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Olton & District u3a Groups


Meets Various days and times
Normally starts 10:00 to 12:00
Details The group facilitator for this group is Brenda Middleton, who is an art teacher. This is a joint group with members from several local U3As.


Meets first Monday or Thursday of month
Normally starts 14:00 to 16:00
Details We all read the same book and discuss it over a cup of tea. The book list is picked by the members in December for the following year.

Christmas Lunch Hogarths 2023     

Meets 5th December 2023
Normally starts 12:00 to 00:00
Details This years Festive lunch will be held at Hogarth's. The cost is maintained the same as last year at £30 per head. This is a lovely venue and it was very much appreciated by those attending last year.

Coffee Morning     

Meets First Sunday of Month
Normally starts 10:30 to 00:00
Details An informal coffee morning for members to meet for a chat, coffee and cake or a bacon roll etc on the first Sunday of the month.


Meets As scheduled
Normally starts 10:30 to 12:30
Details This group has been set up to allow the minutes secretary to send minutes to the committee members using the Beacon e-mail facilities.

Computer studies     

Meets Thursday, weekly
Details The facilitator for this group is Bob Ireland (Widney U3A). This is a joint group with members from several local U3As. These are run on zoom at the moment - contact the group facilitator for more info

Computer studies     

Meets Wednesday, weekly
Details The facilitator for this group is Bob Ireland (Widney U3A). This is a joint group with members from several local U3As. These are run on zoom at the moment - for more info contact the facilitator

Cookery Club     

Meets 1st Thursday of the month 2pm
Normally starts 14:00 to 15:30
Details Cookery Club where members have the opportunity to share recipes and ideas at our monthly meetings, and share their cakes and dishes with the group members from the planned monthly theme.

Core Meeting Attendance     

Meets pm 2nd Tuesday of the month
Normally starts 13:00 to 15:30
Details This group is used to maintain a list of members attending each core meeting. The members list will be amended for each core meeting so that the attendees can be downloaded to provide the attendance register.

Core Meetings/AGM Set Up Group     

Meets 2nd Tuesday in the month
Normally starts 13:30 to 15:30
Details This Group is responsible for preparing the venue for our Olton & District monthly Core Meetings and AGM, ensuring that the approprite equipent is available, and clearing away afterwards.

Craft and Chat     

Meets 4th Thursday 10.30am
Normally starts 10:30 to 12:30
Details Group for mixed crafts of any description meeting on the 4th Thursday of the month at Olton Library. Aim is to discuss projects new and old, sharing expertise and experience with members and those who wish to learn new skills. The opportunity to chat over a cup of tea or coffee and catch up with the group.

Creative Writing     

Meets 3rd Wednesday at Core Cafe, Solihull
Normally starts 14:00 to 15:00
Details Creative writing group for members who wish to get started or improve their writing skills and creativity. We meet normally on the 3rd Wednesday in the month BUT please check the latest Olton and District Events Diary as it often changes. We meet in The Core Cafe at Solihull Library at 2:00pm. Contact Gordon Cresswell 07815 887005. gordon@gordoncresswell.co.uk

Curry Night     

Meets NULL
Normally starts 18:30 to 22:00
Details t.b.c.


Meets 3rd Wednesday of the month
Details A social cycle ride of between 15-25 miles on lanes and tracks, every third Wednesday of the month joining Pedals Cycling Group of Solihull Central U3a, Facilitator David Dabner. This Group aims to stay within 1 to 1.5 hours of Solihull. There are stops for coffee and sometimes lunch. Contact Carmel Deakin Group Co-ordinator Olton U3a for details.

Events Diary     

Meets Usually weekend prior to General Meeting
Details This is a calendar of future events. Published monthly and attached to the electronic newsletter. Hard copies of this diary are available at all General Meetings.

Family History     

Meets 3rd Friday
Normally starts 14:00 to 16:30
Details Family History Group meeting on the 3rd Friday of the month from 19th May 2023 in the IT Room at Solihull Library 2-4.30pm. Beginners welcome.


Meets Monthly - 2nd & 4th Wednesday
Normally starts 10:30 to 12:30
Details This is a conversation group for members with some knowledge of the language.

French Language & Culture     

Meets Two sessions a month
Normally starts 10:30 to 12:00
Details Beginners or (Virtual Beginners) and Holiday French. French culture, some grammar, pronunciation practice and the use of You Tube to listen to French music.

Garden Lovers     

Meets 2nd Monday
Normally starts 10:30 to 16:30
Details Practical gardening at members houses. Trips to garden sites on various dates to suit members and garden opening times.

Group Facilitators     

Details This group allows the Group Co-ordinator to contact all Facilitators

Line Dancing     

Meets Every Tuesday morning at 10.15am
Normally starts 10:15 to 12:15
Details A weekly beginner/improver line dance class. An enjoyable form of exercise to keep the mind and body active, dancing to all genres of music from pop to country. If this appeals to you, please come along and join our friendly group. We meet every Tuesday morning at 10.15am and 11.15 am. For further info please contact the Facilitator.

