Interest Groups

There are approximately forty groups, each led by a group leader, meeting regularly and usually in members' houses or local halls.   Wherever possible new members are welcome to join any groups of their choice;   however where the meeting place is in a member's home there will be a restriction on numbers.

We are always keen to expand our range of interests and strongly invite members to suggest and set up new groups.

At present these are the topics we cover:


            The Arts

            Languages

            History

            Practical

            Specialist Subjects

            Games

            Activity Groups

            Social Groups


For more details, click on a Topic link above or scroll down.  Alternatively see our Activities and Programmes pages, or contact the relevant group leader.

To contact our Groups Co-ordinator - Richard Selley- click here

A full list of groups and contacts is included at the bottom of this page. To view, scroll down or click here




The Arts

Art   Meets in a local hall for two hours, where members follow a course of painting, drawing and pastels under the guidance of an experienced amateur artist.  To contact the Group Leader, click here

Music   Meets once a month to listen to and discuss music.  To contact the group leader click here

Reading   Meeting monthly to select and then read a book for discussion.  To contact reading group leader click here

Photography   There are two groups meeting monthly to plan topics for all to photograph, for review and discussion at the next meeting.

      To contact the photography group 1 leader click here

      To contact the photography group 3 leader click here

Philosophy   This group meets every 4-6 weeks, usually on Mondays,at 10:00am. To find out more information please contact the group leader  click here

Guitar   Our group has settled into a foursome who meet once a week, where we exchange ideas and attempt to further our knowledge not only of the guitar but also the ukulele.  We would welcome others, whatever their standard.  An instrument would, of course, be useful. This group combines with Anton U3A.  To contact the
group leader click here

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Languages

French Conversation   This group meets for an hour every Monday afternoon and discusses everyday subjects in French. There are currently six members but they would welcome anyone who would like to come along for a "taster".  To contact the group leader  click here

French Conversation Plus   This group meets alternate Wednesday mornings at 10:00am in the houses of  members who have space to host us, to discuss a wide range of topics in French. It aims to develop its knowledge of the language and the culture of France.  To contact the group leader   click here

German (Improvers)    Applicants require some basic knowledge of German. To contact the group leader click here

German  Meets alternate Wednesdays. To contact the leader click here

Spanish for beginners   Meets Thursdays at 2 pm. To contact the group leader click here

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History

History    The group runs on self-help lines, with each member taking a turn to lead on monthly topics. It was formed in March 2010 and has studied most English periods from the Early Middle Ages to the Eighteenth Century, with diversions into Scotland, Europe and the Mediterranean. The Group is currently looking at North America. To contact the group leader  click here

History of Art   Meeting monthly in a member's house, we choose which artists we wish to study. We all research the artist and view a selection of pictures; the discussions are usually very lively and informative. To contact the group leader  click here

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Practical

Gardens   We organise visits to gardens both large and small, with an introduction talk and guided tour by either the owner or gardener.   We have also attended occasional talks at Hilliers in Romsey.   A programme of visits is shown on the programme page.  To contact the group leader click here

Home Handyperson Group   Meeting monthly, this group aims to show our members how to do various technical tasks and acquire the knowledge and confidence to tackle them.To contact the group leader click here


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Specialist Subjects

Creative Writing   Meet at 2:30pm on 3rd Wednesday of every month in a member’s house.  We tend to read extracts from what we have produced during the month, in order to hear feedback from the other members. To contact the group leader click here

Family History   Meeting on the 3rd Wednesday at 2pm.To exchange news, views, ideas and helpful suggestions on researching our family trees and histories.  New members are always welcome and will find plenty of help and advice. To contact the group leader click here

Philosophy   This is a lively discussion group, meeting every four to six weeks.  We are looking at the key ideas of some major European philosophers and at a few key concepts, such as 'the meaning of life' and 'free will'.  No experience is necessary, just an open mind and a willingness to do a bit of reading.  To contact the group leader click here

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Games

Bridge (Social)  Meeting weekly, except in August, to play in the comfort and relaxed atmosphere of members' homes.  To contact the group leader click here

Bridge (Rubber)  
Meets Monday afternoons weekly. To contact the group leader click here

Mahjong  
1st and 2nd Friday afternoon of each month. C
atering for everyone from complete beginners to those who have played the game before.  Tuition will be available in a small group for beginners.  All are welcome to join a very sociable group and will find a warm welcome awaiting them. To contact the group leader click here

Quiz   We meet at  St Paul's Church Hall,  Smannell Road,  Andover,  SP11 2JP  on the 1st Wednesday of each month, doors open at 1.45pm for a 2.00pm start..  Teams are formed on a random basis giving everybody a chance to get to know each other in a friendly atmosphere.  To contact the group leader click here.

