January 9, 2019


Linda Watts has now taken over as Groups Coordinator but you can still contact her on the same email address  Groups Coordinator.

If you have interests that are currently not represented among our many groups or perhaps the groups that do interest you have no vacancies, don't hesitate to contact the Groups Coordinator. Setting up a new group is simple enough once we know what you want to do and have enough members interested.  

  Groups with Vacancies

To Contact any of the Group Organisers you must be logged in to the website. Once you have done this, go to the Group page by selecting “Group List” in the menu under Groups tab above and then scroll down to the Group you wish to contact and click on the 'Email Group Organisers' (first yellow envelope icon) at the top of the Group page. 

 New Groups

We are in the process of starting two new groups – Chess for Beginners, and Canasta for Beginners 2. Please contact the Groups Coordinator if you are interested in joining either (or both!) of these groups.


  Additionally the following groups are "actively recruiting".

  Groups Actively Recruiting

NOTE – THE TERM “ACTIVELY RECRUITING” MEANS THAT THESE GROUPS NEED MORE MEMBERS TO MAKE OR KEEP THE GROUP FULLY VIABLE.  Other groups with vacancies are listed on the Groups List page: click on the Groups with Vacancies tab. 

To Contact any of the Group Organisers below you must be logged in. Go to the Group page by selecting Group List in the menu under Groups tab above and then scroll down to the Group you wish to contact and click on the 'Email Group Organisers' icon at the top of the Group page:  

Badminton 3 Wednesdays 10.00 to 12.00 at Herts Sports Village, University of Hertfordshire de Havilland Campus Cost - £2.50 - £3 for a 2 hour session depending on numbers. New members of all abilities very welcome. Organiser Mary Pilbery

Bridge 1meets every Monday morning from 9.30 - 12. Each member takes it in turn to host the players in their own homes - usually 1 of 2 tables, so the group’s numbers must be limited. As our numbers vary weekly, we have no regular partners and often swap around during the morning. The play, using ACOL system, is informal, no pressure and very sociable.  We play at an intermediate level. Organiser Liz Farley

Creative Writingwould welcome some new members.  We meet on the last Wednesday of the month in the morning.  Contact Jacqueline Jones for more information.

Cryptic Crossword Solving.  This new group is starting on January 8, 2019 and will run weekly for 6-8 weeks with a teacher, meeting in the teacher’s home.  Other courses are also envisaged.  Contact Jane Scaysbrook for more information.

Debating- would welcome some new members for lively discussion on the historic times in which we live.  Check our web page for our programme for the next few months. Organiser John Milbourn

Exploring Crafts- we are looking for a few new members to join this creative group. If you are interested in learning new skills, come and join us! Organiser Jan Giles

Knitting Circle- we would like to recruit a few new members to this group.  Organiser Coral Burrows

Meditation can be anything from a quiet sit-down to a radical change in one's life. The way the group works is by suggesting ways by which one can achieve calmness, tranquillity and awareness. No rituals. No chanting. We sit on upright chairs or on the floor if that suits you. No experience necessary. Contact Paul Bingham

Mobility for those possibly older members with serious mobility issues which could be relieved, say, with sitting exercises. Dietary tips also given by fully qualified personal trainer. Wednesday, 1.30pm -2.15pm in Garden Room 1 at St Paul’s Church, Blandford Road, AL1 4JP.  More details on the Members’ News page. £5 per session. Organiser Joyce Stubbs

Reading 1 – meets on the second Friday of the month at 10am. Contact the Organiser Judy Venner to join this vibrant group

Table Tennis 5 - come and join us at Greenwood Park on Fridays at 3.30pm.  Room for several more players. Organiser Prem Saminaden

Walks 2 – 5-6 Miles– join us on the third Thursday of the month. We walk from a local pub normally no more than 30 minutes’ drive away with lunch at the end of the walk. Contact Organiser Sue Gavin

Wine Tasting 3- we have space for a few new members.  We meet on the fourth Monday of the month at 7.30pm in group members' homes.  Contact Diane Levey