Group News Stop Press

New Groups News

We, Anne Pinnock and Kathy Shipway, are introducing ourselves as your new Groups Co-ordinators.

Beeston U3A now has about 80 interest groups, so hopefully, there should always be something that you like the idea of trying out.

However, we are always keen to hear from you about any suggestions you have for setting up new groups. Once a new group idea has been approved by the committee, the next step is to advertise it on the monthly rolling notices, in order to start compiling a list of interested people. We then usually organise a meeting for those people to get together to discuss the best way forward to get the group up and running. We always try to encourage a team approach to running a group, so that the responsibility doesn’t fall on to just one person.

Groups that are currently in the early stages of development are: Backgammon; Tennis; Yoga (not beginners); Croquet; Chess; Cinema Visits; and Calligraphy.

If you are interested in any of these groups, or have a suggestion for a new group, please email us at

Stop Press information on Groups – Possible New Groups  and Established New Groups.

Our established groups are:

Ambling, American History, Architecture, Art gallery visits, Art history appreciation 1&2, Badminton, Beeston real ale group (BRAG), Birdwatching, Murder book group, Book group 1, Book group 4, Between the covers, Book group 5, The 5th chapter, Book group Readers’ rendezvous, Bowls, Bridge, Buddies, Canasta, Calligraphy, Chess, Cinema & film, Craft, Exploring spirituality, Family history/genealogy, French conversation, Garden visits, German conversation, German for beginners, History, International dance, Italian, Jazz appreciation, Knit, crochet & natter, Latin, Latin for beginners, Lunch groups 1&2, Mah-Jong, Music, Philosophy & religion, Photography, Play reading, Poetry appreciation, Practical art, Practical gardening, Psychology & sociology, Quiz, Recorders, Rummikub, Science, Scottish country dancing, Scrabble, Self help art group, Singing for fun, Shakespeare (formerly Let’s Right Shakespeare), Spanish conversation, Table tennis 1,2,3 & 4, Theatre outings, Ukelele 1&2, Understanding the landscape, Walks long, Walks medium 1&2, Walks short, What the papers say, Whist, Wine appreciation 1,2&3, Writing for pleasure, Yoga.

For the full list of Groups and when and where they meet look on the Groups page. 

Possible New Groups

Beeston U3A offers a wide range of groups- all run by members, for members. New ones are starting all the time, generally as a result of members’ suggestions.
It’s a great way to make new friends, and most groups are now organised by a team, rather than one person taking all the responsibility. That is what U3A is all about- not leaving it to others, but each giving and sharing in whatever way we can.

The groups below have been suggested:

Backgammon – One of the oldest known board games, played by two people. A few people have already expressed an interest in this group, but more are needed for the group to be effective. Volunteers are also needed to help to organise the group.

Exploring What Matters – The aim of this group would be to attempt to increase the happiness in the world by bringing together like-minded people, supporting them to take practical action to help build a kinder and more caring society.

Topics for discussion will include, ‘What makes us happy?’ and ‘What can we do to make our world a happier place?’

The group would look at meeting on Monday afternoons, starting early September and would be led by one of our members.

If you would like more information, or to show your interest, please contact:

Tennis – A member has offered to organise a Tennis Group over the summer months:
Are you interested in a social, fun game of tennis during the summer? Not played for a while?
Dust off the racquet and get back into the swing for both ladies and men of any standard. No problem if you have no racquet; they can be provided on loan.
A great activity for fun (and a laugh) to improve your fitness- better than the treadmill!
Just need 4 players to start. Play 5 games and then have a rest!
If you are interested in either of the above new groups, please email

Self-help Group for experienced Yoga Practitioners – A proposed new group for members who have practised yoga for several years, and would like to meet up with others to devise a shared practice. Not suitable for beginners.
Contact Kathy Shipway:

Starting Soon

Croquet – A new Beeston U3A group is starting up in June, to play croquet on Nottingham Croquet Club’s Lawns at Highfields. We plan to play on Wednesdays initially. Please  contact Irene Wardle for more details, or to add your name to the group list:

Current Groups


Walks are held on the 1st & 3rd Wednesday of each month and are a maximum of three miles in length.

Contact: ( or 0115 8752336) for further details.

