Members with current membership cards can apply to Group Leaders to join a group at any time, but acceptance depends on spaces being available. Group Leaders normally offer spaces on a first come, first served basis. They may offer to put your name on a waiting list before you have received your new membership card, but your place cannot be confirmed until you have received it. If you are becoming a member of the Woking Area U3A in order to join a particular group, please contact the Group Leader beforehand to ensure that they will be able to accommodate you.
GROUPS AND ACTIVITIES
In most cases members of groups pay £1 for every scheduled session, regardless of how many they are able to attend. Fees are payable in advance to the Group Leader, either by the term, or if preferred, for the whole year. The main exception is groups in private or outdoor venues, which are free to registered members of those groups.
Please check the WAU3A website www.wokingareau3a.co.uk for changes to the programme of activities
Please take your membership card to the first meeting of groups you join.
Leaders give their time and expertise freely, so it is hoped that when you join a group, you will show commitment and, if unable to attend a meeting, notify the Group Leader. We recommend that you enter the relevant dates in your diary.
Anyone participating in u3a activities does so at their own risk.
Term 3 – May 17, Jun 21 Format: Church of the Good Shepherd Group Activities: This is a group for those who appreciate art in all its forms. It is run by coordinators and usually members supply the content – a PowerPoint presentation of up to one hour. Presentations can be on any art topic such as an artist, a painting, a sculpture or a theme and presented by an individual or several members jointly. We have our own dedicated website giving a vast resource of arts related material. New members welcome.
Term 1 – Sep 20, Oct 4, 18, Nov 1, 15, 29, Dec 13.
Term 2 Jan 17, 31, Feb 7, 21, Mar 7, 21
Term 3 Apr 4, 25, May 16, 23, Jun 6, 20 Format – Generation Centre Group Activities: Landscape painting in various media, from ink and wash to watercolour. All skill levels experiment with land, sea, sky, trees, buildings, water, close-up and distant. Optionally, morning opportunities for outdoor work offered, weather permitting, as precursor to finishing off at the afternoon venue. Guidance given in friendly atmosphere in which to learn, advance and enjoy.
Term 3 – Apr 12, 26, May 10, 24, Jun 7, 21, Jul 5, 19 Format: Sutton Green Village Hall Group Activities: This is a friendly, informal, self-help group suitable for those with some knowledge of painting and drawing. Members are free to pursue their own interests: flower painting, abstract, portraits, landscapes etc. Source materials are available. Members learn from each other’s abilities and experience.
Term1 – Sept 7, 21, Oct 5, 19, Nov 2, 16, Dec 7, 21
Term 2 – Jan 4, 18, Feb 1, 15 Mar 1, 15
Term 3 – Apr 5, 19, May, 3, 17, Jun 7, 21 Format: Church of the Good Shepherd, Pyrford Group Activities: Open to all levels of ability to more advanced. Water colour is the norm but the use of other media is encouraged. This is a self-help group, no formal tuition is offered.
Term 1 – Sep 20, 27, Oct 11, 25, Nov 8, 22, Dec 6, 13
Term 2 – Jan 10, 24, Feb 14, 28, Mar 14, 28
Term 3 – Apr 11, 25, May 9, 23, Jun 13, 27 Format: Generation Centre Group Activities: Small, friendly group of painters, mainly using watercolour. Subjects are suggested but members are free to paint what they like.
Term 1 – Sep 17, Oct 1, 15, 29, Nov 12, 26, Dec 10
Term 2 – Jan 14, 28, Feb 11, 25, Mar 11, 25
Term 3 – Apr 8, 22, May 13, 27, Jun 10, 24 Format: Generation Centre Group Activities:This one-year course is an introduction to Islamic Art. Only a small amount of equipment is required. You do not need to have any previous knowledge or experience of Art.
Term 3 – Apr 19, May 31, Jun 28 Format: The Church of the Good Shepherd except for the October meeting will be by zoom. Group Activities: Astronomy will be covered at an introductory level, with topics ranging through basic observing techniques, telescope types, the solar system and beyond. Each meeting will comprise three elements – a reprise of the previous month’s spaceflight and astronomy news, a look at the coming month’s night sky, plus a short lecture and/or short talks by members.
Term 1 – Sep 14, 21, 28, Oct 5, 12, 19, 26, Nov 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Dec 7, 14, 21
Term 2 – Jan 4, 11, 18, 25, Feb 1, 8, 15, 22, Mar 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Term 3 – Apr 5, 12, 19, 26, May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 Format: Mayford Village Hall Group Activities: This group is for those who want to play badminton in a social setting. Membership is restricted to a maximum of 20. Between games members may play table tennis in a separate room. There is a height restriction which may not appeal to some experienced players. Members should bring their own rackets but the club provides the shuttlecocks paid for from the sale of coffees and teas each session.
