Study Groups

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Study groups are the heart of the U3A and the Aylesbury Vale U3A covers a wide range of subjects and interests as you will see form the list below. U3A members can be a member of any number of groups. Groups are operated autonomously by group leaders and their deputy. Each group is described below on a scrolling page that shows the group objectives and meeting arrangements.

The title ‘Study Group’ is admittedly rather formal but many groups are far from formal and all try to be interesting and entertaining where appropriate. It should be noted that some groups have to impose a charge – for meeting rooms, transportation, resources etc. – but this is kept to a minimum and will be disclosed upon enquiry.

There is a monthly summary of the group meetings here in landscape or portrait format

If your area of interest is not covered here then perhaps you would consider starting a group of your own! Contact our group coordinator with your ideas at groups@avu3a.org.uk Our study groups:

3rd Age Strummers * Art Appreciation * Bowls * Bridge for Improvers *
Camping and Caravanning * Canasta * Chess * Computer Enthusiasts *
Crafts * Creative Writing * Cribbage & Dominoes * Current Affairs *
Discovering Dishes  * Family History * First Aid * Gardening * Gentle Walks * German Conversation * History *
Ladies’ Cards * Let’s Talk French * Mah Jong * Military History *
Music I Like * Opera Appreciation * Out and About * Outings by Coach *
Painting * Photography for Pleasure * Play Reading * Poetry 1 & 2 *
Psychology * Readers’ Circle 1, 2 & 3 * Scrabble * Scottish Country Dancing *
Sounds of the Sixties * Spanish * Swimming for Pleasure * Tai Chi *
Ten Pin Bowling * Theatre Group * Transport * Walks, Exploring London *
Walks, Local * Wildlife & Nature Watch * Wine Appreciation 1 & 2


3rd Age Strummers


 

ukulele1The 3rd Age Strummers group has been formed to give beginners the opportunity to learn to play the Ukulele. You will have to provide your own instrument. Ukuleles can be purchased from the Aylesbury Music Shop at a cost around £35. You will get a 10% discount if you mention the U3A Ukulele group. Meetings will be held on the first and third Wednesdays of the month from 1.30 to 3.30 in the main hall of the Meadowcroft Centre. The fee per person for each session is expected to be £1.50 The 3rd Age Strummers group is strictly for fun and friendship through the joy of music. If you are interested in joining this group or would like further information please contact Group Leaders Andy and Sandra Carter at strummers@avu3a.org.uk

 

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Art Appreciation


Ballerina artist Degas

The group meets fortnightly on a Thursday from 3.30 – 5.00 pm at the Grange School during the Autumn and Spring Terms to study and discuss art and artists through the ages from cave paintings to the present day. The programme is agreed each year by the group members.

Artists include not only painters but sculptors, architects and photographers – usually a specific artist but sometimes a group or movement or art relating to a particular country or a theme. We are always looking for new ideas.

A number of group members make the presentations and we have gone back to the original formula of using books, articles and copies, which generate more discussion.

We hope we are learning something and seem better able to answer the art questions on University Challenge!

Unfortunately this Group is currently suspended until a new Group Leader and Deputy is found.  If you might be interested in helping to revive the group please contact the Groups Coordinator

 

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Bowls


bowls2Our Bowls group runs from May to mid September (like the Cricket season) meeting weekly on a Thursday morning from 10.00 – 12.oo at Aylesbury Town Bowls Club. There is no extra charge if you are a full member of the club.

For others it is necessary to join as a Social Member, for a modest sum, plus the green fees which entitles you to all the social functions. Please refer to this year’s handbook or contact your group leader for current costs.

Beginners and experienced players are equally welcome and anyone can try the game without commitment. Our dress code is relaxed but bowls shoes are essential to avoid damage to the green. When playing at other times the dress code is grey bottom with white top.

For further information please contact the Group Leader Elinor Paterson or Deputy Ron Lloyd at bowls@avu3a.org.uk

 

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Bridge for Improvers


bridge4The “Bridge for Improvers” group finds it can play and enjoy the game while all the time learning from each other. If you already play card games such as whist, where winning tricks and the use of trumps are involved and want to broaden your horizons, you will find that bridge can be challenging – without being too intense – and lots of fun.

We meet the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month from 2.00 – 5.00 at Aylesbury Tennis Club.