American History

Meeting on Tuesday 11th June 2.30 – 4.00.
The History of the American Flag.
A talk by Richard Taylor.
Pearson Centre.
All are welcome to attend.
Contact Celia on


We meet at the Nottingham Indoor Bowls Centre, Beechdale Road, Bilborough. We are taking names for the next tuition session.

Contact Peter Noon for more information: Email: Tel: 9288131

Bowls sessions are arranged for all Fridays at 10.30am lasting 2 hours. All members are welcome.

Numbers are gradually increasing and we have had 8 people attending which meant we had 2 lanes open. The other two weekly roll-up sessions are Mondays 12.30 – 2.30pm and Thursdays 2.30 – 4.30pm. U3A bowlers are invited to just turn up to these sessions and play with their U3A friends.

Peter Noon

Bridge Group

At the moment the bridge group held on Monday afternoons is full.
If there are any new members wishing to join, please let me know so that I can add your name to a waiting list.
Pauline. Email

Calligraphy Group

This is a relatively new group.
The aim of the group is to learn the basic techniques in calligraphy and to develop
our own individual writing styles in order to hand write personalised messages and greetings for letters and cards etc.
The group members are all mostly beginners and our plan is to learn together and have some fun!
Please come and join us – all are welcome.
We meet fortnightly on Tuesday afternoons 2-4pm
For further information please contact Jenny Caseldine email – 0115 9289929l .

Chess Group 

The new Chess Group now meets on the 3rd Tuesday of the month in The White Lion at 10.30 a.m.
Next meeting Tuesday 18th June
Chess players (and non-players) of all standards welcome.
Free of charge, but please buy a tea or coffee from the bar.
Contact Neil Sheffield.

Cinema Group

The Group will now meet at 10.30am on the last Tuesday of the month.

Cinema Visits Group

This group runs parallel to the “Cinema Group”. We attend a Silver Screening at the Broadway once a month.
Buy your tickets either in advance from the Broadway Cinema website or on the door at Broadway, 14-18 Broad Street, Nottingham NG1 3AL.
Sometimes Silver Screenings are very popular and are sold out in advance.
Remember to claim the U3A discount.
Let us know if you are coming so that we can look out for you after the film.
After the film we have a discussion in a nearby café or bar, usually The Lord Roberts Pub, 24 Broad St, Nottingham NG1 3AN .
We have had two meetings and two good discussions afterwards.
For more information and to join us for our next meeting to see “Sometimes Always Never” on Thursday 27 June at 13.30 contact:
Alice Kirwan
Michael Quinn

Garden Visits Group 

Sandy will be collecting the entrance money for the Kent holiday at the garden visits meeting on June 12th. N/T Members £15. Non-members £53.60.

The trip to Kew to the Dale Chihuly exhibition on Thursday 8th August will leave from Bramcote Lane, Wollaton outside the Wollaton travel shop at 8 am.

History Group

Friday 14 June 2019 10am in the PEARSON CENTRE

John Whitfield:Nottingham’s Industrial Heritage.

Any apologies to Georgina, please


Beginners Italian Group

The Italian Group are meeting twice a month 1st and 3rd Friday’s 9.30am till 11.00am in the Wesley Room Beeston Methodist Church, Chilwell Road. If you are interested please contact Brendan Murphy facilitator of this group on email address

Jazz Appreciation Group

Wednesday 12 June 2019, 1.30pm in the Wesley Room, Chilwell Road Methodist Church.

Pot Luck Session: Bring your own choice of jazz music on CD to share with the Group.

All welcome – just turn up.

Knit, Crochet and Natter

We will be meeting at the Pearson Centre from now on.
Meeting 1st Tuesday & 3rd Thursday of the month – 2.00-4.00 p.m.
Ideal opportunity to learn to crochet.
For more information please contact Sheila on Email:
Telephone: 0115 9497433 .

Let’s Right Shakespeare

From June 2019, this Group will be known as the Shakespeare Group and will be led by Elizabeth Le Marchant Brock. Email:

See below.

