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IGO October News Extra

The first week of October was a busy week for us - the IGO fair, consisting of 14 free taster sessions for members and non-members alike was a real success. Since the fair, IGO has gained over 100 members. 

I asked some group leaders how their taster sessions went...

Peter, Railways group leader

“About twenty-five people joined the session and seemed to enjoy my taster talk on Sardinian Railways.  Several joined the group.  One of the few IGO engineering-related groups is steadily growing.”

Dawn, Family History group leader

“I had over 40 attendees and 29 sign ups, with one group doubling membership. Considering I had a computer problem it went very well.”

Read more about how the IGO Fair went on the IGO noticeboard. 

autumn leaves on the ground
Photo by Ann of the Smartphone Art group

Helen Titherington, Trust Volunteer – IGO News Extra Editor

Groups to Join

Do any of these groups interest you? You can join any of these groups by following the instructions on the Interest Groups Online groups page

artwork of a wave

‘I don’t know anything about art’ is a comment sometimes made by members thinking of joining this IGO art group.

However, everyone knows something about art as it is all round us everyday from advertisements to clothes that we wear and the homes we live in. We love to explore all kinds of art such as paintings, sculptures, architectures and gardens as well as learn about the artists themselves.

We learn from each other in the spirit of the u3a and since we began to meet, we have become online friends, a small community supporting each other. It all makes the meetings so enjoyable, sociable and relaxed. Think about coming along to a meeting as a taster session. You will be most welcome.

Catherine Stevenson, Group Leader

In order to keep the size of the groups manageable, we now have five session times for What Are You Reading. Join the the group that suits you, or if you are on a waiting list, why not try a group with a different start time.

  • First Tuesday in the Month, 1.30 to 2.30 pm – group leader Helen

  • First Wednesday in the Month, 10am – group leader Sheila

  • First Thursday in the Month, 10am – group leader Carol

  • Second Friday in the Month, 10am – group leader Sheila

  • Third Tuesday in the Month, evening – group leader Ruth

New Groups 

Browse the new groups on offer! Some have the date and time decided, others will have the meeting time decided when enough people join the group. 

Current Affairs and Discussion 2
This is a new group which will start up when there are 4 members.

Digital Skills
The Digital Skills group is about helping people to become more comfortable in this digital world.

The group is interested in all aspects of Geology. Open to everyone - experts and beginners alike.

Irish History and Culture
This group will cover all aspects of Irish History and Culture.

Jane Austen Reading group
This group is dedicated to deep/close reading of all six of her novels in the order in which they were written.

Writing for Pleasure
Writing for pleasure gives group members a way of expressing thoughts, ideas, memories and views without criticism.

News from the 'Welsh Language' group 

Editor Helen's note:

On the boat down to Spain from Plymouth I met a group of possibly the loudest, happiest, Welsh Speaking people I’ve ever met – they were off on a jaunt to Andorra. We got talking and I tried to guess where in Wales they were from – I said Gwynedd – how wrong could I be, they hailed from Cardiganshire. Here you can see a map giving % Welsh Speakers per area.

If you have Welsh heritage and want to start out learning the language this may be the group for you – but of course you don’t have to have Welsh heritage just a yearn to learn a ‘new-to-you’ language. Annie the group leader wants to welcome beginners and those more well versed in the language initially. Once the group gets together, different strategies can be adopted depending on your fluency levels…

Date and time TBD! Join the group on Beacon for more information. 

a green map of wales
blonde lady by microphone in black top
man with black hair and greying beard smiling in navy suit blazer
woman with hair up smiling in silver hoop earring and grey cardigan
man with blonde ish hair, scarf and facial hair

In the meantime - can you name the four Welsh stars pictured here? (Answers at the bottom!)

(Photos CC BY-SA 4.0 DEED)

Leaving groups you no longer attend

Lots of our groups are full or nearly full. Perhaps you could help out by removing yourself from any group(s) you no longer wish to attend. This will free up spaces for new members.

Log into Beacon, click on the list of groups and find the group you wish to leave, click on the title and then click on the word leave – and that’s all there is to it. 

If you have any issues doing this, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Have your say on IGO!

We want to hear what you have to say to help guide the next phase of Interest Groups Online. Please fill out the anonymous survey to give your feedback, and help us improve the IGO offering.

Conservation Group - News and Ideas from conservators nationwide 

One of our members thinks there might be room in the IGO calendar for a Conservation group – maybe you’re a member of your local face to face u3a conservation group, but would like to hear from others around the country and indeed abroad? An ideal situation for the birth of a new Interest Group Online. If this interests you, please get in touch and we’ll do our best to get the group started. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

a orange small bird (chaffinch) in the trees

Have you read Cider with Rosie?

Member of Read, Write and Discuss Roger shares his thoughts on the Laurie Lee classic, 'Cider with Rosie'.

Read the long read 'Revisiting Cider with Rosie'.

Answers to the Welsh stars quiz (from L to R). 

1. Cerys Matthews (Photo credit

2. Michael Sheen (Photo credit

3. Ruth Jones (Photo credit

4. Rhys Ifans (Photo credit

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