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Architecture-Urban Walking     

Meets Fortnightly Wednesday
Details Space for new members

Art Appreciation 1     

Meets Monthly, 3rd Tuesday am
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Art Appreciation 2     

Meets Monthly, 2nd Thursday pm
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Topics 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

Chagall

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

Magritte

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

Vermeer

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

Miro

Manga

South American Artists

Works of Art Depicting Winter

Works of Art Depicting Movement

Tapestry and Textiles

Visit to The Barber Art Gallery

Recreating famous works of art

Choose a work of art from The Rijksmuseum

Tapestry and Textiles continued

West Midlands Artists

Art depicting people at work and The Sea

Solitude

Photography Through the Years

Portraits

What is the Sitter Thinking?

Influential Twentieth Century Artists

David Hockney

Naïve Artists

Art showing a Sport

Railway Art

Art with Mirrors

Gold

Caravaggio

Bruegel

El Greco

Carlo Crivelli

Japanese Art

Britta Marakatt-Labba

Ukrainian Art

Landscapes

BMAG exhibn Found Cities Lost Objects

Egyptian Surrealism

William Kentridge

Art Appreciation 3     

Meets Monthly, last Tuesday am
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Book Group (Evening) by Zoom     

Meets Monthly First Thursday
Details Biography and contemporary fiction.

Book Group 1     

Meets Monthly, Tuesday am
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Book Group 2     

Meets Monthly, last Thursday am
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Book Group 3     

Meets Monthly, dates arranged at meetings
Details This group has been meeting on Zoom but are now moving to meeting in Homes

Book Group 4     

Meets Monthly, 3rd Wednesday am
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Our books:

2013

The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga

The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins

A Perfectly Good Man by Patrick Gale

The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson

Back When We Were Grown-Ups by Anne Tyler

The Kashmir Shawl by Rosie Thomas

Not Married Not Bothered by Carol Clewlow

The Return by Victoria Hislop

Dominion by C J Sansom

The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng

The Lady and the Unicorn by Tracy Chevalier

2014

The Long Song by Andrea Levy

Case Histories by Kate Atkinson

The Gathering Night by Margaret Elphinstone

Homeland by Clare Francis

Monsignor Quixote by Graham Greene

The Hanging Shed by Gordon Ferris

The Suspicions of Mr Whicher by Kate Summerscale

Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell

Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis

Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

2015

The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbary

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

The Pursuit of Love by Nancy Mitford

The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence

This Boy by Alan Johnson

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society By Mary Ann Shaffer

The Road Home by Rose Tremain

There But For The by Ali Smith

And the Mountains Echoed by Khalid Hosseini

Harvest by Jim Crace

Saturday by Ian McEwan

The Thread by Victoria Hislpo

The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett

2016

The Other Side of the Bridge by Mary Lawson

The Girl Who Fell From the Sky by Simon Mawer

Black Water Rising by Attica Locke

Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

How It All Began by Penelope Lively

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

Madame Bovary by Gustav Flaubert

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

Shame Travels by Jasvinda Sanghera

The Farm by Tom Rob Smith

Any Human Heart by William Boyd

The Peppered Moth by Margaret Drabble

2017

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

2018

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

2019

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

Birdcage Walk by Helen Dunmore

He Said She Said by Erin Kelly

Fingers in the Sparkle Jar by Chris Packham

Own choice of poetry

2020

A Single Thread by Tracy Chevalier

The Cleaner of Chartres by Salley Vickers

Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie

Never Let Me Go by Kasuo Ishiguro

The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey

Silas Marner by George Eliot

Dissolution by C.J. Sansom

Five Quarters of the Orange by Joanne Harris

2021

The Pigeon Tunnel by John le Carré

The Other Side of You by Salley Vickers

The Man Who Didn't Call by Rosie Walsh

A Man Named Ove by Fridrick Backman

The Running Hare by John Lewis-Stempel

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver

Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell

White Teeth by Zadie Smith

The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes

White Gold by Giles Milton

The Mermaid of Black Conch by Monique Roffey

2022

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

The Purple Plain by H.E. Bates

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

Under the Eagle by Simon Scarrow

The Winter Ghosts by Kate Mosse

The Sunrise by Victoria Hislop

Ice Cold in Alex by Christopher Landon

Small Things Like These by Claire Keegan

Perfume by Patrick Suskind

Enduring Love by Ian McEwan

Book Group 5     

Meets Monthly, dates arranged at meetings.
Details This group has been meeting on Zoom but are now moving to meeting in Homes

Book Group 6     

Meets Monthly: fourth Friday of the month
Details This group meets in gardens when the weather is better. They communicate through Email and WhatsApp, with letters being sent to members with no access to Email.

