Active Groups

Ancient Greek
The group coordinator has provided no information about this group.
Meets: twice every month on 2nd thursday from 10:00 to 00:00 and 4th thursday from 10:00 to 00:00
Group Page: Ancient Greek

Architecture (holding virtual meetings and accepting new members)
The Architecture group studies the buildings of Britain, and other countries, through different periods of history, types, styles and functions. This includes techniques, methods and materials showing us how buildings are constructed and why they remain in place. Generally speaking, our approach leans towards the historical and the aesthetic. Contemporary architecture comes under regular scrutiny. The works of individual architects and movements are explored, and we undertake field trips during the warmer months. Participation is the key, and group members are encouraged to present the results of their researches or to help arrange the events and activities in our programme. We have continued our established practice of exploring buildings in the real world during the months June to August while staying inside at Louise House for the remaining nine months of the year to hear and learn from presentations given by group members. The January meeting has long been a regular feature enabling members to introduce architectural likes and dislikes that have come to their notice during the year. In recent months we have looked at Brick Gothic Architecture, Greek Architecture, Guttering, downpipes and gargoyles, Mid 20th Century British Architecture, the Re-invention of Paris, and the Bauhaus Movement. We have also looked at the architecture and buildings of Buffalo, New York State, at the design and engineering behind a number of opera houses and at the winning design for the Sterling Prize. In the summer months of 2019 we visited Bishops Castle, the follies built by two of our members in the garden of their home, and had a walking tour to view the architecture of Underdale in Shrewsbury. In summary, the group, which numbers twenty five members at present, gives illustrated talks, organises visits, keeps itself fed and watered and consists of informed and sympathetic listeners and contributors to discussion. DUE TO THE PRESENT COVID PROBLEMS OUR MONTHLY MEETINGS HAVE HALTED. THE CO-ORDINATOR IS SENDING OUT A FORTNIGHTLY BULLETIN/QUIZ. AS FROM OCTOBER WE HAD HOPED TO BE MEETING AT BAYSTON HILL METHODIST CHURCH HALL ON OUR USUAL DAY/TIME, BUT THE LATEST (21ST SEPTEMBER 2020) ADVICE IS THAT THIS IS NO LONGER POSSIBLE DUE TO A CHANGE OF ADVICE FROM U3A HQ. OUR WAITING LIST IS NOW CLOSED UNTIL THE SITUATION BECOMES CLEARER.
Venue: Louise House
Group Page: Architecture

Art Appreciation
The Art Appreciation group studies art history up to the beginning of the 20th century. We focus on a theme for a September-to-July programme, such as Dutch and Spanish Golden Ages, French painting, Italian art, British painting and Russian art. Group members are invited to contribute, introducing an artist or theme illustrated by relevant paintings. Usually there are three volunteers per meeting so preparation is not too onerous and we like time for discussion. We use a digital projector and screen to show pictures at meetings. It is helpful if volunteers have computer access to collect illustrations they want to show us, but this is not essential. This year, the Art Appreciation group is studying German art. We started in Medieval times, with Gospel books of Aachen in the Charlemagne area, the Reichenau school in Otto IIIs time and the Bohemian school. We also looked at sculpture, particularly architecture from that time. Then, we went on to Northern Renaissance with a whole session on Albrecht Durer, followed by Cranach, Altdorfer and Holbein. We moved on to Mannerism (Hans von Aachen and Bartholomeas Spranger). In March, we will discuss Baroque and Romanticism and carry on during the summer with Nazarenes, Impressionists and Symbolism. It has been truly amazing since last September, as the majority of artists have been unknown to us and it has been great fun, with, on occasion, some hilarity in discovering about their lives and types of painting. We have therefore learnt a lot about German Art but also about German history and geography as well. As we near July, the group will start to think about themes for next year. We always welcome new members and now that our venue is the Inn on the Green at Radbrook Green, we have plenty of space. There is a small charge of £1 per person which includes refreshments.
Meets: once every month on 2nd tuesday from 10:00 to 12:00
Venue: Shrewsbury United Reform Church
Group Page: Art Appreciation

The Astronomy group held its initial meeting on 30th January 2017. Since then, the group has settled into a series of monthly study meetings that are held at the Tesco Harlescott Community room. The venue has worked out well, being a good facility, which is easy to access, with the added attraction of being free of charge! So far we have studied the planets and moons of the solar system and a number of the stellar constellations. We have also studied the principles that determine the performance of astronomical instruments that amateurs might own and how to select suitable instruments for specific purposes. We take it in turns to conduct specific research and then present our findings to the group. We are keen to attract a few more members but they must be prepared to conduct internet based research and be able to present to the group, preferably using Power Point.
Meets: once every month on 2nd monday from 14:00 to 16:00
Venue: Tesco Community Room
Group Page: Astronomy

Our group began in January 2017 and is doing really well, but there is always room for more members. We currently have a lovely group of ladies and gentlemen. New members are always welcome to join us. Those more experienced players do a great job of sharing their expertise and improving our beginners. If you are interested in coming to join us or just to see if this is 'your thing' please contact us. It would be great to welcome some new members. It is a very relaxed group and lots of fun. Our group meets every 2nd and 4th Monday of the month. The session is 10am - 12noon and is held at Inn on the Green, Radbrook. Parking is available adjacent to the pub in their private car park or in Radbrook Green Shopping area (go to the far end of the car park near to the recycling point). You do not need to pay for parking. If you are travelling by bus: Number 20 bus for Radbrook leaves Bus station 9.35 goes out over the Welsh Bridge, Frankwell island. Buses at 5 past and 35 mins past the hour. Bus stop just opposite Inn on the Green and Co-op. Buses back from Co-op at 18 and 48 mins past the hour, so 12.18 best one for going back to town. Coffee and tea and biscuits will be provided by the venue for a contribution of £1 per person or soft drinks can be purchased from the bar. If you are interested in joining our vibrant, friendly group please do not hesitate to contact either myself or Marion. Contact details below: Pauline Carmichael: Co-ordinator: 07535351785 / 01743 861224 email: Marion Lexmond: Joint co-ordinator: 07913 604865 We look forward to welcoming you. See our article in May 2019 news letter! Members are asked to bring along a board if they have one but don't worry if you don't have one, we always have enough to share. Novice players to more experienced... all levels welcomed! Hope to see you soon. Pauline. Photographs from the Backgammon group can be found at the Shrewsbury U3A website at: Documents from the Backgammon group can be found at the Shrewsbury U3A website at:
Meets: twice every month on 2nd monday from 10:00 to 12:00 and 4th monday from 10:00 to 12:00
Venue: Inn on the Green
Group Page: Backgammon

Bird Watching
The Bird Watching group is a small group who are keen to improve their knowledge of British birds. We aim to visit local nature reserves within a 20-mile radius of Shrewsbury, preferably with access to a bird-hide. We often begin at a garden centre on the outskirts of town to have coffee and to coordinate car-sharing. As a small group, we try to arrange a trip once a month to a bird-watching venue within easy reach. Places we visit include Venus Pool, Ellesmere, and Llyn Coed y Dinas. Last year we discovered a new site, Aqualate Mere near Newport. We have been pleased to welcome some new members during the year. It is important to keep the size of the group manageable so as not to disturb the birds. For this reason, we are unable to accept any more members at present.
Meets: once every month on 3rd wednesday from 10:00 to 12:00
Venue: Outdoors
Group Page: Bird Watching

Board Games
A new group which will appeal to Monopoly enthusiasts as well as less well known board games such as Carcassonne and Ticket to Ride, but which could include other board games.
Group Page: Board Games

