Group News Stop Press

Stop Press information on Groups – Possible New Groups (Games Group, Jazz Appreciation Group, Military History Group, Whist, Physical Geography Group, Astronomy), New Groups (Fifth Book Group, Beginners Bridge, Beginners German Group, German Conversation Group, Beginners Greek Group, Beginners Italian Group, Second Medium Walks Group, Learn to Program with U3A, Beeston Real Ale Group, Recorder Group, Searching Antiques Group), Wine Appreciation Group Three. Current Groups (Ambling, Architecture Group, Art History, Bowls, Buddies, Family History/Genealogy, History Group, Long Walks, Lunch Groups, Mah-Jong, Murder Book Group, Needles and Wool Group (Knitting and Crocheting), Poetry Group, Practical Gardening Group, Quiz Group, Readers Rendezvous,  Scrabble, Scottish Country Dancing, Singing for Fun, Table Tennis Groups, What The Papers Say, Writing for Pleasure).

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

New Group Information from Chris Chater,  Group Coordinator,

Please remember that the U3A ethos is about learning with and from its members, once it is known how many members may be interested in joining the group, an initial meeting will be arranged to discuss the formation of each new group, and the way forward. At the present no one is leading any of the suggested new groups. If no one is willing to lead or be part of a team, the group will not happen.

Possible New Groups

Games Group

A suggestion has been put forward to start up a Games Group for members wanting to play board or card games of all sorts such as Upwords, Sequence, Dominoes and many more. If you are interested in a sociable morning/afternoon out and enjoy playing games why not think about starting up this group.

Beeston U3A already have groups such as Canasta, Rummikub and Scrabble.

If you are interested in facilitating or joining, please contact Beeston U3A Group Coordinator email or telephone 07598713256 [do not hesitate to leave a message].

Jazz Appreciation Group

Arrangements have been made for the next meeting of the Jazz Appreciation Group to take place on Wednesday 14th February 2018 starting at 2pm in the Wesley Room at Beeston Methodist Church, Chilwell Road, Beeston, Nottingham NG9 1EH. At this meeting a select of Jazz will take place including Modern, Trad and Blues.

The communications person for the above group is Eileen Overton email address

Military History Group

This Group has previously met on 2 occasions if you are interested in joining please come to the meeting being held on Tuesday 6th February 2018 at Beeston Methodist Church Chilwell in the Vestry room starting at 9.30am.

Whist Group

Arrangements have been made for the next meeting of the Whist Group to take place on Friday 9th February 2018 starting at 10am in the Wesley Room at Beeston Methodist Church Chilwell Road Beeston Nottingham NG9 1EH

The communications person for the Whist Group is Barbara Rawlinson email address

Understanding the Landscape Group

Proposed Physical Geography Group now called UNDERSTANDING THE LANDSCAPE – meeting date and time to be announced

The communications person for the above group is Richard Dinsdale email address


Arrangements have been made for the next meeting of the Astronomy Group to take place on Wednesday 31st January 2018 starting at 9.30am in the Wesley Room at Beeston Methodist Church Chilwell Road Beeston Nottingham NG9 1EH
The communications person for the Astronomy Group is Richard Dinsdale email address

New Groups

Fifth Book Group

The 5th Book Group which is now called ‘THE FIFTH CHAPTER’ will be meeting monthly at the White Lion 24 Middle Street Beeston Nottingham NG9 1FX every 2nd Wednesday starting at 10am from 13th September.

If you are interested in joining this group please Contact Ginny Lawes email

Beginners Bridge

From time to time, the bridge group runs a series of six to eight taster sessions to give potential new members a feel of the game and to see if it appeals to you.

The last one was running between October and January.[ 2 to 4 pm] so there is still a chance to join in.

If you would like to join us please contact me by email or phone 01159283707

Pauline Bright

Beginners German Group and the German Conversation Group

The Beginners German Group is for members who are interested in learning German and have little or no knowledge of German. The Tutor will be Chris Denby.

