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Interest Groups

Interest Groups

Please bear in mind that the following interest groups are automatically created by date. The government lockdown is not allowing meetings of any kind consequently most of these events will not be taking place. However, it is hoped that after the relaxing of lockdown legislation most interest groups will be able to recommence their meetings.

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Philosophy for All

Thomas Clarkson Centre Hospital Road, Bury St Edmunds

The group has been discussing issues in philosophy for over two years. Some members have followed Bryan Magee’s excellent The Story of Philosophy. However, this book does not cover the most recent phase of the English language and European philosophy, … Continue reading



The Apex Charter Square, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, United Kingdom

The chess group is for people of all abilities; from absolute beginners to Russian 12 year olds! We’re a friendly bunch who don’t take chess too seriously. Instruction/guidance provided if required. Boards and pieces provided. No fees. Why not come … Continue reading



Thomas Clarkson Centre, Fursland Room Hospital Road, Bury St Edmunds

Calligraphy has many styles, and is – apparently. – a very relaxing hobby. Calligraphy is quite a mindful occupation we decided, it requires focus but also lends itself to a sociable chat as we do it. Please note that the … Continue reading


u3a Choir

Thomas Clarkson Centre Hospital Road, Bury St Edmunds

The u3a Choir is a friendly, informal group with over 30 members, we sing a wide variety of music, usually in four parts (soprano, alto, tenor, bass). No Audition is necessary, and you don’t need to read music, as we … Continue reading



Risbygate Sports Club Westley Road, Bury St Edmunds

***Our first 2024 Monday session will be on 8th April at 2pm at Risbygate Sports Centre and our first Thursday session will be on 18th April same time and place*** Members do not need any experience and are not required … Continue reading


Craft Group

New Green Community Centre New Green Avenue, Thurston

We are a friendly group, interested in trying new crafts as well as sharing ideas and skills to create solo and joint projects. We are a friendly group, interested in trying new crafts as well as sharing ideas and skills … Continue reading



We visit a wide variety of locations to study the birds, flora and fauna of this area of East Anglia. Most visits are within a 20-mile radius of Bury but we occasionally travel as far as the Suffolk coast. We … Continue reading


Italian Conversation

We are a small group of enthusiasts who enjoy studying and speaking Italian and learning about Italian culture, and we meet in each other’s houses most Tuesday afternoons in term time, from 2 - 3.30 pm. Our language skills are … Continue reading


Book Group 5

Abbeygate Cinema Hatter Street

We aim to read books of all types, which will be suggested by members, but the emphasis will be on modern(ish) fiction. The many pleasures of belonging to a book group include reading books you wouldn’t have otherwise read and … Continue reading


Poetry Reading

We are a lively, informal group who meet on a Tuesday fortnightly to read poems aloud over a cup of tea and a biscuit. Each person chooses a few poems on a pre-agreed topic and a brief discussion follows a … Continue reading


English Music of all Centuries

Jayne Gilbert Home

Group members take turns to host meetings and select topics. We have recently opened this group up to include all centuries. We are currently full but happy to start a waiting list, please contact the Group Leader who can add … Continue reading


Bird Watching

We go to places in East Anglia where we expect (or hope) to see and watch interesting birds and increase our ability to identify and appreciate them. Outings usually last half to three-quarters of a day. Members travel by car … Continue reading

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