Long Walks (8-12 Miles)

Walkers’ Information Sheet (Long)

Hi All,

After discussion with our group coordinator, Anne Pinnock, I’ve decided that it is necessary to close the Long Walks group to further membership and start a waiting list. The group currently has 61 members listed on the Beeston U3A Beacon system. However, my criterion for closing the membership has always been the average number of walkers who turn up for each walk. In the four year period up to end of last year, the average number has increased but very slowly. However, this year there has been a significant increase in the membership and the average number walking has recently been up to the mid-20s. The main considerations are the time it takes to get everyone over obstacles such as stiles, safety aspects such as crossing busy roads and making sure we have not left anyone behind! We think that a comfortable maximum number on a walk would be about 20. As a result, I’ve put a limit of 60 in the Beacon system for the number in the group. Any further requests for membership will be put on a waiting list, which will be reviewed frequently to see if a second Long Walks group is required. If, with the current capped membership, the average number remains too high, we might consider operating a “first 20 signing-on” limit for each walk.

The current walks calendar is shown below. Occasionally, the planned walk has had to be cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. I try to keep one or two walks as contingencies for such occasions but would appreciate it if a few members could offer to lead a walk at short notice subject to it being convenient. I would like to thank you for the support I’ve been given by those who have led walks.



2019/2020 LONG WALKS CALENDAR (Updated 17/5/19)
JUN Friday 14th Mike Allery Carsington/Bonsall
JUL Friday 12th Sue & Nelson Blackley Calke
AUG Thursday 15th Richard Coupland Churnet valley
SEP Tuesday 10th Alan & Margaret Beale Ilam/Thorpe/Blore
OCT Monday 14th Dorothy Coombes Hardwick Hall
NOV Tuesday 12th Anne Pinnock ?
DEC Tuesday 10th Mike Allery ?
JAN Wednesday 8th Sue Cotton University Jubilee campus
FEB Wednesday 12th Sue Cotton Nottingham canals

U3A Long Walk 14/6/19 PLAN B

Hi All

Plan B for the Long Walk this Friday 14th June.

To date, due to holidays and other reasons, I have had 19 apologies and only 4 takers for my walk from Carsington. As a result, I have decided to postpone the Carsington walk until more people are available. However, so that those who are all fired up for a walk on Friday are not disappointed, I am offering a less arduous nearby route we have done in the past. This is 13km (8 miles) with a total ascent of 230m (760 feet) starting at Gotham. We shall still meet at Bramcote car park at 9.00 am in case people turn up without letting me know. (Opposite the Hemlock Stone and adjacent to Coventry Lane, NOT at the Leisure Centre). I’ll provide directions to Gotham when we meet at Bramcote.

We can park in the centre of Gotham adjacent to the church, grid reference SK 536301. From there we shall walk up to Gotham Hill, go along to Cottagers Hill Spinney before descending Wood Lane and up to Cuckoo Bush Farm. Then we shall descend via the West Leake Hills to the village itself. We shall return via the Midshires way and Cuckoo Bush Farm to Gotham. The terrain is mostly open fields and tracks with a small amount of country road walking. There are only a few stiles and a small number of muddy patches. Toilets are only available in the pub in Gotham on our return but there are plenty of bushes! Please bring a packed lunch and suitable drinks.

I’ll assume that the 4 who have already signed-up for Carsington will be happy with the change in the walk. However, I shall not be offended if anyone decides that the Gotham walk is not for them. Naturally if any others would like to join us for this less arduous walk, we shall be pleased to see them.



U3A Long Walk 14/6/19

Just a gentle reminder that our next U3A Long Walk from Carsington is on Friday 14th June. This 18 km / 11.25 mile walk will be led by me. Please note the meeting time at Bramcote car park is 9.00 am. (Opposite the Hemlock Stone and adjacent to Coventry Lane, NOT at the Leisure Centre).

Please let me know (email , land line (0115) 917 7150, Mobile 07759 400966) if you intend to join the walk or you have to cancel at the last minute. NB, It is always worthwhile checking your email inbox just before the walk in case it has had to be cancelled at the last minute for any reason.

I do not wish to put anyone off but I think that it necessary to point out that this is not an easy walk. It is equal to the longest walks we have done and, at 550 m / 1800 feet total ascent, more than the maximum we have done so far. We also have two dangerous crossings of the Via Gellia. Apart from waiting to be picked up by car, there are no easy options for bailing out part way round the walk. You have been warned!

