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Current "Hobbies" 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.

Flower Arranging

This group is for flower lovers to learn a little about floral art and design for pleasure.  A warm and friendly workshop class.


Venue:  Acomb Parish Church Hall on the last Wednesday of each month, 2.00pm to 4.00pm, from 28th September 2016 to 31 May 2017.


Cost of room is £160 to be split   between members i.e. if 16 enrol this will be £10 each for the course.

Fully disabled access and toilets.




Gardening Group 2


Fiddlesticks 2

Fiddlesticks 1

Jam and Jigsaws

"X-Stitch Forever, Housework Whenever"

Counting Embroidery


Wine Appreciation

Cryptic Crosswords


Crafting Together - Sharing Skills

This group is for gardening enthusiasts. Throughout the year we have illustrated talks, demonstrations, garden visits and social events.


The cost for meetings varies but is usually around £2, including refreshments and the community centre has good disability access. Garden visit costs vary depending on the venue and coach transport.


Venue: Meetings are at Acomb Parish Hall, fortnightly on Tuesdays 9.30am to noon from 13th September 2016.



This is a group for gardening enthusiasts experienced or novices.


Garden visits in summer & a variety of interesting speakers in winter.


Venue: The Fox Room, every 3rd Tuesday from 20th September 2016. Begins at 10.00am with coffee and plant sales, & continues with speakers until 12.00pm.


Cost: £30 payable at the first meeting. This fee will cover the cost of all speakers and room hire.





We are a vibrant, hands-on and fun working group for novices and experienced knitting and crochet enthusiasts of all levels.


We learn from each other, pass on hints, tips and experiences (both good and bad!) in a social and friendly workshop.


Come and join us if you wish to have fun whilst learning or ‘teaching’ this very popular craft.


Venue: The Fell Room on 2nd and 4th Fridays in the month, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm, starting 9th September 2016 and finishing 28th July 2017.


Meeting once a month midweek in each other’s homes for coffee/tea and cakes/biscuits, usually 10am - 12.00.  


Meetings vary due to members’ commitments.




This is a knitting and crochet group for novices, improvers and experts.  It is a sociable and friendly group where we learn from each other, sharing knowledge, skills and ideas.  


New members welcome.


Venue:  The Woolman Room on 2nd and 5th Wednesdays in the month from 10:00 am to noon, starting 14th September 2016 and finishing 12 July 2017.





This very friendly group is for anyone who needs an excuse to stitch during winter afternoons. Stitch whatever you wish using any type of counted embroidery.


This is not a class although help is always at hand.  Lots of books and magazines to browse through or borrow and some fabrics available for purchase at cost from the leader.


Class numbers limited because of space restrictions, so please book early.

Costs:  £1 per session plus a one off payment of 50p.


Venue:    The Woolman Room, 1st Tuesday of month, 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm    Starting on 4 October and finishing on 2 May 2017.





This is a twofold course: a) continuation for those completing projects from the previous year: and b) a new project making a spectacles case using 18C canvas and counted stitches.


Canvas will be provided at cost. There may be one or two vacancies for stitchers who are familiar with such techniques but class numbers are limited to 11 because of space restrictions, so please book early.


Costs:  £1 per session plus a one off payment of under £5 to cover cost of the canvas.


Students will be expected to provide their own frame and threads.


Venue:   The Woolman Room, 1st Tuesday of the month, 10:00 until noon  





We have plenty of space and a big welcome for either seasoned lace makers or those who wish to learn.


Venue:The Living Word Church on Huntington Road on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday morning of the month at 10am. There is car parking.





We meet once a month in my home, with a break in the summer months. The theme/topic is decided in advance, so participants can acquire their wine (price up to £6.50 if possible).


We do the tastings, discuss, and then enjoy cheese, biscuits, grapes and other delicacies.


The group take their bottles home with them, so it is not expensive. This is a particularly social occasion.


Venue: The leader’s home.





This 6 session group is aimed at helping you to tackle a cryptic crossword. Together we will work through examples from newspapers and magazines and you will be given pointers to help you “read” the clues.


Preference will be given to those who have not attended before, but returning members will be very welcome if space permits.


Venue: We will be meeting in the Fell room from 10am to 12 on the following Thursdays - Sept 22nd, Oct 13th & 27th, Nov 10th & 24th with the final session on Dec 8th.






This is a new, very friendly informal 'Shared Learning' group.  You can work on your own project in the company of others or, if you are happy to do so, you can give a demonstration of a technique or lead a session.  


Members have a wide range of interests such as knitting, crochet, felting, patchwork, rag rugs and more.  We are also interested in visits to craft fayres together.  


New members and ideas welcome.


Venue: Tesco Community Room at Askham Bar on the 1st and 3rd Fridays each month from October to April at 12.30 - 2.30pm.





We are a friendly group of mixed ability photographers brought together by a common interest in improving the quality of our own work and a desire to either learn or teach more of the technical skills to make that happen.


Members own a range of cameras from basic point and shoot compacts to professional SLRs.


Our varied programme sets out to cover a broad range of Ideas, Styles and Interests, the rest of this year is listed below but we are already working on the 2017 programme.


Venue: We meet on the 1st Tuesday of each month, in the Fell Room at 14:00hrs.