Breakfast at Shrewsbury's
Breakfast at Shrewsbury\'s was formed in July 2018. Group members arrange to meet on the first Saturday in the month to enjoy a breakfast at one of the many cafes, farm shops or hotels in Shrewsbury town centre or the surrounding areas. The group members meet at the chosen establishment at 9.00am and ordering of a full English breakfast is heartily encouraged but by no means compulsory. The aim of the group is simply to enjoy good food in good company, support local trade and start the Saturday in the best possible way. The group will always choose locally-run establishments and aim to steer clear of national chains. As a Shrewsbury U3A member, you do not have to formally join the Breakfast at Shrewsbury\'s group, just turn up if you are in the mood. There is no need to send your apologies if you cannot make it and there is no need to request a written invitation or reserve a place if you do (although it is respectful to advise the group coordinator if you wish to bring along a non-U3A member as a guest).
Venue: Various
Bridge 1
The Bridge 1 group consists of people with a variety of card play ability. Some have played bridge for forty years, others for one or two years. Acquiring the bridge skills may have started at university or college, or by learning from friends, joining a club, and buying a book, or just simply joining a U3A group following retirement. Our group started very small some years ago, and met in members homes but numbers increased so we now meet in a set venue. We are relaxed and easy going, taking pleasure sometimes in analysing the hand played, to see how it could have been played better, and partners are randomly selected so we increase our knowledge and experience. Some of our number want a more competitive play, so in addition to the group, they join a club as well. Others take lessons to enable them to improve and then impart their new experience to others. We learn from each other. Bridge is not just about skilful card play, it is about understanding the complex mode of communication between partners called the auction in which players vie with their opponents to take control of the dealt hand and become declarer. A defender, however, if clever and with card distribution in his favour, can outwit the Declarer. No two hands are ever the same. We have now reached the maximum number which the venue will accommodate and our numbers cannot now increase, but some of us are prepared to help another group get started. A book, a few lessons, lots of practice and a few new acquaintances will take you a long way.
Meets: once every week on tuesday from 10:00 to 00:00
Group Page: Bridge 1

Bridge 2
Players of some experience meet to play Bridge. The group is not really suitable for complete beginners.
Meets: once every week on tuesday from 10:00 to 12:00
Group Page: Bridge 2

Bridge 3
Currently, the majority of expressions of interest in this group are from members who describe themselves as "Intermediate" level. However, members at the "Improving" stage are welcome to come along.
Meets: once every week on friday from 10:30 to 12:30
Venue: Inn on the Green
Group Page: Bridge 3

Bridge 4
We are a very friendly group who were beginners but are now improvers who are confident in the principles, bidding and playing of the game. There are about 20 of us in the group at the moment, so we can usually get 4 tables playing duplicates and scoring. Unfortunately we are currently full and unable to accommodate more players at the moment.
Meets: once every week on monday from 13:45 to 16:00
Venue: Inn on the Green
Group Page: Bridge 4

Café Society
The members of the Cafe Society follow the tradition of the cafe society of 19th century Paris by meeting in a relatively relaxed and informal atmosphere, to discuss the pressing issues of the day. These may embrace the fields of politics, religion, social policy, cultural matters, international affairs, the economy, the environment, crime and punishment and so on. We have an open remit to talk about anything which we consider of sufficient importance to merit our attention. The important point is not actually the content of our discussions but the ambience and the members themselves. Concerning topics, our interests and experience are very wide. We have no boundaries. Like the original Parisian clientèle, members can simply watch and listen, think or join in. The Cafe Society is currently fully subscribed (15 members) but we still welcome those wishing to sample the group and curious visitors. Other discussion groups in Shrewsbury U3A currently have spaces and new groups are always being established.
Venue: St Nicholas Bar and Grill
Group Page: Cafe Society

Classes suspended due to the Coronavirus issues. An update will be posted when we re-convene.
Venue: Inn on the Green
Group Page: Calligraphy

Discussion/chat on a psychology/philosophy basis around individuals' life experiences. A different theme will be discussed each month. Small group of maximum 10 people. Held in member's home.
Meets: once every month on 2nd tuesday from 14:00 to 16:00
Venue: Member's Home
Group Page: Chatology

In the chess group there is a range of ability and we play for enjoyment, usually fitting in a couple of games each meeting. A POETIC PLEA FOR MORE MEMBERS (By Ivor): Baking hot and fried outside? Why not learn a skill inside? Join us in a game of chess, Two hours of fun and friendliness. All are welcome through our door, No matter if youre good or...not so good!
Meets: twice every month on 2nd monday from 10:00 to 12:00 and 4th monday from 10:00 to 12:00
Venue: Member's Home
Group Page: Chess

The Cinema group is a fairly small, friendly group, who enjoy going to films, and then discussing what they have seen. We dont necessarily see the films together (although members often do make arrangements with each other), but when it suits each of us, and then we meet up to discuss what we have seen. We choose 2 or 3 films each month which we all try to see. We use the Old Market Hall programme primarily, but also keep an eye on what is on at Cineworld, including the National Theatre screenings. Occasionally we find that we are virtually all in agreement about a film, but more often there are varying views and this makes for a lively and interesting discussion and the opportunity, perhaps, to consider aspects of a film which we had not initially appreciated. Recent films about which there was general agreement include La La Land (we couldn't see what all the hype was about), I,Daniel Blake and Manchester by the Sea (both of which we rated highly).
Meets: once every month on 3rd tuesday from 10:30 to 12:00
Venue: Louise House
Group Page: Cinema

Classical Music Appreciation 2
Our programme for March includes music by Thomas Tallis, Loius Spohr (9th Symphony) and Albinoni's Oboe Concertos.
Venue: Member's Home
Computer Club
The computer club exists to share knowledge and help those people who are wishing to learn more about their computer/s. About a fifth of the group are keen enthusiasts with a lot of knowledge, but we find that everyone has something to contribute. In general, the first half of the meeting is often a presentation covering some aspect of computer use, either from a guest speaker or from within our own members, but our most valuable feature is the open session where we ask questions and share ideas. Please note we do not offer one to one tuition. We often bring our laptops/notebooks/tablets, but these need to be charged up in readiness, as the number of plug sockets is limited. Tesco provide free internet access, but this is open (ie not secure). They also provide tea and coffee for our mid session break. Coronavirus Update. Since the lockdown we are now meeting via video conferencing and have created a WhatsApp Group to discuss problems, helpful hints and other computer related chit chat.
Venue: Tesco Community Room
Group Page: Computer Club

We are a small friendly group, who share a love of cooking - and eating! We meet every month in each other's homes to share the preparation and cooking of a lunch, which we then enjoy together. We share recipes, tips and ideas. Numbers are limited due to the logistics - none of us have industrial sized kitchens! Some of the themes we have enjoyed so far include, a Spanish Tapas lunch, easy puddings, salads and basic Italian meals. The group is full at present. Pictures from our group can be found at:
Meets: once every month on 1st wednesday from 10:00 to 13:30
Venue: Member's Home
Group Page: Cooking

Creative Writing
We are a small group whose aim is to improve our writing skills and try out new forms of expressing ourselves in the written word through a monthly assignment and (friendly!) criticism. We have been meeting for more than 10 years now so we must be doing something right... Our writing reflects our different life experiences and differing attitudes. The discussion around our contributions to the topic of the month is often as much about the nature of the content and the ideas behind it, as it is about its style and form. In other words, we learn more than just writing. Creative writing makes you think, but since the subject is the same for everyone, it is instructive and interesting to compare one\'s thoughts and interpretation with those of the other members of the group. Samples of our work can be found at the link on the Shrewsbury U3A website. We hope you enjoy reading them and we welcome comments! If you are interested in joining us, please do get in touch with the co-ordinator. Our group can cater for up to 7 members.
Venue: Member's Home
Group Page: Creative Writing

Crochet, coffee, cake (optional), chat at Palmers main cafe area. We are a new group using modern patterns and yarns to create garments, blankets and decorative items. A little knowledge of crochet's 2 main stitches would be helpful.
Meets: twice every month on 1st tuesday from 10:00 to 12:00 and 3rd tuesday from 10:00 to 12:00
Venue: Palmer's of Shrewsbury
Group Page: Crochet

