Wakefield and District U3A

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Short / New Courses
  • CROWN GREEN BOWLING Tuesdays weekly, from 10am to 12 noon, at Ossett CC and AC, Dimplewell Road for beginners and those with experience. Commencing: Tuesday, 5 April 2016 Contact: Mike 01924 277776
  • An Even Briefer History of Time Baptist Church, Barnsley Road. Wednesday 10.30 am to 12.30 pm
    David Leyshon 01924 249686 This course will explore how this ancient religion developed – and changed – over time and explore its effects on culture and world history, as well as how Christianity began as a Jewish sect.
    A charge of £11 will be made to cover rent
  • A Brief History of the Middle East The course begins Thursday 14 January at a member's house
    Covering, the Arab conquests, Sects and Schisms, Turks and Mongols and the Modern Age
    for further information ring Alan Earnshaw on 01226 283863
  • Mech's Military HistoryWrenthorpe Village Hall,Wrenthorpe Lane WF2. Mondays 2.00pm – 4.00pm
    Keith Griffiths 01924 371377 kandm95@gmail.com
    Illustrated talks covering such varied topics as The Most Dangerous Place on Earth , Airborne Assault, Peacekeeping in the Balkans, Air power in the Falklands conflict, the V-Force and beyond.
    A charge of £11 will be made to cover rent
  • Meditation We will be meeting in the home of one of the group, in Crigglestone, Wakefield.
    We will meet on the last Wednesday monthly. starting on Wednesday 27th January, at 1.30pm until 3.30pm.

    It is well known that meditation brings many health benefits. Also many people find that meditation in a group gives a much more profound experience. This is a group for like minded people who already meditate or who would like to experience meditation for the first time. We will try different forms of meditation, including visualisation, and mindfulness techniques. Existing meditators are invited to introduce their method to the group. It is hoped that people will find the technique that suits them and go on to enjoy the benefits of regular meditation. For more information please contact Karen Stratton on 01924 864523. Please leave a message if I’m not in and I’ll get back to you, or email me at karen4changes@gmail.com
Language Courses
  • French: Conversation It is Walton Village Hall, School Lane, Walton, WF2 6PA. Mon 10:15am-12:15pm.
    Ann Dore 01924 257459
    We talk in French, and listen to others talking French. English may be used during our 15 minute break. It is worthwhile, very hard work, and fun. A charge of £11 per term will be made to cover rent
  • French Making ProgressAgbrigg Community Centre. Fri 10:00 - 12:00 noon.
    Brenda Willis 01484 865139
    For people who have some knowledge of French (possibly very rusty) and wish to revise or improve. If you enjoy visiting France and wish to keep your brain active then come and join a friendly, relaxed French class of like-minded people.
    A charge of £11 per term will be made to cover rent
  • French SWHome based Wed 2 - 4 pm.
    Shirley Wigglesworth 01924 378809
    This is a friendly group in which all members work well together in a relaxed but conscientious manner. We follow a course book for grammar but also use tapes, newspaper articles and videos. Each member is asked to make an oral contribution each week.
  • German ConversationSandal Library Friday 2:00 - 4:00 pm.
    Edith Thackray 01924 217574
    A friendly mixed-ability group, learning basic German conversation with a light-hearted approach.
  • Spanish IntermediateTutor's Home Tues 2:30 - 4:30 pm.
    Val Whitehouse 01924 251389
    We are a friendly group with a basic knowledge of Spanish. Some have been learning for about 6 years, others less. We read, listen to, and speak the language. New members are welcome but places are limited due to space.
  • Spanish IntermediateSandal Library Wed 10:00 - 12:00 noon.
    Lorraine Johnson 01924 256193
    djohnson2@talktalk.net We are a friendly, self-help group. Sessions include reading, translation, exercises in vocabulary, grammar, conversation, etc. The aim is to improve our ability to understand and speak the Spanish language.
Learning for Pleasure
  • Art GroupW. Y. Sports Club, Walton Lane, Wed 10:00am. - 12noon
    Mary Oldham 01924 367043,
    e-mail mij.oldham@btinternet.com.
  • Book GroupTutor's Home, Tues Monthly 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm.
    Pat Clayton 01924 274535 pclayton11@talktalk.net
    We all read the same book, provided by Wakefield Library service, and then discuss it at our once a month meeting.
  • Bridge - for LearnersTutor's Home Monday 2.00pm to 4.00pm
    Danny Parsonson 01924 220297
    All you require to start in this year is a knowledge of cards. If you have played whist in the past, this is a good grounding. Read More....
  • Bridge - 2nd YearTutor's Home, Thursday 2.00pm to 4.00pm (or later) basic knowledge of Bridge needed.
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  • Bridge - 3rd Year Tutor's Home, Thursday 10.00am to 12 Noon (or later)
    This is a continuation course of the Improver's Bridge of Last Year.
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  • Bridge - 4th YearTuesday 10.00am to 12 Noon (or later)
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  • Bygone Films Tutor’s home, Calder Grove.
