Updated 26/08/2017

Groups

These are the groups available for U3A Dacorum members. The costs are 50p for meetings held in a members home or £1.50 per meeting if it is held in a hall. (For very small number of groups such as Wine Appreciation and on special occasions a higher charge is made.)
The Monthly meeting cost is £1.

Suggestions for new groups always welcome, especially if accompanied by an offer to run them!



(211) Adult Colouring
Meets: Warner's End Community Centre, Stoneycroft, Hemel Hempstead
When: 4th Tuesday 2-4pm
Please bring your own colouring book and coloured pencils;

(003) Antiques and Collectables
Meets: St Johns Church Hall, Boxmoor, Hemel Hempstead
When: 3rd Thursday once a month 9:30am - 12noon
2019 - Jul NM; Aug 15; Sep 19;

(085) Armchair Traveller
Meets: St Johns Church Hall, Boxmoor, Hemel Hempstead
When: 3rd Tuesday 2pm - 4pm
Presentations and discussions on both far and near travel destinations, including anecdotes on travel experiences and tips on must see events and places
2019 - Jul 16; Aug NM; Sep 17;

(039) Art Club
Meets: Gadebridge Community Centre, Galley Hill, Hemel Hempstead
When: Fridays twice a month at 10am - 12noon
2019 - Jul 12 26; Aug 09 23; Sep 06 20;

(013) Art History
Meets: St Johns Church Hall, Boxmoor, Hemel Hempstead
When: 2nd Tuesday at 2:00pm-4:00pm
2019 - Jul NM; Aug NM; Sep 10;

(166) Art History Berkhamsted
Meets: Friends Meeting House, 289 High Street Berkhamsted
When: 4th Monday 2:15-4:00pm
Looking at paintings, sculptures, architecture and artefacts; how and why they were made.
The overall aim is to build up an understanding of art in the context of its own period and how art methods and ideas have developed over time.
2019 - Jul 22; Aug NM; Sep 23;

(222) Art Workshops
Meets: Gadebridge Community Centre, Galley Hill, Hemel Hempstead
When: Friday 10-12
This will be a series of WORKSHOPS covering DRAWING, SKETCHING, PERSPECTIVES, & WATERCOLOUR PAINTING. These will be aimed at both beginners and the more experienced.;

(223) Arts, Crafts & Skills
Meets: Northchurch Social Centre, Bell Lane, Northchurch
When: 2nd Monday 10:00-12:00
New group starting in March;

(062) Belleplates
Meets: Church of the Resurrection Hall, Grovehill
When: 2nd and 4th Fridays at 2:00-3:30 pm
2019 - Jul 12 26; Aug NM; Sep 13 27;

(070) Board Games 1
Meets: Sacred Heart Church Meeting Room, Park St, Berkhamsted
When: First Friday 2:00-4:00;

(212) Board Games 2
Meets: Guide Headquarters, Queensway, Hemel Hempstead
When: 3rd Friday 2:15-4:15 pm;

(029) Book Group
Meets: St Johns Church Hall, Boxmoor, Hemel Hempstead
When: Alternate Mondays at 10am-12noon;

(006) Bowls
Meets: Berkhamsted Bowls Club, Canal Fields, Lower Kings Road
When: once a month 2:00-4:00
Session cost £2.50 (inc tea and biscuit
Please wear shoes without heels
Group closes during the winter;

(183) Bus Trippers
Meets: Various locations
When: 2nd Wednesday
Group size limited by the number of peope it is reasonable to get on a public bus.;

(007) Calligraphy
Meets: Buglass Room, Leverstock Green Village Hall
When: alternate Mondays at 1:00pm-3:00pm
2019 - Jul 08 22; Aug NM; Sep 02 16 30;

(048) Card Making
Meets: Sundew Road, Chaulden, HH
When: 1st Tuesday 10am-12noon
Share enthusiasm and exchange ideas for card making with a new technique each month.;

