Not sure what you want to do? Join one of the many social clubs and groups in St Albans! Try new things! Meet new people! Make Friends! Have fun!
You can attend ‘meet up’ events online or in person at set locations. There are thousands of events and groups. If you live in a populated area, chances are there will be events close to you.
You can filter through location and interests. The group can also be accessed through the ‘meet up’ app on your smartphone or tablet. (logo shown above), or through their website www.meetup.com
Some of the groups are virtual groups, they are accessed through zoom/webcam – so you don’t need to leave your home, these will be for activities such as painting, book club chat, singing (Angie’s keep calm and sing online!), self development etc. There is also business networking etc. You could also surprise your local Chinese takeway by learning Mandarin for beginners! Something for everyone.
I have personal experience of these clubs when I moved to a new area and knew nobody. Personally these were a lifesaver at a point in my life I was lost, lonely and bored. I attended several groups in and around St Albans; these included activities such as walking, picnics, meals out, pub quizzes and live music events. I made many friends and now meet up outside of the original groups as well as still attend some organised meet ups.
My favourite group was St Albans pub goers, they meet in St Albans for a general chat or to watch live music, Pete who runs the group introduced himself and the rest of the members who attended that evening, I was made to feel so welcome, and the music was great also.
Simply by putting St Albans in the location on the app, these are a selections of events running this week:
Description of Event – Meet up group name in brackets
So you can see, there is a huge selection and also an eclectic choice of things to do.
Some of the groups require a small yearly fee (Usually around £5 to pay for the costs of running the group, and some charge per event, for instance the life drawing event has a charge as they supply paper, charcoal and the model! Some groups are age / sex specific, but most are open to all.
Membership of the u3a is open to all people who are no longer in full-time employment, irrespective of race, religion or politics. The vision of the u3a is to give people access to Interest Groups and activities which are provided by the members for the members.
The u3a began in France in 1972, with the core of u3a starting in Britain in 1982. The Third Age Trust is the national representative body for u3as in the UK. There are over 1000 u3as in the UK with 440,000 members. Each u3a is an individual charity run by and for their members.
They usually hold meetings and talks twice a month, which sometimes includes talks given by invited speakers. The meetings are a great way of meeting people, and to find out about future events.
They have 120 groups! Groups are run by members for members! Such a fantastic way of sharing interests and skills. Groups cover an array of different areas, education, recreational, physical and cultural. The groups are autonomous, the group has input on what they want to do, such a fantastic concept.
Many groups meet in peoples’ homes, so they have a more relaxed atmosphere, sometimes a village hall can feel a little cold and uninviting.
There really is a group for everyone! As an example, this is an Art, badminton, book club, bridge, cribbage, debating, gardening, history, internet, Italian, Jazz, poetry an even wine tasting! A veritable choice for anyone!
They also organise holidays, both in the UK and abroad.
For more information, please visit www.stalbansu3a.org.uk
Do you enjoy the great outdoors and want to make new friends with similar interests? Then this could be the group for you!
There are many indoor and outdoor events planned throughout the year, if you prefer physical activities, this is the group for you!
They are always looking for new members, they let you go to 3 events before you decide whether you want to join or not.
Events include walks and cycling on Sundays and Wednesdays, they also have other events running, including indoor social events.
hip offers great value, yearly membership at £20.00, family membership £25 and concessionary membership £10.
Indoor events have a £1 per session fee, which covers hall hire.
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