Term 3 – Apr 25, May 16, Jun 6, 20 Format: Private Venue Group Activities: All aspects of beading, from restringing old pearls and necklaces to new creations from the many beads available. Those wishing for excitement can experiment with bead embroidery, wrapping, Kumihimo braids, weaving, chain-maille, wire-work etc. Information on sources of materials will be available.
Term 3 – Apr 27, May 11, 25, Jun 8, 22 Format: Sutton Green Village Hall Group Activities: Bridge lessons for those who have little or no knowledge of how to play the game, although knowledge of trick winning card games such as whist is always helpful. Students will be taught how to bid and the rudiments of playing the cards so that they can play socially between lessons in order to practise and build up experience.
Term 1 – Sep 23, 30, Oct 7, 14, 21, 28, Nov 4, 11, 18. 25, Dec 2, 9, 16
Term 2 – Jan 6, 13, 20, 27, Feb 3, 10, 17, 24, Mar 3, 10. 17, 24, 31
Term 3 – Apr 7, 14, 21, 28, May 12, 19, 26, Jun 9, 16, 23, 30, Jul 7, 14 Format:Sutton Green Village Hall Group Activities:This friendly and social group welcomes all players who want to gain experience in playing duplicate bridge. Help is available. No partners required.
Term 1 – Sep 13, 20, 27, Oct 11, 18, 25, Nov 1, 8, 15, 29, Dec 6
Term 2 – Jan 10, 17, 24, 31, Feb 14, 21, 28, Mar 7, 14, 21, 28
Term 3 – Apr 25, May 9, 16, 23, 30, Jun 13, 20, 27 Format: Generation Centre BP Room Group Activities: Following on from year one, this course is for those who already have some knowledge of the game. It will start with revisiting what is already known and continue with topics such as planning the play, slam bidding, good defence and planning declarer’s play. It will also introduce some new gadgets to extend bridge playing and bidding skills. The course will be interactive with lots of opportunity to discuss and practise new ideas.
Term 1 – Sep 9, 23, Oct 7, 21, Nov 4, 18, Dec 2, 16
Term 2 – Jan 6, 20, Feb 3, 17, Mar 3, 17, 31
Term 3 – Apr 14, 28, May 12, 26, Jun 9 Format: Dianthus Group Activities: The intention of this Group is to provide the opportunity for players who have completed the “Bridge Beginners” course, or have a grasp of the fundamentals of Rubber Bridge, to practice playing in an informal and relaxed environment. The primary objectives of members joining the Group will be (i) enjoyment and (ii) a desire to improve their playing skills.
Calligraphy Contact: email@example.com Times: Wednesday 10am to 12 pm. Dates Term 1 – Sep 22, Oct 6, 20, Nov 3, 17 Dec 1, 15 Term 2 – Jan12, 26, Feb 9, 23, March 9, 23 Term 3 – Apr 6, 20, May 4, 18, Jun 1, 15 Venue: St Lawrence Church Hall Chobham This friendly group will encourage and help members to master different scripts, starting with the basic Foundational Hand. This should enable them to use their creative skills to enhance diverse projects, such as special event invitations and announcements, menu and place cards, certificates, family trees, labels, cards, etc
Term 1 – Sep 16, 30, Oct 14, 28, Nov 11, 25, Dec 9
Term 2 – Jan 13, 27, Feb 10, 24, Mar 10, 24
Term 3 – Apr 14, 28, May 12, 26, Jun 9, 23 Format: Byfleet Methodist Church Hall Group Activities:Canasta is a popular card game played throughout the world. This group will meet twice monthly and is open to players with varying knowledge of the game. Coaching will be given for beginners.
Term 3 – May 24, Jun 21 Format: Private venue Group Activities: This friendly, encouraging group meets monthly to make jewellery using the art of chainmaille. Projects are suggested, but members are encouraged to bring their own projects. Instruction given as required.
Term 2 –Sessions cancelled for the remainder of the term.
Term 3 – dates cancelled for term 3. Format: Venue BP Room, Generation Centre Group Activities: This group started in January 2022, and meets twice a month at the moment. Depending on member numbers and the availability of the venue, we may meet weekly in future. The group is open to those just beginning to play chess, or improving or who have never played before. If you would like to learn in a friendly and sociable way and at your own pace there will be a warm welcome.
Term 3 – Apr 21, May 19, Jun 23 Format: St John’s Memorial Hall, St John’s Lye – Zoom if necessary Group Activities: Our group is for people who care about climate change. We seek to establish the science related to global warming, and the ideas at the heart of efforts to prevent extreme changes to the world’s climate.
Term 3 – Apr 20, May 18, Jun 15 Format: Zoom Group Activities: The aim is to promote the use of Windows 10 and associated software, plus how the use of tablets and smart phones may change in the future. All members are encouraged to share knowledge with the group by taking an active part, perhaps with a short presentation. This group is not for the beginner. A personal email address is essential. Please use email as the primary contact. Register by e-mail and you will receive confirmation.