(177) Card Making 2
Meets: Friends meeting House, 289 High Street, Berkhamsted
When: 3rd Friday 10am-12noon
2019 - Jul 19; Aug 16; Sep 20;

(011) Circle Dance
Meets: Carey Baptist Hall, Marlowes
When: 1st and 3rd Wednesday 2:00-3:30
2019 - Jul 03 17; Aug NM; Sep 04 18;

(035) Classical Music Appreciation
Meets: St Francis Church Hall, Beechfield Road, Boxmoor
When: Thursdays twice a month 10pm - 12noon
See Group reports for meeting subjects
2019 - Jul 11 25; Aug 08; Sep 05 19;

(219) Computer Programming
Meets: Gadebridge Community Centre, Galley Hill, Hemel Hempstead
When: Tuesday fortnightly 10:00-12:00
From September, same dates as Tea Dance.
2019 - Jul 09 23; Aug NM; Sep 03 17;

(069) Computer Support
Meets: St Mary and St Joseph's Catholic Church Hall, Horsecroft Road, Boxmoor
When: Last Friday 2:00-4:30 (not August/December)
The meeting will consist of a short presentation, followed by tea/coffee and then small groups discussing individual problems with one of the panel.;

(171) Craft Group
Meets: The Lounge, 1 Great Palmers, Grovehill, HP2 6BE
When: 2nd Friday 14:00-16:00;

(077) Creative Writing A
Meets: in Peascroft Road, Hemel Hempstead
When: 1st Friday 1:30pm - 4:30pm;

(080) Creative Writing B
Meets: in Wrensfield, Boxmoor
When: Thursday 3 weekly, 2pm - 4pm;

(082) Creative Writing J
Meets: Sacred Heart Church Meeting Room, Park St, Berkhamsted
When: Thursday 3 weekly1:30 - 4:00;

(210) Creative Writing 6
Meets: Washington Avenue, Hemel
When: Tuesday 3 weekly 2:00-4:00
Note change of day and frequency;

(064) Cycling
Meets: Various locations (usually stations)
When: 10am (long ride), 10.30 (short ride), normally on the 1st Thursday of month
Choice of a long ride of about 20 miles or a short ride of about 10 miles.
Volunteer leaders will be used for each meeting.;

(086) Digital Photography
Meets: St Johns Church Hall, Boxmoor, Hemel Hempstead
When: 1st Thursdays 10am - 12noon;

(010) Discussion Group (Hemel)
Meets: St Johns Church Hall, Boxmoor, Hemel Hempstead
When: Fourth Friday at 10am - 12noon;

(090) Discussion Group E (Berkhamsted)
Meets: in Barncroft Rd., Berkhamsted
When: Tuesday or Wednesday 2pm -4:30pm (Normally Tuesday towards the end of the month)
December 18th 3:30-6:30

Each Month we discuss a main topic led by one of the members. Details are circulated so that members can research the topic if they wish!
In addition or as an aternative we may discuss a couple of lighter ones.
2019 - Jul 26; Aug 23; Sep 27;

(179) English Language Awareness
Meets: Washington Avenue, Grovehill
When: 2nd Thursday 2-4pm;

(081) Exploring London
When: Usually last Friday
Guided walks around London
contact walk leader by email;

(197) Exploring Towns and Villages
Meets: Various by car share
When: Usually 3rdThursday
Vists by car share
This group will only have very occasional hall meetings.;

(079) Film and Discussion Group
Meets: St Johns Church Hall, Boxmoor, Hemel Hempstead
When: 2nd Friday 2:30pm - 5pm;

(073) Flower Arranging
Meets: St George's United Reformed Church Hall, Long Chaulden
When: 2nd Thursday at 1:30 - 3:30pm
2019 - Jul NM; Aug NM; Sep 12;

(159) Folk Singing
Meets: St Mary and St Joseph's Catholic Church Hall, Horsecroft Road, Boxmoor
When: 2nd and 4th Wednesday 10:15am-12:15
The songs could be English, Irish, Scottish or American as chosen by the group. Enthusiasm is required rather than technical singing ability.
2019 - Jul 10 24; Aug 14 28; Sep 11 25;

