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Ancient Greek Language     

Meets Tuesday normally 9.30 - 12.00 but see info below
Venue 8 Ashdale Close - map
Contact John Williams 01270 873761
Details This group has been meeting for 9 years but, owing to the lockdown, we now meet on Zoom every Tuesday at 2.00pm to read the Homeric epics together, the Iliad, the Odyssey and the famous Homeric Hymns to the gods. All are welcome to join us and learn this wonderful ancient language of the Greeks who gave us literature, science, engineering, economics, philosophy, history, medicine and so much more. Newcomers would need a knowledge of the Greek alphabet and be ready to learn some basic grammar.

Badminton     

Meets Wednesday
Venue Christ Church Hall - map
Contact Marion Powell 01270 876491
Details 

Basic iPad Skills     

Meets Thursday 14:00-15:30
Venue 
Contact Geoff Reader 01270 873975
Details 

Bird Watching     

Meets Normally 3rd Wed check with leader 09.30-16.00
Venue Civic Centre - Car Park
Contact Madeleine Hughes 01270 873982
Details Meet 09:15 (near Sandbach Rd North entrance to car park) for prompt 09:30 departure. We operate on a car share basis. Warm, waterproof clothing, stout shoes, binoculars and thermos recommended. We go to a pub or café for lunch.

Bowls 1 Indoor Winter 3     

Meets Thursday 10:00-12:00
Venue Civic Centre - Main Hall - map
Contact Sean McCabe 01270 879603
Details email address seanifa@aol.com Mobile phone 07713646300

Bowls 1 Outdoor II Summer     

Meets Friday 10:00-12:00
Venue The Institute Bowling Club
Contact Sean McCabe 01270 879603
Details 

Bowls 1 Outdoor Summer     

Meets Wednesday 10:00-12:00
Venue The Institute Bowling Club
Contact Sean McCabe 01270 879603
Details 

Bowls 2 Indoor Winter 2     

Meets Tuesday 10:00-12:00
Venue Civic Centre - Main Hall - map
Contact Harold 01270 872280
Details 

Bowls 2 Outdoor Summer     

Meets Tuesday 10:00-12:00
Venue The Institute Bowling Club
Contact Harold 01270 872280
Details 

Bowls 3 Indoor Winter 1     

Meets Monday 14:30-16:30
Venue Civic Centre - Main Hall - map
Contact John 01782 782644
Details 

Bowls 3 Outdoor Summer     

Meets Thursday 10:00-12:00
Venue The Institute Bowling Club
Contact John 01782 782644
Details 

Bowls 4 Outdoor     

Meets Friday 10:00-12:00
Venue Rode Heath Village Hall - map
Contact Bob Shaw 01270 749723
Details 

Bridge - Beginners     

Meets Tuesday (NOT 2nd of month)
Venue The 13 Club - map
Contact Jean Chinn 07837588924
Details We do not meet the 2nd Tuesday of the month

Bridge - Improvers     

Meets Tuesday
Venue The 13 Club - map
Contact Mick Salt 01782 776547
Details 

Bridge - Social     

Meets Monday Between 1.00pm and 4.30 pm
Venue Alsager Golf Club - map
Contact John Church 01270 882128
Details A friendly not too competitive group run for enjoyment.

Brush up your French     

Meets Thursday 14:00-15:45
Venue Firestation - Community Room - map
Contact Marie Potter 01270 368972
Details This group is for people who studied French a long time ago, feel hesitant and want to gain confidence, understanding and speaking French - it is not for complete beginners. We meet once a week for one and a half hours and try to improve our understanding of spoken French by listening to passages from the radio or TV and put the new words and grammar into practice with conversation and discussions. There is a little reading but no writing. A small amount of homework is beneficial, usually listening to a recording and looking at the vocabulary. Since lockdown, I have emailed a worksheet with audio extracts every week and sent corrections and feedback if needed. We are also starting to experiment with Zoom. We will have our last one on 9th July and start again in early September.