Cryptic Crosswords (Beginners)
The cryptic crossword members are now divided into two smaller groups. One meets on the second Thursday at 2.00pm, and the other on the third Wednesday at 2.30pm. Both groups meet at the Tesco Community Room.
Meets: twice every month on 2nd thursday from 14:00 to and 3rd wednesday from 14:00 to
Venue: Tesco Community Room
We formed in July 2017 and currently meet on alternate Wednesday's and Thursday's. Currently we meet at The Stop Cafe, Greyfriars, Shrewsbury at 10.00 am. Members suggest routes and so far they have included ones to Upton Magna, Attingham, Haughmond and Longden, Pontesbury, Wellington, Hadnall. We try to factor in a coffee stop en route. We are of mixed cycling experience on average cycling about 20 miles mainly on quiet roads. Sometimes we venture further clocking up 30+ miles.
Meets: once every week on alternate wednesday from 10:00 to
Venue: Stop Café
Group Page: Cycling

Digital Photography (holding virtual meetings)
- ALL FACE TO FACE MEETINGS AT LOUISE HOUSE HAVE BEEN CANCELLED FOR THE TIME BEING. WE STILL MEET MONTHLY, ON EVERY SECOND WEDNESDAY AT 19:30 HOURS, VIA ZOOM. - WE ARE PLANNING TO RESUME SMALL LOCAL FIELD TRIPS DURING THE AUTUMN THAT WILL BE RULE-OF-SIX COMPLIANT. - PLEASE CONTACT OUR COORDINATOR FOR FURTHER DETAILS. The Digital Photography group covers all aspects of the subject, from the technical and aesthetics basics of taking good photographs to the use of photo-processing software to enhance our pictures. The group has adopted Adobe Photoshop Elements (versions 11 - 19) as their standard photo processing software. Ultimately we would like to encourage the photographer to move away from the automatic setting. To venture beyond a generically processed JPEG image file to using a RAW image file and to make their own adjustments to produce a satisfying and very personal result. We meet monthly when we might view and discuss pictures that members have taken on an agreed topic or undertake a photo field trip. We also have training sessions led by members or talks on famous photographers or other subjects of interest to the group. Contact our Groups Coordinator for further details Mike Tyler (01743) 860408 or view more information at Pictures from our group can be found at: Documents from our group can be found at:
Venue: Louise House
Discovering Shropshire Lunch
A new group meeting for lunch and chat at the many Shropshire pubs and eateries. Already full!
Meets: once every month on 1st wednesday from 12:00 to 15:00
Venue: Various
Drawing & Painting
We are a group that meets monthly at the Trinity Centre, Meole Brace. We work on our own projects, but with still life objects for subject matter, plus the encouragement of mutual support. Unfortunately we now have enough members for the space available.
Meets: once every month on 3rd wednesday from 13:00 to 15:00
Group Page: Drawing & Painting

The Economics group meets to consider any aspect of economics, with some emphasis on the basics, and current economic topics.
Meets: once every month on 2nd thursday from 14:00 to 16:00
Venue: Member's Home
Group Page: Economics

Exploring Mindfulness
Members will be invited to share their understanding of what they believe mindfulness is. This can allow some clarity to be shared on any misconceptions. We will explore together how we feel it can be used in our daily life, and what benefits it offers. There could be a short enjoyable experiment with the group to demonstrate how mindful or not we really are. The group meets on pre-arranged Wednesdays.
Venue: Louise House
Folk Music
We are a friendly group who enjoy learning about traditional music from the UK or around the world.Some of us play instruments and sing; some just prefer to listen. You don't need to play an instrument or sing to come along. You might just enjoy finding out more about the subjects we cover in a friendly social group. We have a theme each month and some of the topics we have covered include Christmas and seasonal music; music in Thomas Hardy's novels; industrial folk music; protest songs; music about the sea; the Sixties folk revival. There's a charge of £1 per session which includes tea, coffee and biscuits. The meeting venue is accessible to the disabled, is next to the shopping centre and is easily reached by number 20 bus from the town centre. You will be made very welcome.
Meets: twice every month on 1st tuesday from 10:00 to 12:00 and 3rd tuesday from 10:00 to 12:00
Venue: Inn on the Green
Group Page: Folk Music

French Beginners Plus
The group coordinator has provided no information about this group.
Meets: once every week on thursday from 14:00 to 00:00
French Conversation 1
The members of French Conversation 1 are mostly at the level of rusty "O" level French but we do our best to be disciplined and speak French throughout the meeting. We start with general conversation and then perhaps read and translate an article or play a word game. We finish with coffee and biscuits.
Meets: twice every month on 2nd thursday from 10:00 to 12:00 and 4th thursday from 10:00 to 12:00
Venue: Member's Home
French Conversation 2
French Conversation 2 is now well-established thanks to Marjorie's and Tony's advertising (which is recommended to anyone wishing to start up another group). In fact, the group is now full since 6 members are the ideal number for a language group if everyone is to have a fair chance to practise their speaking. We find plenty to talk about and also use a magazine produced for such groups. It has articles about French life and history and also some (but not too much) grammar. We meet fortnightly and are now good friends, which is what it is all about!
Meets: once every week on alternate monday from 14:00 to 16:00
French Conversation 3
This group meets fortnightly to improve our French speaking skills through exchanging news, discussion and role-play in an informal and friendly atmosphere. Our members have different levels of ability and we aim to support each other.
Meets: once every week on alternate tuesday from 14:00 to 16:00
Venue: Member's Home
Garden Visits
The group meets monthly to visit an interesting garden, often in the local area.
Meets: once every month on 2nd wednesday from 14:00 to 00:00
Venue: Various
Group Page: Garden Visits

This is a small, friendly group who meet to converse in German. There is usually a short German text to read followed by discussion.
Meets: twice every month on 2nd tuesday from 10:30 to 00:00 and 4th tuesday from 10:30 to 00:00
Venue: The Lion Hotel
Group Page: German

German Conversation
This is a new group for U3A members who want to practice their German conversation skills in an informal environment, rather than concentrate on correct grammar and/or written German. Interested members should express interest online
Meets: twice every month on 1st thursday from 00:00 to 00:00 and 3rd thursday from 00:00 to 00:00
Golf Croquet
The Golf Croquet group was formed in 2011 and we have all enjoyed learning a new skill and had some good laughs. It is not like the strict game of croquet with lots of rules but more of a fun game. Our next season starts in April 2020. We play on 2nd & 4th Thursdays from April to the end of August, starting at 6 pm each evening. The group is full (18 members) at the moment so if you are interested you will be put on a waiting list. The Co-ordinator will contact you if there is a space for you.
Meets: twice every month on 2nd thursday from 18:00 to 20:00 and 4th thursday from 18:00 to 20:00
Venue: Shrewsbury Croquet Club
Group Page: Golf Croquet

Have Pass Will Travel
A group for those keen to put their free bus pass to use. Our first outing to Ludlow on Monday 30th April was a wonderful success. On Friday 1st June we enjoyed a terrific day out in Bridgnorth. This new group now arranges a monthly excursion to foreign lands (beyond Shrewsbury) by encouraging you to make use of your free bus pass. We meet at Shrewsbury bus station (although, depending on the destination, you may be able to board at a more convenient bus stop) and travel together to a strange and distant town (in Shropshire, or a neighbouring county). On arrival, we typically go for a coffee and share ideas about what to visit or where to shop and some of the group members also arrange to meet again for a spot of lunch at a chosen time and venue. We equip ourselves with the bus return timetables and the group members decide how long they wish to stay at the destination town and catch their preferred bus back home to Shrewsbury. We have tremendous fun, there is great camaraderie, and the group members are free to be with others and spend time alone when they wish. As a Shrewsbury U3A member, you don't have to formally join the Have Pass Will Travel Group, just grab your 'twirly' bus pass and join us on our next outing that takes your fancy. Our group photos can be found at: Our travel documents can be found at:
Venue: Outdoors
History 1
The History 1 group decides on a period of world history and members choose a subject relating to it that they would like to research. Their discoveries are shared with the group and everyone joins in with questions and discussion. History 1 is a long-established group interested in all aspects of world and local history military, political, philosophical, economic, social, biographical and the arts. Together we decide on an area to study and each choose topics to present to the group. The presentations always lead to lively discussion. Over the past couple of years, we have been looking at the eighteenth century, presently concentrating on the second half the Enlightenment. This continues to be a rich source of subject matter which we have not yet exhausted.
Meets: once every month on 3rd wednesday from 10:00 to 00:00
Group Page: History 1

History 2
At the History 2 group, each person takes it in turn to present a historical topic of their choice. Recent topics have included Constantinople - decline and fall, Four Medieval Queens, a history of Ellis Island. Presentations are followed by refreshments and discussion. In July, the group went on a walking tour of Shrewsbury, with members taking it in turn to give a potted history of a landmark. In December, we had a historical quiz, with members giving clues around the theme of Who/What/Where am I? Group size is limited due to the size of venue. At present, we are full. Previously the group has chosen to study the historical period 1815-1871. We have now decided to broaden our scope to include topics from any period. Topics can cover political, social, economic, military history of Britain or anywhere in the world.
Meets: once every month on 2nd monday from 10:00 to 00:00
Venue: Member's Home
Group Page: History 2

History Science and Invention
Meetings are held at premises having disabled access. Members of the History of Science and Invention group who volunteer make presentations upon the development of science and technology through the ages which may be specific scientific discoveries and inventions or the lives of eminent scientists and inventors. Presentations are many and various depending on members' interests ranging in recent times from 'A Shocking History' - the history of man's edgy relationship with electricity' to the life of Joseph Banks; from 'A History of Distillation' to accounts of Captain's Cook's voyages. The mood is lightened or made pensive by topics such as ' A History of Penny Slot Machines' and a reflection on the nature of time through a history of the calendar. If you would like a ticket to ride on the monthly missions of this space-time star ship, you need to know that it docks monthly on the morning of the first Friday each month to take on board its intrepid crew. No previous knowledge of science or interstellar navigation required, just an enquiring mind and possibly, for the anxious, a packet of Kwells!
Meets: once every month on 1st friday from 10:00 to 12:00
Venue: Louise House
The Italian group is suitable for those with some basic knowledge of Italian vocabulary and grammar (as a guide a knowledge of the present, perfect and imperfect tenses would be assumed). The aim is to be able to speak and understand spoken Italian. Members have studied Italian for a number of years and are probably at a level described as 'intermediate'. If you contact the coordinator, he will be able to provide more detailed information about the activities of the group. Help from any member already fluent would be welcome. November 2018 update: We are focusing on talking more between ourselves in Italian. We aim to speak and read in Italian at each of our twice monthly meetings,as well as discussing vocabulary and grammatical points. Members often make presentations and everyone is encouraged to suggest or provide activities. If you think that this might be suitable for you, we would advise attending a meeting to 'get a feel' for what we do and to clarify the level. Documents relating to our group can be found at:
Meets: twice every month on 1st wednesday from 10:00 to 12:00 and 3rd wednesday from 10:00 to 12:00
Venue: Member's Home
Group Page: Italian

Italian Improvers
We are a small group who enjoy brushing up on the Italian language. We are making steady progress but with strictly no pressure; the emphasis is on making learning a fun activity. At our meetings, keeping to a basic level, we follow text book exercises, revising vocabulary and useful verbs. We translate passages from various publications and devise other activities to make learning interesting and to help in expressing ourselves in the language. We use a laptop to listen to native speakers. This is also a social group and we meet for lunch once a month at a local restaurant. The group is full at the moment.
Meets: twice every month on 2nd wednesday from 10:00 to 00:00 and 4th wednesday from 10:00 to 00:00
Group Page: Italian Improvers

Jazz Appreciation
The Jazz Appreciation group meets once a month to listen to and discuss a wide range of jazz. Members vary in their tastes. Consequently, we hear artists that we might not otherwise listen to, hear some artists for the very first time and discuss our likes and dislikes. Over the past couple of years, we have been listening to more contemporary jazz than before. As new members join, we are exposed to new things, which can lead to debate as to whether it is jazz or not. The normal format is for one member to talk about a particular musician, style of music, instrument or their own favourite tracks for the first half of the meeting. Then in the second half each member is invited to play a track that might be related to the first hour's topic. For up to date information and general Jazz news check out our private Facebook group:
Meets: once every month on 2nd friday from 14:00 to 16:00
Venue: Member's Home
Group Page: Jazz Appreciation

The Latin group began over six years ago. The group is led by our esteemed and knowledgeable coordinator Sue. We are a small group of 11 dedicated and lively members. Our introduction to Latin began with Cambridge Latin Course book 1. We are now at the end of Book 111, ready to start on Book 1V. The course has taken us to the city of Pompeii, Roman Britain, Egypt and Imperial Rome. Learning Latin is fun but hard work sometimes. We have adopted a light-hearted approach with plenty of friendly discussion to keep the spirit high. We are often asked, why Latin? Latin is a superb educational tool and one of the best ways of learning about Language. It provided the means by which Greek and Roman ideas and culture could spread throughout the west. It has had a powerful and lasting effect upon nearly all European languages including our own English language. If you have desire to learn this great language, you will find it a rich source of enlightenment and pleasure. We all get our refreshments from the bar and then spend about two hours studying. This will include digressions on Roman history, aspects of Roman society such as slavery, imperialism, the army and religion, among others. We also trace the origins of English vocabulary in the Latin, which is always fascinating, when contributions from group members are very welcome. We have a lot of fun but when brain death seems to be ensuing, we stop.
Meets: twice every month on 1st thursday from 11:00 to 13:00 and 3rd thursday from 11:00 to 13:00
Venue: The Lion Hotel
Group Page: Latin

Line Dancing
This is a new group which started on 6 January 2020. Beginners and intermediate line dancers are welcome. Dances will be learned "from scratch". Come and have some fun exercise which isn't weather dependent.We will have a break during the meeting. Plenty of free parking at venue and there's a regular bus service.
Meets: twice every month on 1st monday from 14:00 to 16:00 and 3rd monday from 14:00 to 16:00
Venue: Bicton Heath Community Centre
Group Page: Line Dancing

Local History 1
The Local History group features talks from local historians on Shrewsbury and other places in Shropshire. Visits to places of local interest are organised as a follow-up to the talks.
Venue: Belle Vue Methodist Church
Group Page: Local History 1

Local History 2
Unfortunately this group is full and cannot take any new members at present. We meet on the third Friday of the month to research and discuss the local history of the town of Shrewsbury, its buildings and people. In addition to the monthly meetings we arrange visits and walks to places of interest from a local history point of view.
Meets: once every month on 3rd friday from 10:00 to 12:00
Group Page: Local History 2

Local History 3
This Group meets at 10am on the first Friday of each month in the Bradbury Room at Drapers Place, Horsefair, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury. The Group has Joint Co-Ordinators, Anne C and Jane S. This is an interactive Group with members presenting talks themselves, with occasional Guest Speakers and visits out. The Group is now full and has a waiting list.
Meets: once every month on 1st friday from 10:00 to 12:00
Venue: Various
Group Page: Local History 3

Looking at Art
Looking at Art is a small group that has been meeting since April 2012. Individual members take turns at researching an aspect of their chosen subject, either painters or a particular period of art, and then present their findings to the other members usually by PowerPoint or with books. We have recently studied cave and rock art around the world, the Staffordshire Hoard and the art of the Egyptians. We now intend to work our way chronologically forward up to the beginning of the 20th century. We also intend to visit some galleries.
Meets: once every month on 2nd tuesday from 14:00 to 00:00
Venue: Member's Home
Group Page: Looking at Art

Luncheon Club 1
The Luncheon Club 1 group provides an opportunity to meet together to talk over lunch. Lunches are organised at a variety of restaurants and pubs in Shrewsbury and the surrounding area and at a range of prices.
Meets: once every month on 2nd thursday from 12:30 to 00:00
Venue: Various
Group Page: Luncheon Club 1

Luncheon Club 2
The members of Luncheon Club 2 meet to enjoy lunch at a local pub or restaurant. Most of our venues are in the town or reachable by public transport. Members who are able take it in turns to choose a venue and organise the lunch. We have a limit of 30 in the group but we are usually operating around the 26 mark so can generally find room for 2 or 3 more. Ours is an ideal group if you want to meet new people and make friends. Pictures from our group can be found at:
Meets: once every month on 4th tuesday from 12:30 to 14:00
Venue: Various
Group Page: Luncheon Club 2