(015) French & Fun Group A
Meets: in Washington Ave., Grovehill
When: Alternate Tuesday 10am - 12noon
2019 - Jul 02 16 30; Aug 13 27; Sep 10 24;

(015) French & Fun Group C
Meets: in Washington Ave., Grovehill
When: Alternate Wednesday 10am - 12noon
2019 - Jul 03 17 31; Aug 14 28; Sep 11 25;

(202) French Book Club
Meets: Highclere Drive
When: Tuesday 2:30-4:00 Irregular everey 2 months;

(014) French Conversation
Meets: The Beeches, Tring
When: Alternate Tuesdays 10am - 12noon
Advanced;

(187) Fun with Spanish
Meets: Northchurch Social Centre, Bell Lane, Northchurch
When: 1st and 3rd Wednesday 2-4pm
Note name changed from Spanish Beginners
2019 - Jul 03 17; Aug NM; Sep 04 18;

(066) G.O.A.L. (Golden Oldies Aid Literacy
Meets: Various locations
helping children with their reading in 17 schools in Dacorum;

(016) Garden Appreciation
Meets: Var. locations
When: Wednesdays at various times;

(018) Gardening (Hemel)
Meets: Various locations in Hemel Hempstead
When: 2nd Thursdays 2pm, May to October;

(017) Gardening Group A
Meets: Various locations in Berkhamsted
When: 3rd Thursdays times variable;

(225) Geffrey Chaucer and the Middle Ages
Meets: Hayward Drive, Boxmoor
When: 1st Wednesday 10:30-12:30
New Group starting September

2019 - Sep 04;

(019) Genealogy Berkhamsted
Meets: Sacred Heart Church Meeting Room, Park St, Berkhamsted
When: 2nd Monday 2pm - 4pm;

(051) Genealogy Hemel
Meets: Carey Baptist Hall, Marlowes
When: 3rd Mondays at 10am - 12noon
2019 - Jul 15; Aug 19; Sep 16;

(021) Geology A
Meets: Various locations
When: Last Tuesday 10am - 12noon;

(184) Geology B
Meets: Various locations
When: 3rd Monday10-12am;

(059) German Improvers
Meets: St Johns Church Hall, Boxmoor, Hemel Hempstead
When: Alt Monday 2pm to 4pm
We pratice pronunciation by reading aloud from selected texts; we then translate and discuss with reference to e.g. grammar.;

(168) Guitar Workshop
Meets: Oxfield Close. Berkhamsted
When: 1st/3rd/5th Wednesday 2-4pm;

(024) Industrial History
Meets: St Johns Church Hall, Boxmoor, Hemel Hempstead
When: 3rdWednesday at 10am - 12noon;

(095) Italian Language & Culture
Meets: St Johns Church Hall, Boxmoor, Hemel Hempstead
When: 2nd & 4th Thursday at 10am - 12noon;

(156) Italian Step 2
Meets: Adeyfield Community Centre, Queen's Sq., Hemel Hempstead
When: Fridays, 2-4pm;

(218) Japanese Flower Arranging
Meets: Adeyfield Community Centre, Queen's Sq., Hemel Hempstead
When: 3rd Monday 2 hours pm from June;

(188) Japanese Language & Culture
Meets: Various addresses
When: 2nd & 4th Thursday 10am-12noon;

(026) Jazz Appreciation
Meets: St Francis Church Hall, Beechfield Road, Boxmoor
When: Thursdays at 10am - 12:15pm
See Group Reports for more about the meeting subjects
Usually 2x1 hour talks illustrated with jazz recordings, usually about jazz artists, groups, orchestras or singers. Some sessions more generalised about classic jazz, mainstreamm, bebop or a time period. The speakers are from within the group.
A happy, informal group with various levels of knowledge. Come and see what we are about.
2019 - Jul 18; Aug 15; Sep 12;