For more information please contact the Group Leader Bob Burr or Deputy Ian Harper at bridge@avu3a.org.uk

 

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Camping and Caravanning


images (15)The group is open to anyone with a tent, caravan or motorhome including single campers who would like to share a few days away in interesting places. We have joined the Camping and Caravanning Club to give access to reasonably priced sites. We take it in turns to plan camping venues and host meetings. There is no set date for meetings, they are arranged as required.

For further information please contact Group Leader Lynne Dawson at camping@avu3a.org.uk

 

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Canasta


canasta3Canasta is a card game somewhere between Whist and Bridge but distinctly different. The game uses two packs of cards played in pairs and we have just one table of four players in each venue, so that it is not too difficult to host. A rota is prepared three months in advance, which means that anyone wishing to join a group will be slotted in when we prepare the next rota. All are welcome, beginners as well as those with more experience but please let us know in good time.

We meet the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month in members homes at 7.30 pm

If you are interested in joining, contact Group Leader Jenn Merrison or Deputies Daphne Shearer and Ann Walker at canasta@avu3a.org.uk

 

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Chess


chess1Are you interested in facing the challenges of strategy, determination and concentration which each game of Chess represents? It is a most effective means of maintaining your mental alertness and imagination. The Chess Group comprises a wide range of abilities which offers equally rewarding experiences to those who have not played for 30 years as to those who have played regularly. The result of the friendly social context of the Group is to provide the understanding and support which each member requires to enable them to improve their ability, while at the same time enjoying their game.

The group meets fortnightly on a Tuesday from 10.00 – 12.00 in the Leader’s home in Aylesbury.

New members will be made most welcome whatever their level of ability or experience.

For more information please contact Group Leader Dennis Wright or Deputy Michael Meacham at chess@avu3a.org.uk

 

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Computer Enthusiasts


computer enthus1This group is for people who would like to learn or share their knowledge about different computer programs and uses. This is not about programming, but rather tips and ideas of how to better use programs and learning from one another.

Unfortunately this group has lost its leader so is suspended until a new leader comes forward

 

 

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Crafts Group


craftingThis group incorporates the Needlework and Patchwork Groups but is open to those wishing to work on any craft project including: scrap-booking, beading, lace making, tapestry work etc. Beginners are welcome. Feel free to come along to see what is happening and get some ideas for your own project. Members have a variety of skills to share.

Look out your old projects, bring them along and get crafting in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. We meet the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month from 10.00 – 12.00 at Aylesbury Tennis Club. For further information please contact Group Leaders Heather Edwards or Sheila Cruickshank at crafts@avu3a.org.uk

 

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Creative Writing


creative writing3We meet monthly, on Mondays at members homes from 10.30 – 12.30. We start the session by working on a short, collaborative writing exercise. Then taking a topic we have chosen the month before, we share our creative writing on that topic, which always provides a great variety of imaginative content. If you are interested we would love you to join us. We provide plenty of help, encouragement, advice, books, whatever you need to release that creativity in your writing. If you are a little nervous to start with you are very welcome to come and just listen to see if it is something you feel you would like to do. You do not need to be an experienced writer; most of our group’s members had not written anything since their school days. 

For further information please contact Group Leader Linda Wells at writing@avu3a.org.uk

 

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Cribbage & Dominoes


cribbageCribbage is a card game that has been popular in Britain since the 1600s. It has been described as ‘a most elegant and enjoyable pastime with just the right combination of skill and luck.’ Dominoes has been played in Britain since the 18th century and reached Britain from France.

Both games provide mental stimulation and enjoyable social interaction, and players of all standards are welcome to join us to play either or both of these traditional games. The group meets from September to July on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month from 10.00 – 12.00 in comfortable surroundings at Aylesbury Tennis and Sports Club. There is a nominal charge for the cost of the venue and refreshments.

For further information please contact the Group Leader Alan Brialey or Deputy John Harwood at crib@avu3a.org.uk

 

 

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Current Affairs


current affairs1We meet fortnightly on a Tuesday from 10.00 – 12.00 in members homes. The topics for each meeting are decided on the day and members come to the meeting with a possible topic in mind. Although the topics are serious we do not take ourselves too seriously. The host acts as chairman of the day and decides which topics we discuss. At the same time ensuring that everyone has a chance to contribute, keeping things moving and, if necessary, playing devil’s advocate. New members can join us from time to time, subject to the need to restrict the size of the group, not only because of the restraints of accommodation but also the need to ensure that everyone is able to have their say.

For further information please contact the Group Leader Alan Robinson at affairs@avu3a.org.uk

 

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Discovering Dishes


food fairOur cookery group meets once a month at members’ homes to try out new and old recipes. Most meetings involve some members bringing along prepared dishes and recipes, for tasting and sharing. However we do occasionally host demonstrations from members. Over the last year we have collected scores of recipes which are accessible for all group members to try. The central premise is to learn from each other and increase our repertoires but of course we also enjoy a tasty lunch at every meeting. For further information please contact the Group Leader Bobby Cadwallader or Deputy Hazel Burgess at discovering.dishes@avu3a.org.uk

 
   

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Family History

family history4Are you interested in tracing your family history but are not sure where to start? Or have got some way with your family history but have run up against difficulties and dead ends?

Or do you know of resources and background information that may be of help to others in compiling their family trees? If your answer to any of these questions is Yes, we would be very pleased to welcome you to the Family History Group. By sharing our problems and our knowledge we can make progress together in this fascinating field of study.

We meet once a month on a Thursday afternoon from September to June. Two venues are used the Grange School 3.30 – 5.00 or the Centre for Bucks Studies 3.00 – 5.00. Dates and venues are posted on the main notice board at the monthly meeting. Alternatively make contact through the e-mail address below.

For further information please contact the Group Leader Norman McRae or Deputy Joan Thorley at genealogy@avu3a.org.uk

 

 
   

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First Aid


Making a Difference

We felt that making a difference between helping someone and not knowing what to do in an emergency was important to our group.

It was because someone collapsed at a meeting that really started the First Aid Courses going and now we have at least twenty members with an Emergency First Aid Certificate.

We had the kind co-operation of St John Ambulance to provide trainers and also the premises at a local bowls club as a venue to hold courses which take about four hours each. It is helpful to know that there is someone with First Aid knowledge within our groups or on our trips who can assist in an emergency and of course also in our home environment.

For further information please contact St John Ambulance through their web site www.sja.org.uk/ or talk to Dorothy at our monthly meeting.

If you have a smart phone, download the St John Ambulance AP for your Android or iPhone.

 

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Gentle Walks


 

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Our non strenuous walks of approximately one hour are mainly on level ground and generally follow designated pathways. They take place on the 1st Tuesday of the month, bar August, from 11.15 – 12.15. We observe seasonal variations in both town and countryside, in and around Aylesbury. We often share transport and after the walk, those who wish, round off the morning with lunch at a nearby pub or restaurant.

We have a fairly regular program but suitable alternative suggestions are always welcome. At present the group is full but if you would like to be placed on the waiting list please contact Group Leader Christine Dilkes or Deputy Marilyn Dunnett at gentlewalks@avu3a.org.uk

 

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Gardening


Pelagoniums_640WThe Garden Group has set up again. It will meet on the 4th Friday of the month throughout the Summer. We will be visiting local gardens and nurseries, possibly with talks. We will travel in our cars, meeting up at Jansel Square Bedgrove, to arrange taking the least cars. We will meet at Martins Newsagent at 1.30pm for 1.45pm lift off. There will also be a days coach trip arranged in addition to this. Programes of events will be sent out to members signed up to the group.

A small Winter program is being planned, possibly meeting up at the Southcourt Community Centre on the 4th Friday of the month.

Winter/Spring Programme

Mar 23rd 2018Southcourt Community Centre.
Talk by Professor Sandy Primrose - Subject yet to be decided
2.30pm for 3.00pm
Cost:-£4.00

For further information or to join the group please contact Group Leader Christine Reading or Deputies Barbara Fraser and Gilly Snookes on Garden@avu3a.org.uk

 
   

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German Conversation Group


german5This group meets fortnightly on Thursdays from 2.00 – 4.00 at the leader’s house near Aylesbury

We watch short pieces on videos and follow the BBC “Deutsch Plus” book with CD — we try to make the session’s fun, encouraging members to join in with the conversation (paying attention to the grammar when necessary). Any other books of interest will be introduced from time to time and we also encourage discussing holidays taken by members. We are very fortunate in now having Gay with us, as she used to teach German and comes up with fun ideas for our sessions. Newcomers are always welcome. Please get in touch if you are interested. For further information please contact the Group Leader Margrit Kennedy or Deputies Christine and Bob Burr and Gay Hancock at german@avu3a.org.uk

 

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History


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There is almost no limit on numbers, so everyone is made very welcome. All you need is a fascination for History, an enthusiasm for learning more facts and a willingness to share it with others!

