ARTS AND CRAFTS

ART OUT OF DOORS
Jill Elliot -  01875 853334 -  
jill@elliotfs.com
Weekly, Thursdays 10.00 till early afternoon (weather permitting) May to September.
Meets at different venues throughout the summer. This pleasant summer activity is for members interested in sketching or painting. A break for a picnic lunch allows would-be artists to discuss points with more experienced members.

LOOKING AT PAINTINGS
Janette Redmond - 01875 853543 -
janred@onetel.com
Pat Edwards - 0131 665 3290
Twice monthly 1st and 3rd Thursdays am and/or pm October - April 
This group learns about artists and their work through looking at paintings in permanent collections, exhibitions, slides and videos.
Costs: Travel and some entry fees

NEEDLEWORK/CRAFTWORK
May Bowie - 01620 895149 - 
ian.bowie1@btinternet.com
Thursdays 2.00 - 4.00 October - March
Venue: Longniddry Community Centre

Members share their interest in needle and craft work and are hopeful of attracting members with new skills to share with us. Before Christmas we tend to concentrate on making cards, small gifts and some decorations. We would also encourage anyone who has a skill to come and demonstrate this to us.


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COMPUTING

APPLE MAC USERS
David Elder - 01620 825697 - 
david.elder2@btinternet.com
Monthly, 2nd Friday of the month, 2.00 – 4.00
Venue: Bridge Centre, Haddington (Pool Hall)

Members learn how to use their Apple Macs for many and varied purposes such as digital photography, word processing and surfing the internet. Mutual self-help is also available for solving any problems members may have.

COMPUTING FOR BEGINNERS 
Margaret Gordon - 01620 842363 - 
magsgordon@gmail.com

Mondays, 10.30 - 12.00 September - April

Venue: Members’ homes
The aim is to encourage members to develop an interest in computing and begin to use their PC with more confidence. Coffee time allows us to share ideas, queries and problems. Then we see what our host has used the PC for (and what they have had fun with if possible). Members are encouraged to note things they would particularly like to learn to do. The cardinal rule is ‘there is no such thing as a stupid question’. Any stage of beginners welcome.
Maximum number 6


IPAD USERS FORUM

Richard Morton - 01620 825979 - ramorton@f2s.com

1st Monday of the month, 10.00 - 12.00 September - April

Venue: North Berwick Community Centre

A forum for the discussion of ideas about the various ways an iPad can be used and to exchange information about favourite apps.


PC PALS
Kath Rose - 01875 811578 - 
k.rose578@btinternet.com
1st Tuesday of the month, 10.30 - 12.30
Venue: Members’ homes

Members have either been in a Beginner’s Group or feel they are now reasonably confident and competent on the PC. They meet once a month to talk over any PC issues that have arisen for them. This may be a difficulty, a discovery, a useful tip, a query, a piece of advice etc. – almost anything to do with computing. The host/hostess usually demonstrates something on their computer. Special sessions on a particular topic may be arranged at a member’s request.


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GAMES

BASIC BRIDGE
Marian Chambers - 01620 842242 - 
marian­_chambers@btinternet.com 
Beryl Robinson - 01620 842445 
Weekly, Thursdays 2.00 - 4.00 
Venue: Lammerview House, Main St, Gullane

A relaxed and friendly approach to bridge - a game that anyone can learn at any age. 'Bridge is the most stimulating, most intriguing, most fascinating, most challenging of all card games. It will give you more lasting pleasure than any other recreation because of its unending variety.' (Acol Bridge Made Easy.)
Maximum number 8. 
Waiting list: contact Marian

BRIDGE FOR IMPROVERS
Alma Anderson - 01620 861166 -
alma.a@btinternet.com
Weekly, Thursdays 2.00 - 4.00
Venue: Nungate and Haddington Community Centre, Haddington

If you have played Bridge for years or have been attending lessons for beginners and are ready to move on, this may be the group for you. We attempt to improve our bidding and play in a relaxed atmosphere by using a variety of hand evaluation methods and improving our knowledge of playing techniques. This is a fun group for folk who want to play better Bridge.
New Members welcome