(175) Knit and Natter
Meets: Tile Kiln Lane, Hemel Hempstead
When: Alternate Wednesday 2pm-4pm;

(198) Knit and Natter 2
Meets: The Lounge, 1 Great Palmers, Grovehill, HP2 6BE
When: Every Thursday 2:00-4:00pm;

(076) Latin
Meets: Various locations
When: Usually 1st and 3rd Wednesday 2:30pm - 4pm;

(022) Line Dancing
Meets: St Mary And St Josephs Parish Centre, St John's Road, Boxmoor
When: 1st/3rd Thursday 2:00-3:30;

(030) Literature (Tring)
Meets: Victoria Hall, Akeman St.,Tring
When: Mondays every 2 weeks at 11:15am - 1:15pm
Wheelchair Access
2019 - Jul 01 15 29; Aug 12; Sep 02 16 30;

(027) Literature Group A (Berkhamsted)
Meets: Various locations in Berkhamsted
When: Tuesdays every 2 weeks 10am - 12noon;

(028) Literature Group B (Berkhamsted)
Meets: Various locations in Berkhamsted
When: Mondays 3 weekly by arrangement at 10am - 12noon;

(083) Literature Group E (Boxmoor)
Meets: in Haywood Drive, Boxmoor
When: Fridays 10:30am - 12:30noon;

(031) Local History
Meets: St Johns Church Hall, Boxmoor, Hemel Hempstead
When: Tuesdays twice a month, at 2pm - 4pm
Meetings will either be talks in the hall (H) or walks (W)
2019 - Jul 09(W) 23(H); Aug NM; Sep 10(W) 24(H);

(215) Magic (Introduction to)
Meets: Buglass Room, Leverstock Green Village Hall
When: Alternate Fridays 2-4pm
2019 - Jul 05 19; Aug 02 16 30; Sep 13 27;

(060) MahJong
Meets: St Johns Church Hall, Boxmoor, Hemel Hempstead
When: 1st and 3rd Wednesdays 10am - 12noon;

(216) Meditation for Health 1
Meets: Friends meeting House, 289 High Street, Berkhamsted
When: Various Friday 10:45-12:45
This group is now closed, Meditation for Health 2 will continue
2019 - Jul NM; Aug NM; Sep TBA;

(216) Meditation for Health 2
Meets: Friends meeting House, 289 High Street, Berkhamsted
When: Tuesday 1:30-3:00
2019 - Jul NM; Aug NM; Sep TBA;

(065) Military History
Meets: St Johns Church Hall, Boxmoor, Hemel Hempstead
When: 1st Wednesday 10am - 12noon
2019 - Jul 03; Aug 07(Visit); Sep 04;

(025) Money Matters
Meets: St Johns Church Hall, Boxmoor, Hemel Hempstead
When: Monday once a month at 10am - 12noon
2019 - Jul 08; Aug 12; Sep 09;

(092) More Italian
Meets: In members' homes
When: Alternate Wednesdays 2:00-4:00;

(034) Music Appreciation (Berkhamsted)
Meets: Meadway Berkhamsted
When: Thursdays fortnightly at 2pm - 4pm
Please contact for details;

(089) Musical Miscellany
Meets: St Francis Church Hall, Beechfield Road, Boxmoor
When: Thursdays 10am - 12noon
2019 - Jul 04; Aug 01 29; Sep 26;

(037) Nature Study
Meets: St John's Church Car Park, Boxmoor
When: Every Tuesday, 10am - 1:30pm (check times)
Outdoor meetings call to check;

(038) Needlecraft
Meets: in Little Heath Lane, Potten End
When: Alternate Tuesdays 10am - 12noon;

(067) Opera - Introduction
Meets: in Bovingdon
When: 3rd Friday 2pm - 4pm;

(075) Out with Friends
Meets: St Johns Church Hall, Boxmoor, Hemel Hempstead
When: 1st Friday 10am-12noon;

(036) Painting for Pleasure
Meets: Adeyfield Community Centre, Queen's Sq., Hemel Hempstead
When: 3rdrd Wednesday 10.00-12.00
2019 - Jul 17; Aug 21; Sep 18;

