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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, Astronomy, 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, 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, Let’s right Shakespeare, 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, 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. 

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

Having a Great idea for a group is just Brilliant, working together is what the U3A is about. Basically, we do things together it’s up to the members to make it happen otherwise it will not happen

Members have made suggestions to start up the following groups but please remember whatever the group you are interested in why not get together and work as a team to make happen!

Backgammon – is one of the oldest known board game played by two-players.

Calligraphy – is a visual art related to writing.

Chess – is a two-player strategy board game.

Up-words – is a boards game like scrabble, the point of difference is that letters can be stacked on top of other letters already on the board to create new words.

Croquet – is a sport that can be played indoor or outdoor and can be played in many different forms. The game is played by two sides. One side has the black and blue balls and the other side has the red and yellow balls.

If you are interested in any of the above groups please contact Chris Chater Beeston U3A Group Coordinator email or telephone number 07598713256 and leave a message.

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

Next meeting is on Tuesday 12th March at 2.30pm at the Pearson Centre.
Lewis and Clark – a talk by Jim Lyons
Please contact the Group Leader if you would like to join us:
Celia Billau


We intend that the Astronomy Group will appeal to both beginners who would like to know more about the night sky, and also those who wish to have a more detailed knowledge of astronomy. Everyone who has an interest in astronomy will be very welcome.
The scope of the group includes:
– exploring and understanding the night sky, including recognising constellations, stars, and galaxies throughout the night and the year
– an understanding of the planets, their position and motion across the sky
– the moon, its features
– astronomical events, including eclipses
– an understanding of the universe beyond our Milky Way Galaxy
For more details, contact Richard Dinsdale, 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

Cinema Group

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

History Group

Friday 8 March 2019
10am Guild Room
Christos Christopoulos
The Peloponnese through the Ages

Deposits (£15) for the Visit to the Jewellery Quarter & Soho House due 8 March. Balance (£20) by 10 May, 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

Next meeting is Wednesday 13 March, 1.30pm in the Wesley Room.
Bring & share your favourite Jazz CD – genre, artist or instrument.
All welcome

Knit, Crochet and Natter

The Group will now be meeting twice a month at the White lion Beeston the 1st Tuesday 2-4 p.m. and the 3rd Thursday 2-4 p.m. Members can attend on either day or both.
The group is an ideal opportunity to learn to crochet.
For more information please contact Sheila on Email:
Telephone: 0115 9497433.

Long Walks

Beeston U3A Walking Groups Information Sheet

2019/2020 LONG WALKS CALENDAR (Updated 1/3/19)
MAR Tuesday 5th Tina Eadie Eyam
APR Tuesday 9th Sue Blackley Calke
MAY Wednesday 15th Alice Kirwan Whatstandwell
JUN Tuesday 11th Mike Allery Carsington/Bonsall?
JUL Friday 12th Mike Allery Offerton?
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 Wednesday 11th Sue Cotton Nottingham canals
JAN 2020 Wednesday 8th Sue Cotton University Jubilee campus

U3A Long Walk 5/3/19

Hi All,

Just a gentle reminder for our next U3A Long Walk around Eyam is on Tuesday 5th March. This 17km / 10.5 mile walk will be led by Tina. ( Many thanks to her for stepping in at short notice) 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.
Hope to see you on the walk, regards,

I’ve copied extractions from Tina’s excellent instructions below

Directions to start:- Driving to Eyam (takes about an hour and 10 minutes)
M1 to J29 and take 2nd left onto A617 to Chesterfield.
At Chesterfield roundabout take 2nd left and soon after at the next roundabout take 1st left onto A619 to Baslow.
At Baslow roundabout turn right onto A623.
After about 4 miles turn right at the sign to Eyam
Park in village, grid reference SK 216767
Both free and Pay & Display Car Parks are located opposite Eyam Museum on Hawkhill Road. Nearest postcode: S325QP

