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Art Appreciation     

Meets 1st & 3rd Wednesday
Venue Small Hall Bromley Central Library - map
Details The programme is set each term and covers various aspects of the visual arts including painting, sculpture. From time to time visiting guest speakers are invited and occasional visits arranged.

Art Appreciation 2     

Meets Normally first Tuesday afternoon in month at 2pm
Venue Small Hall Bromley Central Library - map
Details Currently one presentation each month about a painter or style of painting, with questions and discussion. We project large images and sometimes show a video. See U3A Bromley study groups web-site for details of current program.

Books, Group A     

Meets Last Friday monthly
Venue Member Home
Details Novels. A member presents the subject for group discussion.

Books, Group B     

Meets 2nd Friday monthly
Venue Member Home
Details Contemporary fiction. To introduce modern authors whose books will provoke a good discussion.

Books, Group C     

Meets 3rd Thursday Monthly
Venue Member Home
Details Usually contemporary fiction. We are a fairly informal group and there is always lively discussion. At the meeting members agree on a book for the following month and make suggestions for further reading.

Bridge, Experienced     

Meets Tuesday weekly
Venue URC Bromley - map
Details Duplicate - Social. Play to prepared hands. Notes provided. No partner necessary.

Bridge, Improvers     

Meets Friday weekly
Venue URC Bromley - map
Details Chicago - A variety of bridge which does not require you to come with a partner. You will be made welcome at this small and friendly group.

Camera Club     

Meets 1st & 3rd Mondays monthly [not during Lockdown]
Venue 
Details To promote the use of cameras together with the use of photographic manipulation software such as Adobe Photoshop, Photoshop Elements and similar products. During the lockdown period on account of the Coronavirus Pandemic we are holding meetings via videoconferencing via Zoom and discussion using Slack.

Canasta     

Meets 2nd Monday & 4th Tuesday
Venue Member Home
Details Small group of enthusiasts meet in Bromley. Very friendly group so beginners made welcome. Rules played-to can be supplied in advance as they do vary. Currently we meet at The Chequers in Southbrough Lane for lunch at 12:30.

Classical Guitar     

Meets 2nd and 4th Wednesday
Venue URC Beckenham - map
Details Come and join our established Guitar group of intermediate and advanced players. You will need to read basic Guitar music notation. Contact: Christine Dabrowa 020 8699 6324

Computer Club     

Meets 2nd & 4th Mondays monthly
Venue 
Details To promote awareness of the use of computers in the home environment, discuss general and specific hardware and software, and developments in Windows and Information Technology. Each month, we hold an Open Forum, where members can bring their problems, interests and questions for airing and discussion. These tend to be quite lively sessions, ranging wide on a variety of topics. On the alternate Mondays, a formal topic is presented by the Group Leader, Richard Hunt, and the session is usually supported by a set of Notes on the topic as a PDF. Presentations are made from a laptop and projector using a variety of applications. Please note that the Group covers Microsoft Windows mainly with occasional forays into Linux, running on desktop or laptop PCs. During the period of self-isolation, we are using Zoom to hold our meetings, and from April, the programme is resuming on this basis. Oakley House: A charge of around £10 is made to cover room hire at the beginning of the January and September sessions. Coffee costs £1 at each meeting.

Computing Group - Tablet     

Meets Approximately Fortnightly - See Schedule
Venue Richmal Crompton Pub
Details The Tablet Computing Group operates as an informal drop-in mutual support meeting for anyone wanting to learn (more) about their tablet or contemplating buying one. There is usually someone who can help with mobile phone or laptop issues as well. We meet approximately fortnightly at 10.00 in the Richmal Crompton pub opposite Bromley South station. Any U3A member can attend as often or rarely as they please. There are no fees and coffee is available at a moderate cost. The success of the group depends on a few more experienced and knowledgeable members willing to come along and help. Interested? Contact Keith Jeremiah (kbcjeremiah@gmail.com or 07946389573) Meetings for 2019 – 28 October, 11 & 25 November and 9 December. Meetings for 2020 – 13 January, 27 January, 10 February, 24 February, 9 March, 23 March, 30 March, 27 April, 4 May, 11 May, 8 June, 22 June, 29 June, 13 July, 27 July, 10 August, 24 August, 7 September, 14 September, 28 September, 12 October, 26 October, 9 November, 23 November, 7 December

Creative Writing     

Meets Monthly Friday
Venue Bromley Library Room 1
Details The group does not have a teacher but meets once a month share what they have written, inviting feedback and discussion. Topics to write about are chosen by the group.