Card Making     

Meets Monday 09:15-10:45
Venue Civic Centre - Main Hall - map
Contact Irene Govier 01270 874768
Details The U3A Card Making class is made up of 11 members. The leader designs and makes the appropriate card, and provides everything needed for each person to then make that card ie papers, card, stamping equipment etc. Each member provides their own simple tools, ie scissors, ruler, pencils and glue. As time passes the members of the group get to know what they need to bring along to each session.

Card Making 2     

Meets Monday 09:15-10:45
Venue Civic Centre - Main Hall - map
Contact Maureen 01270 873774
Details The U3A Card Making class is made up of 11 members. The leader designs and makes the appropriate card, and provides everything needed for each person to then make that card ie papers, card, stamping equipment etc. Each member provides their own simple tools, ie scissors, ruler, pencils and glue. As time passes the members of the group get to know what they need to bring along to each session.

Creative Writing     

Meets 1st Thursday 10:00-12:00
Venue Dennis Round Court - Mtg Room - map
Contact Teresa Johnson 07505266907
Details Updated on Tuesday 17/03/20: Our sessions at Dennis Round Court are suspended until further notice (per email from committee) **** Meeting dates confirmed: Thursday 9 January 2020 * Thursday 6 February 2020 * Thursday 5 March 2020 * Thursday 2 April 2020 * Thursday 7 May 2020 * Thursday 4 June 2020 **** If you’re a serious writer, developing a novel and trying to get published, I’m afraid we’re not the group for you. But if you’re a keen amateur, looking to create 5-minute reads and have fun with fiction, we want to talk to you! ****

Cycling for Pleasure     

Meets 2nd & 4th Tuesday of the month ericp1939@gmail.com
Venue 
Contact Eric 07870917836
Details We cycle about 15 to 20 miles mainly along lanes ONLY IF NOT RAINING !! The group is not cycling during December and January. The next meeting is Tuesday 14 July then 2nd and 4th Tuesday monthly.

Discussion Group     

Meets 1st and 3rd Thursday 10.00-11.30
Venue United Reform Church - map
Contact kath.reader@btconnect.com
Details A group of people interested in a broad range of current affairs - political, economic, social - who meet to discuss a topic twice a month. A friendly group, several of whom go for a coffee afterwards.

Embroidery     

Meets Monday 9.15-10.45am
Venue United Reform Church - map
Contact Lynn Simpson 01270 874074
Details Meets at the United Reformed Church Hall, Brookhouse Road, Alsager on Monday mornings between 9.15 - 10.45am. All types of needlework, to all standards. Beginners welcome. We often have a group project that everyone who wants to does to the best of their abilities. Some people just like to sit and sew their own work and enjoy a chat.

Family History     

Meets 1st Friday 10:45-12:15
Venue Firestation - Community Room - map
Contact Lynne McCabe 01270 879603
Details The Family History Group meets monthly (under normal circumstances)on the first Friday of the month at 10.45am in the Community Room in the Fire Station in Brookhouse Road Alsager. Numbers are limited by the size of the room. We welcome everyone, from beginners to the more experienced. Ring me, Lynne McCabe on 07907 710638 for any more information.

First Aid     

Meets Wednesday 10:00-12:00
Venue United Reform Church - map
Contact Alex McNee 01270 883540
Details The First Aid course is run twice a year. Course one is September/October; course two is February/March. Each of the courses is 4 weeks long. Week 1 covers body systems & recovery position practice; week 2 covers responses to an unconscious casualty including CPR; week 3 covers choking, strokes, diabetes & dementia; week 4 covers bleeding, fractures, burns & scalds. Members will need to wear comfortable clothing; ladies should wear trousers. Some sessions will include first aid practice on the floor (recovery position). You will also practice bandaging on each other. There is a welcome tea break half way through the session.

French - Self Help     

Meets Monday 9.30 till 10.55
Venue Alsager Community Church Hall - map
Contact Tansy Poole - 01270 873155
Details This class comprises oral/aural work mainly on a variety of topics, also some grammar revision. As a general guide, the former "O" level exam covered most of the grammar required. Since lockdown there is a weekly e-mail with the aim of building vocabulary/revision. Please phone for further details, also availability.