    The group meet Tuesdays at 6pm - 8pm. From 1st March Sundays noon to 3pm Ring for film details
    Donald Issatt 01924 274474 dissatt@yahoo.co.uk
    Films of the 30/40/50 & 60s. Members can make their own requests The ABC Regal Showboat
  • Coffee MorningWest Yorkshire Sports Club, Walton Lane. 3rd Friday, Every month from 10am to 12noon
    Mags Hilton 07970776798
    Coffee is served at 10.00am. One month a speaker will entertain us and the next coffee, conversation and board games etc. If you have any books you no longer want, bring them along to sell for U3A and perhaps get yourself a new read as well.
    A charge of £1 will be made to cover rent
  • CraftsHome based Thurs 10:00am. - 12 noon & Fri.2:00 pm. - 4:00 pm.
    Shirley Dufton 01484 534297
    An opportunity to discuss and to experiment with some of the crafts which we have not previously experienced; to extend and develop our skills while learning new techniques.
  • CRAFT & CHATAgbrigg Community Centre – Thursdays – 10.00am – 12.00 noon. Why not try something new, or revisit and old skill! We welcome new members, whether you are a beginner or a skilled crafter. We are a warm and friendly group of like-minded crafters. We enjoy chatting whilst crafting and sharing our knowledge and skills. We have Patchwork and Quilting, Knitting & Crochet, Embroidering, Canvas work and cross- stitch, Dress making, paper crafting and more. Basically any crafty hobby is welcome. We are also hoping to put on occasional introductory mini workshops with subjects such as Dorset Buttons, Digital Scrap booking and Beading for example. Following a successful Dorset Buttons mini workshop held in October, a further workshop will be planned for spring. This will introduce a further technique and the cost to Craft & Chat members will be £3 including all materials, Cost for Non group members £5. The first two sessions of Craft and Chat are free, so you can come and have a cuppa and chat with us and see whether you would like to join us. A venue charge of £11 per 10 week term is charged in addition to U3A Annual Membership of £13. For more information of the group, please contact: - Karen Stratton on 01924 864523 or email karen4changes@gmail.com
  • Current AffairsTutors Home, Horbury 3rd Tuesday monthly 10:30 am - 12:00 noon
    Charles Elstone 01924 277504
  • Dining out eveningVarious venues.3rd Tuesday of each month, at 7 pm
    Pauline Turney 01924 255746
    A casual eating-out evening where we try a variety of venues, arranged to suit those participating.
  • Drawing And SketchingAgbrigg Community Centre – Monday’s 10am-12.00 noon This is a friendly sociable group, with room for a few more like-minded ‘budding artists’. This is not a tutor lead group, as we all share our knowledge and skills to help one another. We have a very relaxed and varied outlook to our art and the mediums we choose. Some of us may be doing our own work, others trying different ideas such as still life, a member of the group might bring an item they think may be intersting, or maybe a photograph or picture which we will all copy and then compare and discuss our efforts. Up to now we have used Pencil, Pen and Ink, Pen and Wash, and Coloured pencils, and we have experimented with Still life, Zentangle, Free hand sketching and copying from ideas in books etc. We may introduce painting in the future and ‘colouring for grown ups’ is another suggestion as this is very popular at present. A venue charge of £11 per 10 week term is charged in addition to U3A Annual Membership of £13. So why not come and join us, you can come for 2 free sessions to test us out, so what have you got to lose. For more information contact Mike Stearne on 01924 864523 or email mike4changes@gmail.com
  • Family HistorySandal Library Mon. 3rd in month 2:00 pm. - 4:00 pm.
    John Wilson 01924 279925
    Join our self-help group and learn more about your early relations. We don't guarantee you will find a highwayman, but you will have some surprises. New and experienced researchers all welcome.
  • Lunch GroupGaskell's Restaurant, Wakefield College, Margaret Street.
    Thursday, monthly 12.00noon for 12.15pm

    Marion Lewis 01924 372633
    We meet during the catering college term, usually once a month and have a three course meal in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Ring for reservation.
  • Mah Jong Tutor’s home, Sandal. First Friday monthly, 1.30pm to 3.30pm
    Florence Schoeb 01924 277304/Diana O’Sullivan 01924 257802 Mah Jong is a game originated in China around 2000 years ago. It demands skill, patience and strategy. It is similar to “rummy” in the west but much more complicated. Beginners welcome. We would particularly welcome more Mah Jong sets.
    If you want to play and have a set to bring along this would be useful, but also if you have an unused set and would like to lend it to the U3A this would be great.
    We already play Mah Jong during the Coffee and Games mornings at West Yorks Sports Club so if you would like to have a taster this is the right opportunity.
  • Miniatures: Making Doll's House AccessoriesTutor's Home, Huddersfield. Thursday MONTHLY 10.00am to 3.00pm (1 hour for lunch)
    Shirley Dufton, 01484 534297
    A class for beginners AND those with more experience. To make the little things that turn a house into a home.
  • Music Appreciation Manygates Fri. 10:00am. - 12:00 noon
    Stan Lewis, 01924 372633
    Listening to music. From light classical to symphonies, concerti, and opera from Baroque to Modern, with background information on composers, works and performers. A charge of £11 per term will be made to cover rent.
