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Archaeology Talks     

Meets Tuesday Week 2 except July & August
Details The Archaeology Talks Group is now well established and has proved to be very popular. We still have room for anyone else to join. The group is aimed at people with an interest in archaeology but does not assume any prior knowledge of the subject. The range of topics spans from Prehistoric times, Greek, Celts, Romans, Anglo-Saxons, Medieval and modern.

Art Appreciation     

Meets Tuesday Week 1
Details This popular group is currently viewing and discussing a series of excellent DVDs on artists and art movements. For further information about the group please contact Beth Toman telephone 01460 65093 Fee £3.00 per 6 sessions. Beverages 50p extra Meeting: 1st Tuesday in the month Time: Between 10am and 12pm Venue: Donyatt Village Hall - Donyatt

Badminton Friday Group     

Meets Friday Weekly 10AM TILL NOON
Details We play at Broadway Hall Broadway on Friday mornings at 10 am until Noon. If you have a satnav the postcode is TA19 9RE New Members are welcome or add yourself to our waiting list. We are limited to 12 members. New members are invited to apply, no experience is needed but you must be physically fit and willing to commit to playing on a regular basis. By joining us you agree to paying a monthly fee being the shared cost of the Hall rent, currently £5.00 month each. Just email lewbat@uwclub.net Contact Details: Lewis Bates 2 Woodhouse Cottages Chaffcombe Chard TA20 4AU Tel: 01460 68629 Mobile 07731787516 email: lewbat@uwclub.net

Badminton The Rusty Racquets     

Meets TUESDAY WEEKLY at 10AM until NOON
Details A group for newbies and rusty racquet holders, formed for fun and to keep us active and fit. We play at Broadway Hall Broadway on Tuesday mornings at 10 am until Noon. If you have a satnav the postcode is TA19 9RE. To join us Just email lewbat@outlook.com or call 0146068629 New Members are welcome or add yourself to our waiting list. By joining us you agree to paying a monthly fee being the shared cost of the Hall rent.

Book Choice     

Meets Wednesday Week 3
Details Group members select books to read and discuss

Book Club 1     

Meets Tuesday Week 3
Details Friendly group, we discuss the book we have read during each month. Books come from the library. Members of the group choose the authors or books that they wish to read, and bring their impressions to the group for comment and discussion. Meeting: 3rd Tuesday in the month Time: 2.30pm Group Leader: Janet Brown.

Bowling     

Meets Various
Details Bowling Club started July 2019

Bridge 1     

Meets Monday Week 2 &4
Details this group meets at Ilminster Bowling club.

Bridge 2     

Meets a. Fri Week 1; b Wed Week 3
Details Please contact lthe leader to see if you are roughly at the same level. This group is not full.

Bridge 3     

Meets 1st Wed 2-4 pm, 4th Wed 10 am-12 pm
Details This is for absolute beginners.

Chess     

Meets 2nd and 4th Fridays Oct-Mar, 2nd only Apr-Sep
Details The Chess group meets 2nd and 4th Fridays Oct-Mar, 2nd Friday only Apr-Sep, 14:30 at leader's home. In addition to playing chess games, we also examine interesting puzzles and/or grandmaster games.

Circle Dancing     

Meets Friday Week 3
Details A gentle way of exercising through dance to music from all over the world. Great fun, come and join in. £2.50 per session or £10.00 for five sessions Coffee and Tea extra 50p Meeting: 3rd Friday in the month Time: 2pm Group Leader: Mavis Harper, Tel: 01460 394128

Communications     

Meets To be arranged
Details To discuss best ways to communicate and keep CID UTA information up to date - Publicity, Website, Newsletter, Beacon, Committee

Contemporary Music     

Meets Tuesday Week 4
Details If you are interested in modern music, be it AOR ( Adult Orientated Rock), Metal, Jazz, Disco, Blues or Motown then this is the group for you. Whether you like music quizzes, or just listening to CD's or viewing music video's there is something for every taste - please come along an join us every 4th Tuesday in the month. Meeting: 4th Tuesday in the month Time: 10am to 12pm Group Leader: Bob Inskip

Cribbage     

Meets 2nd and 4th Monday
Details The venue is 67 Adams Meadow Ilminster TA19 9DB we meet on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month at 2pm and there are no funds. At the moment we have 8 members and the maximum will be 10

Cricket Indoors     

Meets Wednesday Weekly at 17:00 Holyrood Academy
Details Group has now been in operation since end-June 2018 Plastic ball is used, so no pads or gloves needed. No previous experience is necessary! There is room for additional members. Both men and ladies participate.

