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.  

Virtually all communications within Groups are conducted by email. Members without their own email facilities are encouraged to use a public computer or find a buddy with email who will pass on information. 

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.

GROUPS meeting (by day of week)     Frequency =  nth = week in month     week = weekly    month = monthly     alt = alternate     for = fortnightly
                                                                                             
Monday (am) - Gardening (3rd) | German 2 (week)  | Italian Improvers (week) | Painting Self Help (1st) |Table Tennis (week) | Walking (week) 
Monday (pm) - Creative Memoir (alt) | Spanish Improvers (alt)| Spanish - Intermediate (alt) | Fiction Writing (alt)  | Music Appreciation (2nd&4th)
Debating (2nd)

Tuesday (am) -
Art Appreciation (1st&3rd) | Cycling for Fitness & Fun (week) | Cycling for Softies (alt) | Cycling Intermediate (week) | Cycling Swanage Potterers (alt) | German 1 (week) | Bridge (week)  | Latin Beginners (week)
Tuesday (pm) -
Mah Jong (for)

Wednesday (am) -
Classic Writers Book Group (last) | French Intermediate (week) | Purbeck Crafts (week) | QiGong (week) | Science & Technology (3rd)  Play Writing (alt Wed)
Wednesday (pm) - Genealogy (3rd) | Music Appreciation (2nd&4th) | Singing (1st&3rd). | Pickleball (week)

Thursday (am) -
 Book Group 1 (3rd) | Book Group 3 (2nd) | Book Group 4 (2nd) | eCycling (week) | Latin Improvers (week) | MEETING POINTS (4th) | Musical Passions (3rd) | Nature Walks (2nd) | Photography (1st?) | Purbeck Patchwork & Quilting (1st&3rd) | Crib/Games (1st&3rd)
Thursday (pm) - Astronomy (week) | Short Tennis (1st&3rd) | Ukulele (week)

Friday (am) -
Archaeology (4th) | Bridge For Fun (week) | Gadget (2nd) | Genealogy | Nordic Walking (fort)  |Cycling Non E bike (week) | Boule (week)
Friday (pm) - French Conversation (week) | Guitar Group (1st&3rd).       


  Group Leaders Handbook          

  • 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:

    Sue Upton - art@purbecku3a.org.uk

  • Astronomy
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    Location: 

    Sandford Community Hall

    Date/Time: 

    Weekly Thursday  3.00 pm  Starts 21st September 23

    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. Graeme keeps members up to date with 

    Graeme keeps us up to date with current discoveries in cosmology especially regarding the "arly formation of our universe and life cycle of galaxies."

    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 (Purbeck Book Group)
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    Location: 

    Home based - Swanage, Corfe Castle and Wareham

    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  - 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

  • BoulesMore

    Location: 

    Corfe Castle Commumity Club, East Street Opposite the School

    Date/Time: 

    Weekly Friday  10.30 - 1.00

    Details:  

    A friendly group playing for fun.  We usually play until around 12.45 - 1.00 and then stop for a drink and roll or snacks from the Club.

    Contact:

    boules@purbecku3a.org.uk

  • Bridge Club
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    Location: 

    Kings Arms pub, Stoborough

    Date/Time: 

    Weekly Tuesday 10:00-12:00

    Details: 

    This is a friendly group who are keen to play Bridge but are not very experienced. 

    New members are always welcome. 

    Contact:

    Virginia Lynch - vablynch@gmail.com

  • Bridge for Fun
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    Location: 

    Stoborough Village Hall

    Date/Time: 

    Weekly Friday 09.45 – 12.15

    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

  • Classic Writers Book Club
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    Location: 

    Members Homes

    Date/Time: 

    Last Wednesday of the Month

    Details: 

    ''This book club is a little bit different, concentrating on classic books from circa 1850 to 1940. It is a small group, with a maximum of 6 people, to enable the chosen book to be comprehensively discussed and analysed in some depth. We will be looking at the book's themes and messages, the life of the author, and the historical background in which the book was written. All members get to choose the book for the month, and to host a meeting. As numbers are limited please contact the Group Leader to register your interest in the first instance.

