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Active Living     

Meets 1st Friday of month, 10.00-12.00
Contact Janet 782337
Details This Group continues the activities and membership of the previous Burnham-on-Sea Active Living group, w.e.f. 18.3.2019. Meetings, activities and members are unchanged, generally Coffee & biscuits, Chair Exercises, and a Speaker. You can email Jill Tonkin on activeliving@burnhamu3a.com

Astronomy     

Meets 4th Tuesdays
Contact Harriet 795258
Details meeting every 4th Tuesday at 10:00, room 4 Community Centre We start by looking at what is to be seen in the night sky during the following month, and then cover a particular subject in more detail Phone 795258 or email editor@burnhamu3a.com for further information. Currently we are using the Phillips Year book to learn what to look for each month.

Barn Dancing     

Meets 2nd, 4th & 5th Thursdays pm
Contact Dave 792371
Details David is our group leader, assisted by his wife Irene & what a fun event to be part of. We meet at 2pm, on the 2nd/4th & 5th Thursday of every month. Why not come along & give it a go - there's always room for 1 or 2 more ​-Sandra

Book 1     

Meets 3rd Friday 2-4pm
Contact Anne 793355
Details 

Book 3     

Meets Last Thursday pm of each month
Contact Diane 787856
Details Book Club 3 meets in the Community Centre on the last Thursday afternoon of each month. It is quite difficult choosing books for a diverse group of people, but I think we have managed this fairly successfully. I must say that we have had some very lively debates during our two hours of discussions. Diane Cruickshank

Brushstrokes     

Meets Fridays 9.30 - 12.00
Contact Sue 792021
Details We meet every Friday from 10.00 am until 12.00 at the Community Centre where we explore the many varied techniques associated with this wonderful art form.

Canasta     

Meets Wednesdays 2-4pm
Contact Pat 780806
Details 

Card Making     

Meets 1st & 3rd Wednesdays 2-4pm
Contact Heather 795737
Details 

Ciné-français     

Meets Alternate Thursdays
Contact Geoff 07766670737
Details Our Group is open to all U3A members who have an interest in French films, not necessarily those in other French groups, or who have an understanding of the French language. Most films will have English sub-titles, whilst there may be the occasional that doesn't have any at all (rare), and this fact will be included on the information sent to members a week prior to the screening of the film. Tea, or coffee is provided to add to your enjoyment.

Classical Music 1     

Meets Burnham every 2nd and 4th Monday 2-4pm
Contact Roy 324020
Details This Group is concerned with music appreciation and not performing. We cover a wide range of music from Gregorian Chant and plainsong to the 20th Century but we don't cover 12 note music by such composers as Boulez et al. each member is invited to present a 2 hour programme of his or her personal choice and we have an interval half way with tea and biscuits. Burnham U3A now offers three different listening groups. Group 1 Burnham, every 2nd and 4th Monday - 2-4 pm * Roy West 324020, r.west4 @ sky.com Group 2 Mark, every 1st and 3rd Monday - 2-4 pm * Ken Henton 641278, ken.henton @ gmail.com Group 3 Burnham, every 2nd Friday 2-4 pm * Rod Winfield 789824, rwinfield36 @ gmail.com Roy West

Classical Music 2     

Meets Mark; every 1st and 3rd Monday - 2-4 pm
Contact Ken 641278
Details I have been interested in classical music since my schooldays and I was fortunate in having an uncle who introduced me to a wide range of different composers. It was all 78 rpm and fibre needles in those days, and looking back one marvels at the patience of music lovers then. You had to buy several heavy shellac records for a Beethoven symphony with breaks in awkward places! Today we rejoice in the CD with enough space to cover all but the longest works, equipment at cheap prices compared with 50 years ago and a remote control to boot! I enjoy listening to music on my own but I like it more in the company of others; and Burnham U3A now offers three different listening groups. Group 1 Burnham, every 2nd and 4th Monday - 2-4 pm * Roy West 324020, r.west4 @ sky.com Group 2 Mark, every 1st and 3rd Monday - 2-4 pm * Ken Henton 641278, ken.henton @ gmail.com Group 3 Burnham, every 2nd Friday 2-4 pm * Rod Winfield 789824, rwinfield36 @ gmail.com Some members take their turn at choosing music and putting together a programme while others just sit back and enjoy it. Everyone has found their knowledge of music enlarged and their appreciation deepened. Group 4? We are thinking about setting up a fourth group to cater for the many who might enjoy lighter fare popular classics, film music, Gilbert & Sullivan, musicals, etc. If this idea appeals to you, do get in touch with one of the above for further information. Roderick Winfield

