Group News Stop Press

Stop Press information on Groups – Possible New Groups – Darts, German Conversational Group, Third Medium Walks Group, Second Murder Book Group, Second Short Walks Group, Second Writing for Pleasure Group.

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!

German Conversational Group

The first group is full and there is a small waiting list. They would like to start a second group, but the suggestion is that a German Speaker member of the U3A would be better if they could help with this group. If you are interested, please contact Chris Chater. Email:

Third Medium Walks Group

The First and 2nd Group is full. Walking is simple, free, and one of the easiest ways to get more active, lose weight and become healthier. Walking may be the simplest way to work out. You can do it almost anywhere, and it’s a snap to get started: Just put one foot in front of the other.
If you are interested, please contact Chris Chater. Email:

Second Writing for Pleasure Group

The first Writing for Pleasure Group is full. Think about this subject and realize that writing allows you to be free with your own thoughts, it exercises the intelligent side of the brain and brings about deep satisfaction. If you have already put your name down on the waiting list especially from the U3A Group Fair, Chris Chater has the list and will contact you for an initial meeting in the future.

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.

New Groups

American History

Our first meeting took place and we have developed a programme to cover the next few months.
We meet at the Pearson Centre on the 2nd Tuesday each month from 2.30pm to 4.00pm.
Next meeting on Dec 11th with a talk on “The Dust Bowl”
Please contact Celia on if you are interested in joining us.


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

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.


There will not be a meeting in January.
All success to you and yours over the Festive Season.
Di Fischer-Harman.

Art History and Appreciation

There will be no December meeting for the Art History and Appreciation Group, as the 4th Tuesday falls on Christmas Day!
Next meetings are on January 22nd 2019 (10.30am and 1.30pm).

Bird Watching


Thursday December 13th              Rutland water                                   Depart 9.00 from Attenborough

Pete Sadler


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

History Group

Next Meeting
Friday 14 December 2018 11.00am to 1.00pm Guild Room.
Please note later starting time.
‘Who was Santa Claus’ by Louise Lee
& Quiz by Richard Coupland.
Followed by a finger buffet lunch.
Tickets (£3 including £1 sub) must be purchased by December 6th.

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 December
1.30pm Wesley Room CRMC.


Music can be any genre or artist on vinyl, DVD or cassette.

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

Hi All,

Please find below the latest version of the U3A Long Walks calendar for 2019. Many thanks for the excellent response to my request for offers to lead walks. As you can see there are still vacant months for other offers!

Just a little note about dogs joining us when we undertake our walks:-

Well behaved dogs are welcome on Long Walks and apart from a couple of incidences in the past all canine walkers have satisfied this criterion. However, during recent walks, some members of the group have been worried about dogs presenting a tripping hazard when on a long lead or running free. A lot of our walking takes place on terrain containing enough tripping hazards without us adding new ones. Therefore, well behaved dogs will continue to be welcome to join the group but please ensure that they are kept under close control.


2019 LONG WALKS CALENDAR (Updated 9/11/18)
JAN Wednesday




Sue Cotton

Mike Allery (combined groups)

University/Wollaton Park 3

Awsworth walk/meal

MAY Wednesday 15th Alice Kirwan Whatstandwell
AUG Thursday 15th Richard Coupland Churnet valley
SEP ? ? Alan & Margaret Beale Derbyshire
OCT Monday 14th Dorothy Coombes ?
NOV ? ? Anne Pinnock ?

U3A Long Walk Tuesday 11th December

Just a gentle reminder for our next U3A Long Walk around Crich and Heage on Tuesday 11th December. This 7.5 mile walk will be led by Sue, Anne and me. Please note the meeting time at Bramcote car park is 9.00 (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.

Directions to start:- One route is to take the A6002 north from Bramcote car park to the Nuthall roundabout to join the A610 going east. Continue on the A610 until Bullbridge, about a mile before Ambergate. At Bullbridge, turn right under the bridge to go up through Fritchley to Crich. We should be able to park in the main triangular area in the centre of Crich, grid reference SK 350542.

You will note from the above that the walk is only 7.5 miles. Unfortunately, due to bad weather in the morning and failing light in the late afternoon, when we did the pre-walk last Saturday, we had to settle for this route. We shall start from Crich and walk down to Mill Green and across to Tithe Farm. We then descend to cross the river Amber and into Pentrichlane-end. After crossing the busy A610, we shall go to the outskirts of Heage where we turn northwards with views of Heage windmill. Then we shall return to cross the A610 again and the railway, going up through Fritchely and back to Crich. There are toilets in Crich and at the pub in Pentrichlane-end. There are fair number of stiles, squeezes and gates to be negotiated. As you might expect after the recent rain, there is also a fair amount of mud but this is nearly all shallow. The terrain consists of fields, tracks and country lanes with a few short sections of main road. Total ascent is less than 1000 feet. Please bring a packed lunch and drinks.