Home Cooking     

Meets Thursday afternoon every week for 2 to 3 hours
Venue Leaders Home - map
Contact Eileen - 01270874450
Details This is a small group who meet weekly in Eileen's home to cook a variety of dishes that they are interested in making. Eileen is a retired teacher of Home Economics and Food Technology so advice is readily available when required. The members bring their own ingredients to make the chosen dish for each week although some ingredients will be bought for the group if they are unusual or expensive. Most of the equipment required is provided by Eileen(the leader) but occasionally the members will need to bring some equipment from home.

Keep Active with Music     

Meets Wednesday 10.00 - 11.00am
Venue The 13 Club - map
Contact Eileen - 01270 500518
Details Keep Active aims to improve or at least maintain strength, suppleness, stamina &, just as important, socialisation. We have sitting & standing exercises to the music of our generation, Buddy Holly, Tina Turner, ABBA etc & fun is an essential part of the hour we spend together

Keep Fit     

Meets Tuesday
Venue Christ Church Hall - map
Contact Margaret Mortimer 01270 874899
Details 

Knitting and Crochet     

Meets Monday
Venue Leaders Home - map
Contact Kathleen Large - 01270 882331
Details We are a small friendly group, helping and encouraging each other; sharing info patterns and experience. Experienced and absolute beginners welcome.

Mah Jong     

Meets Monday 11.00 - 12.45
Venue Alsager Community Church Cafe - map
Contact Sue Jones 01270 873182
Details If you would like to do something new, and different, come along and try Mah Jong. We are a sociable group—we enjoy the game, but we also enjoy each others company. Mah Jong is a game played with tiles, which originated in China, and there are similarities with Rummy. You will find out about pongs, kongs and chows, about wriggling snakes and heavenly staircases. You don’t need to have played before—you’ll soon learn. There are currently vacancies in the Mah Jong group.

Mah Jong 2     

Meets Monday 13:00-15:00
Venue St Marys Church Hall
Contact Sue Palser - 01270 882437
Details 

Music Appreciation     

Meets Monday
Venue Civic Centre - Bar Room
Contact Roger Poole - 01270 873155
Details 

Orchestra     

Meets Tuesday 14:00-16:00
Venue United Reform Church - map
Contact Bill Freeman - 01270 747848
Details The orchestra meets every Tuesday in term times at the United Reformed Church. Alsager. Time 2pm till 4pm. Starting again in September, should Covid 19 allow us. The Orchestra has it’s own website - alsagerlightorchestra.co.uk where you can see photographs from recent concerts plus sound tracks. We now have 40 members and for concerts friends join us to make an orchestra 60 strong. Although the orchestra now has 20 strings, there are still vacancies for Violins, Viola’s, Cello and Double bass. We also require one Horn – either Horn in F or Eb. A standard of both playing and sight reading - say grade 6 - would be needed to feel comfortable. The music is NOT classical, but from stage and TV, including major stage shows like, My fair lady and Phantom Of The Opera etc. In September I am introducing “The Greatest Showman” Plus Film Sound Tracks from Jurassic Park, Lord of the Rings, The Godfather and Salute to John Williams. It’s all great fun, so if you are interested in joining give me a ring or email. 01270 747848 or pam.bill@talktalk.net

Outings and Visits Enquiries     

Meets Monday 9.30-11.00
Venue Car Park - Asda Layby
Contact Outings Desk
Details This is a single group that is used to give general information about outings and visits. Each outing will have a an entry in the Calendar for its specific date, with additional detail. Use venue "Car Park - Asda Layby" to filter only Outings in the Calendar.

Painting for Pleasure     

Meets Tuesday 10.00 - 12.00
Venue Guide HQ Cedar Avenue - map
Contact Maree Thorpe 01260 276165
Details Painting for Pleasure provides two hours of quiet painting in whatever medium one chooses. At present this includes watercolours, oils, pastels, acrylics, pencil, pen and ink. There is no tuition but members, who vary in ability from beginners to highly skilled, are happy to share advice. Members provide all their own materials.

