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Architecture-Urban Walking     

Meets Fortnightly Wednesday
Details Space for new members

Art Appreciation 1     

Meets Monthly, 3rd Tuesday am

Art Appreciation 2     

Meets Monthly, 2nd Thursday pm

Topics already covered in Art Appreciation 2

Mark Rothko

Park View Art Gallery Kings Heath

Guernica Picasso

Ikon Gallery visit

Hieronymus Bosch

Barber Institute visit

Hirst and Epstein

Damien Hirst Walsall Art Gallery visit

RBSA visit

BMAG visit


Photo Realism BMAG

Frida Kahlo

Grayson Perry tapestries: The Vanity of Small Differences BMAG

Ikon Gallery

Walsall Gallery visit

Review of Barber Institute visit

Islamic art: Review visit to BMAG

Static: Still Life Reconsidered BMAG

Rebel Visions: The War Art of CRW Nevinson and Degenerate Art Barber collection

Rembrandt, the Late Works National Gallery

Review of Pop art exhibition at Wolverhampton


Response to 3 exhibitions at Ikon Gallery

Discuss Art from Elsewhere BMAG

Discuss Glenn Ligon Exhibition Encounters and Collisions Nottingham Contemporary

Discuss a favourite painting/sculpture while viewing the work BMAG

Discuss the exhibition at Compton Verney called The Arts and Crafts House: Then and Now

Discuss the Jackson Pollock exhibition Blind Spots Tate Liverpool

Art Deco by Chris Morgan

Discuss The World Goes Pop Tate Modern

Ways of Looking: How to Experience Contemporary Art by Ossian Ward

Discuss a favourite painting/sculpture while viewing the work BMAG

Ford Madox Brown

Elisabeth Frink

Discuss 4 local exhibitions at Ikon and BMAG

The Pre-Raphaelite Art of ER Hughes BMAG

Discuss the exhibition Painting the Modern Garden, Monet - Matisse Royal Academy

Discuss the exhibition Francis Bacon, Invisible Rooms Tate Liverpool


Georgia O’Keeffe Tate Modern

William Hogarth

Night in the Museum BMAG

The Camden Town Group

Paul Nash

Abstract Expressionists Royal Academy

Barber Institute visit: 4 members talk about pictures of their choice

Hieronymus Bosch

Who’s afraid of Conceptual Art? BBC

Local Galleries

Patricia Piccinini

Grayson Perry, The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever Serpentine Gallery

The Scottish Colourists

Käthe Kollwitz Ikon Gallery

BMAG visit including the Coming Out Exhibition

John Piper

Giorgio de Chirico

Charles I King and Collector RA

Ravilious and co Compton Verney

The Epic of Everyday Life 1805-1815

Visit to Leicester Art Gallery

Paula Rego

Picasso 1932: Love, Fame, Tragedy Tate Modern

Lubaina Himid

Oceania RA

Women Power Protest BMAG

Degenerate Art

Frederick McCubbin

Painting Childhood, Compton Verney

The University Sculpture Trail

Art from another country

Art from another country part 2

Art Appreciation 3     

Meets Monthly, last Tuesday am

Art Appreciation 4     

Meets 2nd Wednesday of the month am
Details A small group exploring mainly 20th century art, photography and sculpture with visits to galleries in the Midlands to view exhibitions. We periodically meet at homes or cafe to discuss a topic. Limited availability for new members

Biography Book Group     

Meets Meets alternate months, 4th Friday am

Book Group 1     

Meets Monthly, Tuesday am

Book Group 2     

Meets Monthly, last Thursday am

Book Group 3     

Meets Monthly, dates arranged at meetings

Book Group 4     

Meets Monthly, 3rd Wednesday am

Books read recently:

The Peppered Moth by Margaret Drabble

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Submission by Michel Houellebecq

The Vegetarian by Han Kang

Merivel: A Man of his Time by Rose Tremain

The Bookseller of Kabul by Åsne Seierstad

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon

The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier

Germinal by Emile Zola

The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra by Vaseem Khan

An Officer and a Spy by Robert Harris

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry

After You by Jo Jo Moyes

The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguru

The Silk Merchant’s Daughter by Dinah Jefferies

Priscilla: The Hidden Life of an Englishwoman in Wartime France by Nicholas Shakespeare

Dream of the Red Chamber by Cao Xueqin

Number 11 by Jonathan Coe

The Good People by Hannah Kent

Conclave by Robert Harris

The Shipping News by Annie Proulx

The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir by Jennifer Ryan

The Rooster Bar by John Grisham

Troubles by JG Farrell

The Sea by John Banville

A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry

The Dark Circle by Linda Grant

Munich by Robert Harris

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Book Group 5     

Meets Monthly, dates arranged at meetings.

