u3a

Thornbury u3a

Groups

Note, that other than a single visit to up to two different groups you then need to be a member of Thornbury u3a in order to join any of these study and interest groups.

Our members come together in groups to study & enjoy any subject or pastime which they find interesting. Most of our Groups are run on a regular weekly or monthly basis by our members and held in local halls & rooms ,or in their homes, or in the great outdoors if appropriate.

Information about each group is included in the links to the groups below. If you are interested in joining a group please contact the group leader as detailed. The groups can be sorted into various orders by using the buttons below.

We also take part in occasional theatre visits, coach trips to country houses, stately homes and gardens, and occasional special interest events. Details of these can be found in the special Open Events and Trips group which are open to all members.

Suggestions for new groups are welcomed. Ideas are advertised to try to attract sufficient members to call a planning meeting to get a group established. Members wishing to form a new group should contact the Group Coordinator. Should a Leader need help with the purchase of materials to get a group started help may be available via the committee.

General advice: New group members - please contact the group leader before turning up to ensure available space and to avoid disappointment, thank you. Some groups run using WhatsApp to link all members and ensure appropriate numbers each meeting.

Groups listed alphabetically

  • Archaeology
    Status: Active
    Monthly on Tuesdays
    Fourth Tuesday of each month at 2pm
  • Architecture
    Status: Active
    Monthly on Tuesday mornings
    at 10:30am on the First Tuesday of each month
  • Art - Monday Group
    Status: Active
    Weekly on Monday mornings
    from 9.30am until 12 noon.
  • Art - Thursday Group
    Status: Active
    Weekly on Thursday mornings
    at 9:15am to 12:15 on Thursdays during normal School Term times
  • Astronomy and Space
    Status: Active
    Meetings start about 10am for tea & coffee to be seated by 10.30am then lasts about 90 minutes.
  • Badminton
    Status: Active
    Weekly on Wednesday mornings
    10am - 12:00
  • Bird Watching
    Status: Active
    Monthly on Mondays
    Second Monday of the month, plus a few extras. We meet in Thornbury Leisure Centre car park ready to leave at 9.30am
  • Book Group 1
    Status: Wait list only
    Monthly on Friday mornings 10:30 am-12:00 pm
    Third Friday
  • Book Group 2
    Status: Active
    Monthly on Monday afternoons
    usually on the first Monday of the month from 2.00pm
  • Bridge - for Beginners
    Status: Active
    Weekly on Monday afternoons
    Monday afternoon 2:00pm until 4pm
  • Bridge 1
    Status: Active
    Weekly on Tuesday mornings
    please arrive by 9:20am ready to start play at 9:30, finishing around 12:15. Tea/coffee/biscuits are provided.
  • Bridge 2
    Status: Wait list only
    Weekly on Tuesday afternoons
    2pm
  • Bridge 3
    Status: Active
    Weekly on Friday afternoons
    Play starts at 2pm prompt.
  • Bridge 4
    Status: Active
    Weekly on Tuesday evenings
    7:30pm
  • Canasta
    Status: Active
    Fortnightly on Tuesday afternoons
    2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month from 2pm prompt until approximately 4.00pm.
  • Card Making
    Status: Active
    afternoons 2:00 pm-4:00 pm
    There are three separate groups at present, meeting on the first Monday, Tuesday and Thursday of the month
  • Church Visits 1
    Status: Active
  • Church Visits 2
    Status: Active
    Monthly on Thursdays
    2nd Thursday of the month
  • Cinema
    Status: Active
    Fortnightly on Friday afternoons
    First and Third Friday afternoons of most months - doors open at 1.30pm for a 2pm start
  • Computing
    Status: Active
    Monthly
    As per group page
  • Concerts
    Status: Active
  • Creative Writing
    Status: Active
    Monthly on Friday mornings
    on the last Fridays - 10am to 12 noon
  • Cribbage
    Status: Active
    Fortnightly on Wednesday afternoons
    at 1.45pm to 4pm on the Second and Fourth Wednesday of the month
  • Cycling
    Status: Active
    Fortnightly on Thursdays 9:30 am
    (Second and Fourth Thursday)
  • Discussions
    Status: Active
    Monthly on Tuesday afternoons 2:00 pm
    on the Second Tuesday of the month
  • Family History
    Status: Active
    Monthly on Friday mornings
    every Third Friday of the month - open at 10am for 10:30am start
  • French Book Club
    Status: Active
    Monthly on Wednesday afternoons
  • French WD40
    Status: Active
    Fortnightly on Tuesdays
    via Zoom at 10am on the First and Third Tuesday of each month for 2 hours, with a short break around 11:00
  • Garden Visits Group
    Status: Active
  • Gentle Exercise
    Status: Active
    Weekly on Thursday mornings 10:00 am
    starts 10am ends 11:00
  • Geology
    Status: Active
    Monthly on Wednesday mornings
    at 10am on the 4th Wednesday of each month
  • German (Self-Help)
    Status: Active
    Contact the group leader for more info
  • History
    Status: Active
    Monthly on Wednesday mornings
    on the First Wednesday of the month at 10am with refreshments, ready to start by 10.30
  • Indoor Bowls
    Status: Active
