Classes T – Y

TAIJI Lorna Kerr Tue 14.00 – 15.05 (Room 2.21) Lorna has been studying Taiji to lead 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 1.22)
Approx. four weekly on Sept 23; Oct 21; Nov 18; Jan 27; Feb 24; Mar 23. Apr 27; May 18; June 22. 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 1.33) email: [email protected]
We have studied the development of the Theatre (as below) and, after three years, have reached the final stages of the journey into the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

Thur 14.00 – 15.05 (Room 1.33) email: irene_kyff[email protected]
We will explore the very beginnings of theatre in worship and ritual from pre-Egyptian times and look at developments in Ancient Greek and Roman theatre. We travel on through the following centuries, covering the architecture of Medieval, Renaissance and the Baroque and Restoration theatre. We cover the changing character of theatre, look at artists, writing and performance and will travel through the 19th and 20th centuries and hope to bring ourselves to the present time.

Wed 14.00 – 15.10 (Room 1.33)
A talk with a discussion on subjects, frequently topical but sometimes not, run by members and hopefully agreed in advance. Members are welcome to suggest speakers and to e-mail: [email protected] The up-to-date programme is always on

Tue 14.00 – 15.05 (Room 1.22)
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: [email protected] or [email protected].

WEDNESDAY DISCOVERY WALKS Margaret Mitchell & Philip Brenner
Short walks on alternate Wednesdays in London or its suburbs, usually within the Freedom Pass Zone, but sometimes beyond it e.g. visiting seaside locations in the warmer months. Generally the walks will begin at 10.30, but you will not get home by lunchtime on the furthest trips. We have a coffee stop soon after the walk starts and those who have time usually have lunch together. In the course of the walk we investigate places of interest we pass. Details of the walks are sent out a few days beforehand by email, and there will also be a notice on the U3A noticeboard. Please email: [email protected].

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: [email protected]

WINE APPRECIATION Note the time! Martin Raybould
Thur 18.30 – 20.30 (Room 2.21). 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 about 10 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: [email protected]

Thur 11.40 – 13.10 (Room 1.30)
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: [email protected]

Tue 14.00 – 16.15 (Room 1.28) T
his 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 email: [email protected]
Class A Tue 10.00 – 11.20 (Room 1.30)
Class B Tue 11.25 – 12.45 (Room 1.30)
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.

Fri 10.30 – 12.15 (Room 1.22) email: [email protected]
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!

Fri 10.30 – 12.30 (Room 1.26)
This class is similar to the one above and will consist of a maximum of 7-8 people.

Mon 14.00 – 16.00 (Room 1.26) email: [email protected]. 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.).

Fri 10.00- 11.15 (Room 2.21) email: [email protected]
Yoga for beginners to intermediate levels. Please bring your own mat and wear comfortable clothes.

Thur10.00 -11.25 (Room 2.21) email:[email protected] Learn a few basic postures and how to relax and breathe properly. Bring your own mat and wear comfortable clothes.

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: