Current Timetable

 Madeley & District U3A
December 2016 Programme

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 Poetry: Tangent Thursday 1st December 10.30-12

Italian Thursday 1st December 9.30-11

Card & Board Games Thursday 1st December 1.30-3.00
We play 15-spot dominoes, Backgammon, Scrabble, Rummicub and a wide variety of card games.   Do come and join us.  We have a lot of fun.

Tai Chi Chuan Thursday 1st December 1.30-3.00

Thursday 1st December Tea & Chat from 3pm
Whether you are at a loose end or not, come along to the cafeteria in the Madeley Centre to share a drink and perhaps even a cake with other members of the U3A. It is a good opportunity to meet new people, cement friendships and catch up on the news.

U3A BARN DANCE with the folk band Skimmity.
Saturday 3rd December from 7.15
Tickets can be bought from Steve Hurd 01782 750338, or from the Madeley Centre Manager of the cafeteria. Spare tickets will be available on the door.Price £7 (£5 for U3A members). Bring your friends – old and young – children welcome. Food and drink can be purchased on the night. Cottage pie and peas £5 (or vegetarian option).

Photography Monday 5th December 2pm – 3.3opm everyone welcome.
Please see the exhibition in the cafeteria of pictures taken by the group. Framed pictures are on sale.

Table Tennis – Betley Monday 5th December 10.30-12

French Reading Group Monday 5th December 10am

Music Group – Monday 5th December 7-8.30
Mike Stead is leading a session on our favourite “Music from the Movies“. Try to let Mike know your chosen piece by email, otherwise bring it along on a flash drive or CD. As this is our last meeting before Christmas let’s share a tipple.

Amblers Tuesday 6th December 9.30am

The December Amble will be what has now become the usual pre-Christmas amble (this is the 5th)
Moss Lane, over railway line to Bower End Farm, on over the fields to Yew Tree Farm and the Wheatsheaf for coffee.

Return via Red Lane to the village.
Meet 9.30 am
ETA return depends on drinking time at The Wheatsheaf.

Tennis please contact the coordinator

Latin Refreshers  Tuesday 6th December 10.30-12.00
This group is following a course book, but it may still be possible for you to join in if you have some Latin which you would like to brush up. Please contact the coordinator.

French Conversation Tuesday 6th December 2-3.30

Table Tennis Wednesday 7th  December 3.30-5
We welcome beginners and those who haven’t played for years.  All our beginners are quickly improving in a very friendly and non-demanding atmosphere, so you need not fear you will make a fool of yourself.  Come along and have a go, get a bit of exercise and enjoy some excellent company.

MONTHLY TALK: Thursday 8th December 2.00 to 3.30
The Victorians and the Christmas Season
This illustrated talk, by Danny Wells, looks at the influence of the Victorians on Christmas as we know it today. The Victorians repackaged older traditions and customs that suited their new sensibilities, ideas and concerns. It is said the Victorians:  ‘mixed the ingredients of the English Christmas to create an extremely rich plum pudding’. Many of these changes took place early in Victoria’s reign, including the arrival of the Christmas Card, the Christmas Cracker and new-found popularity of the Christmas Tree. We will explore why and how the Victorians re-energised and transformed the festive season.
Followed by Tea and Chat in the cafeteria.

Drop of the Hat Walk Friday 9th December
Mike Stead will lead a walk around Rudyard Lake. Please let Mike know you are interested by emailing He will then confirm the day before by email if the walk is going ahead (it will depend on the weather forecast!).

French Improvers  Monday 12th December 11-12.30

Painting and Drawing Monday 12th  December 7-9
We are a mixed ability group working in a variety of mediums and styles including oils, pastels and water colours and assisted by advice from a professional artist, Graham Coates. We welcome new comers, whether complete beginners or more experienced artists.

Quiz night. Tuesday 13th December 7.00-9.15
Our next quiz night will be in the cafe area of the Madeley Centre from 7.00pm.
Rob Wilcox is the question-master. Meal choice:  Beef hotpot & crusty bread;  Chicken & leek pie, peas; vegetarian nut roast, all at £5.  You can place your order as you arrive,  but if you have any particular dietary requirements please contact Just Jane in advance,  tel  01782-750002Meals will be served at 7.45. Drinks available. No booking required, just turn up at 7.00pm, bring a pen and if you are not already arranged in a team we will sort you into one. £1pp. Bring friends who are not U3A members and can come on a “sampler” session.

First Editions Book Group Tuesday 13th    December, 1.30 – 3
Tuesday 13th December 1.30 – 3 pm. First Edition bookgroup will be discussing ‘ Christmas at Thompson Hall and Other Christmas Stories’ by Anthony Trollope

Latin Novices  Tuesday 13th  December 10.30-12.00 This group is full

Tennis please contact the coordinator

Wednesday 14th December, 12.15
Please join your U3A Friends for this most enjoyable annual event.
The menu choices are excellent – £21 for 3 courses.
There will be the usual optional walk from the Madeley Centre to work up an appetite, leaving 11am (weather permitting). Tickets for the lunch need to be bought in advance from Sheila Nolan: or 01782 625014 (members only)

Table Tennis Wednesday 14th December 7.45-9.15

Poetry: Tangent Thursday 15th December 10.30-12

Italian Thursday 15th December 9.30-11.00

Card & Board Games Thursday 15th December 1.30-3.00
We play 15-spot dominoes, Backgammon, Scrabble, Rummicub and a wide variety of card games.   Do come and join us.  We have a lot of fun.

Tai Chi Chuan meets again in the New Year

Art Appreciation Thursday 15th December 3.15 -4.30
The Turner Prize short list: Four group members will each give a short presentation about the work of one of the artists shortlisted for the 2016 Turner Prize and this will form the basis of our ongoing discussion about “what is art”.

Thursday 15th December Tea & Chat from 3pm

Family History  Friday 16th December 10.30-12
This month will be a general Q and A session, plus a chance to share the latest developments of our own research. All welcome.

Film & Theatre Group  if you want to be informed about group outings please contact the coordinator Glenda Miller:

Table Tennis Monday 19th  December 10.45-12.15

Shortcuts Book Group Tuesday 20th December 10.30
The chosen text is ‘Nutshell’ by Ian McEwan.

Ukelele   Tuesday 20th December 2-3.30 at Poolside Cottage
The Uke group meeting will be on Tuesday 20th December from 2-3.30pm at Poolside Cottage to sing some festive songs and enjoy mince pies.

Latin Refreshers  Tuesday 20th  December 10.30-12.00
This group is following a course book, but it may still be possible for you to join in if you have some Latin which you would like to brush up. Please contact the coordinator.

Thursday 22nd    December Tea & Chat from 3pm 

Table Tennis Thursday 22nd December 2.30 – 4

Digital World Thursday 22nd December 11-12.30 and 1-2.30



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