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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, Front Street, Acomb (opposite Post Office). on the last Wednesday of each month, 2.00pm to 4.00pm, from 27th September 2017 to 30 May 2018.


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



Knit and Natter

"X-Stitch Forever, Housework Whenever"

Calico Gardens  Embroidery

Wine Appreciation

Photo Manipulation  


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 12th September 2017.



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 19th September 2017. 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.





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 13th September 2017


Knitting for charity “Knit for Peace”.


It needs children’s jackets and other small items for Syrian children and refugees.  


Venue:   In Group Leader's  flat

Meeting on the 2nd and 4th Fridays 10am to 12 noon. .




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 3rd October

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 group is a subset of the Photography group who are additionally interested in learning how to manipulate image files using propriety software packages.


I have been using these programmes for almost 20 years and have taught U3A members for more than 10 of those.


We have just started this group and meet on the mornings of 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month.


Please see the Newsletter for further details or contact the coordinator listed below.


Venue: 2nd and 4th Thursday mornings in the Fell Room






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 covers Help sessions, Illustrated talks and Competitions with the odd Photo day out, and includes a broad range of Ideas, Styles and Interests.


The 2017/18 programme is currently being defined. We meet on the 1st Tuesday of each month. Please see the Newsletter for further details


Venue: 1st Tuesday of each month, in the Fell Room at 2pm.  






Jam and Jigsaws

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 course is for those with some knowledge of surface embroidery stitches. Worked in neutral colours on calico using textural threads and simple "craft" techniques to create stunning 3D embroideries.


Class numbers 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 calico etc. Students will be expected to provide their own frame and threads. A list of materials will be issued before classes start.


Venue:    The Woolman Room, 1st Tuesday of the month, 10:00 until 12.15   Starting on 3rd October