Group News Stop Press

Stop Press information on Groups – Possible New Groups (Jazz Appreciation Group, Military History Group, Whist, Physical Geography Group, Astronomy), New Groups (Fifth Book Group, 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), 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

Jazz Appreciation Group

If you are interested in exploring the world of Jazz with like-minded people, why not start a group with a team who is interested in JAZZ? Please contact Beeston U3A Group Coordinator email or telephone 07598713256 [do not hesitate to leave a message]

Military History Group

Are you Interested Military History why not run this group where each member is interested in a different war, campaign or aspect conflict, research the history subject and report back to the group members. Remember military history is not only about conflict but what impact on societies, their cultures, economics and changing relationships. Please contact Beeston U3A Group Coordinator email or telephone 07598713256 [do not hesitate to leave a message]

Whist Group

A suggestion has been put forward to start up a Whist Group – the classic game of whist although the rules are extremely simple, there is enormous scope for advance play.

If anyone is interested in Whist and you know how to play it, please contact Beeston U3A Group Coordinator email or telephone 07598713256 [do not hesitate to leave a message]

Physical Geography Group

A suggestion has been put forward to start a group called physical geography, this is a branch of geography concerned with understanding natural features and the earth’s surface, relating the landscape to a physical map. If you are interested in joining, the above group please contact Beeston U3A Group Coordinator email or telephone 07598713256 [do not hesitate to leave a message]


Astronomy is one of the oldest physical sciences. The night sky and its array of stars, wandering planets, changing moon phases, occasional comets and meteor showers, and in far northern and southern latitudes, shimmering auroras, have fascinated mankind and stimulated the imagination of generations. – We are looking for member[s] to run the above group. If anyone is interested in joining, please contact Beeston U3A Group Coordinator email or telephone 07598713256 [do not hesitate to leave a message]

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 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 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 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

Meeting in November on Wednesday 8th and 22nd, 2pm at The White Lion Beeston.
Contact Elizabeth

Searching Antiques Group

Leaders: Margaret and Barry Lupton. Email: Contact them for details of meetings.

Current Groups


Walks are held on the 1st & 3rd Wednesday of each month and are a maximum of three miles in length.
Wednesday 15th November
Wednesday, 6th December
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

‘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 10 Nov 2017 10am Guild Room
Mary Tudor
David Hutchinson

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

LONG WALKS CALENDAR (Updated 28/10/17)
NOV Wed 8th Barrie Whittamore Erewash trail
DEC Tue 12th Mike Allery/Sue Cotton Sherwood Forest
DEC Tue 19th Christmas walk/lunch lunch. Mike Allery Stanton by Dale
JAN ? ? Sue Cotton Clifton
FEB ? ? Mike Allery Ecclesbourne Way
MAR ? ? Mike Allery Linacre Reservoir
APR Tue 10th Richard Coupland Chatsworth
MAY Wed 16th Sue Cotton Chrome Hill
JUN ? ? Mike Allery Offerton Moor
JUL ? ? Mike Allery Beeley
AUG ? ? Tina Eadie Derbyshire Edges
SEP ? ? Dorothy Coombes ?
OCT ? ? Adrian Keen Bonsall
NOV Tue 14th Di Fischer-Harman Carsington reservoir
DEC ? ? Sue Cotton University/Wollaton Park 3

U3A Long Walk Wednesday 8th November

Hi All,
For those of you who are intending to join us on the Long Walk from Bramcote car park next Wednesday 8th November, Barrie will be making a small alteration to is original route as shown below:-

Hi Mike

Just finished a walk of the route and no problems. We arrived at Potters Lock a bit early which is where I planned a lunch stop so I decided to do a small detour and carry on up Mill lane passed the junction with the Nottm canal to Cossall churchyard where the benches provide a nice lunch spot, its about an extra 1 k altogether, the Waterloo memorial there is also interesting. All told the walk is 9 miles.


Hi All,

Just a gentle reminder for our next U3A Long Walk which will be on Wednesday 8th November. Barrie Whittamore will be leading us on an 8 mile walk from Bramcote car park along the Erewash and Nottingham canals. The finishing point for the walk will be back at Bramcote car park. Please note the meeting time at Bramcote car park is 09.15. (Opposite the Hemlock stone and adjacent to Coventry Lane, NOT at the Leisure Centre).

