U3A has been lucky enough to be able to join with an existing badminton-for-fun group which plays at the Berinsfield Leisure Centre. We are a sociable group of extremely mixed ability. Some of us had not played for 50 years, others have been active players throughout their years. We all have one thing in common, we enjoy a run-around. Players pay £3 per session to the Centre but only when they play. We play all year round but there is no requirement to turn up each and every week – you play when you have the time, energy and inclination.
The Group plays all year round on a new purpose-designed playing terrain, funded and built by the Sports Park’s Associate club, Petanque Wallingford.
The Group’s members join the Petanque Wallingford Club’s regular Tuesday morning gathering at the Sports Park, Hithercroft Road, playing from 10.00 am to midday. U3A players pay a green fee of £2 per visit, but are encouraged to become members of the club, which has several regular weekly sessions and a full programme of special events and competitions.
Loren Butt/HB 24/01/2018
Throughout 2017 we enjoyed a year of continuing fun. We take turns at hosting and therefore we cannot accommodate more than two card tables so cannot take a lot of members. However if enough people want to learn or play members of the existing group are willing to start another group who, once taught, would continue as a separate group under their own steam. Therefore, we welcome experienced players or those who have rusty memories of the game or those who simply wish to learn. We continue to be at different stages and are all competitive but most of all we have fun. Besides playing Cribbage we have a meal out together twice a year which is always a very merry occasion.
The Birdwatching group is very friendly and is aimed at those who have some experience of Birdwatching. Our annual programme included a mixture of fairly local half-day trips, whole day visits to further flung sites and a two-day trip which, in May 2016 was to the New Forest. We have an interesting range of visits and have taken in College Lake near Tring, Blashford Lakes, the starling murmuration at Otmoor, Dinton Pastures where we did some birding followed by a lovely Christmas lunch at the Wheelwright’s Arms and Slimbridge. Forthcoming visits include the nature Discovery Centre at Thatcham, the London Wetland Centre at Barnes, Brandon Marsh near Coventry, a 3 day trip to North Norfolk and Little Marlow gravel pits.
Each established member takes responsibility for organising one of these trips and this system works well. Visits follow a very civilised format in that we all meet for coffee before starting our birding and then adjourn for lunch to a suitable venue before continuing our birding. Car-sharing works well and the group is very friendly and informal.
Rosemary Garner 24/01/2017
A group of keen cardplayers thought it was time to teach themselves a new game. A pin was stuck in the index of a book of card games and up sprang Euchre – a whist-based game with bowers, bennys and shiftshapers! We meet in Catherine’s Tea Shop in Wallingford for the cost of a cup of tea and a cake. Currently we have one free space.
Hilly Bailey 22/10/2018
This newish group proved very popular very quickly and is now, unfortunately, full. It is hoped, but not definite, that a beginners group can also be started.