Interest groups are at the core of U3As. Islington U3A now has over 30 groups running and 550 sign-ups. The topics range from crafts to philosophy, and local walks to history in a global context.
The list below gives our current list of groups. Most groups have held their first meeting. This list will be updated with more details once groups have finalised when they are going to meet and how frequently.
Most groups will meet in members’ homes, providing a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Some groups will be based on equal participation, while others, for example language groups, will have an expert leader. All of them will be informal - inspired and enthused by their members. This is learning for the pleasure of learning.
Western architectural styles from classical to the present day with London visits and discussions. The coordinator is an architect. Group members will be encouraged to contribute to the programme.
Art in London Visits to exhibitions, galleries and salerooms. Quarterly meetings in the group co-ordinator's home.
20th Century Art A monthly lecture and discussion: Mainly early 20th Century artists and movements.
Informal reading and discussion. Varied choice of books selected by the groups.
Bridge Friendly Rubber or Chicago Bridge sessions. A reasonable knowledge of Acol is required.
Knitting Crochet Patchwork Quilting Hand Sewing Tapestry Embroidery Cross Stitch
A self-help group for any portable craft – bring along your work and share your expertise and decide together how the group will operate and develop.
A writers’ workshop. Do writing exercises to stimulate your creativity and share and discuss your prose with others.
Discussion Group on current affairs: political, economic and social. Members will be encouraged to research topics and present them for discussion at meetings.
Understanding the European Union Research, presentations and discussion by members, who will agree the format and content of the sessions. Fortnightly for a year. The purpose is to gain an informed, factually-based understanding of the EU and issues relevant to a referendum.
About two meetings a month, usually matinees, linked to the BFI’s programme for Seniors with a short introductory talk and follow-up discussion. Admission to most films is free, but for some there is a £7.50 charge (£6 for BFI members).
Discussions about topical subjects in a French context, introduced and led by a native French speaker. Practise and improve your French. This group is not be suitable for beginners but the approach will be supportive, helpful and patient.
Talk in German about topical subjects over a cup of coffee. Intermediate German required.
General conversation on topics of interest to group members – relaxed and friendly. Maintain and improve your fluency. Entry level is at least basic tourist Italian.
A varied, seasonal programme which could include gardening history, influential designers, contemporary design, visits to members’ and other gardens, practical gardening – composting, sowing seeds, taking cuttings, pruning, planting tubs, patio gardening, vegetable and allotment gardening - and even bonsai growing! A mix of talks, explanations, visits, hands-on experience and sharing of knowledge and skills.
History in a Global Context
Looking at the world at particular times in history.
Local history in Islington and environs. Visits, discussion and lectures.
Lives of Composers
A monthly lecture with music
Visits to Concerts
Visits to lunchtime and evening concerts
Listen to music chosen by members, followed by discussion over coffee. Emphasis on classical and opera.
Visits to operas at various venues, followed by discussion.
PAINTING AND DRAWING
Getting together to paint and draw. Instruction is not provided.
All aspects of philosophy with topics chosen by consensus. We will be meeting monthly and also attending relevant public lectures. Meetings will be chaired by group members as agreed before each meeting.
Presentation of poetry on themes chosen by members, followed by brief discussion.
Poetry Group Reading and discussion of poetry selected by members. Poems reflect themes chosen by members at the previous meeting.
Play a friendly game of Scrabble.
Theatre visits followed by discussion.
Individual walks will be announced on the website and/ or by emails to members who have registered for the group. The two hour+ walks will require a suitable level of fitness and capability to follow the route and keep up with the group. Generally the emphasis is social rather than competitive hiking. There are likely to be:
- short walks in or around Islington lasting one to two hours
- longer walks (half or full day) including the Capital Ring, with a lunch or refreshment break
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