Groups and Activities
We have a wide range of activity and special interest groups to join:-
A Good Read
The Group meets on the third Friday of the month at 2.00 p.m. at a member's house. Convenor: Janet Wigham
We view and discuss various aspects of art, usually paintings, making use of videos, slides and books. This Group meets on the 4th Thursday of the month at 2:15pm in the Brookfield room, Abbey Baptist Church. During lockdown the page in the member’s area is updated monthly with an item of topical or artistic interest. Convenor: Martin Goodwin.
Ambles and Walks
Walks of 4 - 6 miles take place on first 2 Mondays and last Friday of the month. All we ask is that you are fit enough to keep up with the group. Occasionally walks of over 5 miles are included in the programme which aren't suitable for everyone. Walks can be at quite a quick pace so if in any doubt of your fitness please do an amble first. Ambles vary in distance from 1.5 to a maximum of 3 miles, walking at a more relaxed pace. Ambles take place monthly, with an increase to twice a month from May to September. Walks are organised by members of the group. Volunteer leaders are always needed for some summer Ambles.
CAVERSHAM workshop is held on the second and fourth Friday of the month at 10.00 a.m. in Church House, Caversham. Convenor: Marie Rogers.
TILEHURST workshop is held on the second and fourth Friday of the month at 09.30 a.m. at the Youth & Community Centre, Tilehurst. Convenor: Peter Drew-Clifton.
Come along to Brain Teaser and give your brain a work out. We are small friendly group and once the shock of looking at this month's question sheet has passed we get down to solving the problems, first as individuals and then as groups round the table. The group meets on the third Tuesday of the month at 10:30 in the Hexagon Coffee Bar. New members are most welcome. Convenor: David Morton.
The group meets on the 4th Thursday of the month from 10 till midday, followed by a pub lunch for those interested. Convenor: Philip Cook.
The Group meets at 3.00pm on the 1st Monday of each alternate month at Primak Cafe. New members, whether knitters or crocheters, are always welcome as well as any spare DK wool. Convenor: Mary Trout.
The Books Club meets on the first Thursday of the month at Abbey Baptist Church, at 2.15 p.m. Convenors: Jean Davies, Kath Pritchard.
The Bridge Club meets for social bridge, starting with coffee and biscuits, on the first and third Tuesday of the month, at the Abbey Baptist Church at 10.30 a.m. Convenor: Peter Lloyd
The Chess Group meets on the third Monday of the month at 2pm in the Hexagon Coffee Bar. Convenor: Maurice Winkworth.
The Group meets on the 3rd Wednesday of the month; visits are made to churches of architectural and historic interest. Convenor: Mary Trout.
We enjoy two hours of gentle dancing and you don't need any experience as our teacher takes us through all the moves. We also have a tea break to catch our breaths and have a natter.Come and join our group which meets on the 4th Friday of the month at RISC in London Street. Convenor: Denise Tetley.
Coffee Morning & Quiz
Members make up groups of four or five, putting their heads together to come up with the answers (sometimes even the right answers!). You don't have to be particularly brainy - the questions are on wide-ranging subjects and many members find that they know more than they thought they did. And we do try not to take ourselves too seriously! At 10 a.m. on the second Monday of every other month we meet in the lower hall at Abbey Baptist Church for tea or coffee and biscuits and a chat, then at 10.30 we sit down for the Quiz - five or six rounds of questions, many of them with picture clues.
We come from a variety of collectable backgrounds, some lapsed, others with large or specialist collections. New or occasional members are very welcome. We have been getting together to view collections or items from e.g. coins, medals, postcards, toby jugs, phonecards, cigarette cards, coupons and, of course, stamp collections. A small Philately group started in January 2016, meeting once a month for a couple of hours on the third Monday afternoon, in a member's home to learn, observe and discuss over a cup of tea. This has now been re-born as COLLECTABLES. . Convenor: Philip Cook.
Our meetings vary between sessions based on a talk and practice about a computer related topic, a workshop and general help where you are able to raise whatever topic you wish with our knowledgeable helpers. If you have a laptop or tablet computer, please bring it along with you. The Group meets at the Reading Football Club, Madejski Stadium on the 4th Wednesday morning of each month from October to June from 10.00 to 12.30. The first 30 minutes of each session will be spent on individual members issues. We do not meet during July, August and September. Buses operate throughout the day (numbers 50-53 from Reading town centre). Meeting Dates 2020/21. Convenor: Graham Rolfe
The Crafts Group is a small self help group who share their expertise with each other. The emphasis is on needlework, embroidery, knitting, crochet and related crafts. If members see a demonstration or learn a new skill they come and show us all. The Group meets on the second Friday of the month at the convenor's home from 14.00 to 16.00. The numbers are limited as the meetings are held in the convenors home. Convenor: Beti Wilkins.
Current Affairs Group
An opportunity for members to review and discuss issues of current global, national and local importance through analysis and discussion of recent news reports and opinion pieces. Convenor: Harvey Smith.