The German Conversation Group is for members who are more advance and will further enhance conversational abilities. The Tutor is Gerda Kuklik

The above groups will be run at the same time.
Meetings Held: 1st and 3rd Tuesday. 10.00-11.00am
Venue: White Lion, Beeston.
Group Facilitator: Kathy Shipway. Email:

Beginners Greek Group

If you are interested in joining the above group  they are meeting the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month.  It will start at 10 a.m. and the group lasts an hour and a half.  Do not hesitate to contact Christine Denby on email or Telephone 0115 9281357 if you require further information.

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

Second Medium Walks Group

Contact Naomi Milner if intertested. email address Meets various days and various venues.

Learn to Program with U3A

1 Reasons you should learn how to program: • be master of your computer and it will not master you; • understand how the programs you use daily have been put together; • turn your computer from a grey box into a power tool; • write programs that do away with daily drudgery (excluding washing-up); • improve computer literacy; • prepare for web site and phone/tablet apps (advanced course) • be able to discuss IT issues confidently, even with professionals; • help family and friends with programming challenges; • develop analytical thinking; • keep your mind agile; • impress friends and family with your new found skills; • it’s fun.
2 How the course is organised: • no previous knowledge is required – we start from scratch; • as ideas are introduced you will be given examples to aid your understanding; • after the classes there will be exercises to help establish what you have learned; • notes to accompany every lesson; • you will learn how to use industry accepted standards and good practice; • 12 weekly lessons starting in September 21017
3 Prerequisites: • a lap-top using one of Windows, Mac or Linux operating systems (I have one or two laptops that can be used, but the participants must feel confident that they can emulate the environment used in classes on their home computer in order to practice and to complete the mandatory homework) • the ability to commit to 2 to 3 hours per week outside lessons to undertake exercises
4 Health warning
Programming requires some intellectual engagement and you will be required to think, to tackle counter intuitive concepts, and to get your mind working in new ways and around new ideas. It is demanding but will improve your mental abilities.
Contact Jeff Watkins –

Beeston Real Ale Group

Meets 4th Wednesday of Month
Contact Peter Lee for details of the next meeting.

Recorder Group

The February meetings of this group are on Wednesday February 14th and 28th at 2pm at the White Lion, Beeston.
Contact: Elizabeth Le Marchant Brock

Searching Antiques Group

Our group has been running now for over 9 months and have covered a wide range of antiques. We would like a few more members to join us as we are still a very small group. You don’t need to know anything about antiques, so come along as you could pick up tips on what to look out and avoid etc. If you do have something old and you’re not sure what it is, just bring it along to one of the meetings.

None of us are experts but between us, we try to come up with some answers.

Jill has a very wide knowledge of Victorian Dolls and bought in some very rare ones including a ‘Nora Wellings’ African doll with original glass eyes & original shell necklace plus raffia skirt c1920-30.

Jim is very knowledgeable on Ceramics & Porcelain and has bought in a wide range of items to the group. ranging from oriental to Pinder and Bourne plates and tankards.

We also have a fair amount of knowledge on silver items.

Our meetings are held in the Wesley Room on 3rd Monday each month at 12 Noon

If anyone is interested in joining, please email – or just come along on the day.

Barry and Margaret

Wine Appreciation Group Three

Leader: John Scottow contact details
Meetings Held: Every month on the 3rd Thursday starting at 2.00pm
Venue: White Lion 24 Middle Street Beeston, Nottingham NG9 1FX

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.

Architecture Group

There is a change of venue as from the November (7th) meeting:
The Pearson Centre for Young People
2 Nuart Road, Beeston NG9 2NH
Meeting 1st Tuesday of the month at 10.30am for about 2 hours.

Di Fischer-Harman

Art History

Click on the link for the Art History Programme For 2017

Please note that there is no meeting in December as it seems to clash with Boxing Day!

‘Between The Covers Book Group’ (Formerly Book Group 4) 

The Group now meets at The Pearson Centre, 2 Nuart Rd, Beeston, Nottingham, NG9 2NH.


Interested in joining a Bowls Group?
Meeting at Nottingham Indoor Bowls Centre, Beechdale Road, Bilborough.