Dancing - Int Folk Dancing     

Meets 1st and 3rd THURSDAY
Venue St Marks Church Hall - map
Details International Folk dancing is taught and practised to authentic music. (Please wear soft-soled shoes).

French Conversation     

Meets 1st & 3rd Wednesdays monthly
Venue Member Home
Details A small, friendly intermediate group with a French-speaking facilitator. Sessions last 2 hours

French conversation - advanced     

  We regret that this group is full:
   
Meets Monday fortnightly
Venue Member Home
Details A friendly, informal group of fairly fluent french speakers meets in a member's home in Bromley. Meetings last 2 hours and cover a wide variety of topics as well as general conversation. Group is currently full but for more information or to join waiting list email: reslience58@gmail.com

French Lower Intermediate     

Meets Fridays weekly
Venue Member Home
Details A conversational self-help group.

French Parlons Francais Group1     

  We regret that this group is full:
   
Meets 2nd & 4th Thursday of the month
Venue Member Home
Details Group 1 (PF1)Intermediate users During the lockdown period on account of the Coronavirus Pandemic we are holding meetings via Zoom videoconferencing, on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month.

French Parlons Francais Group2     

  We regret that this group is full:
   
Meets 2nd & 4th Thursday of the month
Venue Member Home
Details Group 2 (PF2) Upper intermediate and proficient users During the lockdown period on account of the Coronavirus Pandemic we are holding meetings via videoconferencing via Zoom, on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month from 14.00 to 15.00

French Self Help Intermediate     

  We regret that this group is full:
   
Meets Tuesdays weekly
Venue Member Home
Details Gain confidence in reading, conversation and discussion with the help of the journal La vie Outre Manche

French through literature     

Meets Fridays weekly
Venue Member Home
Details We're interested in novels, plays and poetry of all periods. At meetings we read aloud in French and discuss in English.

French Vive Les Livres     

  We regret that this group is full:
   
Meets 2nd Monday monthly
Venue Member Home
Details Le but de ce groupe c'est la lecture et l'appreciation de toutes sortes de textes francais. Nous n'avons pas l'intention d'etre trop serieux, nous esperons seulement ameliorer notre connaissance de la langue francaise et de sa literature.

French-Contemporary Literature     

  We regret that this group is full:
   
Meets 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month
Venue Member Home
Details Les reunions de lecture de littérature française contemporaine sont organisées le premier et troisième mardi matin de chaque mois à tour de rôle chez différents membres du groupe, sauf en août et pendant les vacances de Noël. Nous préférons lire des textes légers et amusants. Nous lisons en français et discutons ensuite des textes en anglais.

Gardening     

Meets 1st Wednesday monthly-not Jan, July, Aug.
Venue St Marks Church Hall - map
Details Various speakers and visits are arranged.

Gardening Group - All Hands     

Meets Dates are flexible
Venue Forster Rd Allotment building - map
Details Meeting dates are flexible. We mix discussion meetings with trips to plant fairs, gardens or other sites of gardening interest. A plant sale is held in May/June. The group is an open group. Group outings are organised throughout the year.

Genealogy, Intermediate     

Meets 4th Wednesday monthly
Venue 
Details We are a small group and meet in members houses. At meetings we discuss what we have done in the past month and offer advice and sources for further research. Some members use the Internet for research. We welcome new members.

Genealogy, Mixed     

Meets Last Tuesday monthly
Venue 
Details A small group (max.10) We discuss what we have been doing and try to help our research by talking about the resources that are available, running online searches to find information and demonstrate the websites and software that we have access to.

General Meetings     

Meets Third Tuesday Of Each Month
Venue URC Bromley - map
Details GENERAL MEETINGS – are held at the United Reformed Church, Widmore Road, Bromley at 10.30 am on the third Tuesday each month. All U3A members are very welcome.

German Intermed Conversation 1     

Meets Meets on 1st and 3rd Tuesdays in the month
Venue 
Details Meets on 1st and 3rd Tuesdays in the month concentrates on conversation, using current affairs and German culture, traditions and history as topics.