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Activity Groups

Golf  
A group meeting on the 2nd Wednesday of each month, visiting golf clubs local to the area. To contact the group leader click here  

Nature    Once a month, on differing days of the week, this group sets off to study nature in all its aspects from seashore to downland, forest to nature reserves.  To request more information click here

Amblers  
Meet last Thursday of every month at 11:00am. 
To contact the group leader click here  

Strollers 1   Meeting on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month.  We aim to keep the strolls between 3 & 5 miles (approximately 2hrs).  We end each stroll with a pub lunch (optional). You can see the programme for this group on the programme page.  

This group is currently full.

To contact the group leader click here  

Strollers 2   Meeting on 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month.  We aim to stroll for 1˝ hours, covering on average about 3 miles, usually within a 10-mile radius of Andover, before finishing with a pub lunch, which is optional. You can see the programme for this groups on the programme page. To contact the group  leaders click here or click here 

Walkers 1 & 2     Each meeting two Thursdays a month.  Walks are of 5-6 miles (2-2˝hrs) and usually (although not always) within a 15-mile radius of Andover.  We end each walk with a pub lunch (optional). You can see programmes for both groups on the programme page

      To contact the
group 1 leader click here

      To contact the group 2 leader click here 

Tuesday Walkers  
Meeting weekly, walking 6-9 miles.  To contact the group leader click here.

Quester   There are three groups devoted to finding places to visit neither easily accessed by, nor normally open to, the public. These visits are monthly but not on a set day.  

      To contact the
group 1 leader click here

      To contact the group 2 leaders click here or click here

      To contact the group 3 leaders click here or click here  

History of Towns and Cities   Meeting monthly on the first Tuesday of the month exploring the history of the Towns and Cities surrounding Andover.  These walks will be led by Blue and Green Badge Guides.

Explore the Villages 1 (4th Wednesday)   Meeting on the 4th Wednesday of the month at 10:00 am, exploring the history of the different villages surrounding Andover.  Usually led by a local historian from the village. We enjoy lunch together afterwards. A detailed programme is shown on the programme page. 

This group is currently full with a waiting list.

To contact the
group leader click here

Explore the Villages 2 (4th Wednesday)   Meeting on the 4th Wednesday of the month at 10:00 am, exploring the history of the different villages and small towns surrounding Andover.  Usually led by a local historian from the village. We enjoy lunch together afterwards. A detailed programme is shown on the programme page. 

This group is currently full with a waiting list.

To contact the
group leaders click here or click here

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Social Groups

Coffee Morning   This venture is held at The Willows, Upper High Street, Andover, on the 1st Wednesday of the month at 10am . All members welcome.   To contact the group leader click here

Theatre   To contact the group leader click here


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Full List of Groups and Contacts

The dialling code for phone numbers is 01264 unless otherwise stated.


Group Day and Time Contact(s) Email Phone
Ancient Civilisations 2nd Monday each Month at 2 pm Rosemary Nassoori /
Dianne Bunce
dr_kn@msn.com 332770
Amblers Last Thursday of Month at 11 am David and Ruth Gollings david.gollings@ntlworld.com 391512
Art 1st, 2nd, 4th Tuesdays - 2 pm, Burghclere Hall stuarthw@aol.com 729155
Bridge (Rubber) Mondays 2 pm to 5 pm Julie Johnson fourjays95@btinternet.com  
Bridge (Social) Mondays (variable) at 2 pm Doreen Lewis doreen12lewis@btinternet.com 333979
Coffee Mornings 1st Wednesday at 10 am - The Willows Bridget Rawlings bridget.rawlings@ntlworld.com 363286
Creative Writing 3rd Wednesday at 2:30 pm Pat Baylis pat.baylis34@gmail.com 351030
Croquet Friday mornings fortnightly, at Esseborne Manor.
April - October.
Alan Wright alanwright148@btinternet.com  
Explore the Villages 1 (4th Wed) 4th Wednesday of the month. Nigel and Vanessa Knott nessnigeknott@btinternet.com 364322
Explore the Villages 2 (4th Wed) 4th Wednesday of the month. Anne Connor /
Jeanette Potts
anne.connor777@gmail.com
jandmpotts@gmail.com
355159
 