The group studies periods and events from British History. Please refer to your Handbook for more detail of this years curriculum.

As we have to pay for the rental of the Hall, we ask each person to contribute a modest sum of money each term. The amount will vary depending on numbers of members and the number of sessions that we have each term. We also ask members to contribute to a session at times by researching particular subjects! Come along and enjoy talking about History with fellow enthusiasts and broadening our combined knowledge of the subject. The group meets twice a month on Tuesdays from 2.30 – 4.00 at the Church of the Holy Spirit, Bedgrove. For further information please contact the Group Leader Paul Rosentall at history@avu3a.org.uk

 

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Let’s Talk French


 

french4Bonjour. Ca va? The French Group has progressed in leaps and bounds and members now have confidence in speaking without preparation.

We take articles from French magazines, listen to spoken French and watch videos to learn about the French way of life. We also have a topic to talk about each session, the group members having researched the subject. At some sessions we have games and quizzes. Now and again we have a full length French film. We are a happy, cheerful bunch and not at all formal. Currently the group is full but there is a waiting list if you are interested.

The group meets fortnightly on Wednesdays from 2.15 – 3.45 at the leaders home

For further information please contact the Group Leader Pat Skeggs or Deputy Alan Brialey at french@avu3a.org.uk

 

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Ladies’ Cards Group


ladies card3If you enjoy a game of cards, you will enjoy our afternoons of friendly card games. All beginners are very welcome. Meetings are held fortnightly on a Friday from 2.30 – 5.00 at the Group Leaders home.

For more information please contact the Group Leader Daphne Shearer at ladiescards@avu3a.org.uk or chat with her at the monthly AVU3A meeting.

 

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Mah Jong


mahjongThis is a beginners’ group that meets on the first and 3rd Friday of the month, in members homes from 2.00 – 4.30. Without being too intense, we are playing by the official rules. Regrettably, due to limited space, there is only room for two tables with up to four players at each table.Please contact the Group Leader Dan McGregor at mahjong@avu3a.org.uk for further information or alternatively you can see him at the monthly AVU3A meeting.

 

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Military History


military history 6If you have an interest in history and would like to explore how the Military aspect has shaped the World from the Roman period to the present day then this Study Group could be for you. The group decide the programme for the academic year and all members are encouraged to research topics and share their knowledge at the monthly meetings in an informal and friendly environment. Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month at the Methodist Church Hall, Eskdale Road, Stoke Mandeville HP22 5UJ commencing at 10am. The meetings last around two hours and all group members have to contribute financially to the hire of hall. For information on the 2015/16 programme please click on Military History For further information or if you would like to join the group please contact the Group Leader Ken Satterthwaite at military.history@avu3a.org.uk

 

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Music I Like


music1If you would like to spend a quiet afternoon listening to music, mostly classical, with others of similar mind then this is the group for you. The music is chosen by members of the group who provide their own selection, sometimes complete works and sometimes just movements from favourite composers’ works. We meet monthly on a Monday, from 2.00 – 4.00, in members homes.

For further information please contact the Group Leader Gerard Boyle or Deputy Bill Norman at music@avu3a.org.uk

 

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Opera Appreciation


Maria Callas, Renato Cioni Tosca London 1964

The group views acclaimed productions of operas on DVD and videos (with sub-titles in English). Using these media it is possible to pause and discuss the plot and performances where desired. The group members will be provided with synopses of the “storyline” in advance whenever possible.

Anyone wishing to join our small group, or perhaps to sample a session, please contact the Group Leader Lois Robinson or Deputy Veronica Stagnell at opera@avu3a.org.uk

 

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Out & About


out about 3Our group continues to grow. We meet at The Bell Public House, Stoke Mandeville on the last Thursday of the month from 10.30 – 12.00. It offers sufficient space, the staff are very helpful and there are plenty of car parking facilities. We have now reached the maximum membership at present without having to move again.

