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Art     

Meets We meet, during term time, on Thursday afternoons
Venue Lutley Community Centre
Details Art We meet, during term time, on Thursday afternoons from 14:00 to 16:00 at Lutley Community Centre. We are a practical art group, producing pieces of artwork in a variety of media.

Astronomy     

Meets We meet monthly, on Thursdays from 10.00 to 11.30
Venue Quinton Methodist Church Classroom
Details You do not have to be an expert to join our friendly Astronomy group. We meet monthly, on Thursdays from 10.00 to 11.30 at Quinton Methodist Church. Some of you may notice that it is not dark then. So we have a nice classroom where we can sit and discuss whatever we fancy. We all know something but not everything, and that's the beauty of it, we all learn from one another. Astronomy is not rocket science. Well, perhaps a bit of it is... Members are most welcome to introduce a topic of their choice, and we'll all join in and share what we know. You do not have to be a Brian Cox (although several of our group wish he would join!)… We cover a diverse range of topics at our meetings, there are so many interesting things to discuss, find out about, and view! Have a look at some Topics we have covered and more recent topics on our website to get an idea of what we get up to... Also a list of Astronomy Possible Future Topics we may be doing soon... As a bonus, we also have a coffee and biscuit break! The ones of us who are not scared of the dark and cold do look upwards in the evenings in the comfort of their own garden, and wonder when the clouds will ever clear, but when they do, they try to familiarise themselves with the stars, constellations, planets, the ISS, meteor showers etc... So we learn about star-hopping and recognising the main constellations so we can impress our friends! We are adding some links to useful astronomy websites, such as the Monthly Skymaps, NASA website, Binocular Sky ---> see Links on our Halesowen U3A website

Beading     

Meets Between 13:15 and 15:00, monthly on Wednesdays
Venue Members own home
Details We meet during term time between 13:15 and 15:00, monthly on Wednesdays that are not in General Meeting weeks, at a private residence.

Chess     

Meets Wednesdays in non General Meeting weeks
Venue Hasbury Methodist Church Foyer and Kitchen
Details Chess We meet at Hasbury for Coffee at 10:30 in non General Meeting week Wednesdays during term time, following which we play friendly chess until 12:00. Some of us bring a packed lunch to enjoy socially before Scrabble or Literature at 12:30.

Cryptic Quizzes     

Meets By email
Venue 
Details Quiz to be sent by email. Details to be confirmed. This is a work in progress!

Discussion and Philosophy     

Meets Monthly on Wednesdays following General Meeting
Venue Hasbury Methodist Church Small Hall
Details We meet monthly, during term time, on Wednesdays following the General Meeting between 12:30 and 14:00 at Hasbury.

European History     

Meets 
Venue Quinton Methodist Church Classroom
Details Proposed group from September 2020 if sufficient interest.

EVENTS     

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Venue 
Details EVENTS isn't a real group, it's a way of presenting a list of events, such as the beginning and end dates of terms!

Folk Dancing     

Meets Usually fortnightly on Monday mornings
Venue Hasbury Methodist Church Small Hall
Details Come and join our new dancing group - it's good for you!

Garden Interest     

Meets Usually monthly on Mondays
Venue Quinton Methodist Church
Details Garden History in Spring and Autumn Terms, when we meet monthly at Quinton Garden Visits in Summer Term, when we visit gardens around the Midlands from time to time.

History     

Meets Monthly on Wednesdays after General Meeting
Venue Hasbury Methodist Church Small Hall
Details We meet monthly, during term time, on Wednesdays following the General Meeting between 12:30 and 14:00 at Hasbury. The topic for the following term is chosen by the group discussing ideas that members of the group have suggested. Once the group have decided on a topic members volunteer to research a particular aspect within the topic and report their findings back to the group. In the Spring Term we are looking at novels, biographies, history books, which show aspects of a particular period of history. The Year of the French by Thomas Flanagan. Thomas Flanagan an American professor of Irish extraction wrote a trilogy of novels which are set at points in Irish history. This book is based on a little known episode in 1798. There was a large scale revolt against British Rule. The novel concerns how the French revolutionary government sent a number of troops to land in Mayo on the opposite coast. Earthly Joys by Philippa Gregory. It is the story of John Tradescant, a renowned naturalist, gardener, collector, and traveller who worked for several famous men. The book gives an indicator of the political life at the time, including the Royal Court particularly the reigns of James 1st and Charles 1st. These two strands run in tandem throughout the novel. The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict. The other Einstein looks at the life and times of the forgotten woman whose light was lost in Einstein’s enormous shadow. She was Albert’s first wife who he promised to treat as an equal in both love and science. But is there room for more than one genius in a marriage? The Seal Woman’s Gift by Sally Magnussun The book concerns an almost completely unknown piece of 17th Century history. Barbary pirates from the Mediterranean plundered coastal areas around Northern Europe (and America) taking and enslaving inhabitants in places like Algiers and Tunis in Northern Africa. It was odd to think of this slave trade going both ways across the Atlantic. Iceland was particularly hard hit. Malcolm X, visits abroad, April 1964 – February 1965 by Marika Sherwood Malcolm X after a troubled childhood and imprisonment became a Muslim on his release in 1952. A gifted speaker he became the major spokesman for the Nation of Islam, indicting white America in the harshest terms for its crimes against African Americans. On the 12th February 1965 Malcolm visited Smethwick. Smethwick was considered a hotbed of racial tension. Some residents of Marshall Street, where Malcolm visited were calling on the council to buy empty houses and make them available to white families only. 1066 and All That - A memorable history of England by W.C.Sellar and R.J. Yeatman.