(196) Painting for You
Meets: Warner's End Community Centre, Stoneycroft, Hemel Hempstead
When: Last Friday 1:30-4:00pm;

(209) Painting Unlimited
Meets: Methodist Church Hall, Northridge Way, Hemel Hempstead
When: Friday fortnightly 10-12
2019 - Jul 05 19; Aug 02 16 30; Sep 13 27;

(214) Parlons (French Conversation)
Meets: Various members' houses
When: Every other Tuesday 10:15-12:00
Advanced level conversation;

(040) Patchwork
Meets: Guide Headquarters, Queensway, Hemel Hempstead
When: 1st & 3rdWednesday twice a month at 10am -12noon
2019 - Jul 03 17; Aug NM; Sep 04 18;

(045) Pencil Drawing
Meets: Adeyfield Community Centre, Queen's Sq., Hemel Hempstead
When: 1st Wednesday of month 10am - 12 noon
2019 - Jul 03; Aug 07; Sep 04;

(061) Philosophy
Meets: Friends Meeting House, St Mary's Road, Hemel Hempstead
When: AlternateTuesday 2pm - 4pm
2019 - Jul 02 16 30; Aug NM; Sep 10 24;

(042) Play Reading (Berkhamsted)
Meets: Various locations
When: 1st Wednesday, 10am - 12noon;

(041) Play Reading (Hemel)
Meets: The Lounge, Gatecroft, Bennetts End
When: Fourth Thursday 7-9pm;

(043) Playing Early Music
Meets: in Bridgewater Road, Berkhamsted
When: last Monday in the month 2pm-4pm;

(071) Poetry Appreciation
Meets: in Picotts End
When: 3rd Wednesdays once a month 2:pm - 4pm;

(057) Poetry Reading
Meets: in Gravel Lane, Boxmoor
When: Tuesdays fortnightly 2:pm - 4pm;

(088) Poetry Writing
Meets: in Gravel Lane, Boxmoor
When: every third Monday at 2:00pm - 4:00pm;

(190) Practical Astronomy
Meets: St Mary and St Joseph's Catholic Church Hall, Horsecroft Road, Boxmoor
When: 1st Mondays 2-4pm;

(053) Quiz Group
Meets: St Mary and St Joseph's Catholic Church Hall, Horsecroft Road, Boxmoor
When: Last Thursday 2:pm - 4pm
2019 - Jul 25; Aug 29; Sep 26;

(167) Railways
Meets: Friends Meeting House, St Mary's Road, Hemel Hempstead
When: Last Thursday 10:00am-12:00pm
Day trips in June July & August
2019 - Jul 27(Outing);

(182) Reading Group (Berkhamsted)
Meets: Middle Road, Berkhamstead
When: 2nd Friday 10:00-12:30;

(052) Religions
Meets: St Johns Church Hall, Boxmoor, Hemel Hempstead
When: Last Thursday 2:30-4:30
2019 - Jul 25; Aug 29; Sep 26;

(213) Rug Makers
Meets: Windmill Road, Boxmoor
When: 1st Tuesday 2pm-4pm
December meeting cancelled
;

(084) Russian
Meets: in Briar Way, Berkhamsted
When: Every Thursday at 10:00-11:30
The group is mixed, taking account of beginners; we practise reading and speaking simple vocabulary. Grammar exercises.;

(165) Science & Technology
Meets: St Mary and St Joseph's Catholic Church Hall, Horsecroft Road, Boxmoor
When: Last Wednesday 2:00-4:00
2019 - Jul 31; Aug 28; Sep 25;

(046) Scrabble & Cribbage
Meets: Adeyfield Community Centre, Queen's Sq., Hemel Hempstead
When: Mondays (normally 2nd & 4th) 2pm - 4pm
2019 - Jul 08 22; Aug 12 19; Sep 09 23;

