Dorridge U3A

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    List of Activity Groups operating in members’ homes or various community halls. 

    New groups start up as demand arises.



    Armchair Travel

    1st Friday at 10am. We look at travel to various parts of the world.  



    Art Appreciation

    2nd Friday at 10am in member’s homes. We take it in turns to host the monthly meeting, when one of the members usually gives a presentation on their chosen artist, who is, almost without exception, a painter. However, there is no compulsion for every member to do this as we also visit 'virtual' art galleries around the world, thanks to the Internet. 



    Art Practical

    This group is restarting at 2.0pm, Wednesday 5th September 2018, at the Bowling Club next to Dorridge Village Hall. We practice art in an encouraging, supportive and convivial environment. We work in a variety of media including pencil, pastel, water colour, acrylic and textiles. No previous experience needed.




    2nd Wednesday at 2.0 pm. A new group started on 9th April 2014

    Ballroom Dancing
    2nd and 4th Thursday at Dorridge Village Hall at 2.0 pm



    Book Group
    2nd Wednesday at 2.0 pm


    1st and 3rd Mondays at 10am at Knowle British Legion. A very popular group having people of all abilities. The atmosphere is friendly and relaxed. New members are welcome and, even if you have never played before, come along and we will teach you.




    Alternate Tuesdays at 10am. A new enthusiastic Group who welcome new members



    Church Visits

    4th Monday morning at 10am. We have a programme of visits with members taking it in turns to make the arrangements. New members are most welcome.



    Computing & Home Technology

    3rd Tuesday at 10am at Knowle British Legion. We have a thriving group of approximately 40 members, all eager to improve their skills and learn about modern technology. We try to combine hands-on experience with presentations of all aspects of information technology. We regularly hold lively "Question and Answer" sessions to help each other solve those annoying and frustrating computer problems.




    1st Thursday at 10am. Members meet to explore all forms of craft work.



    Current Affairs (1)

    1st Monday at 10am. We meet to consider all matters of current interest, including local, national and international issues


     Current Affairs (2)
    Second Friday at 10 am

    Digital Photography
    This group is not meeting at the present time


    Economics & Finance

    (As from 31st July 2018 this group has suspended activities for the foreseeable future)



    Family History (1)

    2nd Thursday at10am. Meeting in-house and exchange ideas and discuss the progress that we are making in personal research



    Family History (2)

    2nd Tuesday at 2pm. The Group started on 13th May 2014




    1st Tuesday at 7pm at St George & St Theresa Church Hall

    A Group of film enthusiasts who meet monthly.


    4th Tuesday 10am. Programme includes talks, demonstrations, videos and visits to places of gardening interest.



    Health & Wellbeing

    1st Thursday at 10am. We discuss various aspects of conventional and alternative medicine of interest to us. Visiting experts occasionally invited to join us and share their knowledge and experience



    History (1)

    2nd Monday at 10am. Studying particular historical periods. Occasional visits are arranged to places of historical interest



    History (2)

    3rd Thursday at 10am. We meet in members houses and each month we have two topics with a presenter for each followed by discussion which leads onto topics for forthcoming meetings.



    International Dance

    1st and 3rd Friday at 1.45pm at Dorridge Village Hall. Some 16 members gather twice a month to learn traditional dances from many different countries whilst getting to know each other and, above all, enjoying ourselves. Most dances are easy to learn, but the more difficult ones provide the greatest hilarity. Anyone is welcome and you do not need to bring a partner. Come along and try us out!



    Jazz Appreciation

    2nd Friday at 2pm



    Literature (1)

    1st Monday at 2pm.  We meet in members homes to discuss a book which we have chosen at random from recommendations or curiosity at our previous meeting. Proceedings are informal and discussion is wide ranging



    Literature (2)

    4th Wednesday at 2pm. We meet to discuss a chosen book, read poetry and, occasionally, to read plays.



    Local History

    3rd Monday at 10am. We are in the fortunate position of being able to explore the local industrial history of the West Midlands together with that of our adjacent shire counties. One of our members will lead and organize each visit. Where possible we get a local expert guide but some of our members have done their own research and have used this to lead a visit.