Our meetings are very well attended, lively and many new friendships have been formed. All members come up with ideas of what they would like to do, or places they would like to visit, and sometimes there are so many ideas on offer it is impossible to fit them all in. There are a wealth of activities in and around Buckinghamshire. We do make an effort to support local activities. We enjoy visiting all the Food Fairs, especially Thame, and also craft fairs and theatre trips. We are particularly fond of the Thame Theatre, which, although small, puts on some very good plays and Pantomimes. Every month a new venue is selected for a Sunday lunch, which is always very enjoyable.

We look forward to another year of friendship, meetings and outings.

For further information please contact the Group Leader Jean Coussens or Deputy Jill Bartlett at outandabout@avu3a.org.uk

 

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Outings By Coach


coach1A variety of coach outings will be arranged throughout the year. This year’s trips can be found here. We work with other groups who also arrange outings to ensure that trips are spread well apart. Whilst most trips will take place in the summer we will, where possible, find appropriate ones in the winter months. We try to cater for a variety of tastes so hopefully during the year there will be something for everyone. We also try to arrange at least one study tour/holiday each year to an area of interest.

We believe in paying a little extra to have a modern comfortable coach with toilet facilities on board and drivers we know will make the journey comfortable, safe and enjoyable.

We are always on the lookout for new ideas so please make your suggestions. We do accept cheques so please bring your cheque books to the meetings so that you can reserve yourself a place. We look forward to you joining us.

Please read The Small Print that contains important conditions for members booking and paying for their outings.

For further information please contact the Outings Co-ordinator Gay Hancock at outings@avu3a.org.uk

 

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Painting


painting2We are fortunate to be able to use the art room at the Grange school every Friday afternoon in term time, from 3.15 – 5.00. Don’t worry if you cannot come every week; we all have other commitments, including other U3A group meetings. You will be welcome whenever you are able to join us.

We concentrate mainly on drawing, watercolour and pastel painting and members usually choose their own favourite medium. We cover many subjects during the year such as collage and encaustic painting.

It was very encouraging to see so many new members and it is hoped that this trend will continue.

For further information please contact the Group Leader Sheila Carver or Deputy Sue Goodband at painting@avu3a.org.uk

 

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Photography for Pleasure


photo3This is a friendly, non-competitive group, which aims to make better photographers out of its members.

Meetings are normally held on the 3rd Wednesday of the month, bar August and December, from 10.00 – 12.00 at Stone’s Methodist Church Hall, in Eythorpe Road. A small charge is made to cover the cost of the hall and refreshments.

There are exceptions however, when the group is visiting an exhibition, or meeting out of doors for a photo shoot.

Members are encouraged to take photos and to exhibit their results at our meetings. Set subjects provide some stimulation, and it is interesting to see the great variety of prints that can result from the same theme.

We are learning by observing the work of others at Exhibitions, in the Press, and on TV, as well as from our own efforts. The more we learn, the more we are able to “see”, and we hope make better use of our own cameras. New members are always welcome, beginners included. For further information please contact the Group Leader Dan McGregor at photo@avu3a.org.uk

 

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Play Reading


 

play reading2We try to read one complete play per week for example `Journey’s End’ by R.C. Sherriff, `A Small Affair’ by Bob Larbey, ‘Rebecca’ by Daphne du Maurier, as well as plays by Francis Durbridge, Agatha Christie, J.B.Priestley and Eynon Evans.

Unfortunately, the County Reserve Stock at Aylesbury Library from whom we obtain our play sets is now only open one day a week by appointment, which makes selecting plays more difficult than before. We meet weekly on Tuesdays from 10.00 – 12.00 at Stoke Mandeville Methodist Church. The group is full at present but we do have a reserve list. For further information please contact Group Leader Cherry Jefferson or Deputy Dorothy Chater at playreading@avu3a.org.uk

 

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Poetry 1


Lord Byron

We continue to bring to our meetings the work of a particular poet or on a theme decided at the previous meeting, giving us time to research and prepare material for our meeting.

Reading our choices at the meetings enables us to practice delivery and to hear new poems as well as those already known to us.

We meet fortnightly from September to Mid July on a Monday from 3.30 – 5.00 at the Grange School. We would welcome new members to join us.

Please get in touch by contacting Group Leader Jenny Corton or Deputy Beatrice Grant at poetry1@avu3a.org.uk




Poetry 2


Maya Angelou

Poetry 2 started in 1998. The group meets fortnightly (except for a three month break in the summer) to read and discuss poems on themes agreed beforehand by the group members. We also aim to learn a little about the poets themselves.