Computing by the Fireside Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Time: Wednesday 2.00 pm Dates: 4th Wednesday of each month except December Format: Zoom Group Activity: A sociable, monthly, self-help group where we have an opportunity to discuss and solve each other’s computing problems.
Craft Groups A and B Contact:email@example.com Time: Group A Thursday 9.15 – 11.00 am Group B Thursday 11.15 – 1.00 pm Dates:
Term 1 – Sep 23, Oct 21, Nov 18, Dec 23
Term 2 – Jan 20, Feb 17, Mar 24
Term 3 – Apr 21, May 19, Jun 23 Format: Parkview Group Activities: A Friendly, informal group, suitable for all abilities. The main emphasis is to learn and share techniques, to bring ideas to the group, to make cards, and try out new crafts and make gifts. During each session a project will be available for all to join in.
Term 3 – Apr 13, 27 May 11, 25, Jun 8, 22 Format: Generation Centre Group Activities: Cribbage (Crib) is a card game for 2, 3 or 4 players; traditionally the score is kept on a ‘Crib board’. Cribbage is great fun and is not tricky to learn. Players make suits, or runs, or pairs, and cards that total 15 from a hand as well as ‘peg’ to totals of 31. This sociable group meet fortnightly; we welcome new members, both beginners and more experienced players, with the aim of having fun.
Term 3 – Apr 14, May 12, Jun 16 Format: Generation Centre Group Activities: Group members are encouraged to express views on a range of local, national and international topics. Members with a particular interest are welcome to lead part of a session, and as necessary stand-in as Group Leader.
Digital Photography (Camera Club) Contact:firstname.lastname@example.org Time: Wednesday 9.30 – 11.30 am Dates: Dates to be agreed by group Format: Zoom and outings Group Activities: Ownership of any type of camera is welcome but you must have access to a computer. The aim is to improve camera skills, composition and take better pictures. This year we will spend more time taking photographs, and members will be encouraged to experiment with different types of photography. Members are encouraged to introduce topics for discussion and show their own photographs. Please use email as the primary contact.
Drama Workshop Contact: email@example.com Time: Friday 10.00 am – 12.00 pm Dates:
Term 1 – Sep 24, Oct 29, Nov 25
Sessions cancelled for terms 2 and 3, will resume in September
Format: Private venue Group Activities: Play reading, improvisation, playwriting, and acting. Don’t worry if you haven’t tried it before or if you have limited mobility – you won’t be a problem. This group will turn scenes from novels into plays, improvise scenes, read anything from Beyond the Fringe to Shakespeare and enjoy creating theatre.
Term 3 – Apr 7, May 5, Jun 9 Format: Generation Centre BP Room Group Activities: The aim of this group is for those interested in brushing up existing skills, learning new techniques, including modern fabrics and techniques where appropriate and making the most of their equipment. We aim to share knowledge and tips and to have fun. group. Group members bring in whatever project they are working on and/or need help with.
First Aid for All Contact:firstname.lastname@example.org Time: Thur/Fri 9.30 am – 12.30 pm Dates: Postponed until further notice Format: Private venue Group Activities: This will be a two-morning course for eight members suitable for new members and those who wish to refresh previous knowledge. You will need to be fit enough to lie down and also kneel on the floor. A small donation to St John for the use of material will be collected.
Term 3 – Apr 1, May 6, Jun 10 Format: Park View Group Activities: This group will pool together their own ideas and learn the basics of Flower Arranging. The group will be informal and learn various styles of arrangements.
Term 1 – Sep 16, 30, Oct 7, 28, Nov 11, Dec 2, 9, 16
Term 2 – Jan 13, 27, Feb 17, 24, Mar 10, 24
Term 3 – Apr 7, 21, May 12, 19, Jun 9, 23 Format: Generation Centre BP Room Group Activities: This is a friendly group of people who have a reasonable knowledge of French, enjoy speaking the language and want to improve. Everyone will be rusty after the lockdown!
Term 3 – Apr 6, May 4, 18, Jun 15 Format: Zoom Group Activities: A friendly group for people with varying levels of French, who want to talk in an informal environment. All self-help with no instruction except by those whose French is of a higher standard. A topic is set in advance so that attendees can prepare. New Members welcome – please contact the Group Leader for details.
Term 3 – Apr 12, May 10, Jun 14 Format: BP Room Generation Centre Group Activities: We aim to share experience, information and plant material. We occasionally have speakers to widen our knowledge. We arrange visits to members’ gardens and to other gardens open locally.
