Group News Stop Press

Stop Press information on Groups – Possible New Groups (Astronomy, Practical Art Group, Strollers, Wine Appreciation Group Three), New Groups (Fifth Book Group, Beginners Bridge, Beginners German Group, German Conversation Group, Jazz Appreciation Group, Beginners Italian Group, Second Medium Walks Group, Learn to Program with U3A, Beeston Real Ale Group, Recorder Group, Understanding the Landscape Group, Whist Group, Wine Appreciation Group Three). Current Groups (Ambling, Architecture Group, Art History and Appreciation Group, Book Group 1, Bowls, Buddies, Exploring Spirituality Group, Family History/Genealogy, Garden Visits, History Group, Knit, Crochet and Natter, Long Walks, Lunch Groups, Mah-Jong, Murder Book Group, Poetry Group, Practical Gardening Group, Quiz Group, Readers Rendezvous,  SALI Dancers, Scrabble, Scottish Country Dancing, Short Walks, 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


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

Practical Art Group

Are you interested in exploring and developing your art skills, learning from each other and applying these skills to your own work? Each session will allow time for members to discuss and explore different approaches and media whilst pursuing their own work. Share, learn and enjoy your art. If you are interested in joining the group – Please contact Celia Scottow. Email:


Strollers- a new group has been proposed, which is intended for people who are less mobile, but would still enjoy a short, gentle stroll, followed by a visit to a local café.

A small number of people have already expressed an interest, but a couple more are ideally needed to be able to form a group.

Anyone interested should contact Chris Chater. Email:

Telephone: 07598713256

Wine Appreciation Group Three

Beeston U3A has two successful Wine Groups, a third is now being established. Wine tasting is a highly individual and subjective activity and one of the functions of the group is to enable members to discuss their personal perception of various wines. Each tasting will follow a theme and will offer the opportunity to taste wines beyond those commonly available in supermarkets. Suggestions for themes will be welcome from group members. The initial meeting of the Wine Appreciation Group Three will take place on Thursday 19th April at the White Lion 24 Middle Street Beeston, Nottingham NG9 1FX. If you are interested in joining this group, please contact John Scottow email

New Groups

Fifth Book Group

The next meeting of the 5th Chapter Book Group will be held at 10.30am rather than 10am, at the White Lion in Beeston, on Wednesday 11th April, and we will be staying on for a tapas lunch.

New members very welcome.

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 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: Rosie McCoy. 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

Jazz Appreciation Group

We meet every 2nd Wednesday of the month at 2.00pm at Beeston Methodist Church in the Wesley Room.
We listen to and discuss all genres of jazz and try to arrange to hear live jazz in our area.
New members will be welcomed.
Please contact

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 April meetings of this group are on Wednesday 11th April and 25th 2pm at the White Lion, Beeston.
Elizabeth Le Marchant Brock

Understanding the Landscape Group

The Understanding the Landscape group will meet on the 4th Tuesday of the month at 10am at Beeston Library.

Please contact

Whist Group

The Whist Group will be meeting once a month on the second Friday from 10.00am to 12 noon at Beeston Methodist Church, Chilwell Road, Beeston.
Please contact

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

New start time – 10.00am. 1st Tuesday of the month at the Pearson Centre.

Di Fischer-Harman

Art History and Appreciation Group

The Art History and Appreciation Group is now open for new members to sign up to. We meet on the 4th Tuesday of each month in the Guild Room. Members can choose between a 10.30am or a 1.30pm session each month. To find out more, please contact Anne Pinnock (

Book Group 1

Jane Smuith is no longer the Book Group Leader. Angie Rosser is the new communications person for the group. Email:

‘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

Exploring Spirituality Group

Is There Life After Death?
Tuesday 20th February 10.00-11.30
Methodist Church
Everyone is welcome.
Richard Eddleston
Tel: 07980 631 311

Family History/Genealogy

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

Garden Visits

The time of departure to the Ely Flower Festival on 21st June is 8.30am from Lace Road, Beeston.

History Group

Friday 13 April 2018 10am Guild Room.
Isobel White
Parliamentary Oral History & Vote 100.

