Groups Directory - December 2016

Welcome to our new directory which gives you information about all our current groups. If you would like to join a group please phone or email the named contact.

Some popular groups are full but if you get in touch with the Groups Co-ordinator Edith Willcocks your name will be put on a waiting list, or if there are lots of people interested it may be possible to set up a new group.

We were able to start two new groups:
Photography 2                     with Ian McEvoy as group leader and
Singles Holiday Group         with June Ewing and Claire Fairgrieve as joint group leaders.
We are very lucky that Ian, June and Claire have agreed to lead the new groups and wish them all the success and fun with these activities.

I do hope you join some groups and I look forward to seeing you at our monthly meetings.


First of all on behalf of the committee and all members: A HUGE THANK YOU TO ALL OUR WONDERFUL GROUP LEADERS! They do a great job and the Overton and District U3A would not be the great success that we are.

Places in the Groups are sought after and in short supply. Please don’t forget to let the organiser know when you can no longer take part in the group. Also, if you cannot attend a meeting, try to let your organiser know in good time - it does make a difference! Lunch clubs are particularly affected as venues can be difficult with regard to numbers.

And to remind you: When the groups began, it was agreed amongst the membership that a small contribution of 50 pence per member would be made at each meeting to the host of the group towards the cost of refreshments. Please can you check with your group to establish the current arrangement.

The extra-curricular activities have continued to be popular and will remain to be a part of our programme. They will follow the same format and the talks will take place on an ad hoc basis. The subjects will vary - ideas are always appreciated. Details of these extra events will be publicised by email and at the monthly meetings; posters will also be used.

PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO READ THIS DIRECTORY as there are some changes this year!


Art History: Meets 4th Thursday monthly at 10 am
Contact: Tess Biggs Tel: 770723 Email:
or Pat Hutchings Tel: 770402 Email:

This small but enthusiastic group is run on very informal lines. Each month an artist or a painting is considered. The session starts with a brief presentation which is followed by discussion. Individual members often suggest the topic for the following meeting. The group is currently full.

Bridge: Meets every Tuesday each month in the afternoon.
Contact: Paul Reavley Tel: 772199 Email:

This is bridge for early learners who have a basic knowledge of the game and want to practise and improve.

Canasta: Meets 2nd & 4th Thursday each month 10 am to 12 Noon.
Contact: Shona Reeves Tel: 781696 Email:

The group meets in Oakley to enjoy playing canasta together, and to improve their skills.

Choral Speaking: meets fortnightly on a Tuesday at 2:00 pm in the Overton Community Centre.
Contact: Jill O’Hare   Tel: 771107 Email:

Come and join us ...
Have fun and read aloud ...
Orchestrate your voices light and shade ...
Realise the rhythms as you read poetry - play texts and descriptive writing ...
Add your ideas on setting moods and changing atmosphere ...
Learn how to communicate the words and engage your audience ...

Computing: Meetings to be arranged to suit participants and tutor.
Contact: Bob Gardner Tel: 770416 Email:

Absolute beginners or intermediate users welcome. Individual training will be offered as required on subjects such as: Using the Keyboard; emailing; Internet use; Organising your digital photographs; printing; use of iPad/Tablet; etc.  

Crafts 1: Meets 1st Tuesday monthly from 9.30 am to 12 Noon.
Contact: Sue Carter Tel: 770681 Email:

The group meets regularly to experience new crafts, exchange ideas and expand knowledge. Members occasionally visit craft shows and craft centres, and attend outside courses. The group is currently full. If interested please contact the Group Co-ordinator.

Crafts 2: Meets 2nd Wednesday monthly at 2.15 pm
Contact: Pauline Wooster Tel: 772083 Email:

As with Crafts 1, this group meets regularly to experience new crafts and expand knowledge of existing interests.

Cribbage: Meets 1st & 3rd Tuesday monthly at 2 pm
Contact: Ken Towell Tel: 770965 Email:

This group has a core of enthusiastic members. We meet to play for fun, and don't intend to become too competitive.

Family History Group 1: Meets 3rd Tuesday monthly at 2.30 pm
Contact: Rosemary Evangelisti Tel: 773298 Email:
or Margaret Palmer    Tel: 771369   Email:

Members meet together to discuss progress and ideas for pursuing research. Outings to places of interest for research or to exhibitions are also arranged from time to time.