Term 3 – Apr 13, May 11, Jun 8 Format: Zoom Group activities:A group for complete beginners and those who have recently started to explore their family history. THIS GROUP WILL RUN FOR ONE YEAR ONLY. Main areas of research explained using Civil Registration, Census Returns, and Parish Records, both on line and from Record Offices. Help given to refine and record research. Plenty of opportunity to ask questions.
Term 3 – Apr 13, May 11, Jun 8 Format: Group 1 – Parkview Group 2 – Zoom Group Activities: Due to the popularity of genealogy in the Woking Area U3A there are two groups in addition to a separate Beginners Group. New members will be allocated according to the space available. Both these groups are for enthusiastic genealogists actively researching their own family and associated social history, both online and through local and national archives. Members should be willing to share their knowledge, stories, breakthroughs, research and recording methodology with other group members. We have occasional guest speakers.
Term 3 – Apr 27, May 25, June 22 Format: Private Venue – ask Group Leader Group Activities: This is a small discussion group, meeting once a month to discuss Shaw’s plays. Members would be expected to read or re-read the play to be discussed before the meeting. DVD’s of the play would be shown to assist our discussion. We will also discuss Shaw’s life and the times in which he lived.
German Conversation Contact:email@example.com Time: Tuesday 5.00 – 6.15 pm Dates: Weekly from Apr 6 to end of Jun (may continue during the succeeding weeks) Format: Zoom Group Activities: A reasonable fluency in German is needed, with the ability to contribute in general conversation.
Format: Outdoors Group Activities: Previous experience with ability to get around a course and avoid slow play is required, as is email for venue notification. We try to play easier, inexpensive courses within reasonable reach of Woking. On the first Thursday of each month, we play a 9 hole course and then 2 weeks later, an 18 hole course – time of year and weather permitting.
Term 3 – Apr 8, 22, May 6, 20, Jun 10, 24 Format: Private venue and Zoom Group Activities: A group for those who already know a few words of Modern Greek or are prepared to catch up. We are using the BBC Talk Greek book.
Term 3 – Apr 8, 22, May 6, 20, Jun 10, 24 Format: Private Venue and Zoom Group Activities: This group is for members who have studied some Ancient Greek previously (to any level). We will aim to improve our understanding of the language and read adapted and original texts in different genres of the literature – poetry, drama and history. We will also explore other aspects of Ancient Greek culture. New members welcome.
Term 3 – Apr 4, May 2, 9, 16, Jun 6, 20 Format: Horsell Village Hall Group Activities: A small group of amateur musicians who get together to enjoy learning, rehearsing and playing acoustic numbers primarily from the folk, bluegrass, and country genres. The ability to sight-read is not a prerequisite, but group members are expected to be fairly proficient on their chosen instruments. We also play at the occasional acoustic “Open Mic Night” under the banner of “Over the Hillbillies”.
Format: Zoom Group Activities: This group is intended for people who already have a good knowledge of the language and offers them the opportunity to practise and further improve their Italian, in a friendly and lively atmosphere.
Term 3 – Apr 1, 22. May 6, 20, Jun 24 Format: Private venue Group Activities: A group for people with a very basic grasp of the language. Anyone who already knows a little Italian and wants to build on it is welcome. The group will progress slowly according to members’ needs.
Term 3 – Apr 1, 22, May 6, 20 Jun 10 Format: Church of the Good Shepherd, Pyrford Group Activities: We cover the entire jazz spectrum. So whether you’re a long-time aficionado or just enjoy good music there’ll be something for you. We’re an informal, friendly group and members can make presentations based on their particular area(s) of interest, or they can just sit back, relax, and enjoy all that jazz.
Term 3 – Apr 28, May 26, Jun 30 Format: Parkview Group Activities: A sociable self help group, where you can bring along your knitting, crochet or any other craft that you enjoy. Share your knowledge, learn a new skill, make items for charities, or just dig out those bags of knitting, crochet or craft you have been meaning to finish. Plus, have a cup of tea and a natter with friends both old and new.
Term 3 – Apr 4, May 9, 23, Jun 13, 27 Format: Private Venue Group Activities: This is a self-support group mainly for those with some knowledge and experience of Bobbin Lace. We can provide support rather than tutoring. Complete beginners are welcome, but should contact to discuss equipment.
Term 3 – Apr 27, May 11, 25, Jun 15, 29 Format: Private Venue Group Activities: This group will be working through the Cambridge Latin Course Book III. As well as basic Latin grammar and translation, we will study word derivations, links with modern European languages and some aspects of life in Roman times.
Term 3 – May 4, 18, Jun 8, 22, Jul 6 Format: Private Venue Group Activities: This group will be working through the Cambridge Latin Course Book IV and V. As well as basic Latin grammar and translation, we will study word derivations, links with modern European languages and some aspects of life in Roman times.
