Special Interest Groups

Each Group organises its own programme and pays its own expenses if any. The topics covered by a group may be quite narrow or very broad. We don't tend to go in for formalised courses, although some Groups might organise for themselves a series of 'lessons', mostly delivered by a member of the group. The emphasis is very much on Group members with expertise passing on their knowledge and skills, or members of the group researching a subject of interest and then giving a presentation to the group.
If a subject is not covered, we can start another group! If the group you want to join is full, make sure you send your name to the Groups Coordinator so that another group can be started.

Some Groups have their own pages on this site and their page links are listed under the Group Programmes heading to the right of this page.

Interest Group List

The days and times given below are the normal times. Occasionally, a Group will meet on a different day or time, so please check with the Group Co-ordinator if you haven't been for a while.
Details below correct in March 2017.

Art Appreciation The Art Appreciation Group meets at Cartref, Berriew Road, Welshpool. Unfortunately accommodation is limited. The group either chooses an artist or a topic to be studied, and one member will act as the leader of the session but all contributing. We also use DVDs on occasions. 3rd Friday, am   
Astronomy Please click on the Astronomy button located on right- hand menu nearer the top of the page for our full programme 4th Wednesday, pm   Bob Vidler
  Bird GroupPlease click on the Bird Watching button located on right- hand menu nearer the top of the page for our full programme 2nd Friday, am   Brayton Holt
Book Club 1 Every month we read and discuss a book chosen by one of the group. We read fiction: contemporary, classic, popular and sometimes the more obscure. Our list has also included non-fiction and biography. Discussions reflect the variety of our tastes and experience; they are always interesting and sometimes quite fiery. We would all agree that we learn a lot and have broadened our literary horizons. 4th Tuesday, pm   
Book Club 2 Second Book Club was created when the first Book Club numbers became a bit too big to manage. 4th Tuesday, pm   Peter Stelfox-Griffin 
  Crafts  & TextilesThe Craft & Textile Group have been going now for nearly 12 years – since the inception of Welshpool U3A – and have covered techniques such as crochet, knitting, iris folding (a paper technique), cross-stitch and canvas embroidery. braiding, tapestry weaving, and macramé as well as workshops in felting and patchwork. We have also made a tablecloth for use at meetings such as the AGM with motifs representing the various U3A groups. In January and February 2017 we will be learning to make finger lace, following that in March and April by making pincushions and scissors keepers using any technique. We welcome anyone with any skills that they would be happy to pass on, and anyone who wants to learn new skills or practice old ones, though our sessions are geared to the programme we have jointly set, i.e. we would not be teaching someone to knit in a finger lace session. 3rd Monday, pm   Lynne Geldart & Ann Lawrence
  Discussion 2nd Friday, am    Margaret Dodd
  Earth SciencesPlease click on the Earth Sciences button located on right- hand menu nearer the top of the page. 2nd Thursday, pm   Roy Blower
Family History Ever since the programme Who do you think you are? came to our screens, more of us want to look at our own family histories. Join others who are doing just that and having fun at the same time. 3rd Tuesday am Brian Mills
  Film Group MontyThe MONTGOMERY FILM GROUP meets at The Ivy House, Montgomery to discuss the film which has been viewed by the group the previous month. Each month a member selects their choice with a view to stimulating discussion and debate. We have ranged over old black and white films, classics, award winners (Cannes, Oscars etc), subtitled foreign films and many others, even cartoons if members think they're worth a viewing. Almost invariably these meetings move into very wide ranging discussions, picking up themes and parallels from the film but also having a lot of fun. Over time we've all learned a lot, even some finer technical points on film making from our resident 'movie buffs'. Clearly some of us had misspent youths! 1st Wednesday, am    Jacqui Davies
  Film Group Pool This Film Group is for people in the Welshpool and surrounding area. The Group meets once a month to discuss the film chosen in the preceding month. We also go to 'Flicks in the Sticks' in Welshpool or Castle Caereinion, held monthly and showing a variety of films, and we also share our thoughts on this film at our monthly meeting. Discussion of the films always leads to interesting general discussion on related topics. 1st Wednesday, am   Liz Mathieson
  Focus DiscussionThe Focus Discussion group does just that. We focus on a topic and discuss it. At each monthly meeting , taking ideas from the members, we decide on the topic for the next month. This gives us time to carry out some research, which makes for a lively and informed discussion. We meet in the COWSHACC. 4th Friday, am    HilaryFitzgerald
