Groups

Speaker Events – Peter Hinchliffe – email: speaker.events@yealmu3a.org.uk

Speaker events are generally held once a month from September to May and cover a diverse range of subjects. These are held in either the WI hall in Newton Ferrers or Noss Village Hall. However in the present climate, Peter has been very successful in organising almost weekly talks via Zoom to which all members are entitled to join in on. We now have a zoom license which facilitates zoom meetings without any time restrictions. Please contact Peter if you have an interest/experience which you would like to share with U3A members via zoom and he will set everything up for you, including help with presentation power point etc should you wish. We welcome new and existing speakers to add to our ever increasing repertoire..


Bird Watching – Peter Holt – bird.watching@yealmu3a.org.uk

Meeting between September and May you will visit a number of differing reserve habitats, some relatively local others further afield. Recent activities have involved bird ringing including cuckoos. The Exe Bird Cruise and the trip to Lundy Island are special events to be enjoyed. On occasion we have a guide for our reserve visits adding to the expertise within the group; usually we manage to find an excellent pub for lunch!


Bridge – Lead Contact:  Jane Wain  – email: bridge@yealmu3a.org.uk-(Intermediates), supported by George Buckland (Beginners) and Nigel Wain (Master Classes)    

The U3A has a number of very enthusiastic bridge players of all abilities. These classes have been recently reinstated this year by Jane and, with her team, offer an opportunity to begin bridge, improve or refine your skills at Master Class level. Assistance is willingly offered in finding your correct starting point and there is no need to have a partner. Expressing an interest and booking a place in the relevant group, however, is crucial.


Cycling – Duncan Macpherson  – email: cycling@yealmu3a.org.uk

Not Tour de France but extremely sociable, this well supported cycling group caters for confident cyclers who like exploring our fabulous countryside. Electric bike users are most welcome. Routes are chosen with mixed abilities in mind and a pub stop-off seems to be a very welcome distraction on most trips. There has been an annual foray to Brittany.


Family History – Robin Forrester – email: family.history@yealmu3a.org.uk

Genealogy has become increasingly popular recently and we are fortunate to have excellent local resources. The group extends its interests to ancient ancestries and explores different avenues for research. This is an increasingly popular group and if your question is ‘ Who are we?’ do come and find out!


French – Rosemary Smith  – email: french@yealmu3a.org.uk

Informal and friendly for French speakers of all levels, these sessions held at home, provide a chance to practise and extend your French over a relaxed cup of tea or coffee or maybe a glass of wine – French of course!


German – Jill Marineremail: german@yealmu3a.org.uk

Discussions on topical and social issues are aimed at extending and broadening modern German colloquial vocabulary. A reasonable knowledge of spoken German is required; if in doubt about the level please ask.


Historic Churches – Jenny Arkinstall – email: historic.churches@yealmu3a.org.uk

Explore and learn about some of the churches in Devon and East Cornwall and their historical and architectural significance. These meetings provide a chance to visit and learn more about the region, its people and some of our very beautiful churches.


Photography – Bob Styring – email: photography@yealmu3a.org.uk

This very active group has provided many of our photos on our new website. It offers budding photographers the chance to explore different topics aiming to further the “Art of Photography”, whilst examining its technical aspects, in different locations in the area. Through members’ shared knowledge and expertise, the group offers a collaborative approach to sharing and disseminating knowledge to one another.


Poetry – Angie Pyman – email: poetry@yealmu3a.org.uk

With different themes at each monthly meeting the group meets to read, discuss and enjoy poetry. There are occasional well supported public events which, for example, might show case local writing as well as popular and well known poems.


Singing – Phil Hughes – email: singing@yealmu3a.org.uk

This group meets every Monday and offers members the opportunity to sing in a choir! Occasionally, this choir will participate in community events and is a most sociable way in which to exercise one’s vocal chords, learning familiar and not so familiar pieces of music. If music be the food of love, sing on!


Tours and Trips – Barbara Geddes – email: tours.trips@yealmu3a.org.uk

These tours and trips, although irregular, offer opportunities to visit a diverse range of places such as submarines, Dartmouth College and our local TV studios, to mention but a few. These meetings always give members plenty of notice and booking early is crucial.


Walking through Time – Liz Bailey – email: walking@yealmu3a.org.uk

Concentrating on Dartmoor, you will discover the secrets of this ancient landscape from the Bronze Age to recent times. An expert on the myths, legends and history of this fascinating and once well populated National Park, Liz caters for the keen walker where many of Dartmoor’s secrets may be unleashed over a pub lunch or picnic!


Wine Appreciation Group – Laraine and Chris Kirkham – email: wine@yealmu3a.org.uk

Around the world in 80 wines! The world is our oyster when it comes to sampling wine at our meetings and this is often matched with appropriate tapas or canapes. With a combination of experts from the world of wine, together with individual members who volunteer to host these meetings, members can sample and learn about a selection of 7 or 8 wines from around the world, or a specific region, at each tasting. Wine tasting trips abroad have included Roscoff and the Loire and more locally, Chew Magna where the group sampled a selection of English wines. Needless to say this is a very enthusiastic group!


Yeamblers – Brett and Susan Whitby-Smith – email: yealmblers@yealmu3a.org.uk

These walks provide members with a sociable way to enjoy the local coast and countryside in convivial company. The routes are normally not strenuous and involve either a pub lunch or a picnic, providing good exercise in good company.