Term 3 – Apr 13, 27, May 11, Jun 8, 22 Format: Private Venue Group activities: This group is intended for those who have reached a good proficiency in Latin (post GCSE/O Level standard preferred). We read and discuss a variety of both prose and verse Latin, including both Classical and Medieval texts and revise grammar points as they arise, leading to translation exercises and prose (English to Latin). We also study Roman inscriptions, Latin sayings, mottoes and solve Latin language puzzles, including crosswords.
Line Dancing for Absolute Beginners Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Time: Monday 1.00 – 2.00 pm Dates:
Term 1 – Sep 6, 20, 27, Oct 11, 18, 25, Nov 1, 15, 22, 29, Dec 6, 13
Term 2 – Jan 3, 10, 17, 24, Feb 7, 14, 21, 28, Mar 7, 14, 21, 28
Term 3 – Apr 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23, Jun 6, 13, 20, 27, Jul 4, 11, 18, 25 Format: The Knaphill Scout Hall, Waterers Rise Knaphill Group Activities: This is a new group for people who have never tried line dancing before. I will start with the basic steps and then teach very easy dances using them.
Line Dancing for Beginners Contact: email@example.com Time: Monday 2.00 – 3.00 pm Dates:
Term 1 – Sep 6, 20, 27, Oct 11, 18, 25, Nov 1, 15, 22, 29, Dec 6, 13
Term 2 – Jan 3, 10, 17, Feb 7, 14, 21, 28, Mar 1, 7, 14, 28
Term 3 – Apr 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23, Jun 6, 13, 20, 27, Jul 4, 11, 18, 25 Format: The Knaphill Scout Hall, Waterers Rise Knaphill Group Activities:This group has been running for a few years and is for those who have mastered the steps and prefer to remain at a beginner/easy improver stage. It is not for absolute beginners.
Line Dancing for Beginner/Improver Dancers Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Time: Tuesday 2.00 – 3.00 pm Dates:
Term 1 – Sep 7, 14, 21, 28, Oct 12, 19, 26, Nov 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Dec 7, 14
Term 2 – Jan 4, 11, 18, 25, Feb 8, 22, Mar 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Term 3 – Apr 26, May 3, 10, 17, 24, Jun 7, 14, 21, 28, Jul 4, 11, 18, 25 Format: The Knaphill Scout Hall, Waterers Rise Knaphill Group Activities: This group has been running for a few years and is for those who have mastered the steps and prefer to remain at a beginner/easy improver stage. It is not for absolute beginners.
Line Dancing for Improver/Intermediate Level Contact: email@example.com Time: Friday 10.30 – 11.30 am Dates: Term 1 – Sep 3, 10, 17, 24, Oct 15, 22, 29, Nov 5, 12, 19, 26, Dec 3, 10, 17
Term 2 – Jan 7, 14, 21, 28, Feb 11, 18, 25, Mar 4, 11, 18, 25
Term 3 – Apr 1, 8, 29, May 6, 13, 20, 27, Jun 10, 17, 24, Jul 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Format: Parkview (Sea Rangers and Guides Hall Nov) Group Activities: If you are already familiar with line dancing and would like more of a challenge then these sessions might suit you. Most of the dances are at improver level interspaced with intermediate dances.
Term 1 – Oct 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Nov 5, 12, 19, 26, Dec 3, 10, 17
Term 2 – Jan 7, 14, 21, 28, Feb 4, 11, 18, 25, Mar 4, 11, 18, 25
Term 3 – Apr 1, 8, 22, 29, May 6, 13, 20, 27, Jun 10, 17, 24 Format: Zoom Group Activities: For those with mild or moderate hearing loss to learn and practise the skill of lip reading. If you are a complete beginner you will learn the basic principles. If you already lip-read you will brush up and extend your skills. If you want to make more rapid progress you can receive computer-based practice material.
Term 1 – Sep 15, 29, Oct 13, 27, Nov 10, 24, Dec 8
Term 2 – Jan 12, 26, Feb 9, 23, Mar 9, 23
Term 3 – Apr 6, 20, May 4, 18, Jun 1, 15 Format: Generation Centre BP Room Group Activities: We are a friendly group and welcome beginners as well as those who have played Mah-jong before. The basic game is easy to learn and there is always the opportunity to explore additional hands.
Members on Their Own (MOTO) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Format: Zoom, Email and phone calls Group Activities:This is a friendship group, run by a Committee, for those U3A members who have no live-in partner or whose partners are so incapacitated that they are unable to socialise. We do ask members that, should their domestic situation change, and they have a live-in partner in one home, that they should inform the Committee and leave the group.We are beginning to re-start our social activities as the Government allows, during the Covid 19 pandemic. We arrange coffee mornings, tea and garden parties, lunches at local pubs, cinema visits, day trips, horse racing, crazy golf, ten-pin bowling, quiz afternoons, BBQs and parties. We usually have an activity every two to three weeks and they continue throughout the year. It is essential that you have access to the internet to belong to this Group. If you would like to join the Group, please contact the Group Secretary on the email above.