    2nd Tuesday at 2pm. We discuss and appreciate classical music via records, CD and DVD


    Music (Recorders)
    Alternate Mondays at 9.30 am



    3rd Tuesday at 7pm  at St George & St Theresa’s Church Hall. We listen to and watch opera. The opportunity to study operatic topics will be available to those who are interested. Sometimes theatre visits



    Ornithology (1)

    1st Wednesday at 9.30am. We visit nature reserves and birding sites to observe and learn about birds.



    Ornithology (2)

    2nd Monday at 10am. Each month we visit a local(ish) birding spot, armed with books, binoculars and enthusiasm. Sometimes we have a local expert to help us with identification and sometimes we don't. We can all now spot a coot at a hundred paces and at the very worst, the walk, the countryside and the company make it an excellent morning out




    One-off outings during the year to places of general interest. These are announced in the Dorridge U3A “Crier” and “Flier” publications, with reminders and updates by email and announcements at general meetings.

    Performance Drama

    Performing pantomimes, revues and other drama. Regular organized rehearsal meetings will take place throughout the year. Offers of help welcome.



    We meet at 2pm on the second Monday of the month.  We have recently been looking at contemporary issues from a moral and Philosophical view point.  This has so far included Climate Change, Genetic Engineering,  Democracy and Veganism and Animal Rights.

    Play Reading Group

    Meeting at 2.0 pm on first Tuesday afternoon of the month. Each month we read a play selected by members from a rich list of texts, and then discuss the play after each reading. It is a small friendly group, and new members are welcome.



    3rd Wednesday at 2pm. Discovering and reading poetry




    Monthly half day visits booked on variable days, either morning or afternoon.  We use public transport or our own transport, sharing lifts where possible. We visit local places of interest, concentrating on places which are only open to groups, or places which will only provide a guide for groups. 




    Every Monday at 10.0 am at Knowle & Dorridge Racquets Club. Tuition is provided.
    New members are always most welcome.




    3rd Thursday  at 10am

    The group picks various themes and through small group discussion explore them. This may be by using digital information but usually by members selecting parts of the theme and giving presentations. Visits are planned for the future to expand on knowledge




    4th Monday at 2.30pm. We meet each month in members homes to play "friendly" scrabble and welcome players of all ability - including beginners.

    Short Mat Indoor Bowls

    Every Monday 3pm - 5.00pm, at Dorridge Village Hall

    FLAT shoes required please, no heels. All are welcome – coaching provided. 

    GIVE IT A GO – it’s great fun! 


    4th Friday at 1.30pm  at Dorridge Village Hall. Our aim is purely "Singing for pleasure". We sing mainly "feel-good" songs from the 60's and 70's and also popular songs from the shows. Each member has a chance to choose 10 songs from our now large repertoire plus two new ones, which gives everyone a chance to choose their favourites. We sing to carefully selected CD's and everyone is given a lyric sheet for each song.


    Sunday Activities

    Meetings monthly, on Sundays



    Table Tennis (1)

    1st, 3rd and 5th Tuesdays, 9.30 to 12 noon,  at Hockley Heath Memorial Hall. A great way to get in shape while learning some valuable skills, developing stronger hand/eye co-ordination, and having lots of fun at the same time



    Table Tennis (2)

    Every Friday at 2pm at Hockley Heath Memorial Hall. This enthusiastic group meets weekly to play "brilliant" table tennis and have a lot of fun



    Table Tennis (3)

    2nd & 4th Tuesday at 10am  at Hockley Heath Memorial Hall. A Group set up to meet the burgeoning interest of members in this healthy activity



    Table Tennis (4)

    Every Friday at 9.30am  at Hockley Heath Memorial Hall. A group formed to welcome further members to this most popular activity.



    Table Tennis (5)

    Every Wednesday 9.30am to 11.30am at Hockley Heath Memorial Hall. 

    Table Tennis (6)
    Every Wednesday 1.30 to 3.30 at the Hockley Heath Memorial Hall.


    Theatre Visits
    Meetings variable


    Walking Group (1)

    4th Monday, walking about 5 miles and within 1 hour’s drive of Dorridge. At least 3 longer walks are arranged in the year. Walks usually convene a 9.45 for a 10am start. Optional pub lunch



    Walking Group (2)

    2nd Wednesday walking – similar to walking group (1)



    Walking Group (3)

    4th Thursday walking – similar to walking group (1)

    Walking Group (4)

    Walking roughly monthly, but variable days of the week. A group that undertakes longer walks (7 to 11 miles)

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