITS AND GAMES

Status

Current

Harmon Room Queen Alexandra's Court

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.

Contact

Name

Phone

Name

Phone

Email

Email

Members: Sign in to see contact details

Canasta 1

Faculty

Venue:

ACTIVE PURSUITS AND GAMES

Status

Current

Group members’ homes, rotating by agreement.

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.

Contact

Name

Phone

Name

Phone

Email

Email

Members: Sign in to see contact details

Canasta 3

Faculty

Venue:

ACTIVE PURSUITS AND GAMES

Status

Current

members’ homes, mainly in Morden area, and accessible by public transport, plus parking available.

Saturday pm

From

14:00

To

17:00

Every Saturday

Game starts at 2.00pm

Contact

Name

Phone

Name

Phone

Email

Email

Members: Sign in to see contact details

Canasta 4

Faculty

Venue:

ACTIVE PURSUITS AND GAMES

Status

Current

group members’ homes, around Wimbledon, Stoneleigh and Cheam mainly, rotating by agreement.

Wednesday evening

From

19:00

To

Alternate Wednesday evenings

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

Contact

Name

Phone

Name

Phone

Email

Email

Members: Sign in to see contact details

Climate Change

Faculty

Venue:

ARTS AND SCIENCE

Status

Current

Zoom

Wednesday pm

From

15:30

To

The group will meet using Zoom. We will study and discuss all aspects of climate change.

Contact

Name

Phone

Name

Phone

Email

Email

Members: Sign in to see contact details

Cosmology

Faculty

Venue:

ARTS AND SCIENCE

Status

Current

Internet via Zoom

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.

Contact

Name

Phone

Name

Phone

Email

Email

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Creative Textiles and Thread

Faculty

Venue:

CRAFTS AND ART

Status

Current

Internet via Zoom and WhatsApp

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.

Contact

Name

Phone

Name

Phone

Email

Email

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Creative Writing 1

Faculty

Venue:

ARTS AND SCIENCE

Status

Current

Internet via Skype

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.

Contact

Name

Phone

Name

Phone

Email

Email

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Creative Writing 2

Faculty

Venue:

ARTS AND SCIENCE

Status

Current

Internet via Zoom

Wednesday am

From

10:30

To

12:30

Monthly on third Wednesday

We are currently meeting in person in my house as I have a large airy room with patio doors we can open (to varying degrees depending on the weather). I am situated in the Cannon Hill area of Morden, bus 164 and 413. We think we could have 8 people present without feeling uncomfortably crowded. Those unable to attend in person, or preferring not to, have joined us on Zoom, so hybrid meetings are also possible. We decide the next topic for our writing by mutual agreement and we are currently exploring further ways to give feedback and spur each other on to greater creative feats.

Contact

Name

Phone

Name

Phone

Email

Email

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Cribbage

Faculty

Venue:

ACTIVE PURSUITS AND GAMES

Status

Current

members’ houses

Tuesday pm

From

14:30

To

16:30

twice a month

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

Contact

Name

Phone

Name

Phone

Email

Email

Members: Sign in to see contact details

Current Affairs 2

Faculty

Venue:

CURRENT AFFAIRS AND HISTORY

Status

Current

Internet via Zoom

Monday pm

From

14:30

To

16:30

Alternate Mondays

Meeting near Dundonald, 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.

Contact

Name

Phone

Name

Phone

Email

Email

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Current Affairs 3

Faculty

Venue:

CURRENT AFFAIRS AND HISTORY

Status

Current

Internet via Zoom

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.

Contact

Name

Phone

Name

Phone

Email

Email

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Current Affairs 5

Faculty

Venue:

CURRENT AFFAIRS AND HISTORY

Status

Current

Internet via Zoom

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.

Contact

Name

Phone

Name

Phone

Email

Email

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Current Affairs 6

Faculty

Venue:

CURRENT AFFAIRS AND HISTORY

Status

Current

Members' homes

Wednesday pm

From

14:30

To

once a month on a Wednesday

Like some of the other groups, we spend the first part of each meeting 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.

Contact

Name

Phone

Name

Phone

Email

Email

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Cycling

Faculty

Venue:

ACTIVE PURSUITS AND GAMES

Status

Current

We normally start at the Nelson Medical Centre on the Kingston Road.

