Purbeck U3A

Groups Information

Purbeck U3A has a varied and changing range of Activities. If you are interested in joining a group please contact the Group Leader / Facilitator to check that spaces are available and to obtain further details.

Most Groups welcome non-members for one trial visit by prior appointment and if you wish to continue attending it is a simple matter of enrolling with Purbeck U3A.  Click here for Enrolment Form

If you have a passion for a subject but don’t see it listed please contact our Groups Coordinator. With your passion and our support you can inspire and reach more people in the Purbeck area.

If you find an error in these Groups listing or are unable to contact the Leader please notify  groupscoord@purbecku3a.org.uk. Click here for a Full Groups Listing

  • ArchaeologyMore

    Location: 

    Harmans Cross Village Hall

    Date/Time: 

    Monthly - fourth Friday 10.00 – 12.00

    Details: 

    A friendly group hosting speakers who cover the range of human activity from ancient times to modern. Often talking about local buildings, excavations and artefacts but sometimes further afield. Occasionally visits are arranged. 

    Contact:

    Mary Buck - archy@purbecku3a.org.uk

  • Art AppreciationMore

    Location: 

    Wareham Home based

    Date/Time: 

    Twice monthly, first & third Tuesday 10.30 – 12.30

    Details: 

    Studies of art in general with use of videos and visits.

    Contact:

    Harparkash Rispin/Joy Kingsbury - art@purbecku3a.org.uk

  • Astronomy
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    Location: 

    Sandford Community Hall

    Date/Time: 

    Weekly Thursday 3.15 – 5.00

    Details: 

    A programme of 26 meetings / lectures / demonstrations on Astronomy spread over 3 academic terms by Graeme Nash.

    Topics covered are far ranging and structured covering for example the history of astronomy from the dawn of civilization to the present. He covers the origins, formation and structure of our own planet and the solar system. This leads on to a series of talks on Cosmology describing the structure, development and origins of our universe and finally speculative theories of the end scenario.

    Meetings are much more than a formal lecture format. Graeme welcomes and encourages audience interaction and always entertains us with his wit, erudition and above all his abundant infectious enthusiasm.

    Contact:

    Alan Bagley - astronomy@purbecku3a.org.uk

  • Book Group 1 (Swanage Book Group)
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    Location: 

    Swanage Home based

    Date/Time: 

    Monthly 3rd Thursday 10.30 – 12.00

    Details: 

    Do you enjoy reading and talking about books? Books chosen by members.

    Contact:

    Hazel Pepperell/Angela Hainsworth - swanagebooks@purbecku3.org.uk

  • Book Group 3 (Ridge Book Group)
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    Location: 

    Ridge - Home based

    Date/Time: 

    Monthly 2nd Thursday 10.00 – 12.00

    Details: 

    We meet monthly in members’ homes to discuss books over a cup of tea/coffee. We choose the reading list together from the Dorset Libraries catalogue (there are about 800 titles, so plenty of choice) and often find ourselves reading books we might not otherwise have picked up. It’s a great way to broaden horizons. We sometimes have quite different opinions about the books we have read and enjoy discussing our different perspectives. 

    Contact:

    Liz Day / Yvonne Hunter - ridgebooks@purbecku3a.org.uk

  • Book Group 4More

    Location: 

    Home based

    Date/Time: 

    Monthly 2nd Thursday 10.00 – 12.00 (Starting 18 May 2017)

    Details: 

    For anyone who loves reading and who welcomes the opportunity to read – and discuss – books they would not necessarily have picked out for themselves. Everyone gets the chance to choose a book.

    Contact:

    Veronica Ryder/Barbara Bennett - books4@purbecku3a.org.uk

  • Bridge for Fun
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    Location: 

    Stoborough Village Hall

    Date/Time: 

    Weekly Friday 09.45 – 12.45

    Details: 

    Bridge for Fun is just that! - a social group who play bridge for fun and would welcome any new members who enjoy the game. We are not a club, you do not have to come with a partner, indeed we like people to mix. We are far from experts, but you would need to be able to play a basic game. Although not suitable for complete beginners "Rusty" is no problem! Members are helpful rather than competitive and will usually help/remind anyone who wishes it as the hands are played.
    Meetings are held on Friday mornings nearly every week of the year .

