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Art & Architecture     

Meets Announced at the monthly meetings
Details This group does not meet regularly but arranges lectures,talks, films and gallery visits. The group also arranges study visits to places of interest and once a year there is a residential visit to a city or area of particular interest, in which case the group would normally travel by coach be away for a few days in which case hotel accommodation is arranged by the Group Leaders.


Meets First Monday of each Month
Details This is a small group that will welcome new members of all abilities.


Meets Every Friday.
Details The Bridge Group has 32 members, with an average of 20 attending each session. We meet at Bishop Auckland Golf Club. The Group was formed in September 2011 and formal lessons were given until Summer 2015. Although formal lessons have finished, the Group is continuing as a learning group, with revision lessons and lessons on new techniques. The group also has Deal and Play sessions with one of these sessions each month being scored. The Group continues to welcome the participation of any U3A member. New starters can be helped to learn bridge by sitting in on lessons and play sessions and making use of the collection of books and DVDs. In addition, the Group has a number of experienced Bridge players who are happy to assist both existing and new members. We are fortunate that Bishop Auckland Bridge Club has kindly allowed us to use their bridge equipment (boards, cards, stationery and table tops) for a nominal fee. Although we are learning how to play duplicate bridge we are not forgetting that we are playing for fun and that bridge has a strong social element.

Coffee Morning     

Meets 4th Wednesday morning of the month. 11 am
Details Very informal and friendly social meeting, come and go to suit your own choices. Chat, catch up, share ideas. Currently taking place on Zoom, links will be sent out a few days before the date.

Current Affairs     

Meets The fourth Monday of the month (pm)
Details The Group meets to discuss issues arising from current affairs. The meetings are informal but structured. There is a small charge to cover the cost of refreshments. New members will be welcomed.



Garden Visits     

Meets Irregular programme - see calendar or website
Details Visits to gardens of interest are arranged and may involve travel by coach. The visits are fairly frequent during the spring and summer and ideas from members are always welcome. New members are very welcome.


Meets 3rd Monday 10.15
Details This is a relatively new group but one that has made great progress. This is generally a self-help group but visiting speakers provide expert advice.

Gentlemen's Coffee Meeting     



Meets 2nd Friday
Details This is one of the largest groups but one that is still able to welcome new members. Monthly meeting have a speaker focusing on the broad subject but where possible the group is focused on local history. Some trips away are arranged, usually by coach.

Maths Everywhere     

Meets 2nd Tuesday
Details Maths Group for all abilities. Although this is a relatively new group the membership has grown quickly. Meeting are educational and often are led by members of our U3A with maths experience in a wide variety of situations. Statistics, probability, analysis, pure maths have been covered and in a way that reaches most abilities.


Meets Second Wednesday of each month


Meets Wednesday morning
Details This group meets to suit the members and so it is recommended that you check with the group leader for the next meeting dates


Meets 2nd Monday
Details The group is informal but focuses on specific books. New members are very welcome.

Science, Engineering and Techn     

Meets Irregular
Details This is a new group that will visit industrial facilities of interest and be open to any ideas for talks or educational opportunities within this broad remit. The group leader(s) will coordinate the timetable with members responsible for arranging the visits.


Details New group

String Band     

Meets Alternate Wednesdays
Details Playing guitars, bass, mandolin, ukulele, fiddle and other acoustic instruments such as folk harp, harmonica and kazoo. We are a group for those who enjoy pop/rock, country and folk music. Everything from Abba to Cole Porter, Led Zeppelin to Simon and Garfunkel, Fairport Convention to The Kinks - you name it we'll play it!


Meets 2nd Thursday but not from December to March
Details A stroll generally in the countryside with limited gradients and stiles. Walks are led by the members taking turns and are usually not too far away. Full details are provided ahead of the walk and many include points of interest which will be covered by the walk leader.

Ten Pin Bowling     

Meets 1st Wednesday
Details Bowling, companionship, laughter, competition, tea and/or coffee - anything missing? Why not join us for a fun morning?

Theatre Visits     

Meets Notified in slides and at monthly meetings
Details Visits usually include transport. We aim to attend all genres of productions . Visits are mainly to Theatre Royal Newcastle, sometimes to Sunderland Empire and at Christmas to Keswick for their annual production at The Theatre by the Lake.

Walking (4-6 Miles)     

Meets Last Tuesday Monthly
Details This group walks between 4 and 6 miles usually on the last Tuesday of each month. If you wish to join a walk but are not yet a member then please contact the Group Leader so that you can receive details of late changes especially weather related.

Walking (6 - 8 Miles)     

Meets First Tuesday of the month
Details The Group normally meets at 10.00 for a 10:30 start in the summer and at 9.45 for 10:00 in the winter. Full details of each walk are available each month at the U3A General Meeting.

Walking Cricket     

Meets Wednesday - check with Leader
Details Cricket for those who can't or would rather not run around!

Walking Holidays     

Meets As arranged
Details A Group for those interested in walking holidays of a few days - varying distances and always flexible.



Wildlife & Environment     

Meets As e-mailed and/or announced at monthly neetings
Details We aim to hold one meeting per month. Our January meeting is an informal planning meeting. The remainder include walks and visits to observe the ecology of the area. Some visits are led by experts, others are self-guided. We look at wildlife, the environment including river systems, land management, nature reserves and SSSIs. We also look at the impact and recovery of old industrial sites.