Group News Stop Press

Groups Co-ordinators’ News

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

As new Joint Groups Coordinators, we are available in the foyer at monthly open meetings, near the entrance to the church.
New members are especially welcome there as a quiet place to discuss groups that the U3A can offer.

New Groups


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 soon could be perfect for you.
Just a couple more expressions of interest needed to make this group viable.

Please email – if you would like to find out more.

Model Railways

We have a small, committed group interested in starting this up. If you think you may like to join them, please email

Table Tennis 5

We now have enough interested people to start a 5th Table Tennis Group.
If you are interested in joining this new group, please email

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 shortly, 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

Other Suggested Groups

Walking with Dogs; Cribbage; Running/jogging; Beading; Extra-long walks; “Saving the Planet” and Cycling have all been suggested as possible future groups, but more expressions of interest are needed before we can make plans for them to go ahead.
If any of these appeal to you, please register your interest by emailing Do bear in mind that there are as yet no leaders in place for these suggested new groups.

Current Groups

 Bowls Group

Interested in joining – 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 –


The new Group Facilitator for Buddies is now Ivor Case.

Chess Group

Meets at the Flour Brewer on the second and fourth Thursday of the month at 10 a.m.
Next meetings: February 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. Tuesday meetings: March 3rd and 17th

For more information please contact –

Fresh Flower Group

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 is no more than £8 per person. No qualifications are needed, only an interest in improving our sometimes dormant, creative instincts.
We meet monthly in a member’s home in Nottingham city centre and there will be a maximum of 10 members. We just have a small number of places remaining in the group. Next meeting Friday February 28th.

If you are interested in joining this group please contact :

History Group

Sign up for the proposed summer outing to Moseley Old Hall on Thursday 18 June – Deposits (£10) now

Knit, Crochet and Natter

We meet at the Pearson Centre, Nuart Road, Beeston NG9 2NH on the 1st Tuesday & the 3rd Thursday of each month at 2-4 p.m.
If you need more information, contact contact Sheila –

Lunch Group 1

Thursday, 26th February – The Frustrated Chef, Chilwell. Organisers – Eileen & Sylvia

Friday, 27th March – Adams, Hockley, Nottingham. Organisers – Linda & Pam M
Book at the March Open Meeting

Organiser required for ALL subsequent lunches. Please volunteer by contacting Group Facilitators: Shirley or Glenis at –

Two Lunch Group

Tuesday 17th March 2020
Lock Fyne Restaurant, 17 King Street, Nottingham NG1 2A. Serves British Sea food plus some meat dishes. Wheelchair accessible & toilet.
Meet at 12.00 Noon for 12.30 pm start.

Contact Barbara Rawlinson or Eleanor Hickie at :

Advance Notice 21st May 2020 – Fine Dining at SIX RESTUARANT
Radcliffe Road Stand, Sixth Floor, Notts County Cricket Ground, Trent Bridgford, Nottingham NG2 6AG. Cost 2 courses £26, 3 courses £33. Reservation made 30 people – need £10 Deposit ASAP

Please contact Peter Lyons (0797 059 2047) or at –

Two Lunch Group is managed by Peter Lyons and Pamela Bayley

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.

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 –

Long Walks (8-12 Miles)

Walkers’ Information Sheet (Long)

2020 LONG WALKS CALENDAR (Updated 13/02/20)





PLACE  (Miles, feet ascent)




Pat Gregson

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Alice Kirwan

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Mike Allery


(10.5 , 1730)




Anne & John Minns

Belvoir  (9 , ?)




Mike Allery

Offerton Moor  (10.5 , 1660)




Richard Coupland

Churnet Valley 2  (8.7,?)



End of month

Sue & Nelson Blackley

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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.

Long Walks 2

Our first Long Walks Group is now oversubscribed and a waiting list has been started. We hope to start a second group in the spring, with hopes of better weather on the horizon. If you think you may enjoy a monthly walk of 8-10 miles, please contact


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