  • Poetry ChoicesAgbrigg Community Centre Tuesday 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Wilf McAlea 01977 513158
  • Recorder Group Tutor’s home, Overton. Mondays, 1.30 pm to 3.30 pm David Johnson 01924 262181
    The recorder group meets for two hours a week to play music from the Renaissance period through to the present day. Players need to have their own recorder and be able to read music. However, many of the current players used to play the recorder a long time ago and have only taken it up again on joining the group; others are confident players. There is always something each week everyone can play as well as other pieces that may be a little more demanding. The best way to find out if you enjoy playing and can cope with the music is to give it a try. A little bit of practice and some friendly support from the group will go a long way to getting you playing again. The group consists of descant, treble, tenor and bass players so whichever recorder you play you won't be alone. Playing music of any sort is rewarding. It gives a sense of accomplishment, pleasure in working together as a group and enjoyment to others who may hear the group perform. So rummage through your loft, garage or that box under the stairs. Dust off your recorder and give it a blow - it'll still work. A charge will be made to purchase a copy of the music that we play.
  • Wind Band.The Wind BandSt Mary's Church Hall Horbury Junction. Friday 1.30-3.30 pm. The Wind Band My name is Jenny Scrupps and I coordinate the Wind Band. We currently have fifteen playing members and there is always room for more. Our conductor is fantastic, he nurtures us with humor and enthusiasm. We have been known to get paid for our services, but usually we play for love to support worthy local causes. So if you have a wind instrument and a music stand come and share in the untold benefits of making music you don't have to be an expert all abilities are always warmly welcomed. You can contact me by telephone my No. is 01924 262664
Outdoor Activities
  • Bird Watching Various Venues Tues. 3rd in month 9:30 am.
    Clive Nichols 01924 374904 The group meets for half or occasionally whole-day sessions, and visits local sites of interest. Binoculars are desirable and a reasonable level of fitness is required. Suitable outdoor clothing and footwear should be worn. Read More....
  • Crown Green BowlingThe group meets every Friday morning 10.30 to 1:00
    Summer Season April to September at Crofton Community Centre. £1.50 per visit PLUS £5.00 Membership to C.C.C.
    Winter Season (also outdoors) at Hemsworth Miners Welfare Club at Fitzwilliam. £1.00 per visit

    Marjorie Crawford 01977 611342 Email 33@marjoriecrawford.plus.com
    We enjoy the gentle exercise this gives us in the fresh air as we play out door all year round. We play to win but can also laugh when we loose!!. By playing doubles members soon get to know one-another and are encouraged to change partners each week. Tea and coffee are provided (25p) around 11.30 for a 15 minute social chat and distribution of the monthly news letter. The morning comes to an end around 1pm. We celebrate the end of summer bowling (September) with a senior's lunch out and winter bowling (March) with a fish and chip lunch in the pavilion, and just to prove how social we are, we enjoy get togethers occasionally which have included garden parties, "bring and share" buffets, and we go for a 5 mile walk and lunch as often as we can fit it in. In other words we enjoy the good life through being a U3A member in our retirement.
  • Walking 5 MilesVarious Venues Tues. 2nd in month 1:00 pm.
    Lorraine Johnson 01924 256193
    Walking boots or walking shoes should be worn on all walks. In case of bad weather check with Group Leader that walk will take place. On all walks take good waterproofs and a spare sweater. For longer walks a packed lunch and a flask/drink are required. Please note that neither the Group Leader nor the U3A will be responsible for the safety of any person who participates in these walks.
  • The Long WalkWalking 8 - 10 MilesVarious Venues Monday 3rd or 4th in month 9:30 am.
    Lorraine Johnson 01924 256193The Long Walk
Physical Activities
  • Line DancingKirkhamgate Village Hall. Tuesday 10:30 am to 12.00 noon
    Jane Chand 01924 361493
    Come and join us for some easy line dancing. Beginners and improvers are all welcome.
    A charge of £11 per term will be made to cover rent
  • Scottish DancingKirkhamgate Village Hall. Thur 2:00 - 4:00 pm.
    Jane Chand 01924 361493
    The Scottish dance group welcomes dancers of all abilities, complete beginners and also those who are more experienced. The group is very friendly and newcomers are always made welcome. We can usually accommodate new dancers but please ring Jane on 01924 361493 for further information if you are interested. Come and join us for a fun session of Scottish dancing.
    A charge of £11 per term will be made to cover rent
  • Table Tennis IPrimrose Hall Horbury, Tuesday. 1:45 - 3:45pm.
    Sheila Moorhouse 01924 278086
    All levels are welcome
    A charge of £11 per term will be made to cover rent
  • Table Tennis II Primrose Hall Horbury, Thurs. 1.45 - 3:45pm.
    Michael 01924 277776
    All levels are welcome,
    A charge of £11 per term will be made to cover rent
  • Tap DancingBaptist Church Hall,Barnsley Road Thurs. 10:00 am. - 11:00am.
    Susan Flint 01924 274563
    Leader Wendy Hull A fun hour practising steps old and new, going onto routines to put into practice what we have learnt. Only really suitable for those with previous experience. The class is full at the moment.
    A charge of £11 per term will be made to cover rent