Interest Groups

Updated: 4 May 2021

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Many groups are successfully using Zoom to meet regularly. The free version allows 40 minutes a session.

 

If any of you require longer, we have purchased ZoomPro which allows unlimited time and is available to all Groups – please contact Malcolm to book.

See bottom of this page for which groups are using ZoomPro & when they meet.

If your Group has booked ZoomPro Meetings then click on link below. You will need the password – ask your Group convener.

UPDATE: UK National Lockdown

Groups of 6 can meet outdoors.

No face to face meetings indoors. 

We have 53 Interest Groups.  48 of these are using all means electronic to keep their group members in touch & enjoying sharing their discussions & activities. Eighteen groups are using Zoom every month, three Zoom occasionally & thirteen groups keep in touch via email. 

The lists below aren't definitive & will change as we move towards meeting up as before.

 

Groups used to meet once or twice a month. Each group has a convenor who manages the group list and oversees its smooth running. The discussion/learning groups used to meet at each other's homes, groups averaging about 5-8 members.

The activity/recreational/walking groups are larger & usually met at public venues or outdoors. 

  

 

To ask to join an Interest Group,

you can apply even now to join those that meet via Zoom and/or to be ready for fresh times,

Yvonne Griffiths

Art - Culture - Photography

Music - Singing - Books

Plays - Poetry - Creative Writing

 

Antiques  We maintain contact via e-mail, and e-mail Quizzes each month. 

Art/Painting Meeting not viable yet. 

Craft Meeting not viable yet. 

Photography  meeting monthly via Zoom.

Music Broader not yet meeting (usually meet in members' homes listening to someone's choice of music)

Music Classical 1 presenting a composer each month for the Newsletter.

Music Classical 2  as above!

Singing for Fun  Will restart in the autumn. 

Ukulele  practising at home.

Book Group 1  meeting monthly via Zoom.

Book Group 2  meeting monthly via Zoom.

Book Group 3  meeting monthly via Zoom.

Book Group meeting monthly via Zoom.

Book Group 5  meeting monthly via Zoom.

Play Reading are meeting monthly via Zoom, might read a play in one sitting - could take 2.5 hours!

Poetry Reading  continues to meet each week on Zoom and enjoy a little escapism from this strange world we find ourselves in. 

Writing for Pleasure  sharing our work and keeping in touch by email.

Language - ScienceDiscussion

Politics - Genealogy

History - Research - Computers

    

French Conversation 1 meeting monthly via Zoom.

French Conversation 2  Zooming again!

Latin for Pleasure 

Spanish We are an informal group meeting monthly via ZoomPro for conversation & improving our Spanish using grammar and vocabulary. 

Science  .....

Seminar  .....

Current Affairs 1  Continue to hold very successful Zoom discussions monthly.

Current Affairs 2  monthly discussions via Zoom. 

Genealogy 1  We have a monthly topic which we submit by group email, however we are all looking forward to face to face meeting hopefully shortly!

Genealogy 2  .....

History 1  .....

History 2  meeting monthly via Zoom.

History 3  .....

History 4  meeting monthly via Zoom. 

History 5  meeting monthly via Zoom.

Writing Life History  ......

iPad Users   .....

Mac Users 1  .....

Cardgames - Scrabble - Sport

Birdwatching - Walking

Gardens - Dining

  

Cards Bridge  .....

Cards Canasta not yet meeting (usually meet in back room of The Dolphin - ½ way tea break)

Cards Cribbage  meeting weekly via Zoom.

Cards Euchre  not yet meeting (usually meet in back room of The Dolphin - ½ way tea break)

Scrabble 1  not yet meeting.

Scrabble 2 not yet meeting.

Badminton  not currently meeting.

Pétanque  Petanque has been attracted up again.

Birdwatching 1  Restarting in July.

Birdwatching 2  Restarting 20 May.

Shorter Walking Restarting in June.

Rambling  Restarted in April 

Moderate Walking 1  Restarted in April

Moderate Walking 2  Restarts in May

Longer Walking  Restarted in April

Garden Visits  .....

Lunch Club  not meeting due to current guidelines.

Sunday Lunch Club  will start again in June.

 

The table below shows the Group ZoomPro booked sessions by month frequency.

Groups can use this to help plan which monthly dates to book.

To avoid overlap on Meetings on same day, please allow at least ½ hour between meetings.

FIRST WEEK of the month

Mon am  10:00 - 12:00 Cribbage

       pm  ............

Tue  am  ...........

        pm  ...........

Wed am  9:30 - 12:30    PlayReading

        pm  ...........

Thur am  ...........

        pm  2:00 - 4:30     CurrentAffairs 1

Fri   am  10:30 - 12:00  CoffeeMorning

       pm    ..........

THIRD WEEK of the month

Mon  am  10:00 - 12:00 Cribbage

        pm  ................

Tue   am  ................

        pm   ...............

Wed  am 11:00 - 1:00   Spanish

         pm  2:00 - 3:30    SpeakerMeeting

Thur  am  ...............

         pm  ...............

Fri    am  ...............

         pm  ...............

SECOND WEEK of the month

Mon am  10:00 - 12:00   Cribbage

        pm  2:30 - 4:30      History 4

Tue  am  ................

       pm  2:30 - 4:30      Book 1

Wed am  10:00 - 12:00   Photography 3

        pm  2:30 - 4:30       Book 3

Thur am  ...............

        pm  ...............

Fri   am  ...............

        pm  ...............

FOURTH WEEK of the month

Mon am  10:00 - 12:00   Cribbage

        pm  2:30 - 4:30      Committee

Tue  am  ................

        pm   ...............

Wed am 11:00 - 12:30    Poetry Reading

        pm  ................

Thur am  ................

        pm  2:30 - 4:30      Book 5 

Fri    am  10:00 - 12:00   History 5

        pm  ...............