We typically spend a half hour debating the set topic and try not to deviate too much. The rest of the meeting is spent discussing items raised by the group, typically something from today's newspaper. The Group meets on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 2.15 pm at Abbey Baptist Church,Reading. Convenor: Pat Okafor.
Emmer Green Lunch Club
The Emmer Green Lunch Club meets on the 4th Tuesday of each month at noon in the White Horse, Emmer Green. Convenor: Stephen Raybold.
The Family History Group meets on the second Friday of the month, at 10.30 a.m. at the Reading Family History Centre in Tilehurst. Convenor: Mark Bowman.
This Group meets at Abbey Baptist Church on the third Monday of the month at 2pm.
A variety of films are shown to cater for all tastes, thrillers, comedies, drama and musicals. Both classic and modern films are shown. The French Film group meets on the 4th Friday of alternate months in the AbbeyBaptistChurch. Members are asked to arrive by 1.40 pm latest so that we can begin promptly at 1.45. Films last about two hours on average. Convenor: Clare Platts.
French Story Reading
The French Story Reading Group meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month at 2.00p.m. in the Church House, Caversham. Convenor: Sylvia Newberry.
The Gardens Group arranges visits to various gardens around Reading travelling by public transport and by car.
The German Improver Group meets on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month at 10.00a.m. at a member's house on the Reading/Earley border. Convenor: Margaret Marshall.
The Group visits a place of historic or national interest, on the first Wednesday of the month and nearly always use public transport and mostly meet at Reading station or a nearby bus stop. Details are in the newsletter. Any suggestions for visits are always welcome.
Italian Level 1
John Farrington spends several weeks every year in Sicily and is enthusiastic about all things Italian. The emphasis is on informality; learning materials include a book and accompanying CD. This Group meets at 10.30 on the first Thursday of the month at Abbey Baptist Church. Convenor: John Farrington.
Italian Level 2
The members of our group have mastered the basics of Italian and can talk about their activities, interests, holidays. We also go over some grammar points and sometimes use audiovisual material. We have been using the book "Living Italian". The Group meets on the first Thursday of the month 1.15 – 4.00 pm at RISC, 35-39 London Street. Convenor: John Farrington.
The Line Dancing Group meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month at 10.30a.m. at AbbeyBaptistChurch. Convenor: Iris Heffernan and Shirley Corti
Come and sing madrigals and other early songs! This Group meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month, 2pm to 4pm at the Park United Reformed Church, Wokingham Road, Reading. Convenor: Francis Hayes.
Sharing Meditation Techniques and Practice as well as discussion on benefits and progress. All levels and abilities welcome: you have nothing to lose but your stress! The group meets on 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month at a member's house. Convenor: Rita Lenney.
The group is made up of people who have perhaps studied some philosophy or have studied a great deal or may not have studied philosophy at all. What we have is common is a desire to discuss topical issues using philosophical arguments. We are not a debating group and we are not a substitute for "putting the world to rights over a cup of coffee/mug of ale". What we do offer is an opportunity to question and reason and to be made to think! There are no answers but plenty of food for thought. The Group meets meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 10.30 at AbbeyBaptistChurch. Convenor: Jaye Windmill..
We are a very mixed ability group so discussions are lively with plenty of help and ideas on how to improve our knowledge and photography and also 'what to do' with our photographs after we have taken them. There are talks on specific aspects of photography, practical sessions and also walks to give an opportunity for group photography. A project is set each month and it is interesting to see people's interpretation of the project when their photographs are viewed during the next meeting. The Group meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month. New members are always welcome. Convenor: Andrea Baple.
We are a small friendly group that meets twice a month to read plays. We sit around a table, scripts are handed out and roles allocated, then we read the play. We do comedies, tragedies, who-dun-its, why-they-dun-its: everything except Shakespeare (who has too many characters). So if you enjoy reading aloud, with a bit of expression, do come along and join in.Convenor: Ann Warrick.
The poetry group is for anyone who likes poetry and we all agree that poems are best when read out loud. Whether you want to read or listen you will be welcome. Each month we have two suggested themes - one a subject and the other a poet. The Group meets meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 10.30 at AbbeyBaptistChurch. Convenor: Jaye Windmill.
Science & Technology
The Science and Technology Group meets monthly on a Tuesday afternoon and welcomes anyone with a general interest in the world around them and who wants to discover more. We have talks from specialists, discussions amongst our members and recorded presentations. We aim to learn and share our knowledge and curiosity.
Topics covered include railways of Reading, the Periodic Table, the Immune System, plastic production and issues with plastic, brick technology, human evolution, geophysics in archaeology, Climate Change, Bokaski system, Human Growth Hormone, coin recognition systems, Black Holes, Viruses.
Could we learn about a topic in which you are interested?
We also discuss science and technology in the news.
Do come and join us.
