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The development of new groups depends entirely on the talents and creativity of Islington U3A members. We welcome considered proposals for new groups and will help you research them to see if there is a core of interest amongst iU3A members.

New Groups Now Launched
The following new groups are now fully operational. For details of any of them then go to the full groups listing page here.

Italian Intermediate this was launched in December 2017. It's co-ordinated by a native Italian speaker who has previously taught Italian. If you want to join go to the Groups web page and in the listing click on  Italian Intermediate Conversation.

Ancient Greek for Fun this is now launched (January 2018) and will be run as a joint group with Crouch End & District U3A. The aim of the group is to have fun, though scholars are welcome too. Joiners need to spend about £5-£10 on second-hand books, which can be obtained from the Hellenic Book Service in Kentish Town (amongst other places). The Group will play with different approaches to Ancient Greek whilst we get to know each other and see how things develop. Then we will decide what to do next. There are still places so if you want to join this group please email and we can then forward your contact details to Janice Wiliams (Co-ordinator of the Latin Group, Crouch End & District U3A).

Future Groups
At present we have a few specific proposals for new groups. All have significant interest from members and so are close to launch. But each requires a few more members to be sure that the group is viable in the longer term. More details:

Leisurely Walks we are launching a third walking group in the Spring. The Leisurely Walks group will offer a monthly half-day walk (on different days of the week) of up to three miles. The pace will be leisurely, with pauses along the way. The start and end points will be easily reached by public transport and will be in the Freedom Pass travel zones. Some walks will be local, e.g. Clissold Park and the New River Path. Others will be further afield, e.g. Trent Park. The walks may feature river or canal towpaths, parks and nature reserves, while others may be more urban and explore a London 'village’. They would be ideal for members who would like gentle outdoor exercise at a slower pace than the existing walking groups.

As with all Groups, whether we get this operating long term is dependent on someone, or some people, volunteering to support the group. A volunteer has been found to take care of the general administration. If you are willing to help or want to join this group please contact

Scottish Country Dancing
one of our members has offered to form a Scottish Country Dancing group and act as Coordinator. The group would meet once a month. If you want to join this group please contact

Life Drawing one of our members has offered to form a life drawing group if there is sufficient support and interest. A suitable venue is still to be found. Models would be booked and paid for by group members. So probably each member would have to pay around £3.00 per class. The group would meet once a month. If you want to join this group please contact

Co-operative Singing there could be sufficient interest to create this group. The idea would be that people who enjoy singing, and who have sung in groups before, could introduce others to the music they have enjoyed singing themselves. We'd need to find singers for the four main voice parts as a core to make the group viable. We'd also need a keyboard player. If you want to join this group please contact

Possible Other New Groups
If you have a proposal for a new group that you would be interested in developing, please let us know. We are very ready to discuss all new ideas and to help develop proposals to put to the membership to gauge interest. We will do our best to help and can, for example, facilitate an exploratory meeting. If you have a proposal that you would like to take forward, contact Sue Welsford here

We know there are still a number of members who'd like to join a second German Conversation Group and we are actively looking for a volunteer who speaks German fluently and would be willing to coordinate such a group. If you may be interested in doing so please contact Sue Welsford here


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