Apart from the pleasure of hearing the poems, we also have the pleasure of our own `researches’, looking up the possibilities on the given theme. The themes are wide ranging from the more abstract concepts like truth and success to the more mundane of crockery and vehicles for example. Rather surprisingly, the latter often present more of a problem but we have learned over the years to think very laterally!

We meet in members’ homes and over the years we have become good friends as well as poetry readers. For further information please contact Group Leader Sue John or Deputy Shirley Stokes at poetry2@avu3a.org.uk

 

 

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Psychology


 

psychology6Psychology is the study of human behaviour. One of the most fascinating studies is that of human beings. How and why do they behave in the way they do? Group participation is encouraged as everyone can contribute something of value from their varied experiences of life.

We have guest speakers, and make use of source material from videos, tapes and our library. We meet monthly on a Tuesday from 10.00 – 12.00 at Aylesbury Tennis Club. New members are very welcome. For more information or if you would like to join the group please contact Group Leader Pam Stocks or Deputy Lynne Dawson at psychology@avu3a.org.uk

 

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Readers Circle 1


reading1Having tried many different approaches — authors, genres, DVDs, media — we have settled presently on reading one book each month. All members make suggestions as to the book we read, with the aim of enjoyment whilst expanding our reading range. The books we choose give us cause for thought and discussion. They range from classics, through challenging and thought provoking novels, to the popular. We meet monthly on a Friday from 10.30 – 12.00 in members homes.

We are a very friendly group and anyone wishing to join should contact the Group Leader Ann Johnson at readerscircle1@avu3a.org.uk

 

Readers Circle 2

This group was started in September 2007 with just 5 members and grew to 11. We meet in members’ homes once a month on a Wednesday between 10.30 and 12 noon and after a short discussion on things in general we then get down to the real business of dissecting the book we have been reading that month. There are often opinions given which don’t match others showing that each person’s interpretation of a story can be very different! This makes for a lively discussion each month!! We all contribute to choosing a book for the month – either recommended in the media or encompassing one of our members’ particular likes i.e. historical, family sagas, fiction and non-fiction, biographies, etc.

Instead of a book choice in August, we enjoy a day out for lunch and chat about our various personal reads amongst other things. Most importantly, we quite often read a book which normally would not have crossed our minds to read. Sometimes we go to old favourites. New publications are also read if they appeal. Very occasionally a DVD of a book made into a film is enjoyed. This is a way of enjoying books with friendly and like-minded people and can fill both summer and winter leisure time indoors or out. A good way to spend time learning. Join us!!

The group Leader is Brenda Daniel and her Deputy is Libby Rose. Brenda can be contacted at readerscircle2@avu3a.org.uk

 

Readers Circle 3


reading2Reading has become such a popular activity that we have started a new, third group. We began our reading with recommendations from the other two groups and have experienced books that many of us would not have otherwise read. We have enjoyed some and found others challenging, some we can’t put down and others we struggle to pick up but they have all led to lively discussions. Now we are reading books proposed by members of our group. We meet monthly on a Friday from 10.30 – 12.00 in members homes.

We welcome new members so, if you would like to join us, please contact Group Leader Joy Neave or Deputy Mary Goss at readerscircle3@avu3a.org.uk

 

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Scottish Country Dancing


scottishcd2According to the NHS, Scottish Country Dancing (SCD) is one of the best ways to keep fit and socialise at the same time. Participants can be complete beginners or those who maybe have participated in SCD in the past, but all can easily learn the simple steps to the dances.

Each session is run in the same format in that:

1) Each dance is demonstrated showing the individual steps and patterns. 2) The participants practise the dance without the musical accompaniment. 3) The participants dance with the musical accompaniment.

The group is open to both women and men, singles and couples, and all you need is a sense of fun and a pair of soft shoes for dancing.

We meet on the 1st and 3rd Friday of the month from 1.30 – 3.30 at Meadowcroft Community Centre.

