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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 26th September 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 for Peace

"X-Stitch Forever, Housework Whenever"

"X Stitch Forever, Encore”  

Wine Appreciation

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 £2.50, including refreshments. The Church Hall has good disability access and parking reserved for blue badge holders.  Parking is available at Morrisons. 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 11th September 2018.



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 18th September 2018. 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 12th September 2018


Knitting for charity “Knit for Peace”.


Knitting clothes, hats gloves and scarves, and blankets for refugees and the homeless.  


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 3:45 pm    Starting on 2nd 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 - South Bank.





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.




Another very friendly group 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 usually at hand from others. Class numbers limited to 11 because of space restrictions, so please book early.


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


Venue: The Fell Room, 1st Monday of month, 1:30pm to 3.45pm, starting on 1st October and finishing on 1st April 2019.


Photo Manipulation  

Digital Photography

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 12 of those.




Venue: 4th Thursday mornings in the Fell Room. Starting 24th January 2019 and running to June 2019






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 Basic Photography help sessions, Illustrated talks and occasional Competitions with the odd Photo day out, and includes a broad range of Ideas, Styles and Interests. The 2019 programme is currently being defined.


We meet on the 4th Friday of each month.


Venue: 4th Friday of each month, in the Woolman Room from 2-4pm. Starting 25th January 2019 and running to May 2019.  






Calico Gardens  Embroidery

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 2nd October

Knit and Natter

Knit for Local Charity- St. Leonard's Hospice.



Venue: Acomb  


Meeting on the 1st and 3rd Friday of the month 10am to12noon.





Cookery for Men

This group has been launched to give male members the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge to create a range of everyday items and dishes. Meeting on alternate Thursday afternoons throughout the year you will be given the opportunity to learn how to create soups & sauces, bakery products, main course items and desserts using most meats poultry, fish, vegetables and fruits. From time to time sessions will be led by visiting instructors in specific culinary areas e.g. vegetarian/vegan. There will also be additional guidance and informal information concerning food safety & hygiene, tools & equipment etc. Group members will also have the opportunity to learn how to produce some International dishes.

No previous knowledge is either expected or required


Venue: The leader’s home adjacent to Tang Hall Lane