Family History 3rd Wednesday at 2 pm John Barrell johnbarrell@btinternet.com 324926
Film Appreciation Monthly but Flexible Kath Catchpole terry.catchpole@btinternet.com 364532
French (conversation plus) Alternate Wednesdays at 10 am Pauline Eaton pauline.eaton@talk21.com 350566
French (conversation) Mondays 2.30 pm Anne Webb anne@croyeclose.plus.com 324658
Gardens 2nd Wednesday of month Gill Todd todd_alan@sky.com
351186
German Alternate Wednesdays Paul Eaton eatonpg@btopenworld.com 350566
German-Improvers Alternate Fridays Gordon Maidment carolyngordon.maidment@talktalk.net 323594
Golf 2nd Wednesday of month Paul Manning paul.manning20@icloud.com 738748
Golf 2 First Thursday of the month.
Different locations.
Ian McLeod ian.mcleod7@ntlworld.com 400186
Guitar Wednesdays 10.30 am to 12 Stuart Hinkin stuarthw@aol.com 729155
History 3rd Friday at 10 am Keith Jay keithjay@metronet.co.uk 359571
History of Art 3rd Friday at 2.00 pm Beryl Burgess beryl@tores.co.uk 352365
Home Handyperson 2 pm, Last Friday of month. Burghclere Down Derek Grimston derek-f.grimston@tiscali.co.uk 350950
Jazz Appreciation First Tuesday of each month from 2 pm. Barry Bond jazz1@andoveru3a.co.uk
Mahjong 1st and 2nd Fridays 2 pm Peter and Diane Merry peter.merry2@ntlworld.com 394295
Music 2nd Friday of the month 2 pm   info@andoveru3a.co.uk  
Nature Variable   info@andoveru3a.co.uk  
Philosophy Mondays 10 am - as arranged Pauline Eaton pauline.eaton@talk21.com 350566
Photography 1 3rd Friday at 2.30 pm Burghclere Down Hall Barbara Hammant barbara.andover@talktalk.net 352832
Photography 3 1st Friday at 3.00 pm Burghclere Down Hall David Rae daviddwrae@tiscali.co.uk 358773
Quester 1 Variable Sally Cousins sallycousins60@gmail.com 324624
Quester 2 Variable Margaret Bowman /
Rita Hanna
bowman92@btinternet.com
ritahanna759@btinternet.com
351361 /
363138
Quester 3 Variable Frances Rae /
John Oliver
daviddwrae@tiscali.co.uk
johnroliver@lineone.net
358773 /
353972
Quiz 1st Wednesday of month at St. Pauls Church Hall, Smannell Road Nigel and Vanessa Knott nessnigeknott@btinternet.com 364322
Reading 1st Monday at 10.15 am Karen Butler butlerkw@hotmail.co.uk 351033
Spanish Beginners Thursday 14:00. Check for venue Pedro Battle hwbattle@gmail.com 738304
Strollers 1 1st and 3rd Thursdays at 11 am Gloria Birch gloriarobert1@talktalk.net 355630
Strollers 2 2nd and 4th Tuesdays. Meet at 10.15 am Kath Lucas /
Diane Merry
kathlucas77@yahoo.com
diane.merry1@ntlworld.com
735401 /
394295
Sunday Lunch Last Sunday of the Month Jill Hannington /
Karen Butler
jill.hannington@btinternet.com
butlerkw@hotmail.co.uk

351843
Theatre Variable Paul Manning paul.manning20@icloud.com 738748
Towns and Cities TBA
Tuesday Walkers Every Tuesday 9 am Geoff Eddy geoffeddy@aol.com 361472
Walkers 1 2nd and 4th Thursdays at 10.30 am (Meet by 10.15 am) June Cowie june.cowie@talktalk.net  
Walkers 2 1st and 3rd Thursdays at 10.30 am (Meet by 10.15 am) Richard Selley r_selley@sky.com


 

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