News from U3A



September saw the start of the new programme and a restart for many winter pursuits. John Morris is seeking members for his Badminton group which meets on Wednesdays from 9.30am to 11.30am in St Dominic’s Priory Sports Hall. An ideal antidote to all those lazy days and cream teas of the summer period, this lively and fun activity will help shed those excess kilos! Give John a call on 01785-812660 if you are interested.




The next meeting will be on Wednesday 19th October at Christ Church Annexe, Stone at 1.15pm for a prompt 1.30pm start. This time we are pleased to welcome back Ray Johnson, Director of the Staffordshire Film Archive. Ray’s talk is entitled ‘2016 – Three
Anniversaries captured on film’ and will feature film from 1926, 1946 and 1986. The event is open to all members at a cost of £2 (pay at the door) which includes a drink and biscuits.


If quieter, indoor pursuits are more your cup of tea, then both Canasta and Scrabble have vacancies. Regardless of your level of card skills, all are welcome at The Canasta sessions held every Tuesday during term time at Aston Village Hall. Play runs from 2.00pm until 4.00pm. It is a friendly group and each week you play with a different set of people. You will not be left without support until you feel confident. Group leader Susanne Imrie can be contacted on 01785 819703 or

U3A Scrabble is a small and informal group which meets on the first and third Thursdays of the month from 10.00am-12noon in the home of Jennifer Burrows, located near Stone Cricket Club. If you would like to join, please ring 01785 813950 or e-mail If you have never played Scrabble before it doesn’t matter as tuition is freely available.

The first enrolment day on 19th August went well with nearly 400 members attending and we will expand on that next year as with such a large membership, we are aiming to streamline our processes. If you have not yet re-enrolled please complete that over the next few weeks. Details on how to join up can be found on the website or you can ring Gwynyth Hart on 01782-633179. The same options apply if you simply want to find out more about any of the current activities on offer.




As well as being a thriving local branch, Stone & District U3A is also part of the wider national U3A movement with Regional Trustees who are part of the National Executive Committee, and a National Office who can give advice on any U3A-related question, as well as a Resource Centre which can provide all kinds of materials for groups to use.
To help Stone U3A feel connected to this wider movement, two delegates from the committee went along to the National U3A Conference at East Midlands Conference Centre on the Nottingham University campus in August. This was an excellent opportunity to chat to U3A delegates from all over the UK, and to attend a range of interesting workshops as well as the AGM itself. It was a packed couple of days that inspired and informed and should help enrich the local programme in the year ahead.