Book Group 6     

Meets Monthly, 3rd Friday pm

Book Group 7     

Meets 1st Friday of the month 2pm
Details No spaces for new members at present

Book Group: Pop-up Susan Hill     

Meets Alternate months : 4th Friday am
Details Using Susan Hill's book 'Howards End is on the Landing' as a starting point the group will select books from her final forty.

Bridge (Social)     

Meets 3rd and 4th Tuesdays 2pm
Details A non-competitive group for beginners or more experienced players.

Bridge 1     

Meets Weekly Monday 2pm Wednesday 10.30am

Bridge 3     

Meets Weekly Tuesday am
Details We regret that this group is full


Meets Wednesdays term time only. 2pm
Details Spaces for new members

Cinema Visits     

Meets Cinema visits- dates variable

Circle Dancing     

Meets 2nd,4th & 5th Fridays of the month from 2 to 4pm.
Details Cotteridge FMH, 23a Watford Road, B30 1JB. Car parking is available on site. 11 bus stops outside. We take a break during the session.

Coach Trips     

Meets As advertised
Details Details of trips will be advertised in the newsletter

Complementary Therapies     

Meets Monthly, 1st Monday am


Meets Occasional, TBA

Crown Green Bowling     

Meets Season starts April. Fortnightly, Thursdays am
Details The first U3A bowling session will be on Thursday April 11th.


Meets various times and locations as arranged
Details Please contact Peter Bourne for more details

Digital Photography     

Meets Monthly, 2nd Monday pm
Details The group, which has a range of expertise and a variety of cameras/digital skills, meets around 8 or 9 times a year at SBCC. We also periodically go out on a location shoot. Taking photographs is the key activity then editing and selection of 2 or 3 to show (USB, laptop & OHP) for all to participate in lively discussion. Occasionally there is a project related to the history of photography or to technical matters. The sessions are relaxed and sociable with refreshments.

Discussion of Current Issues     

Meets Twice a month, 1st and 3rd Friday am
Details a non-party-political group that explores current issues together

Faiths in Birmingham     

Meets Monthly, 4th Tuesday pm
Details New members welcome

French Conversation 1     

Meets Fortnightly, 1st and 3rd Tuesday pm

French Improvers Conversation     

Meets Fortnightly 1st and 3rd Tuesdays pm
Details Currently full.

French Intermediate 2     

Meets Fortnightly, Monday pm


Meets Monthly, 1st Thursday am.
Details Spaces for new members

German Advanced Conversation     

Meets Fortnightly, the 2nd and 4th Thursday am

German Next Steps     

Meets 2nd and 4th Thursdays pm

History - Family     

Meets Monthly, 2nd Monday am

History - General     

Meets Monthly, 3rd Thursday pm

History - Local     

Meets Third Friday of the month
Details Meeting locations as arranged

Italian Conversation 1     

Meets Fortnightly, 1st and 3rd Tuesday pm
Details Italian conversation group 1 This is an enthusiastic group of six people who enjoy sharing experiences while speaking and practising Italian . All members have visited Italy and some have relatives who live in Italy. There is no Italian teacher or teacher of Italian as such in the group .The majority of the members have studied Italian for a number of years . There are currently two vacancies for September 2019. We meet every two weeks from 2pm to 3.30 pm at each other’s houses . The host prepares the session and offers refreshments. The sessions include ‘il compito’, the homework which can be talking about what we did the previous week , a holiday or our views on a specific topic .This is followed by an interesting activity that engages us all . This could be listening to an audio in Italian , watching a programme or reading an article linked to current affairs or something that interests the host We usually translate the article , audio etc. and also discuss the article by answering questions and commenting on it. We finish the session off by playing fun games , one or two depending on the time left . Occasionally we meet for lunch at a restaurant on an extra Tuesday . This is a relaxing session which allows us to get to know each better .

