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Current "Games of Skill" 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.

Mah Jong One

This is a small continuing group learning the game and improving our skills.  We enjoy playing together.  


The group is full and a waiting list is in operation. Enquiries can be made to the group leader.


Venue: Meetings are twice monthly at 1:45 pm to 4.45pm on the 1st and 3rd Thursday at the home of the group leader.

Charges 50p per meeting to cover the cost of tea/coffee and biscuits. There is one step at the entrance but the double front door can be opened.



Play Cards

Mah Jong Two

Bridge Course for Absolute Beginners

Improvers Bridge

Beginners Bridge

Bridge - Practice Play

Scrabble (Club Play)


Thursday Bridge

Playing Chess:  All Stages

Play Chess

Mah Jong 2 is a small friendly group that has again increased its numbers and is now playing up to three tables each week.


This is a continuing course, the group is now full, with a short waiting list.


Venue: At the home of the co-ordinators,  but occasionally at other members’ homes. Thursday afternoons from 2pm till 5pm. There are no charges.




We are a friendly and sociable group. We meet every Tuesday from 5th Sept 2017 until July 2018.


Our members enjoy playing cards which give us a challenge. We will accept beginners who are willing to learn new games.


The games we have played include Canasta, Contract Gin Rummy, Contract Whist, Kaluki and Solo. Members can introduce other games to the group.


The cost of the session is the purchase of refreshments at the venue. Membership is flexible no requirement to attend every week.


Venue: The Graduate, Lendal; 1.30pm to 4.00pm

This group is for complete beginners, no prior knowledge will be assumed, and indeed attendees need never have seen a pack of cards.  The course is the official EBU (English Bridge Union) course and consists of 30 lessons.


This course will run from September or October 2017 and will take a little more than a year to complete (due to holidays) and will be limited to eight students.



Venue: Tuesday mornings at Group Leader's house in Osbaldwick, 10.30-12.30




For those members who have a good knowledge of cards, such as whist, or who have played bridge in the past but who are not familiar with Acol bidding.


Members who wish, may join both Beginners Bridge 1 and Beginners/Improvers Bridge.


Venue:  The Fell Room or Garden Room on Monday afternoons from 1pm to 4ish

Cost £1.50. From the 5th September





A continuing course on Acol bidding and card play.


Members with some knowledge of Acol bidding very welcome.


Members who are new to Acol bidding or who have not played bridge but have a reasonable knowledge of cards such as Whist will be welcome in the Beginners group.



Venue:The Fell room on Wednesday afternoons from 1 to 4 (ish)

Cost £1.50 per week.

From 6th September 2017



Duplicate Bridge

The group meets weekly on Tuesday afternoons throughout the year to play social Duplicate Bridge.


New members must have a reasonable understanding of the game and, if possible, should come with a partner - but we do our utmost to match up singles.


Current charge is £2 per person per session, which includes refreshments.


Venue: St Edward’s Church Hall, Tadcaster Road


Tuesdays, weekly, 12.30 pm to 4:00 pm. Disabled access

This Group is for those who have gained experience in the game and wish to improve their bidding and play.  


Sessions are from 1.00pm, starting with an exercise in bidding or card play, followed by play with Group members.  


After a break for refreshments play continues until approx. 4pm.  


A fee of £1.50 per session covers prizes and a donation to Connaught Court.


Venue: Fulford on Fridays, weekly, at 1.00pm

Duplicate bridge in a friendly group for players with some experience.


We try to find partners for single players.


Thursdays 1 - 4pm. Cost £3 per session.



Venue: Holiday Inn, Tadcaster Road




Play is in pairs and to National Scrabble Club Rules, no referring is allowed.


We collect an agreed amount per member per meeting for refreshments and incidental expenses.


Venue: The homes of members from 1:45 pm to 4:00 pm on the fourth Thursday of each month, except December. Venues are given in the Newsletter.

Some venues do not have downstairs toilets.






Venue: The leader’s home, fortnightly on Wednesdays, 2pm - 4pm throughout the year.


Chess is good for the brain: playing it exercises both sides of the brain giving it a good workout; it sparks creativity, improves problem solving skills and helps optimise your memory.  

Apart from this it is good fun!


Why not join us and play chess, just for pleasure.  Players of all ability are most welcome, including those wishing to learn the game.


It is hoped that all members will improve their standard of play through internal tournaments, discussing their games and learning new openings.


Venue: The Fell Room on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month (Starting in September) from 1:30 pm to 3:45 pm all year round except for August and Christmas.  

Scrabble (Social Play)

Collins Scrabble dictionary and word lists can be consulted; ideal for members wishing to improve their play.

We collect an agreed amount per person for each meeting to cover the cost of the hall and refreshments.


Venue:We meet at Bishopthorpe Village Hall (opposite the Co-op) from 1:45 pm to 4:00 pm on the 2nd Thursday of each month. Lift to meeting on first floor. £1 for hire of room and refreshments.  Disabled access


Note: There will be a different venue just for the month of December – this will be announced to members in the newsletter.