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Current "Contemporary Studies" Groups.                 Members: to find more details/dates/news or to contact a Group Leader, go to our Member's Page

                                                                                                Interest Groups are open to York U3A members only.

We have a mixture of topics, some decided in advance, some items of current interest.


If you enjoy expressing your opinions (not party political please) on current affairs or timeless problems come and join us.



Venue:The Fell Room on the first Friday in the month from October to June inclusive, 10:30 am to noon.


Discussion Group - What do you Think?


Conversation Group


Films Plus


Mindfulness - an Introduction



Press Cuttings

The UK is doing well compared to its nearest neighbours and is relatively wealthy.  Yet it has the largest balance of payments deficit for half a century, it is 1.5 million, million pounds in debt. and its productivity is amongst the worse amongst developed nations. Its NHS is short of funds and about a million of its citizens access food banks.


Using facts and opinions, especially those contributed by participants, maybe these glaring contradictions can be resolved?


Venue: First Friday of each month from 10am to noon beginning October 7 ;  at Hartrigg Oaks

Bring along interesting, funny, topical and quirky items from the press/magazines/periodicals etc. (We do not discuss politics!)


We meet once a month at my home.


Venue: Leader’s home


Is the UK OK?  Or are we living beyond our means?

The group is about providing a place for people with much life experience and perhaps reflecting on what this stage of life means. It is an opportunity to talk and listen and find connections with others.


The group has no agenda; there is a conversation; Subjects are explored according to what has been brought by any member. There is a rule of confidentiality.


I am a Group Analyst and this is an application of group analytic principles.  

To hear other points of view and to find other peoples’ experiences may be similar or resonate with your own is what the group offers.  It also is an opportunity to find others with similar concerns. Often when you are in a topic centred group, memories come up and there are associations to life experience which it may not be appropriate to speak about. The conversation group provides a place which is appropriate.


The group meets regularly and works better if members can make a regular commitment.

Everyone has a story but not everyone feels that it is important.


Venue:The group meets in the Woolman Room on the first Wednesday of the month at 2.00-4.00p.m. starting on 7th September.

I really enjoy seeing films on the big screen.  This enjoyment is enhanced when there is the opportunity to discuss the films afterwards.  This was the inspiration for Films Plus.  We go to see films early evening, around a 6pm screening, at City Screen and then meet at a nearby bar to discuss the film.  


I contact those interested as soon as possible after the film listings come out, usually about a week before the screening, to tell members the chosen film, time and date.  These may be mainstream films, or from the ‘Discover Tuesdays’ selection.  I try to incorporate suggestions from group members.  


Films are generally suggested fortnightly, alternating Tuesday and Wednesday evenings.  Group members choose which evenings they wish to join us.  


Venue: City Screen and a nearby bar. We book and pay for our own tickets and drinks.  There is wheelchair access at City Screen and the bar.  Some films are subtitled and some have audio description.  


This group is for people who have heard about mindfulness and would like to know a bit more about it. The 'bit more' is based on my research and personal experience over the last 30 years.


We will cover the meaning and benefit of mindfulness and try out some mindfulness techniques which can be used as part of everyday living.


There is a session a month for 3 months which will give time to practice in between if members wish to do so.


Please note that the three sessions are linked so it's not appropriate to register for an individual session.


Venue: Fell Room 10am – 12pm on Wednesday 28th September, 26th October          and 23rd November.