Term 1 – Sep 7, 14, 21, 28, Oct 5, 12, 19, 26, Nov 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Dec 7, 14
Term 2 – Jan 11, 18, 25, Feb 1, 8 15, 22, Mar 1, 8 22.
Term 3 – Apr 5, 12, 26, May, 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Jun 7, 14, 21, 28 Format: Zoom until October. Woking Guides and Sea Rangers Hall From 5 October Group Activities: Sessions will start with a warm up followed by a light aerobic session which will accommodate different fitness levels. We then go into a stretching, deportment, posture and balance routine and end in floor exercises and relaxation. All exercises are performed to music. These exercises are structured to work all muscle groups but participants are encouraged to be selective as to which exercises they do if they have certain muscle or physical problems. There are always alternatives.
Term 3 – Apr 21, May 19, Jun 16 Format: Byfleet Bowling Club Group Activities: Although most of the music is classical, no prior musical knowledge is required, simply an open mind and willingness to give a fair hearing to sometimes unfamiliar music. Sometimes the concentration is on the work of a composer whilst at other times we review particular musical features from the work of various composers.
Term 3 – Apr 8, May 13, Jun 10 Format: Chobham Parish Pavilion Group Activities: This group is for those interested in dramatic events of world-wide naval history, mainly during the period from 17th century “Ships-of-the-line” to the nuclear age. Group Members volunteer to give talks on to reflect their own interests on naval topics covering events, personalities, naval life, ship design and technologies alongside the wider political role of navies.
Needlework, Cross-stitch and Tapestry Contact: email@example.com Time: Tuesday 10.00 am – 12.00 pm Dates:
Term 1 – Sep 7, Oct 5, Nov 2, Dec 7
Term 2 – Jan 11, Feb 8, Mar 8
Term 3 – Apr 5, May 10, Jun 7 Format: Church of the Good Shepherd, Pyrford Group Activities:Members are free to choose to work on their own designs or from a kit, in any stitches like cross or tent stitch, or a variety of embroidery or tapestry stitches. They will be assisted by the group leader if they have problems.
Term 3 – Apr 19, May 17, Jun 21 Format: Horsell Village Hall, Bedser Rooms Group Activities:A new group is starting in January – it’s not completely new though. In part it will be a resurrection of the Current Affairs1 group. It will also aim to incorporate elements of the former People, Politics & Society group. The plan is that members will discuss and analyse current news reports with the objective of separating opinion, misleading reportage, and “fake news” from evidence-based fact. As ever, an informal approach and respect for all shades of opinion and views will be the overriding ethos.
Term 3 – Apr 20, May 18, Jun 15 Format: Chobham Village Hall Group Activities: A poet or theme is shared each month with contributions from all members. No new members until face-to-face meetings resume.
Poetry for Recreation Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Time: Tuesday 10.30 am to 12.00 pm Dates: Term 1 – Aug 31, Oct 5, Nov 2, Dec 7 Term 2 – Jan 4, Feb 1, Mar 1 Term 3 – Apr 5, May 3, Jun 7, Jul 5 Format: Generation Centre Group Activities: We enjoy a relaxing morning of poetry (and maybe a little prose). Members select their choices based on the subject chosen for that month. Some participants choose to write their own creations.
Quilt Together Contact: email@example.com Time: Friday 10.00 am – 12.00 pm Dates:
Term 1 – Oct 1, Nov 5, Dec 3
Term 2 – Jan 7, Feb 4, Mar 4
Term 3 – Apr 1, May 6, Jun 3 Format: Generation Centre Group Activities: A friendly and informal group for those who love quilting. Bring your sewing machine or hand sewn projects and be prepared to share techniques. If you are a beginner there will be an opportunity to learn the basics and sew simple blocks to make a quilt.
Term 3 – Apr 21, May 19, Jun 16 Format: Meeting point to be advised by Co-ordinator Group Activities: Rambling group for members willing to lead walks. Around 8 miles normally within an hour’s drive of Woking.
Term 1 – Sep 3, 10, 17, 24, Oct 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Nov 5, 12,19, 26, Dec 3, 10, 17
Term 2 – Cancelled
Term 3 – Cancelled Format: Sutton Green Village Hall Group Activities: If you already play, if you have played in the past and would like to play again or if you have never played and would like to learn, then come along and enjoy making music. The Group Leader has recorders available for loan if you would like to try before you buy.
