Group News Stop Press

Stop Press information on Groups – Possible New Groups -The History of Aviation, Ecology/Biodiversity, Walking Football, Patchwork and Quilting, Debate and Discussion,  2nd Writing for Pleasure Group, 2nd Murder Book Group.

Our established groups are:

Ambling, Architecture, Art gallery visits, Art history appreciation 1&2, Badminton, 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!

American History

Covers the development of the United States from the history of early exploration through modern times.


When you think of playing darts, probably the first image that comes to mind is of a dimly lit, smoky pub, murmurs of conversation, the clink of glasses, and a boisterous group of players hanging around the dart board. Remember Games that require throwing and aiming at targets improve hand-eye coordination, it also helps keeps your maths skills working. Whether you are a beginner or advance a gradual progression will help you build up your skills, increasing your confidence, all while having fun and spending quality time with members.

Enneagram Study Group

The Enneagram is a way of understanding our basic personality, but goes much deeper than this, as it looks at our deepest motivations, and the way we look at, and experience life. This also means that we are able to understand better how others can look at and experience life and relationships in very different ways to ourselves.

It is a synthesis of psychology and spirituality. It can be understood in Christian terms, Jewish terms, Moslem terms, or in totally secular terms etc.

A study group would learn more about the enneagram and the different personality types.

Walking Football – is a variant of football that is aimed at keeping people aged over 50 involved with football if, due to a lack of mobility or for other reason, they are not able to play the traditional game. The sport can be played both indoors and outdoors All shapes and sizes, male and female will be welcome. It has been said that it is an excellent cardio-vascular exercise and beats a session in gym every time!

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


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

Second Medium Walks Group

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

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

As we will be on a site visit, there won’t be a meeting at the Pearson Centre on the 2nd October.

Art History and Appreciation Group

Next meeting:
Tuesday September 25th-
“The History of the Garden in Art”.
(more information from

Bird Watching

Programme for the next few months:

Tuesday September 11th              Frampton Marsh, Lincs                   Depart 9.00 from Attenborough

October                                               No meeting

Wednesday November 14th        Attenborough                                   Meet 9.30

Thursday December 13th              Rutland water                                   Depart 9.00 from Attenborough

Pete Sadler

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.


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


The next meeting of Buddies will be on Friday 28th September at the White Lion, from 10.00am onwards.

Exploring Spirituality Group

Next meeting
Tuesday 21st August
10.00am – 11.30am,
at Beeston Methodist Church.
‘What Brings Me Satisfaction/Joy in Life?’

Family History/Genealogy

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

History Group

Friday 14 September 2018
10.00am Guild Room
John Dornan
Sir Roger Casement or Villain

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 on
Wednesday 12 September 2.00pm
Wesley Room at BMC.
Come along to the meeting to hear about Jelly Roll Morton.
For information about this Group contact or 07872 934447.

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.

For more information please contact Sheila on Email: Telephone: 0115 9497433.

Long Walks

Beeston U3A Walking Groups Information Sheet

2018 LONG WALKS CALENDAR (Updated 25/6/18)
JAN Mon 8th Sue Cotton Clifton
FEB Tue 13th John Wilson Parsley Hay Trails
MAR Mon 5th Mike Allery Bramcote
APR Tue 17th Richard Coupland Chatsworth
MAY Thur 17th Sue Cotton Chrome Hill
JUN Tue 12th Mike Allery Linacre
JUL Wed 11th Mike Allery Longnor
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 Charnwood 11/9/18

Dorothy led 12 of us on a 10 mile walk around Charnwood Forest. Starting at the Newton Lindford car park in light drizzle, we entered Bradgate Park and skirted around Cropstone reservoir. The café offered an early stop for refreshments after the traffic problems on the M1. From here we headed north through Swithland Wood to Woodhouse Eaves with the drizzle gradually easing off. Returning to parkland we made the slow ascent up to Beacon Hill with an almost panoramic view of the surrounding countryside. This was the lunch stop where some of the oldest rocks in the world acted as backrests for us. Turning south we knew that the rest of the walk was all downhill. Just before we reached Newton Linford, we saw the somewhat sad remains of Ulverscroft priory dating back to the twelfth century. A very enjoyable walk thanks to Dorothy. Unfortunately, the return journey on the M1 was even worse than the outward journey but at least the weather was reasonably kind to us.


U3A Long Walk around Charnwood on Tuesday 11th September

Hi All,

Just a gentle reminder for our next U3A Long Walk around Charnwood on Tuesday 11th September This 10 mile walk will be led by Dorothy Coombes. Please note the meeting time at Bramcote car park is 09.00am. (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.