(185) Sewing Bee
Meets: Guide Headquarters, Queensway, Hemel Hempstead
When: Alternate Tuesday 10am-12noon
2019 - Jul 09 23; Aug 06 20; Sep 03 17;

(056) Shakespeare from Page to Stage
Meets: St Johns Church Hall, Boxmoor, Hemel Hempstead
When: 2nd and 4th Wednesdays 10am - 12noon (or later)
2019 - Jul 10; Aug 14 28; Sep 11 25;

(186) Short Day Trips
Meets: Various destinations
Similar to Away-a-Day but shorter and visiting only one place
See Digest;

(050) Shorter Walks A
Meets: Various starting places
When: 2nd Thursday at 10:00
Walks of up to 5 miles
2 similar walking groups (A an B) meeting on different days;

(050) Shorter Walks B
Meets: Various starting places
When: 3rd Thursday at 10:00
Walks of up to 5 miles
2 similar walking groups (A an B) meeting on different days;

(189) Sign Language & Deaf Awareness
Meets: Gadebridge Community Centre, Galley Hill, Hemel Hempstead
When: 2nd Thursday and 4th Friday, 1:30-3:30pm
Restarted in Jan 2019;

(158) Snooker
Meets: Raging Ball, Unit 8 Verulam Industrial Estate,224 London Road,St Albans, AL1 1JF
When: every Wednesday except Bank Holidays at 10am - 12 noon;

(055) Sunday Scrabble
Meets: in Washington Ave., Grovehill, HH
When: 2ndSunday 2pm - 6pm;

(221) Swimming
Meets: Watford Leisure Centre, Horseshoe Lane, Woodside
When: 3rdFriday at 2:30;

(217) Table Tennis 1
Meets: Adeyfield Community Centre, Queen's Sq., Hemel Hempstead
When: 1st and 3rd Wednesday
2019 - Jul 03 17; Aug 07 21; Sep 04 18;

(224) Table Tennis 2
Meets: Adeyfield Community Centre, Queen's Sq., Hemel Hempstead
When: 2nd and 4th Wednesdays
New group starting in May
2019 - Jul 10 24; Aug 14 28; Sep 11 25;

(005) Tea Dance
Meets: St Mary And St Josephs Parish Centre, St John's Road, Boxmoor
When: Alternate Tuesday 2pm - 4pm
This group was called Ballroom Dancing
2019 - Jul 02 16 30; Aug NM; Sep 03 17;

(157) Tuesday Lunch Club 1
Meets: Various locations
When: 2nd Tuesday;

(203) Tuesday Lunch Club 2
Meets: various locations
When: 4th Tuesday;

(181) Ukulele
Meets: Grovehill Community Centre, Grovehil
When: 1st Wednesday 9:30-12:00
2 separate groups on different days
2019 - Jul 03; Aug 07; Sep 04;

(192) Ukulele 2
Meets: Various locations
When: Dates flexible;

(220) Urban Sketchers
Meets: Various locations around Dacorum
When: Tuesday Fortnightly 10:15-11:45
New group drawing on location.
Experienced artists or those interested in having a go!
Frequency might change in October;

(099) Walking
Meets: Various locations
When: Usually 4th Tuesday 9:30am
Jul 23 Start in the Cricket Ground Carpark in Cholesbury Map

Aug 27 Start in the Aston Clinton Park off London Road, on the left just after the Bell Inn Car park Map

Morning walks approx 6-8 miles, which may incorporate stiles and steep gradients.
Location and grid reference shown. Normally finished 12:30-1:00
2019 - Jul 23; Aug 27;

(091) Whist
Meets: in Clinton End, Leverstock Green
When: 1st Sunday 2:00-4:00;

(204) Wild Flowers Study
Meets: Various outdoor locations in the summer, otherwise indoors
When: 1st 3rd & 4th Wednesday 10:00-12:00
Outdoors April to October;

(078) Wine Appreciation
Meets: St Johns Church Hall, Boxmoor, Hemel Hempstead
When: 1st Fridays at 2:30-4:30pm
Please contact before first visit;

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