Interest Groups

Here is the list of our interest groups.  See our current programme for venue and contact details.

If you have a suggestion for a new interest group, or would like to set one up, please contact any committee member.


Classical Music

Performances of classical music are shown on DVD and cover works of a wide range of composers:
From Elgar to Sibelius and Beethoven to Chopin. Sessions last about an hour and a quarter.

Tuesdays at 2.30 p.m:  July 10th, September 18th, October 16th, November 13th, December 11th      Carbis Bay


Computer Group - Self-Help 

This group is for members who are willing to share knowledge and learn from each other about the day to day use of laptops, Ipads, mobile phones, etc. As the heading says this is a self help group and not 'techy'.  Past meetings have shown we all have something to offer each other in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.

Tuesdays at 2.00 p.m:  July 10th.  September 4th, October 2nd, October 30th, November 27th:   St. Ives


Drama Group

This new group has just been formed and the times, dates and venues of meetings will be announced at the General Meetings



The History Group started back in 2007. Over the last 10 years we have covered   a wide range of topics including the Trojan War, Alfred the Great,   American History , the French Revolution, the Napoleonic Wars and the Ottoman Empire. Our format is to base our studies on history programmes originally made for television but now available on DVD. From time to time we will pause the programme to discuss what we have seen and to delve a bit further.  The group meets in the afternoons on alternate Mondays, except for the summer months when we go into recess to enable us to enjoy the Cornwall weather!

Mondays at 2.30 p.m.  October 8th, October 22nd, November 19th, December 3rd.  St. Ives


Local Heritage Group

Wednesdays:   Fornightly:  This group will incorporate group meetings and discussion, and also outings to local heritage sights.  Time & venue to be announced at General Meetings or contact Margaret: 01736 795 032  Next meetings:

Wednesday 26th September:  St. Hilary Heritage Centre and tour of the church.  Refreshments available.  Meet at George's house at 10.30.



Pétanque is a form of French Boules.   The Pétanque group plays on Monday afternoons at 1.00 p.m. (weather and tide permitting) at the far end of beautiful Porthmeor Beach near the West Beach Bakery.

Mondays at 1.00 p.m:  Porthmeor West.  St. Ives


Readers' Circle

The St. Ives Library/U3A Readers' Circle has been in existence for some 12 years.  We meet at the Library on the 4th Monday each month (excluding August and December).  Please see the U3A Programme for dates.  On a good month we may have an attendance of 15 readers.  We select books to read from the Library stock of reading sets and then discuss them.  Our current book is: Purple Hibiscus by Adiche

Here are some comments from our members:

"Diametrically opposed judgements, I love it, I hated it, introduces me to books that otherwise I would have missed.  Some of the comments of our group would be worthy of publication in the Guardian Review selection."  "It's a social event with an intellectual edge to it and it wakes me up.  Good company, light and pleasant environment at a minimum cost."  "Having recently moved to this area, I have found friends with similar interests by joining the readers' circle and thereby launched myself into the community and eased the worries of moving."

So please come and see us, we are a warm and friendly group, it is fine if you just want to enjoy listening to the discussion without participating.

Mondays at 11.15 a.m:   March 26th,  April 23rd, June 25th, July 23rd.  Sept. 24th, October 22rd,  November 26th.   St. Ives Library



Every other Monday afternoon we spend a couple of hours together watching a DVD of one of Shakespeare's 38 plays.  Usually, this requires two meetings as the DVD lasts more than two hours (especially Hamlet - 4 hours his longest play).  After watching and eating our chocolate biscuits with a cup of tea or coffee we have the opportunity to talk about the play, or anything else, but our main priority is to watch the DVD and marvel at Shakespeare the playwright.

Mondays at 2.30 p.m:  September 17th.  October 1st, 15th.  November 12th & 26th.  December 10th       St Ives


Table Tennis:  This group will resume at the first General Meeting on January 8th 2019

We are competitive. but not too serious with the emphasis on fun and good sportsmanship.  Learners and improvers are always welcome.  Suitable footwear must be worn at all times.

Thursdays at 10.30 a.m - 12 noon:  Every week from 13th September until 8th November.  The Island Centre, St. Ives

Tuesdays at 3.45 p.m. - 4.45 p.m. after the General Meetings until 6th November at The Island Centre, St. Ives.



Various walks, usually on Fridays,  will be arranged from time to time and will be announced at General Meetings

Next walk (weather permitting):  Friday 28th September.  Circular walk along the Hayle River