We meet to learn and develop our skills in this fascinating game. It is often thought that mahjong is a very difficult game to play. In fact, it is like a card game except you use tiles and build walls - experiencing it is the only way. The group play regularly on the 2nd and 4th Monday afternoon of each month. The current group play a Chinese version of the game. This has reduced the number of combinations from the Western version often played by ex-pats. Our enthusiasm as a group has led to the following: 1. A social festive lunch when we were keen enough to play a game afterwards! 2. Creative talents. One member has hand-embroidered a tablecloth with the suits including virtues 3.Keen members also play once a week, calling in Chinese.
Meets: twice every month on 2nd monday from 14:00 to 16:00 and 4th monday from 14:00 to 16:00
Venue: Louise House
Group Page: Mahjong

Military History
Our monthly meetings usually comprise of a presentation by a group member, on a topic of their choice, followed by an informal quiz when members each ask two or three questions and provide the answers. We don't keep score or mark results. We are here to enjoy ourselves. Pictures from our group can be found at:
Meets: once every month on 2nd thursday from 10:00 to 12:00
Venue: The Lantern Community Building
Group Page: Military History

Modern Art History
The Modern Art History group began meeting in 2005 with aim of looking at movements and artists from Impressionism onwards. Over the past 15 years, we have worked our way up to contemporary artists. However, the addition of new members each year means that a number have missed artists and art movements that they would have liked to have studied. The result has been the development of a more eclectic programme. Since 2015/16, half the meetings are on post 1945 artists and half on revisiting earlier artists. In a typical meeting, 2 members will volunteer to talk about a particular artist/movement and show pictures for the whole group to discuss. Time allowing, another member will also talk about a particular picture/art work. With the aid of a laptop and projector, members of the group introduce various artists and movements to the rest of us as a basis for lively discussion. No previous knowledge is assumed and all are welcome. Our coordinator will be delighted to talk to anyone interested in joining us. Documents relating to our group can be found at:
Meets: once every month on 4th wednesday from 14:00 to 00:00
Venue: Louise House
Group Page: Modern Art History

Music Appreciation 1
The members of Music Appreciation 1 watch, listen to and enjoy many aspects of music through composers, performers and types of group from ancient to modern, from soloists to large orchestras in countries and venues worldwide. There are so many personalities and occasions which contribute to enhancing our lives. We can widen the pleasure and enrichment of our own limited access through video and CD performances. The group meets to listen to music and to find out more about a range of interesting topics: performance, personalities, such as conductors, soloists and composers, and music competitions. Please note that this group coordinator has not registered a contact email address and cannot respond to electronic enquiries.
Meets: once every month on 2nd friday from 10:00 to 00:00
Music Appreciation 2
As none of the group members of Music Appreciation 2 come from a trained musical background we prefer to use the title 'The Enjoyment of Music Group' as it is a more accurate portrayal of what happens at our meetings. We enjoy the sharing of personal musical favourites in the hope that they will also become the favourites of others. Some sessions are entirely led by individual group members, such as 'An Afternoon with Mozart' or 'The Beauty of Combined Voices'. At others everyone brings one or two pieces they like and which they associate with the theme of that particular meeting. 'Music in Films', 'A Musical Tourist to Vienna' and 'The Satanic and the Angelic in Music' are three typical examples. The group has enjoyed another varied and interesting year out at Yockleton. Some extremely well researched and well-presented sessions have been led by individual members, including a wonderful insight into Greek Music and its links with 20th Century history, a fascinating examination of brass in orchestral and band repertoires, also music from the Wurlitzer and its significance in popular culture. Other sessions have included Music & Revolution, Sir Thomas Beechams wit and lollipops, and favourites from one members collection of CDs. Last year's Christmas lunch at The Yockleton Arms and a group visit to the live screening of The Nut-Cracker Ballet, together with a variety of home-made cakes are indications of why this is such a popular group. It currently has a full complement of ten members.
Meets: once every month on 4th monday from 10:00 to 00:00
Venue: Member's Home
Nature Watch
The Nature Watch (NW) Group has a different experience every month but all are about learning together and sharing our experience and interests. Indoor meetings (arranged for the inclement months of January and November) are built around illustrated talks, often led by invited specialists. Outdoor meetings take us in our shared cars to a wide range of locations, each fascinating in its own way. We stroll through some surprisingly rich habitats and discover what supports or damages them, what plants and creatures thrive in them and how they came about through or despite the behaviour of mankind. We have ample opportunity to use binoculars and cameras to see more and make a durable record of sites visited. When people choose, there can be a stop for coffee or lunch on the way home. Very occasionally it is possible to organise a coach trip to somewhere not so local. The group is full at the moment but don't be put off registering your interest as vacancies can arise and you would always be informed if a special coach trip were on the horizon.
Meets: once every month on 4th tuesday from 10:30 to 00:00
Venue: Outdoors
Group Page: Nature Watch

One Club, The
A group for U3A members who live on their own. The group aims to provide opportunities to socialise, share strategies, and to provide support to those who enjoy their own company but appreciate involvement with others. Apart from that, the group just enjoys getting together once a month for general Shrewsbury U3A chit-chat. In addition to the monthly meeting we are trying out the idea of a weekly meet up in town on a Wednesday lunchtime, for coffee or tea and chat. If you are interested or would like more information please get in touch.
Meets: once every month on 2nd tuesday from 10:15 to 12:00
Venue: The Foundry Café, Theatre Severn
Group Page: One Club, The

The Petanque group will meet at Shelton Cricket Club commencing 2nd April, and will play throughout the winter, weather permitting. Members are required to bring their own boules, although sharing may be possible. Toilets are available and it is recommended that players bring a garden chair as there is no seating at the Cricket Club. A donation of £1 per player per session is requested to be paid to the Cricket Club for providing the venue.
Meets: once every week on alternate tuesday from 10:00 to 12:00
Venue: Outdoors
Group Page: Petanque

Philosophy Beginners
With a full complement of 10 members, the Philosophy Beginners is theoretically maxed-out at the moment. We have decided to begin at a very basic level where we accept that we are all amateur philosophers without realising it. Up to now we have chosen a topic and each in turn gives their own thoughts on it. This naturally brings about a diversity of ideas and we find that they can sometimes be modified after listening to the various 'takes' on the topic. Then each member, at a very elementary level, reads up and talks about the principal ideas on the subject by two or three major philosophers. A further discussion ensues, which broadens our thoughts. The idea is not to feel swamped with complicated, sophisticated ideas until we become more comfortable with the subject and learn to take our biased, emotional spectacles off. A gradual revelation in other words. Then we have chosen to work through a book by Mel Thompson entitled 'Teach Yourself Philosophy'. We shall later discuss which path to take, a systematic study of the main philosophical ideas through the ages, starting with Socrates, or a study of the main conflicting, philosophical ideas in more depth. In other words a 6th formers (!!) preparation for a university degree. At every meeting someone different takes the chair (if they wish). No one is constrained to speak. If you just want to listen, that's fine.
Meets: once every month on 4th monday from 14:00 to 00:00
Venue: Member's Home
Philosophy Group (holding virtual meetings)
Philosophy! Don’t be put off. If you are like me - someone who has always had a casual interest in Philosophy and read the occasional book but always wanted to learn and understand more - this group is just right for you. Firstly let me say that none of the group has any academic expertise in philosophy - so no need to feel intimidated by the thought of joining a group of academic philosophers. We simply use the book \'Western Philosophy: An Anthology edited by John Cottingham as the starting point for our discussions. We work through the book section by section. We have spent the last 12 months completing the section Authority and the State in which we read about The Social Contract and various philosophers’ thoughts on the matter. We have discussed topics including :- Our obligations to respect the law : Plato - Crito The Just Ruler :Thomas Aquinas - On Princely Government Sovereignty and Security : Thomas Hobbes - The Leviathan Consent and Political Obligation : John Locke - The Second Treatise of Civil Government Against Contractarianism : David Hume - Of the Original Contract Society and the Individual : Jean-Jacques Rousseau - The Social Contract The Unified State : From Individual Desire to Rational Self-determination- The Philosophy of Right Property, Labour and Alienation : Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels - The German Ideology The Limits of Majority Rule : John Stuart Mill - On Liberty The Minimal State : Robert Nozick - Anarchy, State and Utopia Social Co-operation and Rational Self-interest : David Gauthier- Why Contactarianism Liberalism, Resources and Equal Worth : Ronald Deorkin - Why Liberals Should Care about Equality How the group works. Prior to each meeting a question is set to form the basis of our discussion. Each member then reads the appropriate section (5-6 pages of text) together with any additional references supplied by the group coordinator( YouTube video or website link) or researched by the individual member. Members take turns in giving a short (5-10 minutes) introduction to each meeting and then we discuss the topic in depth. . The discussion usually broadens out into present day issues related to the subject matter discussed. We usually meet at 2pm at The Lion Hotel in Shrewsbury on the second Tuesday of each month for two hour. At the moment we conduct a 90 minute meeting on Zoom which has proven very successful. We are actively looking for new members to join our group. Please feel free to contact. Kevin Nester 07711 764768
Venue: The Lion Hotel
Group Page: Philosophy Group