MAH JONG 1
Sheelagh Stone-Wigg - 01620 860079 - 
stonewigg@btinternet.com
Twice monthly, 2nd and 4th Tuesdays
Venue: Members’ homes

Come and enjoy this ancient game.
Maximum number 12


MAH JONG 2

Susan Douglas  – susan.douglas11@btinternet.com

First Friday of the month 10.30 - 12.30

Venue: Members’ homes


SCRABBLE
New Scrabble Group

Joan Bell - 01620 860092 - klebsiella2@btinternet.com
First Monday of every month 2.00 - 4.00

As the group will meet in members' houses initially, it is proposed that eight members will be the maximum.


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GET PHYSICAL

CEILIDH DANCING AND MORE
Sheila Sergeant - 01620 825127 - 
sheilasergeant@hotmail.com
Weekly, Tuesdays 11.30 - 1.00
Venue: Bridge Centre, Haddington. (Alistair Grant Hall)
 
This group will begin in the autumn and continue during the winter months. All you will need to bring are comfortable/soft shoes for dancing in. No previous experience is necessary. Come along to benefit from the exercise, have some fun in good company and enjoy the music. 


CREATIVE DANCE

Sheila Shillitto - 0131 6579918 - sheila1000@john-lewis.com

2nd & 4th Tuesdays of the month 1.45 - 3.30

Venue: Bridge Centre, Haddington. (Alistair Grant Hall) 

A fun and relaxed activity, no dance experience necessary. Music of every genre is explored, from pop to classical, musicals to world music, led by Sue Oliver, dancer and choreographer.


INTERMEDIATE WALKING
Kathy Fairweather -
kathleenfairweather@btinternet.com
Fortnightly, Friday mornings (Alternate weeks from ‘Simply Strolling’)
Four to six mile walks in and around the East Lothian area. Members are encouraged to socialise over a cup of coffee/tea at the end of each walk where and when possible.

SIMPLY STROLLING
Rosemary Brannan - 01620 825208 - 
rosemary.j.brannan@gmail.com
Fortnightly, Fridays, meet 10.15 for 10.30 start (Alternate weeks from ‘Intermediate Walking’) 
A walking group which offers less demanding routes than the Wednesday Walkers.
Walks are around 3 miles on easy terrain, usually followed by coffee or lunch at one of the excellent cafés in the area. Dogs welcome.  

TAI CHI

Claire East - 01620 824760 - claireeast@btinternet.com

Weekly, Thursdays 10-12

Venue: Bridge Centre, Haddington

Loose comfortable clothing advised and flat shoes

An eight movement form devised for beginners and those of us who are not 21 anymore! Chi Kung exercises, gentle repeated movements to stimulate circulation and respiration are part of the session too.

All are welcome, no previous experience required.



WEDNESDAY WALKERS
Peter Ramage - 01620 822554 -
 prramage@gmail.com

Weekly, Wednesdays
The group was founded in 1999, since when it has expanded to over 60 members, with an average turnout of about 18. We completed our 500th walk in July 2013. Walks are led by group members and are always very sociable occasions. They take place throughout the year, with a two-week break over Christmas. A small, elected committee looks after the common interests of the group, and collates programmes of walks in the Lothians and Borders three times a year. Walks are usually between 7 and 10 miles, moderately demanding, sometimes including steep gradients, and with stops for coffee and lunch. It isn’t a requirement, but it is hoped that most members will take a turn at planning and leading a walk. Walkers normally assemble in time to leave Haddington at 9 am, and share transport to the starting point.



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HISTORY


ARCHAEOLOGY, LOCAL HISTORY & GENEALOGY
Graeme Bettison - 01875 818710 -
graeme.bettison@tesco.net
Monthly, usually the third Monday at 11.00. *
Venue: Bridge Centre, Haddington (Upper Hall)
*or other locations as detailed in our programme.
We run an all-inclusive programme of talks, visits to places of interest and “hands on” projects to make sure that everyone has the opportunity to develop their interests in discovering more about their past and to share their learning experiences with others. We cover archaeological methods and studies, research in family and social history and give direct support to other projects such as gravestone recording, the John Gray “Talking” Museum with many more in the pipeline.


