Group Activities

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If so, there are numerous Groups meeting regularly, each led by a member of the U3A, in members' houses or local halls.    The activities we cover currently are in the Group Activities Menu shown below.  Why not join in.

We are always keen to expand our range of interests and invite members to suggest and set up new Groups.  If you have an activity suggestion, would consider leading a group, or would like to contact a Group Leader click here and then the link at the top of the Contact Us Page

Please note that due to the Corona Virus, and following Government and u3a Trust advice, we have had to cancel the Group Meetings for the foreseeable future
though some groups are making use of the internet.  As soon as this changes we will contact members and change details on this site.

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Also have a look at the Documents for Leaders at the bottom of the menu  - Webmaster)

Group Name





Painting for Pleasure

Tessa Bellamy
07854 864632

Mind Centre, Russell Str. Kettering
Every Monday 10-12am

This is a group of all abilities and mediums.  We have a tutor twice a month who helps us with our projects and shows us where we are going wrong!!

Camera Club 1

Jenny Goddard
01536 482972

Pat Johnson
 01536 483398

Our meetings are on the Monday in the week following the week of the main U3A meeting

A group of keen, amateur, digital photographers meet once a month to share our knowledge and enthusiasm. 
We sometimes go out on a shoot, or spend the afternoon comparing successful results with one another.  There is always a homework task set for the next month.  We also rely on the expertise of members of the group to teach us how to alter and improve our pictures using the Photoshop Elements program  or Picassa on our computers.  We meet on the Monday following the monthly U3A meeting at 3, St.  Mary's Road, Kettering.  (01536 482972) Unfortunately the group is full at the moment.

Isabell Collins
01536 520971

Kettering Pool
Every Monday in Term Time 9.00-945am

The group meet each Monday.  We swim for exercise and general health.  Swim according to ability. 
This group meets every Monday during the school term.  We meet at 8.50 am to be in the pool for 9.00am followed by coffee in a local coffee shop if you wish, this is not obligatory.  Swimming is well known as one of the best exercises for a healthy lifestyle.  We are a group of mixed swimming abilities who enjoy the company of one another and would welcome any U3A members who would care to join us.


Margaret Hall
01536 512215

Kettering Bridge Club
Every Monday 2.00-4.00pm

 We meet weekly on Mondays all year except for Bank Holidays  at the Kettering Bridge Club.   Please join us. 
We are hoping to restart on Monday 21st June 2021 (Boris permitting).  Please contact me if you need any more information.

Book Club

Margaret Turnbull
01536 511139

3rd Monday 2pm

We try to read one book a month and have decided to read one classic a year. 

The book group is at full capacity now so if you would consider starting a second group or being put on a waiting list please contact the Group Coordinator by clicking here and using the Contact form indicated at the top of the page  

Discussion Group

Linda Miller
01536 483773

3rd Monday

 We cover a wide range of topics and always have a cup of tea and a biscuit!  New members welcome

Mah Jong/Scrabble

Linda Law
01536 659091
Barton Seagrave Village Hall
2nd and 4th Monday
 Learn how to play Mah Jong which is a game of skill, strategy and calculation.

Knit & Natter

Sylvia Dale
01536 411865
Dorothy Stock’s home
Alternate Mondays
We knit and crochet while putting the world to rights!  When we have time we knit or crochet for charity and at the moment that is Age UK.
Play Reading

Play Reading

Rosalind Bridges
01536 741455

Venue and Date Varies
Normally 1st Monday

We read a new play each time and have a great laugh with ladies playing the gentlemen’s parts.  More men needed as we laugh too much!

Recorder Group

Mary Cooper
01536 420336
Sue Hartley
01536 357676
2nd and 4th Mondays 2:30 to 3:30 pm
Central Methodist Church, School Lane, Kettering

The recorder group is open to anyone who plays or who would like to learn to play the recorder. At the first meeting we will discuss how best to organize the group. Please bring your recorder(s) and a music stand – if you have one.

After the first meeting there will be a fee (depending on numbers) to cover the room hire and any music costs.


01536 420336

Every Week during term time only 11:15-12:45

St Andrew's Church Rooms


Walking (Medium)

John Sumpter

Last Tuesday 10am.

The walking group was one of the first groups started.   We usually walk between five and six miles and end with a pub lunch.

Walks are arranged by various members in turn and are signed up at the monthly meeting.


Geraldine Hardwick
01536 481203

1st Tuesday in the month 2pm. 

We meet on the first Tuesday of each month, at 2pm to discuss and watch holiday photos and videos.  Biscuits and tea are included.

The Travel group enables travellers to share their photos and films of their holidays with others.

