Group News Stop Press

Interested in joining the Bowls Group?

We are now taking names for the next tuition session.                                                        Meeting at Nottingham Indoor Bowls Centre, Beechdale Road, Bilborough.
Bowl sessions are arranged for all Fridays at 10.30am lasting 2 hours plus two weekly roll-up sessions on Mondays 12.30 – 2.30pm and Thursdays 2.30 – 4.30pm.                              Contact Peter Noon for more information – groups@beestonu3a.org.uk

Calligraphy Group

We are looking for new members to join our fun and friendly group.
Our aim is to learn and practice the art of beautiful writing using old and modern calligraphy techniques in order to hand write personalised messages and greetings.
We are also learning together the art of illuminated lettering and the relaxing technique of zentangle.
We meet fortnightly on Tuesday afternoons from 2-4pm at Beeston Conservative Club, Station Road. The entrance to the room is through the car park at the rear of the building. Our next meetings are :- Tuesday 14th and 28th January and
11th and 25th February 2020
Please come and join us and share ideas and skills.
For further information please contact – groups@beestonu3a.org.uk

Chess Group

Meets at the Flour Brewer on the second and fourth Thursday of the month at 10 a.m.
Next meetings
January 9th and 23rd, February 13th and 27th, March 12th and 26th.

A second group will be started on a trial basis meeting on Tuesdays, also at the Flour Brewer at 10 a.m. First two meetings -Tuesday February 4th and 18th.                                     For more information please contact – groups@beestonu3a.org.uk

History Group

Friday 10 January 2020 10am at the Pearson Centre
Peter Lee – Who was the richest man in the world
Any apologies to Georgina, please (lyonscorner2@yahoo.com)

Sign up for the proposed summer outing to Moseley Old Hall on Thursday 18 June

Knit, Crochet and Natter

We will be meeting at the Pearson Centre from now on. Meeting 1st Tuesday & 3rd Thursday of the month – 2.00-4.00pm. – Come and join us.
For more information please contact Sheila – groups@beestomu3a.org.uk

Lunch Group 1

Friday, 31st January -12.00 for 12.30 -The Cornmill, Chilwell
Organisers – Pam Brown & Jose Gibson

Recorder Group

Meeting on 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.
Contact: groups@beestonu3a.org.uk

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.
Email: groups@beestonu3a.org.uk

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 – groups@beestonu3a.org.uk

Writing for Pleasure

The winner of the Short Story Writing competition for 2019 is Peter Hilton with his story, “An Act of God”. Congratulations to him and to everyone who took part.
Peter’s charming story, plus those of the runners-up, can be read on our website: beestonwriting.com

Groups Co-ordinators’ News


What Happens if I Email groups@beestonu3a.org.uk?

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 groups@beestonu3a.org.uk. 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 groups@beestonu3a.org.uk

Stop Press information on Groups

For the full list of Groups and when and where they meet look on the Groups page. 


Possible New Groups in 2020 


We are hoping to start a range of new groups during 2020.
The following have been suggested:
Walking with Dogs; Model railways; Cribbage; Running/jogging; Beading; Long Walks 2; Extra-long walks and “Saving the Planet”.
If any of these appeal, register your interest by emailing – groups@beestonu3a.org.uk

Do bear in mind that there are as yet no leaders in place for these suggested new groups.
If you have any other ideas for possible new groups, do let us know.
Anne Pinnock and Kathy Shipway (Joint Groups Co-ordinators)

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.
Contact Anne Pinnock and Kathy Shipway – groups@beestonu3a.org.uk

New Groups starting after Christmas


Crosswords

Do you like doing crosswords?
Synonyms, cryptic, skeleton etc.
Would you like to get together to solve crosswords and improve your skills?
If so, the new group that we aim to start in the new year could be perfect for you.
Please email – groups@beestonu3a.org.uk if you would like to find out more.

Table Tennis 5

We now have enough interested people to start a 5th Table Tennis Group.
The first session of the new group will be on Thursday 16th January, 11.10am until 12.10pm at The Pearson Centre.
If you are interested in joining this new group, please email groups@beestonu3a.org.uk

Writing for Pleasure

The Writing for Pleasure group has been a very popular, oversubscribed group for quite some time now. We are delighted to announce that a new writing group will be set up in January, which members of the existing group will initially support, to help get things started. We already have enough interest to form a new group, but a few extra members would be very welcome.
If you are interested in being part of this new group, please email groups@beestonu3a.org.uk

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 communications@beestonu3a.org.uk

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: groups@beestonu3a.org.uk, 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 groups@beestonu3a.org.uk

Cinema Visits Group

The group will be seeing “The Goldfinch” at 13.30 on Thursday 10 October.
For more information contact groups@beestonu3a.org.uk.

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: groups@beestonu3a.org.uk
Telephone: 0115 9497433.

Long Walks (8-12 Miles)

Walkers’ Information Sheet (Long)

2020 LONG WALKS CALENDAR (Updated 13/12/19)
MONTH DAY DATE LEADER PLACE  (Miles, feet ascent)
JAN Tuesday 14th Anne Pinnock Whatstandwell/Crich (8,?)
FEB Wednesday 12th Sue Cotton University Jubilee campus (?, ?)
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 ?    (?,?)

U3A Long Walks Group Meal

Hi All,

Just a gentle reminder to those of you who intend to join us for the Long Walks group meal which will be at The Victoria Inn Beeston at 6.00pm next Wednesday, 22nd January. We currently have 15 members but it is not too late for any late-comers.

Regards, Mike.

U3A Long Walk 14/1/20

Hi All,

Just a gentle reminder that our next U3A Long Walk around Whatstandwell and Crich is on Tuesday 14th January. This is the walk which had to be postponed from last November due to floods and bad weather. 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 mushnpuss@gmail.com , 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.

Regards,
Mike

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.

U3A Long Walk 10/12/19

Hi All,

For those of you who were hoping to join us, I regret that I am going to cancel the walk tomorrow due to the weather forecast. After three reasonable days, the forecast rain and high winds suggest that it would be anything but pleasant. The only slight plus is that the temperature is likely to be a little higher but I think this will not be noticeable with strong winds! There are only 9 members signed up for the walk and three of us have done it before. Therefore, I’ll postpone the walk to a later date.

I’m anxious that this message gets through to all who have signed up for the walk as the real meeting point is the Butler’s Hill tram stop. If you receive this email, please let me know that you have read it so that I know that you will not be making an unnecessary journey. I’ll also attempt to let the would-be walkers know by telephone. Watch this space for changes in the 2020 walks calendar.

Regards,

Mike

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.

Mike

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.

Regards,

Mike

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 mushnpuss@gmail.com , 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.

Regards,
Mike

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

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

Two Lunch Group

Monday 9th December 2019. 12.00 for 12.30pm start.
Traditional Christmas lunch
at The Cottage Hotel, Ruddington NG11 6LA.
Being organised by Pamela Bayley and Carol Spicer groups@beestonu3a.org.uk
The cost is £23 per head and includes tea or coffee.
Wheel chair accessible.

Week Commencing 13th January 2020
Lunch being organised by Mary Coggins and Joan Shelton.
Venue to be decided.

WE WELCOLME ALL NEW MEMBERS TO JOIN OUR LUNCH GROUP.
Two Lunch Group is managed by Peter Lyons and Pamela Bayley.

New Members Coffee Morning

Thursday 12 December 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.
Contact: groups@beestonu3a.org.uk

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.
Email: sue.morrison2@ntlworld.com

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. beestonu3a.funsinging@gmail.com

Writing for Pleasure

The winner of the 2019 short story writing competition will be announced in December’s Open Meeting.

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