For further information please contact the Group Leader Greig Sneddon at scottishdancing@avu3a.org.uk

 

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Scrabble


scrabble3We are a small friendly group who have lots of enjoyment from playing Scrabble. Nearly everyone has played Scrabble at some time or other and if you enjoy word games, this one is hard to beat. It is always amazing how many new words we learn each time we play – did you know, for example that `jo’ or ‘joe’ is a Scottish word for `sweetheart’? The decisions we make are very subtle and very fascinating, should we hang on to that letter ‘u’ in case we get a `q’ even though we could use it in the word ‘bough’ on a double – word score? Should we make do with a low score to block our opponents from getting a triple-word score? The choices are endless. But the main thing is that we have fun and enjoyment. We meet on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month from 2.00 – 5.00 in members homes. For further information please contact the Group Leaders Ann Walker and Jen Merrison at scrabble@avu3a.org.uk

 

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Sounds of the Sixties


sounds of the 60s.jpg2An opportunity for you to listen to, and talk about, the music and experiences of your youth. Members have the opportunity to share their favourites in this interactive group. All are welcome to meetings.

Meetings are held monthly on a Tuesday (subject to variation) from 2.00 – 4.00pm at the Aylesbury Tennis Club.

For further information please contact Group Leaders Peter and Jean Ashton or Deputy Leader Phil Rance at sixties@avu3a.org.uk

 

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Spanish


spanish1Come and learn beginners’ Spanish in a group which focuses on conversation. Currently we meet in the Group Leaders home. There is a charge of 50p for refreshments.

Meetings are held on the first and third Tuesday of the month from 2.00 – 4.00pm.

For further information please contact Sheila Page Group Leader at spanish@avu3a.org.uk

 

 

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Swimming for Pleasure


images (7)Serious swimmers are well provided for, but the indoor pool with its moveable floor, is arranged so that less competent swimmers and non- swimmers are never out of their depth (1 metre 20)

The heated outdoor pool with its new retractable roof is now open all year and is 1 metre deep all over.

We can round off the afternoon with a drink and a chat in the café.

We do not swim during the school holidays.

In term time we meet weekly on a Monday from 1.15 onwards at the Aqua Vale Pool.

For further information please contact the Group Leader Pat Tomkins or Deputy Rita Booth at swimming@avu3a.org.uk

 

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Tai Chi


tai chi3This is a very popular Group.

Tai Chi is good for us! In The last few years there has been considerable interest from the medical profession in using Tai Chi as a therapy to regain balance and mobility. Learning Tai Chi enables people of all ages to remain active, and being active goes a long way to alleviating many of the health problems that accompany ageing.

Some of the core qualities acquired by learning and practising Tai Chi are rooting, using heel to toe action and remaining in alignment, which helps balance; improvement of the mind in awareness which will help someone unsteady on their feet avoid falls.

Although Tai Chi does not focus on strengthening muscle groups, it still has this effect in key areas of the lower body and around the pelvic area important in maintaining balance. It also helps to maintain suppleness and flexibility so that muscles are not tight and pulling joints out of alignment, enabling older people to remain on their feet and be healthy.

We meet weekly on Mondays from 2.00 – 3.30 in the Multicultural Centre Aylesbury

This class is open to new members and we do have a Beginners’ Class. If you are interested please contact the Group Leader Joan Lewis at taichi@avu3a.org.uk

 

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Ten Pin Bowling


ten pinWe are now meeting weekly at the Rogue Bowling Alley, Unit 6, Gatehouse Way, Aylesbury, on Monday mornings at 10am. Cost is £3.50 per game. All abilities are welcome. Physical disability is no bar to ten pin bowling. Any member is welcome for one-off sessions. For prospective new bowlers and for further information please contact the Group Leader John Harwood or Deputy Jim Halewood at tenpin@avu3a.org.uk

 

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Theatre Group


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Waterside Theatre Aylesbury

Our aim is to support our local theatre but we also travel further afield. When required, transport is arranged through local coach companies.

There is no necessity to belong to the group as all members of U3A can book a seat. You may bring a friend or relative if they are seniors as most tickets are purchased through agencies which offer discounts for matinee and some evening performances.

Members are requested to pay by cheque at the time of booking or at least six weeks before the performance.

We are always open to suggestions, so please let us know if there is anything you would like to see. Please look on this where trips are listed.

Please read the Important Notes on Booking & Cancellations For further information please contact the Group Leader or Deputy at theatre@avu3a.org.uk

This Group is currently suspended until a new Group Leader and Deputy is found.

 

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Transport


transport3The Transport Group is for anyone with an interest in any form of transport. The group is limited to around twelve members as we meet in members’ homes.