Local History     

Meets Bi-monthly
Details This group visits various places and sites of interest regarding local history.

Lytham St Annes Holiday     

Meets Sept23rd -27th 2024
Details 2024 Holiday to Lytham St Annes 5days 23rd 27th Sept, Priced£495 per person including two local excursions, Bed Breakfast and evening meal.

Meet and Eat     

Meets NULL
Details NULL




Meets 2nd Monday in tne month
Normally starts 00:10 to 00:12


Meets 2nd Thursday in the Month
Normally starts 13:30 to 15:30
Details Join the Olton u3a Quiz Group and be amused, entertained and informed!


Meets 3rd Friday 2 pm - 4 pm
Normally starts 14:00 to 16:00
Details The Sailing Group has been formed to teach our members the basic skills needed to sail a small dingy on Olton Mere with qualified instructors from the Sailing Club. If this outdoor activity appeals to you, please contact the Facilitor Kevin.

Scrabble and Rummikub     

Meets 1st Monday of the month at Josiah Mason
Normally starts 10:00 to 12:00
Details No Meeting in May because of the May BH, The next scrabble and rummikub meetings at Josiah Mason Olton B27 9PF will be on the Monday 5th June at 10am - 12noon Scrabble Group for any level of skill, and Rummikub meeting monthly at Josiah Mason Trust. Come along and join a team for an enjoyable morning. When: 1st Monday of the month at 10am til 12 noon Where: Josiah Mason Trust, Hillborough Road, Olton B27 6PF

Singing For Pleasure     

Meets 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month
Normally starts 14:00 to 15:15
Details This group is joint with Solihull Widney U3a. The Facilitator is Pam Ward and run by Byron Blessed. The Group meets in the Methodist Church Hall, Solihull, next to the railway station, on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday 2.00-3.15pm. Parking on site.

Spanish Beginners     

Meets Twice monthly
Normally starts 11:00 to 12:00
Details Spanish Lessons for Beginners

Spanish Intermediate/Advanced     

Meets Tuesday weekly
Normally starts 11:00 to 12:00
Details 14 Kineton Green Rd

Speaker Sec Contacts     

Details This group has been set up to allow the Speaker Secretary to contact the committee members using the Beacon e-mail facilities.


Meets 3rd Wednesday 10.45 am for 11.00 am start
Normally starts 10:45 to 00:00
Details February Stroll Wednesday 21st contact facilitator for details

Sunday Lunch     

Meets Bi Monthly
Normally starts 12:30 to 00:00
Details Bi-monthly meetings for a leisurely lunch at various venues throughout the year. Members are very welcome to suggest/recommend venues.


Meets 1st Wednesday of the month, 10.00 a.m.
Normally starts 10:00 to 11:30
Details The Swimming Group was suggested in order to, gain confidence in the water, to exercise and to meet new people in a relaxing environment. If this is for you, please come and join us.

Tai Chi     

Meets Wednesday 2pm to 3 pm
Normally starts 14:00 to 15:00
Details Relaxing exercises to improve balance and breathing and a short meditation session. Cost is £6.50 per session.

Theatre and Cinema     

Meets Various dates
Details Visits to local theatres to enjoy productions and cinema events that may appeal to members.

TR Attingham Park     

Meets 22 September 2023
Details A trip to Attingham Park National Trust property near Shrewsbury where there is a mansion, garden and park to explore. The cost is £18 per person for the coach, entry to the property is free for National Trust members otherwise £14.75 payable on entry

TR Bletchley Park     

Meets NULL
Details NULL

TR Cheltenham Xmas 23     

Meets Friday 15th December 2023

TR St Fagans Cardiff     

Meets 19th March

TR Sudeley Castle     

Meets NULL
Details NULL

TR Trips Reserve     


TR Weymouth     

Meets NULL
Details NULL


Meets Thursday morning every week
Normally starts 10:00 to 12:00
Details Ukulele Group for members to have fun and enjoy being part of this lively Group. The Group will meet every Thursday morning at Solihull Methodist Church. Facilitator Jim Hiscox. Contact Jim for information on purchasing a ukulele or any other ukulele-related queries. A new Beginners Group is starting on 29th February, also in the methodist Hall starting at 10 am.


Meets 3rd Monday
Normally starts 10:20 to 13:00
Details Walks normally 4 to 5 miles in length. We aim to walk at a comfortable pace for all participants. Walks usually include field paths and places can be muddy, so waterproof walking boots are recommended. Everyone is welcome, though we do not allow dogs on walks. Lunch is usually available at the end of a walk. Notes about the next walk available at the General Meetings. See the Calendar for planned walks. Volunteer leaders always welcome.