Philately     

Meets Monday 11:15-12:15
Venue Dennis Round Court - Mtg Room - map
Contact Celia Abbotts 01782 612347
Details 

Photo Editing for Improvers     

Meets Every Monday 13:30 - 16:00
Venue ZOOM
Contact Arthur Harding 0702863641
Details This is a group whose members are very keen on Photography and how to edit and improve photos mainly using a product called Affinity Photo. We are also keen on social events and have an open approach to our virtual meetings covering many aspects of Photography whilst keeping a sense of humour as well. As this is an improvers course there is a requirement that each member must have their own copy of Affinity Photo by Serif which costs approx. £40.00 The new member must also have a strong knowledge of Windows 10 or Apple Mac. Their laptop/pc must be capable of running Zoom and have working speakers and microphone.

Play Reading     

Meets Thursday afternoon 2.00-3.30
Venue 24 Ashdale Close - map
Contact Penny - 01270 872495
Details We are a small group who read aloud a wide range of different types of play, taking characters in turn as they appear. We have discovered and re-discovered some very interesting plays which generate a good discussion.

Poetry and Literature     

Meets Tuesday 11:00-12:00
Venue Dennis Round Court - Mtg Room - map
Contact Pam Freeman 01270 747848
Details Our Group is not Academic. The only qualifications required are a love of, and interest, in poetry. We explore all kinds of poetry from the Classics to the Moderns. Books are bought on line as needed (at the best price) and we each pay for our own books. Long standing members have quite a range of books, and these can be ordered, if required, by one of the group on behalf of new members. We have ‘Free Choice’ meetings at the beginning and end of each term, when members share their particular favourites will the Group. The format is that we choose the book from which we would like to work and then we take turns to read aloud, making any comments we have at the end of each poem. The Group is friendly and welcoming. A few of us have been in the Group for 12+ years and are still enjoying it very much. Contact Pam Freeman 01270 747848 or pamfreeman@talktalk.net

Raspberry Pi     

Meets Thursday 10:00-11:00
Venue ZOOM
Contact Iain Malcolm 01782 787320
Details The group is for those with an interest in (but not necessarily much knowledge about) computers and computer technology, particularly Raspberry Pi. We can help you get started with a Raspberry Pi computer. We discuss computer related topics primarily around Raspberry Pi computers and the Python programming language. We also do Raspberry Pi related projects, but these are less active while meetings are online only.

Scrabble and Board Games     

Meets Friday 14:00-16:00
Venue Dennis Round Court - Main Hall - map
Contact Betty Morrey 01270 879378
Details Our group meets on a Friday afternoon 2.00-4.00 in the Dennis Round Court Lounge/Community room. We enjoy a cup of tea and biscuits at around 3.00pm. We have numerous games eg. scrabble, rummikub, upwords, sequence, tri-ominoes. We also have cards for cribbage but no players at the moment. No expertise/qualifications necessary as we teach each other and welcome any new games anyone would like to introduce. Attending the group is a friendly socialising activity and it keeps our brains alert.

Short Story Reading     

Meets 2nd Friday 10.00-12.00
Venue Dennis Round Court - Mtg Room - map
Contact Martin Stone - 01782 717873
Details Members can either bring short stories to read aloud to the group or just listen to the stories others bring to read. There is no requirement on members to read if they prefer not. We usually select published stories from established authors across a large spectrum and they usually provide fertile ground for discussion on a range of topics.

Spanish for Beginners     

Meets Wednesday 11:00-12:00
Venue Dennis Round Court - Mtg Room - map
Contact Hilary Fleming 01270 882852
Details The Spanish for Beginners group meets at Dennis Round Court on Wednesdays from 11.00-12.00. At the moment there are 12 in the group. We concentrate on conversation about family, holidays, hobbies etc. We do grammar, practicing obvious verbs eg 'to have', 'to do', 'to be' (regular and irregular). Every now and then we split into groups of twos, threes or fours to practice what we have learnt.

Table Tennis     

Meets Friday 14:00-16:00
Venue Rode Heath Village Hall - map
Contact Phil Wootton 01270 873649
Details We meet every Friday at 14:00 at Rode Heath Village Hall. This activity is ideal if you want to keep fit both in body and mind but not too exhausting as we play only doubles. Tea, coffee and biscuits are available with time to mix and have a chat.

