U3A Special Interest Groups

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Most groups meet monthly. Any extra costs beyond the general membership fee (which you have paid!) are indicated - apart from a contribution of 25p. towards any refreshments provided. It is helpful, particularly for groups held in members' homes, if you inform the group leader in advance that you hope to attend a meeting. The group leaders are happy to supply further information to members who are interested.

The committee are always interested to receive suggestions for new groups and volunteers willing to convene them.


Group Leader Jo Griffin, 01769 573368

This group meets on the fourth Wednesday of every month (weather permitting) at 10 am in the South Molton car park.  We enjoy less energetic walks than     those undertaken by the Ramblers.

American History

Group Leader Jonathan Edmunds, 01769 573968

Meet at the Methodist Hall, North Street, South Molton on the 1st and 4th Thursday of the month.

Art History      

Group Leader Jonathan Edmunds, 01769 573968

The Art History Group meets on the first Wednesday of each month from October to May at 10.30  am. The use of Information Technology enables us to view paintings in galleries across the world and to access information about the artists and their work.

Bird Watching and Natural History 

Group Leader Sheila Farrant, 01769 572553

The group meets on the third Tuesday of each month usually at 9.45 am at South Molton central car park where car sharing is arranged to the chosen site. Studies include flora, butterflies and other insects. Habitat includes estuary and dunes as well as moors and woodland. There is generally an optional pub lunch.  If the weather is inclement we meet in my house, and watch birdsong videos or a DVD. New members are very welcome.


Group Leader Kathleen Hazler, 01769 550296

Golf Croquet is played at the Old Rectory, South Molton on a Friday afternoon (indoor in winter).  The Skittles group meets at The Town Arms, South Molton  on Friday afternoon.  Contact Kathleen for further details.

Digital Photography        

Group Leader David White, 01769 574819

The group meets at the Old Rectory, South Molton on Monday evenings.

DVD DIVAS                      

Group Leaders Sheila Farrant,     01769 572553
                      Claire Parkinson,  01769 572160

Faze Days

Group Leader Fay Overton, 01837 83911

French Conversation     

Group Leader Margaret Ramsden, 01769 573572

This group meets on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month at 2.30 pm in member's homes, and we welcome everyone with some knowledge of French, however rusty. We try to talk as much as possible in French, but in order to increase confidence and familiarity we read and listen to French writers and speakers, revise grammar, and try to learn more about France and the French way of life.

Garden Visits

Group Leader Val Widgery, 01884 860170

A programme of garden visits for the season is produced for the April meeting with details of dates, times and meeting places clearly marked. In the height of the season we generally meet twice a month on varying days and mostly for half-day trips.


Group Leader Derrica Hodgson, 01769 573228

Meetings are held on the third Monday of the month at 2.30pm, starting in October at 15 Deans Park, South Molton.  New members are very welcome.

IT Support Group    

Group Leader Elizabeth Mount, 01769 579369

This group is for members who wish to develop computer skills or share useful tips with others.  Support is given to beginners.


Group Leader Marjorie Parry, 01769 572745

We meet on the first Monday of the month from 2.30 to 5 pm. It is more accurate to call ourselves a Book group than a Literary group. However in our discussions we do consider the social, cultural and economic background of the period in which the novel is set, as well as the characters and their influence on the narrative. The group is limited by the space available at Marjorie’s house and by the number of books available from the library in sufficient quantity. However with fewer members the discussion is more coherent than it would be with a larger number.

Local History       

Group Leaders Derrica Hodgson, 01769 573228
                      Shirley Bray,       01769 572572

There are about thirty members and we meet on the second Wednesday of the month. In winter months (October to April) we meet at the Methodist Hall at 10.00 - 10.30 am. for coffee, followed by a talk or slide show on various interesting local topics. For these six meetings members pay a subscription to cover the cost of the room hire and the speakers' charges.  Because of increased costs we have agreed to pay £5 per annum.  In addition we  pay 50p. per meeting for coffee. Non-members who come infrequently can pay £1 per meeting. During the summer months we have six outings to places of interest, generally travelling by car. We usually have communal coffee or lunch on these occasions. We are pleased to welcome new members at any time and have a varied and interesting programme.


Group Leader Eva Hamilton, 01237 422734

Meetings are held on the fourth Monday of the month at The Coaching Inn, South Molton at 11.30 am. for a discussion on current affairs and related subjects of moral and political nature. The group is small and everyone has a chance to bring a subject they would like to discuss with the rest of the group. People stay for lunch if they want to.

Music Appreciation      

Group Leader Jonathan Edmunds, 01769 573968

The group meets on the third Thursday of the month at 2pm.  The venue can be found in the current newsletter. We remain a small group of loyal and friendly folk and would welcome any newcomers.

Patchwork and Quilting       

Group Leader Chris Winsor, 01769 572381

We work under the professional guidance of Julia and Ann of Step by Step Patchwork Centre. We meet on alternate Wednesday afternoons at 2 pm. Please come and join us.

Poetry and Play-Reading       

Group Leader Jo Griffin, 01769 573368

This group meets at Coleford House, South Molton on the third Thursday at 2.30 pm. We read poetry of the member's choice one month, alternating with popular plays the other.


Group Leader Rod Ives, 01769 573332

The group meets on the first Tuesday of every month (weather permitting) at 9.45 am in the South Molton carpark. Walks vary from 4 ½ to 7 miles and we take a packed lunch. It is hoped that some extra walks can be included; all details are in the newsletters.  There is also an Ambling group for the less athletic.


Group Leader Sue Hicks, 01769 573749      

The Scrabble group meets on the third Tuesday of each month from 2 to 5 pm at 14 Raleigh Close, South Molton. We have 12 members with an average of 10 attending. We are a happy group; we have some knowledgeable players, but the games are enjoyed by all, with many new words used. 

Singing Group

Group Leader Jonathan Edmunds, 01769 573968

Sunday Lunch       

Group Leader Margaret Walker, 01769 572061

Meets at the Old Coaching Inn, South Molton every third Sunday of the month where the standard of food  is consistently good.  It is a friendly occasion and gives a lift to those who normally eat alone and we offer a warm welcome to anyone wishing to join our little band. The best time to arrive is around 12.20 pm to avoid the rush.

Table Tennis    

Group Leader Jean Nichol, 01769 572527

The group meets every Wednesday at 4 pm at South Molton Community College Gymnasium. Please bring your own bats and appropriate footwear. 


Group Leader Jean Bridge, 01271 324518 

We conbine with Barnstaple U3A and North Devon Coast U3A theatre groups to organise theatre visits to Barnstaple, Exeter, Plymouth, Taunton and Bristol. In the past year we have been to over a dozen performances of ballet, opera, musicals and plays, from Shakespeare to contemporary plays.  We always welcome suggestions from our supporters.

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