Groups

Our interest groups are run by U3A members, for members. There are no entry requirements other than a willingness to learn with others. Members can join as many groups as they like. Non-members are welcome but will be invited to join the U3A after their first session.

We now have 25 groups covering 20 topics, ranging from local history to tap-dancing. Smaller groups meet in members’ homes, while larger groups use a variety of local venues in Duns and surrounding villages.

If you couldn’t make it to our enrolment day but are interested in joining us, the table below shows all our groups and when they meet. Some of our most popular groups are full, but several aren’t. Email us if there is a group you would like to know more about.

Proposed new groups for SEPTEMBEr

We love it when we’re approached with ideas for new groups, especially when members offer to lead them. Here are four new groups that, given sufficient numbers, will start from September. Please contact us to express your interest in any of them, and if you’d like to be kept informed about these new groups.

Dog walking. We all know that walking’s a great way to stay fit, and many of our members have their own dogs that they take out regularly. This group will be an opportunity to enjoy regular walks and socialise with fellow dog-lovers.

Poetry appreciation. In this study group, we will read modern poets such as Alice Oswald, Raymond Antrobus, and Benjamin Zepaniah, as well as old favourites. We will read poems aloud and delve into style, language and themes as we learn how poems work on us through music, image, and words. Members of the group will prepare some poems to share, and some reviews of those poems to discuss, and thus we will each build up a library of poems that resonate with us, and understand why. 

Trips and visits. We will organise outings to places and events such as gallery exhibitions and the theatre. Some of these will be on our doorstep, others will be further afield. (This group promises to be popular but we need someone organised to lead it – does that sound like you?)

Garden visits. An occasional group that will come together to visit the lovely gardens that open around us for the Open Gardens Scheme. (Again, if this sounds like something you’d enjoy being part of and perhaps even leading on – with plenty of support – please let us know.)

CURRENT GROUPS

GROUP DAY/TIME
Arts and Crafts First and Third Wednesday
2 – 4
Book Group 1 (Themed) Third Friday 2 – 4.30
Book Group 2: Crime and
detective fiction
Second Friday 2 – 4
Bridge: Improvers Fortnightly: Alternate
Thursdays 2.30 – 4.30
Bridge: Beginners Fortnightly: Alternate
Thursdays 2.30 – 4.30
Ceilidh & country
dancing
Fortnightly: Thursday 
9.30 – 11.00
Classical Music
Appreciation
Third Wednesday  2 – 4
Classical Music
Appreciation
Third Thursday  2 – 4
French Conversation First Monday 10.30 – 12
Geology First Tuesday 10 – 12
History of the Bible in
Scotland after the
Reformation
Second Wednesday
10.30 – 12
Italian for beginners Fortnightly: Wednesday
4 – 5.30 pm
Italian for improvers Fortnightly: Wednesday
4 – 5.30
Latin and Classical Studies
for beginners
Third Tuesday 2 – 4
Latin and Classical Studies
for improvers
First Tuesday 2 – 4
Local History Fourth Wednesday 2 – 4
Mahjong/board games Last Thursday 7 – 9 pm
Middle East Studies First and Third Monday
10 – 12
Opera appreciation First Monday 2 – 4
Painting and Drawing Weekly: Tuesday 2 – 4
Singing for Pleasure, Happy
Together
Fortnightly: Thursday
2 – 3.30
Spanish Conversation Second and Fourth
Tuesday 10 – 12
Tap dancing Weekly: Monday 11 – 12
Walking First Tuesday 1pm
Wildlife and ecology Second Wednesday 10 – 12