Hope to see you on the walk,

U3A Walk/Meal 22/01/19

Hi All,
Further to the suggestion in my email of 1st November, Alan (Medium Walks leader) and I are in the process of arranging a walk/meal for the combined two groups similar to the one we had in December last year. This time, we are proposing to have the walk/meal on Tuesday 22nd January 2019 to avoid the Christmas crush and possible higher prices. As last year, we are trying to give the two groups all options. We intend to run the usual separate Medium and Long walks on appropriate dates in January 2019 as well as the combined groups walk/meal detailed above. This means that you can choose exactly what you would like to attend. On 22nd January you can even just come for the walk or just come for the meal.
The easy walk we have chosen is about 6 miles between Awsworth and Strelley. For the meal we are going to the Gardeners Inn at Awsworth. They would like a minimum of 25 of us to make it financially viable for them as they are opening specially for us. The maximum number they can accommodate is 37. Our initial enquiry to the two groups showed that about 28 members were interested in joining us.
The walk will start at 9.00 am from the Gardeners Inn pub car park. The owners have told us that we can park our cars there and they will open the pub so that we can use the toilets before starting the walk. The 6 mile easy circular walk will take us across the fields to Strelley village and back to the pub.
The carvery meal will cost £6.50 per head. Anne and I have been for a carvery meal and found it very enjoyable. There will be a choice of two meats, roast and mashed potato, red cabbage, seasonal vegetables, stuffing balls and home-made gravy. A dessert would be available for choice on the day for an extra £2. There will be a non-returnable deposit of £3 to be given to Alan or me by the first week in January. Final payments on the day of the meal can be made on an individual basis.
The chef, said that he would provide two meats to be selected from silverside beef, pork loin, gammon and chicken. Similarly, he would provide a dessert of either home-made fruit crumble and custard or Jam sponge and custard. This seems a bit limited but I suggest we ask people for their choices in order of preference and then settle on the most popular. When we have decided on which two meats we would like, he has asked us to give him the number of people requesting each type. He also said that he could provide vegan, vegetarian and gluten free meals as long as he is given the numbers requiring them.
In summary:-
1.Please confirm if you are hoping to join us for the walk, meal or both.
2. Please give your order of preference for all four meats and we shall choose the two most popular.
3. Please give your order of preference for the two desserts so that we can choose the most popular.
4. Please say whether you would like a vegan, vegetarian or gluten free meal
Please reply to Alan or me as soon as possible so that we can collate the two lists of those who intend to join us.

Mike. Email Tel: (0115) 917 7150

Lunch Group One

13th December – Christmas Lunch at the Victoria

30th January – Encounters, Mansfield Road
Organisers – Shirley Cooper & Elaine Dabell
(Book at the January Open Meeting)

Group Facilitators: Shirley Cooper & Glenis Fisher

Two Lunch Group

Thursday 13th December 2018
29-31 High Pavement, Nottingham, NG1 1HE.
Full Christmas Lunch menu available and choices to made at December Open Meeting.
Meet at 12.00 noon for 12.30 lunch.
Organised by Jo Muxlow or telephone 01158 497499 and Brendan Breen or 01159 199198.

Tuesday 15th January 2019
COPPER CITY, Market Street, Corner of Upper Parliament , Nottingham NG1 6HX.
Organised by Mary Coggins contact tel. 07716 991963 or Joan Shelton contact
tel. 01159 397541.

Thursday 21st February 2019
59 Mansfield Road, Nottingham NG1 3FH.
Meet at 12.00 noon for 12.30 lunch.
Organised by Pamela Bayley contact tel. 01159 396828 or Carol Spicer contact tel. 01159 392711.

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

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 and Sociology

The December meeting will be held on the 17th, usual venue.

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 December.

Readers Rendezvous

This Group is at full capacity at present.

Recorder Group

There will not be a meeting at the White Lion on the 12th December as the Group are taking part in an entertainment at Stapleford.
The meeting after that will be in January.
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.

SALI Dancers

New time for International Folk dance group SALI dancers.
From September the group will meet from 10.30 to 11.30.
It will still be held at the church hall behind the RC church on Foster Ave.
New members welcome.

Singing for Fun

There will be no meeting in December for the Singing For Fun group.

Let’s Right Shakespeare

The December meeting will be held on the 17th, usual venue.


December’s Stroller Walk will be around Attenborough village on the afternoon of Monday December 17th, starting at 2.15pm.
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

Wine Appreciation Group Three

Following a recent influx of new members, Wine Appreciation Group 3 is now full. However, there may be places available in the New Year. We meet at 2 pm on the third Thursday of the month at The White Lion in Beeston. If you would like further information, or to join the waiting list, please contact John Scottow

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