German Intermed Conversation 2     

Meets Meets on 2nd and 4th Tuesdays in the month
Venue 
Details Meets on 2nd and 4th Tuesdays in the month focusses on reading intermediate level books and aural comprehension via CDs, interspersed with basic general conversation

Golf 18 Monday     

Meets Mainly alternate Mondays except bank holidays
Venue Various Local Golf Courses
Details New members' initial contact: Peter Wood (peterjwood@live.co.uk). Monday Group Leaders: Michael Pearce and Dave Wenzel. See the schedule distributed to members for dates and venues. Start and end times may differ depending on the course and tees booked. We play all year round, mainly on alternate Mondays but with some extra weeks. All standards and both sexes are welcome, from club golfers to near beginners, and in 2019 we had from 6 to 12 players each week for 18 holes. Members choose weekly from the schedule, which courses and dates they want to play. We are lucky in the number of golf courses in the Bromley area and so vary the experience by selecting from:- Addington Court, Birchwood Park, Chelsfield Lakes, Cherry Lodge, Darenth Valley, Farleigh, High Elms, Lullingstone Park, North Downs, Orpington Golf Centre (Cray Valley), Pedham Place, Selsdon Park (Hotel), & Woldingham. Other courses may feature if they have suitably cheap offers. You do need your own clubs (and a bag), and to be able to get yourself to the course. Otherwise, the only cost is for the round, approximately £18 to £25 for 18 holes (pensioners’ rates where possible). The co-ordination / admin is all done by email, so these days you only need a Smartphone or a Tablet to send/receive emails. For more information please contact Peter Wood as shown in the Study Groups Booklet.

Golf 18 Thursday     

Meets Weekly on Thursdays.
Venue Various Local Golf Courses
Details See the schedule distributed to members for dates and venues. Start and end times may differ depending on the course and tees booked. We play all year round, weekly on 18-hole courses around the borough or just outside it. All standards and both sexes are welcome, from club golfers to near beginners, and in 2019 we had from 8 to 18 players each week. Members choose weekly from the schedule, which courses and dates they want to play. We are lucky in the number of golf courses in the Bromley area and so vary the experience by using as many as we can:- Addington Court, Birchwood Park, Chelsfield Lakes, Cherry Lodge, Darenth Valley, Farleigh, High Elms, Lullingstone Park, North Downs, Orpington Golf Centre (Cray Valley), Pedham Place, Selsdon Park (Hotel), & Woldingham. Other courses may feature if they have suitably cheap offers. You do need your own clubs (and a bag), and to be able to get yourself to the course. Otherwise, the only cost is for the round, approximately £18 to £25 for 18 holes (pensioners’ rates where possible). The co-ordination / admin is all done by email, so these days you only need a Smartphone or a Tablet to send/receive emails. For more information please contact the organiser shown in the Study Groups Booklet.

Golf 9 Hole     

Meets Every Thursday morning
Venue Various Local Golf Courses
Details We play every Thursday morning come rain or shine. We play about 9, different local courses on our schedule. Women and men play together. All standards of play is accommodated. Contact: Alan 07503763681

Golf Lessons     

Meets Wednesdays weekly
Venue Chelsfield Lakes Golf Centre - map
Details An opportunity to join other beginners or improvers to have group lessons with a qualified professional Golf Coach. Payment on day approx. 6.

Golf Society     

Meets Thursdays weekly, alternate Mondays
Venue Various Local Golf Courses
Details We play all the year round on both 18-hole and 9-hole courses. There are plenty of local courses to choose from and we use most of them. View Study Groups-Golf on the Bromley U3A website. This Group is used for pan-group messages to Monday & Thursday 18, and 9 hole sections so that no duplications are created.

History - World History     

Meets Friday fortnightly
Venue Member Home
Details The group addresses a wide variety of historical topics by means of group member presentations and an occasional outside visiting speaker , Discussion is encouraged.

History for Pleasure     

Meets 4th Thursday monthly
Venue 
Details A member delivers a paper on a topic of their choice from the period 1066 to 1914. Topics can be set in Britain or Worldwide. Each member presents a paper once a year.

History Through Biography     

Meets Monday fortnightly
Venue 5th Floor Bromley Central Library - map
Details Members choose an event or person to research and present to the group. New members welcome

Italian Beginners     

Meets Tuesday weekly
Venue Member Home
Details No prior knowledge of the language is required but the class follows a BBC course with books and discs, making it easy for new members to join in and make up for missed attendance.

