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We currently have over 115 individual groups covering 50 interest areas.  Each group is organised by a volunteer group leader. Most activities which follow a particular interest or hobby take place within these individual member’s home.


Current groups can be found by clicking in the blue box below. New and existing members should contact the group leaders of the activities in which they are interested. Not all groups have vacancies at any given time but most are willing to hold waiting lists. Or contact the Groups Secretary (see below)


The Groups Secretary is Ann Knowles and she will be more than happy to support the formation of additional groups if there is sufficient interest shown, with the result that the newly formed groups are then added to this website. Please ring Ann on 01704 872333  or email (groups@formbyu3a.org.uk)


You can also take advantage of the opportunity to meet her at the Monthly Workshop whenever possible (click here for details)

There are two ways to find groups of interest


  • By subject name (alphabetical list) - please click here


  • By the day of the week they take place  - please click here

To   All Group Leaders:


  • You have your own page for resources and information please click here


  • Just a reminder that every Group has its own ‘information page on the Formby U3A website. These are accessed by clicking on the Groups tab at the top of the page and then clicking on the alphabetical listing of groups. Some of these pages seem to need updating. Could all Group Leaders please check their page and e-mail any additions or amendments to the Group Secretary


  • If you are a group leader and would like to advertise for vacancies through this page please contact  groups@formbyu3a.org.uk (Groups Secretary) Tel:  872333 and this will be arranged with the webmaster

If you have experience of a subject that is not covered by current groups and would like to create such a group - please contact  groups@formbyu3a.org.uk (Groups Secretary)

 We are really keen to offer our members new  skills.

We have been informed that the groups below currently have vacancies or are interested in forming a new group - please click on each group name to see details (this facility is under development so it is not an exhaustive list of all groups with vacancies) - please contact the group leader for any group to check current availability. See below if seeking members for a new group

Bowling: There are still some vacancies in the Bowling Group. Everyone is welcome and tuition is available for beginners. Please contact Ray Doldon, 834253 or e-mail groupleader

Floral Art 1:  Floral Art has a couple of vacancies. The Group meets once a month on a Wednesday morning. Members each produce an arrangement on a specific theme using foliage, flowers and grasses etc. No previous experience needed. Please contact Pauline Hall, 879820 for further information.

Bird Watching: The Bird Watching Group meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 9.30am in the car park of the Cross House Inn. Its members visit Bird Reserves to watch and record bird life, sometimes stopping for lunch or coffee. No previous knowledge is necessary, but the visits generally involve a short walk, so that binoculars, suitable clothing and footwear is required. For more information please contact Andrea Burton on 876454, email  groupleader  or Eileen Cambridge on 872299.

Bridge Group 1:  This is a Group for beginners, meeting weekly on Tuesday afternoons and Thursdays by arrangement. We meet in members homes on a rota basis and would welcome new members. For more information please contact Nikki Harrison on 871308.

Bridge Groups 3 & 22:  We meet weekly on a Monday afternoon and a Thursday evening. We play Rubber Bridge in members homes and currently have 2 or 3 vacancies for players with some experience. For more information please contact Maureen Simpson on 877326.


Bridge Group Co-ordinator: With so many Bridge Groups operating within Formby U3A, we have had a suggestion that someone take on the role of Bridge Co-Ordinator, who might act as a single contact point for members interested in joining a group. If Bridge Group Leaders have any suggestions to make as how this might work, or would like to volunteer for this role, please e-mail, or ring the Group Secretary with your thoughts.


Canasta:  Since the Canasta Group is full, there has been interest in starting another group. Anyone who is interested in joining, please contact the Group Secretary.


Local History 6:  Meets once a month to visit places of local history across the North West and currently has vacancies. The group generally meet the 3rd week of the month and try to alternate between Mondays and Wednesdays to avoid venue closures. Upcoming meetings are to Williamson Tunnels, Liverpool and Royal Institute of Architects "Sculpture, Culture & Civic Pride" 2 hr guided walk around Liverpool's landmarks. For more information please contact Elizabeth Goodwill, Group Leader, by e-mailing:  lh6groupleader

Walking Group 2:  Meets fortnightly on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month. We leave at 9.00am from M&S Car Park. Our walks usually take about 2.5 hours (approx

5 miles), followed by a Pub Lunch. We currently have 2 or 3 vacancies. For more information please contact Rob Blackwell on 875573.

Vacancies:  There are also vacancies in the following groups: Art, Book Clubs, Bird Watching, Boules, Bowling, Cycling, Folk and Country Singing, Floral Art, French, Gardening Group 3, Guitar, Golf, Knit and Natter, Lunch, Needlecraft, Science, Scottish Dancing, Swimming, Table Tennis, various Walking Groups and Whist.


If you wish to join a group that has no vacancies, please inform the Group Secretary.


You should show your  yellow 2019 membership cards when you attend group meetings

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