Cryptic Crossword     

Meets Wednesdays Weekly
Details Short course of approx 6-8 weeks for beginners

Discussion 1     

Meets Monday Week 1
Details The group usually deals with one topic per meeting. Topics selected by the group are introduced by one member and then opened to general discussion. Examples of recent discussions are: a) Is "not in my backyard" selfish and antisocial? b) Is "political correctness" incorrect? Meeting: 1st Monday in the month Time: 2.15pm Group Leader: Don Macdonald.

Etymology 1     

Meets Monday Week 2
Details The study of English words and phases. Because of its popularity, there are two parallel groups. Meeting: Etymology 1. 2nd Monday in the month Etymology 2. 1st Wednesday in the month Time: 10am - 12pm (Both Groups) Group Leader: Don Macdonald.

Etymology 2     

Meets Wednesday Week 1
Details The study of English words and phases. Because of its popularity, there are two parallel groups. Meeting: Etymology 1. 2nd Monday in the month Etymology 2. 1st Wednesday in the month Time: 10am - 12pm (Both Groups) Group Leader: Don Macdonald.

Family History 1     

Meets Tuesday Week 1
Details This is a discussion group about Family History research. We don't use computers.

Family History 2     

Meets Thursday Week 2
Details The Family History Group meets on the 2nd Thursday of the month at the leaders home address.

French Conversation     

Meets Mondays Week 3 at 10 am
Details This new group started in November 2016. We meet on the 3rd Monday of each month, between 10.00 and 12.00 am. in members’ homes. The aim of the group is to encourage people to speak the language using vocabulary they already know and to build on this without much formal grammar input. We are fortunate in being guided by a French speaker who chooses suitable texts and activities to facilitate conversation in a friendly and supportive way. This group is currently full but the waiting list is open.

French Improvers     

Meets 2nd & 4th Wednesdays
Details New French group – French Improvers for those near Ashill, Ilminster with easy parking at my home. It will be fortnightly - the second and forth Wednesday at 2 pm until about 4 pm. It could also sometimes rotate. But if so, I would help with the session content and material. In my home we could for example : listen to authentic French, translate and read French, practice conversation, play games in French and watch video clips and French films (with subtitles). The group is to be called French Improvers as we hope to improve our French. Members should, if possible, have a (rusty) O level/GCSE in French or some knowledge of French. Please contact Pauline on treetops81@gmail.com or 01823 481479

Gardening 1     

Meets Monday Week 2
Details 

General Meetings     

Meets 3rd Monday of the month
Details #GENERAL MEETING# A general meeting open to all members and visitors of Chard, Ilminster & District U3A is held once a month (except August) in "The Guildhall" situated on Fore Street in Chard. The meeting normally takes place on the third Monday of the month, starting at 2pm and lasting to around 4pm. The meeting also gives members an opportunity to hear news and announcements about group activities, new groups, and forthcoming events. There is time for tea/coffee and biscuits during the afternoon, giving members ample opportunity to talk to group leaders or chat among themselves. The format of the afternoon is tea/coffee followed by a talk by a guest speaker and this is followed by notices and business. And all for £1.00

German     

Meets Wednesday Week 1 & 3
Details Very basic language sessions; mostly verbal - oral learning from CDs and tapes, with no written work. This is a relatively new group for beginners wishing to learn German basic conversation. At present this group is full.