     

    Contact:

    Jim McGivern

    email: - classicwritersbookclub@purbecku3a.org.uk 

     

  • Creative Memoirs Group
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    Location: 

    Wareham - Scout and Guide Headquarters

    Date/Time: 

    Alternate Mondays  2.00

    Details: 

    Members use the group to recollect stories from their past history. We tend not to work in a linear fashion but cherry pick items of interest and amusement. Each member writes about 700 or 800 words and reads at each meeting.

    Contact: 

    Jim McGivern - creativememoir@purbecku3a.org.uk

     

  • Cribbage and GamesMore

    Location: 

    Stoborough Village Hall 

    Date/Time:

    1st and 3rd Thursday 10.00 - 12.00  from 5th October to July.

    Details: 

    A fun group for both competent players and those who wish to learn crib . You do not need to come with a partner.

    Like other games - Part of the hall is used for  board games such as scrabble, yatzee, rumikub etc

    Contact:

    Barry Stocks - crib@purbecku3a.org.uk

  • Cycling E BikeMore

    Location: 

    Purbeck - Various start points in and around the area

    Date/Time: 

    Weekly Thursday 10.00 start

    Details: 

    Rides will start at 10.00am and will last up to 3 hours.  The approximate distance travelled will be 20 - 30 miles, depending on the surface, terrain, gradient & general difficulty. Rides may be on road, off road, or a mixture of the two.  The rides will be circular, starting from a car park.  This will generally be a different location each week, to ensure a good variety of rides. The start (& end) point is likely to be a cafe or pub, so that lunch can be planned & available at the end of the ride.  Participants will therefore need to be able to transport their bike(s) by car, unless the chosen location is near enough to cycle from home.  

    After a short introductory period, participants will be expected to take turns, (via a rota) to devise, plan & lead rides.  The emphasis will be on E for enjoyment, so that where necessary, riders can use different levels of motor assistance to even out differences in strength & endurance levels. Nevertheless a moderate degree of fitness will be required to complete the rides.

    Contact:

    Elaine Jones - ecycling@purbecku3a.org.uk

  • Cycling Non E Bike
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    Location: 

    Purbeck

    Date/Time: 

    Weekly Friday 9.45 for 10.00 start

    Details: 

    The first ride will be on 5th January, weather permitting. As implied in the title this will be for non-electric bikes.  Rides will be limited to 2 1/2 hours starting at 10 am and should run at a ‘reasonable’ pace with a banana break or cafe stop around halfway. This usually means between 12 and 18 miles depending on elevation. Rides will be primarily on roads and easy tracks.
    There will be a rota planned out for leaders to design and reccie the ride if necessary. Rides are normally planned in pairs so that we can have a back marker or split into 2 groups when there is a large turnout.  

     Contact:

    Debs Kelly - nonebike@purbecku3a.org.uk

     

     

     

     

  • Cycling for Fitness and Fun
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    Location: 

    Various start points in South East Dorset - Owermoigne in the west, Milborne St Andrew north and Colehill east.

    Date/Time: 

    Weekly Tuesday  9.45 for 10.00 start

    Details: 

    U3A cycling group. Cycling on and off road: 20 miles if totally off road - 25 miles if a mixture of off and on road - 30 miles if totally on road. Your input will be required in planning and leading rides most of which start from pubs or garden centres so that refreshments are available at the ride end.

     

    Contact:

    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.

    ''March 2020 - PLEASE NOTE - due to the great popularity of this activity, we are currently unable to take on more members. Please register your interest with the Group Leader, in the first instance.''

     

    Contact:

    intcycling@purbecku3a.org.uk

  • Cycling for Softies
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    Location: 

    Purbeck - Various routes both on and off road

    Date/Time: 

    Alternate Tuesdays, 9.45 for 10.00 am 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

  • Cycling - Swanage PotterersMore

    Location: 

    Swanage - Various routes both on and off road starting from the Mowlem Theatre

    Date/Time: 

    Alternate Tuesdays 10.00 am start

    Cycling group predominantly based around Swanage & Corfe. Rides vary from 10 to 20 miles in the morning. Full details issued prior to each ride. Meet 10.00am every other Tuesday    ( Alternating with the Softies Cycling Group ) at Victoria Avenue Car Park, Swanage unless otherwise stated. All types of bikes welcome although with hills leaving Swanage many are using E-bikes. Welcome to join us along our routes."rides will be half day or shorter and ideal for beginners, or those who like a more sedate pace suited to all riders on the day.  The rides are for enjoyment rather than a challenge with most of the routes being along quiet local roads and some off road along bridle paths/cycle tracks. There will be with a mid morning 'calorie stop'. Distances will vary from approximately five to twenty miles and e bikes and other types are all welcome. Cycle helmets are compulsory.