All Apologies to Georgina, please:

There are still a few seats available for the visit to Gainsborough Old Hall on Thursday June 14 -visit our desk for details.

Knit, Crochet and Natter

The name of the Needles and Wool Group
(Knitting and Crocheting) is now Knit, Crochet and Natter
Meetings: 3rd Thursday of the Month 2-4pm
New Venue: White Lion, Station Road.
For more information please contact Sheila on Email:
Telephone: 0115 9497433.

Long Walks

Beeston U3A Walking Groups Information Sheet


2018 LONG WALKS CALENDAR (Updated 5/4/18)
JAN Mon 8th Sue Cotton Clifton
FEB Tue 13th John Wilson Parsley Hay Trails
MAR Mon 5th Mike Allery Bramcote
APR Tue 10th Richard Coupland Chatsworth
MAY Thur 17th Sue Cotton Chrome Hill
JUN Tue 12th Mike Allery Linacre
JUL Wed 11th Mike Allery Ecclesbourne Way
AUG Tue 14th Tina Eadie Derbyshire Edges
SEP Tue 11th Dorothy Coombes Charnwood Forest
OCT Tue 16th John Wilson Wetton Hills
NOV Wed 14th Di Fischer-Harman Carsington reservoir
DEC ? ? Sue Cotton University/Wollaton Park 3

Report of Walk Around Chatsworth 17/4/18

Richard led 14 of us on a 9.3 mile walk around Chatsworth in reasonable weather apart from a short period of drizzle soon after we set off. However, the weather was very much better than the previous Tuesday when we had to abandon the scheduled walk. On leaving the Robin Hood car park, the first obstacle was to cross the very busy A619 Chesterfield to Baslow road. Having safely negotiated this, there was a short steep descent down to the Umberley Brook which we followed for about a mile. Turning south west, we went up over Gibbet Moor where the drizzle required us to don waterproofs. Coffee beak was at the corner of the forest where some of us had the opportunity to walk a short distance off the intended route to look at Hob Hurst’s House, an interesting Bronze Age barrow. The path then took us around to the Rabbit Warren and onto a wide track towards Chatsworth with good views across the valley. We then entered a wooded area to skirt around the top of the Chatsworth estate passing several large ponds and the Swiss Cottage. The descent to Chatsworth House was via a long series of stone steps, so we were pleased to have good bench seats available for our lunch stop. Continuing north, Richard led us along the road through the valley as the upper path was likely to be muddy and slippery after all the rain during the previous week. This slightly increased the mileage but was a safer option. After a short rising section through the fields and following the brook valley, it was another scurry across the A619 to return to the cars. Many thanks to Richard for an enjoyable walk.


Postponed U3A Walk Now 17th April

Hi All,
2nd attempt!! Due to the bad weather today (Tuesday 10th April), a number of people sensibly opted out (thanks for email or ‘phone call) of the walk around Chatsworth. Those that did turn up at Bramcote car park decided that it would be better to postpone the walk until next Tuesday 17th April with the hope that the weather might improve. Therefore, I am re-sending my last email with the details of the walk in case you have already deleted them:-
Just a gentle reminder for our next U3A Long Walk around Chatsworth on Tuesday 17th April. This 8 1/2 mile walk will be led by Richard. Please note the meeting time at Bramcote car park is 9.00am (Opposite the Hemlock stone and adjacent to Coventry Lane, NOT at the Leisure Centre).
Please let me know, even if you have already done so for today’s postponed walk (email , land line (0115) 917 7150, Mobile 07759 400966) if you intend to join the re-scheduled 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.
We shall be starting from the National Trust (NT) Robin Hood car park, Grid Reference SK 281721, about 2 miles north east of Chatsworth House. Please bring your NT card and have your NT badge displayed on your car windscreen. There is no meter available to register your card. The fee for non-members is £4 for all day. I’ve copied Richard’s map of the route below. This circular walk around the Chatsworth Estate includes moorland tracks and parkland with a couple of reasonable short climbs. The total ascent is only about 880 feet (270 m) There are a few stiles, with a couple of them of the tall stone type on the Chatsworth boundary, and some wet areas, especially the first half mile. Richard says that a pole will be useful if you use one (two?). There will be stops at Chatsworth/Baslow for toilets/café. Please bring drinks and a packed lunch as Chatsworth is expensive.
Directions to the starting point:-
You may have other ideas but a suggested route from Bramcote car park is:-
MI north to junction 29, take 2nd left onto A617 to Chesterfield, at main roundabout at edge of Chesterfield take 3rd left for a short distance to next roundabout to take 1st left onto A619 to Bakewell, continue on A619 for 5 to 6 miles to reach Robin Hood pub on right hand side, turn sharp right onto B6050, the car park is a short distance after the pub on the left hand side, grid reference SK 281721