Guitar Group     

Meets 1st and 3rd Wednesday. 2pm - 5pm
Details players of all standards, No lessons, just having fun and learning new songs. bring your favorite songs to play. contact Bob Partridge. 07967057069

History 1     

Meets Tuesday Week 3
Details Members of the group volunteer to research a particular topic and give an informal presentation to the group. Sometimes two or three members share a presentation. Often a theme is chosen for the year. Emphasis is on learning together; there are no experts. Most years the group goes on a weekend visit to an area of historical interest. Meeting: 3rd Tuesday in the month Time: 10.00am Venue: Donyatt Village Hill (New Venue) Group Leader: Alan Bamber

Holiday Organiser     

Meets North Wales Holiday May 2019
Details I am planning a holiday to North wales in May 2019. If you are interested in joining those who have already put their names down please let me know as soon as possible as I have to finalize booking the hotel by 26th October.

Italian     

Meets Friday Weekly
Details The Italian group meet at a member's house in Knowle St Giles, so we try to arrange lifts for people without their own transport. We are all reasonably fluent in Italian so the group is not suited for beginners. We start each meeting with a text and some discussion on a topic chosen the precious week. Next we read a magazine article, or an extract from an Italian website. We finish with more general discussion over the "te e biscotti"

Latin Group 1     

Meets Tuesday Weekly
Details This is a course for beginners or lovers of the Latin language. We all start at lesson 1 so it is not suitable for people to join midway. If you make it to the end of the course, it will take about 5 years (of fun!).

Latin Group 2     

Meets Thursday Weekly
Details This group is for beginners or lovers of the Latin language, so people are not able to join midway. If you survive to the end of the course, it will take about 5 years (of fun!).

Life Universe and Everything     

Meets Monday Week 4 except December & August
Details The aim of this group is to examine and evaluate the insights of people past and present in trying to unravel the complexities of our mysterious universe and the role and nature of humanity within it. We try to keep abreast of these ideas, often using excellent resource material which is now available from the U3A and internet. However, we are not an academic bunch and ensure that material presented at group meetings meets the needs of the layperson rather than the egghead. Our broad endeavours take us into a variety of traditional areas of human enquiry – philosophy, science, religion and belief systems, ethics, mind studies, the paranormal, cosmology, art, history, and so on. Our reflections rarely conclude that there are absolute answers, and the one thing missing from our wide-ranging discussions is certainty! Our informal meetings are characterised by careful thought and discussion, and are often laced with humour. All members of our group are invited to suggest topics, or even present them. If you would like to know more please give me a ring. Meetings are held at Donyatt Village Hall - 10.00am to 12 noon on the fourth Monday of each month (excepting August and December) The current fee of 50p per meeting applies. With no meeting in August or December, each six-month period contains five meetings. This means that the charge is £2.50 payable at the first meeting, instead of five payments of 50p.

Lunch Club     

Meets Tuesday Week 2
Details his is a social group that meets at various eating places in the general locality Meeting: 2nd Tuesday in the month Time: 12.30pm Group Leader: Peter Easton 01297 553537

Music Appreciation     

Meets Wednesday Week 2
Details The group aims to broaden understanding and appreciation of classical music by listening to recorded music selected in turn by a group member. Various aspects of the music are discussed by the group

Natural History     

Meets Thursday Week 4
Details The Natural History Group Future plans are to have talks and trips throughout the year. A programme of events for the group will be arranged in the New Year and the details sent to group members by email. For further information please contact Maureen Edwards, email: m.d.edwards371@btinternet.com

Needlecraft     

Meets Wednesday Week 2
Details 

News and views     

Meets Wednesday Week 2
Details Do you enjoy reading the news and airing your views? Our group does just that, with members bringing along any item of news, serious or trivial, that they have found interesting and would like to be the subject of a brief discussion. To sample a meeting please contact Clive Robinson on 01460 234719 or email clive@robinson171.plus.com. The group meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 10.00am.

Past Times     

Meets Thursday Week 3 at 14:00 Donyatt Village Hall
Details The activities of the group include the following: 1. Visits to historic houses, gardens, museums, follies or other places of historic interest 2. Research and presentation by member(s) concerning a favourite person, place or event 3. Consideration of “Anniversaries” (i.e. “On this day in history”) 4. Talks by specialists on historic items of particular interest

Photography - Intermediate     

Meets Intermediate Group 30th July
Details A visit to Bishops Lydeard Mill, Rural Life and Transport Museum is planned. Meeting at 1pm Broadway Village Hall car park

Photography Novice     

Meets Tuesday July 23rd
Details Monthly on the third Tuesday of the month unless otherwise advised by email.

