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Orpington U3A

Book Groups


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Members take it in turns to choose and introduce a book. Most members begin by providing biographical details of the author and then start the discussion by saying what they liked or disliked about it.

Meets: 4th Thursday, 2 - 4 p.m. at the home of member choosing the book for that month

Costs: 30p tea/coffee and biscuits

10 members in the group. No vacancies at present.

Books I've Loved

We discuss and share our favourite books plus current reading that we have enjoyed. No specific book to be read.

Meets: Last Friday, 10 a.m. in members' homes

Costs: 30p for tea and biscuits

6 members in the group. 1 vacancy.


A long established group, who explore authors we would probably not otherwise read. Books supplied by Bromley Libraries. Twice a year book sale at general U3A meeting to raise funds for new library books.

Meets: 4th Monday, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. revolve around members' homes

Costs: None. Host provides coffee and biscuits mid-morning

12 members in the group. 2 vacancies.

Book 3

Books are supplied by St. Paul's Cray Library and cover a wide range of authors from classics to modern. Members take it in turn to return books and pick up the next selection.

Meets: 2nd Tuesday, 10.30 a.m. - 12 .30 p.m. at a member's home.

Costs: £15 per year to the Library

4 members in the group. We have vacancies.

Book 4 - Foreword

Our group has been going strong since 2005. We are a lively bunch, needless to say we enjoy reading and this has engendered friendship. Orpington Library provide a wide variety of literature, so that we find we often delve into authors previously unknown to us. This diversity we find stimulating and intellectually challenging, but never a bore.

Meets: 4th Monday, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. at Orpington Library

Costs: £15 per term, to cover room and refreshments

12 members in the group. No vacancies at present.

Book 5

We are a friendly book club, who are given a list by the library and choose what the next month's read is to be. We then discuss it at the next meeting, as well as any other topic that may be of interest to the group.

Meets: 1st Tuesday, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. at leader's home

Costs: Tea/biscuits contribution

10 people maximum in the group. 1 or 2 vacancies.

Book 6

This is a BOB group run by Orpington u3a, but open to members of Bromley, Orpington and Beckenham. We collect the book from the library at our meeting and take it away to read over the next month. We then get together at Orpington Library to discuss the book. We are an informal, friendly group and would welcome some extra members.

Meets: Last Thursday of the month, 3 - 5 p.m. at Orpington Library

Costs: £15 to the Library for refreshments, provision of books and use of space 

6 members in the group. 6 vacancies.

Crime Novel Reading

Each month we read a different crime novel, chosen from a list offered to us by Bromley Library and then discuss the book.

Meets: 2nd Monday, 10.15 -11.30 a.m. at Orpington Library

Costs: £1.50 per month to Bromley Libraries for refreshments at each meeting and supply of book

8 members in the group. 4 or 5 vacancies.

Registered Charity No. 1076544

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