    If you are still not sure if it is for you contact me on the email below for a chat and any further information.

    Contact:

    Carol Worledge - bridge@purbecku3a.org.uk

  • Computing for Beginners/Improvers
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    Location: 

    Harmans Cross Village Hall

    Date/Time: 

    Fortnightly 1st/3rd Fridays
    Beginners 9.00 – 10.00
    Improvers 10.00-11.30

    Details: 

    Caters for absolute beginners to those who are knowledgeable but not expert. e.g. create folders, attach photos to emails, backup data, computer maintenance.

    Contact:

    Paul Lurie - computerbasics@purbecku3a.org.uk

  • Creative Textiles
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    Location: 

    Wareham Carey Hall

    Date/Time: 

    Weekly Tuesday (exc. 2nd Tues) 10.00 – 12.30

    Details: 

    We do everything in the sewing/textile line.

    Contact:

    Kath Doyle - textiles@purbecku3a.org.uk

  • Creative WritingMore

    Location: 

    Wareham - Home based

    Date/Time: 

    Monthly - usually first Tuesday 1.45 - 3.45

    Details: 

    The group explores all genres of creative writing. At meetings we usually carry out some kind of writing exercise. For those so inclined a subject for "homework" is set as short piece to present at the next meeting. Members read their work in progress if they wish. Members longer stories of 750-1000 words are listened to according to the time available. We meet in one another’s homes where space is limited but have room for one or two more members. Our size of group allows everyone to share work and give constructive comments.

    Contact:

    Janette Nourse - writing@purbecku3a.org.uk

  • Creative Writing 2More

    Location: 

    Swanage

    Date/Time: 

    Weekly Wednesday 2.00 – 4.00

    Details: 

    Ideal for those with limited experience in creative writing.

    Contact:

    Annie Bridger - writing2@purbecku3a.org.uk

  • Cycling for Fun and FitnessMore

    Location: 

    Purbeck - Various start points in and around the area

    Date/Time: 

    Weekly Tuesday 10.00 start

    Details: 

    This cycling group has been in existence since about 2005 and has grown into a popular and friendly group with members of mixed abilities. We depart at 1000 hrs every Tuesday from various points around the area [rule of thumb - Owermoigne in the west, Milborne St Andrew in the north and Pamphill in the east]. Members need to have a suitable and well maintained bike and be capable of basic mechanical repairs. Most rides are a mixture of both on and off road, roughly 20-25 miles, taking 3 - 31/2 hours.

    Occasionally we do longer rides and also some totally off road rides which are normally shorter but more technical. Each ride is organized by a pair of members on a rota basis, the tasks being shared equally by all the group. A 'banana break' is made mid-way through rides and an optional refreshment stop is normally planned for at, or near, the end of the ride.

    All group notifications are via email.

    Contact:

    David Sansom / Peter Smith - cycling@purbecku3a.org.uk

  • Cycling – Intermediate
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    Location: 

    Purbeck Various start points and routes

    Date/Time: 

    Weekly Tuesday  9.45 for 10.00 start

    Details: 

    U3A Intermediate cycling group usually meets and sets off from a pub/cafe car park. We usually are 10 – 15 riders and we cycle for 2 - 2.5 hours on a mixture of on/off road. No special equipment needed.

    Contact:

    Andy Thomson - intcycling@purbecku3a.org.uk

  • Cycling for Softies
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    Location: 

    Purbeck - Various routes both on and off road

    Date/Time: 

    Fortnightly alternate Tuesdays, 9.45 for 10.00 start

    Details: 

    We are a friendly group who meet up for a leisurely cycle ride of 10 -14 miles in the local area. We go at the speed of the slowest rider and ride a mixture of on and off road routes. Walking up steep hills is always permitted!

    We typically start from a local pub, cafe or garden centre and return about 2 hours later for a coffee or similar. We always have a breather halfway round. Riders need to wear a high visibility  jacket or gilet and wear a correctly fitting cycle helmet.

    Cycling with us is a lovely way of seeing more of the Purbeck area.

