Group News Stop Press

New Groups News

We, Anne Pinnock and Kathy Shipway, are introducing ourselves as your new Groups Co-ordinators.

Beeston U3A now has about 80 interest groups, so hopefully, there should always be something that you like the idea of trying out.

However, we are always keen to hear from you about any suggestions you have for setting up new groups. Once a new group idea has been approved by the committee, the next step is to advertise it on the monthly rolling notices, in order to start compiling a list of interested people. We then usually organise a meeting for those people to get together to discuss the best way forward to get the group up and running. We always try to encourage a team approach to running a group, so that the responsibility doesn’t fall on to just one person.

If you have a suggestion for a new group, please email us at

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, 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, Calligraphy, Chess, Cinema & film, Craft, Croquet, 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, 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, Shakespeare (formerly Let’s Right Shakespeare), 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. 

Possible New Groups

Beeston U3A offers a wide range of groups- all run by members, for members. New ones are starting all the time, generally as a result of members’ suggestions.
It’s a great way to make new friends, and most groups are now organised by a team, rather than one person taking all the responsibility. That is what U3A is all about- not leaving it to others, but each giving and sharing in whatever way we can.

The groups below have been suggested:

Exploring What Matters – The aim of this group would be to attempt to increase the happiness in the world by bringing together like-minded people, supporting them to take practical action to help build a kinder and more caring society.
Topics for discussion will include, ‘What makes us happy?’ and ‘What can we do to make our world a happier place?’
The group would look at meeting on Monday afternoons, starting early September and would be led by one of our members.
If you would like more information, or to show your interest, please contact: We need at least 10 people for this group to go ahead, so currently need more potential members to respond.

Fresh Flowers

Are you interested in exploring how to make interesting arrangements using fresh flowers? Working with others to share knowledge, ideas and experience that we have all picked up along the way, makes for interesting conversation and wonderful flower arrangements. Cost for fresh flowers to enable everyone to make their own display would be no more than £8 per person. No qualifications are needed, only an interest in improving our, sometimes dormant, creative instincts.
We would meet monthly in a member’s home in Nottingham city centre.
We would need there to be a maximum number of 10 members.

If you are interested in any of the above new groups, please email

New Groups Starting

Card Making

A new group for anyone who is interested in making their own greeting cards. The first meeting for this group is on the afternoon of Thursday September 19th in the Community Room at Tesco, Toton. More potential members welcome.
Please contact Shirley Pyke for more details.

New Groups that will Welcome New Members


This group will be starting on Wednesday 11 September at 2pm and then on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month.
You can attend fortnightly or monthly as suits you.
Venue – a central Beeston pub to be decided.
No room rent but please purchase refreshments from the bar.
For more details contact

Self-help Group for experienced Yoga Practitioners

Have you practised yoga for several years?
Would you like to get together with like-minded people to practise in a friendly, informal atmosphere?
If so, contact Kathy Shipway on the New members table in the foyer at the Open Meeting or
We will be meeting again in October, probably on Wednesday mornings.
This group is not suitable for beginners as there is no qualified teacher.
This group is not suitable for beginners as there is no qualified teacher.


A small group are meeting, usually on Thursday afternoons,
to play a few friendly games of tennis at Chilwell Memorial Institute Tennis Club.
Racquets and balls can be provided.
If you would like to join them contact Colin Bradford

Current Groups

American History

Next meeting Tuesday September 10th 2.30 – 4pm at Pearson Centre.
Talk entitled “Women who served in the Civil War” by Andrew Merriman.
All are welcome.
Please email Celia on

Chess Group 

Chess players (an non-players) of all standards are welcome.
For new venue and time contact
Neil Sheffield

Cinema Visits Group

The Group will be seeing Pain and Glory on Thursday 5th September at 1.30pm.


A new Beeston U3A group has started up to play croquet on Nottingham Croquet Club’s Lawns at Highfields. We have booked to play Wednesday’s at 1.30pm. The next dates are September 11th and 25th. Please contact Irene Wardle for more details, or to add your name to the group list:

History Group

Friday 13 September 2019, 10am, in the PEARSON CENTRE.
Andrew Morrison: Three Scottish King James Stuarts.

Jazz Appreciation Group

Wednesday 11th September 2019, 1.30pm, Wesley Room, CRMC.

The Story of Jazz Saxophone

All Welcome – Just Come Along

Knit, Crochet and Natter

We will be meeting at the Pearson Centre from now on.
Meeting 1st Tuesday & 3rd Thursday of the month – 2.00-4.00 p.m.
Ideal opportunity to learn to crochet.
For more information please contact Sheila on Email:
Telephone: 0115 9497433.
NB There will be NO MEETING on the 15th August.