Hope to see you on the walk,

Lunch Group 1

Dates for 2018

Monday, 23rd April
Organisers: Jose Gibson & Sheila Bates
Book in the Main Hall Today

Wednesday, 30th May
Café Roya
Organisers: Linda Penfold & Julie Parker
Book at the May Open Meeting

Group Facilitators: Shirley Cooper & Glenis Fisher

Two Lunch Group

Thursday 19th April 2018
HOGGS BISTRO, 30-32 Main Street, Breaston DE7 3DX
Organised by Julia Powell or 0115 9460833.
Note: There is a restriction to 24 people attending.

Friday 18th May 2018
The FERRY INN, Wilford Road, Nottingham NG11 7AA
Organised by Barbara Rawlinson 01159 411779 and Eleanor Hickie 01159 701742.
Note: There is a restriction to 30 people attending

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


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

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 20th April
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.

SALI Dancers

SALI Dancers enjoy French, Israeli, Bulgarian, Romanian dances plus many others from around the world. Come and try us out. New members welcome. 2nd & 4th Tuesday 10.00 –12.00 Church Hall, Foster Avenue.


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

The next meeting will be 26 April.

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.

Short Walks

Ivor Case has stepped down as Leader of Short Walks Group.
The new leader is Stephen Horner. Email:
His deputy is Maureen Wade.

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

Leader: Ian Plumb. Tel: 07910 416722. Email:
Meetings Held: Weekly in term time. Friday 10.30am-11.30am.
Venue: Pearson Centre.

Ukulele Strummers

Leaders: Bob Hill and Steve Mason. Email addresses: 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

For a second year we launch our Short Story writing competition.

The competition runs from 5th April to 6thth September and is open to every member of Beeston U3A whether they belong to the writing group or not. We are aware that our group does not have a monopoly on creative writing and there may be budding authors in our U3A community who do not wish to belong to our group but who would love to “give it a go”.

This competition will also be open to writing groups in our cluster U3As (Long Eaton, Stapleford and Ilkeston).

Please note that it is not a competition for professionals. Please do not enter if you have earned £300 or more from short story writing. Also, please do not enter a story that has been a winner in another competition.

The Theme of the Short Story:
This year we would like you to take a weather event and to use it as inspiration for your story.

Please note: It can be any kind of story in any genre, as long as your chosen weather event plays an important part.

  • The story must contain no more than 2,000 words excluding the title.
  • The competition is free to enter.
  • A short-list will be selected by members of the Writing For Pleasure Group but the winner will be judged by local author Clare Harvey (
  • A prize is being donated to the winner by the Committee of Beeston U3A.
  • All writers will retain the copyright to their entry/entries but must allow their work to be read out and displayed.
  • The winner of the competition will be announced at the Beeston U3A December Open Meeting on Thursday 6th December. It is expected there will be a reading of the winning entry at that meeting and the story will also be printed in our Beeston U3A Newsletter.
  • The top three stories will appear on our Writing For Pleasure website with the permission of the writers. (
  • There will be no feedback on the stories by the judges apart from the top three.

Good luck and happy writing and see page 5 of these documents for some hints for making your story stand out.

For full details of the competition including rules and an entry form click on Beeston U3A Writing For Pleasure Short Story Competition 2018 Entry Form

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