FrenchThe FRENCH GROUP is an intermediate level group designed for those who know a little French but are not confident French speakers. Members translate and listen to current articles as well as covering a little grammar. Some attempt at French conversation is also made in a very relaxed atmosphere with Members helping each other along the way in English as necessary. The group is limited to a maximum of 9 people and meets in a member's house in Welshpool. 1st & 3rd Monday, am   Ruth Beardsell
French Conversation Do you speak good French?
You may want to come along and use it sometimes
This group meets for a snack lunch once a month to chat in French and discuss all kinds of topics. It is designed for good French speakers who want a chance to enjoy the language and use it in company with others.
2nd Wednesday, lunch-time    Maryke Stansfield & Gerry Skinner
Garden Visits Members decide on Garden visits and the general programme in November and who will organise each meeting. In January and February we do not meet because of the poorer weather. In 2017 we’re planning to visit Claire Austen’s Nursery, a member’s garden and to have at least one video; as well as the planning meeting in November and a Christmas lunch in December. 1st Friday, am   Sue Harrison Stone
  Jazz The JAZZ GROUP meet at alternate houses and indulge ourselves in exploring the gamut of Jazz from Dixieland to the latest stars with no holds barred on the Jazz front. Our Group has been on-going for many years now with a small, friendly, devoted and enthusiastic membership mainly consisting of long-term Jazz enthusiasts but we have ‘converted’ one or two others to the genre and they have become fans too. We mainly all bring a selection of CD’s but sometimes play DVD’s or even venture into the big wide world to a live gig or two. There are room for possibly two or three people to come and join us for a relaxing afternoon of Jazz Bliss and we are all very happy to welcome those who would like to dip their toe into the music but are not sure if they like Jazz. Do come and give us a try. You never know, you might get hooked like all of us! 1st Friday, pm   Pamela Clare-Joyce
  Knit and Natter Knit and Natter meet at a member's home in Guilsfield. No particular skill is needed just the ability to learn.
(and Natter of course!)
3rd Thursday, pm   Lynette Davies
  Latin The Latin Group is a very small group. We are interested in exploring the influence of Latin on the English language, literature, the law, religion etc. We are working our way through a standard textbook - "Latin made Simple" by Rhoda Hendricks. We have a tutor within the group with a background in linguistics. One of us has some knowledge of Latin from schooldays, whilst others - the majority - are starting from scratch. Meetings are arranged on a day/time to suit all members of the group. 4th Thursday, am   Paul Corby
  Local/Social History The local history group meets at the COWSHACC in Welshpool. We have various talks on the history of Powys and the Marches and this year (2017) we shall be visiting various places including Pennant Melangell, Llandrindod Wells , Lake Vyrnwy and Erddig so you can see we are quite wide ranging. 3rd Tuesday, pm   Elisabeth Barnes
  Luncheon 2nd Wednesday   Maeve Caplin
  Medieval History
Medieval Local History Research Group studies a local topic for research with publication of an article in a History Journal as the intended end result. Members of the Group will be introduced to the many sources of access to medieval documents. Knowledge of Latin or Norman French is not required as most of the material has been translated and is available online. Ability to use an internet search engine and email is essential. Meetings are held at times and frequency to suit members.
contact    John Davies
  Classical Music The CLASSICAL MUSIC GROUP meet at alternate houses for a morning of Classical Music of all types, from the very earliest to the most modern, encompassing all aspects of the art, ranging far and freely through Opera, Orchestral, Lieder, Chamber Music and anything else that comes under the Classical umbrella. A longstanding small friendly group of enthusiasts have spaces for two more people and as long as you are happy to listen in silence to the music, you will be made most welcome. At present the format has developed into one that works well, in essence, the host chooses the music but there is nothing carved in stone in our group and suggestions or contributions are always most acceptable. Join us and enjoy a blissful and relaxing morning of listening. 3rd Wednesday, am   Pamela Clare-Joyce
Painting for PleasurePainting for Pleasure meets purely to indulge in the pleasure of painting without the guilty feeling that one should be doing something else! We are not a teaching group, though those with expertise are happy to pass on tips to those who are less expert. We have all shades of ability from the really talented to the relative beginner and mostly, but not invariably, work in water colour or acrylic. We do not have a set subject each month – everyone doing their own thing – but occasionally during the summer aim to have an outdoor sketching session somewhere. Do join us for 2 hours of peaceful, relaxing enjoyment. 3rd Friday, am   Lynne Geldart