Play Reading     

Meets Wednesday Week 1
Details The group reads one-act plays, usually comedies, that are choosen by members. Each person has the chance to read a main character. We meet at each members home in turn on the first Wednesday of the month The maximum number of members I can admit would be 9 Since 2016 I was advised by the previous leader Norma Evans that the U3A no longer pay the £20 annual fee to Yeovil Library Arts and Music dept. for borrowing the plays therefore I collect the money from the group members annually to pay and the invoice is requested from the library to me by email. I have already received this next 12 months invoice and have paid the money. I am about to email group members to advise them as to what their contribution will be when we meet next week. I do not handle any other monies.

Poetry 1     

Meets Wednesday Week 4
Details 

Poetry for Pleasure     

Meets Wednesday Week 3
Details Meets at members homes on 3rd Wednesday of each month. 10 max members tel 01460 64687

Quiz Group Team     

Meets Ad-hoc Tursday and possibly Friday afternoons.
Details A two hour quiz experience somewhere in the vicinity, roughly 2pm to 4pm. Teams of 4-6. Come along with friends or we can place you in a team. Tea, coffee, prizes; what's not to like? Cost will be approximately £2 per person.

Rambling 1     

Meets Friday Week 1
Details A variety of leisurely walks are undertaken, usually taking about 2/3 hours and finishing at a pub for lunch. For further information please follow this link Short Walks Group Meeting: 1st Friday in the month Time: 10am Venue: We assemble in the Crowshute car park Chard and then decide how many cars are required to convey the group to the starting point of the walk Group Leader: Mike Moore Tel: 01460 220885 or 07718385700 Email: mike@mgmoore.co.uk

Rambling 2     

Meets Friday Week 3
Details The group walks on the 3rd Friday of the month. The walks are between 5 and 8 miles long. All information about the walks is sent out each month via email. If you would like to come along, please contact Paul Ebdon, Tel 01460 67206

Reading for pleasure     

Meets Wednesday Last Week
Details An author or title is chosen by the group. Sometimes everyone reads the same book, other times any book by the same author. The books are discussed in a very relaxed way, with the emphasis being on reading for pleasure. Meeting: Last Wednesday in the month

Scrabble     

Meets Tuesday Week 4
Details Meeting at group leaders house every fourth Tuesday in the month at 7pm.

Short Tennis 1     

Meets Thursday - Weekly
Details Short tennis is played on a badminton court with normal sized rackets and a soft ball. It is great fun and helps to keep you mobile! We don't take it too seriously, just enjoy playing and the social aspect of the group. There is only one court at the venue, so we play doubles, and the rest of the group are entertained watching the matches and disputing line calls! As not everyone attends every week we need a minimum of 10 members to make the group viable. No equipment is necessary as it's all provided. Just bring yourself and a drink. There is a weekly £1-£2 fee per person to cover the cost of hiring the hall, depending on numbers.

Short Tennis 2     

Meets Every Wednesday 10-12
Details The games are played indoors on a badminton court at Broadway Village Hall. All the necessary equipment is supplied including racquets which are extremely light. Larger soft red balls are used. They travel slower and bounce less than standard tennis balls. The hall has a high ceiling and is well lit. There is plenty of free parking. Sessions cost £2 per member.

Short Tennis 3     

Meets Weekly Wednesday 2 - 4 pm
Details Short tennis is played on a badminton court with normal sized rackets and a soft ball. It is great fun and helps to keep you mobile! We don't take it too seriously, just enjoy playing and the social aspect of the group. There is only one court at the venue, so we play doubles, and the rest of the group are entertained watching the matches and disputing line calls! No equipment is necessary as it's all provided. Just bring yourself and a drink. There is a weekly £1-£2 fee per person to cover the cost of hiring the hall, depending on numbers.

