Group News Stop Press

Groups Co-ordinators’ News

What Happens if I Email

When you send an email to this address, either Anne Pinnock or Kathy Shipway, Beeston U3A’s Groups Co-ordinators will receive it.

If it is a general enquiry about Beeston U3A’s Interest Groups, Anne or Kathy will reply to you.

If it is a query about a specific interest group, they will normally forward it to the relevant group facilitator.

Over-subscribed Groups

We are attracting new members every month and hope to attract even more at the groups fair in October. It is very disappointing if they apply for a group and find that it is full. So, in the Autumn we will be starting a campaign to encourage existing members of popular groups to start a second, third etc group. Leading a group is not a one-person job as the tasks of group facilitator can be easily shared between several people. We hope that members who have benefited from a group will be willing to share this experience with more members.

Groups That Are Full

Have you ever wanted to join a particular group only to be told that it’s already too full and names will have to go onto a waiting list? It’s frustrating for people, particularly new members, who have their choices diminished by this.

The solution is to open new groups, e.g. medium walks 2 and 3 etc but it’s not always easy to get people to help run the new groups. Being a kind and sociable U3A means helping new groups get started and supported to continue into the future. There may be existing members who would help make another group become viable by switching groups or helping a new group get established.

However, if some members are on the membership list of more than one of the groups, which means that there are no places available for others, it would be helpful if they are actively helping to start up new groups as well. Let’s all do our bit to help groups thrive and get new groups off the ground so that all members have the widest choice available to them.

Email Contacts for Interest Group Facilitators

The committee has decided that all the email addresses on our website will be generic rather than personal, to protect group facilitators email addresses from Spammers and Fraudsters. This means that any one enquiring about a group from the website will be contacting This email will be opened by one of us, Anne Pinnock or Kathy Shipway, the joint Groups Co-ordinators. We will forward queries to the relevant group facilitator or answer them ourselves if appropriate.

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. 

New Groups Starting

As new Joint Groups Coordinators, we are available in the foyer at monthly open meetings, near the entrance to the church.
Please come to see us to obtain information on any Beeston U3A interest group. New members are especially welcome there as a quiet place to discuss groups that the U3A can offer.
Anne Pinnock and Kathy Shipway (

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 will meet monthly in a member’s home in Nottingham city centre and there will be a maximum of 10 members. Our first session is planned for the afternoon of Friday November 8th.
If you are interested in joining this group please contact Maureen Moffatt-

Table Tennis

Due to the popularity of this sport we are hoping to start a 5th group.
It will meet on Thursdays from 11.10-12.10 at The Pearson Centre,
possibly starting in January.
Players of all standards are welcome.
If you are interested please contact Kathy or Anne at
or in the foyer at the Open Meeting

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

Card Making

A new group for anyone who is interested in making their own greeting cards.
Please contact Shirley Pyke for more details.

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

Meeting on Tuesday 8th October at 2.30pm at the Pearson Centre.
A talk on Prohibition by Jim Lyons.
Anyone welcome to join.
Please contact Celia on

Calligraphy Group

The aim of the group is to learn the basic techniques of calligraphy and to develop our own individual writing styles in order to hand write personalised messages and greetings.
The group members are mostly beginners and our plan is to learn together and have some fun!
Please come and join us – all are welcome. We have some basic equipment for people to experiment with.
We meet fortnightly on Tuesday afternoons 2-4pm.
The October meetings are at Beeston Conservative Club, Station Road on Tuesday 1st 15th and 29th Entrance to the room is through the door from the car park at the rear of the building .
The November and December meetings are in the Epworth room at Beeston Methodist Church on Tuesday 12th and 26th November and 10th and 17th December
For further information please contact Jenny Caseldine. Email:, Telephone number 0115 9289929, Text 0782 7537621

Chess Group 

Chess players (and non-players) of all standards are welcome.
New venue Flour Brewer, 100 Chilwell Road, Beeston at 10 a.m.
Next Meetings: Wednesday 9th October, Thursday 24th October
Most future meetings will be on the second and fourth Thursday mornings.
Contact Neil Sheffield

Cinema Visits Group

The group will be seeing “The Goldfinch” at 13.30 on Thursday 10 October.
For more information contact

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.

Long Walks (8-12 Miles)

Walkers’ Information Sheet (Long)

2019/2020 LONG WALKS CALENDAR (Updated 14/11/19)
MONTH DAY DATE LEADER PLACE  (Miles, feet ascent)
DEC Tuesday 10th Mike Allery Hucknall (8.5 , 200)
JAN Tuesday 14th Anne Pinnock Whatstandwell/Crich (8,?)
FEB Wednesday 12th Sue Cotton Nottingham canals (10.5  , ?)
MAR ? ? Pat Gregson ?   (?,?)
APR Thursday 16th Alice Kirwan ?   (?,?)
MAY Tuesday 12th Mike Allery Carsington/Ible/Middleton

(10.5 , 1730)

JUN ? ? Anne & John Minns Belvoir  (9 , ?)
JUL Friday 10th Mike Allery Offerton Moor  (10.5 , 1660)
AUG Wednesday 12th Richard Coupland Churnet Valley 2  (8.7,?)
SEP ? End of month Sue & Nelson Blackley ?    (?,?)

Hi All.