Monday am

From

To

Fortnightly on Monday mornings

We meet approximately every two weeks on a Monday for a ride, weather permitting. We take it in turns to lead a ride and, where ever possible, try to use quiet roads and cycle paths. We normally start at the Nelson Medical Centre on the Kingston Road. Distances range from 20-30 miles with sometimes longer rides. Normal practice is for a coffee stop about midway.

Mainly we ride hybrids and, ideally, participants should wear something yellow on top for easy identification.

Contact

Name

Phone

Name

Phone

Email

Email

Members: Sign in to see contact details

Easy French

Faculty

Venue:

LANGUAGES

Status

Suspended

SW20 on 413 bus route with 163 and 293 bus stops nearby.

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.

Contact

Name

Phone

Name

Phone

Email

Email

Members: Sign in to see contact details

Family History 1

Faculty

Venue:

CURRENT AFFAIRS AND HISTORY

Status

Current

Internet via Zoom

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.

Contact

Name

Phone

Name

Phone

Email

Email

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Folk Songs

Faculty

Venue:

MUSIC

Status

Current

Members' homes

Saturday am

From

To

The Folk Songs group consists of up to 10 or so members. It meets on the last Saturday of each month at the home of one of the members, to sing folk songs in English, French and German, together with other popular songs

Contact

Name

Phone

Name

Phone

Email

Email

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France Culture

Faculty

Venue:

LANGUAGES

Status

Current

Internet via Zoom/ members gardens

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.

Contact

Name

Phone

Name

Phone

Email

Email

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France Encore

Faculty

Venue:

LANGUAGES

Status

Current

10-minute walk from Southfields station/3-minute walk from 39 and 493 bus stops.

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.

Contact

Name

Phone

Name

Phone

Email

Email

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French Adv Revision 1 and 2

Faculty

Venue:

LANGUAGES

Status

Current

Internet via Zoom and email

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).

Contact

Name

Phone

Name

Phone

Email

Email

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French Advanced Conversation

Faculty

Venue:

LANGUAGES

Status

Current

New Malden bus 57

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

Contact

Name

Phone

Name

Phone

Email

Email

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French Cafe Conversation

Faculty

Venue:

LANGUAGES

Status

Current

Venue to be decided

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.

Contact

Name

Phone

Name

Phone

Email

Email

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French Converse Improvers

Faculty

Venue:

LANGUAGES

Status

Current

Internet via Zoom and outdoors

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.

Contact

Name

Phone

Name

Phone

Email

Email

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Friday Walks

Faculty

Venue:

ACTIVE PURSUITS AND GAMES

Status

Current

Wimbledon station

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.

Contact

Name

Phone

Name

Phone

Email

Email

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Gardening

Faculty

Venue:

ACTIVE PURSUITS AND GAMES

Status

Current

Lower Morden not far from Beverley roundabout. Nearest bus routes 163, 293, 413, 93.

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.

Contact

Name

Phone

Name

Phone

Email

Email

Members: Sign in to see contact details

General History

Faculty

Venue:

CURRENT AFFAIRS AND HISTORY

Status

Current

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.

Contact

Name

Phone

Name

Phone

Email

Email

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German Conversation

Faculty

Venue:

LANGUAGES

Status

Discontinued

Raynes Park

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.

Contact

Name

Phone

Name

Phone

Email

Email

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German Int Adv Converse

Faculty

Venue:

LANGUAGES

Status

Current

Internet via Zoom

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.

Contact

Name

Phone

Name

Phone

Email

Email

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Get Together

Faculty

Venue:

GET TOGETHER

Status

Current

Various cafes, restaurants, theatres

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.

Contact

Name

Phone

Name

Phone

Email

Email

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Golf Buddies

Faculty

Venue:

ACTIVE PURSUITS AND GAMES

Status

Current

Horton Park Golf Club

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.

Contact

Name

Phone

Name

Phone

Email

Email

Members: Sign in to see contact details

Hindi Conversation

Faculty

Venue:

LANGUAGES

Status

Discontinued

Zoom at present

Tuesday am

From

11:00

To

12:00

For those with a little Hindi who want to improve their conversational skills. New members welcome, particularly native or fluent speakers who can help those who aren't.

Contact

Name

Phone

Name

Phone

Email

Email

Members: Sign in to see contact details

Hist Western Architecture

Faculty

Venue:

ARTS AND SCIENCE

Status

Current

Near Wimbledon Park tube station

Monday am

From

10:00

To

12:00

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

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. .

Contact

Name

Phone

Name

Phone

Email

Email

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History in Context

Faculty

Venue:

CURRENT AFFAIRS AND HISTORY

Status

Current

Close to Wimbledon Park tube station

Tuesday

From

14:00

To

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

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.

