SWANSEA


General Interest

Armchair Travel

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

What we do

In Armchair Travel we aim to hold Illustrated Talks which are

INTERACTIVE!     LIVELY!     INVOLVING!     MEMORABLE!

The Armchair Travel group has seen an increase in members and now totals around fifty. The meetings are chosen and run by the members, are interactive and well attended, with an average 35+ each month. We also socialise before and after the meeting, and have an annual lunch.

Members give short illustrated, interactive talks on countries and places of interest. Typical meeting topics have included Cruising the Antarctic, a three months trek through India and a ride on The Rocky Mountaineer. We’ve been to Singapore, on Mountaineering Treks, an Alaskan Cruise, visited the Lemon Festival, the Panama Canal and the wonderful Loire Valley France. Not to mention Syria, Italy, Turkey, Greece, Tuscany, Europe (North & South). And how about “Anecdotes about the varied nations’ Hats collected on my travels….” 

Another variation is “Tales and Memorabilia” - a meeting when several members each take 5- 10 minutes to relate an experience or artifact brought back from their travels. This has proved interesting and enjoyable, and it gives members the opportunity to gain confidence in standing up and speaking about their travel finds.

Meeting Area: Sketty Park        Meeting Day: Fridays 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.

Area: Central Swansea        Meeting Day: Tuesdays PM


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 £2.00 per meeting to cover the cost of room rental, speakers and refreshments.

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

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.  There will be no more classes until the new term starts in November 2018.

Next meeting in November 2016

Meeting Area:  Sketty.    Meeting Day: Thursdays AM


Meditation

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

What we do:

Calm the mind and learn techniques designed to promote relaxation, build internal energy and develop compassion, love, patience, generosity, and forgiveness.  We are a friendly group of seven ladies who discuss many spiritual topics.

Meeting Area: Dunvant      Meeting Day: Monthly on Fridays (PM)

Mystics, Masters and Madmen
To find out more about this Group, Email
With the subject as “Mystics”.

What we do:

It used to be said that as we grow older our minds “turn to things eternal”. What does that mean nowadays? Maybe we haven’t been much interested in spirituality, or religion, or religious history; or maybe we have, but in a limited way.
Well, there’s an abundance of examples from every faith and none that we can draw on to find out more about how mystics have lived; what spiritual masters have taught, and how mad or sane we judge them to be.

In these eight two-hour sessions we’ll delve into the life stories of less well known people who were or are the professionals of the spiritual life, who’ve given their all in search of the divine source — those who’ve found what they were looking for. We will choose those who exemplify the Perennial Philosophy that there is, in the core of all genuine spiritual teaching, one experience of the heart and one knowledge in the mind. Also we’ll choose those who’ve lived within the last few centuries so that their language is accessible to us and, even better, some who are contemporary.

Some examples are: St. Francis and the devotional way; Meister Eckhart, the unitive way; George Fox, the way of action; Hakuin Zenji, the way of service; Thomas Traherne, the affirmative way; Eleanor Blavatsky and the Theosophists, bringing the East to the West; Ram Dass, the Psychedelic experience; Douglas Harding, simply seeing into one’s true nature. And there are others.

I will introduce a topic associated with each one and then we’ll open it up for discussion.

For more information please contact me, Judy, using the email link above.

Meeting Area: Bishopston       Meeting Day: Tuesdays 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.

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!

Meeting Area: Swansea      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 Sarah Goodall, Events Co-ordinator using the Email link above.

Wednesday 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 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"  We publish our full programme of every year.

Meeting Area: Swansea University      Meeting Day: Wednesdays PM


Youniverse Explorer
To find out more about this Group, Email
With the subject as “Explorer”.

What we do:

This group will be restarting in January.

Human beings are endlessly curious, and the one thing we’re most curious about is us. In this group we'll draw on science, philosophy and spiritual tradition for new insights, and explore by discussion what we make of ourselves.

Do you see yourself as a small speck in an infinite universe, limited by time and space? Or as an infinite Space in which your own world happens? Now ask yourself: which would you rather be? You do have a choice… 

Everybody tells us that we’re just what we look like in the mirror… but what if we are much more than that? What if each of us is really like an onion of many layers around a central core … a core of awareness?

Correcting such a big mistake about our true nature is the foundation

 for happiness, health and well-being -- and a purposeful old age. For more information please contact me, Judy, using the email link above.

Meeting Area: Bishopston        Meeting Day: Probably Tuesdays PM

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