Classical Music 3     

Meets Burnham, every 2nd & 4th Wednesday 2-4 pm
Contact Rod 789824
Details I have been interested in classical music since my schooldays and I was fortunate in having an uncle who introduced me to a wide range of different composers. It was all 78 rpm and fibre needles in those days, and looking back one marvels at the patience of music lovers then. You had to buy several heavy shellac records for a Beethoven symphony with breaks in awkward places! Today we rejoice in the CD with enough space to cover all but the longest works, equipment at cheap prices compared with 50 years ago and a remote control to boot! I enjoy listening to music on my own but I like it more in the company of others; and Burnham U3A now offers three different listening groups. Group 1 Burnham, every 2nd and 4th Monday - 2-4 pm * Roy West 324020, r.west4 @ sky.com Group 2 Mark, every 1st and 3rd Monday - 2-4 pm * Ken Henton 641278, ken.henton @ gmail.com Group 3 Burnham, every 2nd Friday 2-4 pm * Rod Winfield 789824, rwinfield36 @ gmail.com Some members take their turn at choosing music and putting together a programme while others just sit back and enjoy it. Everyone has found their knowledge of music enlarged and their appreciation deepened. Roderick Winfield

Classical Music 4     

Meets Last Thursday of each month
Contact groups@burnhamu3a.com
Details No up-to-date information on Classical Music 4 & 5 at time of writing. Contact Groups Coordinator.

Classical Music 5     

Meets 
Contact groups@burnhamu3a.com
Details No up-to-date information on Classical Music 4 & 5 at time of writing. Contact Groups Coordinator.

Classical Music 6 (Opera)     

Meets 
Contact groups@burnhamu3a.com
Details No up-to-date information at time of writing; contact Groups Coordinator

COFFEE MORNING     

Meets Thursdays 10.00-11.30am
Contact Chris 784500
Details At our weekly Coffee Morning you can join up or renew your membership in person, book a Day Trip, Theatre Visit, Gardening Trip or a Holiday. You can take part in our weekly quiz, check the latest notices and information, catch up with your friends or -um- have a cup of coffee! (Or even tea). coffees@burnhamu3a.com

Creative Writing     

Meets 1st Friday am
Contact Kim 787022
Details Room 5. More recently.

Dancing at the Ritz     

Meets Tuesdays 2.00pm to 4.00pm
Contact Jeannie/Mac 07909 883553
Details Jeannie and Mac were in the Entertainments/Music business for over 35 years and will welcome all U3A members as well as everyone who just wants to come and Dance. Dancing will include Traditional Sequence, some Modern Ballroom, Olde Tyme, Line Dance, in fact a real mix, but something to keep your feet and brain active, all for just £2

DAY TRIPS     

Meets Bookings at Thursday Coffee Mornings 10-11.00am
Contact Gerry, daytrips@burnhamu3a.com
Details Book Day Trips at Thursday Coffee Mornings 9.30-11.00am Email: daytrips@burnhamu3a.com Day Trips by coach are usually on Wednesdays, at approximately monthly intervals, departing around 10.00am, returning about 4pm. See the website for the current programme: www.burnhamu3a.com Please note that Covid Vaccination cards must be be seen by the Day Trip organisers prior to joining a trip.