    Contact:

    Jackie Richardson / Margaret Bibby - softies@purbecku3a.org.uk

  • Dessert Club
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    Location: 

    Purbeck - Various locations - home based

    Date/Time: 

    Monthly – Next date decided at each meeting

    Details: 

    The Group is for anyone who has an interest in food, in particular, desserts.  We meet once a month in a member’s home and take it in turn to produce a dessert for everyone to sample.  We then discuss the dessert and exchange recipes.  We are a friendly group and welcome new members.

    Contact:

    Pat Stanley - dessertclub@purbecku3a.org.uk

  • French ConversationMore

    Location: 

    Stoborough Village Hall

    Date/Time: 

    Weekly Friday 2.00 – 4.00

    Details: 

    Group members organise the programme.

    Contact:

    Anne Attridge - frenchcon@purbecku3a.org.uk

  • French Intermediate 1
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    Location: 

    Harmans Cross Village Hall

    Date/Time: 

    Weekly Wednesday 10.30 – 12.00

    Details: 

    We are a self-help group seeking to improve our conversational skills and knowledge of the French language in a relaxed environment using text book, reading book, occasional videos, tourist leaflets etc. which members bring back from France. Everybody takes a turn at suggesting and preparing activities as and when they feel able to. Members have different levels of competence and the group is very supportive of all but it is not really suitable for complete beginners. Coffee and biscuits play an important part.

    Contact:

    Ann Churchill - french@purbecku3a.org.uk

  • French Intermediate 2
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    Location: 

    Wareham - Home based

    Date/Time: 

    First three  Mondays of the month 10.15 – 12.00

    Details: 

    A self help group to improve everyday language skills using text book, reading book and various other resources. Some knowledge of French required.

    Contact:

    Sue Sides - frenchint2@purbecku3a.org.uk

  • Gardening
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    Location: 

    Stoborough Village Hall

    Date/Time: 

    Monthly 3rd Monday 10.30 – 12.30

    Details: 

    Care of plants, garden problems, fruit, flowers, vegetables, containers, greenhouses, wildlife and fun! Led by qualified Horticulturalist, Chris Bonanni.

    Contact:

    Chris Bonanni / Patrick Webb / Derek Monk - gardening@purbecku3a.org.uk

  • German Intermediate
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    Location: 

    Wareham Home based

    Date/Time: 

    Weekly Tuesday 10.00 – 12.00

    Details: 

    All abilities welcome. Using a variety of audio and visual materials.

    Contact:

    Jean Dixon - german@purbecku3a.org.uk

  • HistoryMore

    Location: 

    Wareham Library

    Date/Time: 

    Fortnightly Friday 10.00 – 11.30 ish

    Details: 

    Talks are given by those Members who feel able, on a subject they have found interesting. We have had presentations on local brewers, the Plantagenets, a Boer War heroine and Royal residences and their kitchens and Tudor food, to name but a few. So as you can see we cover a range of interests.  Once a term we try to have a guest speaker. We usually have space for one or two more members and on the rare occasions when everyone attends we are tightly packed. Meetings take place on the first floor of Wareham Library and last for about 1½ hours. Access is possible by stairs or a lift. Refreshments are available but there are no toilet facilities on the premises.

    Contact:

    Jeanette Nourse  - history@purbecku3a.org.uk

  • Home Crafts/Cross Stitching
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    Location: 

    Wareham Home based

    Date/Time: 

    Monthly 1st Thursday 10.00 – 12.00

    Details: 

    All abilities welcomed.

    Contact:

    Judith Webb - stitches@purbecku3a.org.uk

  • Italian for Beginners (1)
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    Location: 

    Wareham Library

    Date/Time: 

    Weekly Wednesday 10.00 – 12.00

    Details: 

    Learn everyday language skills using text book and various other resources.

    Contact:

    Kate Hawley - beginnersitalian@purbecku3a.org.uk

  • Italian ImproversMore

    Location: 

    Wareham Home based

    Date/Time: 

    Weekly Monday 10.00 – 12.00

    Details: 

    Michael Thomas Italian.

    Contact:

    John Baker - italian@purbecku3a.org.uk

  • Jazz
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    Location: 

    Swanage Catholic Church Hall

    Date/Time: 

    Monthly 1st Thursday 2.00 – 4.00

    Details: 

    Programme follows members’ interests. Talks, outings to jazz meetings, etc.