Table Tennis 2     

Meets Wednesdays 10.00-12.00
Venue Rode Heath Village Hall - map
Contact Pat Arnott - 01270 878906
Details We meet every Wednesday between 10.00-12.00 at Rode Heath Village Hall. This is a group for people who want to keep fit and is therefore for all abilities. All equipment is provided but if you have your own bat please bring it with you. We only play doubles so it is not too exhausting. The social side is also to be recommended because we do stop for a break where tea, coffee & biscuits are served. Please feel free to come along and try this group. We have 8 table tennis groups within Alsager U3A so you will definitely find a group which is suitable for your needs.

Table Tennis 3     

Meets Tuesday 10.00 - 12.00
Venue Rode Heath Village Hall - map
Contact Kay - 01270 872679
Details Our friendly and enthusiastic group of players meet on Tuesday morning 10.00-12.00. Playing for pleasure and enjoying the social aspect too. Contact Kay Humphreys 01270 872679 for further details and availability.

Table Tennis 4     

Meets Monday 14:00-16:00
Venue Rode Heath Village Hall - map
Contact Tony Barson 01270480432
Details Great & happy group. No pressure. All levels.We just play for fun Tea / coffee & biscuits at half time.

Table Tennis 5     

Meets Thursday 2.00-4.00pm
Venue The 13 Club - map
Contact Joyce Hulse 07595335082
Details Very friendly group. All help each other when needed. No experience necessary. We just play for fun. Tea / coffee & biscuits at half time. Payment is jan-June & sept-Dec Summer TT also available Entrance is the far right door, not the main entrance.

Table Tennis 6     

Meets Thursday 10:00-12:00
Venue The 13 Club - map
Contact Pam - 07551163687
Details We are a friendly Sociable group with players whose ability ranges from beginner to very good! Our best players help those who are learning, yet we try to ensure they also have some challenging matches! As we only have 2 tables, this means that there is always someone to chat with between games. Around 1100 we have our Usual drinks and nibbles, members sometimes bringing us extra treats ! We have our summer picnics together after our session when everyone brings something. We also have a ‘Xmas meal’, usually in Feb/March! A sense of humour and sharing is more important Than table tennis skills..

Table Tennis 7     

Meets Friday 10:00-12:00
Venue Rode Heath Village Hall - map
Contact Jean Steer 01782 717873
Details We meet on Fridays between 10.00 and 12.00 at Rode Heath Village Hall (parking available at rear of the hall). This is a group that caters for all abilities and is as much about socialising as it is about exercise. We stop for a break when tea, coffee and biscuits are available. It is a very friendly welcoming group so feel free to come along as we have vacancies. Bats are available, so if you haven't played before you can try it out.

Table Tennis 8     

Meets Mondays 1.45-3.45pm (except bank holidays)
Venue The 13 Club - map
Contact Teresa Johnson 07505266907
Details Updated on Tuesday 17/03/20: Our sessions are suspended until further notice (per email from committee) *** Sorry, we're now fully subscribed for this Spring 2020 term. But we can put you on the waiting list, and contact you as soon as we have a vacancy. To find out more, please contact Alsager U3A, or drop into The 13 Club to see what you've been missing! No experience needed, absolute beginners welcome, all equipment provided. Our mixed ability group plays every Monday 1.45-3.45pm, all year round, except on bank holidays. With plenty of banter during play, and tea/coffee and bikkies at half time, what’s not to like? Come along, have a go - Teresa and her friendly group are ready and waiting for you!

Talk Time     

Meets Monday 11.15 - 12.15
Venue Civic Centre - Main Hall - map
Contact June 01782 783375
Details Different speakers and topics every week. All members welcome. Entry is £1.50 per talk.

Tap Dancing     

Meets Monday 12.30 till 1.30
Venue Civic Centre - Stage
Contact Barbara 01270 876710
Details We meet on a Monday on the stage at the Civil Centre between 12.30 and 1.30pm. We have a maximum number of 20 participants and at present there is no waiting list. Everyone is welcome from the very professional to the complete beginner! We have a fun time, keeping fit and socialising. Everyone who attends is made very welcome.

