Wakefield and District U3A

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Language Courses
  • French: Conversation Walton Village Hall, School Lane, Walton, WF2 6PA.Every Monday 10:15am-12:15pm. Commencing 19th Sept 2016
    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 SWTutor's Home Every Wednesday 2 - 4 pm.
    Shirley Wigglesworth 01924 378809

    Using a course book we do grammar exercises, reading comprehension, listening comprehenssion via tapes, and oral work. Each week every member is expected to present orally a piece of prepared work on a chosen topic. We also read works of French authors (not in translation).
  • French Making ProgressAgbrigg Community Centre. Every Friday 10:00 - 12:00 noon. Commencing 23rd Sept 2016
    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
  • German ConversationSandal Library Every Friday 1:30 - 3:30 pm Commencing 23 Sept 2016
    Edith Thackray 01924 217574

    A friendly mixed-ability group, learning basic German conversation with a light-hearted approach.
  • Spanish Intermediate(1)Tutor's Home Sandal Every Tuesday 2:30 - 4:30 pm Commencing 13th Sept 2016
    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
  • Spanish Intermediate(2)Sandal Library Every Wednesday 10:00 - 12:00 noon. Commencing 21st Sept 2016
    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, commencing 21st Sept Wednesday 10:00am. - 12noon
    Mary Oldham 01924 367043, e-mail mij.oldham@btinternet.com.

  • Bridge all classes: Tutor's home, Normanton Danny Parsonson 01924 220297 dannyparsonson@hotmail.com
    A weekly charge of £1 is made on all groups to cover materials and other costs.
  • BeginnersMonday 2.00pm to 4.00pm
    Explicitly designed for those who have no experience of Bridge. A knowledge of card play although helpful is not necessarily essential. You will automatically be enrolled as a Bridge Student with the English Bridge Union which entitles you to the regular student's magazine and a free diary. A weekly charge of £1 is made to cover materials and other costs. Commencing 5 September

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  • Bridge - 2nd Year Thursday 2.00pm to 4.00pm (or later) This is a continuation of last year's beginners course We are still learning but playing competitively whilst we do so. A weekly charge of £1 is made to cover materials and other costs. There may be one or two vacancies on this course for those who already have a basic knowledge of Bridge
    Commencing 8 September

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  • Bridge - 3rd Year Tutor's Home, Thursday 10.00am to 12 Noon (or later)
    This is a continuation of last year's 2nd year course. We will now be into the EBU Book 2 and the bridge is getting serious. A weekly charge of £1 is made to cover materials and other costs. Currently there are no vacancies but this could change.
    Commencing 8 September

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  • Bridge - 4th YearTuesday 10.00am to 12 Noon (or later) This is now my established group over four and five years which I have amalgamated and some of this group do better than I do in the competitions. Members of this group are playing competitively and we all discuss various deals and techniques and learn further aspects of the game. Members of the above groups can also attend provided there is room so please ask first. A weekly charge of £1 is made to cover materials and other costs. Currently there are no vacancies on this course.
    Commencing 6 September

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  • Coffee MorningWest Yorkshire Sports Club, Walton Lane. 3rd Friday, Every month from 10am to 12noon Commencing on 20 January - Sue Clifton 'Stitching up the Family ' how tapestries relate to social history
    17 Feb - Games, Health Checks and entertainment by the Wind Band
    17 March Noel Moroney - Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostello
    21 April Games, Health Checks and demonstration of Line Dancing
    19 May Dr David Allen 'The Essence of a Georgian Gentleman'
    16 June - Health Checks,Games, Chat
    21 July Peter Gospel ' Ruth Ellis the last woman executed in Britain'
    August no meeting

    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
  • Crafts(1)Home based every two weeks Friday 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.
  • Crafts(2)Home based every two weeks Thursday 10:00am. - 12 noon &
    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 – Thursday – 10.00am – 12.00 noon.
    Commencing 15th Sept 2016

