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AC CRAFTERS     

Meets 2nd Wednesday
Details New members are welcome to this well established group. There is always an interesting but flexible crafting programme

ALL THINGS BREAD     

Meets 2nd Tuesday of the month or 2nd Wed.of month
Details This group is dedicated to all aspects of bread making; Sourcing types of flour, looking at yeasts in all its forms, researching recipes and experimenting with baking methods. The sessions will include practical hands on activities: kneading methods, dough proving and oven baking. In addition to discussion there will be hands on bread baking at each session with the opportunity to sample the results of our work with a welcome cup of tea or coffee . New members please contact Marie to check availability of day.

ANCIENT HISTORY     

Meets 2nd Wednesday of the month
Details Come and join us in our quest for the distant past of human cultures and events. This is a friendly group looking at early civilisations. Handouts cover all key facts and no prior knowledge is required. Additional research or discussion is totally optional.

ANTIQUES and COLLECTABLES     

Meets 4th Thursday
Details We started our January meeting in a larger Hall at Trinity. Unfortunately we continue to have a waiting list which even the larger hall has not solved.

ART - SKETCHING OUTDOORS     

Meets 1st & 3rd Wednesday
Details VARIOUS LOCATIONS We meet Spring-AutumN in and around Plymouth, outdoors wherever possible. New members welcome.

Astronomy for Beginners     

Meets 2nd Monday
Details This group wants to find out about the night sky through sharing books, video, and other reference material and may include visits to dark sky locations.

BRIDGE     

Meets 2nd Tuesday & 3rd Friday
Details These are very informal meetings with continuous play and a tutor. It is a very friendly and non-competitive group. There is room for 8 plus 3. The three may join us for tea/coffee, refreshments and observe and take part when there are spaces. Contact Carol if you wish to attend. There is a 50p charge to cover hospitality.

CANASTA AND BOLIVIA GROUP     

Meets Weekly on a Wednesday
Details The main group now plays 'Bolivia' a popular version of the game played in Spain. Canasta and Samba are also played. Beginners are welcome. The group has just entered its 6th year and remains popular with between 20 -30 members attending each week.

COUNTRY DANCING     

Meets 1st & 3rd Friday
Details This is a great way to have fun whilst you’re exercising. New members always welcome. No previous experience necessary!

CRAFT at PLYMPTON     

Meets 1st Wednesday
Details A lot of laughter ensues when this enthusiastic group meet — mainly at the various crafts they have tried. The group is full at the time of printing due to the limited space in Leaders home.

DISCOVERING LOCAL HISTORY     

Meets 3rd Thursday
Details Visits vary in length and usually start at 10am. There are a variety of venues, both outdoor and/or indoor. Members walk at their own risk. We welcome members with local knowledge to contribute to and help plan our programme. Future planned visits can be found in the Newsletter or on the Website.

DISCUSSION GROUP     

Meets 2nd Wednesday
Details Everyone is welcome to join us for a discussion or to sit and listen to the debate. Just turn up on the day. Topics are very varied. Past subjects for discussion have included “The new Plymouth Coach Station”, “Is Commerce the new religion?” and “Populism”.

Executive Committee Meeting     

Meets 1st Monday of the month
Details The Executive Committee meet every month and any contributions to be included in the agenda can be emailed to chairman@plymouthu3a.org.uk. Any member may request to attend a meeting. Also anyone who would like to join the committee and contribute to the running of the Plymouth U3A would be most welcome.

FAMILY HISTORY     

Meets 3rd Wednesday
Details This group is the perfect opportunity to discover your family history

FEATURES and FACTS     

Meets 4th Thursday
Details We look at travelling the world & universe throughout time. No prior knowledge needed. Any research or discussion optional. note that the parking limit in Lidl car park is 90 minutes!

FRENCH CONVERSATION 1     

Meets 1st & 3rd Wednesday
Details We are a group with an excellent teacher who attends most of our meetings. She produces varied, amusing, instructive articles and activities which encourage us to attempt expressing our opinions in French, develop our vocabulary and improve our grammar. Our group has now reached the maximum number of 10. A larger number would be impractical both for hosting and for individual participation. However you are welcome to join our waiting list.