Italian Conversation     

Meets 1st Thursday monthly
Venue Member Home
Details Conversation on topics of general interest and Italy-related themes for those with some fluency in the language.

Keep Fit     

Meets Mondays weekly
Venue Great Hall Bromley Civic Centre - map
Details For ladies. A qualified instructor leads the group. Structured exercise to music. Please come at 14.15 to register. There will be a fee.

Literature - Shakespeare     

Meets 2nd & 4th Wednesday fortnightly
Venue Member Home
Details This is an important and well established group reading the works of Shakespeare. You can take part in the greatest works of the English language without learning a line.

Local Studies     

Meets Ist Tuesday monthly
Venue 
Details We define 'Local' as London and the South East, and 'Studies' as any aspect of history that could be of interest. Whenever possible, we try to have talks about very local and specific places in order to provide greater relevance for members. All U3A members are very welcome, and there is no need to contact the group leader in advance.

Local Visits     

Meets 
Venue 
Details Contact Julie Bouglas at juliebouglas@outlook.com This informal, rather ad hoc group enjoys an outing most months of the year. The majority in London but some in Bromley. Members of the group are informed of future planned outings by email.

Mahjong (b)     

Meets 3rd Wednesday
Venue Member Home
Details 

Mahjong (c)     

Meets 4th Thursday
Venue Member Home
Details Two separate groups aim to teach and enjoy the game.

Majong (a)     

Meets 1st Monday of the Month
Venue Member Home
Details 

Marquetry     

Meets Thursday weekly
Venue The Lounge, Holy Trinity Church - map
Details Learn this intricate craft under expert guidance. Assistance with materials. New members welcome and taster sessions provided.

Mathematics     

Meets 1st & 3rd Thursday fortnightly
Venue Member Home
Details Members follow up mathematical ideas with an open ended approach and informal discussion (not too serious) Extensive mathematical knowledge not required.

Modern World     

Meets 2nd/ 4th TUESDAY
Venue Large Hall Bromley Central Library - map
Details 2nd & 4th Thursday monthly

Music Appreciation, Classical     

Meets 2nd Wednesday monthly
Venue Member Home
Details This group enjoys a wide variety of classical music. Members take turns to research and present music on CDs to the rest of the group.

Music, 60s music, Jazz     

  We regret that this group is full:
   
Meets Last Friday monthly
Venue Member Home
Details A roomful of Avids (BBC Radio 2s Sounds of the Sixties) assemble monthly to share/celebrate/educate/bop/discover each others musical favourites, ranging from Twist And Shout to Petite Fleur. Crock 'n roll ?

Outings By Public Transport     

Meets 
Venue 
Details For details contact Ann Woollins. 020 8464 8739. a.woollins3154@btinternet.com Outings advertised in the U3A Bromley news magasine

Painting, Watercolour     

Meets Mondays fortnightly
Venue 5th Floor Bromley Central Library - map
Details This group is for all abilities, and offers help and advice for all who enjoy painting, from beginners upwards.

Painting, Watercolour Club A     

Meets Monday weekly
Venue URC Beckenham - map
Details These are two groups for those who enjoy painting together

Painting, Watercolour Club B     

Meets Monday fortnightly
Venue 5th Floor Bromley Central Library - map
Details This is a group for those who enjoy painting watercolour.

Philosophy     

Meets Mondays
Venue Small Hall Bromley Central Library - map
Details The group continues to study the development of philosophical thought from pre Socratic times to the present day. We are using a new series of half-hour lectures on DVDs in The Great Courses series. The designated leader, having previously viewed the DVD and the transcript, prepares an introduction, setting out some of the main concepts covered in the DVD lecture. This takes us about an hour when we break for refreshments. In the second half the leader will have identified some questions to focus our general discussion on the issues raised earlier.

Piano Playing, Duets For Fun     

Meets 2nd Tuesday monthly
Venue Member Home
Details Members play duets with all other members regardless of standard.

Play Reading     

  We regret that this group is full:
   
Meets 3rd Thursday monthly
Venue Member Home
Details Two groups meet in private houses to read plays, sight unseen. Members take turns to select and cast the plays.