    Contact:  potterers@purbecku3a.org.uk  

     

  • Debating
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    Location: 

    Wareham - Home based

    Date/Time: 

    Monthly 2nd Monday 2.00 - 4.00pm 

    Details: 

    The group discuss a range of topics. Each meeting has one member proposing and one member opposing for roughly 5 minutes followed by a group discussion chaired by another member. The members take turns in propose/oppose/chair.

    Contact:

    Jane Lewis - debate@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

  • Fiction WritingMore

    Location: 

    Scout & Guide HQ Wareham

    Date/Time: 

    Alternate Mondays  2.00 – 3.30pm

    Details: 

    Always wanted to write fiction but never found the time, or given up halfway? If so, this could be the group for you.

    We’ll be working together to explore ideas, using exercises that help shape characters, getting them talking, interacting and moving through the plot. Find your own style, keep your writing  flowing, and learn about editing and marketing, wherever your  interest lies – crime or historical novels, writing for adults or children, magazines, radio or the latest TV drama –come and share ideas in a safe and supportive group.

    Contact:

    Frances Usher - fictionwriting@purbecku3a.org.uk

  • French ConversationMore

    Location: 

    Home Based

    Date/Time: 

    Weekly Friday 2.00 – 4.00

    Details: 

    Group members organise the programme.

    Contact:

    Anne Attridge - frenchcon@purbecku3a.org.uk

  • French Intermediate
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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:

    Sue Sides - french@purbecku3a.org.uk

  • Gadget Group
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    Location: 

    Harmans Cross Village Hall and on Zoom

    Date/Time: 

    Second  Friday Monthly -  Gadget Group      9.00 - 11.00 am               

    Formerly the computer group. This is now a group that looks at any new devices , phones (both android and i phones), computers, tablets, i pads, laptops, desktops, digital TV's and Alexa devices.  We are a friendly group  who enjoy the discussions and of course the refreshments.  Please bring your gadgets if you have one and it is possible, or you can come along just for advice.

     

    Contact:

    Paul Lurie  

    email: gadgets@purbecku3a.org.uk

  • Gardening
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    Location: 

    Stoborough Village Hall  

    Date/Time: 

    Monthly 3rd Monday 10.00 – 12.00 commencing 20th Nov

    Details: 

    Share plant, flowers, fruit and veg knowledge. Seed and cuttings swops, fund raising produce sales and charity sales.  Gardeners question time. Tools and equipment to help in the garden.  Recipes using garden produce. Random raffles. Spot demonstrations, cuttings and propagation. Dealing with pests, choosing shrubs.

    Contact:

    Carol - gardening@purbecku3a.org.uk

  • Genealogy
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    Location: 

    ON HOLD AT PREENT

    Date/Time: 

    Third Wednesday   2.00 - 4.00

    Details: 

    We are an informal self help group welcoming beginners and the more experienced to share their knowledge of genealogy for the benefit of the group.

    Contact:

    Mark Fielder - groupscoord@purbecku3a.org.uk

  • German  - Group 1
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    Location: 

    Wareham - Home based - ZOOM MEETINGS AT PRESENT

    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

  • Guitar Group
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    Location: 

    Stoborough Village Hall

    Date/Time: 

    First and Third Fridays 14.00 – 16.00

    Details: 

    The Guitar Group has been formed to play and learn the guitar together. All standards are welcome. We are learning chords, picking, and singing songs together following a simple music notation, which makes it easier and great fun.

    Contact:

    Paul Lurie - guitar@purbecku3a.org.uk

  • HistoryMore

    Location: 

    Wareham Library MEETINGS SUSPENDED AT THIS TIME

    Date/Time: 

    First Friday of the month 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.