When I met everyone at Bramcote car park a couple of months ago, there was an official looking gentleman with clipboard walking around looking at the parked cars. When I questioned what he was doing, he said that he was conducting a survey to see if the Council needed to introduce car parking fees due to increased use of the park. I’ve not heard anything since but watch this space!!

Please see below details of the walk that I have extracted from Barrie’s email.

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.



From car park walk west on path south of Stapleford hill skirting Hemlock stone to Trowell park and Pit Lane. Follow urban path to Stanton Gate. Join Erewash Canal north to Potter’s Lock. Strike east over railway bridge to join Nottingham Canal. Walk south to Trowell Garden Centre (poss coffee stop) and follow original route south of Stapleford Hill to car park. Warning – many cyclists use the canal !

There are toilets at Trowell Garden Centre. The terrain is largely flat, with one small hill and well maintained tow paths. The total ascent is negligible at around 150m. There is a possibility of some mud for the first and last kilometre between Stapleford Hill and canal but is not usually excessive. There are no stiles, just a few gates. Mid morning coffee stop, either Trowell Garden Centre or a lock on the Erewash canal would be the most likely as some have seats. Lunch stop, Potter’s Lock, Erewash canal. Trowell Garden Centre has a tea room, three quarters of a mile from the end of the walk.

Report of walk around Hulme End on 10/10/17

John led us on a 7 ½ mile walk starting at Hulme End Tea Junction car park. An initial hot drink in the café was welcome as, in spite of a reasonable weather forecast, we were in low cloud with heavy drizzle. Luckily, by the time we had finished, the rain had stopped and the weather improved to give us a fine mixture of light clouds with lots of sun. On the downside, earlier rain had produced some interesting patches of mud in various places along the walk! Leaving the car park we climbed steadily up to Ecton copper mine where John gave us many interesting facts about the site. Then it was more steady climbing up to the triangulation point on top of Ecton Hill where we stopped for a coffee break and to admire the extensive views. We left this highest point of the walk to descend slowly across the fields to Wettonmill for a lunch stop. Well fed and watered, we then faced the steep climb up Waterslacks on the Wetton road. Turning due north off the road, we set off across the fields to Warslow, encountering several interesting wet and muddy patches but with no mishaps! The final section was down from Warslow to the Manifold Way and back to the car park for more refreshments. Many thanks to John for an excellent walk and a lot of interesting information along the way.


Lunch Group 1

Wednesday, 22nd November
World Service
Organisers: Eileen Overton & Sylvia Trench
nb (a deposit of £10.00 is required for this restaurant) BOOK AT THE NOVEMBER OPEN MEETING IN THE MAIN HALL

CHRISTMAS LUNCH – Monday, 11th December
The Victoria Inn, Beeston
Organisers: Sheila Bates, Glenis Fisher & Linda Selby

Group Facilitators: Shirley Cooper & Glenis Fisher

Two Lunch Group

Thursday 16th November 2017
French Living Restaurant, King Street, Nottingham NG1 2AY
Organisers – contact Trish & Keith Jacobs or tel 01159 174451

Monday 11th December 2017
Christmas Lunch at the Country Cottage Hotel & Restaurant
Easthorpe Street, Ruddington, NG11 6LA
Organisers – Pamela Bayley tel 01159 396828
and Carol Spicer tel 01159 392711


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

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 17th November
White Lion Beeston.
40 Easy General Knowledge Questions.
Come and Join US.
All Welcome. Just drop in

Readers Rendezvous

Readers Rendezvous is a Beeston U3A book group. We’ve been meeting successfully now for several months in the White Lion, Middle St, Beeston 2 -3 pm on the 3rd Thursday of the month and have now reopened our membership. Anyone who’d like to join us would be warmly welcomed.

Please contact Alison Wilson on (07966 630076) or for more details, and to let us know if you plan to come.


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.

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

There were 34 entries which were reduced to 18 and then to 5.
The winning entry is being selected by Sam Maxfield author of “The Last Resort” and other novels.
Sam will be attending the December Open Meeting where the writer of the winning story will be announced and a first prize awarded.
Our thanks go to everyone who entered our first ever competition. This included members of the Long Eaton U3A writing groups. The standard was unbelievably high. In our eyes, everyone is a winner.

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