Acquiring and developing skills

Your committee is determined to develop and create more interest groups as they are a great way to create social and learning opportunities.     Our Interest Group Coordinator will work with members who have a passion or interest in a topic and who are keen to pass that knowledge on to others.   

Groups are established to meet members' needs with the approval of the committee, so if you have expertise in any area, or if you want to develop that expertise, one of the best ways to accomplish this is by joining with other people in learning and teaching, and perhaps in doing something practical together.  Groups are financially self-sustaining and meet at times and venues suitable to their members.

If you wish to participate in any of our Interest Groups, you must be a member of U3A Christchurch North West.

At the moment, you  could try:

BOOK SHARING

“I enjoy sharing and hearing thoughts on a variety of genres each month”

This group will interest those who love reading and sharing what they’ve read, whether it's a much loved or a much disliked book. It differs from our other book club in that you do not all read the same book at the same time.  
Meets: 2nd Friday at 10.30 am. Convenor: Adrienne, 351 5573

BOOK CLUB

“It’s interesting to hear everyone’s viewpoints on plots, characters and writing styles, quite often very different to mine”

There are ten people in this group, which is run as part of the BDS book scheme, so there is an annual subscription of $60.  Everyone reads the same book over a month and then meets to discuss it in an enjoyable, social gathering. 
Meets: 3rd Thursday.  Convenor: Virginia, 03 423 3938

CRAFT

“It’s a great way to share our creative experiences whilst learning new skills”

This is a friendly group. Whether it's crochet, patchwork, felting, embroidery or any other craft, come along and chat and share ideas.
Meeting 2nd Wednesday of the month between 1 and 4 pm. Convenor: Loraine, 358 7211

CONVERSATIONAL FRENCH

“It’s interesting how the words that you learnt 50 years ago, suddenly pop up out of who knows where!”

We are an informal group, meeting in members house, keen to build on our school French and trying to improve our accents by taking turns in speaking.  We would love to welcome new members.  Meets: each Monday from 1.30 pm.  Convenor: Jill, 355 0205

EPICUREANS

“This is a great way to taste and try diverse types of food, often very different from our usual NZ fare”

This friendly group meets at an arranged venue for lunch, or sometimes for dinner.   A wide variety of restaurants are visited, so there is plenty of opportunity to discover many different cuisines.  Meets: 4th Monday or, sometimes, on a Tuesday. Convenor: Margot, 351 6847

FILM

“I enjoy seeing a variety of different movies, perhaps something I wouldn’t normally go to”

The convenor chooses a newly-released film, trying to offer variety over the year.  She emails the group members the details and an hour or so before the film starts, everyone meets for drink/chat.
Meets: Morning, 4th Tuesday (usually).  Convenor:  Jo, 351 3949

HEALTH & WELLBEING

“Aiming for overall wellness by practising good health habits and making smart choices for mind and body”

This is a series of 30 educational sessions lasting about 90 mins.  Each session will have suggested pre-reading and perhaps a video to watch but more importantly, will involve discussion and perhaps watching
part of another video.  
Meets:  Every Tuesday, 10 am.  Convenor: John, 352 8372

 

HISTORY

“I love that within the group there is so much knowledge which everyone is happy to share”

Members of the group, as well as invited outside speakers, intend to cover a diverse range of topics in 2019,  including - Witch Hunting, The Two Wives of George IV, Islam, A Baltic History and the Moa Hunters.  Meets at Papanui RSA, cnr Main North & Harewood Roads on the 2nd & 4th Wednesday between 10 & 12 pm.  Now fully subscribed.   ConvenorsNeville, 355 0205 & Paul, 021 138 3908 

LITTLE GARDEN

“I love finding different ideas for turning a small space into a green and inviting oasis"

Aimed at keen gardeners who have found themselves living with a small or courtyard garden.   The meetings will be a place to share garden interests, swap plants and ideas and generally enjoy what others are doing in their small spaces.  Also, hoping for opportunities to tour other gardens in our area.  Meeting once a month in members' homes, the group is limited to 12 people.

Meeting 1st Monday of the month at 1.30 pm.  Convenor:  Shona 351 5520

MAHJONG

“If you can play Happy Families then you can play Mahjong.  It’s great for keeping the mind active.”

Currently we have six mahjong groups operating and we are always seeking new players to form another.  If you are interested in learning this fascinating game or can play already, contact our Convenor: Gloria,  359 9986 / 022 0872992

POETRY

“mystical flute
sublimely permeating
perfumed summer air”

A new group for 2019, here is an opportunity to learn about, listen to and appreciate the poets, old and new, who connect to us through their words and images.   As lovers of poetry we know poetry means more when read aloud so that's what we are aiming to do. We meet in members' homes once a month, on the last Friday of each month at 10.30 am.  Convenor: Wendy, 354 6617

PHONE/TABLET GROUP

“It’s important to keep up with what technology can do to get the best out of our new toys.”

There will be a change in the format for this group with both convenors available on an informal basis to help members with their Ipad, Iphones or Samsung phones .  Phone one of them if  you need help.  Convenors: Pat, 358 4273 or Dorothy, 323 9801.

 

 

TE REO

“With Te Reo being used so often in the NZ media nowadays, I want to learn what the everyday phrases mean.”

This is a new group which will give members the opportunity to learn Te Reo in a supportive environment.  Using online resources, the focus will be to give members the chance to practice orally at a pace to suit.  A new group for 2019, it is already fully subscribed with details of where and when they meet is still TBA.  If you are interested in learning more, contact Convenor: Jan, 385 8963

TRAVEL

“Recently, we’ve been walking in the Basque region, to Cadiz and the cities of Southern Andalusia, on an Italian opera tour and travelling in Japan.”

For those interested in overseas travel and other cultures, this is a pleasant way to enjoy hearing travel experiences from a variety of people from inside and outside U3A.  Now meeting  in a larger venue, there's a greater opportunity for new members.  Meets: on the last Friday of the month at 1.30 pmConvenor: Shona, 351 5520

WALKING

“An opportunity to enjoy and experience the diverseness of the trails and walkways of Christchurch.”

Dust off the walking boots, hat and backpack!  Here's your chance to get to know the local walkways  and get fit at the same time.   We will be doing different walks each month, of about 2/3 hours walking plus morning tea and lunch breaks.    Meet: 10am, 3rd Monday each month at various locations depending on the walk.  Convenor: Bev, 352 4064, Gillian 351 8435