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LANGUAGES

FRENCH CONVERSATION
WEDNESDAYS: Fortnightly - 10.30 - 12.00 September - June
     Marie-Florence Macdonald - 01368 830460
- mfmacd@btinternet.com
     Robin MacEwen - 01620 894654 - 
robin.macewen@just-results.co.uk

MONDAYS: Fortnightly - 2.00 - 4.00 September - June
     Hazel Buck - 01620 248215 -
buckcoupe@hotmail.com

Venue: Members’ homes 
Members of this group have some experience of speaking French and have decided on various enjoyable means to encourage fearlessness in communication! Maximum practice and a little preparation are encouraged. The aim is to have more vocabulary and more confidence when speaking to French people.

FRENCH BEGINNERS

Tuesdays - Weekly - 10.00 am - 12.00

Harry Hamilton - 01620 860852 - happus@btinternet.com

Venue: 29 Andrew Meikle Grove, East Linton EH40 3EL
The group is using a course guide 'Facon de Parler' and is led by a tutor who is fluent and has teaching experience. No one in the group is a complete beginner but we all lack conversational skills.  We are enjoying very good progress and the atmosphere in the group although earnest is relaxed and can be quite light-hearted on occasions.


LATIN

Rosemary Brannan - 01620 825208 - rosemary.j.brannan@gmail.com

Mondays 2nd and 4th of each month -  2.00 - 3.30

Venue: Whitegates, Liberty Hall, Haddington

For complete beginners and the very rusty.


PARLIAMO ITALIANO
Rosemary Brannan - 01620 825208 - 
rosemary.j.brannan@gmail.com
1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month 2.00 - 4.00
Venue: Bridge Centre, Haddington. (Upper Hall)

The aim is to provide members with the basic communication skills for simple conversations in e.g. holiday situations. Good pronunciation and fluency take precedence over grammatical accuracy. New members are welcome, but some previous knowledge of Italian is necessary.  We have no teacher, but use CDs and varied passages for translation, with members contributing accounts of their experiences.

SPANISH CONVERSATION
Diana Mackie - 01368 864314 -
dimackie@mayvillepark.plus.com
Fortnightly, Tuesdays  2.00 - 4.00
Venue: Members’ homes

This group provides members, who should already have a basic grasp of spoken Spanish , the opportunity to practice their conversational skills and extend their vocabulary. New members are welcome.

GERMAN LANGUAGE AND CULTURE
Isobel Brown - 01620 824591 - 
isobelnbrown@btopenworld.com 
Fortnightly, Mondays 10.00 – 11.30
Venue: Tutor’s home, Haddington

Concentrating on listening and speaking skills, the group’s aim is to build up confidence in communication. Varied methods are used to increase members’ knowledge of vocabulary and structures.

RUSSIAN 
Rosemary Brannan - 01620 825208 - 
rosemary.j.brannan@gmail.com
Fortnightly, Wednesdays 10.30 - 12 (alternating with French Conversation)
Venue: Members’ homes

Using a Book and CD course, we are progressing quite slowly with this difficult language.  Therefore it would be possible for a dedicated beginner to join us.

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LITERATURE 

BOOKWORMS
Kath Rose - 01875 811578 - 
k.rose578@btinternet.com
Monthly, except August & December, Tuesdays 10.30 - 12
Venue: Members' homes

Each year Bookworms select a reading programme drawn from Fiction - novels & short stories from all periods, and Non-fiction - history, biography, travel, etc.  We read and discuss one book a month, members taking it in turn to introduce a book.

BOOK TUESDAY

Maggie Stevenson - 01620 861776 - maggiest@talktalk.net

Monthly, third Tuesdays 2.30 - 4.00

Venue:  Members' homes

Two books read and discussed each month.  Books are provided by East Lothian Library and members take it in turn to lead discussions on the books read.  We meet in members’ homes on a rota basis.