Contact

Name

Phone

Name

Phone

Email

Email

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History of Stained Glass

Faculty

Venue:

ARTS AND SCIENCE

Status

Current

Near Wimbledon Park tube station.

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

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

Contact

Name

Phone

Name

Phone

Email

Email

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How the Past has Formed Us

Faculty

Venue:

CURRENT AFFAIRS AND HISTORY

Status

Current

Internet via Zoom and email

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.

This group meets monthly on a Tuesday morning, usually in the middle of the month. It discusses how our lives have been shaped by the past. Subjects chosen by the group are introduced by members in turn. The group explores the impact of any aspect of human history or culture on how we live today. Meetings are at present held in the homes of two or three members and we usually have a light lunch after the meeting.

Contact

Name

Phone

Name

Phone

Email

Email

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Italian Intermediate Adv

Faculty

Venue:

LANGUAGES

Status

Current

Internet via Zoom

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.

Contact

Name

Phone

Name

Phone

Email

Email

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Italian Upper Intermediate

Faculty

Venue:

LANGUAGES

Status

Current

Internet via Zoom

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.

Contact

Name

Phone

Name

Phone

Email

Email

Members: Sign in to see contact details

Jazz Appreciation

Faculty

Venue:

MUSIC

Status

Current

Internet via Zoom

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.

Contact

Name

Phone

Name

Phone

Email

Email

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Knitting and Crochet

Faculty

Venue:

CRAFTS AND ART

Status

Current

Wimbledon Guild Cafe

Friday pm

From

13:30

To

15:30

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.

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Latin Intermediate

Faculty

Venue:

LANGUAGES

Status

Current

Internet via Zoom

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.

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Law in Action

Faculty

Venue:

CURRENT AFFAIRS AND HISTORY

Status

Current

Queen Alexandras Court or members homes

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.

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Local History

Faculty

Venue:

CURRENT AFFAIRS AND HISTORY

Status

Current

Internet via Zoom

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.

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Loose Enders

Faculty

Venue:

ACTIVE PURSUITS AND GAMES

Status

Current

Saturday am

From

To

We meet about twice a month, always on Saturday.

We are currently meeting in large airy spaces for coffee, with the occasional outing for lunch, most recently at the outdoor cafe at the Windmill on Wimbledon Common.

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Mah Jong

Faculty

Venue:

ACTIVE PURSUITS AND GAMES

Status

Current

central Wimbledon

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.

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Nordic Walking

Faculty

Venue:

ACTIVE PURSUITS AND GAMES

Status

Current

Mostly on Wimbledon Common, but occasionally further afield.

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.

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Opera Appreciation

Faculty

Venue:

MUSIC

Status

Suspended

Off Ridgway, near the 200 bus route; limited car parking available.

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.

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Painting and Sketching

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CRAFTS AND ART

Status

Current

Colliers Wood Community Centre 66-72 High Street Colliers Wood SW19 2BY. Adjacent car park, near Colliers Wood Tube station. Buses 57, 131 and 219 stop within a 2 minute walk.

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.

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Papier-mache Sculpture

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CRAFTS AND ART

Status

Current

Kingston Hill

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!

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Parlons francais

Faculty

Venue:

LANGUAGES

Status

Current

Internet via Zoom

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.

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Patchwork and Quilting

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Venue:

CRAFTS AND ART

Status

Current

Drake House

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.

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Philosophy

Faculty

Venue:

ARTS AND SCIENCE

Status

Suspended

Edge Hill (off road parking available)

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.

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Photography

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Venue:

CRAFTS AND ART

Status

Current

Venue to be agreed

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

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Playreading 1

Faculty

Venue:

ARTS AND SCIENCE

Status

Current

Near Wimbledon Park Tube

Friday am

From

10:00

To

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

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.

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Playreading 2

Faculty

Venue:

ARTS AND SCIENCE

Status

Current

Wimbledon Village

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.

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Poetry Appreciation

Faculty

Venue:

ARTS AND SCIENCE

Status

Current

Communication via email

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.

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Popular Science and Technology

Faculty

Venue:

ARTS AND SCIENCE

Status

Current

Internet via Zoom

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).