Embroidery     

Meets Alternate Thursdays 10am-12noon
Contact Heather 795737
Details 

Exercise to Music     

Meets Fridays 10-11.00am
Contact Dave 792371
Details 

French 1     

Meets Wednesdays 2.30-4.00pm
Contact Gary 783928
Details Some places are available in this Group, which is intended for beginners, and if you have studied some very basic French before, we are probably near enough to the start for you to catch up what you have missed. If you want to refresh the French you studied at earlier, perhaps at school, the class will be very suitable. This group uses the two-book course 'Façon de Parler' by Angela Aries and Dominique Debney. Group members will need to buy the Level 1 Course Book, 5th Edition (Hodder Education, ISBN-13:9781444168389 ) The emphasis throughout is on listening, speaking and reading, with little or no written work, and a minimum of formal grammar. Meetings are every Wednesday afternoon except when there is a clash with U3A Day Trips, with a break in the summer. Contact Gary 783928 if you would like to join, gary@locock.co.uk

French 2     

Meets Thursdays 10-11am
Contact Colette 238583
Details 

French 3     

Meets Tuesdays am
Contact Geoff 07766 670737
Details We are a friendly, lighthearted group of around 9 people, who all share a love of the French language. One of our aims is to improve our listening and conversational skills, which for some of us, are the most difficult. We generally take it in turns to take the class for one hour - this may be listening to recordings, reading, translating, doing quizzes or crosswords, or composing paragraphs from one word. Although it's not compulsory to take the class, it is a good way of learning and it can be great fun. We meet at The Community Centre at 10 a.m. each Tuesday morning and welcome anyone interested in joining us there and for a coffee afterwards. Email contact is geoff@burnhamu3a.com

French 4     

Meets Friday
Contact Robert 641853
Details We learnt our English before we could write and long before we studied grammar. This course aims to prove that this is still the only way to achieve fluency in communication. Since 60% of the French vocabulary is also in the English language and we use so very few words in our day-to-day lives, this is not likely to be an obstacle. We cannot though understand what is said to us a word at a time. The method I have chosen to adopt is learning French in phrases and repeating them over a rolling 20 session tide. So we start building phrases until they become routinely understood and we can use them without great thought. This normally takes about 20 repetitions which, once they become part of the brain's 'muscle' memory, can be dropped off at the rate of three or four a week and new ones added at the same rate - this is the rolling tide. Most phrases can be expressed in many ways and it's important that folks retain any that are correct and that and they know well and that they don't try to supplant them by other ways of saying the same thing. We will stress accurate pronunciation and we will have brief visits to rules of grammar where they aid a significant block of phrases but, for those who find grammar difficult, it is rare that 'incorrect' grammar gets in the way of fluent conversation.

French- la table francaise     

Meets Mondays 11.00-12.30
Contact Robert 641853
Details An opportunity to talk French in ordinary conversation. Whilst everyone who comes to La Table Francaise (LTF) is U3A, it is open to anyone who wants to chat in French. We ran these in Louisiana USA, France and now England. We have a deal with the Dunstan House pub that they reserve a space for us evey Monday of the year at 10:00 for 90 minutes when they are at their least busy. No on has to announce whether they'll be there, they just commit to waiting till at least 10:20 if they are the first to arrive. No one demands that we make a purchase but traditionally most have a coffee etc. I am there if anyone needs a little help speaking but most we pair off in twos or threes to maximise the chance of speaking which doesn't happen in French classes.

Gardening     

Meets 
Contact gardens@burnhamu3a.com
Details Contact Linda 787817 Fridays between 2-4pm or Email: gardens@burnhamu3a.com Next trip is to Hillier Garden Centre, Draycott Road, Cheddar, BS27 3RO on Monday, 6th December 2021. Please book with Linda on 787817 or via gardens@burnhamu3a.com as we need to know numbers for lifts/transport. ​Please remember to bring your Membership card

HOLIDAYS     

Meets Book at Thursday Coffee Mornings 10.00-11.30am
Contact Lynn 786012
Details Book Holidays at Thursday Coffee Mornings 10.00-11.30am Email: holidays@burnhamu3a.com

Keep Fit     

Meets Thursdays
Contact Rosemary 786054
Details Keep fit resumed September 2nd. As from 16th September the keep fit sessions will be devided into 2 . 10.00 until 11.00 and 11.15 until 12.15 Rosemary Lane 01278 786054 roselynnelane@gmail,com

