Interest/study groups

Our current interest/study groups are listed below and new members are always welcome - but please contact the relevant leader first if you'd like to join that group as there may be a waiting list.

Any person who can prove membership of a U3A has unlimited access to all of the interest groups of Sherwood U3A provided there are vacancies. They will be required to share the costs of the groups.


Group leaders and other members may be invited by the chair to make announcements at the U3A main monthly meetings if there is time, but please ask before the meeting starts if you'd like to - so that the meeting runs smoothly and without delays.

  of Group Activities

For group contact information please email the secretary from here

 
GROUP OVERVIEW
 Ancestry
  ● Meets 1st Tuesday in the month, at 2-4pm in Mansfield Woodhouse Library.
  ● How to find out about your family history

  ● Contact Josie Whitworth
 Antiques - Collectables
  ● Meets 3rd Thursday in the month, at 2-4pm, in the Sherwood Welfare
    (near the Adlington Swimming Baths)
  ● Members decide as a group the type of items that will be brought to the meeting the
    following month e.g. pewter, china, glass. If members don't have that particular item
    anything interesting will do. They all take turns in telling the group a little bit of history
    about the items or if not much is known the group will give any information they have.
  ● Contact A Taylor
 Archaeology and Local History
  ● Meets 3rd Monday in the month, at 10am-12 noon in the Stables Cafe (upstairs), next to
     Turner Hall.
  ● Do you visit archaeological sites and museums, enjoy Time Team, want to learn more?

  ● Contact Josie Whitworth
 Art Group - Painting for Pleasure
  ● Meets 1st Thursday in the month, at 2-4pm, in the Park Road Resource Centre.
  ● Contact Marlene Limb
 Art Group - Painting for Pleasure (2)
  ● Meets 2nd Monday in the month, at 2-4pm, in the Park Road Resource Centre.
  ● Contact Lynda Brotherhood (mentor)
 Bird Watching
  ● Meets 2nd Friday in the month, at 10am-12 noon (approx). Various venues.
    Not meeting during winter.
  ● To provide opportunities to visit bird reserves and local habitats as a group. To learn from
   each other, and sometimes from guides, how to identify different species.
  ● Contact Chris Wain
 Board Games
 ● Meets 1st Tuesday in the month, at 10.15am – 12.15pm in members homes.
 ● Members bring along games new and old and play a different one at each session e.g
    Reminiscing, Trivial Pursuits, Articulate. They relax, enjoy and have a laugh – just as we
     all did in days of yore, pre T.V. and P.C.
 ● Contact C Wilkie
  Book Club
  ● Meet last Friday in the month, at 10.30am, in Mansfield Woodhouse Library.
  ● Each month members take turns to choose a text and read it for the purpose of
    discussion, appreciation and discovery. A wide range of texts are chosen and provided by
    the library. This group gives members the opportunity to discover literature from fact to
    fiction together.
  ● Contact J Sadler
 Card Games
  ● Meet 3rd Tuesday in the month, at 2pm-4pm in the Sherwood Welfare

  ● Contact Sandy Lake
 Craft
  ● Meet 2nd Tuesday in the month, at 10am – 12pm, at Park Road Resource Centre.
  ● Improve your skill and your imagination as you find a 100 ways to use a tea bag or
    create intricate and fantastic jewellery plus much, much more.
  ● Contact Terry Dillon
 Craft 2
  ● Meet 4th Thursday in the month, at 10am – 12pm, in Mansfield Woodhouse Library,
    Church Street, NG19 8AA
  ● Contact Gina Smith
 Current Affairs
  ● Meets 3rd Monday in the month from 2pm to 4pm, in member's homes.
  ● Each member brings a topical news item to put into a pot, when pulled out it's discussed.
  ● Contact S Haywood
 
 Days Out
  ● Meet for visits on various days of the month and go to a wide variety of places – seaside
     to spires, markets to museums, parks to palaces. Please check calendar for details.
  ● Contact Jean Baker/Jean Jones

 Eclectic Music Group
  ● Meet on the 2nd Friday 2 – 4pm, at members homes. 
  ● A group that lives up to its name!  Members bring favourite music from many genres to
    play, discuss and reminisce.
  ● Contact Chris Robb
 Family History
  ● Meet 1st Thursday in the month, at 10am – 12pm, in Park Road Resource Centre.
  ● Members share their family history research, photographs, maps and artefacts.
     Advice is offered to new researchers and plans, ideas for future research and new
     finding aids are discussed.
  ● Contact Ann Newth Wood
 Fishing
  ● Meet 2nd Tuesday in the month. 10am start. Not meeting during winter.
  ● Enjoy a day's fishing with a small group of people at a variety of local fishing lakes.
  ● Contact Jeremy Lloyd
 Garden Interests
  ● Meet 1st Friday in the month, at 10am – 12pm, in Park Road Resource Centre
  ● Members share their gardening knowledge and experiences.
  ● Contact Marilyn Dillon
 Golf
  ● This group consists of members from local U3As who meet monthly to play on a
     variety of courses.
  ● Contact Paul Mann
 Guitar
  ● This group is made up of a small eager group with varying degrees of ability who
     want to learn to play tunes on the guitar. You need a guitar, tuner and short nails
     on your fretting hand. You do not need to be able to read music.
  ● Meetings are on the second and fourth Monday at 11am to 1pm.
  ● Contact Derrick Hughes
 Heritage
  ● Meet on various Fridays.  Please check calendar for details.
  ● We try to visit local places with restricted public access and always have a guided tour.
     Visits range from Manor houses and churches to Industrial archaeological sites and
     city/town guided walks. 
  ● Contact Sue Robb
 Holidays
  ● The U3A Holiday group organises several holidays a year for all U3A members and sometimes
     their friends if a certain number is needed. Many holidays include members from several
     U3As and vary in length from 5 to 10 days; the latter being abroad or cruises. A
     pre-holiday meeting is announced only when going abroad. Check the calendar for
     holiday details.
 