     

                                                                                      

     

  • Italian for Improvers
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    Location: 

    Stoborough Village Hall - Live Meetings are Suspended - Currently Meeting on Zoom

    Date/Time: 

    Weekly Monday 10.30 – 12.00

    Details: 

    Learn everyday language skills using Contatti 1

    Contact:

    Jane Balderson - italianintermediate@purbecku3a.org.uk

  • Latin BeginnersMore

    Location:

    Wareham Scout Hut

    Date/Time:

    Weekly Tuesdays -  11.00 – 12.30 pm

    Details:

    Members will learn the language and about how the Romans lived. Members will need to obtain a copy of the 4th (not 5th) edition of the Cambridge Latin Course. Some are available second hand.

     

    Contact:

    John Newth  - latin@purbecku3a.org.uk

  • Latin ImproversMore

    Location:

    Wareham Scout Hut

    Date/Time:

    Weekly Thursdays -  2.30 – 4.00pm

    Details:

    This group is for members with some knowledge of Latin and may have progressed from the beginners group. Members will continue to learn more of the language and about how the Romans lived and will need a copy of the 4th (not 5th) edition of the Cambridge Latin Course. Some are available second hand.

     

    Contact:

    John Newth  - latin@purbecku3a.org.uk

  • Mah-Jong More

    Location:

    Home based

    Date/Time:

    Fortnightly  Tuesdays -  2.00 – 4.30ish

    Details:

    The Group is for the more experienced Mah Jong players who play at members homes around the Wareham area. Spaces are limited and members are typically drawn from the established Games Group.

     

    Contact:

    Barbara Colley  - mahjong@purbecku3a.org.uk

  • Music Appreciation
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    Location: 

    Wareham Home based

    Date/Time: 

    2nd and 4th Mondays -  2.00 pm

    Details: 

    Members bring and discuss favourite music.

    Contact:

    Jane Greenwood - music2@purbecku3a.org.uk

  • Musical Passions
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    Location: 

    Studland Home based

    Date/Time: 

    3rd Thursday of the month - 10:30 am

    Details: 

    Members will present a piece of music.  They will explain why they have chosen the piece, what it means to them, and something about its background. Then the piece will be played (sound bar) or maybe, to see a visual performance, using YouTube plus sound bar.  Then there will be refreshments and a group discussion about the piece.  The group leader’s interest is classical music, but this is not necessarily the case for other members of the group.  All genres of music will be acceptable.

    Contact:

    Virginia Lynch - chair@purbecku3a.org.uk

  • Nature WalksMore

    Location: 

    Various locations around Purbeck

    Date/Time: 

    Usually Mornings Monthly 2nd Thursday but please contact The Group Leader for specific dates and times

    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..

    Link to our forthcoming programme.

    Contact:

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

  • Nordic WalkingMore

    Location: 

    Various locations around Purbeck

    Date/Time: 

    Fortnightly - Fridays  at 9.50 for 10.00 a.m. start

    Details: 

    Walks last for about 1 ½ hours, usually in the Purbeck area.  Members must have undertaken Nordic Walking Training and be accredited.

    2024 walking rota

    Contact:

    Gill Calvin Thomas - nordic@purbecku3a.org.uk

  • Painting – Self Help GroupMore

    Location: 

    Stoborough Village Hall - Back Room

    Date/Time: 

    1st Monday Monthly 10.30am – 1.00pm 

    Details: 

    Members bring work for help and try new ideas.

    Contact:

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

  • Pickleball
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    Location: 

    Corfe Castle Village Hall

    Date/Time: 

    Weekly Wednesday   12.45 - 4.45pm

    Details:   

    A new fun sport for the u3a. Pickleball is played using a paddle bat and flight balls on a badminton sized court. 

    Contact:

    David Atkin  - pickleball@purbecku3a.org.uk

  • Play Writing Study
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    Location: 

    Wareham Scout Hut

    Date/Time: 

    Alternate Wednesdays  10.00 - 12.00 am                               (not July & August and only once in December)

    Details:

    Members read plays from a variety of playwrights at home and then discuss the themes, characters etc at the group meeting. If you are interested and want more information 

    Contact:

    Jim McGivern -  plays@purbecku3a.org.uk

  • Purbeck Crafts 
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    Location: 

    Corfe Castle Village Hall

    Date/Time: 

    Weekly Wednesday   9.00 - 12.00

    Details:   

    Members will be able to work on a diverse range of crafts whilst enjoying the company of other interested crafters. On occasions there may be a visit from a speaker.