Light-Hearted Latin 1     

Meets Every 2nd Monday 2.30pm, (Latin2 the other Monday)
Contact Mary 07742 497876
Details LIGHT-HEARTED LATIN………… do those words make you grimace, remembering seemingly endless lessons, drearily chanting Latin verbs? Or were you, like me, lucky enough to have an inspiring teacher who shared his love of language? Maybe you never had the chance to learn Latin and feel you missed out? I am starting a group to learn or refresh Latin. We won’t follow a specific school textbook but use a wide variety of resources. Along the way, each week, we will look at Roman history, inventions and influence, as well as the ways in which Latin is still very much part of the modern world. We will meet weekly on Monday afternoons at 2:30 from the first Monday in July (restrictions allowing!) at the Community Centre. So, if you are interested in a friendly, fun way to learn Latin, please contact me, Mary O’Rourke, on 07742497876 or email mary@burnhamu3a.com

Light-Hearted Latin 2     

Meets Every 2nd Monday, 2.30pm (Latin1 the other Monday)
Contact Mary O'R (07742497876)
Details LIGHT-HEARTED LATIN………… do those words make you grimace, remembering seemingly endless lessons, drearily chanting Latin verbs? Or were you, like me, lucky enough to have an inspiring teacher who shared his love of language? Maybe you never had the chance to learn Latin and feel you missed out? I am starting a group to learn or refresh Latin. We won’t follow a specific school textbook, but use a wide variety of resources. Along the way, each week, we will look at Roman history, inventions and influence, as well as the ways in which Latin is still very much part of the modern world. We will meet weekly on Monday afternoons at 2:30 from the first Monday in July (restrictions allowing!) at the Community Centre. So, if you are interested in a friendly, fun way to learn Latin, please contact me, Mary O’Rourke, on 07742497876 or email mary@burnhamu3a.com

Luncheon Club     

Meets 3rd Thursday pm
Contact Frank 795974
Details 

Luncheon Club 2     

Meets 2nd Mondays
Contact Maria 789230
Details 

MEMBERSHIP TEAM     

Meets Thurs Coffee Mornings, 10.00-11.30am
Contact Veronica 773705
Details These are the people who will sign you up as a new member of Burnham U3A and renew subscriptions for existing members. Membership Secretary-Veronica; Assistants- Tony, Barbara, Peggy; Data Processing-Margaret. Email enquiries: membsec@burnhamu3a.com

Needlework     

Meets Friday pm
Contact Lisa 782720
Details Embroidery 1 Joy started the Embroidery Group in 1992, not long after the U3A was started in Burnham. I believe it was the first Group to be started. I started in 1996 when there were 12 members in the Group, and we used to meet in each others houses. I did not know much about cross-stitch which is the primary discipline done in this Group, but soon learned from the other members. Joy was always there to oversee us. When the U3A moved to the Baptist Church, we then had our meetings in the main room there as well, and the Group began to grow. We used to sit in a big circle and we could all chat to each other. Our main project that we did under Joys supervision was the wall-hanging for the Millennium. That is in Room 1 of the Community Centre. It depicts all the Groups that were in existence at the time. Everyone stitched a square for it and I well remember sitting in Joys sitting room working out how to do the lettering around the outside. It took ages to do! Our latest project was a wall-hanging for St Andrews Church for their 700th Anniversary and that now hangs on a door in the Church. We have also had exhibitions at the various Open Days that have been held. All this and many, many pictures, cards and other projects have been stitched by our members and Joy has always been there to offer advice, encouragement and even threads, materials and patterns. She has been a stalwart leader for nearly 25 years and although she will not be our leader, she will still come to our meetings when she can. Thank you Joy for all you have done. We welcome Lisa as our new leader and know that she will do a good job of following Joy. Margaret Budden

Opera Appreciation     

Meets 1st Friday in the month
Contact 0785298726
Details 

Painting for Pleasure     

Meets Wednesdays am
Contact Jane 783511
Details In this group you paint what you like, in whatever medium. There is no tuition. Other members are usually prepared to offer advice. It is a friendly group which enjoys a good chat while we work.

Patchwork 1     

Meets Tuesdays pm
Contact Margaret 789540
Details We are a group who do mostly hand pieced patchwork. We do not do machine patchwork at the Community Centre. We are a self-help group with some very knowledgeable members.