Family History Group 2: Meets 4th Friday monthly at 10am.
Maureen Gearing Tel: 770261 Email:
or Pat Williams    Tel: 770044    Email:

As with Family History Group 1 members meet together to encourage and help each other pursue their research. There is room for further members.

French Conversation: Meets 2nd & 4th Tuesday monthly at 10.30 am
Contact: Sue Carter Tel: 770681 Email:

This group is well supported, meeting regularly for topical conversation.

Gardens: Meets 4th Thursday monthly at 2.30 pm
Contact: Susan Staunton Tel: 780819 Email:

The Garden Group visits gardens in the surrounding area from March to September. The visits are arranged and agreed by the group members before the season begins.

Gallery/Exhibition Visits: Meets on an ad hoc basis.
Contact: Jacky Lessware Tel: 773043 Email:

The Group meets as necessary to visit galleries and exhibitions which come to the notice of members from time to time and which are of interest to them.

History: Meets Last Wednesday monthly at 2.15 pm
Contact: Mark Sawle-Thomas   Tel: 781383 Email:

The group has an objective of filling gaps in our knowledge of British history but aware that we must recognise the influence of Europe and the wider world. Topics in History will be led by members’ particular interests. We aim to make outside visits in the summer months.

Inter-Knit Cafe: Meets at 10.30 am on the 4th Wednesday monthly.
Contact: Pauline Wooster Tel: 772083 Email:

Members meet to share their common interest in knitting and crochet, to enjoy a chat with friends and partake of coffee, tea and maybe even lunch. New members welcomed.

Italian One: Meets 2nd and 4th Monday monthly at 2:30 pm
Contact: Jacky Lessware Tel: 773043 Email:

This group is going very well. New members with some knowledge of the language are very welcome.

Line Dancing: Meets on Fridays at 11.00 am
Contact: Rosemary Reavley Tel: 772199 Email:

This group meets in St Mary’s Hall to enjoy dancing with instruction. New members are welcome to join; plenty of room for more.

Lunch Clubs: These are groups of like minded people who meet for lunch at various local(ish) eating houses (usually pubs) on a monthly basis – generally at 12.30 p.m. Basically the lunch clubs "do what it says on the tin"!

Lunch Club –1: Meets monthly on various days by arrangement
Contact: Bill Sait   Tel: 773080   Email:
or Tom Cook   Tel: 771419   Email:

This group is at capacity at the moment so unable to take new members.

Lunch Club – 2: Meets 3rd Tuesday monthly.
Contact: Jenny Hoare Tel: 770489 Email:

This group is also at capacity at the moment so unable to take new members.

Lunch Club – 3: Meets monthly by arrangement.
Contact: Carolyn Troman   Tel: 772985   Email:
or Pat Bain      Tel: 771433      Email:

This group is also at capacity at the moment so unable to take new members.

Lunch Club – 4: Meets monthly by arrangement.
Contact: Paul Reavley Tel: 772199 Email:

This group is also at capacity at the moment so unable to take new members.

Lunch Club –5: Meets monthly by arrangement.
Contact: Wendy Morgan Tel: 01635 297538 Email:

This group is also at capacity at the moment so unable to take new members.

Mahjong: Meets on Monday afternoons at 2:15
Contact: Mary Shadwell Tel: 770876   Email:

The group meets to learn new hands and play amongst friends. A few spaces are available.

Military History: Meets once monthly on Fridays
Contact: Dudley Wall   Tel: 465752   Email:
or Bernard Byatt   Tel: 896799

This is a growing group which meets to discuss a wide range of military subjects.

Ontology: Meets 1st Tuesday each month at 10:00 am at Lion Close, Overton
Facilitator: Marianna Lutyens   Tel: 770124   Email:

This is a discussion group about “Being” - being in the world, in our lives, thoughts, ideas, imaginings, etc. The kind of reflections that we do not in our busy lives normally have time for.
There is one condition which needs to be accepted: nothing that is talked about within the group goes outside the group - EVER. Do not think of joining if that does not appeal to you!