Convenor: Jane Sellwood
Seated Exercise Group
A fun exercise group for all ages and abilities. This is a popular group with numbers limited to 30; the top-to-toe exercise class lasts for 1 hour. Tips for daily living and safety in the home are also included. The group meets on the second and fourth Thursday of each month at 10.30am at the Abbey Baptist Church. Convenor: Wendy England MCSP (retired).
Singing for Pleasure
The Singing for Pleasure group is going from strength to strength. And yet most members have no formal music training. For many it is truly a singing group for people who didn't think they were good enough to join a choir - how wrong they were! The music is entertaining and varied, so there is plenty of meat for those who are trained in music as well. The emphasis is on 'Pleasure'. A group of about 25 members, we are always happy to welcome more. Convenor: Denise Tetley.
The Solo Sunday Group meets on the 3rd Sunday of each month at noon in the car park of Waitrose, Caversham. Convenor: Jill Simpson.
The Group meets meets on the fourth Monday of the month at 2.15pm at RISC in London Street. Convenor: John Scrymgeour.
The Group meets on the first Tuesday of each month from 2-4pm in the Lower Hall of the AbbeyBaptistChurch. Convenor: Bridget Gurney.
If you are interested in playing, please do Contact Bridget first; don't just turn up on the day! Appropriate footwear must be worn. The soles must not be hard or nailed, or slippery, or black. Do not wear shoes that could make scuff marks on the tiled floor. Some bats will be provided, but some members will probably prefer to bring their own. A small charge may be made to cover the cost of balls.
The Tai Chi Group meets on the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th Fridays of the month at 10.30a.m. in the Abbey Baptist Church. Convenor: Mary Trout.
The Convenor organises visits to the theatre, both in London and locally; details appear in the Newsletter. There is a trip most months but joining the group does not commit you in any way to attend regularly - some people have been on all the trips, many have just turned up once. We normally travel in a group or people are free to make their own way to the theatre if they prefer and we always arrive in plenty of time to allow people to get lunch before the show. Trips are advertised in the Newsletter but sometimes offers come up and they need to be booked quickly. In that case I contact the people for whom I have email addresses and in future I will try to get the information onto the website as well so please check back regularly for this type of information and make sure I have your email address if you want to be contacted.
We are a friendly and lively group and although we are the largest group in Reading U3A, don't let that put you off. We always welcome new members and new ideas and at meetings there is an opportunity for tea and a chat. We choose three towns each year to study and to visit. For each town we have two meetings where members read out the results of their researches into various aspects of the town, illustrating them with presentations, photographs, books, leaflets, and any other information they have collected. Then we go on a visit by coach, with a guided walk and visits to museums and other points of interest.
This group, which is one of Reading U3A's most popular and longest established groups, is closed until new convenors have been found.
Urban Sketchers Group
This group meets on the second and fourth Fridays of the month at various locations around Reading to sketch elements of Reading's interesting and in parts historical urbanscape. Convenor: Jude Oliver
See Ambles and Walks
Wit & Humour
Most members bring along something that amused them. Something they have read, found or written to share with the Group (a newspaper cutting, short poem, joke etc). We meet at Abbey Baptist Church at 2:00pm on the third Wednesday of the month.
Woodley, Shinfield & Earley Lunch
The Woodley, Shinfield & Earley Lunch group meets on the 3rd Monday of each month at noon in various local restaurants. Convenors: Christabel Winny.
Writing for Pleasure
The Writing for Pleasure Group meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 2.15p.m. in the Abbey Baptist Church. Convenor: Colin Butcher.
Originating in India 5,000 years ago, Yoga offers a holistic approach to body, mind and spirit. Yoga practice increases muscle strength, flexibility and balance and also encourages relaxation and concentration, helping overall well-being and health. Yoga has something to offer everybody, whatever their age or ability. Our U3A class includes men and women, people who have practiced for years, those who are trying it for the first time and those who prefer to use a chair for some of the postures. Everybody is welcome!
The class varies from week to week, beginning with a gentle warm-up, progressing to some of the more traditional yoga poses, with modifications and variations as needed, and finishes with relaxation. Some weeks we work with yoga breathing practices and meditation as well. Students will need to bring a yoga "sticky" mat, available quite cheaply at most of the larger supermarkets, and to wear comfortable clothing that allows freedom of movement. Layers are ideal for keeping at a comfortable temperature throughout the class. The hall is kept comfortably warm in winter and the toilet/washrooms can be used for changing into your yoga gear. We meet on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month at Park United Reform Church at 2.30pm, finishing at 4.00pm. Our teacher is a member of the British Wheel of Yoga Teachers.
The church is on the corner of Palmer Park Ave. and Wokingham Rd., just past the park, and the no.17 and 4/X4 buses stop right outside. There is parking just opposite in a corner of the park, but please contact the convenor for advice on access via the local one-way system and also gaining entrance to the hall.