All of our groups are run by U3A members, for members. There are no entry requirements other than a willingness to learn and 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.
Smaller groups will meet in members’ homes; larger groups will use a variety of local venues in Duns and surrounding villages.
This list of our regular groups is being updated all the time:
Themed Book Group
A book group with a difference. A theme is decided by group members and novels chosen from a shortlist. Examples are: country specific (eg South American, Irish etc), or genre (historical, detective etc) or prize winners (eg books shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 2017)
We have formed both Beginners and ‘Improvers’ groups, meeting on alternate weeks.
The group will look at ways of researching family history, sharing information and ideas. We will also explore problems encountered in research to find ways around the “brick walls” of family reconstruction.
Latin & Classical Studies for Beginners
First and Third Tuesday of each month, 2-4 pm
An enjoyable and carefully paced introduction to the Latin language complemented by background information on Roman culture and civilisation.
Chapter and Verse
Explore ways into descriptive writing and poetry through observation, memory and experience. Share and discuss our own attempts at writing. Looking at structural and editing techniques to improve our writing. No previous experience required, just the desire to write anything from a verse in a greetings card to a chapter in a novel.
The group will discuss what they would like to discover about the local area and then plan the necessary research online, in archives and in the field.
Landscapes, rocks and fossils: an introduction to geology
First Tuesday of each month, 10-12 am, Whitsome Ark
By looking at landscapes, rocks and fossils, we shall interpret past environments from deserts, to tropical seas and frozen plains. We will explore deep time and put the evolution of life and the development of our landscapes into context. We shall explore the exciting journey, over 400 million years, of the British Isles from south of the Equator to our current latitude.
Ceilidh and country dancing
Introduction to Scottish dancing for fun, fitness and friendship. Easy dances, all welcome, no partner needed – everyone mixes. Mostly dancing in sets, but also a few circle and round the room dances. Pointed toes are not required, just a willingness to join in and have fun! Good Scottish music on CDs.
Learning from the Past (to run for 8 weeks)
The Bible: What it is and how it came to us. An historical survey. Will be led by Dr Dane Sherrard.
Classical Music Appreciation
Exploring the works of various classical composers, illustrated by examples of their works and careers, together with background information on their lives.
Weekly Tuesday 10-12 am
This group welcomes anyone who would like to come along and learn Spanish, however limited their knowledge. At each meeting we will communicate on every day topics, listen to the language and learn about the culture of Spain in a relaxed atmosphere. This group will meet weekly from 16 April to 16 July. Venue to be advised.
Weekly on Tuesday afternoon 2-4 pm Preston Village Hall
This is a self-help social painting group. We use any medium and share ideas. Bring along your own subject to draw/paint/model. Benefit from seeing other artists work.
First Tuesday of each month: 1 pm (various start points – email for more details)
Local walks of various lengths on a monthly basis
Second Wednesday of each month, 6 pm. Home-based
A relaxed get together for people who might know a smattering of Italian or know only ‘yes’ or ‘no’ up to those who wish to use again their knowledge of the language. It is hoped the group will share their experiences of Italy; its food, culture and people.
Arts and Crafts
First and Third Wednesday of each month, 2-4 pm Whitsome Ark
An informal, inclusive group which is not focused on one specific craft but open to all whether you work in wool, fabric, felt, wood, beads or paper. We would aim to learn from each other, try new crafts, invite people to come and demonstrate and share ideas.