Term 3 – Apr 6, May 4, Jun 1 Format: Parkview Group Activities: In a friendly atmosphere, members share talks, experiences and presentations. We occasionally have outside speakers. Recent talks included vaccines, the Super Sewer under the Thames, How Good is your Car? Vitamin D Sunlight and Osteoporosis, RAE Farnborough – 100 Years of Aviation Research, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Emily Roebling and Building of the Brooklyn Bridge in New York
Term 1 – Sep 14, 28, Oct 12, 26, Nov 9, 23, Dec 14
Term 2 – Jan 11, 25, Feb 8, 22, Mar 8, 22
Term 3 – Apr 12, 26, May 10, 24 Format: Cornerstone, St John’s Church, West Byfleet Group Activities: Join the Scottish Country Dancing group – a friendly way of keeping fit and having fun! Our tutor, Gaynor Curtis, has been teaching for many years. Some instruction in basic steps and formation is given. All the dances are explained and walked through. Beginners are welcome.
Term 3 – Apr 12, 26, May 10, 24, Jun 7, 21 Format: Chobham Parish Pavilion Group Activities: Our scrabble group meets in the Chobham Parish Pavilion and we appreciate being able to park right outside the building. We play for enjoyment and to keep our wits sharp. We are a sociable and friendly group and welcome beginners and also others who are more experienced.You are welcome to come and enjoy the fun.
Term 3 – Apr 13, May 11, Jun 8 Format: Lord Roberts Centre, Bisley Group Activities: In conjunction with the National Small Bore Rifle Association, we can again offer shooting at The Lord Roberts Centre, Bisley. We expect air rifle and .22 live rim fire disciplines to be offered at each 90 minutes session, with one of them being replaced by crossbows in the summer term. These sessions are run by fully qualified coaches and include a full safety briefing and all necessary equipment. The cost of each session will be £30, payable in advance. Please email for full details. New members welcome.
Mar 31, Apr 7 Outdoors – Apr 21, 28, May 5, 12 Format: Woking Park Bowls Club Group Activities: Interested in trying Shortmat Bowls in the Clubhouse and Outdoor Bowls on the green? There are 2 weeks of Shortmat (first 2 weeks indoors) and 4 weeks (outdoors) on the green. The cost is £2 per session which includes refreshments. Please wear flat soled shoes and the Club will lend you the bowls.
Term 1 – Sep 16, 23, 30, Oct 7, 14, 21, 28, Nov 4, 11, 18, 25, Dec 2. 9
Term 2 – Jan 13, 20, 27, Feb 3, 10, 17, 24, Mar 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Term 3 – Apr 28, May 5, 12, 19, 26, Jun 2, 9, 16, 23 Format: Private Venue Group Activities: Two workshop groups for jewellery and silverwork, including non-precious metals. Open every week during term time with a workshop charge of £7.00 a week to cover basic materials. Beginners welcome. All tools are available, and help in ordering metals and stones. No restorations or repairs please!
Term 1 – Sep 20, 27, Oct 4, 18, 25 Nov 1, 15, 22, 29, Dec 13
Term 2 – Jan 17, 24, 31, Feb 7, 21, 28, Mar 7, 21, 28
Term 3 – Apr 4, 25, May 16, 23, 30, Jun 6, 20, 27 Format: Generation Centre, BP Room Group Activities: What better way to start the week than having a good sing. Jospeh G Raposo wrote: “Don’t worry that it’s not good enough for anyone else to hear, just sing, sing a song”. These words encapsulate the spirit of our group. As we sing different songs each week (folk, country, musicals, 50’s, 60’s; the list is endless), you will always be entertained. Everyone can sing (some better than others) so, if you love singing but don’t want to join a choir, then we are the group for you.
Term 1 – Sep 23, 30, Oct 7, 21, 28, Nov 4, 18, 25, Dec 2, 9
Term 2 – Jan 6, 20, 27, Feb 3, 10, 24, Mar 3, 10, 24, 31
Term 3 – Apr 7, 21, 28, May 5, 19, 26, Jun 9, 23, 30 Format: Generation Centre BP Room Group Activities: Enjoy yourself and have a good sing. Jospeh G Raposo wrote: “Don’t worry that it’s not good enough for anyone else to hear, just sing, sing a song”. These words encapsulate the spirit of our group. As we sing different songs each week (folk, country, musicals, 50’s, 60’s; the list is endless), you will always be entertained. Everyone can sing (some better than others) so, if you love singing but don’t want to join a choir, then we are the group for you.
Spanish Conversation Contact:firstname.lastname@example.org Dates: Agreed by group members Time: Tuesday and Thursday 10.00 – 11.00 am Format: Zoom Group Activities: This is a small group for those who read and write Spanish to at least intermediate level, but who want to gain more confidence in general Spanish conversation on a variety of subjects, in a relaxed friendly atmosphere. All self-help with no instruction except by those whose Spanish is of a higher standard. A topic will be set in advance. New members welcome.
