THE U3A DOES IT IN GROUPS!
Please be aware:
- Members taking part in group activities do so entirely at their own risk and are responsible for their own insurance cover.
- You are required to contact the group leader before joining a group event.
- Many groups are limited to the numbers they can accommodate; anybody turning up at a group meeting without registering through the leader faces being denied attendance.
Click on the group that interest you to read a short description. Click on the ‘Read More’ to go to the group page.
Terry Stuart - GL
Amblers meet every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month from late September to Mid May.
The walks last between 2 & 3 hrs with breaks for drinks of water & taking pictures of the beautiful countryside.
Maureen Terry - GL
Materials provided, all levels catered for. Life drawing group also available if there is sufficient interest.
There is a 5€/hour to cover the tutor and studio expenses.
The session runs from 10.00am - 1.00pm.
James Ince - GL
Astronomy is the study of celestial objects (such as stars, planets, comets, and galaxies) and phenomena that originate outside the Earth's atmosphere.
We will start with the basics - even just using our eyes to identify the planets and basic constellations, before moving on to the deeper stuff.
No equipment is necessary, though even a pair of binoculars will allow you to see new things!
We are always pleased to see new and returning players whether you haven’t played since your school days or have never played before and are keen to see if Badminton is for you. With this in mind I’d love to hear from you or even more pleased for you to join us on Friday morning.
Gill and Howard Rowlands - GL
Ballroom Dancing is a great way for people of all ages to get in shape and stay fit. Dancing has many positive health benefits and is a wonderful activity that will benefit your mind, body, and spirit. Dancing will improve your health and fitness, mental acuity, and social connections. Dancing is a great social activity and dancing with friends can contribute to high self-esteem, increased self-confidence and a more positive outlook. Dancing reduces stress and tension, so over time one can feel an overall sense of well-being. Come along and give it a try. No previous experience is necessary.
Pam O´Neill - GL
Reading is a solitary activity but when a book has moved or stimulated you it's natural to want to discuss it with someone else. A reading group gives you that opportunity. Also, a group encourages you to think a bit more about the books you read - why you like some, hate others.
Julie Radford - GL
Contract bridge, or simply bridge, is a trick-taking card game using a standard 52-card deck. In its basic format, it is played by four players in two competing partnerships, with partners sitting opposite each other around a table. Millions of people play bridge worldwide in clubs, tournaments, online and with friends at home, making it one of the world's most popular card games, particularly among seniors.
Kathy Price - GL
We are an extremely friendly group, and Canasta is easy to play. If you have played before you will be very welcome and if not then you can learn easily.
Ann King - GL
Have you ever wanted to make your own greetings cards but don’t have the equipment and need a little guidance?
Ann will help you learn the basics and then add an extra dimension to make your cards stand out on the shelf.
Lynda Goy - GL
It is the one thing in life where feeling better is pretty much guranteed.
We welcome new members who enjoy singing a wide range of music, from musical shows to carols. It is not essential to be able to read music, our musical director will help you find your correct vocal range (Soprano, Alto,Tenor or Base) and he ensures that rehearsals are fun!
Mary Westerman & Pauline Davies
We would like to use this group as an introduction to the Oliva U3A for both prospective and new members.
If you are interested in exploring what the Oliva U3A can offer, why not come along and see what we can do for you?
This is an easy way to meet existing members, to discuss various groups and see how they may tie in with your interests.
Raz Missaghian GL
Even the worst cook can do a bangers and mash. For exotic they might even add some baked beans.
This group is for people who would like to learn how to cook a variety of different, interesting dishes. You would undoubtedly improve your culinary skills. You should be able to surprise your guests when entertaining, showcasing the exotic dishes you have perfected.
Mandy Morgan GL
Crafting is very enjoyable and great fun, especially when you discover that you have a hidden talent.
Why not come and join us, you will be very welcome.
Paul Clay - GL
We ask a simple question and that is all we wish; Are all fisherman liars or do only liars fish?
William Sherwood Fox
This group, new to Oliva U3A, will begin in March 2020. The plans include fishing trip to both the sea and rivers locally.
Anja Homburg - GL
Flamenco dancing is known for its emotional intensity, proud carriage, expressive use of the arms and rhythmic stamping of the feet.
If YOU would like to be emotionally intense and stamp your feet, why not get that proud carriage ready and register your interest?
Anthony Saxon - GL
Are you interested in gardening but don't have a garden?
Would you like to bring colour to your patio or terrace?
GROUP OUTLINE: ‘Gardening gone to pot’/container gardening in a Mediterranean climate.
Steve Hems - GL
The main purpose of the group will be to join together to improve our playing ability, learn from others in the group and have some fun!!!
Ann Garside - GL
We are hoping to cover a number of events from the watershed that was World War One to the collapse of Communism in 1989. The first two meetings have resulted in excellent discussion and contributions and the actual monthly topics are flexible depending on interest.
Robert Sedgley - GL
The activity of the group is to further our understanding and appreciation of art through an illustrated talk from the leader and with contributions from the group. All are welcome; whether expert or not come and join in the conversation, find out more about the wonderful and surprising world of art
Ann Heidy - GL
From 21st November 2019 there will be an extra history group on the 3rd Thursdays of each month to deal specifically with Spain from 1930-1975, embracing the Spanish Civil War as requested by some of the members.
Markus Stoklin - GL
This is a new group set up to explore keyboard palying at all levels. It is held in a private home, so please email the Group Leader regarding attending.
Group Leader: Angela Town
The Knit and Natter group is held in an informal setting within Fratelli Restaurant along the new end of the Paseo, with plenty of parking.