We shall be parking the cars in the road adjacent to the church in Carsington, grid reference SK 252534. There are several possible routes from Bramcote:- Two possibilities are the A610 to Whatstandwell, then the B5035 to Wirksworth and on to Hopton and Carsington. OR the A52 to Derby then across country through Quarndon, Weston Underwood, Hulland Ward and Atlow to Carsington. These should take about one hour. From Carsington, we shall go up the edge of Carsington Pasture and over to Ible, cross the fields to Bonsall, then return via Middleton and Hopton. There are moderately long steep sections, a moderate number of stiles, only a small amount of mud. We shall have to be careful in our two crossings of the Via Gellia. We hope to stop at the pub in Bonsall for refreshments and comfort stops. There are no other toilets but plenty of bushes! The terrain is mostly open fields with a few wooded sections. Please bring a packed lunch and suitable drinks. Hope to see you on the walk.



U3A Long Walk 15/5/19
Hi All,
Just a gentle reminder for our next U3A Long Walk around Whatstandwell is on Wednesday 15th May. This 17.5 km / 11 mile walk will be led by Alice Kirwan. Please note the meeting time at Bramcote car park is 9.30 am. (Opposite the Hemlock Stone and adjacent to Coventry Lane, NOT at the Leisure Centre).
Please let me know (email , land line (0115) 917 7150, Mobile 07759 400966) if you intend to join the walk or you have to cancel at the last minute. NB, It is always worthwhile checking your email inbox just before the walk in case it has had to be cancelled at the last minute for any reason. Please also let me know whether you intend to be environmentally friendly and take up Alice’s suggestion of travelling by train OR that you will be going by car from Bramcote car park. I shall be at Bramcote to check-in those travelling by car.
I’ve copied Alice’s details about the walk:-

Train or drive?
Train – has beautiful views and free air conditioning (open the window!).
Limited parking at Beeston Station £6.50
09.25 train from Beeston Station to 10.14 Whatstandwell Station, ticket is £9.60 or £5.95 with Senior Rail Card.
Drive – if you must!
Driving: north on A6 until either park at Whatstandwell Station £2.50 or take next right signposted B5035 to Crich and Tramway Museum and park at the free car park on the left before the road goes over the canal (grid reference SK 333543). Sign at entrance says: “Welcome – Derwent Valley Mills”. If full continue up hill and park on “Main Road”.
From the station platform go over the bridge and turn left on canal towpath, walk about 200m to the car park above.
Toilets on the train. No public toilets on the walk (apart from Hurt Arms and The Family Tree).
Rendez-vous in car park at 10.30.
The walk is 17.5km / 11miles with 555m / 1,820ft of ascent. For comparison the March Eyam walk was 18km with 477m / 1,565ft.
The terrain is over footpaths, through woods, fields, some quiet road walking, and one or two stony tracks. I have changed the route to avoid a very muddy part. From Whatstandwell taking in a small part of the Midshires Way, to Alderwasley and Shining Cliff Woods. There are several stiles, stone steps over walls and squeezes. Coffee stop will be about an hour into the walk. Please bring a packed lunch to eat on bench / rock / log about 13.00.
There is the possibility after 11km to take a return train from Ambergate or to walk to Whatstandwell along the canal which would shorten the walk substantially and cut out about 200m of climb. The return will otherwise be by Crich Chase, The Tors, Crich Carr and long descent on steps and slope to Whatstandwell. Those doing this part will be rewarded by wonderful views! Also a shop in Crich.
At Ambergate you can wait for a train (.52 minutes past the hour to return to Beeston, .10 minutes past the hour to return to Whatstandwell) in the Hurt Arms (new management!), at Whatstandwell (.47 minutes past the hour) you can wait in the Family Tree (open till 6pm).

Lunch Group One

Wednesday, 26th June
Le Mistral, Sherwood.
Pam Maguire & Linda Selby
Book today in the Main Hall

Unfortunately no one has volunteered to organise the July lunch so it is with regret that there will not be a lunch this month.

Group Leaders:
Shirley Cooper – 0115 9170715
Glenis Fisher – 0115 8752336

Poetry Group

The Poetry Appreciation Group could do with a few extra members.
This group is very informal and we are all friendly people who love to read poetry.
If you would like to share your favourite poems with us, please give us a try.
We meet on the 3rd Tuesday of each month in the Wesley room at 1.30.