Term 1 – Sep 7, 21, Oct 5, 12, Nov 9. 23, Dec 7, 14
Term 2 – Jan 11, 25, Feb 8, 22, Mar 8, 22
Term 3 – Apr 5, 26, May 10, 24, Jun 7, 21 Format: Generation Centre BP Room Group Activities: A combination of learning, reading, writing and using Spanish for those wishing simply to enjoy the language. A wide variety of activities, including revision of grammar, aural, cultural and literary aspects. Suitable for anyone who has already learned the basics. Contributions by students welcome. Good opportunities for “catchup”. And a lot of fun. NB: This is not a conversation class.
Term 1- Sep 15, 22, 29, Oct 6, 13, 20, Nov 3, 10, 17, 24, Dec 1, 8, 15
Term 2- Jan 5, 12, 19, 26, Feb 2, 9, 23, Mar 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Term 3 – Apr 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18, 25, Jun 8 Format: Brookwood Memorial Hall Group Activities: The group will continue to learn Tai Chi Yang Style Long Form. We will also practise Qui-gong exercises. Comfortable clothes and soft flat shoes are advisable. Also bring water to drink.
Format: Zoom Term 1. Terms 2 and 3 at the Generation Centre. Group Activities: Friendly informal group. Books (mainly but not exclusively novels) are selected and one is presented by a member of the group with an assistant. We keep a list of those suggestions made by members of the group and from these we choose our books for the term and carry forward others for later selection. At the sessions, after a brief presentation, there is general discussion. We then split into small groups (normally around 6 people in each) to discuss questions provided by the presenter. There is a final plenary session with reports from each small group. The books that the group will be reading are: 9 March Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie, 20 April The Sunrise by Victoria Hislop and 18 May American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins. In June recommendations are made for reading over the summer break.
Term 2 – Jan 14, Feb 11, Mar 11 (These meetings will be on Zoom)
Term 3 – Apr 8, May 13, Jun 10 Format: Dianthus Centre Group Activities: The Travel Experience will look at many aspects of travel with presentations and discussions about specific countries, ways of travelling, documentation, personal stories and much more. Presentations can be made on request but we will be guided by the group as to the content. Do you want to share your travel experiences or listen to those of others? We will be working in a participative way and will encourage members to contribute by talking about their own journeys.
Term 3 – Apr 25, May 30 Format: Horsell Village Hall Group Activities: For all model makers/model collectors, bring along your latest projects, plans, ideas for discussion, sharing techniques, ideas, inspiration, or just a chat, aircraft, trains, cars, boats, dioramas, dolls-houses, etc, anything from the miniature world.
Ukulele Contact: email@example.com Time Friday 1.45 – 3.45 pm Dates: Term 1 – Sep 10, 17, 24 Oct 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Nov 5, 12, 19, 26 Dec 3, 10 Term 2 – Jan 7, 14, 21, 28, Feb 4, 11, 18, 25, Mar 4, 11, 18, 25 Term 3 – Apr 1, 8, 22, 29, May 6, 13, 14,* 20, 27, Jun 3, 10, 17, 24 *session from 2.00-6.00 pm main hall Format: Bisley Village Hall Group Activities: This is a group for those who have some experience of playing the ukulele. We play a very wide range of music and the emphasis is on enjoying playing together and having fun. As Woking Ukulele Band we sometimes perform at local events.
Term 1 – Sept 10, 17, Oct 1, 15, 29, Nov 12, 26, Dec 10,
Term 2 – Jan 7, 21, Feb 4, 18,Mar 4, 18, Apr 1
Format: Bisley Village Hall Group Activities: It is fun to play the ukulele and this group is for anyone who has not played before or who has very little experience. You will learn in a relaxed way and do not need to read music. You will require your own ukulele and a tuner. Contact the GL for advice.
Writing for Fun Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Time: Monday 10.00 to 12.00 pm Dates:
Term 1 – Sep 13, 27, Oct 11, 25, Nov 15, 29, Dec 13
Term 2 – Jan 10, 24, Feb 14, 28, Mar 14, 28
Term 3 – Apr 11, 25, May 9, 23, Jun 13 Format:Private Venue Group Activities:You don’t need to be Dickens or Jane Austen to join this group. Just come along and enjoy yourself.
Term 1 – Sep 16, 30, Oct 14, 28, Nov 11, 25, Dec 9, 23
Term 2 – Jan 6, 20, Feb 3, 17, Mar 3, 17, 31
Term 3 – Apr 7, 21, May 5, 19, Jun 9, 23 Format: Church of the Good Shepherd, Pyrford Group Activities: Use professional equipment to make movies, you don’t have to be technical as there is a huge range of jobs. The idea is to have fun and learn something new. What we do next is up to you – more of those, or something completely new….?
Term 3 – Apr 12, May 10, Jun 14 Format: Private venue Group Activities: Comments: All walks start at a meeting point which will be advised by the Group Leader. The distance of walks is about four to six miles taking two to three hours. Walking shoes/boots are essential and waterproofs if inclement. All group members are encouraged to lead a walk during the year. Please use email email@example.com as primary contact.