 International Dining
  ● Meet 1st Tuesday in the month, at 7pm for 7.30pm, in various eateries in and around
    Mansfield.
  ● A social and enjoyable activity that offers every opportunity to develop the palate – not
    for the faint hearted! Please check calendar for details.
  ● Contact J. Lloyd
 Luncheon
  ● Meet 4th Wednesday in the month, at 12:30pm, in various local eateries
  ● A group of up to 20 members meet at lunchtime, in a pre booked venue and enjoy
    lunch and chat. The venues are chosen by members and are usually excellent value.
 
 Luncheon Group 2
  ● Meet 3rd Wednesday in the month, at 1 pm for 1:30 pm, in various local eateries
 
  ● Contact R Foulkes
 National Trust Visits
  ● Meet on various dates during the year, to visit a variety of properties.
  ● Obviously, members who join this group need to be members of the National Trust
    but they ensure that they get full value from their membership by visiting as many as
    they can in good company. Check calendar for events.
  ● Contact I Berridge
 Oriental Night
  ● Meet on the last Friday of the month at 7pm for 7.30pm.
  ● Chinese Indian and Thai Cuisine. Menu - selections of foods for starters and main courses.
  ● Come and enjoy a taste of the orient
  ● For more information contact Helen Blythe

 Petanque
  ● Meet on the 4th Wednesday of the month at 11am in Carr Bank Park

  ● Contact Roger Wood
 Photography for Fun
  ● Meet 2nd Wednesday in the month, at 10am - 12 noon in the Sherwood Welfare.
  ● It's in the title - Photography for Fun. Whatever your skill level you can enjoy participating.
    The following aspects of photography will be covered at each session -
    technical/artistic/practical/discussion/themes.
  ● Contact Pat Collins
 Rambling
  ● Please check calendar for details, gathering in Morrison’s Car Park, Mansfield
   Woodhouse. Twice monthly - 2nd Wednesday and 4th Thursday.
  ● Walks are 5/6 miles and usually over easy to moderate terrain. In winter the areas
    explored are local but in summer they venture further afield in Derbyshire. Breaks for
    cream teas are compulsory and well earned!
  ● Contact E Wilson
 Scrabble
  ● Meet 4th Thursday in the month, at 2 -4pm, in the member’s homes.
  ● A popular and enthusiastic group meet to enjoy this ever engaging game and pit their
    wits in learned lexicology.
  ● Contact Win Gauntlett
 Singing
  ● Meet every other Wednesday, at 5:45-7:15pm, at St Albans, Forest Town. Parking at
   Welfare Car Park opposite.
  ● The group is most ably led by Suzy Fell, ex Cantamus singer and Music teacher.
    It is comprised of members from several local U3As who learn a variety of songs, old and
    new, to be performed for their own enjoyment (though sometimes they perform for a wider
    audience).
  ● Contact Jean Kirk
 Social Dancing Club (affiliated)
  ● Meet third Friday in the month at Turner Hall 7:30-10 pm. £3.50 each per session.
  ● Do you like ballroom, sequence or line dancing? All levels of experience welcome.
  ● A monthly group for U3A members and their dancing partners.
  ● Contact Jim Bentley/Phil Wylie

 Strollers
  ● Meet first Thursday in the month at 10:30 am
  ● The Strollers Group do short easy walks about 2 miles in length, avoiding stiles and steep
   hills.
  ● It is a good way to improve your health and to make new friends.
  ● At the end of the walk there is an opportunity to have coffee, tea and refreshments.
  ● Contact Elaine Lane
 Sunday Lunch
  ● On your own on a Sunday? Join us for Sunday Lunch. You will be very welcome.
  ● Second and fourth Sunday in the month.
  ● Second Sunday at the Foxglove, Forest Town. Fourth Sunday various venues.
  ● Contact Pat Magness
 Tai Chi
  ● Meet every Monday, at 9.30 am - 10.30 am , in St John’s Centre
  ● Another joint group from several local U3As. Members experience a series of gentle
    exercises to keep the body fit and flexible.
  ● Contact Jean Kirk
 Ten Pin Bowling
  ● Meet every fourth Monday, at 10.30 am in Mansfield Superbowl.
  ● Two games and tea or coffee £5.50.
  ● Come and enjoy a morning of fun and activity.
  ● Contact Judy Openshaw

 Theatre
  ● Please check calendar for details for evening and matinee performances
  ● A whole spectrum of theatrical experiences from Shakespeare to shows, dance to
    drama are arranged for this group at local theatres and concert halls.
  ● Contact Sheila Whalley (Mansfield U3A)
 Walking
  ● Meet fourth Tuesday in the month at 10 am
  ● The Walking Group do walks of about 3 to 5 miles in length, moderate terrain walked at
    an easy pace.
  ● Contact Jim Bentley
 
 Whist
  ● Meet monthly at 7.30pm, St Philip Neri Church Hall, 3 Chesterfield Road South,
     Mansfield NG19 7AB.
  ● The group is most welcoming and a very sociable evening is had by all. A beginners
     class can be arranged when there is a demand.
  ● Contact S Robb
 Wine Appreciation Group
  ● Meet on third Wednesday in the month at 7-9pm at members homes.
  ● For further details contact D Bradley
 Writing for Fun
  ● Meet on first Monday in the month at 10am-12noon at Park Road Resource Centre
  ● We enjoy what we write and enjoy sharing it. Open to everyone.

  ● Contact Sylvia Pearson
 
 

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