Patchwork 2     

Meets 2nd & 4th Weds am
Contact Hillary 325306
Details Patchwork2 started in January 2011 with a group of 8, most of whom were beginners. Four of the original members are still with us, but any vacancies have been quickly filled, and we have had no changes for 2 years. We have learnt various forms of patchwork, quilting and appliqué, and our homes are filled with quilts, wallhangings, cushions and bags. We also have an annual challenge between ourselves. Last year we hired a minibus and went to the national quilt show at Malvern, and came back with lots of ideas and "must have" goodies. At present we are all busy making cushions and pin cushions for our "Cushion Tombola" stall at the hospital fete at the end of August. All proceeds to Burnham hospital. We would love to see you there.

Philosophy     

Meets Alternate Thursdays 10:30am-12noon
Contact Roger 784658
Details Currently meeting online during Covid; contact: r.miller365@btinternet.com

Poetry Etcetera     

Meets 
Contact rwinfield36@gmail.com
Details POETRY ETCETERA How often have I heard it said that “I could not lead a group because I don’t have the expertise” ? I wonder how many groups fail to get off the ground because of this reluctance? In fact, it is one of the principles of U3A that you don’t require expertise, only a keen interest and enthusiasm. The original title for this new U3A group was Poetry and Prose. As a lover of poetry and bearing in mind that the interest is shared by any, I formed this group in the expectation that nearly everyone else would know more about the subject than me. They do, and that’s great! So, what is POETRY ETCETERA all about. Well, principally, it's poetry of course, but also about good and memorable writing of many kinds. These might be extracts from great novels and plays, historical documents, speeches; or a session might be devoted to themes such as nature, historical periods; topics - humorous as well as serious. The Oxford Book of English Verse begins with the 13th century "Sumer is icumen in ..."; and contains nursery rhymes, hymns, satire, parody, limericks and nonsense verse. An amusing form is the witty clerihew, e.g. Sir Christopher Wren Said "I'm going to dine with some men. If anybody calls Say I'm designing St. Paul's." Many poems are by writers in the Americas and other parts of the English speaking world. Some poetry of the Romantic Era could be very long, but poetry need not be long or tedious. A number of modern writers keep it short, yet profound. This was Adrian Mitchell’s obituary of a great jazz instrumentalist. “He breathed in air, he breathed out light. Charlie Parker was my delight.” Finally, while we will mostly be looking at well-known writers, individual members may like to try out their work on the rest of us. The great Roman writer Horace (65 BC-1 CE) is encouraging: "Skilled or unskilled, we are all poets”. In that spirit, members' own contributions will be welcome. Our inaugural meeting went very well with lots of lively discussion. We meet every two weeks, next on 6 July. The initial group is full, but a second group could be formed soon! Contact Rod Winfield > rwinfield36@gmail.com. 01278 238583.

Rummikub     

Meets 
Contact groups@burnhamu3a.com
Details TBA: Contact Groups Coordinator

Scrabble 2     

Meets 1st Monday pm
Contact Kath 783995
Details 

Serendipity Singers     

Meets Mondays 2.00pm to 4.00pm
Contact Brian 07971 164484
Details We are a sociable vocal group who perform at various local venues. The music is quite varied, but leans towards the lighter side: songs from musicals and shows, pop songs old and new, the occasional classical piece and maybe even an original local composition or two. We sing in parts, but if you don’t know whether you’re a soprano, alto or baritone don’t panic because we’ll experiment together during the first few practices. Our practices are on Monday afternoons from 2.00pm to 4.00pm in St Andrew's Church Hall, Burnham-on-Sea. You can just come then but it would be helpful to let Brian or Ann know if you would like to be a member of the choir: Brian (Musical Director) 07971 164484 Ann (Chairperson) 789001 or email: singers@burnhamu3a.com If you’re not sure whether this is for you, why not come along for a couple of weeks to check us out. The cost £10 for six sessions. Tea and biscuits will be provided during the break once covid is a little less prevelent.