Book Group 7     

Meets 1st Friday of the month 2pm
Details No spaces for new members at present. This group meets on Zoom in the colder months and in gardens when possible.

Bridge 3     

Meets Fortnightly, 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month
Details Possibly spaces for new members. Please contact the number above or email helenm.miller@blueyonder.co.uk

Choir     

Meets From 31st Jan, 2022, Choir meets on Monday pm
Details Choir meets during term time only 2.15-4pm; St Columba's is open at 2pm. New members are always welcome: there are no auditions and members do not have to be able to read music. You just have to enjoy singing!

Circle Dancing     

Meets 2nd and 4th Thursdays 2 to 4pm
Details We will dance in a circle to delightfully varied music, coming from different countries and times. Some steps will be traditional, some modern. The dances can be fun, joyful, simple, energetic or meditative. Dances will be taught and walked through first. Good for mind, body and soul!! No partners needed. Contact: jackiespearpoint@gmail.com

Complementary Therapies     

Meets Monthly, 1st Monday am
Details This group has used a variety of venues due to Covid: Zoom, gardens and the MAC

Creative Writing     

Meets 1st Wednesday pm
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The group meets face to face, using email to circulate the monthly writing completed by its members in advance of the meeting. There is no expectation of previous experience; simply a desire to improve or even to begin creative writing be that fiction or verse. Meetings typically employ both a short exercise exploring some specific aspect of creative writing and feedback on each others submissions for the month to generate discussion. Topics covered have included: show not tell, points of view, scene setting, using your own experiences and the use of visual triggers to name but a few of the recurring themes. This group is not about teaching how, it is about helping; to explore the possibilities, to improve your writing and sharing the enjoyment of creative writing for its own sake.

Aim: To become a better writer!

Objectives:
  • To gain confidence in writing
  • To learn to feel OK exploring different styles of writing or subjects or genres: sometimes writing outside one’s comfort zone
  • To encourage one another’s writing with positive criticism so everyone progresses
  • To gain insight into one’s writing strengths and weaknesses
House Rules:
  • Respect everyone’s varied skill / experience level
  • Listen to each other fairly: one person speaking at a time
  • Treat as confidential anything which is shared in the group
  • No dissemination outside the group (authors’ copyright)
  • Be aware that extraneous reminiscences can be distracting
  • Stick to the agreed word limit
  • Send writing in advance by email if possible; bring copies
  • Feedback constructively
  • Enjoy!

Unfortunately this group is currently full but we would be more than happy to share our experiences with anyone looking to establish another group.

Crown Green Bowling     

Meets Meets weekly on Thursdays from 11am in the Winter
Details This is a seasonal group which usually starts playing in April. With Covid restrictions being relaxed, bowling resumed on a weekly basis from Thursday 3rd June, 2021. New members are welcome. This group continued to meet through the Winter Months in 2021.

Cycling     

Meets various times and locations as arranged
Details This group is not meeting at the moment. Please contact Peter Bourne for more details

Digital Photography     

Meets Monthly, 2nd Monday pm
Details A group learning the art & craft of digital photography by getting out and about with a camera make pictures on a monthly project theme. Encourages development of observation, imagination, composition skills and an understanding of the technology of photography and computer editing. Our monthly outings includes a cafe stop for a chat about pictures circulated in the previous month.

Discussion of Current Issues     

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

French Conversation 1     

Meets Fortnightly, 1st and 3rd Tuesday pm
Details This group meets in the leader's home

French Improvers Conversation     

Meets Fortnightly 1st and 3rd Tuesdays pm
Details We meet in person if possible, but occasionally use Zoom when necessary. We use WhatsApp and email to stay in touch

French Intermediate 2     

Meets Fortnightly, Monday pm
Details Open to new members

Gallery visits     

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 very occasionally meet at at a cafe to discuss a topic. Group recently enlarged and no availability for new members but a waiting list.

Gardening     

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

German Advanced Conversation     

Meets Fortnightly, the 2nd and 4th Thursday am
Details This group has resumed face to face meetings

German Next Steps     

Meets 1st and 3rd Thursdays 2.30-4pm
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Greener Gardening     

Meets Monthly, last Wednesday of the month
Details Also meets out and about.This is a group that will focus on hands on organic gardening, with an emphasis on growing fruit and vegetables as well as flowers. It includes sharing experiences and also some visits to gardens and allotments that demonstrate these principles. We will be keen to encourage wildlife in gardens and maintain a healthy balance with the natural environment. We will have occasional speakers with experience of this kind of gardening.