CONTEMPORARY FICTION
Liz Strachan - 01875 340457
Monthly, last Tuesdays 2.30 - 4.00, September - May
Venue: Pencaitland
Members read and discuss a wide range of literary novels published mainly, though not exclusively, in the last twenty years. Books are chosen with the aim of stimulating thought and debate as well as entertainment. The group reads and discusses one book a month.
Waiting list: Contact Liz  

PLAY READING
Wendy Fraser – 01875 821611
Fortnightly, Thursdays, 2.00 – 4.00, alternating with Shakespeare group
Venue: various members' homes but usually Haddington
This new group started by romping its way through 'The Importance of Being Earnest', recognising the genius of Oscar Wilde. Our second play is' The Glass Menagerie' by Tennessee Williams. Among further reading, we look forward to the plays of Arthur Miller, Noel Coward, Anton Chekhov, Tom Stoppard and Edward Albee, to name but a few.


READING SHAKESPEARE
Sheila Small - 01875 852088 -
sheila@small67.orangehome.co.uk
Fortnightly, Thursdays 2.00 - 4.00
Venue: Various, members’ homes, usually Haddington

Why is Shakespeare considered the greatest writer ever of English drama? Through our readings we are beginning to understand and marvel at his dramatic skills and wonderful poetry. We also try whenever possible to see his plays in Edinburgh and East Lothian.

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MUSIC 

FOLK MUSIC
Robert Russel - 01620 860702 (mob. 07751 392966) - 
rjrussel17@aol.co.uk
Second Tuesday and fourth Thursday of each month, September - May,
2.00 - 4.00 (with tea-break)
Venue: Bridge Centre, Haddington. (Upper hall)

This group plays and sings folk music from Scotland and around the world. If you would like to have some relaxing fun creating music with others on your flute, fiddle, whistle, guitar, concertina, clarsach, bodhran, chanter, etc. or with your voice, (or just come and listen), then phone Robert.  

JAZZ APPRECIATION
Glen Gibb - 01368 864715 - 
gibboid2@tiscali.co.uk
Every four weeks, Tuesday afternoons October - April
Venue: Spott

The Jazz group is studying the history of this important music, from its roots in the fields and towns of the Southern states of North America, with its early prominence based in New Orleans, up to the present day. It is hoped to cover all aspects from ragtime, the swing era, bebop, the Avant Garde and the improvised music of today. It will pose the question 'What is Jazz?' which has been asked ever since the music left New Orleans and will explore the highways and byways en route with interesting diversions and amusements, all with good music and discussion and with enough variety to hopefully satisfy all (musical) tastes.

MATTERS MUSICAL
Philip Taylor - 01368 850235
Monthly, Thursday afternoons
Venue: Whittingehame and performance venues

Meets on eight to ten occasions during autumn and spring to discuss classical works (operas, symphonies, concertos, etc.) that are being performed in Haddington or Edinburgh. Group visits are arranged as and when thought helpful. The topics for discussion are suggested by the members. Normally meetings are illustrated by piano, CD or video and take the form of an informed but informal talk prepared and presented by the leader. Enlightened and informal discussion is the hallmark of our approach. Refreshments provided.

OPERA
Estelle Morton - 01620 825979 - 
estelle.morton@gmail.com
Anne Rarity - 01620 823933 - rarity@globalnet.co.uk
Monthly, Fridays 2.00 - 4.00
Venue: Bridge Centre, Haddington. (Upper Hall)
 
The opera group meets to view DVDs of forthcoming operas in the SO season and to hear talks from professionals involved in opera production. Members get together to attend live performances and to arrange transport.


RECORDER PLAYING 1
Tom Pitcairn- 01875 870593 - 
thepitcairns@yahoo.co.uk
Fortnightly, Fridays 3.00 - 5.00
Venue: Bridge Centre, Haddington. (Upper Hall)

For moderately competent players of descant, treble, tenor and bass recorders.  Ability to read music essential.  We play prepared music chosen the previous time, as well as some sight-playing.  On occasions we join Group 2, or the Edinburgh U3A groups.