Knitting and Crochet     

Meets Fortnightly on Tuesday mornings
Venue Members own home
Details Meets fortnightly 10.30am to 12.30pm on Tuesdays at the Group Leader's home. Please click on the "Post" icon on our website to send a message to the Group Leader... Initial Thoughts... "I propose the group is run a bit like a book club where we share our ideas, plan projects and generally help each other to extend and enhance our skills. I would love to learn how to crochet and in knitting my skills are not too good at fair isle. I have lots of balls of wool, some knitting needles and pattern books and I propose that the first meeting should be one planning how we want to run. If we decide on a project group activity then the meetings may have to be once every two weeks so that we get our projects completed. (in time for what….) Perhaps those who are interested could meet up just before or after the next meeting on Wednesday to come to an agreement on the day. We’ll try to make a better job of it than they are of Brexit. Thank you for your interest."

Literature     

Meets Wednesday afternoons on non-General Meeting weeks
Venue Hasbury Methodist Church Small Hall
Details We meet 12:30 - 14.00 on Wednesdays at Hasbury (some of us after our packed lunches), normally to discuss a piece of literature we have been reading.

Music Appreciation     

Meets non General Meeting week Wednesdays
Venue Hasbury Methodist Church Small Hall
Details We meet at Hasbury for Coffee at 10:30 in non General Meeting week Wednesdays during term time, following which a member presents a programme (approximately 1 hour) of music of their choice. Some of us bring a packed lunch to enjoy socially before Scrabble or Literature at 12:30.

Origami     

Meets Monthly Wed non-general meeting week 10.30-12.00
Venue Hasbury Methodist Church
Details Our group formed recently to learn a new skill together and have fun! We meet once a month on Wednesday in a non-general meeting week at Hasbury Methodist Church. The group runs from 10.30-12.00 but we meet for coffee at 10.00 with other groups using the venue.

Patchwork and Quilting     

Meets Monthly on non General Meeting Wednesdays
Venue Members own home
Details We have two groups who meet during term time, monthly on Wednesdays that are not in General Meeting weeks at a private residence. One group meets between 13:15 and 15:00, the other between 15:15 and 17:00.

Photography     

Meets Wednesday afternoons
Venue Quinton Methodist Church Classroom
Details We meet monthly, during term time, between 13:00 and 15:00 on Wednesays, usually at Quinton, although for the Autumn Term, we will be on field trips or meeting at the Group Leader's Home.

Puds Galore     

Meets Monthly on 3rd Monday afternoons
Venue Quinton Methodist Church Parlour
Details We meet monthly to taste and discuss puddings made by three or four of our members each time. You have to make the pudding yourself (no bought cakes allowed!) Want to see Some Puds we have made ? Then look on our own webpage on the Halesowen U3A website.

Science and Technology     

Meets Tuesday afternoons every two weeks
Venue Members own home
Details We meet usually every two weeks, during term time, on Tuesdays between 14.00 and 15.30 at a private residence to watch and discuss science and technology video presentations, either on DVD or recorded from TV.

Scrabble     

Meets non General Meeting Wednesdays
Venue Hasbury Methodist Church Foyer and Kitchen
Details We meet at 12:30 on non General Meeting Wednesdays, during term time at Hasbury (some of us after our packed lunches) and play friendly Scrabble until 14:00.

SETTING UP TIME     

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Details Extra times rooms have to be booked to enable setting up, e.g Hasbury Large Hall, Foyer& Kitchen...