Italian Conversation 2     

Meets Fortnightly, 1st and 3rd Tuesday am
Details We regret that this group is currently full

Italian Intermediate     

Meets Fortnightly, Tuesday pm

Jazz Appreciation 1     

Meets Last Monday pm

Jazz Appreciation 2     

Meets Last Monday pm


Meets various, as advised
Details If you would like to be informed of future meals, please send your details to Carey

Painting -Drawing     

Meets Fortnightly, the 1st and 3rd Tuesday pm

Patchwork -Crafts     

Meets Monthly, last Thursday
Details Hi Ladies Just a reminder that the group will meet again next Thursday 28th March. Be good to see you if you can make it. Annette x.

Ping-Pong and Croquet     

Meets Thursday mornings
Details Outdoor table tennis and golf croquet in Clare's garden. Please contact Clare if you would like to play at a different time.

Play Reading 1     

Meets Monthly, 1st Wednesday am

Play Reading 2     

Meets First Monday of the month pm
Details A variety of plays are chosen by the group to read eg Alan Bennet , Harold Pinter, Caryl Churchill . We normally read and discuss 1 play in the session. There is no homework unless you want to do additional reading.

Plays and Poetry     

Meets Monthly, 1st Friday afternoon.
Details Each session is divided into two, with refreshments half way through. In the first hour or so, we discuss a selection of poems or a single long poem; in the second hour we discuss a play. Poetry and plays are chosen from across the centuries: from Wyatt and Donne to Wordsworth and Stevie Smith; from Shakespeare and Chekhov to Beckett and Timberlake Wertenbaker.

Poetry Appreciation     

Meets Monthly, the 2nd Friday am


Meets Weekly, Mondays am


Meets Twice a month, 2nd and 4th Thursdays pm
Details We hold meetings on current issues in science and have some presentations by specialists. Occasionally we study a book or view videos. We regret this group is now full. Please let us know if you would like to be added to our waiting list.


Meets Monthly, 2nd and 4th Fridays pm
Details We regret that this group is full

Socialist Perspectives     

Meets Monthly 2nd Friday pm
Details Group members lead discussions on specific topics and on current affairs from a socialist perspective. A limited number of spaces for new members.


Meets Fortnightly, Tuesdays am

Spanish for Beginners     

Meets Thursday, Term time only am

Talk Film     

Meets Weekly, Wednesdays pm

Theatre Trips     

Meets TBC as theatre trips are booked
Details Trips to local theatres to watch a variety of plays, including musicals, are organised. Members of the group can decide which productions they wish to attend. Members are not expected to go on every theatre trip, but once you have confirmed you want to go you will be expected to pay for your ticket. You can however sell your ticket to another member of U3A.

Ukulele for Fun     

Meets 2nd and last Tuesday am

Walking -Hill Walking     

Meets Monthly 2nd and 4th Wednesday

Walking -Nordic Style     

Meets Weekly, Mondays am
Details Members need to have their own Nordic walking poles. Advice on training can be given.

Walking 3 miles     

Meets Twice a month, 2nd and 4th Monday am
Details Our walks are usually circular, starting and ending in our local area, mostly accessible on bus routes. They are gentle walks, without stiles on good paths. We end with a coffee/lunch at a cafe or pub. We have about 15 walks which we repeat. Walks are led by several members with the leader (myself) organising emails etc.

Walking 4-5 miles 1     

Meets Monthly, 1st Tuesday am
Details Walks are all circular, some in countryside with stiles, and some in parks and green spaces which would be mostly in winter months. A pub lunch is usual at end of walks.

Walking 4-5 miles 2     

Meets Monthly, 2nd Monday am

Walking 5-7 miles     

Meets Twice a month, 1st and 3rd Tuesday am

Walking 8-10 miles     

Meets 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month am
Details New members welcome

World Food-Int Cuisine     

Meets Monthly, 1st Wednesday am

Would-be Writers     

Meets 3rd Wednesday of the month am
Details A group for would-be writers in any genre, with or without experience. The aim of the group is for members to offer encouragement and, if requested, positive criticism, to work brought to meetings by members.