We do not have a set day of the week for meetings, we decide venues and dates as we go along, depending on who volunteers to host a meeting and on finding a date which is convenient for as many as possible who wish to attend as it is sometimes difficult to avoid clashes with other groups to which our members belong.

For further information please contact the Group Leader Roy Knight or Deputy Leader Peter Ashton at transport@avu3a.org.uk

 

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Walks, Exploring London


london1We try to organise a walk every month except the Winter months and Summer holidays. Normally the walk does not exceed 4 miles and is taken at a steady pace with a break for lunch. Sometimes a “mini-visit” is included to a particular place of interest. There is no membership of a group as such. The walks are posted on the notice board at the monthly Wednesday meetings and usually take place the following Friday. For safety and comfort consideration, the group size is limited to twenty.

By using a travelcard we are able to roam over the whole of London and its suburbs, groups of four can buy standard travelcards for the price of two persons, this is somewhat cheaper than buying a single ticket using a senior rail card. Re car parking at Stoke Mandeville Station, three or more in a car can park free if they arrive before 9am.

Over many years this group has covered much of London finding many of the lesser known gems off the beaten track, thanks to the expertise and in depth knowledge of our regular leaders.

For more information please contact Leader Peter Harding and Deputy Tony Poth at walkslon@avu3a.org.uk

 

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Walks, Local


local walks4Local walks take place on the Monday following the Monthly Meeting and take 2 hours.

We usually meet at 10.00 at a location within ten miles of Aylesbury and then set off to enjoy a circular stroll in the beautiful Buckinghamshire countryside.

The walks normally cover around four miles and avoid steep hills, although a few stiles have to be negotiated. We finish at a pub for lunch for those who require it.

No experience or special equipment is required although waterproof footwear is recommended for coping with mud and wet grass. New faces can be sure of a warm welcome and friendly company, so why not give it a try?

Details of each walk are announced at the preceding Monthly Meeting.

For further information please contact the Group Leaders Sidney and Ann Johnson or Deputies Roger Fox and Roger Walker at localwalks@avu3a.org.uk

If once a month is not sufficient exercise for you why not join one of the 80+ walks that are available all over the county, eg. Bedgrove, Haddenham, Stone, Wendover etc . – in many cases you will meet up with other members of our U3A. See the Simply Walks website for more information.

 

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Wildlife & Nature Watch


foxWildlife and Nature Watch Group meet monthly wherever the Seasonal Nature Activities are taking place. The Wildlife group visits various nature reserves and generally walks some distance. Occasionally, we take a guide or expert. Additionally members of the group are asked to research subjects which are then taught to the rest of the group. Everybody gets a ‘go’. Regrettably, we have to restrict numbers so as not to scare off the very creatures we have come to see. Whenever possible if we have space we are open to anyone interested. For further information please contact the Group Leader Cynthia Fowler or Deputy Alan Robinson at wildlife@avu3a.org.uk

 

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Wine Appreciation 1


download (8)The Wine Group (1) has been meeting regularly each month. We have endeavoured to increase our knowledge and understanding of wines. The host each month will continue to select the wine for that particular meeting. The tasting will be based on either grape variety or country. The group is full at present but if anyone is interested in wine tasting they could put the names on our waiting list. Please contact the Group Leader Michael Meacham or Deputy Don Kay at wine1@avu3a.org.uk

 

Wine Appreciation 2


download (7)We meet on on the 3rd Wednesday of the month for a very friendly look at wines that have been selected either by grape, country, producer or seller. The results are frequently interesting and not always expected. We seem to be on our third tour of the Wine World, but as so many countries now produce wine we’re sure we won’t run out of samples to taste or get bored. We do notice that the cost of wine is going up and so have looked at some very cheap wines as well as the more recognised ‘brands’ with some very pleasant surprises, especially when we compared some of the sparkling wines available.

We meet in member’s homes, and as somebody will be driving we restrict ourselves to three bottles of wine. Each meeting we choose wine for the next meeting and a volunteer to host it. There are ‘tasting sheets’ so that we can make our own record of wines we like – very handy when the supermarkets are having special offers. The group is currently full but if you are interested going on the waiting list please contact the Group Leader Meryll Coe or Deputies Jenny Corton and Dorothy Chater at wine2@avu3a.org.uk

 

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