Playing Folk For Fun     

  We regret that this group is full:
   
Meets 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month
Venue Member Home
Details As the name says, we are a group of amateur musicians who like to get together on a regular basis to play folk music for fun. This is a new group meeting for the time being in a member's home, so the numbers are limited. If you would like to join, please add your name to the waiting list. If we get enough requests, we can look at hiring a larger room and increase the size of the group.

Poetry     

Meets 2nd Tuesday monthly
Venue Member Home
Details A small group studying poetry of accepted merit. A new poet or theme is chosen each month.

Psychology     

  We regret that this group is full:
   
Meets Monday afternoon fortnightly
Venue 5th Floor Bromley Central Library - map
Details Watching other peoples behaviour and trying to fathom out why they act the way they do and what is going on in their minds is a universal human activity. Psychologists try to understand human behaviour and formulate theories to explain the reasons behind it by approaching the study in a systematic and objective way.

Quilling     

Meets Monthly: Wednesday,Thursday pm or Friday am
Venue Member Home
Details Paper craft (with fine papers) - card making etc. Three groups meet monthly on different days in Bickley, either Wednesdays or Thursdays afternoon (14.30-16.30) or Friday morning (10.30-12.30). Please telephone 020 8464 5993

Rambles     

Meets 
Venue 
Details Please see Newsletter for dates

Science and Technology     

Meets 3rd Thursday
Venue 5th Floor Bromley Central Library - map
Details We are a group of people who share an interest in this subject but with widely varying levels of knowledge and experience. Topics are chosen by the group in advance to give time to read up on them and one member introduces the session.

Shakespeare - Hidden Meaning     

Meets Third Wednesday of each month
Venue 
Details Informal, friendly discussion of Shakespeare plays. We watch a DVD as a starting point. Occasional trips to The Globe.

Singing - Memory Singers     

Meets Wednesdays, Weekly
Venue URC Bromley - map
Details Our focus is to help people with dementia and to support their carers, who accompany them. Members are welcome to join as helpers, chatting to people with dementia and their carers, distributing and collecting the song sheets, helping with refreshments etc. Please contact Mary Mines 020 8467 0417 or Patricia Liddell 01959 570 067.

Singing for fun     

Meets Thursdays fortnightly
Venue URC Bromley - map
Details An opportunity for all singers (whatever their ability) to sing a range of well-known light-hearted songs. New members welcome.

Social Studies     

Meets Fridays fortnightly
Venue Small Hall Bromley Central Library - map
Details What makes our society tick in the way that it does? How could it tick better? We have three terms of 6 sessions each, generally at fortnightly intervals.

Spanish Advanced     

  We regret that this group is full:
   
Meets 1st and 3rd Thursday each month
Venue Member Home
Details The standard needed is good conversational Spanish on a range of topics - some of the group are fluent, and others are competent.

Spanish Intermediate     

  We regret that this group is full:
   
Meets Wednesday weekly
Venue Member Home
Details Suitable for those who have studied Spanish for about 3 years or have equivalent knowledge of the language. Conversation and discussion in Spanish. Listening comprehension. Reading and some grammar.

Sunday Horizons     

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Details 

Sunday Lunch Group 1     

Meets 1st Sunday monthly
Venue Various Locations
Details meet at various local restaurants for friendly social contact in a convivial atmosphere

Sunday Lunch Group 2     

Meets 3rd Sunday monthly
Venue Various Locations
Details meet at various local restaurants for friendly social contact in a convivial atmosphere

Table Tennis     

  We regret that this group is full:
   
Meets Monday weekly
Venue Great Hall Bromley Civic Centre - map
Details Practice, no tuition. New members with experience welcome.

Test Group     

Meets 31st May 2018
Venue Addington Court Golf Course - map
Details Please join this event if you'd like to play 9 holes. Cost £8 each.

Test Group 2     

Meets Alternate Tuesdays
Venue Bromley Library Room 2
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Theatre Group     

Meets 2nd Thursday monthly
Venue Large Hall Bromley Central Library - map
Details Monthly meetings have speakers covering all aspects of professional and amateur entertainment. There is an annual membership fee of £5 plus an entrance fee of £2 per meeting to cover costs.

Travel Group     

Meets 4th Friday most months
Venue Large Hall Bromley Central Library - map
Details Guest Speakers on a variety of travel topics. Day outings by coach and longer trips within the UK and abroad are also arranged.

Wider Horizons     

Meets 
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Wine Enjoyment Group     

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