Classes T – Y

TAIJI Lorna Kerr
Tue 14.00 – 15.05 (Room 2.21)
Lorna has been studying Taiji with our U3A Taiji Group. We will focus on warm-ups, stretches and the official Chinese Chen style, the purpose of which is to promote health, peace of mind and longevity. All are welcome, from beginners to more experienced.

THEATRE DISCUSSION GROUP
Mon 11.40 – 12.45 (Room 22) approx. four weekly on Oct 1, 29; Nov, 26. Jan 21, Feb 18. Mar 18. May 13; June 17.
We are a group of people who love the theatre. We go when we can, not as a group, but we meet roughly every four weeks to talk about current productions and suggest plays to visit in the future. Come and join in the discussion.

THEATRE: A HISTORY Irene Kyffin
Wed 14.00 – 15.05 (Room 33) email:<ahref=”mailto:irene_kyffin@hotmail.com”>irene_kyffin@hotmail.com
This course is about theatre as a building, beginning in pre-Egyptian times, and the evolution from ritual and worship to theatre. It will look at changes during the Ancient Greek and Roman Empires, moving to European developments via the travelling troupes and jongleurs of the early medieval period. We look at the growth of modern theatre through the church and then explore the Renaissance and the following centuries. We hope to visit the British Museum with its artefacts on Ancient Greek Theatre, which members should find intriguing.

TOPICAL TOPICS Ken Baldry
Wed 11.40 – 12.45 (Room 2.21 e-mail: ken@art-science.com 
A talk with a discussion on subjects, frequently topical but sometimes not, run by members and hopefully agreed in advance. The up-to-date programme is always on www.art-science.com/tt/ Members are welcome to suggest speakers and to e-mail Ken.

TREE IDENTIFICATION   New Bettina Metcalf
Thur 15.10 – 16.15 (Room 28) (Room 28, fortnightly on May 9, 23; June 6, 20; July 4, 18. 
An introduction to taxonomy and tree terminology, based on practical observation with the aim of sharpening our skills. The first session will be in Room 28 and subsequent sessions will take place mostly outdoors, weather permitting, by arrangement.

VOICE MATTERS  Barbara Alden
Tue 14.00 – 15.05 (Room 22)
This class aims to revive well-worn voices and restore and maintain healthy vocal function for speaking and singing. It will focus on exercises to improve posture, breathing, articulation, resonance and projection, then apply these techniques to speech, poetry and songs. It Feels Good to Sound Good!

WALKING ON TUESDAYS Richard Cohen & Charlie Forman
London History Walks A fortnightly programme of walks on Tuesday afternoons. The walks usually start and end at tube stations and last about two hours with the possibility of  going to a café to   relax afterwards. You can learn about the stories of  London which connect us with our past in a relaxed and informal way. Details of dates and topics will be available on the Notice Board.  Richard and Charlie would like to share their passion for London with you – booking is essential as walks are usually oversubscribed. To register your interest in the programme and to book, email: richard.cohen2@btinternet.com or chasforman@aol.com

WEDNESDAY DISCOVERY WALKS Margaret Mitchell
Short walks on alternate Wednesdays in London or its suburbs. All take place in the Freedom Pass Zone, and usually begin at 10.30. We look at interesting places we pass, and often have a refreshment break. You may not be home by lunchtime on the furthest trips. Dates of the walks will be available nearer the time and details will be on the U3A notice-board before each walk. You can also email: margaretmmitchell@yahoo.com

WEEKLY RAMBLING ON THURSDAYS Chris Queen
Walks take a full day and you should avoid other arrangements before early evening. We explore in and around London – rivers, canals, hills – covering distances of around 6 to 8 miles. If the walk takes us outside the Freedom Pass zone, discounted Group Rail tickets are bought. Some walks are more strenuous than others but this activity is not only for exercise but is also an enjoyable social event. On each walk we go to a pre-booked lunch venue, often the village inn. The details of the following walk can be sent to your email address and a copy is displayed on the U3A notice board each Monday.           Contact by email: chrisqueen@onetel.com

WHAT’S ON IN LONDON         New Marjorie Power
Thur15.10 – 16.15 (Room 28) fortnightly on Oct 4, 18; Nov 1, 15, 29; Dec 13. Jan 24; Feb7, 21; Mar 7, 21; Apr 4.
If you enjoy exhibitions, theatre, cinema or concerts – come and share your ideas about where you have been, or would like to go to, and possibly make arrangements to join with one or two others so as not to go alone.  We meet in the Autumn and Spring terms only.