    Contact:

    Tony Smith - jazz@purbecku3a.org.uk

  • Mah-Jong GroupMore

    Location:

    Stoborough Village Hall

    Date/Time:

    Fortnightly  Tuesdays -  2.00 – 4.30ish

    Details:

    The Purbeck U3A Mah Jong group is structured to enable several ‘Full’ games of Mah Jong to be played at each afternoon session.  We typically have three or four games taking place simultaneously and aim to play quickly and competitively whilst maintaining a friendly and sociable atmosphere.  We are a lively lot and in addition to the scheduled fortnightly games many members get together between times and play at each other homes.

    Click here for more details about the game.

    Contact:

    Barbara Colley / Lynn McGivern - mahjong@purbecku3a.org.uk

  • Memoir WritingMore

    Location: 

    Wareham Scout & Guide Hall

    Date/Time: 

    Fortnightly Wednesday 2.00 – 4.00

    Details:

    Memoir Writing Group is for all those who are writing, or would like to write, stories about themselves, their family, their life etc.

    It's not a 'how to do' group. It's a sharing, encouraging, 'find your voice' kind of a group.

    Contact:

    Lyn McGivern - memoir@purbecku3a.org.uk

  • MOTO (Members on their own)
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    Location: 

    Corfe Village Hall

    Date/Time: 

    Second Friday of the month September - April 2.00 - 4.00 p.m.

    Details: 

    A group for single people but not a Singles Group. The monthly meetings in Corfe Village Hall are in addition to other planned outside events.  You don't have to be a U3A member to attend one meeting of Members On Their Own (MOTO) but you'll be asked to join if you come to further meetings. This is a self-help group with wide ranging interests for people in Purbeck without partners and who want to socialise with other lively members in a similar situation. We aim to have an event / outing / social meeting at least once per month and members pair up to take it in turns to organise an event of their choosing.

    Contact:

    Derek Monk / Sue Galise - moto@purbecku3a.org.uk

  • Music Appreciation
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    Location: 

    Wareham Home based

    Date/Time: 

    Fortnightly Wednesday

    Details: 

    Members bring and discuss favourite music.

    Contact:

    Jane Greenwood - music2@purbecku3a.org.uk

  • Nature WalksMore

    Location: 

    Various locations around Purbeck

    Date/Time: 

    Monthly 2nd Thursday 10.30 – 12.30

    Details: 

    A self help group, though some or our members are very knowledgeable and we do have one expert!

    We don’t usually walk very far as we tend to find that Purbeck is full of interest – both fauna and flora..

    Contact:

    David and Lynne Willis - naturewalks@purbecku3a.org.uk

  • Nordic WalkingMore

    Location: 

    Various locations around Purbeck

    Date/Time: 

    1st and 3rd Friday each month 10.00 a.m.start

    Details: 

    Group will meet twice monthly and walk for about 1 ½ hours in the Purbeck area (this after training and taster sessions).

    Contact:

    John Challis / Ian Vaughan-Arbuckle - nordic@purbecku3a.org.uk

  • Painting – Self Help GroupMore

    Location: 

    Swanage Mowlem Community Room

    Date/Time: 

    1st and 3rd Monday 10.00 – 12.00

    Details: 

    Members bring work for help and try new ideas.

    Contact:

    Jill Embleton / Janice Hale / Christina Hardman - painting@purbecku3a.org.uk

  • Photography
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    Location: 

    Harmans Cross Village Hall

    Date/Time: 

    TBA

    Details: 

    A new photography group is under consideration. Email Tony Smith if you wish to receive details.

    In the meantime you can click to see some of our Members' past work.

    Contact:

    Tony Smith - photography@purbecku3a.org.uk

  • Play Reading 1 / Play Reading 2More

    Location: 

    Wareham Home based

    Date/Time: 

    Fortnightly Tuesday 2.00 – 4.00

    Details: 

    Classics to “whodunnits” and comedies.