Opera: Meets 4th Tuesday of every month at 10:30 am in St Mary’s Hall.
Contact: Diana Goodwin Tel: 771855 Email:

Members meet together to listen to or view operas or parts of operas, and afterwards to discuss the performances. From time to time there will be visits to see live performances.
Please be sure to contact Diana as the group does not meet in December and also if the meeting date clashes with Easter etc.

Photography 1: Meets 2nd Wednesday monthly at 2 pm
Contact: Keith Biggs Tel: 770723 Email:

The group meets once a month to show digital images taken previously on a set subject. Each member submits 2-6 images for consideration by the others. This usually leads to demonstrations on technique and friendly critique. The group is currently full.

Photography 2: Meets 1st Thursday monthly at 2:00 pm
Contact: Ian McEvoy   Tel: 780969   Email:

This group is at beginners’ stage, aimed at users of compact cameras, and operates in a similar fashion to Photography 1. New members welcome.

Pilates: Meets every Thursday. There are two sessions (from 10:00 to 11:00 am and from 11:00 am to 12:00 Noon) in the Overton Community Centre
Contact: Judy Humphreys      Tel: 771428   Email:
or Becca Humphreys    Tel: 07775691131   Email:

This is a gentle exercise group for all levels of fitness, with a qualified fitness instructor who works with the physiotherapists at the rehabilitation centre in Alton. For more details please contact Judy.

Play Reading: Meets 3rd Thursday monthly at 2.00 pm
Contact: Sue Carter Tel: 770681 Email:

There are currently 10 members of this group which is about the right size to give everyone a part each session. Reading is from sets of plays borrowed from the Library.

Reading: Meets 1st Monday monthly at 2.00 pm
Contact: Sue Sait Tel: 773080 Email:

The aim of the reading group is to read and discuss literature which as individuals we might not choose for ourselves. The group is currently at full capacity.

Scrabble: Meets 2nd & 4th Tuesdays Monthly at 2 pm
Contact: Liz Towell Tel: 770965 Email:

Scrabble is going very well, and is continuing this year. Spaces for new members are available.

Scrapbooking Group 1: Meets 2nd Tuesday Monthly from 9 am to 12 Noon.
Contact: Kathy Gardner Tel: 770416 Email:

Members work on their own projects but exchange ideas and share skills. There are also opportunities to visit craft shops and attend Crops.
There is currently no capacity for new members.

Scrapbooking Group 2: Meets 2nd Monday of each month in the morning.
Contact: Pat Williams Tel: 770044 Email:

See above for details.

Singles Holiday Group: Meets 3rd Wednesday monthly (after the main meeting)
at 12:00 Noon at the White Hart in Overton
Contact: June Ewing   Tel: 895828; Email:
or Claire Fairgrieve      Tel: 895597 ; Email:

The aim of the group is to facilitate and support like-minded people to share a holiday experience whether it is for a group or for individuals. (We are not undertaking the booking of the holidays).

Spanish “Simple Conversation”: Meets every Thursday at 4:45 pm
Contact: Charles Cardiff Tel: 770874; Email:

This group currently has just a few members and would very much welcome others.

Sports Days: Meets by arrangement subject to specific events
Contact: Sheila Locke   Tel: 770437; Email:

The focus of the group is going to spectate at a variety of sports. Since the group started we have organised visits to around 35 sporting events, these have included horse racing, sailing, rowing, football, rugby, basket ball, ice hockey and a host of other events. We have also arranged other social activities such as pub skittles.
We are always open to new members.

Theatre: Meets by arrangement subject to specific performances
Contact: Maureen Tory Tel: 771239 Email:

The Theatre Group arranges monthly (sometimes more) outings to a variety of local(ish) theatres, usually a mid-week matinee performance, and offers a variety of production types - old and new, straight plays, comedies, musicals, dance, farce, who-dun-its - hopefully something for everyone over the year.  If you think you might be interested, ask to be put on the mailing list and see what's coming up next!

Walking: Meets 1st Thursday Monthly
Contact: Chris Tyler   Tel: 770026   Email:

The walking group meets monthly and aims to walk about 5 to 6 miles, taking about 2 to 2.5 hours. Walks are usually circular, starting in the vicinity of a pub where there is the option for lunch at the end of the walk. We have seen some wonderful scenery around the area which cannot be appreciated from a car.  We often select routes just beyond  walking distance of Overton. New members are always welcome.