Philosophy of Social Change (holding virtual meetings and accepting new members)
The Philosophy of Social Change group is now in its third year, meeting in central Shrewsbury. New members are welcome but we seek to ensure that we keep our numbers to 10 or fewer. Prospective members should be willing to read our chosen books, perhaps a new one each 6 weeks. We take philosophy to be the analysis and clarification of ideas. For the most part social change appears to happen without planning and is something to which everyone is subject, irrespective of choice. Possibly in every generation, reflective people express frustration that the social arrangements in which they find themselves lack fairness, rationality, freedom or meaning. Galvanizing change in a preferred direction may, to some people, seem too urgent for (time-wasting) clarification of ideas. Others might consider the reverse, that ideologues are liable to put lives at risk and in any event guarantee new tyranny. Our field of study includes but is not limited to the philosophy of politics. The intention of the group is to read and reflect on writings which might improve our understanding of ideas concerning social change: whether, in what direction, and by what intervening steps, social progress might deliberately be achieved. We are currently reading works on the theme of Rights and Freedoms.Subsequent study is planned to concern The Purpose of Government, Socialism and Utopianism, then Nationalism and Internationalism.
Venue: Member's Home
Play Reading
Join us at Upton Magna, 'inside no. 9' for a play reading every month. The focus will be on comedy. Take a part for a few pages and then a recast or just come along to listen.
Meets: once every month on 4th friday from 10:00 to 12:00
Venue: Member's Home
Group Page: Play Reading

Poetry Appreciation 1 (holding virtual meetings)
A poem is 'a machine made of words', according to the American poet W.C.Williams. At Poetry Appreciation 1, sometimes we've found the 'machines' judder and halt - as in our sessions on Chaucer and Emily Dickinson, though the cogs, levers and pulleys of their poems were running more smoothly after our discussion. In the past few months, our verbal spanners and screwdrivers have been at work on the poetry of Carol Ann Duffy, Pablo Neruda, Tennyson, Owen Sheers, Simon Armitage, Milton, Shakespeare, Elizabeth Bishop, and poems about such topics as towns and cities, growing up, travel and birds. We also have a regular 'mystery poem' and 'desert island poems' sessions. We have argued a lot. But, as someone once said, "Poetry will find consensus where politics never can".
Meets: once every month on 1st wednesday from 14:00 to 00:00
Poetry Workshop (holding virtual meetings)
This group explores member's creativity through writing poetry. Members are encouraged to constructively and honestly critique the poetry of of their fellow members.
Meets: once every month on 3rd monday from 14:00 to 16:00
Venue: Member's Home
Group Page: Poetry Workshop

Practical Photography
We are an informal group of amateur but enthusiastic snappers. We concentrate on getting the best results from our cameras, lenses and filters, rather than software manipulation and enhancement. We have a theme every month and in the last few months these have included \\\"Action Shots\\\", \\\"Urban Photography\\\", Water and Rivers\\\" and \\\"Night Photography\\\". In the next few months we will cover \\\"Spring Flowers\\\", \\\"Woodland\\\", \\\"Birds in Flight\\\", and \\\"Clouds\\\". We arrange regular local field trips which recently included Bodenham Botanic Gardens, Llangollen, and Ludlow. Generally, we share experiences and techniques, learning from each other. If you are a beginner, a gifted amateur, a social photographer, or a professional willing to share your knowledge we would welcome you to our group. Pictures from our group can be found at:
Venue: Louise House
Proposed - William Shakespeare
Read and study speeches, scenes and plays of Shakespeare by watching DVDs, see"live" productions, visit Stratford theatre, birthplace etc.
Venue: Member's Home
Psychology (holding virtual meetings)
This group aims to learn about the reasons for human behaviour by studying a broad range of psychological theories. No previous knowledge of the science is needed, just an interest in a subject of great relevance to our lives and relationships.
Meets: once every month on 2nd thursday from 11:00 to 13:00
Venue: St Nicholas Bar and Grill
Group Page: Psychology

Quantum Theory
To study the history of Quantum Theory from its inception in 1900 up to the present day. We will be using, as a basis, Jim Baggot's book on the subject which describes its progress in 40 stages. No in depth knowledge of maths or physics is required.
Meets: once every month on 1st wednesday from 10:00 to 12:00
Venue: Various
Group Page: Quantum Theory

Reading 1
From a choice of books offered by Shrewsbury Library members of the Reading 1 group select 12, aiming to read some books outside our comfort zone to broaden our horizons. Each month we read one of these before the meeting then, on the day, we discuss its strengths and weaknesses. It is stimulating, and revealing when we are not in agreement. It reinforces the argument that while our individual thoughts are invaluable, they can often be prejudiced too. According to the philosopher Thomas Hobbes, a co-operative society with a strong benevolent leader is needed to steer us along a considered and enlightened path. Discussion of the book leads us naturally on to the issues it has highlighted. If all this sounds stuffy, believe me it's not. We're a friendly, relaxed group and we have lots of laughs.
Meets: once every month on 4th wednesday from 14:00 to 16:00
Venue: Member's Home
Group Page: Reading 1

Reading 2
Another twelve months of interesting reading and enjoyable discussions has passed by for the Reading 2 group. When asked by the Shrewsbury U3A Editor to put together a "piece" for the newsletter we initially said, "What do we do, we just read!" But then "what do we read?" An interesting discussion followed and from titles and names put in we suddenly realised that we have considerably widened the scope and style of our reading choices since we first got together, some years ago now. This year we have learned a lot from reading books such as "Colour Bar", (recently a film), about politics in Southern Africa; "The Story of Lucy Gault (William Trevor) about the troubles in Ireland; how to collect marbles in "The Marble Collector" by Cecilia Aherne; the gossip about Charles Dickens' secret mistress in Claire Tomalin's "The Invisible Woman"! We try to keep up to date on the latest reviews and take it in turns to suggest titles, which we decide on by consensus. We may not always like the same topics but the sharing of our ideas means we have a good variety of things to talk over. We were sorry to lose one of our long-standing members early this year when she left to live in France but we keep her in the picture and enjoy her emails. What will we read this coming year? Who knows yet, but I am sure it will be well worth making the effort.
Meets: once every month on 1st wednesday from 10:00 to 00:00
Group Page: Reading 2

The Scrabble group is well-established and consists of friendly members who play by the rules... but for enjoyment. We play two or three games and then have tea and biscuits. Please note that this group coordinator has not registered a contact email address and cannot respond to electronic enquiries.
Meets: once every month on 4th thursday from 14:00 to 00:00
Group Page: Scrabble

