Leeds u3a The University of the Third Age

The canal gardens, Roundhay

Interest groups

The main activity of our u3a, apart from the General Meetings (see the Programme page for those), occurs in small study or social groups meeting weekly, fortnightly or monthly, but not usually during school holidays.

All group leaders are volunteers. As each group is expected to be self supporting, there may be a small attendance fee to cover expenses such as room hire, cost of materials or refreshments.

The groups are listed below, with times and places of meeting. Several of them have their own web page, which you can access by clicking on the group's name. There is a key at the bottom of the list to explain the abbreviations for meeting places. Groups for which no meeting place is listed either meet in a member's home or involve visits to different places.

Members are asked to check with the group contact before attending a group for the first time. (Their telephone numbers are on the printed programme, or you can phone the enquiry line on 07951 455020.) Some groups are currently full, but most have room for new members.

Click here for a printable New Group Registration Form if you are considering setting up a new interest group.

Group Times Place Contact
Art appreciation 2nd Mon, 11:00–12:30 HEA Vince Mihill
Art – looking at paintings
with Hans Van Lemmen
Last Fri, 11:00–12:30 HEA Angela Timbers
Birdwatching 3rd Thu   Steph Bigglestone
Book group
(two groups)
Group A: 1st Thu, 2:00–3:00
Group B: 2nd Fri, 1:30–2:30
Sue Buchan
Anne Smith
Bridge Tue, 3:30–5:00 MA Sue Friedman
Brush up your French Mon, 2:00–3:30 HEA Marie Glover
Choir Thu, 11:00–12:30 HEA Alison Brewster
Cinema As and when   Anne Smith
Country dancing Alt Tue, 2:00–3:00 MA Joan and Eric Wells
Easy cycling Thu, 10:15   Meryl Knapp
French (intermediate) Mon, 1:30–3:00 HEA Peter Palmer
Gardening 3rd Mon, 2:00–4:00 (in winter months) MA Margaret Buchan
Sheila Goodwin
German improvers 1st and 3rd Mons, 10:30–12:00 tbc Neil McDonald
Grand Day Out Informal day excursions to regional attractions   Margret Quinton
Guitar club & workshop Alt Thu, 2:00–4:30 SCH Bob Simpson
Historical Yorkshire 2nd Wed Vicky Jones
History Thu, 11:00–12:30 HEA Bernie Bonner
Ann Lunn
Latin (beginners) Alt Tue, 10:00–11:00   Shena Flower
Latin (improvers) Alt Tue, 10:00–11:00   Shena Flower
Latin (advanced) Alt Tue, 7:00–8:00 pm Zoom Shena Flower
Literature Tue, 11:15–12:45 HEA Jo Turner
Mahjong for beginners Thu, 2:00–4:00   Jenny Bannister
Masters of photography 1st Wed (real), 2nd Wed (Zoom),
LD Peter Smith
Louise Robinson
Music appreciation Wed (except 2nd), 10:30–12:00 MAB Margaret Crowe
Pickleball Thu, mornings SHL David Hall
(two groups)
Mon, 11:00–12:00
Fri, 11:00–12:00
CA Jackie Friend
Rummikub Alt Mon, 10:30–12:00   Joan Shiers
Scrabble Alt Mon, 2:00–4:30 LD Diane Stone
Shakespeare reading Thu, 2:15–4:15   Lynda Wilcox
Strollers 3rd Wed   Margret Quinton
Table tennis Tue, 3:00–4:30 LAW Gary Thurston
Tai Chi
(two groups)
Tue, 9:30–10:30
Tue, 11:00–12:00
MA Barbara Isaac
Tennis Thu, 10:00–11:30 STC Margaret Maiden
Ukulele Mon 1:15–3:15 QMH Ray Middleton
Walking 1st Wed   Maureen Speight
7 Up (longer walks) 4th Wed   Rosaline Vickers
Walking 8 mile hikers 2nd and 3rd Weds   Jenny Bannister
Ray Rebane
Walking cricket Fri, 10:00–12:00 GS
Liz Billings
Walking football Sun, 11:30 tbc Vince Mihill
Writing for pleasure 3rd Thu, 10.00–12.00 QMH Mally Harvey

Key to locations

CA Chapel Allerton Tennis, Squash & Gym Club,
Wensley Avenue, Leeds LS7 3QX
0113 226 6622
GS [summer] Goals Stadium
Redcote Lane, Off Kirkstall Road, Leeds LS4 2AW
0113 263 3030
HEA Headingley Enterprise and Arts Centre
Bennett Road, Headingley, Leeds LS6 3HN
0113 275 4548
HIC [winter] Headingley Indoor Cricket Centre
41 St Michael's Lane, Leeds LS6 3BT
JLH John Lewis Community Hub
4th floor John Lewis
Victoria Gate, Leeds LS2 7AU
LAW Lawnswood YMCA Sport and Leisure Centre
Otley Road, Leeds LS16 6HE
0113 261 2484
LD The Lord Darcy
618 Harrogate Road, Leeds LS17 8EH
0113 237 0100
MA Moor Allerton Sports and Social Centre
Stonegate Road, Leeds LS17 6EL
MAB Moor Allerton Sports and Social Centre Bar Area  
QMH Quaker Meeting House
136 Street Lane, Roundhay LS8 2BW
SCH Stainbeck Community Hall
162 Stainbeck Lane, Leeds LS7 2EA
0113 268 4761
SEC Swarthmore Education Centre
2-7 Woodhouse Square, Leeds LS3 1AD
0113 243 2210
SHL Scott Hall Leisure Centre
Scott Hall Road LS7 3DT
0113 378 1285
STC Shadwell Tennis Club,
The Ginnel,Main Street Shadwell, Leeds LS17 8HD
0113 273 7027

Disabled access

Other than private homes, the venues we currently use comply with the Disability Discrimination Act, 1995, and have access plus other facilities for the disabled. However, you should check with the either the group leader or the venue to ensure that the facilities you require are available before attending for the first time.