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QiGong

Faculty

Venue:

ACTIVE PURSUITS AND GAMES

Status

Current

Central Wimbledon

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,

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Racketball

Faculty

Venue:

ACTIVE PURSUITS AND GAMES

Status

Current

Wimbledon Lakeside Squash Club, Church Road, Wimbledon SW19 5AG (entrance opposite Gate 5 of the All England Lawn Tennis Club). 493 bus in Church Road, car parking.

Thursday pm

From

13:00

To

14:00

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).

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Reading Herodotus' Histories

Faculty

Venue:

ARTS AND SCIENCE

Status

Discontinued

Richmond Road, Wimbledon

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.

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Reading Short Stories

Faculty

Venue:

ARTS AND SCIENCE

Status

Current

Communication by email

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.

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Recorder, Advanced

Faculty

Venue:

MUSIC

Status

Suspended

Merton Park

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.

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Recorder, All In Ensemble

Faculty

Venue:

MUSIC

Status

Suspended

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.

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Recorder, Intermediate

Faculty

Venue:

MUSIC

Status

Suspended

Toynbee Road, Wimbledon

Friday am

From

10:00

To

2nd Friday of the month

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

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Saturday Walks

Faculty

Venue:

ACTIVE PURSUITS AND GAMES

Status

Current

Outside the Windmill Tea Rooms. Car parking and loos available. Bus route 93, Parkside Hospital stop.

Saturday am

From

10:00

To

Fortnightly on Saturday

We will be walking again from Saturday 6 November. We walk on Wimbledon Common, every other Saturday morning, starting from the Windmill. Our walks last between an hour and an-hour-and-a-quarter (occasionally a little more) and cover three-to-four miles.

There are as many walking routes on the Common as there are walkers. If you would like to explore the Common, getting to know it better in congenial company, why not join us?

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Scrabble

Faculty

Venue:

ACTIVE PURSUITS AND GAMES

Status

Current

Internet Scrabble Club and via Zoom

Monday pm

From

14:00

To

Alternate Mondays

We meet on alternate Mondays, from 2pm to 4pm (approx), in Merton Park. Close to buses 163, 164, 152 and K5, and some parking is available.
New members and inexperienced players are welcome.

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South Westerners Walking Group

Faculty

Venue:

ACTIVE PURSUITS AND GAMES

Status

Current

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.

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Spanish

Faculty

Venue:

LANGUAGES

Status

Current

Merton Park

Monday am

From

10.30

To

12.00

For members with a good knowledge of Spanish. We meet fortnightly on Mondays between 10:30 and 12:00, either in Merton Park or on zoom. We have no vacancies at present.
The sessions are structured following a coursebook, and consist of conversation, reading, exercises and revision of grammar points

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Speaking and Debating

Faculty

Venue:

CURRENT AFFAIRS AND HISTORY

Status

Current

Internet via Zoom

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.

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Table Tennis 1

Faculty

Venue:

ACTIVE PURSUITS AND GAMES

Status

Current

Colliers Wood Community Centre 66-72 High Street, Colliers Wood (short walk from tube station). Adjacent car park. Buses 57, 131 and 219 stop within a 2-minute walk.

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.

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Table Tennis 2

Faculty

Venue:

ACTIVE PURSUITS AND GAMES

Status

Current

Colliers Wood Community Centre 66-72 High Street, Colliers Wood (short walk from tube station). Adjacent car park. Buses 57, 131 and 219 stop within a 2-minute walk.

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.

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Tapestry and Embroidery

Faculty

Venue:

CRAFTS AND ART

Status

Current

South Wimbledon

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.

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Theatre

Faculty

Venue:

ARTS AND SCIENCE

Status

Current

Theatres and Wimbledon Guild café

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.

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Ukulele Beginners

Faculty

Venue:

MUSIC

Status

Current

Drake House

Friday pm

From

14:00

To

15:30

Ukulele for those that are new to the instrument or those that need additional help.
The sessions are currently held at Drake House with a charge of £3.50 each to cover the room hire.
Help is available on types of ukulele, strings, tuners etc.

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Ukulele Intermediate

Faculty

Venue:

MUSIC

Status

Current

Drake House

Thursday pm

From

12:30

To

14:00

Ukulele for those that play the instrument but want more varied arrangements.
The sessions are currently held at Drake House with a charge of £3.50 each to cover the room hire.
Help is available on types of ukulele, strings, tuners etc.

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Visits

Faculty

Venue:

VISITS

Status

Current

Ad hoc

From

To

Ad hoc

Visits is not a group and it has no regular members.

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.

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Walking Group 4

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Venue:

ACTIVE PURSUITS AND GAMES