Leeds U3A The University of the Third Age

The canal gardens, Roundhay

Interest groups

The main activity of our U3A, apart from the General Meetings (see the Programme page for those), occurs in small study or social groups meeting weekly, fortnightly or monthly, but not usually during school holidays.

All group leaders are volunteers. As each group is expected to be self supporting, there may be a small attendance fee to cover expenses such as room hire, cost of materials or refreshments.

The groups are listed below, with times and places of meeting. Several of them have their own web page, which you can access by clicking on the group's name. There is a key at the bottom of the list to explain the abbreviations for meeting places. Groups for which no meeting place is listed either meet in a member's home or involve visits to different places.

Members are asked to check with the group contact before attending a group for the first time. (Their telephone numbers are on the printed programme, or you can phone the enquiry line on 07552 448834.) Some groups are currently full, but most have room for new members.

Any member interested in the possibility of starting a new group should look at the checklist How to set up a group.

Group Times Place Contact
Art appreciation 2nd Mon (in month) 11:00–12:30 HEA Vince Mihill
Art – looking at paintings
with Barbara Fagelman
Last Fri, 11:00–12:30 HEA Angela Timbers
Bird watching 3rd Thu   Tony Spice
Book group
(two groups)
Group A: 1st Thu 2:00–3:00
Group B: 2nd Fri 2:00–3:00
LCL Yolande Sowerby
Anne Smith
Bridge Tue 3:30–5:00 MA Sue Friedman
Brush up your French Mon 2:00–3:30 HEA Jenny Atkinson
Card making Alt Tue 1:45–3:45   Anne Wyatt
Choir Thu 11:00–12:30 HEA Alison Brewster
Cinema As and when   Anne Smith
Country dancing Alt Tue 2:00–3:00 MA Janet Gourley
Current affairs Mon 11:15–12:30 LD Derek Levy
French (intermediate) Mon 1:30–3:00 HEA Peter Palmer
Gardening 3rd Mon 2:00–4:00 MA Margaret Buchan
Sheila Goodwin
Genius of photography 2nd Wed 11:00–12:30 HEA Peter Smith
German improvers Mon 3:00–4:30 LD Neil Mcdonald
Grand Day Out Informal day excursions to regional attractions   Barbara Isaac
Margret Quinton
Guitar club & workshop Alt Thu 2:00–4:00 SCH Bob Simpson
Historical Yorkshire 2nd Wed Vicky Jones
History Thu 11:00–12:30 HEA Bernie Bonner
Ann Lunn
Latin Alt Tue 10:00–11:00   Janet Keogh
Literature Tue 11:15–12:45 HEA Peter Gilbert
Music appreciation Wed (except 2nd) 10:30–12:00 MAB Anne Wyatt
Philosophy club 3rd Mon 7:00–9:00pm   Valerie Kaye
(two groups)
Mon 11:00–12:00
Fri 11:00–12:00
CA Jackie Friend
(two groups)
Alt Mon 10:30–12:00
Alt Mon 10:30–12:30
  Joan Shiers
Anne Searles
Scrabble Alt Mon 2:30–4:30 LD Diane Stone
Shakespeare reading Thu 2:15–4:15   Lynda Wilcox
Spanish Wed 10:00–12:00 IHM Ian Ackroyd
Strollers 3rd Wed   Barbara Isaac
Margret Quinton
Table tennis Tue 3:15–4:30 LAW Jenny Farley
Tai Chi
(two groups)
Tue 9:30–10:30
Tue 11:00–12:00
MA Barbara Isaac
Tennis Thu 10:00–11:30 STC Margaret Maiden
Walking 1st Wed   Maureen Speight
Walking "7 up"
(longer walks)
4th Wed   Margaret Read
Writing for Pleasure 3rd Thu, 10.00–12.00 IHM Jenny Atkinson

Key to locations

CA Chapel Allerton Tennis, Squash & Gym Club,
Wensley Avenue, Leeds LS7 3QX
0113 226 6622
HEA Headingley Enterprise and Arts Centre
Bennett Road, Headingley, Leeds LS6 3HN
0113 275 4548
IHM Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
294 Harrogate Road, Leeds LS17 6LE
0113 268 1373
LAW Lawnswood YMCA Sport and Leisure Centre
Otley Road, Leeds LS16 6HE
0113 261 2484
LCL Leeds Central Library
Calverley Street, Leeds LS1 3AB
0113 247 6016
LD The Lord Darcy
618 Harrogate Road, Leeds LS17 8EH
0113 237 0100
MA Moor Allerton Sports and Social Centre
Stonegate Road, Leeds LS17 6EL
0113 268 3857
MAB Moor Allerton Sports and Social Centre Bar Area  
SCH Stainbeck Community Hall
162 Stainbeck Lane, Leeds LS7 2EA
0113 268 4761
STC Shadwell Tennis Club,
The Ginnel,Main Street Shadwell, Leeds LS17 8HD
0113 273 7027
TCI Tinshill & Cookridge Social Club & Institute
Woodnook Drive, Leeds LS16 6PF
0113 267 3335

Disabled access

Other than private homes, the venues we currently use comply with the Disability Discrimination Act, 1995, and have access plus other facilities for the disabled. However, you should check with the either the group leader or the venue to ensure that the facilities you require are available before attending for the first time.