Don’t think you need to be an accomplished knitter or have a knitting project on the go, because there will be some patterns available for simple toys, or even squares, where the group can make and create items that can be given or sold for charity.
Trevor Perks - GL
Lawn bowling held fortnightly on Monday afternoon.
For those who would like coaching, especially those who are new to the game, we will give guidance on techniques and etiquette of the game.
Betty Dean & Paddy Colcombe - GL
If you'd like some gentle exercise to foot-tapping music in a friendly environment, this could be for you!
Barry Purvis - GL
During the summer months, I would like to offer you the opportunity to meet up with other U3A members for lunch on a Thursday in one of the local restaurants. Due to current restrictions on the number of customers each restaurants can accommodate, members will have to be accepted on a First come, first served basis. Names of those members not included in the lunch group will be put on a Waiting List in case someone cancels.
Ray Ingram - GL
The history of modern jive begins with the original Swing era in 1920s and 30s America, when Big Bands took over pop culture. Swing music has lived on ever since, influencing each new generation of music. Swing dance is a broad term to describe a variety of partner dances evolving from the 1920s to the present day.
Gerry Gardiner GL
Pétanque is a form of boules where the goal is to throw hollow metal balls as close as possible to a small wooden ball called a cochonnet or jack, while standing inside a starting circle with both feet on the ground. Please come along and watch or 'try'.
Please contact the Group Leader before attending for the first time.
Tina Bellenie - GL
This is an informal group for people who enjoy reading poetry. No prior knowledge is required. We read, discuss and share.
New members are very welcome.
In this group it doesn't matter what type of camera you use. If you enjoy taking photographs and want to capture some of the beautiful landscapes, events and activities that go on in and around Oliva then join us.
Markus Stocklin - GL
After a time of being a group with only few members we are now pleased to have grown to a reasonable group of different musicians singing and playing different instruments.
The main purpose is to have fun together because it is a special experience to make music in a friendly group.
Barry Purvis - GL
The Walking group meet on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month from late September to Mid May.
Our walks are designed to be moderately easy, on hill/mountain paths, roads or tracks and should not be too difficult for the average walker.
The walks last between 2 and 3.5 hours with breaks for drinks of water and for taking pictures of the beautiful countryside.
Mike Thomas - GL
Walking football is a form of the beautiful game designed for those of more advanced years who thought their footballing careers were over! We want players to have fun and get some worthwhile exercise at the same time. As the name implies, running is not allowed and there will be minimal contact. It’s a game of skill, not physicality!
The group is aimed at all ages and abilities, male and female, and everyone is welcome.
Shirley Patrick & Wilma Taggart - GL
We have two active Yoga groups, one meeting on a Monday morning and one on a Friday morning.
Each meeting lasts an hour. Please wear comfortable clothing and bring a mat, water and if you like a blanket,
The cost for the instructor will be divided up between the number of attendees per week. When you come to your first class, you will be given a short medical questionnaire.
Nancy Benn - GL
Why not join us for Zumba Gold? Not quite as energetic as the full Zumba, and you can put in as much energy as you wish, and stop and have a breather when needed.
It's a fun way to exercise and if you like dancing you'll really enjoy it.
We have a great instructor, great music (including some fabulous Spanish songs), great routines and do have a great time.
Anne Milner - GL
This group is designed for new arrivals to Spain or for those of you who have been here a while and just not got round to learning Spanish!
Mike Keen - GL
We have an excellent, native Spanish teacher. There is one lesson of 1.5 hours on Mondays starting at 10.15. Class is limited to 10 members. The approach is structured. We do grammar, reading, comprehension, conversation and homework!
Anne Milner - GL
James. our instructor, being an expat himself, is all too familiar with the frustrations that Spanish bureaucracy can bring us – these items are frequently covered in the lessons. He has made all the mistakes already (asking the waiter for a beso instead of a vaso!!) and can help you to avoid them.
Pauline Hammond - GL
We are a group of between 8 to 12 people who are reasonably happy to try to speak Spanish. We are eager to improve our conversational skills, our grammar and our use of Spanish idioms.
John Sharples - GL
We are a friendly group meeting on Tuesday mornings helping each other to improve our Spanish.
Every June we put on an end-of-year Summer Fayre where the groups get an opportunity to display their activities over the previous twelve months.
Interested in joining a new latin American dance group? Contact the group coordinator HERE!
Interested in joining a new Dominos group? Contact the group coordinator HERE!
Interested in joining a new Dress making group? Contact the group coordinator HERE!
Interested in joining a new metal detecting group? Contact the group coordinator HERE!
Interested in joining a new Stand-up paddelboarding group? Contact the group coordinator HERE!
Interested in joining a new Social cycling group? Contact the group coordinator HERE!
- Group activities are for the Oliva U3A members only. If you wish to take a friend or family member to a meeting or session, please ask the group leader beforehand.
- You will need to take your membership card and be prepared to show it if the Group Leader requests to see it.
- All members can attend a group (subject to numbers etc.) to try out the activity no more than twice before needing to register as a member of that group. Please contact the Group Leader in the first instance.
The Oliva U3A is always looking for new ideas for groups or activities. If you have a hobby, interest, or knowledge, skills or a qualification that you would like to share with you fellow members please get in touch with the Group Coordinator here to discuss options.
If you are interested in becoming a Group Leader, please read the information here.
Please Note: All Group leaders or instructors who are members of the Oliva U3A give up their time voluntarily to support other members. No remuneration is involved.