FRENCH CONVERSATION 2     

Meets 2nd & 4th Friday
Details This Group is for people with a good knowledge of French.

FRENCH FOR VISITORS     

Meets 3rd & 4th Tuesday
Details We are a mixed ability group and enjoy the benefit of an excellent French speaker who helps us . We try to have fun whilst getting to grips with the language. At time of printing this group is full and enquiries about the waiting list can be made to the group leader Lynne. Note: We meet on the Top floor.

FRENCH REFRESHERS     

Meets 1st and 3rd Wednesday
Details This Group is aimed at people who have some knowledge of French and wish to improve on their conversational expertise in the language.

FROM SCRIPT TO SCREEN     

Meets 4th Tuesday
Details The Group will pursue personal projects on location , learning about editing techniques, and adding in special effects like using Green Screen.

GARDEN VISIT GROUP     

Meets 4th Friday
Details See U3A website for detail of future visits. Car sharing. New members are very welcome to join us, especially those with cars who are willing to offer lifts to the gardens. Meet by 10:20 in Morrisons Outland Road car park.

German     

Meets 2nd and 4th Thursday
Details The German Group is starting up again to assist German speakers, at any level from beginners to advanced, to improve their conversational ability.

GROUP LEADERS CAFE     

Meets 3rd Monday until further notice
Details An opportunity for Group Leaders to drop in for an informal social get-together, provide mutual support and to share ideas and information.

HELP WITH USING COMPUTERS     

Meets as required
Details Sending e-mails, adding an attachment, problems with connecting your printer, problems with PC or MAC? Free help service for U3A members. Here is an offer indeed. In addition to being a member of Plymouth U3A, Phil is an experienced IT person. He has generously offered his time to those who need help with PC problems.

ITALIAN CONVERSATION 1     

Meets 1st & 3rd Thursday
Details Group full at present. Only recommended for those who already have a fairly good knowledge of the language, as we converse in Italian for one and a half hours!

ITALIAN CONVERSATION 2     

Meets 1st & 3rd Tuesday
Details 

LATIN     

Meets 1st & 3rd Monday
Details Starting in 2016, the Group has just completed the Cambridge Latin Course and is now going to follow the syllabus for the OCR GCSE Latin exam in 2020/1. Studying more advanced grammar, translating verse and prose, writing Latin and exploring further aspects of Roman life, history and culture. Some members will be taking the exam, making that their target, but this is not a requirement of membership, rather an indication of their level of commitment. There are no current plans to launch a second beginners' Group. We welcome new members. A sound knowledge - albeit somewhat rusty! - would be necessary at this stage. Come along and see how you feel. Members pay £2.50 at each meeting to the Proprietary Library for use of their premises and towards refreshments. '

LEARN THE RECORDER     

Meets Alternate Tuesdays
Details This is a friendly group of people who are learning to play in consort. An ability to read music reasonably well and some knowledge of recorders is required, along with a commitment to practice regularly. You will need to provide your own recorder and music stand, and be prepared to buy sheet music sometimes. There is no other charge

LITERATURE 1     

Meets 3rd Monday
Details We take turns in choosing a book and leading the discussion, though members are under no obligation to lead as there are always plenty of enthusiasts willing to do so! Sometimes we pick a genre like humorous books with everyone bringing along a favourite.  Our discussions range from the literature itself, to issues - social, political, historical etc., raised in the books. Although our group is currently full, we only have a short waiting list. People do leave from time to time and we have been able to welcome four new members during the last twelve months. Please Contact Barbara if you wish to be added to our waiting list. Free parking.

LITERATURE 2     

Meets 3rd Tuesday
Details 

LOOKING AT ART 1     

Meets 4th Monday
Details Monthly meetings could be an art DVD and discussion, a members showcase presentation or an external visit to a safari type progressive visit or a trip to a gallery for a specific exhibition.