    We are a warm and friendly group of like-minded crafters. We include quilting/patchwork, embroidery, paper crafting, jewellry making, digital crafting, knitting/crochet and more. A self help group sharing knowledge and skills. Experienced crafters and beginners all welcome.,
    A venue charge of £11 per 10 week term is charged in addition to U3A Annual Membership of £13. "New Members Welcome" 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 2.00 - 3.30 pm Commencing 20th Sept 2016
    Hilary Elstone 01924 277504

    This group will have open discussions on subjects of general interest which are in the news. The group hopefully be able to tackle all areas.
  • Dining Out(1)Various venues.3rd Tuesday of each month, at 7 pm Commencing 20th Sept 2016
    Pauline Turney 01924 255746

    A casual eating-out evening where we try a variety of venues, arranged to suit those participating.
  • Dining Out(2)Various venues. 4th Wednesday of each month, at 7 pm Commencing 28th Sept 2016
    Elaine Machell 01924 277924 e.machell@talktalk.net

    Due to demand a second group has been formed, with the opportunity for a different day of the week.
  • Drawing And SketchingAgbrigg Community Centre –Every Monday 10am-12.00 noon
    Commencing 12th Sept 2016

    For anyone who is interested in drawing and sketching, including pen and wash, crayon, charcoal or pastel. You can choose abstact, still life, Zentangle, or any other style. This is a self help group, each sharing their skills and knowledge. Experienced and beginners welcome.
    A venue charge of £11 per 10 week term is charged in addition to U3A Annual Membership of £13. For more information contact Mike Stearne on 01924 864523 or email mike4changes@gmail.com
  • Family HistorySandal Library 3rd Monday monthly 2:00 pm. - 4:00 pm. Commencing 19th Sept 2016
    John Wilson 01924 279925

    Who knows what surprises you may have when you research your family history and discover more about your forebears? Join our self-help group and find out the real stories about your family. New and experienced researchers all welcome.
  • Luncheon GroupGaskell's Restaurant, Wakefield College, Margaret Street.
    Thursday monthly 12.00noon for 12.15pm
    Marion Lewis 01924 372633 marionlewis@sky.com

    We meet during the catering college term, usually once a month and have a three course meal in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Ring Marion for your reservation.
  • Mah Jong Tutor’s home, Sandal. First Friday monthly, 1.30pm to 3.30pm Commencing 2nd Sept 2016
    Florence Schoeb 01924 277304

    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.
  • Mechanics of Military History Wrenthorpe Methodist Church Hall, Wrenthorpe Road WF2 0HR. Mondays 2.00pm – 4.00pm Commencing 19th Sept 2016 (10 weeks)
    Keith Griffiths 01924 371377 kandm95@gmail.com

    Illustrated talks covering the Battle of the Atlantic, Royal Flying Corps over the Somme, the logistics of Military Conflict, Air Power in the Middle East and much more.
    A charge of £11 will be made to cover rent
  • Buddhism, a brief history A course of ten meetings on Thursdays beginning 12 January 2017 at 2 pm. Venue: A course member’s home in Sandal.
    Buddha the man
    Basic teachings (eg the four noble truths etc)
    The two main schools of Buddhism
    Later developments
    Buddhism comes to the west
    For further information ring Alan on 01226 283863

  • Miniatures/Dolls House FurnitureTutor'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: Listening ToManygates Adult Education Centre Every Friday 10:00am. - 12:00 noon
    Marion Lewis, 01924 372633 marionlewis@sky.com

    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.
  • Pagans and Christians(10 Weeks) Member's home Sandal
    Thursday 2.00-3.30 pm Commencing 29th Sept (to 1st Dec)
    Alan Earnshaw BA,MA 01226 283863

    The Pagan background to early Christianity. Religion in the Greek city-state; Beginning of sceptcism; The Mystery Religions; Popular philosophies; the last Pagans.
  • Poetry ChoicesAgbrigg Community Centre Tuesday 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Commencing 20th Sept 2016
    Wilf McAlea 01977 513158 ope7wm@sky.com