Details of the route
A long walk with great views taking in the beautiful countryside around the historic village of Eyam, best remembered for the courage with which its inhabitants dealt with an outbreak of the plague which ravaged Britain in the 1660s.
We set off from Eyam towards Stoney Middleton, passing the Boundary Stone on the way. This is where villagers left coins soaked in vinegar in exchange for food donated by people in surrounding villages. We walk through the attractive village of Stoney Middleton and through fields to the River Derwent where we will stop for coffee near Froggatt Bridge. We carry on up through Froggatt village, past Grindleford and along the river towards Hathersage. On reaching the B6001 we cross Leadmill Bridge and walk a little way up the road to The Plough Inn where we will have a lunch stop about 1.30pm. Hopefully enough of us will buy a drink to justify sitting at the tables in the pleasant outside areas around the pub. After lunch the walk heads away from the road and up a steepish lane and an even steeper track through a field – or people can stay on the lane and take the hill more gradually. A little further on we leave the lane and walk across Eyam Moor which provides a clear path through the heather until we join Sir William Hill Road. This stony track passes a style which we climb over and follow the footpath back to the road and the car parks, which we should reach around 3.30pm.
After the walk, St Lawrence Church, Eyam Hall (NT) with craft shops in its courtyard, and the museum are all open (although the museum closes at 4.00pm), and the Eyam Tea Rooms are in the Square. See above plus there is a corner shop which sells coffee just down from the car parks in Eyam and we pass a General Store in the village for snacks / sandwiches if required
Toilets are available at the start and end of the walk in a round stone building at the entrance to car parks. Also available at The Plough Inn about two thirds of the way round the walk
The terrain is over footpaths, fields, some road walking, and one or two stony tracks. The total ascent will be 477m / 1,565ft, which is about the most we have done on previous long walks. There is a short stretch of mud between fields but otherwise this is not a muddy walk unless it rains heavily between now and the walk. There ae 2 or 3 stiles with stone steps over walls and several squeezes. Coffee stop will be about an hour and a half into the walk alongside the River Derwent. Please bring a packed lunch to eat outside The Plough Inn on the road from Hathersage to Grindleford.

Hi All,

Further to my arrangements for meeting at Beeston Marina for the Long Walk on 12/2/19, Di has suggested that some members not living in the Beeston area might like to meet at the usual Bramcote car park at 09.30am. They could then share a car(s) to go down to the Marina for 10.00. If you would like to take up this option, please contact Di so that she knows haw many to wait for at Bramcote. email ‘phone 0115 925 2353.



Lunch Group One

26th March, Fothergill’s, Castle Road, Nottingham
Organisers – Brenda & Arnold Goodliffe
(book at the March Open Meeting)

Group Facilitators: Shirley Cooper & Glenis Fisher

Two Lunch Group

Friday 22nd March 2019
Newdigate House, Castlegate, Nottingham NG1 6AF.
Meet at 12.00 noon for 12.30 lunch.
There is maximum number of 36 people who can attend.
Organised by Barbara Rawlinson contact tel 0115 9411 779 or Eleanor Hickie contact tel 0115 9701 742

Wednesday 24th April 2019
ADAMS RESTAURANT (part of Nottingham College)
Lace Market, Stoney Street, Nottingham NG1 1NG
Meet at 12.00 noon for 12.30pm lunch
Please note the food is prepared, cooked, presented and served by students to the highest standards at an affordable price.
Please book early as final numbers, order and deposit required on day of April Open Meeting.
Organised by Peter Lyons contact telephone 0115 916 5802

Two Lunch Group is managed by Peter Lyons and Pamela Bayley.

New members are always welcome.

Third Medium Walks Group

This group will be walking between 5 and 7 miles in the first week of the month. Days will vary.
If you are interested in joining the group, Please contact Shirley Pyke.

Music Group

The Music Group has been renamed ” Music Appreciation” with effect from next meeting, which will be Thursday 17 January 2019 at 10.00 in the Guild Room.

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

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 15th March.

However, the Quiz will no longer keep running unless somebody steps up to take over from Jean, who is looking to step down. Hopefully members who attend regularly will find a way for it to continue.
Jean Evans

Readers Rendezvous

This Group is at full capacity at present.

Recorder Group

The Group will meet on 13th and 27th February.
Contact Elizabeth Le Marchant Brock

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.

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.


The next Stroller Walk will be on the morning of Monday March 18th, 10.30am from Beeston Canal Heritage Centre.
Please contact Tony and Janet Truman for more information (

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


Friday 8 March 2019 from 10am to 12noon in the Wesley Room.

Wine Appreciation Group One

From March 2019, Wine Appreciation Group 1 will meet on the first Thursday of each month at The White Lion in Beeston. The next meeting will be on Thursday 7th March 2019.
If you would like further information, please contact John Scottow: or phone 07771792867

Wine Appreciation Group Three

There are a few places available for members to join this group.
We usually meet at 2.00 pm on the third Thursday of each month at The White Lion in Beeston, but please note that the February meeting will be on Thursday 28th February.
If you would like further information, please contact John Scottow: or phone 07771792867.

Writing for Pleasure

Our new website is:
This is where you can read our winning short story by Susan Daley.

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