Spanish Conversation
This group reformed on the 10 May 2017. Additional information will be added idc. There are currently 6 members in the group.
Meets: twice every month on 2nd wednesday from 14:00 to 16:00 and 4th wednesday from 14:00 to 16:00
Venue: Member's Home
Sunday Lunch Club
This is a new group for Sunday pub lunches and the first Shrewsbury U3A group to make use of a Sunday. We are looking to gather around 10 regular members who are up for going out for a pub lunch on a Sunday once per month. We can sample all the best pubs, restaurants and farm shops in and around the Shrewsbury area. Those with transport should be willing to collect a nearby member without transport (and share the travel expense). Our inaugural meeting has been arranged in February 2019 at Côte Brasserie. Please contact Group Coordinator, Carol M, to register your interest.
Meets: once every month on 3rd sunday from 12:30 to 14:30
Venue: Various
Group Page: Sunday Lunch Club

Sunday Lunch Club 2
This is a new Sunday lunch club group, meeting on the 2nd Sunday each month at a different pub, restaurant or farm shop in and around the Shrewsbury and Shropshire area. The maximum number for the group is 14. The aim is to enjoy Sunday lunch in a variety of venues in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Due to lack of public transport on a Sunday, members with transport are requested to collect others who live nearby, sharing costs at U3A recommended rates. The group normally pre-orders their food to speed-up and assist with the service on arrival.
Meets: once every month on 2nd sunday from 12:30 to 14:30
Venue: Various
Table Tennis 1
This is a mixed ability group although it is a fairly active one. We play doubles on three tables. The losers join the end of a waiting queue and winners stay on their table for a further game but take new partners. The turnaround is fairly quick so that people in the queue don\\\'t have long to wait to play. If you need further information, please contact Pam Stone on 07432313016.
Meets: twice every month on 1st friday from 10:00 to 12:00 and 3rd friday from 10:00 to 12:00
Venue: Bicton Heath Community Centre
Group Page: Table Tennis 1

Table Tennis 2
This is a small group who want to play singles as opposed to doubles and due to the nature of this activity we ere looking initially for a group of 10. At present we have 8.
Meets: once every week on alternate tuesday from 10:00 to 12:00
Venue: Bicton Heath Community Centre
Group Page: Table Tennis 2

Table Tennis 3
This is a mixed ability group although it is a fairly active one. We play doubles on three tables. The losers join the end of a waiting queue and winners stay on their table for a further game but take new partners. The turnaround is fairly quick so that people in the queue don\\\'t have long to wait to play. If you need further information, please contact Pam Stone on 07432313016.
Meets: three times every month on 2nd friday from 10:00 to 12:00 and 4th friday from 10:00 to 12:00 and last friday from 10:00 to 12:00
Venue: Bicton Heath Community Centre
Group Page: Table Tennis 3

Tai Chi
Tai Chi is believed to increase muscle strength movement and flexibility of joints, which in turn helps with arthritis back pain, shoulder and neck pain. This gentle form of exercise is said to improve bone density, help relieve osteoporosis and stimulate functioning of internal organs. Tai Chi can improve cardiovascular, circulation and respiratory functions and assist in reducing stress while helping with balance.
Venue: Mereside Community Centre
Group Page: Tai Chi

test group 2
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Venue: Inn on the Green
Group Page: test group 2

Theatre Trips
Members interested in attending a particular theatre trip should contact the group co-ordinators ( When a theatre trip is planned, those who have signed up for the outing will receive a letter giving details of the trip and an application form if they wish to join the trip. This helps members who might miss notices placed on the noticeboard at U3A meetings. Our planned trips are regularly announced at the Shrewsbury U3A monthly meetings at Theatre Severn and displayed in the Shrewsbury U3A online calendar, newsletter and private Facebook group.
Venue: Various
Group Page: Theatre Trips

Topical Discussion 1
The Topical Discussion 1 group enjoys stimulating debate on a range of topical issues in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
Meets: once every month on 2nd tuesday from 10:00 to 00:00
Topical Discussion 2
The Topical Discussion 2 group began in March 2014. There are currently 9 members, so more members are very welcome to join for discussion sessions on topics of contemporary interest.
Meets: once every month on 2nd wednesday from 10:00 to 12:00
Venue: Member's Home
Touch Tennis
This is tennis but played on half the size of a normal tennis court. It can be played on a badminton court. You play using a large racquet and a soft ball. It has all the benefits of playing normal tennis such as gaining flexibility, coordination, competitiveness and agility and of course it is great fun. It is great for anyone who can no longer run round a full size tennis court but still enjoys hitting a ball. If you would like more information, please contact Brian Stone on 07930260462 or Pam Stone on 07432313016. Touch Tennis is quite addictive and a great sport for someone new to the game, as the rules are easy to pick up and obviously it is a much slower game than normal tennis which makes it perfect for those wanting to maintain their overall fitness levels in a socially fun environment with like‑minded people.
Meets: twice every month on 1st friday from 14:30 to 16:3000 and 3rd friday from 14:30 to 16:30
Venue: Shrewsbury Sports Village
Group Page: Touch Tennis

Regular trips and outings are arranged for Shrewsbury U3A members. Details of the forthcoming trips are advertised in the monthly newsletter, on the Shrewsbury U3A website and in the events calendar. Members interested in attending a particular outing should contact Seeven, the Group Coordinator at
Venue: Outdoors
Group Page: Trips

The Ukulele group continues to meet every week on a Tuesday afternoon at the 'Inn on The Green' pub in Radbrook, for a lively strumming and singing session, which normally lasts for two hours. We have built up a varied song collection and take it in turns to choose and introduce a song from the Shrewsbury U3A Song Book, to ensure that we all get a chance to play our favourite tunes and songs. Over the last year, we have played to a range of audiences, including residential homes, day centres and community clubs throughout the district. We have a great deal of fun playing and singing and it's a bonus to be able to share some of this with other people. We also enjoy meals out together and the occasional theatre trip. At present we have 32 members on our books and can cater for around 30 people, therefore, currently there is little scope to accept additional members wishing to join the group. However, we welcome all enquiries from new members and treat all applications to join on a case by case basis. We can also offer help to anyone who wants to learn to play the ukulele. We can even provide the loan of a Ukulele, for anyone without an instrument. There is a charge of £1 per session which includes a cup of tea or coffee and a biscuit. We have built up a wide-ranging repertoire of songs old and new(ish). We try to perform each one better every time and we have a lot of FUN. The ukulele is designed to be as easy as possible to play - absolute beginners can master their first two chords and be strumming along with the rest of us in twenty minutes. We were all beginners not so long ago. No ability to read music is needed although it does help if you know (or, with a little prompting, can remember) the tunes of popular songs of the 20th century. You bring the ukulele, we provide the song sheets. Lots of song sheets! Photographs and video clips of our group can be found at:
Meets: once every week on tuesday from 14:30 to 16:30
Venue: Inn on the Green
Group Page: Ukulele

Virtual Meetings (holding virtual meetings)
The Virtual Meetings group has been set up, initially as only a short term group, while U3A members adjust to the new normal of lockdown during the Covid-19 pandemic. Many of the U3A groups are now meeting in a virtual conference room. The aim of Virtual Meetings is to trial the various options available, list their pros and cons and advise what might be best for individual groups. A secondary aim is to help host initial meetings for other groups (rather than their own co-ordinators) to help them over that first technical hurdle for their first group virtual meeting. Since the groups inception, we have decided to carry and and meet once a month to discuss any new ideas and software becoming available.
Venue: Member's Home
Group Page: Virtual Meetings

Walkers 1
The members of the Walkers 1 group meet come rain or shine, unless extreme weather conditions occur. A typical walk is between 5 and 7 miles, and walks are led in turn by members of the group. On occasions, particularly if there is a fifth Thursday in the month, a longer walk (up to 9 miles) may be undertaken. The terrain will vary and may include some steep ascents and descents and uneven ground. All walkers should be fully and properly equipped and have stout walking boots. Shorter walks usually finish at a location where walkers can enjoy a sociable pub lunch. On longer walks we sometimes have a packed picnic lunch. Walkers 1 (originally called The Walking Group) has been around practically since the formation of Shrewsbury U3A 25 years ago. It was nurtured in the early years and for quite a long time by Barbara D. who was succeeded by Philip & Lyn M. and then by Mike B. The group has always been an active and friendly crowd supporting the coordinator and leading a variety of interesting and challenging walks. A cursory scan though our records indicates that up to 100 members have been part of our group over the years and maybe more. However, there is still room for more, so why not try out our friendly crowd?
Meets: twice every month on 1st thursday from 09:30 to 00:00 and 3rd thursday from 09:30 to 00:00
Venue: Outdoors
Group Page: Walkers 1

