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Games of Skill


Mah Jong One

Mah Jong Two

Play Cards

Bridge for Absolute Beginners

Improvers Bridge

Duplicate Bridge

Bridge - Practice Play

Thursday Bridge

Scrabble (Social Play)

Scrabble (Club Play)

Playing Chess: All Stages

Play Chess     (has own website)





U3A Choir

Singing for Fun

Singing Madrigals

Ukulele     (has own website)

Musical Miscellany

Music Circle

The Music Group  (has own website)

Opera Groups (2)  (has own website)

G&S Appreciation Group  (has own website)

Classical Guitar

Jazz Jam Session

Musicians Group

Listening to Jazz

Folk Music







Flower Arranging

Gardening   (has own website)

Gardening 2


"X-Stitch Forever, Housework Whenever"

"X-Stitch Forever, Encore"

Calico Gardens Embroidery

Knit for Peace

Knit and Natter

Jam and Jigsaws

Cookery for Men

Wine Appreciation

Digital Photography

Photo Manipulation

Stained Glass




Outdoor Pursuits


Bird Watching

Bird Watching Group 2

Geology, Landscapes and Building Stones

   of Yorkshire

Short Country Walks   (has own website)

Walking Group - Enjoying the Countryside

Walking on the Wolds


Over the Hill Walking   (has own website)

Thursday Monthly Rambles 

       (has own website)

Boots by Bus  (has own website)

Wildlife Walks by Public Transport

Wild Flower Walks 2019

Explore York Walks

Cycling Group    (has own website)

Strollers Walking Group Jan 2019

Petanque / Boules from Oct 18




Dancing, Exercise and Sports



Ballroom Dancing

Exercises in Water Class

Racketball     (has own website)


Croquet         (has own website)

Keep Fit  and Flexible

Indoor Bowls 

Table Tennis (from Mar 19)















Art and Architecture


Art for Leisure

Life Drawing

Outdoor Sketching/Painting

Aspects of Architecture  (has own website)



Religion, Cultures and Philosophy


An Introduction to the Biblical Roots

     of the Christian Faith

Exploring the Bible     (has own website)

Discovering Eastern Europe and

   Russia: Culture,History,People

Exploring Other Cultures

Beyond Religion & Politics

Philosophical Investigations





Historical Walks

Social History Walks

Military History

History of York and its Suburbs (closed Mar 19)

The History Course

Dipping into History

The Early Days of Cinema



Contemporary Studies


Discussion Group: What do you think?

Press Cuttings

Conversation Group  (2 groups)

Films Plus  (has own website)

Mindfulness Based Living Course

Mindfulness Practice Group

What Lies behind the Headlines?


York's Volunteering Community



Languages including Latin 


Language and Linguistics (has own website)

Sign Language Stage 2 Continuation

Introduction to Sign Language

Latin for Continuers  Year 2 of 2

Beginners French Year 2

French Conversation

French Conversation - Woolman Room

                            (has own website)

French Conversation - Cafe Rouge

Discover France through Culture, Region

    and Language

Learning Italian Beginners

Parliamo Italiano 1

Parliamo Italiano 2

Continuing Spanish

Improving Oral German

German Conversation (has own website)




Literature, Writing and Anthology


Contemporary Literature (has own website)

21st Century Fiction Reading Group

Expanding Horizons Non-Fiction Reading


Children's Literature

Revisiting Classics from across the

    Centuries       (has own website)

Novels Poems Plays 1700-1914

                       (has own website)

Other Lives Biography Reading

                        (has own website)

Crime Fiction   (has own website)

Three British Theatre Dames

Some of Shakepeare's Characters

Creative Writing

Play Reading (2 groups)

Write On

Writer's Bloc

Writing Together

Writing for Us

Poetry  (2 Groups)

Enjoying the Odes of Horace

Reading John Milton


Science and Technology


Science and Society

Cosmology, Particle Physics and

    Superfluidity (Ended Jan 2019)

Intermediate Windows Computer Group

Audio-Visual Equipment Group

Apple Mac Group

iPad Users  - Beginners

iPad Users  - Improvers

Raspberry Pi Group

Making the most of your Android tablet

     or phone

Facebook Group

IPhone/iPad Camera and Photography Group (March 2019)

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Playing Chess: All stages

This group which meets at the leader’s home every other Wednesday from 2-4pm throughout the year, is seeking new members. If you have an interest in chess, either to start, revitalise or hone, please get in touch with the leader Elizabeth on 01904 707708

Added 9/4/19




Podcast Productions Group

Is anyone interested in joining a small 'Podcast Productions' group? The initial objective would be to produce one or more short demo podcasts and decide where to take the idea from there. Please contact A. Marples: podcasts@yorku3a.com


 A podcast is a digital audio recording that can be shared over the internet. Producing a podcast, might appeal to:

  • creative writers who want to read aloud - a short story perhaps, or an anthology of poetry;

  • scriptwriters who are interested in editing and adapting existing written work for spoken word presentation;

  • play readers who would like to try voice acting in the style of a radio drama, and

  • IT enthusiasts who are keen to explore sound recording apps such as Apple's Garage Band 

added 22/4/19


History of York and its Suburbs  - John Bibby is happy to be a point of contact for the potential to restart this group. Will anybody who has been involved in the past or who may be interested in developing it in the future please contact him via jb43@york.ac.uk or 01904-330334

Added 9/4/19

Interested in Shakespeare?

I am proposing a Shakespeare Study course, which would be a look at Shakespeare's playwriting career in a sequential order. It would involve me giving a short introductory talk, then having a close look at a few key speeches from the chosen play, then a DVD.


If this sounds interesting to you, please contact Shakespearestudy@yorku3a.com

Added 9/4/19

Folk and Fairy tales


We think of fairy tales -  not quite the same as folktales, but they overlap – as the stuff of the nursery, but they were never meant for children, and some are much too dark. Folk and fairy tales are often ancient, began before the written word became universal, and lie close to the roots of narrative. They have been changed by writing, and continue to be re-told and re-interpreted. We would probably use one book of tales each term (to be agreed at a first meeting), usually obtainable inexpensively second-hand.

If you are interested and want to find out more please contact Graham Frater at folkandfairy@yorku3a.com


IPhone/iPad Camera and Photography Group - see the group page for details








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March 2019 - at a recent new members meeting there was interest in tennis and yoga, neither is currently a group within out U3A. If anyone has any skill or interest in either of these, and would consider setting up a group then please get in touch - web@yorku3a.com















Please note the following closure dates for the Fell and Woolman Rooms, and U3A Office, during the next holiday period:


Easter. From 19 April 2019 to 22 April 2019 inclusive


Bank Holidays in May, just the Mondays.

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