Ukulele     

Meets Thursday 11:00-12:30
Venue St Marys Church - map
Contact Carole Rowland 07812950485
Details We meet on Thursdays at 11am - 12.30. If you've never played ukulele before or you can play a bit this group will get you playing and singing along. You will need your own ukulele but you can come along for a taster session if you prefer. Ukulele playing is a very fun and sociable pastime and its easy to learn even if you've never played an instrument before.

Variety Crafts     

Meets Monday 11.05 till 12.30
Venue Alsager Community Church Hall - map
Contact Audrey Poole 01270 875471
Details A group which meets every Monday to make cards. This is an extremely social group and have been together positively for many years. Each group member brings their own equipment to the meeting and takes away a card at the end of each session. Members keep in touch regularly and also go out for coffees to local cafes. The group can take a maximum of 12 members and there are no vacancies at present.

Walking - Full Days     

Meets 2nd and 4th Wednesday 09.00 - 17.00
Venue Civic Centre - Car Park
Contact M Webb 01270878197
Details After meeting at the Civic Centre car park we travel in cars for no more than one hour to the start of a full day walk, often in the Peak District. We take a packed lunch, and after the walk go to a pub or a tea shop for a drink. Walks tend to be up to about 10 miles, slightly shorter in winter, with a lot of ups and downs. A good level of fitness is needed.

Walking - Full Days2     

Meets 1st and 3rd Friday 09.30-16.00
Venue Ring Leader for details
Contact Keith 01270 873488
Details Please contact leader for a chat before attending (dated 1/9/17) The walks are 6 - 8 miles. The drive to the start of the walk can be up to one hour (in pooled cars) and a packed lunch is taken. Depending on leader availability there may be the opportunity to do a 10 mile on the Last Friday

Walking - Short 4-5 Miles     

Meets Third Wednesday 9.15-2.30
Venue Civic Centre - Car Park
Contact Margaret - 01270873865
Details Short walks 4.5 to 5 miles as submitted and organised by members. Will normally include a lunch stop. No transport provided though members normally car share.

Walking - Short and Moorland     

Meets 9:15 - 9:30 prompt. First Wednesday of month.
Venue Civic Centre - Car Park
Contact Jenny Hartley 01270 877707
Details Varied walks over both parkland and moorland with mixed terrain. Average 4-5 miles and pub or café arranged lunch stop. No transport provided but members car share. Return to Alsager by 2:30 p.m.

Walking Explorer 10 miles     

Meets First Wednesday of each month (except September)
Venue Civic Centre - Car Park
Contact Roger - 01270 877707
Details This group does monthly full-day walks of around 10 miles and these may be in hilly or even mountainous terrain. To add variety to our expeditions, in the longer days of late spring and summer we may travel as far as the nearer Welsh or Shropshire hills or to the far side of the Peak District. All keen walkers are welcome to join us. The next walk will visit Bickerton and Bulkeley hills on the Sandstone Ridge in mid-Cheshire. The distance will be about 9½ miles with around 1400 ft of climbing on mostly good but intermittently muddy paths.

Walking Netball     

Meets Tuesday 4.30 -5.30pm
Venue Alsager Leisure Centre Sports Hall
Contact Pat Arnott 01270 878906
Details Friendly Walking Netball sessions at Alsager Leisure on Tuesdays between 4.30-5.30pm. There is no need to have played netball before. We start with a warm-up, then move on to practice different skills and then into small-sided games and then into a full-court game. This is an excellent way to keep fit and to learn new skills. New players are always welcome. Basic PE kit, including training shoes, advisable. For further information contact Pat Arnott 01270 878906

Wine Appreciation     

Meets Fourth Wednesday 19:30-21:30
Venue The 13 Club - map
Contact Judith 01270747359/07870806874
Details We are not experts, we just love tasting wines that we probably would not otherwise try. We taste 6 wines each month which usually have a connection or a theme with a price tag that is affordable.

Yoga for Health     

Meets Thursday 9.30-10.30am
Venue Dennis Round Court - Main Hall - map
Contact Marion - 01782 774269
Details Yoga for Health promotes flexibility and core strength, building through gentle exercise. Strives to improve balance, practices breath control and relaxation, while enjoying a pleasant hour with friends.