MAH JONG     

Meets once each week on a Wednesday
Details Please Contact Marilyn in the first instance. New members are very welcome and should come along at 1:00pm, also they should be prepared to commit to 6 weeks of regular play In order to learn the rules.

MARITIME HISTORY     

Meets 1st Monday of the month (Please check calendar)
Details 

MATHEMATICS     

Meets 2nd Tuesday of the month
Details The group is a friendly one where we discuss topical mathematical questions at any level of Mathematics. This is a new group and we would welcome any members who have any interest in mathematics.

MEDIEVAL HISTORY     

Meets 3rd Wednesday of the month
Details Forum for the study and enjoyment of medieval English History

MEDITATION     

Meets every Tuesday
Details This group meets weekly, although not everybody comes every week, and we welcome new members. Members have varying experience of meditation but we usually follow a guided visualisation which enables the body to relax and the mind to calm.

MEET and MIX     

Meets This can vary as advised by Group Leader
Details This is not a regular group where members are expected to attend every session: - it is a “help yourself” activity where a U3A member can pick any date they want without having to commit themselves to future meetings. Join us if you feel like it on the day—no need to book in advance. We meet in the THEATRE ROYAL in the Bar Lounge on the Ground Floor Lounge Simply turn up with your U3A membership card; buy yourself a cup of tea or coffee at the café counter; then say “Hello” to the host [Susan] and meet other U3A members.

METAL DETECTING     

Meets Various
Details What is metal detecting? It is simply finding metal items such as coins, rings, badges etc. buried in the first few inches of earth. The hobby takes you away from your computer into the fresh air, where, with the use of other advanced electronic wizardry, (the metal detector) you can have gentle exercise, enjoy nature and see what your ancestors left behind for you to find. For this hobby you will need to enjoy a reasonable fitness and have available transport.

MILITARY HISTORY     

Meets 2nd Thursday
Details Our group continues to thrive with some 30 members now ‘on the books’ as we move into our third year Most pleasingly, our group seems to attract both sexes in almost equal numbers. Our talks have included presentations on the Battle of Arnhem, Mountbatten’s Flying Boats, Executions for Desertion and Cowardice in WW1, U-Boat ace Gunther Prien and the history of the German armoured vehicle.

MODERN HISTORY     

Meets 4th Tuesday
Details 

MUD WALKS     

Meets 1st Thursday
Details The legacy of Dartmoor is everywhere to be seen; from Bronze Age settlements, quarrying of granite & slate, tinning, excavation of peat & clay, to farming and all the resources needed for them such as canals, leats & tramways. And it's not just Dartmoor that we look at, we also go to similar areas of activity in Devon & Cornwall. We go fully equipped for walking on Dartmoor (notorious for its changeable and unpredictable weather.) We take a packed lunch and drinks to sustain us. Please note that this is not primarily a walking group as there are many other such groups within Plymouth U3A. The MUD Walks group caters for those with a passion for learning about the history & pre-history of this truly wonderful area. Walk details are sent out to members of the group a couple of weeks in advance by e-mail.

MUSIC GROUP     

Meets 2nd Friday
Details 

MYTHS and LEGENDS     

Meets 1st Tuesday
Details We are a small friendly group, who all contribute to our chosen topic and, after some research, will contribute to the following month’s discussions. Over time, our knowledge and understanding of Myths and Legends has expanded and continues to deepen. Recently we have explored legendary Birds and Winged creatures, Witches Warlocks and Wizards, Beginnings/Foundations, more Celtic myths and currently are looking at the significance of Numbers in Myths and Legends.

New Members Meeting     

Meets 3rd Monday of the month
Details This meeting is for any member who has recently joined, and is intended to provide an in depth introduction to the Plymouth U3A organisation. Any new member is welcome to attend.

ORAL AND LIVING HISTORY     

Meets 1st Monday of the month
Details Oral and Living History is about collecting verbal and documentary accounts of ordinary people's lives in Plymouth across the decades.