Dorothy’s directions to starting point:-

Take M1 South ( despite the road works) to junction 22. Take the A50 towards Leicester. At the next roundabout take the first exit ( Markfield Lane). After 1.4 miles, at the T junction in Newtown Linford, turn right onto Main St. The car park is just beyond the church on the left.
Dorothy’s description of walk:-
Leader Dorothy Coombes, contact tel no. 07990613988
The walk is in Charnwood Forest. It starts at Bradgate Park in Newtown Linford and continues to Beacon Hill.
We will meet at Bramcote Hills car park at 9 am and drive about 30 miles to Bradgate Country Park car park in Newtown Linford, 553 Bradgate Road, LE6 0HB where it costs £3 to park for the day. There are toilets there and at the lunch stop which will be at Beacon Hill.
The walk is 9.75 miles and is along varied terrain and passes some interesting features. The route takes us across Bradgate Country Park which is a medieval deer park, continues through Swithland Woods and climbs steadily to Beacon Hill for a superb viewpoint. There are picnic tables there to use for lunch. We return via quiet paths and country lanes and pass through picturesque Newtown Linford. The climb up to Beacon Hill, which is 248 metres high, is easy and gradual. There are several stiles along the route and if it rains a lot the final stretch could be muddy.
Please bring a packed lunch. There are plenty of cafes and a pub near the car park in Newtown Linford and a pub en route for further refreshments.

My additions:-
Total ascent about 850 feet with a steady climb up and a steady descent.
I’ve tried to attach two of Dorothy’s files for further information but I’m not sure it has worked!!.
Hope to see you on the walk.



Report of walk along the Derbyshire Edges 14/8/18

Tina led 12 of us on a 10.5 mile walk starting from the Curbar Gap car park. She had devised several routes depending on the weather: scorching hot, day long downpour or “relatively normal”. Luckily, it was the last of these, so we opted for the longest version. We walked south from the car park with fine views from Baslow Edge and on to the Eagle Stone and Wellington’s monument. Turning east we carefully worked our way past a herd of Highland cattle complete with bull to reach a path across the moorland with patches of heather leading up to White edge. This provided us with more fine views across the valley. After a short break to deal with a few pangs of hunger, we continued down into the Longshaw Estate and the National Trust Visitors’ Centre where we had refreshments and the remains of our lunches. Taking the lower path through the estate we spotted our third millennium carved stone before reaching the Grouse Inn which we managed to avoid being enticed into for further refreshments. Then it was across the fields and into Hay Wood to cross a brook and up to the start of Froggatt Edge. The weather was just right to appreciate both Froggatt and Curbar Edges, with light cloud and only a gentle wind. Thanks to Tina for a very enjoyable walk.

Derbyshire Edges – Tuesday 14th August

Hi All,
Just a gentle reminder for our next U3A Long Walk along the Derbyshire Edges on Tuesday 14th August. This 9 mile walk will be led by Tina Eadie. Please note the meeting time at Bramcote car park is 09.00 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.

The following are the details that Tina has provided:-
Derbyshire Edges – Tuesday 14th August
We will meet at Bramcote Hills Park at 9.00am and drive 35 miles to the Curbar Gap Car Park. The grid ref for the car park is SK262747 and the postcode is S32 3YR. The most direct route is via the M1 to J29, then through Chesterfield onto the A619 heading West. Turn right onto Top Lane (signed to Curbar) and then left onto Clodhall Lane, which leads directly to the car park on the right hand side before you start the descent into Curbar. The car park is National Trust so free to members – use membership cards at the ticket machines. Otherwise the day fee is £4.00. There are no toilets there.
We will walk along three of Derbyshire’s ‘Edges’ – White, Froggatt, and Curbar – and through the Longshaw Estate where we will have lunch near to the Tea Room there where there are also toilets. The walk is around 9 miles in length with stony paths on the Edges. Access is mainly through gates with the odd stile and rocky stream to cross. There are two short climbs but otherwise the walk is flat with great views on a clear day.

Please remember to bring a packed lunch and, if the weather remains as hot as it is today, plenty of drinks/water.


Lunch Group One

Friday, 28th September
Trent Lock Golf Club
Organisers: Glenis Fisher & Sue Muggridge

Thursday,25th October – French Living
November, Breakfast at Carluccio’s
December – Christmas Lunch at the Victoria Inn

Group Facilitators: Shirley Cooper & Glenis Fisher

Two Lunch Group

Wednesday 19th September 2018
Cinnamon Indian Restaurant
124 Derby Road, Stapleford NG9 7AY
Organised Sheila and Len Roberts contact Tel: 01159 497941
Two Lunch Group is managed by Peter Lyons and Pamela Bayley.

Jazz Appreciation Group

Next meeting is on Wednesday 12 September 2.00pm Wesley Room at BMC.
Come along to the meeting to hear about Jelly Roll Morton.
For information about this Group contact or 07872 934447.


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

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. The cost of the meeting is approximately £2 each (dependent on numbers).
The aim of the group is to enjoy and share our interests and artistic skills with like-minded 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.
You may use whatever media you choose to work with but you will need to bring all your own equipment. If you are an absolute beginner please contact me for further advice.
Celia Scottow Mobile: 07721670449

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

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 September.

Readers Rendezvous

This Group is at full capacity at present.

Recorder Group

The next meetings of this group are on Wednesday 12th September and 26th September at 2pm at the White Lion, Beeston.
Contact: Elizabeth Le Marchant Brock

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.


From this month (August) the Scrabble Group leader will be Mark Lynbrey,

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 10.00am – 11.30am.
For more information please contact Elizabeth.


eptember’s Stroller walk is on the morning of Monday September 17th in Wollaton Park.
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

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.

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

Writing for Pleasure

The writing competition is now closed. The process of judging the entries starts in October.

If you have entered – Good Luck!

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