I’d like to thank all those who confirmed that they had received my mail saying that the Whatstandwell long walk on 12th November had been cancelled. It meant that I only had to ‘phone a few in the group. I went to Bramcote Park at 09.00 just in case someone turned up without having let me know they intended to join us. I’m pleased to say that nobody did. As I mentioned in my email, as Anne and Paul Pinnock have put considerable effort into pre-walking the Whatstandwell route, we decided to try it again in the New Year. Sue Cotton has kindly relinquished her booking for the January walk, which was to be on Wednesday the 8th. Anne and Paul’s Whatstandwell walk will now be on Tuesday 14th January. The latest version of the calendar is attached below and will soon appear on the group’s page on the Beeston U3A website.

I’ve only received comments from 4 members regarding a possible group social meal. Taking these into consideration, I am suggesting a lunchtime meal at the Victoria pub in Beeston on Wednesday 22nd of January. If you would like to join us, but would prefer an evening and/or a different day please let me know and I’ll adjust it to satisfy the consensus of opinion.


U3A Long Walk 12/11/19

Hi All,

After discussions with Anne and Paul Pinnock we have decided to postpone the long walk tomorrow. The A6 near where we were due to start the walk has recently been closed due to a flood. The lower Derwent is currently subject to a flood warning and the forecast for tomorrow is for more rain. Anne and Paul also said that the final part of the walk back down to the Cromford canal could be difficult. However, as they have put in a lot of hard work pre-walking the route, we have decided to fit the walk into the calendar early next year. Watch this space! I shall be at Bramcote car park at 9.00am tomorrow in case some people do not see this email. Sorry to disappoint those that intended to join us for the walk.



Hi All,

Just a gentle reminder that our next U3A Long Walk around Whatstandwell and Crich is on Tuesday 12th November. This 14.5 km / 9 mile walk will be led by Anne Pinnock. 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.

I’ve copied the email below from Anne giving details of the walk. Hope to see you there.


Whatstandwell and Crich:

The walk (approx 9 miles)begins with free parking in a large lay-by on the A6 between Ambergate and Whatstandwell. The paths are generally good, but a stick could be useful on some steeper sections of the walk, with some muddy conditions possible. After walking along a scenic stretch of Cromford Canal tow path past Whatstandwell, we then begin a steady climb – initially through some ancient forest and then with open views of the Amber Valley to Holloway (possible coffee stop here, with coffee shop plus toilets for customers; grassy bank for others) and then on to Wakebridge. Continuing to climb towards Crich Stand War Memorial, we pass the end of the tram track of the Crich Tramway museum. Magnificent views of the surrounding area can (hopefully, dependent on weather!) be had from the War Memorial’s picnic area for lunch. ( cafe and toilets unfortunately do not open on Tuesdays). Dropping down past the Tramway Museum, we cross fields into Crich. Going along paths with open views, we head down into woods and wind our way down towards Ambergate, then head back along the canal towpath to the car parking.

No public toilets on route, but plenty of trees/ bushes! Please bring a picnic lunch and drink. Cafe coffee stop with toilet is an option in Holloway.

Meet at Bramcote Hills Park at 9am.
Suggested route to start of walk:
A610 to Ambergate. Turn right on to A6 and after approximately 1.5 miles park in first large lay-by on left ( where there is usually a refreshment van) grid reference 338530.

Lunch Group One

Friday, 29th November, Sherwin Arms
Organisers: Chris Morrison & Dorothy Bolton

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

Two Lunch Group

Friday 22nd November 2019

25 Goldsmith Street, Nottingham NG1 5LB
Meet at 12.00 Noon for 12.30 pm start.
Being organised by Jo Muxlow

Monday 9th December 2019

Christmas lunch at The Cottage Hotel, Ruddington NG11 6LA
Being organised by Pamela Bayley and Carol Spicer

Two Lunch Group is managed by Peter Lyons and Pamela Bayley

Music Appreciation Group

Thursday 17th October at 10.00
in the Guild Room BMC.
Our speaker will be Simon Thompson who has set up singing groups around this area. He will demonstrate how we can all improve our vocal performance with a little help! As Music Appreciation is a small Group, we would love to welcome members of other Beeston U3A Groups to join us on this occasion. No particular singing ability is needed and no one will have to do a solo! Further details from Karin Williams: on mobile 07811 724109.

New Members Coffee Morning

Thursday 10 October 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.

Scottish Country Dancing

The Group is not be able to take any more beginners until further notice.
There are still spaces for experienced dancers who should contact
Sue Morrison.

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 Margaret.

What The Papers Say

We meet on the 3rd Friday of the month from 2-4pm (upstairs in meeting room 2 in Beeston Library) to discuss current affairs.
The meeting is split into a number of 15-20 minutes slots (plus a 10 minute tea/coffee break) and in each slot we look at a topic that has been in the news (in the newspapers, on the web, on TV, etc.).
Members come with topics that are of interest to them and these are picked on a lucky dip basis. The person whose topic is picked spends a minute or two introducing it and then we discuss it. Normally there are more topics suggested than we have time to cover, but we reserve the last slot of the meeting for people who didn’t get their subject picked to briefly talk about it (or something else they’ve seen in the news) if they wish. But if you have no topic to suggest that doesn’t matter, you can come along and just listen or join in the general discussions.
Sometimes for the first discussion we pick a topic in advance of the meeting that has recently been in the news and as well as discussing it among ourselves we look at how the same story is covered by different news outlets.
Please email if you wish to join the group.


Friday, 15 November in the Wesley Room, from 10am to 12noon, and subsequently the 2nd Friday in every month.

New Wine Tasting Group 4

This Group meets on the 1st Tuesday of each month at the Pearson Centre so this month will be 5th November. There is room for a few more members. If anyone wants to join us, they should contact Adrian Shipway at for this months tasting list.

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