Camera Club (Beginners)

Camera Club

Julie Bates
01536 725538

 Learn about your camera and how to take great pictures.

Ukulele Group

Alan Bailey
01933 350147

Meet at the home of one of the Group. 
Fortnightly 10 - 12am

We meet fortnightly and are mainly following a course from the internet.  We are beginners - why not join us.


 Lunch Club

Pat Johnson
01536 483398

3rd Wednesday

The purpose of the lunch club is to visit a different restaurant or pub on the third Wednesday of each month where we can socialise in pleasant surroundings and eat good food.  
We aim to find venues which are not too expensive but the food is good.  This club is ideal for people who would not necessarily go out to lunch on their own but enjoy the company of friends they have met after joining the Ise Valley U3A.  This is a very successful club and very often is oversubscribed so on occasions it is a case of "first come first served".  Please sign up at the Monthly Meetings.

Keep Fit

Keep Fit

Katie Reynolds

Wednesday Morning
Weekly 9:45 - 10:30am

Burton Latimer Civic Centre

Music Appreciation

Rosalind Bridges
 01536 741455

Rosalind's Home
 2.00- 4.00pm.

We are an informal group of music lovers who meet each month to listen to, discuss and enjoy, a very wide range of music


Chris Ditri  01536 723145
Sandra Teckenburg  01832 733419

1st Wednesday
(Time and place varies)

We meet to utilise all our combined skills and learn more about the horticultural aspects.  We visit local garden interests and in the warmer months plant practical items and share products.
Copuntry Dancing

Country Dancing

Janice Angles 
07761 69490

St Andrews Hall
2nd and 4th Wednesday

There is a cost to cover cost of hall and any other  expenses of roughly £8 per person per term



Geraldine Hardwick
01536 481203

Hertford Rd. Centre, Kettering
1st & 3rd Thursday
2 - 4pm

We have two fluent Spanish teachers and are working our way through our course.  New members welcome.

Pop in
                for Coffee

Pop in for Coffee

Cransley Hospice Coffee Shop, Horsemarket, Kettering
2nd & 4th Thursday

Various venues, details in the Newsletter each month.
Why not pop in and join us for a natter.


Basic Maths

Chris Crick
07940 591224

Chris's Home
2nd & 4th Thursday

We are revisiting our school days and re-learning the basics.  We have a tutor and are discovering that we understand a lot more now than we did then!


Short Walks

Wanda & Bob
01536 659236

3rd Thursday
(Time and place varies)

Go for walks no longer than 3 miles on level ground.


U3A-Singing for Pleasure  Group 1

Jill Dee
01536 514054

Fuller Church
Fortnightly 10-11.30am.

We are a group who get together simply because we love to sing for pleasure!

We practice on alternate Friday mornings in the Timpson Lounge at Fuller Baptist Church from 10a.m. to 12 noon.  We are not a choir – just enjoy singing together but we have fun.   Our voices are lubricated with coffee and biscuits. 

We are now 20 strong and practicing for little concerts at retirement homes in the area and a group at CT King. 

This group currently has vacancies.

U3A-Singing for Pleasure  Group 2
(Linked with Kettering U3A)

Di Tebbutt
01536 392556

Fuller Church
Fortnightly 10-11.30am.

We practice on alternate Friday mornings (when the other group are not practicing) in the Timpson Lounge at Fuller Baptist Church from 10a.m. to 12 noon.

Making Music
(Beginners welcome)

Alan Bailey
01933 350147

Home (in Rushden)
Fridays 2pm-4pm

We enjoy making music - mainly guitars - some old songs, some Country and Western, some folk, some (not much) modern.  We meet every Friday pm.   Playing in a group is different from playing for just yourself but we have a lot of fun trying out 'our' variations on tunes, chords and rhythms and annoying the neighbours.  Beginners are welcome.

10 pin Bowling

Dai Johnson  01536 483398

Thunder Bowl Kettering
Friday following the monthly meeting
10am start

Anyone can play.  Cost is £2 (payable at monthly meeting).  Lifts can be arranged where possible for those without transport.

Ballroom Dancing

Pat Johnson
01536 483398

Every Friday
St Edwards Church Hall

New venue but now weekly.  We have a Dance instructor who makes sure we are doing it correctly.  £4.50 per class.
Cost £4.50 per person per session.

Day Arranged by Group


Day Trips

June Mason
01536 726654

As arranged

Please read the current Magazine to see what Trips are being organised.  Sign up at the monthly meeting.

Theatre Visits

Joyce Williams
01536 482566

As arranged

Please read the current Magazine to see what Trips are being organised.  Sign up at the monthly meeting.

Documents for Group Leaders