Strollers     

Meets non General Meeting week Thursday mornings
Venue Meet at Quinton Methodist Church Carpark
Details We meet, during term time, on non General Meeting week Thursday mornings at the top car park at Quinton Methodist Church, in time to depart for our start point at 10:15. We usually walk between three and four miles of fairly gentle paths with no or few stiles, led by a group member. We then have a pub lunch. You can see some of the places we have walked by clicking on the link on our website, but some are listed here along with the pubs we ended up at: 1. Churchill & Hagley (2) RW / JW (I have walk data) The Foxhunt 2. Wyre Forest (3 transect etc.) Dry Mill Lane RW / JW / GC / LJ (I have maps) The Running Horse 3. Wyre Forest Marked Butterfly trail – Dry Mill Lane RW / JW The Running Horse 4. Wyre Forest from Visitors Centre CH / PW The Running Horse 5. City canals to Fazeley St. (2) RW / JW (I have map) The Holly Bush 6. City canals to Harborne Walkway (1) RW / JW (I have map) The Royal Oak 7. Worc. Canal to Selly Oak (1) RW / JW (I have map etc.) The Royal Oak 8. Hampton Loade & Dudmaston (1) RW / JW (I have walk data) The River & Rail 9. Wolverley (3 with variants) RW / JW (I have walk data) The Lock 10. Wombourne Canal & Railway MA / DA (2) The Summer House 11. Stourport & Wilden RW / JW / Others from Common (2) The Dog at Harvington 12. Cookley & Caunsall MA / DA (2) The Foxhunt? 13. Avoncroft MA / DA (1) The Guild 14. Hanbury Hall from Hanbury Wharf RW / JW Eagle & Sun 15. Hanbury Hall inc Hanbury Church MA / DA The Guild 16. Clent RT / JT & DT / JA etc. (2) The Foxhunt 17. Bromsgrove – Christmas RW / JW (2) The Guild 18. Arrow Valley MB + others DT / JA + others(3 various) Mappleborough Green / The Guild 19. Sandwell Valley DT / CH / PW + others (3 various) The Amber Tavern 20. Malvern – All day RW / JW (1) Blue Bell Inn Callow End 21. Chaddesley Woods (First Bluebell Walk) RW / GC (1) The Dog Harvington 22. Kinver MB + others MA / DA (2) ? in Kinver 23. From Stewponey DT + others (1) Dick Whittington 24. Canal Walks from Wordsley towards Stewponey M B + ? The Glass House 25. Canal Walk from Wordsley towards Merry Hill M B + ? The Glass House 26. Netherton area (3 various) DT + others 27. Arley and Reservoirs (1) DT + others 28. Waseley Country Park (1) ? 29. Norton (1) Former member The Greyhound 30. Between Halesowen & Hagley (1) Former member The Foxhunt 31. Bewdley (2) former members The Park Gate? 32. Hillpool (1) RW / JW (Have details) The Dog Harvington 33. Belbroughton & Drayton (1) RW / JW (Have details) The Talbot Belbroughton 34. Ashwood Nursery (1) MA / DA The Navigation & The Summer House 35. Baggeridge (3) MB + others The Summer House 36. Penn Common (1) former member (Prob The Summer House) 37. Saltwells (2) MB+ others The Foxhunt? 38. Cannon Hill Park (3) DT / CH / PW & others The Amber Tavern 39. Dartmouth Park (1) CH The Royal Oak? 40. Hurcott Woods (1) CH / PW The Land Oak 41. Halesowen & Illey (1) PTB The Black Horse at Illey 42. Tardebigge ? 43. Rifle Range DT + The Park Gate 44. Little Heath Garden Centre DT + 45. Alvechurch DT + The Lock 46. Wightwick Manor DT + The Mermaid 47. Uffmoor Woods 48. Chaddesley Woods & Chaddesley (Bluebell Walk) RW/JW + The Dog Harvington

Ukulele     

Meets Mondays in General Meeting Weeks
Venue The Stag and 3 Horseshoes
Details The group meets on General Meeting Week Mondays at a pub known as "The Stag And Three Horseshoes" where Long Lane / Kent Road cross A458 Hagley Road West. We start at 10:00 a.m. and we usually finish at 12:00 noon but it is perfectly acceptable for people to arrive and leave at any time to suit themselves. You can send a message to the Group Leader using the "Post" link on the website. The group caters for absolute beginners and for more experienced players. Members are encouraged to bring songs for the group to try out. Instruments not Supplied. The group also welcomes members who just wish to join in the singing, without playing an instrument. We perform popular songs of all types, taken from recent decades. For current songs and other information, see Stourbridge U3A Ukulele and Songs File on our Halesowen U3A website pages.

Walking     

Meets Monthly on Tuesdays
Venue Meet at Quinton Methodist Church Carpark
Details We do 6-8 mile circular walks approximately monthly, meeting at the car park at Quinton to travel to the walks' start points. We also do some linear walks as part of walking national trails. We have walked the North Worcestershire Path & have just started the Wychavon Way.