PHILOLOGY     

Meets 4th Tuesday
Details Some members started from scratch, while others studied Latin many years ago at school, but all are now working at the same level, and are beginning to write in Latin!

PHOTOGRAPHY     

Meets 1st Tuesday of the month
Details We are a small group who meet on the first Tuesday of each month (also camera walks throughout the month in smaller groups), at a time that's best suited to the venue, agreed by group members. Confirmation of which is emailed to members.

PLAY READING     

Meets 2nd Friday
Details Sharing in the reading of play scripts.

POETRY     

Meets 1st Wednesday of the month
Details We are a small friendly group who enjoy reading and listening to Poems. Recent themes, have been 'Pick a Poet', Islands, Man's Best Friends, Winter Wonders, Rhythm and Blues, and Childhood, with Town and Country and Poets in their Time. New members are Welcome

PORTUGUESE     

Meets 1st & 3rd Monday of the month
Details contact Group leader for details

QUILTING     

Meets 2nd & 4th Thursday
Details We are a group with very talented quilters, who are more than happy to pass on their skills and knowledge.

QUIZZES and QUIZZING     

Meets 1st Tuesday of the month
Details WE NEED MORE MEMBERS! We are a friendly group with questions to suit everyone., No-one has to be an egghead to join in and we always work in small teams so what not come along and join us and test the grey matter!

Relax & Let Go     

Meets Every 2 weeks
Details As the name suggests we spend some time relaxing the body, being mindful of the breath and using guided visualisation and meditation. We aim to let go of tension and any worries and calm an over active mind. At the moment the group is small so we are meeting at group leaders home.

RUG - Really Useful Group     

Meets various
Details We are a network of friendly volunteers who are willing to be called on from time to time to help with some of the tasks that need doing which contribute to a successful & welcoming U3A branch. More volunteers are always welcome - the more we have, the more we can do to help and the job will never be too big for anybody.

RUMMIKUB     

Meets 3rd Monday of the month
Details If you like taking part in number games, then Rummikub is your kind of pastime. There is a warm welcome waiting for anyone who would like to join this up and coming group . Come along and tease your brain. The venue is a cafe and some members come along and have lunch beforehand (at 12:30) please feel free to join us.

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY     

Meets 1st Wednesday of the month
Details 

SHARED LEARNING GROUP     

Meets Last Friday of the month
Details We are currently planning a new joint project at our next meeting. Newcomers are welcome. Why not come along for a taster and sit in on one of our meetings. A warm welcome is guaranteed with coffee/tea, wine and light meals available.

SPANISH     

Meets 1st & 3rd Friday
Details This group caters for those who already have a degree of command and understanding of the Spanish language.   Personal, local, national and international news continue to play a big part in our group discussions. Impromptu speaking on a given subject has generated lively and interesting discussions.

Spanish 3     

Meets 3rd Monday of the month
Details The group requests the ability to make up a sentence in response to a question or to be able to make one or two sentences about a subject of interest to you.

SPANISH BEGINNERS     

Meets 1st + 3rd Thursday (+ 5th where applicable)
Details The course assumes that new participants are complete newcomers to the language; those with some previous knowledge are welcome but please bear in mind the above assumption!

SPANISH CULTURE,BASIC SPANISH     

Meets 1st & 2nd Monday
Details The group is predominantly for members who want to improve their Spanish and are interest in Spain and Spanish culture in general (literature, art, food, wine, etc). This group is full at the time of printing.

STITCH KNIT and NATTER 1& 2     

Meets 1st & 3rd Wednesday
Details Session 1 starts at 11:30 and session 2 starts at 1:00pm. both sessions are led by an experienced Textile teacher.  Learn new skills, bring out hidden talents, complete unfinished projects and discuss ideas in a friendly atmosphere. New members are welcome. 2 sessions

SWIMMING     

Meets Mondays
Details £3.00 for swimming which includes the cost of 2 hours parking.

Travellers Group     

Meets 
Details To share experiences and advice on trips to other countries.