History - General     

Meets Monthly, 3rd Thursday pm
Details This group has 15 members and meets on the third Thursday of every month at 1.30 pm at the Friends’ Meeting House in Kings Heath. We ask members to give Additional Voluntary Contributions towards the cost of room hire. Each December the group agrees theme/s for the following year. Although we work to a general theme, we try to make each session a ‘stand-alone’ so if someone has missed a session they are not disadvantaged in future sessions. Various members contribute to presenting a topic, but none are obliged to do so; it is entirely voluntary. Some use powerpoint, some read from a script – we’re happy with whatever people feel comfortable with! In 2022 so far, we have talked about key figures in French History, and for the end of the year we will have sessions on various topics, not to a theme.

History - Local     

Meets Third Friday of the month
Details Meeting locations as arranged

Italian Conversation 1     

Meets Fortnightly, 1st Monday am and 3rd Tuesday pm
Details From November 2019 onwards we will meet on the first Monday of the month and on the third Tuesday of the month. On Mondays we will meet from 10am to 12pm. This is an enthusiastic group of people who enjoy sharing experiences while speaking and practising Italian . All members have visited Italy and some have relatives who live in Italy.The majority of the members have studied Italian for a number of years . There are currently no vacancies. 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

Jazz Appreciation 1     

Meets Last Monday pm
Details This group intends to meet indoors after meeting through Zoom during the pandemic

Jazz Appreciation 2     

Meets Last Monday pm
Details A friendly and informal group hoping to broaden our knowledge of jazz through listening to and discussing music

Lunches     

Meets various, as advised
Details The lunch group is a social activity to which over 60 members are signed up and typically 40 – 45 people join a lunch. We go to various restaurants mainly in Moseley/Kings Heath and the City Centre. In the last year we have been to the College of Food where a three course lunch has cost £16.00 plus drinks and service (we expect costs to rise in the coming year). The food is to a high standard and members have enjoyed these lunches greatly. We aim to go to this venue 3 times each year and also to another restaurant/s at least once a year. Each lunch has to be fully funded by members who have signed up for the event. Some venues require a deposit to be paid in advance, which is done through the group leader, and many charge the full cost of the meal if there is a late cancellation. In these circumstances if a member who has booked a meal is unable to come for any reason, they will have to meet the full cost. If you wish to be informed of future lunches, please contact Carey.

Painting -Drawing     

Meets Fortnightly, 1st and 3rd Tuesday pm
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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.

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
Details We share our enjoyment of poetry by taking it in alternate turns to focus on a theme or a poet. These are submitted to me so I can send a list out for research in readiness. On the day we read our poem and the ensuing discussion focusses on personal response rather than academic Lit.Crit. We socialise with a coffee break half way through. To help cover room hire we pay an AVC.

Rowing     

Meets Weekly, Mondays am
Details This group is for anyone who would like to row for enjoyment, we welcome both newcomers who would like to learn to row, and anyone who has rowed before and would like to restart. The group is based at Birmingham Rowing Club on Edgbaston Reservoir. Members will have to join BRC for insurance purposes.

Science     

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 are happy to welcome new members!

Scrabble     

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.

Spanish     

Meets Fortnightly Tuesdays am
Details This group met weekly on Zoom through lockdown, but has now returned to fortnightly meetings. This is a cohesive group; several members have relatives or properties in Spain which encourages them to keep learning the language.

Spanish Intermediate     

Meets Thursday mornings
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Talk Film     

Meets Weekly, Wednesdays pm
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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
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Walking -Nordic Style     

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

Walking 3 miles     

Meets Twice a month, 2nd and 4th Monday am
Details Walks are usually circular, starting and ending in our local area, mostly accessible on bus routes. They are gentle walks, without stiles, and 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 the winter months. A pub lunch is usual at the end of our walks.

Walking 4-5 miles 2     

Meets Monthly, 2nd Monday am
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Walking 5-7 miles     

Meets Weekly on Tuesdays
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Walking 8-10 miles     

Meets 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month am
Details We currently have 2 places available. We meet in a variety of places, largely North Worcestershire or Warwickshire but sometimes further afield. We cover a variety of terrain including public footpaths, disused railway lines, canal & river paths etc.We walk over hills and on the flat. If you are a keen walker over this distance, please come and join us.

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. This group has just recommenced face to face meetings after meeting on Zoom during the pandemic