    Contact:

    Parry Jones - plays1@purbecku3a.org.uk

  • Poetry 1More

    Location: 

    Wareham Home based

    Date/Time: 

    Monthly Wednesday 2.00 – 4.00

    Details: 

    Poetry reading using a theme, subject, poet, format. Members choose three poems.

    Contact:

    Jim Humberstone - poetry1@purbecku3a.org.uk

  • Raspberry Pi Group
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    Location: 

    TBA

    Date/Time: 

    First and third Thursdays of the month 2.00 p.m.

    Details: 

    A friendly group that meets in each other’s homes to discuss and help each other on programming the Raspberry Pi and various applications/projects, with some pleasant conversation and tea/coffee/biscuits (but no pies!).

    Contact:

    Ian Mackenzie / Paul Lurie - RPi@purbecku3a.org.uk

  • Quiz Group
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    Location: 

    Corfe Castle Library

    Date/Time: 

    Monthly 2nd Tuesday 2.00 – 3.00

    Details: 

    Enjoy a quiz session.

    Contact:

    Leonard Coling - quiz@purbecku3a.org.uk

  • Science & Technology
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    Location: 

    Wareham Parish Hall

    Date/Time: 

    Monthly 3rd Wednesday 10.00 - 12.00

    Details: 

    Purbeck U3A Science & Technology group holds meetings on most months of the year, sometimes with guest speakers, on a diverse range of topics such as Optical Illusions, Olympic Sports, GPS Mapping, Science of Bell Ringing and much, much more.

    We also have occasional visits to places of scientific or technological interest. 

    Read More Here

    Contact:

    John Churchill - s&t@purbecku3a.org.uk

  • Short Tennis
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    Location: 

    Furzebrook Village Hall

    Date/Time: 

    Weekly between October and March Thursday 2.00 – 4.00

    Details: 

    Bring own equipment and footwear. All abilities welcome.

    Contact:

    Gill Calvin Thomas - tennis@purbecku3a.org.uk

  • SingingMore

    Location: 

    Wareham Carey Hall

    Date/Time: 

    Fortnightly 1st & 3rd Wednesday 2.00 – 4.00

    Details: 

    Singing for pleasure. A little more than a singalong! Varied repertoire.

    Contact:

    Rod Brassington / Veronica Ryder / Cyril Palmer - singing@purbecku3a.org.uk

  • Table Tennis
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    Location: 

    Harmans Cross Village Hall

    Date/Time: 

    Weekly Monday 09.00 – 12.00

    Details: 

    We are a mixed ability group that meet every Monday mornings except Public Holidays and those in the month of August. The first 45 minutes of the session is used to set-up the tables and generally warm-up, develop skills and practise in a relaxed atmosphere. After that we play games, mostly in doubles but sometimes singles as needed. We are generally able to play games with different people and abilities making a good mix through the session.

    Contact:

    Alan House / Martin Howell - tabletennis@purbecku3a.org.uk

  • U3A K9 WalkersMore

    Location: 

    Various start points

    Date/Time: 

    Monthly 3rd Thursday 10.00 – 12.00

    Details: 

    For owners and dogs who enjoy walking energetically for up to two hours and are not averse to hillwalking.

    Contact:

    Hilary Thraves - k9s@purbecku3a.org.uk

  • U3A K9 Strollers
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    Location: 

    Various start points

    Date/Time: 

    Monthly 1st Thursday 10.00 – 11.00

    Details: 

    For owners and dogs who are less active and would benefit from shorter, flat walks.

    Contact:

    Hilary Thraves - k9s@purbecku3a.org.uk

  • Walking Group
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    Location: 

    Various start points

    Date/Time: 

    Monthly 2nd Monday 9.50 for start at 10.00 a.m.

    Details: 

    Purbeck U3A Walking Group meets monthly throughout the year for circular walks  starting from various locations in the Purbecks and lasting about two hours. The start points always have parking available and are never more than a short drive from one of the main towns. We encourage car sharing.

    In some cases the start and finish point will be where those so minded can stop to socialise over refreshments or lunch.

    Non-members are welcome for an initial walk but you must take out membership of Purbeck U3A prior to any further walk in order that the necessary insurance cover is in place.

    Our programme of walks is to be found here.

    Contact:

    John Kirwin - walking@purbecku3a.org.uk

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