  People & ComputersPlease click on the People & Computers button located on right- hand menu nearer the top of the page 2nd Tuesday, pm   Tony St John
  Photography The Photography Group members aim to develop their artistic and technical ability in photography. Meetings cover practical matters such as use of photo software, equipment, audio visual presentations, practical workshops, photographic outings, members showing their pictures. Members have a wide range of experience and photo skills and equipment used, the only essential is an interest in photography. 3rd Thursday, am   Arthur Bell
Poetry The POETRY GROUP has been meeting for around ten years and all of our members have thoroughly enjoyed our exploration of Poetry and agree that we have learned much and have had our appetites whetted to learn and explore more. Our format has generally been that we choose a poet or a subject to focus on each month, taking turns to read out loud the poetry that we have brought to the meeting and this gives us a wide range of examples to study and enjoy, with every person participating. If more people would like to join this friendly bunch of poetry aficionados. If you too love poetry than please join us or if you would just like to try us out, you’d be most welcome to do so. 2nd Thursday, pm   Pamela Clare-Joyce
Psychology-NLP NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) Group
NLP is about how to live a great life – whether that’s as a successful business owner, an elite sportsperson, a high academic achiever or simply a healthy and well-balanced individual. Each month we discuss different topics and do practical exercises to help group members improve in that particular area. Past topics have included achieving goals, changing behaviour, relating better to other people, kicking bad habits, understanding motivation, healthy living and much more.
Last Wednesday, pm Carol Harris
Seven Ages of Britain The study of our history is not as straightforward as we think. Previous studies have been on the civilisations around the Mediterranean, and, the one thing that comes clearly from these studies is that humanity ignores again and again the lessons of history, leading to interesting discussions. No previous knowledge of the subject is necessary, just an interest in history. 3rd Tuesday, am   Matt Mathieson
Small talk French Learn together
about French Life and how to make yourself understood clearly with a cheerful and sometimes zany group. We do not do much in the way of grammar, we do learn to talk and to understand when you hear someone else talking. Designed to help improve the French of those who have learnt a bit at school and forgotten most of it. Some members of the group are pretty good and others are actual beginners, join in and enjoy the group's activities.
1st Tuesday, pm & 2nd Tuesday, am   Maryke Stansfield
Spanish The group uses a number of different mediums of study. We are following a Spanish course, but also use CDs, books, articles, games, and always have a period of conversing in Spanish. Since we have been learning together for several years, it would not be a suitable group for a beginner. 2nd & 4th Friday, am   Liz Mathieson
  Strolling Strollers Group is a walking group that complements the main Walking Group but offers easier and shorter walks for those members who cannot manage the longer distances or have health issues. Walks are about 4 miles long, some are canal side walks but are in any case over easier terrain, stiles are kept to a minimum. As walks usually finish at about midday and for those who wish to, we go to a local public house or cafe for something to eat afterwards. 2nd Monday, am (Apr - Nov)   Paul Lucock
Sunday Group Sunday Group has been formed, principally, but not exclusively, for those of us who are on our own and sometimes find we don’t actually talk to anyone on a Sunday! 2nd & 4th Sunday Lynne Geldart
  Supper Club Supper Group members choose where to meet according to everyone's preference on the third Tuesday evening at 6.30. As restaurants and pubs change hands we take this into account when choosing a venue. Please contact Lynette Davies for details of the next meeting (phone number on hard copy of the Newsletter) 3rd Tuesday, 6:30 pm   Lynette Davies
WalkersPlease click on the Walking button located on right- hand menu nearer the top of the page for our full programme 2nd & 4th Monday, am   Ruth B & Mark Davies
 Wine Appreciation The WINE APPRECIATION GROUP meets to taste, discuss, compare and rate wines to a previously agreed theme i.e. by grape (e.g. cabernet sauvignon), country, region, type (e.g. dessert wines) etc. To compare value for money, single members provide a wine at regular supermarket prices whilst couples bring a bottle at twice the price. The evenings host(s) provide 'nibbles' to suit the wines. Meetings are held in member's homes, ideally on the second Tuesday of the month but we are flexible to accommodate attendance. 2nd Tuesday, pm   Jacqui Davies
  Writing for Pleasure 2nd Tuesday, am   Bob Vidler

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