RECORDER PLAYING 2 
Celia Coulson - 0131 665 3779 - 
cmcoulson@hotmail.co.uk
Fortnightly, Fridays  1.00 - 3.00
Venue: Bridge Centre, Haddington. (Upper Hall)

We are a small group of post-beginners, playing descant, treble, tenor and bass recorders. We play a variety of pieces from Early Music to Gershwin.  On occasions we join forces with Group One and with U3A Recorder groups from Edinburgh.

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SCIENCES AND PHILOSOPHY


BIOLOGY AS THOUGH LIFE MATTERS
Ulrich Loening - 01875 340541 - 
uel@ednet.co.uk
Monthly, 2nd Mondays 2.00 - 4.00 October to June
Venue: Bridge Centre, Haddington. (Upper Hall)
There is much confusion in public and political discussions due to a misunderstanding of the biological basis of life. By looking at the underlying biology this group endeavours to distinguish certainty from the unknown and uncertain and thereby gain some new perspectives on matters related to health, the environment and farming, and distinguish where it is good to tread and where it is unwise to meddle. It will question what biological science is about, and marvel yet more at life around us.

EXPLORING PHILOSOPHY
Gill Colston - 01620 823400 -
ace.gill@waitrose.com
Monthly, last Tuesday 2.00 - 3.30
Venue: Bridge Centre, Haddington. (Upper Hall)
A wide range of methods are used within this group to facilitate discussion, including DVDs, podcasts, books and members introducing topics of interest. Group members have the opportunity to participate in the advance planning of the programme. 

GEOLOGY
David McAdam - 01620 895255 - 
mcadam.39@virgin.net 
1st and/or 3rd Tuesdays am and/or pm 
Venue: Bridge Centre, Haddington. (Upper Hall) 
Geology is 'the science which deals with the physical structure and substance of the earth'. How, when and what are the questions the group is asking. The answers come by way of illustrated talks, videos and guided museum visits in the winter months, but mainly by short field trips in the summer months to places of particular geological interest in and beyond East Lothian.

PSYCHOLOGY  Understanding ourselves and others
Margaret Gordon - 01620 842363 - 
magsgordon@gmail.com
Wednesdays - 2nd & 4th of the month 2.00 - 3.30
Venue : The Bridge Centre, Haddington. (Upper Hall)
Learning about personality, behaviour and relationships by looking at different psychological theories that have helped shape our lives. We hope this year to make use of various sources for our discussions including video, radio and of course the wonderful resource of the internet. Group participation is encouraged.

SCIENCE

Peter Ramage 01620 822554 -  prramage@gmail.com

Monthly (September – June) 4th Monday (excl. Dec.)  2.00 - 4.00

Venue: The Bridge Centre, Haddington (Upper Hall)

We offer a programme of talks by visiting speakers on a variety of topics in sciences, medicine and the environment. Visits to places of scientific interest are an occasional feature. Suggestions or contributions from group members are always welcomed for inclusion in our programmes.



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VISITS

GARDENING
Nicola McNeill - 01875 852194 -
 
nicola@longniddry.net
Fortnightly, Mondays 10.30 - 12.30 April - September.
Winter meetings approx. monthly
Spring and summer events are usually visits to a member’s garden or to a public/private garden or nursery . These are mostly in East Lothian, but can be a bit further afield. Plants, information and questions are exchanged throughout the year using email.
Over the winter, we meet less frequently, approximately monthly. We use the sessions to view DVD’s, practical demonstrations, discuss books and have brought in speakers. We aim to share our own knowledge and ideas within the group. 
Waiting list: Contact Nicola

LUNCH CLUB
Elsie Oliver - 01620 824284 - 
snowbird@ifb.co.uk
Monthly on consecutive weekdays.
Venue: various
The Lunch Club has been running since 1999. Between 15 and 20 members attend once a month at various venues within East Lothian.
New members are welcome.


MUSEUMS AND PLACES OF INTEREST
Julia Murphy - 01875 340297 - 
jam@lbes.demon.co.uk
Monthly, 2nd Thursdays, am and/or pm, February - October

Suggestions from group members for museums, galleries and places of interest to visit are listed. Volunteers then take turns to arrange one visit each per year, collecting all the information required and organising a guide to take our group if possible. A programme is arranged for the year.
Costs: Entry fees if applicable and travel


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