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Armchair Travel

To find out more about this Group, Email
 With the subject as “Armchair Travel”

What we do:

The Armchair Travel group currently has 85 members and we have capacity for new members who are always welcome. The meetings are chosen and run by the members, and are interactive. We socialise before and after the meeting and normally have tea/coffee between presentations. 
Members give short illustrated, interactive talks on countries and places of interest. So far, since we have met face to face, for example we have had presentations on Mexico, Tasmania, Portugal and India.  

Meeting Area: Sketty                      Meeting Day: Fridays PM

Connecting with Nature
in Clyne Gardens

To find out more about this Group, Email
With the subject as “Connecting with Nature”

What we do:

The purpose of this group is to strengthen our connection to nature as we expand our senses, connect to our surroundings, ground and calm the body and let our minds rest.  Strengthening the senses by paying mindful attention to them enlivens the world and we notice the incredible beauty around us – the sound of a bird, the sight of a fungi, the smell of soil, the touch of a leaf.
Just two hours spent in a forest can lower cytokine levels in the blood, soothing inflammation, decrease anxiety and depression and increase happiness. 

Area: Clyne Gardens        Meeting Day: Thursday PM

Discussion 
To find out more about this Group, Email
With the subject as “Discussion”

What we do:

Come and join in a lively discussion (topics chosen and introduced by members in turn) – Contact the convenor for more information.

This group is closing while it looks for new Convenors.  If you are interested in this role, perhaps as part of a team, please contact us using the 'Email' link.

Area: Central Swansea        Meeting Day: Tuesdays PM

Film Studies 
To find out more about this Group, Email
With the subject as “Films”

What we do:

The format of the group will be as follows:

  • One or two films to be discussed in each session.
  • A brief session outlining the social/historical background of the film and its time, an introduction to the director and reception of film.  
  • Viewing of extract of film followed by group discussion.

There is no waiting list for the Film Studies group at the moment, everyone is welcome.

Meeting:  Swansea Marina Area.     Meeting Day: Monthly on a Thursday PM

Foreign Fare
To find out more about this Group, Email 
With the subject as “Foreign Fare”


What we do:

As we are now hopefully out of future lockdowns and no longer have to do things online we have updated our Foreign Fare group. We will be meeting for a bring a regional dish get together quarterly when the recipe region is Eastern Europe. In between members will continue to share foreign recipes with others.

Meeting:  On-line Group.     Meeting Day:  Quarterly.

Gardening

To find out more about this Group, Email
With the subject as “Gardening”

What we do:

We are a very friendly group of people who enjoy their gardens, whatever the size, even if it is only a couple of pots.  We have a variety of speakers covering a range of subjects from plants for the herbaceous garden, to pollination,to dahlias and a followed by a cup of tea or coffee.

There is a charge of £2.50 per meeting to cover the cost of room rental, speakers and refreshments.

If you would like to join our group please contact the Convenor using the "Email" link above.

Meeting Area: Singleton       Meeting Day: Thursdays PM

Gourmet's Guide to History

To find out more about this Group, Email
With the subject as “Gourmet”

What we do:

A one-year series of meetings to be repeated annually, for gourmets with an interest in history.  The sessions will cover food from the time of early man to the Second World War.  Learn about the food of the period then enjoy a meal from that period.  Recipes will be handed out monthly for you to bring the following month.  

Gourmet’s Guide has now finished for the summer and will restart with Prehistoric Food in November.

Meeting Area:  Sketty.    Meeting Day: Monthly on a Thursday AM

Historic Away Days

To find out more about this Group, Email
With the subject as “Away Day”

What we do:

Historic Awaydays is a chance for members to enjoy guided tours of local historic places.  Previous trips have included Stouthall, Neath Abbey, Newport Medieval Ship and Stradey Castle amongst many others.  Members are asked to make their own travel arrangements to get to the venue.

Meeting Area:  Various.     Meeting Day: As arranged

Lectures
To find out more about this Group, Email

With the subject as “Lectures”

What we do:

We are so  fortunate in Swansea to be able to hold lectures weekly in term time for members in a large lecture theatre  in the Swansea University for which we are very grateful.

Luckily, we are able to tap into the large pool of University lecturers to give us very professional and cutting edge talks besides those from speakers from all walks of life. These are completely free to Members.
 
Recent topics have varied from "Victorian Wit and Humour" to "Swansea in the Great War" and "The WNO Spring Programme with Musical Extracts" to  "The Great German POW Escape from Island Farm Bridgend"  

Click here for more details and an example list of our lecture topics.  We publish our full programme of lectures every year.


Meeting Area: Swansea University       Meeting Day: Wednesdays PM

Meditation

To find out more about this Group, Email
With the subject as “Meditation”

What we do:

Our new meditation group, which only ladies have attended recently.  It is all about concentration and the form we follow is termed “flowing”.  This is achieved, firstly by a  breathing exercise, then a full  body relaxation, then a guided visualisation followed by member’s own Meditation time out.   We then have a refreshment break and finally a shorter specific visualisation to complete the session.  The cost for the two hour meeting is £6.

Meeting Area: Dunvant       Meeting Day: Fridays PM

Outings

To find out more about this Group, Email
With the subject as “Outings”

What we do:

We go on many visits by coach or minibus.  The outings are usually day trips but we have done over night stays and even  trips lasting several days abroad.  All our trips are advertised well in advance on our website.

We are pausing this group.  We are looking for volunteers, or a group of volunteers, to run the group.  There will be help and advice available.  Please contact us using the 'Email' link above if you are able to help.

Quiz

To find out more about this Group, Email


With the subject as “Quiz”

What we do:    

What better way to spend a cold, wet, windy & miserable Monday afternoon than go to a U3A Quiz.
We have easy warm- up questions to start us off, maths questions-liked by some but not by others, picture questions and a wide range of other rounds.
Our interval was spent getting to know each other and enjoying a cup of tea/coffee & home-made cakes brought in by different members.
If you want to test your knowledge and get the old grey matter working in a relaxed, fun atmosphere with good company then the Quiz Group is for you.  We are Looking forward to seeing you there!

We are currently using Zoom for our Quiz meetings &will continue to do this until the New Year.

Meeting Area: Zoom      Meeting Day: Mondays PM

RUG (Really Useful Group)

To find out more about this Group, Email
With the subject as “RUG”

What we do:     

Our U3A runs on self help principles and we know there are many of you helping to keep the show on the road - as committee members, convenors and other group support such as collecting names, room hire, making bookings, meeting and greeting at lectures, setting out furniture, making and clearing away after tea breaks.

We are setting up a group to capture this effort in the Really Useful Group: members will be contacted when help is needed for an event or project. We think this will be a more effective way of locating helpers across all our activity. It will also work to encourage more help, especially amongst new members.

How will it work? We will collect names and contact details of all those we know about and keep a central list. When help is needed, all RUG members will be contacted but only those who are able to help need reply.

For example, our annual quiz is approaching and we will be looking for help with setting up, catering, ticket takers, marking, and runners for the answer sheets.

Feel free to ask your U3A friends if they want to join this group too.

Please send your name, telephone numbers, address and email address to Carol Lilly, Events Co-ordinator using the Email link above.

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