Interest Groups

Fairford and District U3A has a wide range of interest groups: some are quite academic, some artistic or musical, some physical, some practical, some recreational, some social, or a combination of these. They are described individually below. Most members find they are fun, informative and play a valuable role in contributing to their mental or physical well-being.

The interest groups are at the heart of the U3A concept and most of them have a Group Leader but they are all highly participative, and each member is encouraged to contribute their own knowledge and expertise.

Many are held in members’ houses, but a few of the larger groups receive subsidies to hire larger rooms in the Fairford Community Centre. Different groups meet weekly, fortnightly or monthly, depending on their members’ preferences. To keep our U3A vibrant and growing, we encourage the formation of new groups, based on the suggestions of our members and help is available in the early stages. A list of interest groups is included in each monthly newsletter along with meeting times and the Group Leader’s name and contact details, so all you have to do to join a group or obtain more information is to contact the Group Leader. You can belong to as many groups as you wish, with no change to your annual subscription.

The Interest Groups have been checked by their Group Leaders, any updated page will have a date at the end confirming it has been updated. If you find an error in either the description or the calendar entry, please contact the web team.

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Ancient Greek

Vacancies
Weekly
Wednesday
14:30
Member's Home
Ancient Greek is a small Group that  started just before the first Lockdown and has […]

Art Appreciation

Vacancies
monthly
Friday
14:00
Varies
Friday 22 November 2.00pm. John Bentley on ‘Picturing America’: the history of American art viewed […]

Bird Watching

Vacancies
3rd
Friday
09:00
Varies
The Group gets together once a month and we usually travel to different locations hoping […]

Boccia

Vacancies
Seasonal weekly
Thursday
14:00
Keble Room, Fairford Community Centre
Boccia is a paralympic sport suitable for people of all abilities and can be played […]

Book Circle 1

Vacancies
2nd
Tuesday
14:00
Member's Home
The Group began in 1997 and, happily, still has some of its original members. To […]

Book Circle 2

No Vacancies
2nd
Tuesday
14:00
Member's Home by Rotation
We hold a planning meeting in December to decide on the reading list for the […]

Bridge Improvers

Vacancies
Weekly except Bank Holidays
Monday
14:00
Farmor Room, Fairford Community Centre
Bridge Improvers Group is not for absolute beginners but for those who play some bridge […]

Chess

Vacancies
2nd
Wednesday
14:30
Member's Home by Rotation
The Group started in December 2007, and we meet once a month at the home […]

Computer Group

Vacancies
weekly
Wednesday
09:30
Group Leader's home
The aim of the group is to help members get going on the basics of […]

Creative Writing

Vacancies
weekly
Wednesday
10:00
Zoom or Member’s Home by Rotation
We aim to both practice and discuss writing creatively i.e. short stories, poems, small descriptive […]

Cycling Group, Chase the Bun

Vacancies
Seasonal –
Thursday
Varies
The Cycling group has gone through a transformation during the last year or so. We now meet every Thursday […]

Cycling Group, Softy Cycling

Vacancies
1st and 3rd
Monday
10:00
Varies
This group has been formed for those cyclists who do not want to go for […]

Five Rhythms Dance

No Vacancies
3rd
Tuesday
10:30
Palmer Hall
Dancing is for Everyone – The Five Rhythms Way The human response to rhythm is […]

French Conversation 1

Vacancies
1st & 3rd (2nd if Bank Holiday)
Monday
11:00
Barker Room, Fairford Community Centre
This longstanding and friendly group aims to help members brush up on O Level French, […]

French Conversation 2

Vacancies
weekly
Monday
11:00
Member's Home by Rotation
This Group is currently meeting on Zoom, please see the Virtual tag in Interest Groups […]

French Conversation 3

Vacancies
weekly
Monday
11:00
Member's Home
This Group is currently meeting on Zoom, please see the Virtual tag in Interest Groups […]

Garden Group

Vacancies
4th
Thursday
14:00
Varies
Venues: Private and public gardens, members’ homes and gardens, garden centres. The Fairford U3A Garden […]

Geology

Vacancies
1st
Wednesday
14:30
Group Leader's home
The study of Geology involves a study of the earth, the shape of the continents […]

Italian

Vacancies
weekly
Monday
2.00
Group Leader's home
The Italian class, so far 5 students, meets every Monday at 2 pm, currently in […]

Latin

Vacancies
1st
Thursday
14:30
Group Leader's home
“If you can dredge “amo, amas, amat” from the depths of your memory or even […]

Listening to Music

No Vacancies
3rd
Friday
14:00
Member's Home
This Group is currently communicating via email, please see the Virtual tag in Interest Groups […]