Long Walks (8-12 Miles)

Walkers’ Information Sheet (Long)

U3A Long Walk 10 September 2019

Just a gentle reminder that our next U3A Long Walk around Ilam is on Tuesday 10th September. This 13km / 8 mile walk will be led by Alan Beale. 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.

Please see below the details of the walk as provided by Alan. From my rough plot of the route, the total ascent is about 300m / 1000 feet. Please bring a packed lunch.



DRIVE to The National Trust car park in Ilam, Grid Reference SK 131507. Free to NT members with your card and a charge of £5.00 to non NT members.

Take the A52 through Derby to Ashbourne then the A515 north on the Buxton Road. After leaving Ashbourne turn left after about 1 mile signposted for Ilam. Once you are parked up please make your way to the courtyard next to the shop and toilets as we will leave from here.


We start by crossing the River Manifold at St Bertram’s bridge and then make our way to the stepping stones in Dovedale. We can either use the stepping stones or the bridge to cross the River Dove. From here we walk up the Lindale Valley, then through Thorpe before having a coffee break at Coldwall Bridge.
We then walk up to the hamlet of Blore. Leaving Blore we head west to Upper Musden where we will stop for sandwiches.
Then we drop down to Rushley and walk back along Paradise walk in the country park to our cars.
At the end of the walk we can have a nice cup of tea in the NT cafe.

2019/2020 LONG WALKS CALENDAR (Updated 17/5/19)
JUN Friday 14th Mike Allery Carsington/Bonsall
JUL Friday 12th Sue & Nelson Blackley Calke
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 Tuesday 10th Mike Allery ?
JAN Wednesday 8th Sue Cotton University Jubilee campus
FEB Wednesday 12th Sue Cotton Nottingham canals

Lunch Group One

Friday, 27th September
Organisers – Sheila & Glenis

Wednesday, 23rd October, Bistro Pierre
Tuesday, 26th November, Sherwin Arms

Thursday, 19th December, Trent Lock Golf Cub
Organisers: Sheila Bates & Linda Selby

Two Lunch Group

Tuesday 17th September 2019
92 Derby Road, Stapleford, NG9 7DX
Meet at 1.00pm for afternoon tea or coffee which includes sandwiches , cream and jam scones, assorted cakes, etc.
A change to the normal lunch is being organised by Valerie Sabin, contact or 0115 9254337 and Pamela Bayley
or 0115 9396828

Numbers are restricted to 24 persons.

Monday 21st October 2019
29A Milton Street (Opposite Victoria Centre),
Nottingham NG1 5LD
Meet at 12.00 Noon for 12.30pm start.
Buffet so help your selves to a selection of English, Japanese, Chinese, Indian and Italian.
Highly Recommended.
Being organised by Margo Gale or 0115 9167087 and Helen Hubert  or 0115 8494061.

Two Lunch Group is managed by Peter Lyons and Pamela Bayley

Music Appreciation Group

The next meeting will be on Thursday 19th September at 10.00 a.m.
Further information can be obtained from Karin Williams Group Leader.

New Members Coffee Morning

Thursday 12 September at the Flour Brewer, Chilwell Road at 10:30.
Meet members of the Committee and learn more about the Interest Groups.

Recorder Group

2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month.
Now in the Epworth Room, Beeston Methodist Church, 2-3pm.
We are a small friendly group and would welcome new members. The group is suitable for absolute beginners or those who wish to dust off their old school recorders!.
We play mainly short ,well known tunes and aim to have fun whilst we learn.

Rummikub Group

Rummikub group holds a second meeting on the FOURTH Tuesday of the month at 2pm ( in addition to the meeting on the second Monday of the month). This Tuesday meeting is not well attended so it may not be possible to continue with such small numbers. New members always welcome

Scottish Country Dancing

This Group will reopen to new members in October.
Anybody interested in joining 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 Brenda.

Wine Appreciation Groups 

Do you like to taste a variety of wines?
Would you like to learn more about their flavours and aromas, the grape varieties used and the regions they’re grown in?
A U3A wine appreciation group is a chance to get together with fellow enthusiasts, taste 6 or so wines in an afternoon and discuss them.
There are vacancies in groups running on Tuesdays and Thursdays. For more information contact
John Scottow – Thursday groups
Adrian Shipway – Tuesday groups –

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