Practical Art Group

The aim of the Practical Group is to enjoy and share our interests and artistic skills with like-minded and friendly people. If you are a beginner, there should be someone able to help you; if you are an expert, your help in showing your skills to others would be appreciated.
The U3A Practical Art group meets on the first and third Thursdays of the month at 2.00 pm till 4.00 pm. The venue is the Regent Suite at the Beeston Conservative Club, Station Road. The room is well lit and has good natural light. It is warm, there are plenty of tables and there is a water supply in the room. There is a car parking at the rear of the building. We share the cost of the meeting which is approximately £2 each (dependent on numbers).
You may use whatever media you choose to work with but you will need to bring all your own equipment.
I look forward to meeting you. Celia Scottow. Mobile: 07721670449

Psychology & Sociology

Back in action from the 24th June.
Pearson Centre 10.30hrs, 4th Monday of the month.
Di Fischer-Harman 0115 9252353

Quiz Group

We meet 3rd Friday of the month at White Lion Beeston at 10-30am.
40 easy general Knowledge Questions and fun Quiz.
Come and join us.
All welcome. Just drop in. Why not give us a try.
Next Quiz 21st June.

Readers Rendezvous

This Group is at full capacity at present.

Recorder Group

2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month.
White Lion Beeston 2-3pm.
We are a small friendly group and would welcome new members. The group is suitable of absolute beginners or those who wish to dust off their old school recorders!.
We play mainly short ,well known tunes and aim to have fun whilst we learn.
Contact details

Rummikub Group

By popular demand, the Rummikub Group is holding a second meeting on the FOURTH Tuesday of the month at 2pm. This is in addition to the usual meeting on the SECOND Monday of the month at 1.45pm.

Scottish Country Dancing

This Group is at full capacity at present.
Anybody interested in joining the Group should contact Sue Morrison to put their name on a waiting list.


After a 2 month break the group will meet up on Monday 24th of June at Beeston Methodist Church starting at 1.30pm.

If you wish to join then please contact Elizabeth on

Singing for Fun

Led by Margaret Johnson, we sing with enthusiasm and enjoyment. There are no auditions. We meet the 4th Thursday of each month from 10.00am – 11.30am.
For more information please contact Elizabeth.

Table Tennis One

Leader & Telephone Number: Janet. 925 6048. Email:
Meetings Held: Weekly in term time. Monday 10.00am-11.00am.
Venue: Pearson Centre.

Table Tennis Two

Leader: Kathryn. Email:
Meetings Held:Weekly in term time. Monday 11.10am-12.10pm.
Venue: Pearson Centre.

Table Tennis Three

Leader: Helen Perbet. Email:
Meetings Held: Weekly in term time. Thursday 10.00am-11.00am.
Venue: Pearson Centre.

Table Tennis Group Four

Pearson Centre
Weekly in term time
Friday 10.30am – 11.30am
Contact: Chris Chater to register
Tel: 07598713256


The Whist Group meets on the second Friday of each month from 10am to 12noon, the next meeting being Friday, 14 June.

Wine Appreciation Groups 1 and 3

Wine Appreciation Group 1 meets on the first Thursday of each month.
Wine Appreciation Group 3 meets on the third Thursday of each month.
Meetings are at The White Lion in Beeston at 2 pm. We usually taste 6 or 7 wines, mainly white and red, but also including rosé, sparkling and dessert wines.
There are a few places available for both groups.
If you would like further information about either group, please contact John Scottow: or phone 07771792867

Wine Appreciation— New 4th Group

As already mentioned by Sue in her Chair’s AGM review, Piers Krause has now stepped down from running the first Wine Appreciation group. The growing popularity of wine appreciation has led to more groups being formed, as well as some very popular evening events and also holidays to France and Italy. John Scottow and Adrian Shipway have led these groups successfully, and due to our growing numbers and the popularity of wine tasting, it is proposed to start a new 4th group which will be at 2:00pm on the first Tuesday of each month at the White Lion Pub in Beeston.

Adrian Shipway is happy to lead this group in the same way as he takes Wine Tasting Group 2 but there is the option of changing the format so that two different members choose and research the wine for each month. This can be discussed and decided on by the members who come to our initial meeting.

If you are interested in joining Wine Tasting group 4 then please contact Kathy Shipway at

Kathy Shipway

Writing for Pleasure

We are pleased to announce that the local poet, Becky Cullen, will be our judge for this year’s Short Story Writing Competition.

For further details on how to enter please contact

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