WINE APPRECIATION Note the time! Martin Raybould
Thur 18.30 – 20.30 (Room 29).  Monthly by arrangement.
If you enjoy drinking wine, and would like to try different wines and grapes from different regions and countries in a fun and relaxed atmosphere, this is for you! We meet once a month 6.30 – 8.30 pm and try at least 8/9 wines per session – all for £10 which includes cheese and biscuits. The surplus goes to tasting better wines and towards our own Christmas party. To find out more, and dates, email: martin@rayboulds.com    

WRITING CREATIVELY Susan Woodford
Thur 11.40 – 13.10 (Room 30)
Creative writing sessions with creative ideas, discussion and helpful criticism. Off the cuff writing and homework.   Give it a try. If you can talk, you can write. email: drswoodford@blueyonder.co.uk

WRITERS’ WORKSHOP  Chris Byng
Tue 14.00 – 16.15 (Room 28)
This is a space for anyone who wants to write and share their writing with others. All types of writing are welcome: fiction and non-fiction prose and poems, memoirs, articles, anything else you want to try your hand at. We aim to offer constructive help and feedback. To find out more, come along and try it out.

WRITE YOUR LIFE STORY  Phil Turner
Tue 11.05 – 12.45 (Room 30) email: philturner@mac-daddy.co.uk
Whether you want to write your memoirs for your children, your friends, the wider world or just yourself, this class will help you achieve your ambition. You will be able to read to the group what you have written during the week and there will be time for constructive and friendly discussion after the reading. We keep membership of the group to about 12 people so that proper attention can be given to each member’s contribution.

WRITE YOUR MEMOIRS A  Daphne Gotlop
Fri 10.30 – 12.15(Room 24) email: <ahref=”mailto:gotlop2@gmail.com”>gotlop2@gmail.com
Every life is unique, fascinating and intriguing so join this friendly group and start writing your account. You’ll get help and learn writing techniques and tips as well as hearing fascinating tales from your fellow authors of their own life-stories. The class is structured so that you share with the group what you have written in the preceding 7 days as well as getting advice and encouragement. It consists of a maximum of 12. people, making it friendly, personal and supportive. Make a start today!

WRITE YOUR MEMOIRS B  Tim Griebel
Fri 10.30 – 12.30 (Room 26)
This class is similar to the one above and will consist of a maximum of 7-8 people.

YARN-BASED CRAFT WORKSHOP Carole Nolan

Mon 14.00 – 16.00 (Room 26) email: cnolan46@aol.co.uk
A ‘workshop’ class where experiences and skills are shared, problems and difficulties worked on, and old skills renewed. We are open to any yarn-based skill (knitting, embroidery, tapestry, sewing, crochet etc.).

YOGA: BEGINNERS/INTERMEDIATE A  Carole Ingram
Fri 10.00- 11.15 (Room 2.21) email:<ahref=”mailto:carolehomeopath@btinternet.com”>carolehomeopath@btinternet.com
Yoga for beginners to intermediate levels. Please bring your own mat and wear comfortable clothes.

YOGA: BEGINNERS/INTERMEDIATE B Carole Ingram
Thur10.00 -11.25 (Room 2.21) email: carolehomeopath@btinternet.com
Learn a few basic postures and how to relax and breathe properly. Bring your own mat and wear comfortable clothes.

YOGA: INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED Barbara Alden
Mon 11.40 – 12.45 (Room 2.21)
This is a well-established class for those who are proficient and practise yoga regularly.  Asanas are held for 30 – 60 seconds. Numbers are limited to allow sufficient space to move with the postures. You will need loose, comfortable clothing, your own mat and also two yoga foam blocks which can be ordered online from: Yoga Mad: www.yogamad.com