    This relaxed and friendly group is for those of us who like to share their love of poetry. Poems are chosen from an agreed subject, each person reading their choice. Members are not expected to be knowledgeable about the poem.
    A charge of £11 per term will made to cover rent.
  • Recorder GroupTutor’s home, Horbury. Every Monday 1.30 pm to 3.30 pm Commencing 5th Sept 2016 David Johnson 01924 262181 david.johnson68@btinternet.com
    Players need to have their own recorder and be able to read music. All abilities can be catered for. A charge will be made to purchase a copy of the music we play-ranging from the Renaissance to modern day, so hopefully covering something that everyone can enjoy playing.
  • History Group Venue Medhodist Church, Barnsley Road, Wakefield
    Fortnightly Thursday 2.00-4.00 Commencing 5th January
    Beth Rudkin, Barnsely U3A

    Please contact Elaine Machell 01924 277924- e.machell@talktalk.net
    This is one of the most interesting periods in our history. A ten session course on alternate Thursday.
    A charge of £11 will be made to cover rent
  • Well, It's About TimeBaptist Church, Barnsley Road. Wednesday 10.30 am to 12.30 pm Commencing 11th January 2017
    David Leyshon 01924 249686

    What is Time? And how is it measured? How do humans and animals experience it? How has it affected societies? And how did we get our calendar? These, and other questions about Time, will be the focus of an 8 week course.
    A charge of £11 will be made to cover rent
  • Wind BandSt Mary's Church Hall Horbury Junction. Every Friday 1.30-3.30 pm. Commencing 30th Sept 2016
    Jenny Scrupps 01924 262664

    The Wind BandThe Wind Band is made up of mixed ability players ranging from experienced players to those who took up playing as a retirement challenge. We have a fantastic conductor who makes rehearsals fun and gently gets the best out of us. Although we are a Wind Band a string base guitarist would be very welcome. So dig out those instruments and don't be shy come and join us.
Outdoor Activities
  • Bird Watching Various Venues 3rd Tuesday monthly 9:30 am.
    Clive Nichols 01924 374904 nicholsc@btinternet.com

    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. commencing 20th Sept.
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  • Crown Green Bowling(1)The 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.
  • CROWN GREEN BOWLING(2), OssettDue to demand a second group has been formed. Tuesdays weekly, from 9.45am to 12 noon, at Ossett CC and AC, Dimplewell Road, for beginners and those with experience. summer only commencing: Tuesday, 4 April 2017 Contact Mike, mikefitzmaurice@tiscali.co.uk
  • Walking 5 MilesVarious Venues 2nd Tuesday in month 1:00 pm Commencing 13th Sept 2016
    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.
  • Walking 8 - 10 MilesVarious Venues Monday 3rd or 4th in month 9:30 am.
    Lorraine Johnson 01924 256193
    The Long Walk
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Physical Activities
  • Line DancingKirkhamgate Village Hall. Tuesday 10:30 am to 12.00 noon Commencing 6th Sept 2016
    Jane Chand 01924 361493 janechand@hotmail.co.uk

    Easy line dancing for beginners and those who are more experienced.
    A charge of £11 per term will be made to cover rent
  • Scottish DancingKirkhamgate Village Hall. Thursday 2:00 - 4:00 pm. Commencing 15th Sept 2016
    Jane Chand 01924 361493 janechand@hotmail.co.uk

    Come and join us for a fun session of Scottish dancing. Beginners and more experienced dancers are welcome.
    A charge of £11 per term will be made to cover rent
  • Table Tennis(1) Primrose Hall Horbury, Every Tuesday 1:45 - 3:45pm Runs throught out the year
    Sheila Moorhouse 01924 278086

    All levels are welcome. Group Table Tennis, mostly doubles.
    A charge of £11 per term will be made to cover rent
  • Table Tennis(2) Primrose Hall Horbury, Thursday 1.30 - 3:30pm Runs through out the year
    Barry: 01484 522696

    All levels are welcome.
    A charge of £11 per term will be made to cover rent
  • Tap DancingBaptist Church Hall, Barnsley Road Thursday 10:00 am - 11:00am Commencing 6th Sept 2016
    Susan Flint 01924 274563 derricksusan@gmail.com

    Leader Wendy Hull. An exhilarating way to keep fit. New members welcome, preferably with some dance experience.
    A charge of £11 per term will be made to cover rent