Walkers 2 (Hill Strollers)
The Walkers 2 Hill Strollers group meets at the Meole Brace Park & Ride. We try to combine good scenery, a goodly trek (6 to 8 miles with some hills) and an interesting lunch, preferably at some suitable watering hole for the weary traveller. We are now almost fully subscribed but you are welcome to come along for a testing little trek with a small but perfectly formed gathering of convivial folk. Remember, there is no such thing as bad weather - only inappropriate clothing. Pictures from our group can be found at: Documents relating to our group can be found at:
Meets: once every week on thursday from 09:15 to 00:00
Venue: Outdoors
Walks (5th Wed)
This is a new friendly group started to walk on the 5th Wednesday of the month (4 per year). The walks will be between 6 and 8 miles with varying degrees of difficulty details of which will be made available before each walk. Some of the walks might be on the edge of the county or a little bit further. A coffee and picnic break will be taken. It is not a requirement that members need to lead a walk. We will meet at MeoleBrace Park and Ride 9.15 for 9.30 am and leave as a group sharing vehicles.
Venue: Outdoors
Group Page: Walks (5th Wed)

Walks Just Walking
The Walks Just Walking group has been appropriately named because, unlike the other walking groups, we do not finish with a pub lunch. This enables us to be more flexible. We walk between 5 and 6 miles sometimes a bit more and sometimes a bit less at a steady pace, but stopping to take in views and any objects of interest. We have enjoyed a number of walks in the past year, including the \\\\\\\'ascent\\\\\\\' of Corndon and both Clee hills. Although we have been rained on, we have always managed to eat our picnic outside. We meet at the Meole Brace Park and Ride 9 15 ready to leave at 9 30 We would welcome more enthusiastic walkers. Pictures from our group can be found at
Venue: Outdoors
Group Page: Walks Just Walking

Walks Medium 1
The Walks Medium 1 group consists of around 25 members who enjoy walking together and having lunch afterwards. We walk for about 5 miles enjoying the countryside and conversation, then go to a country pub. We like a bit of a challenge to raise our heart-rate. We value members' contributions to our knowledge of the wildlife, industrial archaeology, local history and geology as we go. Our numbers are of a convenient size for lunch at small characterful pubs. Pictures from our group can be found at:
Meets: twice every month on 2nd thursday from 09:30 to 00:00 and 4th thursday from 09:30 to 00:00
Venue: Outdoors
Group Page: Walks Medium 1

Walks Medium 2
Members of the Walks Medium 2 group walk for approximately two to two-and-a-half hours covering an approximate maximum distance of six miles. Walks normally take place within the county but we have been known to stray over the border into Wales. The pace of walking can be described as fairly leisurely and we tend not to do any too strenuous walks involving hills and mountains, generally sticking to low undulating areas. All walks are planned, organised and led by individual members or jointly with another. On average this would result in members organising at least one walk per year. If members commence at the Park and Ride they share lifts to minimise expenditure and to enjoy one another's company. Rates payable to the drivers are in accordance with those set out by the U3A. The best part of the day for many members is that, on completion of the walk, we participate in lunch and some light refreshment in a local pub before returning home. To summarise: members enjoy getting out and about in the countryside, participating in a reasonable amount of gentle exercise, visiting some good pubs and, above all, enjoying each other's company. Pictures from our group can be found at:
Meets: twice every month on 1st thursday from 09:30 to 00:00 and 3rd thursday from 09:30 to 00:00
Venue: Outdoors
Group Page: Walks Medium 2

Walks Medium 3
We are a happy welcoming group of walkers who like to get out in the beautiful Shropshire countryside. We are open to New Members. We meet on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday each month at 9.30 am in the carpark behind The Beaten Track pub in Old Potts Way Shrewsbury ,to share cars to the start point of our walk and normally return around 3pm. A donation of. £1-£3 is given to car drivers depending on return milage to and from Beaten Track. Each walk is led by a member who recci,s. the Walk prior to emailing the group full details of their walk. Our walks are 4 to 5miles long and are suitable for those who enjoy terrain which is reasonably easy in nature ,we don\\\'t do steep hills , We try to limit the number styles if possible and walk in different parts of the county. We end our walks with a pub lunch. We have 17 members at present. and welcome more new members. If you would like to join us please contact me JULIA BRADLEY on 01743 244327. or. 07502 163712.
Meets: once every week on monday from 14:00 to 16:00
Venue: Outdoors
Group Page: Walks Medium 3

Walks Medium 4 Hilly
This group is currently suspended and is expected to restart walking again after the current Covid-19 restrictions are lifted. Instead, Walks Medium Hilly is walking on 1st and 3rd Wednesdays. This friendly group meets at the Meole Brace Park and Ride car park ready for a prompt start at 9.30am on the second & fourth Wednesdays of the month. From there we share lifts and enjoy a pub lunch after the walk - usually 4 to 6 miles, sometimes a picnic lunch instead. Varied terrain including ascents and descents. We are usually back in Shrewsbury by about 3pm
Venue: Outdoors
Walks Medium Hilly
We walk on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays each month, currently (due to Covid-19 virus restrictions) at the start point for the walk, usually within 40 minutes drive from Shrewsbury. We walk in “bubbles” of up to 6 people, following Risk Assessment Guidelines on social distancing. Before the lockdown we would meet at the Park & Ride at Meole Brace and car share to the start point. The walks offer a variety of terrain up to 6 miles in distance, with ascents and descents. Rough terrain and stiles may also be encountered. We walk at a steady pace but always have time for a coffee break as well as pauses to allow the group to keep together and take photos. We ask for volunteers to choose and to lead walks. The leader chooses a route and we stop during the walk for refreshments. Before the lockdown we would end the walk with a pub lunch. Details of distance and other details are emailed out to members a few days in advance. We are a friendly group and if you’d like to know more, please get in touch with Jonathan Mutch, our group coordinator We invite you to try a walk with us before you commit to joining the group. We normally get back to Shrewsbury by 1pm, previously with pub lunch 2.30 to 3pm approx. Do enquire if you\'re interested.
Venue: Outdoors
Group Page: Walks Medium Hilly

Walks Short
We walk leisurely for about 3 miles, avoiding hills where possible, and enjoy looking at views, flowers and wildlife. We then lunch at a local pub.
Meets: twice every month on 1st thursday from 10:00 to 00:00 and 3rd thursday from 10:00 to 00:00
Venue: Outdoors
Group Page: Walks Short

Welsh Beginners
This group is a self-study group, using DVDs and tutorial materials.
Meets: twice every month on 1st tuesday from 11:00 to 12:00 and 3rd tuesday from 11:00 to 12:00
Group Page: Welsh Beginners

Whist for Beginners
A group for anyone interested in learning to play whist is held from 1.30 pm to 3.00 pm in Radbrook Community Centre, Bank Farm Road. Please note that there are no meetings in July, August and December. There are only a small number of basic rules of whist, and these will be explained to complete beginners at the start of the session. The main focus is on learning by playing games of whist, and any points of play will be discussed as they arise during games. Whist is a game for four players, in two partnerships, and ideally there should be at least four present to enable games to be played throughout the session. There is no break for refreshments during the session but there is a cafe nearby in the Radbrook shopping centre.
Meets: once every month on 4th wednesday from 13:30 to 15:00
Venue: Radbrook Community Centre

Proposed New Groups

PROPOSED - 5-A-Side Football
This is a proposed new group which will be set up if there is enough interest. Please contact Jonathan Mutch at if you are interested in helping form this new group.
PROPOSED - Yoga for Beginners
This group has been proposed for beginner/intermediate level and will require an expert to lead and teach the group. Location and timing to be confirmed once enough membership has been established. Anyone interested should join online and an inaugural meeting will be organised once there are sufficient numbers.