Vintage Games     

Meets 2nd Friday of the month
Details We will be playing / learning games such as Backgammon, cribbage, Monopoly, dominoes, whist, rummy, etc. Members are encouraged to bring along their own games for others to try.

WALKING - INTERMEDIATE     

Meets 2nd Wednesday
Details All walks begin at 10.30 and are between 5 & 7 miles avoiding the rougher ground on Dartmoor and the Southwest Coast Path. We stop for coffee and a packed lunch and normally return about 14.30. Directions & car park advice available on request from walk leader

WALKING - LONG WALKS     

Meets 2nd & 4th Thursday
Details Venues are published on our web page complete with grid reference for car parking. Further advice on parking, or how to get there, can be had from either group leader above. Car share is common and the standard U3A rate (45p per mile divided by all in the car including driver) applies. Walks will vary from High Dartmoor to the rolling countryside of the south hams, and to coastal paths in Devon and Cornwall. It is rare that walks do not have hills or mud or otherwise difficult going for at least a small part of the route. Distances vary between 7 and 10 miles with occasional exceptions. We expect walkers to be appropriately dressed for the terrain and weather and this should include boots. We carry our own lunch and drinks. We do not mind one controlled, well behaved dog on a walk however that position is filled (at time of printing).

WALKING - SHORT WALKS     

Meets 1st Tuesday & 3rd Friday
Details Please refer to the Plymouth U3A Website for details on walks. Members walk at their own risk. Walking boots are recommended. All walks are followed by a pub lunch. If weather is poor please contact walk leader to confirm walk will go ahead.

WATERCOLOUR PAINTING     

Meets 1st & 3rd Thursday
Details We have space for new members but please contact Sally before attending for the first time so she can advise on what items to bring. 

WILDLIFE GROUP     

Meets 4th Wednesday
Details The object of the group is to observe and share knowledge about all forms of wildlife, and enjoy an outing with like minded folk. Walking boots, rain gear and hiking poles are usually recommended, also a drink and packed lunch. Binoculars will be useful. Distances up to about 4 miles, and up to 4hrs are estimates. Mud and steep slopes may be encountered.

WINE APPRECIATION 1     

Meets 2nd Thursday
Details Although we have currently 17 members and therefore have a very full group I will help set up another wine group if enough people are interested.

WINE APPRECIATION 2     

Meets 3rd Tuesday
Details At normal meetings we will taste and compare three different wines from around the world. We also occasionally go off piste and have a party where we all contribute food and wines to go with it, or visit wineries or even breweries. Due to limited space we can’t accommodate more than 12 people. We are usually full but would welcome newcomers if there are any spaces.

WINE APPRECIATION 3     

Meets 4th Wednesday
Details contact Group Leader for details

WINE APPRECIATION 4     

Meets 2nd Monday
Details 

WINE APPRECIATION 5     

Meets 2nd Wednesday of the month
Details To sample and learn about wines from around the world.

WORLD RELIGIONS     

Meets 1st Tuesday of the month
Details We are a diverse group. We enjoy a mixture of speakers linked to world religions, customs and outreach work and also visit places of interest in the area e.g. the synagogue, the Greek Orthodox and Coptic churches, The Minster, the Ashoka Buddhist Centre and Ford Park Cemetery and Buckfast Abbey. Speakers have included those from Buddhist, Muslim, Bah’ai, Sikh, Christian and Humanist traditions. Our most challenging morning was probably our attempt to master Hindu dance! We have explored outreach activities in Plymouth and in other parts of the world e.g. the Shekinah Mission, the Food Bank and various chaplaincies locally and the street children in India.

WRITERS GROUP     

Meets 1st Wednesday
Details At each monthly meeting a title/theme/topic is agreed for the next session, when we each read out our prepared piece and get feedback (honest and constructive). We are not a taught group - so no lessons on how to write. A major part of the interest in the group is hearing how others have interpreted an idea, because of this format, our writings tend to be fairly short pieces, so that everyone gets to be heard; “part-works” are possible too, but it is not the place to try out your autobiography or the next novel!