    It is a group for all abilities and if you are interested in joining the group or learning more about it please contact Cheryl Thake.

    Contact:

    Cheryl Thake  - crafts@purbecku3a.org.uk

  • Purbeck Patchwork & Quilting (PPQ)
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    Location: 

    Harmans Cross Village Hall

    Date/Time: 

    1st & 3rd Thursday 9.30 - 12.30

    Details: 

    Purbeck Patchwork and Quilting ("PPQ") is a group for all abilities and if you are interested in joining the group or learning more about it please contact Delia by email.

    Contact:

    Delia Fitch - ppq@purbecku3a.org.uk

  • QiGong
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    Location: 

    Sandford Village Hall

    Date/Time: 

    Weekly Wednesday 10.00 - 11.00

    Details: 

    Qigong is part of the  TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) system using standing exercises to benefit personal health and well being. These are run as courses of six weeks duration at a cost of £30. They are run by Penny Youssef, a highly qualified BHQA accredited (British Health Qigong Association) instructor. The next six week course will start at the beginning of March.

    Contact:

    Nola Latham-Boal - qigong@purbecku3a.org.uk 

  • Science & Technology
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    Location: 

    Harmans Cross Village Hall

    Date/Time: 

    Monthly 3rd Wednesday 10.00 - 12.00

    Details: 

    Purbeck U3A Science & Technology group holds meetings on Wednesday mornings during the third week of each month during 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. 

    Check out the dedicated S&T website or future presentations

    Contact:

    John Hale - 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:

    Steve Drew - tennis@purbecku3a.org.uk

  • SingingMore

    Location: 

    Wareham Carey Hall

    Date/Time: 

    1st & 3rd Wednesday 2.00 – 4.00

    Details: 

    Singing for pleasure and fun. Eclectic repertoire - songs from the shows, Rounds, classical and traditional.  No singing experience required.

    Contact:

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

  • Spanish Intermediates & ImproversMore

    Location: 

    Harmans Cross Village Hall (small meeting room)

    Date/Time: 

    Alternate Mondays

    2.00 - 3.30 -   Intermediate Level -Suspended at present

    3.30 - 5.00  -  Improver Level - Suspended at present

    Details: 

    Structured sessions including conversation, audio cassettes, some reading and grammar, and interactive practical exercises relating to everyday transactions.  A limited amount of home preparation work occasionally involved.  Intermediates will have previously studied Spanish to a reasonable proficiency and fluency level, whilst Improvers will have acquired some basic knowledge or experience of the language.  Not suitable for total beginners.

    (Please note that the group has been suspended for the time being due to low level of numbers attending.  Anyone interested in joining should register their name with the Groups Coordinator, who will restart the group when/if the level of interest reaches a sustainable level. 

    Contact:

    Mark Fielder  groupscoord@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.

     PLEASE NOTE: group currently over-subscribed. Please contact group leader before attending for the first time, as there is a waiting list.

    Contact:

    Brenda or Carolyn - tabletennis@purbecku3a.org.uk

  • Ukulele
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    Location: 

    Stoborough Village Hall

    Date/Time: 

    Weekly Thursday 2.00 – 4.00

    Details: 

    We are a group of joyous people of mixed abilities all wanting to learn and play the ukulele. The group started in 2018 with 15 wanting to learn the ukulele. The group became so popular that it quickly grew, we are now over 40 members. We meet each week to sing and play our hearts out.
    We meet weekly and practise daily.  We also sing and play at local events, garden centre, pubs and festivals.
    Please use the email below if you are interested and would like to be on the waiting list, which is reviewed every 3 months. 

    Contact:

    Maxine Bacon - ukulele@purbecku3a.org.uk.

  • K9 WalkersMore

    Location: 

    Various start points

    Date/Time: 

    Monthly 3rd Thursday 10.00 – 12.00

    Details: 

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

    Contact:

    Alan Bagley - 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.

    Suitable footwear is essential, and waterproof clothing and walking poles or sticks are recommended. There may be stiles to negotiate. Please bring a drink.

    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 (2024) is to be found HERE 

    Contact:

    John Kirwin - walking@purbecku3a.org.uk

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