Short Tennis 4     

Meets Thursday
Details Contact ianandjudewilson@btinternet.com

Spanish     

Meets Wednesday Week 2
Details Conversational Spanish for improvers. Participants take part a variety of exercises and games to improve their vocabulary. Meeting: 2nd Wednesday in the month Time: 2pm Group Leader: Sorry, but the group is currently full

Spanish Conversation     

Meets Wednesday Week 4
Details Sorry, but the group is currently full. This Spanish group is suitable for beginners. Meeting: 4th Wednesday in the month Time: 2.00pm For further details please contact

Sunday Lunch Club     

Meets To be advised by leader
Details This group will meet on a Sunday for lunch at a venue they have chosen in advance at a time agreed among all members

Table Tennis 1     

Meets Thursday Week 1,3,4(5)
Details If you feel the need for some company and some gentle exercise then join the Chard U3A Table Tennis group. We welcome everyone from complete beginners to more experienced players. Our group is going from strength to strength to the point where we have now started a third group on Friday mornings! More advanced players come along an hour earlier from 9-10 to play singles at a higher standard on Thursdays and Fridays. Others just enjoy a bit of exercise and a good laugh. The Tuesday Group Location: Tatworth Memorial Hall, Kent Road, South Chard, TA20 2QA Time/Date: Every Tuesday 10am-12pm Group Leader: Barbara Gault Tele: 01460 221814 email barbaradgault@gmail.com The Thursday Group Location: Tatworth Memorial Hall, Kent Road, South Chard, TA20 2QA Time/Date: Every Thursday 10am-12pm (except 2nd Thursday in the month) Group Leader: Barbara Gault Tele: 01460 221814 email barbaradgault@gmail.com

Table Tennis 2     

Meets ,Tuesday Weekly
Details If you feel the need for some company and some gentle exercise then join the Chard U3A Table Tennis group. We welcome everyone from complete beginners to more experienced players. Our group is going from strength to strength to the point where we have now started a third group on Friday mornings. We have a lot of fun and some of our more advanced players come along from 9-10 on Thursdays and Fridays to play singles to a higher standard. The rest of us just enjoy a bit of exercise and a good laugh. There are 3 groups The Tuesday Group Location: Tatworth Memorial Hall, Kent Road, South Chard, TA20 2QA Time/Date: Every Tuesday 10am-12pm Group Leader: Barbara Gault Tele: 01460 221814 email barbaradgault@gmail.com The Thursday Group Location: Tatworth Memorial Hall, Kent Road, South Chard, TA20 2QA Time/Date: Every Thursday 10am-12pm (except 2nd Thursday of the month) The Friday Group Location: Tatworth Memorial Hall, Kent Road, South Chard, TA20 2QA Time/Date: Every Friday, 10-12 Group Leader: Barbara Gault Tele: 01460 221814 email barbaradgault@gmail.com

Table Tennis 3     

Meets Friday 10am until noon
Details 

The God Group     

Meets Friday Week 3
Details Reading and studying books on religion. Leader Beth Toman 01460 65093

The Word     

Meets To be announced
Details New Group This group will be devoted to discussion about books, magazines, TV, films and theatre. Probably meeting in Ilminster. Enquiries to the above email or tel: 01460 57311

Wine Appreciation     

Meets Thursday Week 1
Details This group is a joint group with Crewkerne and Chard & Ilminster members. PLease contact Sue on suefrack@btinternet.com An introduction to the world of wine. The group meet to discuss and taste a wide and varied selection of wine from around the world. At certain times of the year visits are arranged to local vineyards and occasionally we are able to obtain the services of wine experts from retailers like Waitrose to add to the groups knowledge Meeting: First Thursday in the month Time: 2pm until approx 4pm Group Leader Please note this group is run jointly with Crewkerne U3A. The Henhayes Centre will be used for the first six months of the year. For the second six months meetings will be at the Scout Hall in Chard.

World Affairs     

Meets Monday Week 2
Details Members meet to discuss world affairs.

Writing for pleasure     

Meets Monday Week 1
Details Members choose subjects for all to write about and discuss the following month. Creative criticsm is encouraged. Meeting: 1st Monday in the month Time: 2pm Group Leader: Diana Goldsmith