    Weekly on Wednesdays
    at 11.40am and ready to play by 12noon until 2pm
  • Investment Club 1
    Status: Active
    Monthly on Wednesday mornings 10:00 am-12:00 pm
    on the second Wednesday morning of every month
  • Investment Club 2
    Status: Active
    Monthly on Tuesdays
    on the Second Tuesday of each month
  • Latin
    Status: Active
    Weekly on Friday afternoons
    the Zoom meeting lasts for about one hour on Friday afternoons in school term times
  • Lunch Club 2
    Status: Wait list only
    Monthly on Wednesdays
    on the Second Wednesday each month
  • Lunch Club 3
    Status: Full
    on Tuesdays
    on the First or Second Tuesday each month
  • Lunch Club 4
    Status: Wait list only
    Monthly on Thursday afternoons 12:00 pm
    on the First Thursday each month
  • Mah Jong - Monday
    Status: Active
    Fortnightly on Monday afternoons
    on Second and Fourth Monday each month from 2pm to 4.00
  • Mah Jong - Western
    Status: Active
    Weekly on Tuesday afternoons
    on Tuesdays from 2pm until 4.30
  • Mixed Crafts
    Status: Active
    Monthly on Wednesday afternoons
    on the Second Wednesday each month from 2pm until 4:00 - Note the venue change in April
  • Music
    Status: Active
    Monthly on Friday mornings
    on the Second Friday morning each month Sept-June starting at 10:30am
  • Open Events and Trips
    Status: Dormant
  • Opera Appreciation
    Status: Active
    Monthly on Tuesday evenings
    on the Fourth Tuesday of the month at 6:30pm ready for start at 6.45pm
  • Our Living Language
    Status: Active
    Monthly on Monday afternoons
    at 2pm on the Second Monday each month
  • Photography
    Status: Active
    The group mets on the second Wednesday of each month. Meetings start at 10:00am for tea, coffee and Barbara's biscuits followed by the meeting itself at 10:30am.
  • Play Readers
    Status: Active
    Monthly on Monday afternoons
    on the Second Monday each month from 2pm until 5pm - in the Centre room
  • Poetry Appreciation
    Status: Wait list only
    Monthly on Monday afternoons
    at 2pm on the Third Monday each month
  • Practical Gardening Forum
    Status: Active
    Contact the group leader for details
  • Railways & Transport
    Status: Active
    Monthly on Friday evenings
    at 7:30pm and finish 9.30pm on the last Friday each month - unless stated otherwise in my round-robin communication
  • Recorders 1
    Status: Active
    Weekly on Monday mornings
    we usually meet on Monday mornings every week at 10.30am until 11.30
  • Recorders 2
    Status: Active
    Weekly on Monday mornings
    we begin at 10am
  • Science & Technology
    Status: Active
    Monthly on Wednesday mornings
    on the 3rd Wednesday - 10am for chat & coffee; talk starts at 10:30
  • Scottish Country Dance
    Status: Active
    Fortnightly on Tuesday afternoons
    we usually meet on the First & Third Tuesdays each month from 2pm until 3:45
  • Scrabble
    Status: Active
    Fortnightly on Wednesday afternoons
    from 1:45pm to 3:45pm on the First & Third Wednesday each month
  • Shakespeare Studies
    Status: Wait list only
    Monthly on Wednesday afternoons
    on the Third Wednesday each month from 2.00pm to 4.00pm
  • Short Slow Rambles
    Status: Active
    Monthly 10:00 am
    the day is dependent upon the walk leaders choice & the walks start at 10am
  • Spanish
    Status: Full
    Fortnightly
  • Spanish Sobremesa
    Status: Full
    Weekly on Thursday mornings
    from 9.30am to 11.00
  • Table Tennis 1
    Status: Full
    Weekly on Wednesday afternoons
    from 1.30pm until 4.00
  • Table Tennis 2
    Status: Full
    Weekly on Monday afternoons
    from 2pm until 4:00 - Can accomodate visitors sometimes on a one-off basis
  • Table Tennis 3
    Status: Active
    Weekly on Monday mornings
    from 9am until 11:00
  • Table Tennis 4
    Status: Full
    Weekly on Thursday afternoons
    3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
  • Table Tennis 5
    Status: Active
    Weekly on Friday mornings
    from 10am – 12 noon (except Second Friday of month)
  • Theatre and Opera Visits
    Status: Active
  • Travel & Tourism
    Status: Active
    Monthly on Friday afternoons
    on the Second Friday each month from 2.15pm
  • Ukulele
    Status: Active
    Weekly on Thursday afternoons
    the beginners group runs from 2pm - 3pm then a general ukulele jam will run from 3pm - 4pm
  • Walking
    Status: Active
    on Thursdays
    on the 1st, 3rd (& if 5th) Thursdays of each month throughout the year
  • Whist
    Status: Wait list only
    Fortnightly on Wednesday afternoons
    on the First and Third Wednesday each month from 2pm until 4:00
  • Wine Group 1
    Status: Active
    on Friday evenings
    bi-monthly on Friday evenings at 6:30pm - Check with leader for which months.
  • Wine Group 2
    Status: Wait list only
    Monthly on Thursday evenings 7:00 pm
    on the Fourth Thursday each month (except December) commencing at 7.00pm
  • Wine Group 3
    Status: Active
    on Fridays
    on alternate months - usually the First Friday of the month at 7.30pm - check with leader for which months
  • Wine Group 4
    Status: Active
    last Friday at 7:30pm of alternate months - check with leader which month
  • YOYO
    Status: Active
    Monthly on Wednesdays
    at 2pm until 4:00 on Second Wednesday of the month