Special Interests

ASTRONOMY
This group explores many celestial objects - stars, galaxies, planets, moons and nebulae.  The Leader has his own powerful telescopes which members can use to observe the night sky, weather permitting.  Other activities include visits, talks and research.

1st Friday in month / 2.00pm - 4.00pm / The Curve, Bangor Library


BIRD WATCHING
We are commencing our sixth year as 'birders' this autumn.  Depending on the weather, we either stay in for our study of birds or go out visiting wetlands, woods, seashores and urban sites. In the spring and summer we go away for a whole day's 'birding'.
Note! Warm layered waterproof clothing, strong walking boots/shoes, binoculars and flask with a hot drink are essential.
If you would like to follow the Convenor/Leaders's blog, please click on the link below:
www.birdingforpleasure.blogspot.com

2nd & 3rd Monday in month / 9.30am - 12.30pm / Convenor's home

COMPUTER WORKSHOP
The purpose is to provide assistance in the use of the various computer manufacturers' hardware and software as installed in their laptops, tablets and smartphones.  The workshop will cater for all levels from beginners to those with more advanced knowledge and will reflect the workings of all versions of the Windows and Android hardware and software applications.  

Wednesday (for 12 weeks: booking required) /  10.30am - 12.30pm / YMCA, High Street, Bangor


GARDENING
Gardening is consistently popular, so much so that we now have four groups.  Please check with the Convenors regarding possible vacancies in any of the groups.  If and when groups are full, we could start another group - volunteers for Converor/Leader please!  Our meetings consist of discussion, to which everyone contributes.  We also visit garden centres, nurseries and gardens of interest. 

Gardening 1, 2 & 4:  1st Wednesday in month / 10.00am - 12.00 noon / Members' homes  (Note: Group 1 starts at 10.30am)
Gardening 3:  1st Thursday in month / 10.00am - 12.00 noon / Members' homes

GENEALOGY
Members assist each other, with guidance from the leaders, to further their knowledge and understanding on family history and research projects, leading to the publication of individual family history books.  The nature of this work means that the group has a maximum of six members and membership is currently closed.

Usually 3rd Tuesday in month / 2.00pm - 4.00pm / Leaders' homes

GENEALOGY FOR BEGINNERS
This new group is for members who have little or no experience of family history research.  The emphasis will be on using the many resources available on the internet.  Numbers are limited to eight, due to the availability of workstations, although couples or siblings could be accommodated if they shared a station.

Usually 1st Monday in month / 2.00pm - 4.00pm / Learning Lab, Bangor Library


GUITAR
This group explores acoustic guitar accompaniment to songs in a variety of genres, including folk and blues.  Beginners are welcome and will be nurtured by more experienced members.

1st & 3rd Friday in month (1st & 2nd in December) / 11.00am - 12.30pm / The Curve, Bangor Library


NATURE
Venues include many of the wonderful wetlands and nature reserves that we are fortunate enough to have in this and the surrounding area.  Sometimes we venture farther afield.  The group covers geology, flora and fauna and bird identification.  During some of the winter months we have indoor talks.  If you enjoy nature, you would be most welcome in this group.

See Magazine for venues and times.


PHOTO PLUS
This group is designed for members who wish to improve their photographic skills, enabling them to take better photographs.  The leader will have workshops and discussions on better composition techniques and lighting issues and many more hints on producing more creative photographs.  Each month a theme will be set and members will bring the results to the next meeting to have their photographs analysed.

2nd Friday in month / 2.15pm - 4.00pm / Hamilton Road Community Hub


QUESTA
The object is to visit a wide variety of places of interest and we are always open to suggestions from members.

See Magazine for details.


INTERGENERATIONAL SHARED LEARNING
In association with a number of intermediary bodies, group members work with local children and young people in a range of activities including reading in the story-telling kiosk at the Folk & Transport Museum, helping to improve literacy skills through the Time to Read programme, speaking about work experience and mentoring students intending to set up their own businesses.

See Magazine for details.


SINGING
The Singing Group consists of around 50 members singing four parts.  It meets twice a month and works on two programmes per year - Spring and Christmas - with the aim of providing entertainment for the U3A Monthly Meetings in June and November.  The group also performs at the annual U3A Singfest and is particularly busy around Christmas time, with many requests for entertainment and occasional concerts. 

1st & 3rd Tuesday in month / 2.00pm - 4.00pm / The Curve, Bangor Library



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