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


Buddies meets on the last Friday of the month at the White Lion, Beeston. The contact is now Zena. Email

Family History/Genealogy

Group meetings start at the later time of 10.00 am and run to 12.00 midday.

History Group

Friday 12 Jan 2018 10am Guild Room
Raiders and Goods Vans
Richard Coupland

All Apologies to Georgina, please:

NB Contact list updated. Members should let Ron know if they are not getting a monthly notice.

Long Walks

Beeston U3A Walking Groups Information Sheet

2018 LONG WALKS CALENDAR (Updated 9/1/18)
JAN Mon 8th Sue Cotton Clifton
FEB Tue 13th John Wilson Parsley Hay Trails
MAR Mon 5th Mike Allery Linacre Reservoir
APR Tue 10th Richard Coupland Chatsworth
MAY Wed 16th Sue Cotton Chrome Hill
JUN Tue 19th John Wilson Wetton Hills
JUL ? ? Mike Allery Ecclesbourne Way
AUG Wed 8th Tina Eadie Derbyshire Edges
SEP Tue 11th Dorothy Coombes Charnwood Forest
OCT ? ? Adrian Keen Bonsall
NOV Wed 14th Di Fischer-Harman Carsington reservoir
DEC ? ? Sue Cotton University/Wollaton Park 3

Hi All,

Please see below my report of our Long Walk from Clifton and the latest version of the calendar for 2018.



Report of walk from Clifton 8th January 2018

Sue led 19 of us on a linear 9 ½ mile walk from Clifton back to Beeston after travelling to the start using the tram system. We started out having to scurry across the A453 in a “Wainwright” fashion but were soon onto the quiet old road and into Clifton Wood. The descent through the trees to river level was the only significant slope of the day. Although the walk started in brilliant sunshine, the clouds soon rolled in so we were hoping to be able to warm ourselves in the café by the Farm Shop in Barton in Fabis. Unfortunately, although the shop was open, the café is closed on a Monday. We had to make do with our own drinks having found seats in and around the churchyard. Spring appeared to be on its way as we saw primroses and snowdrops. Sue gave us some information about the history of Barton in Fabis before we set off across the fields and back towards Clifton Wood. The near freezing temperature had the advantage that a lot of the mud around farm buildings and elsewhere was partially frozen. We then joined the Trent Valley Way to walk alongside the river and the outskirts of Clifton. After all the recent rain the river was in spate. We crossed the river via the Halfpenny Bridge and after crossing the A453 again reached the relative calm of the path alongside the Leen and eventually Gregory Street. Here, a number of us decided to cut the walk short and take the tram back to Beeston. About 6 intrepid walkers followed Sue via the canal and the University Park back to Beeston. In spite of the drab weather, we had an enjoyable walk thanks to Sue.

U3A Long Walk Monday 8th January

Hi All,

A happy New Year to all of you. I hope you had a good Christmas and are now looking forward to long walks to reduce the effects of the festive season!
This is a gentle reminder that the next Long Walk is from Clifton on Monday 8th January 2018, when Sue Cotton will be leading us for about 9 ½ miles from the Clifton Tram terminus back to Beeston. The walk is a little unusual in that it is linear rather than circular, so I’ll repeat the information I sent out on 4th December. The object is to try and prevent people having to stand around in the cold for too long. This will be accomplished by use of the tram system, which will take us from Beeston Interchange to Clifton South so that we can walk via Barton in Fabis, back along the river bank to cross the river by the footbridge north of West Bridgford, through the University Industrial park and campus park and back into Beeston. The terrain consists of riverside paths, roads and parks with a few stiles. There is some mud in the Barton area. The total ascent is negligible.Toilets are available at a pub in Wilford and at the University Lakeside café. A packed lunch will be required. Just before and after crossing the river, there are options for shortening the walk by taking the tram at various stops.
To avoid having to wait around in the cold we are suggesting that we all meet at the specific time of 10.00 am at the Beeston tram/bus Interchange and take the next available tram TOGETHER. There will be no hanging about for anyone turning up late! Sue has confirmed that there is unrestricted parking for cars on Dovecote Lane, Leslie Avenue or Melrose Avenue, which are only a short walk from the Beeston Interchange. We have chosen a start time of 10.00 to give people the option of travelling by bus or tram to Beeston Interchange using their free pass. On the tram timetable, the first tram is at 10.07 and takes 39 minutes to Clifton South with a change at Nottingham Station. Hopefully, we shall all be booted-up to start walking at about 10.50. Assuming the walk will take about 5 hours, we should be back to the University/Beeston area by about 4.00 pm. Even if it is beginning to get dark, we shall be on home ground and can always opt for a tram along this end of the walk.
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 see below the latest version of the 2018 Long Walks calendar. Some changes have been made mainly due to John Wilson (Peak Park Ranger) having kindly offered to lead us on two walks during the year.