Somerset Villages 1     

Meets 
Contact 
Details 

Somerset Villages 2     

Meets 
Contact Elizabeth 783320
Details U3A Village group 2 are a very friendly Group .They take turns to choose a village, and then visit it, to find about the key features such as the church and interesting houses. Over the last 6 years we have discovered villages and their history of which we knew nothing. For further information please ring Elizabeth Claydon on 783320 ​

Strollers     

Meets Saturdays (Nov-Apr) 10.15am; or (May-Oct) 1.15pm
Contact Margaret 789540
Details We are a very friendly Group and cater mostly for those who like a gentle walk, not too long and no stiles or difficult terrain. You walk as far or as little as you like as long as you are with someone. But we do have some members of the proper walking Group among our members! We walk in all weathers except extremes.

Supper Club     

Meets The last Wednesday of the month
Contact Chris 784500
Details Informal get together to share various meals at restaurants and pubs in the local area. We take it in turns to organise a venue and act as convenor for that months' arrangement. Email: chrisowen@burnhamu3a.com

Supper Club 2     

Meets 3rd Thursday in month
Contact 
Details The second Supper group is up and running now. We currently have 14 members and are at full capacity . We have visited several local venues, all of which have proved very successful so far. We meet on the third Thursday of every month at 6.30 pm. If there are any more members interested in joining the group, you will be put onto a waiting list! please contact Irene (see directory) Irene Puplett

Table Tennis 1     

Meets Wednesdays 2-4pm
Contact John 787200 or Martin 783012
Details We are a friendly group and would welcome new members. There are two tables which we take turns to play doubles on. The standard is generally good but we would not want this to deter new members. We also have an interval for tea and coffee and a chat. There is plenty of free parking at the Bay Centre. Please contract jean matthews 784012

Table tennis 2     

Meets Fridays
Contact Jean matthews
Details Contact Jean Matthews .784012

Table Tennis 4     

Meets Tuesdays am
Contact Carol 795773
Details 

Table Tennis 5     

Meets 1st & 3rd Saturdays am
Contact Carol 795773
Details 

Table Tennis For Beginners     

Meets 1st & 3rd Saturdays 10.30am
Contact Peter 07976408843
Details This group is a 'trainer' for new players to gain some proficiency before moving up to one of the regular Table Tennis groups

Table tennis3     

Meets Friday
Contact Jean matthews 784012
Details 

THEATRE     

Meets Bookings at Thursday Coffee Mornings 9.30-11.30am
Contact Sue 785722
Details Bookings at Thursday Coffee Mornings 9.30-11.30am Email: theatre@burnhamu3a.com

Tuneless Choir     

Meets 2nd Wednesday of the month
Contact pier@burnhamu3a.com
Details How does a Tuneless Choir work?? The idea is that people get together with others who also think they can’t sing, are tone deaf, can’t hold a note, or actually - really do sound awful in the shower - to belt out a few songs without worrying about what they sound like. Nobody is asked to sing individually. Selected songs are copied onto CD’s and everybody has a printed set of lyric sheets to sing from.So, if your singing voice has meant that you’ve always mimed your way through hymns in Church or only sing along to the radio when you’re on your own …… Marilyn would really like to have you in the group!

Ukulele     

Meets Mondays 2pm to 4pm
Contact Terry 01934 61598
Details Terry Smith (Group Leader). Due to Covid-19 risks, bookings are not being accepted currently.

Walking     

Meets Wednesdays - See programme
Contact 07939939204
Details Leaders Jean Fincken & Chris Preston. Programme of walks is published on U3A Website

WELCOME & INFORMATION     

Meets Thursday Coffee Mornings 10.00-11.30am
Contact welcome@burnhamu3a.com 792618
Details Also info@burnhamu3a.com Members of the Information & Welcome group will meet you when you join U3A and introduce you to other members and activities. They will also keep in touch with members who are unwell, so if you hear of another member who would appreciate a card, please contact Rachel. They also maintain a list of useful contacts, especially tradespeople recommended by other members.

Yoga     

Meets Tues am 10.30 - 11.30
Contact Laraine 641853
Details One hour of gentle stretching yoga postures to promote flexibility and health, followed by 20 minutes guided relaxation/meditation. All levels of fitness welcome.