Lunch Group 1

Dates for 2018

Wednesday, 28th February
Miller & Carter (formerly The Priory)
Organisers: Shirley Cooper & Elaine Dabell
Book Today in the Main Hall

Thursday, 29th March
Table 8
Organisers: Mavis Taylor & Pam Brown
Book at the March Open Meeting

Group Facilitators: Shirley Cooper & Glenis Fisher

Two Lunch Group

Thursday 15th February 2018
Le Bistrot Pierre 1994,
13-17 Milton Street, Nottingham NG1 3EN
Organised by Margot Gale email tel. 9167087 and Helen Hubert email

March 2018
The FERRY INN, Wilford Road, Nottingham NG11 7AA
Organised by Barbara Rawlinson 01159 411779 and Eleanor Hickie 01159 701742


Eleanor Hickie is now leading this Group.
You can contact her on 0115 970 1747 or 0757 284 1043. Email:

Murder Book Group

The Murder Book Programme May 2016 – March 2017

There will no meeting at the White Lion in February.

Needles and Wool Group (Knitting and Crocheting)

A social group with a learning and sharing atmosphere.
Meetings: 3rd Thursday of the Month 2-4pm
Venue: Chilwell Road Methodist Church, Youth Room.
For more information please contact Sheila on Email:

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 Gardening Group

The Practical Gardening Group has changed the day it meets each month and the room where we meet in order to welcome and accommodate new members. We now meet on the FIRST TUESDAY of each month in the GUILD room of the CRMC. You will be most welcome to join us there.

Quiz Group

Friday 16TH February
White Lion Beeston.
40 Easy General Knowledge Questions Plus Fun Quiz.
Come and Join US.
All Welcome. Just drop in.

Readers Rendezvous

This Group is at full capacity at present.


If you like word games and crosswords, there is space for you in the Scrabble Group. We are a friendly bunch who have lots of fun playing this fascinating game. Why not come along and give it a try? Beginner, or experienced, you will be very welcome. Contact for more details.

Scottish Country Dancing.

Leaders and Telephone Number: Sue and Andrew Morrison. 9164691. Email:
Thursdays of weeks 2, 3 and 5 (if there are 5 Thursdays in the month!).
We dance in the Beeston Methodist Church Hall (Chilwell Road) from 10:00 to 11:45.
New members welcome!

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 10am to 12 noon. For more information please contact Elizabeth:

Table Tennis Groups

Table Tennis-One. Monday 10am. Leader: Janet Hoult. Full

Table Tennis-Two. Monday 11.10am. Leader: KathrynDeane. Full.

Table Tennis-Three. Thursday 10am. Leader: Helen Perbet. Vacancies.

Table Tennis sessions for this term will now continue through to the end of July.

Ukulele Strummers

Sue Greaves is stepping down as Group Leader of the Ukulele Strummers.
The role will now be shared between Steve Mason and Rob Hill. and

What the Papers Say (Current Affairs Discussion Group)

The Group has now reverted back to meeting in Beeston Library. We meet on the third Friday of the month. New members welcome.

Writing for Pleasure

Short Story Writing Competition 2017
The winner of the 2017 short story writing competition was Susan Daley of Ilkeston U3A.
Congratulations to Sue and to everyone who took part.
Why don’t you enter our 2018 competition?
Details to come.

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