Groups

Current situation: Groups List is a list of our 91 groups and shows if and when they are meeting.

Contact the Group Leader if you would like to join any of these groups. 

Group Coordinator: Email: groups@beestonu3a.org.uk

If you drop out of a Group, please let the Group Leader know as there may be a waiting list for the Group. Please click on this link for full details of this issue.

Please be aware that all Members participate in activities entirely at their own risk.

Ambling Group

Contact: groups@beestonu3a.org.uk
Meetings Held: Monthly. 1st and 3rd Wednesday in the month
Venue: Various.

Not currently meeting

American History

Leader: Celia Billau. Email: communications@beestonu3a.org.uk
Meetings Held: Every second Tuesday of the month at 2pm on Zoom. We’ve got a busy programme of talks for the next few months which will take place on Zoom until we can resume our usual meetings at the Pearson Centre.

Architecture Group

Leader: Mike Norman groups@beestonu3a.org.uk
Meetings Held: Monthly. 1st Tuesday. 10.00hrs to 12.00hrs (New Time)
Venue: The Pearson Centre for Young People, 2 Nuart Road, Beeston NG9 2NH.

Not currently meeting

Art Gallery Visits 

Leaders: Barbara and Nadya Email:groups@beestonu3a.org.uk Meetings Held: Monthly. 3rd Thursday. 2.00pm.Venue: Beeston Methodist Church, Chilwell Road, or visits.

Not currently meeting

Art History and Appreciation

Formerly Art History.

Leaders: Anne Pinnock , Frances Nugent, Janet Hunt. Email: groups@beestonu3a.org.uk
Meetings Held: Monthly. 4th Tuesday. 10.30am and 1.30pm.
Venue: Guild Room, Beeston Methodist Church, Chilwell Road.

Open for new Members.

Currently sharing members chosen art via email on selected monthly theme. Also Zoom meetings on 4th Tuesday 2pm.

Backgammon

Leader: Brendan Breen. Email: groups@beestonu3a.org.uk
Meetings Held: 2nd and 4th Wednesday. 2.00pm 4.00pm
Venue: The Star Inn, Beeston.

Not currently meeting

Badminton

Contact: groups@beestonu3a.org.uk
Meetings Held: Weekly on Wednesdays. 10.30am -11.30am.
Venue: The Pearson Centre for Young People, 2 Nuart Road, Beeston NG9 2NH.

Will meet when Covid restrictions allow.

Beeston Real Ale Group [BRAG] Group

Leader: Peter Lyons. Email: groups@beestonu3a.org.uk
Meetings Held: Monthly. 4th Wednesday.
Venue: Various

The Group is continuing to have zoom meetings once a month

Birdwatching

Leader & Telephone Number: Peter. 0781 386 7135. Emailgroups@beestonu3a.org.uk
Meetings Held: Monthly during the second week (the day is variable)
Venue: Various

Group visits restarting from May 21st, as long as restrictions allow.

Book Group 1

Contact: groups@beestonu3a.org.uk
Meetings Held: Monthly. 2nd Tuesday. 10.30am.
Venue: Beeston Methodist Church, Chilwell Road, Wesley Room.

This group is full.

‘Between The Covers Book Group’

Leader:Janet Hunt and Felicity Harrison. groups@beestonu3a.org.uk
Meetings Held: Monthly. 3rd Monday. 1.30pm
Venue:The Pearson Centre for Young People, 2 Nuart Road, Beeston NG9 2NH .

This Group is at full capacity at present.

Not currently meeting.

Bowls

Leader: Peter. 0115 928 8131. Email: groups@beestonu3a.org.uk
Meetings Held: A 4 week course of tuition. Members may continue indepentently.
Venue: Nottingham Indoor Bowls Club

Planning to meet as restrictions allow.

Bridge

Contact: groups@beestonu3a.org.uk
Meetings Held: Weekly. Monday. 2.00pm- 4.00pm.
Venue: Guild Room, Beeston Methodist Church, Chilwell Road.

Buddies

Leader:  Ivor Case. Contact: groups@beestonu3a.org.uk 
Meetings Held: Monthly Last Friday. 10.30am.
Venue: The Corn Mill, Chilwell.

Meeting via Zoom and Messenger.

Calligraphy 

Leader: Jenny. Email: groups@beestonu3a.org.uk
Meetings Held: Fortnightly. Tuesday 2.00pm-4.00pm
Venue: The Conservative Club, Station Road.

Not currently meeting

Canasta

Leader: Paul. Email: groups@beestonu3a.org.uk
Meetings Held: 2nd and 4th and 5th (if any) Thursday at 9.30am – 12.00.
Venue: Wesley Room, Beeston Methodist Church, Chilwell Road.

Not currently meeting

Card Making

Not currently meeting

Chess

Leader: Neil. Email: groups@beestonu3a.org.uk
Meetings Held: 2nd and 4th Thursday. 10.30am.
Venue: The Flour Brewer, Chilwell Road.

Not currently meeting face to face, but games are still being played via email, phone and chess.com . We also have link ups with other U3a chess groups through chess.com (mainly Belper, Edinburgh and Towcester), and the Belper group runs a meeting via chess.com each Thursday at 2pm which anyone can join in with.

Cinema/Film

Contact: groups@beestonu3a.org.uk
Meetings Held: Monthly, last Tuesday. 10.30am.
Venue: The Resource Centre, Middle Street, Beeston.

Sharing via WhatsApp.

Cinema Visits Group

Leaders: Alice and Mike. Email groups@beestonu3a.org.uk
Visits organised monthly to a Silver Screening.
Venue: The Broadway Cinema.

Not currently meeting

Craft

Leader & Telephone Number: Gill Email: groups@beestonu3a.org.uk
Meetings Held: Monthly 4th Thursday. 1.30pm-4.00pm.
Venue: Guild Room, Beeston Methodist Church, Chilwell Road, Wesley Room.

Not currently meeting

Crosswords

Meeting on Zoom to solve the Guardian crossword together, 1st & 3rd Mondays at 10.45

Cycling

This is a new group, planned to open in Spring 2021, once COVID restrictions allow.Contact groups@beestonu3a.org.uk for more information.

Desert Island Discs

Facilitator: Maureen Moffatt. Contact groups@beestonu3a.org.uk for more information.

2nd Wednesday of the month from 7-8pm via Zoom.

The monthly “guest” selects 8 pieces of music to be played, interspersed with chat about their life. Guests volunteer from within as well as outside the u3a.

Family History/Genealogy

Contact: groups@beestonu3a.org.uk
Meetings Held: Monthly. 3rd Wednesday. 10.00am -12.00. The Group is currently meeting via Zoom and runs an email forum for members.

Fifth Chapter Book Group

Leader: Ginny. Email: groups@beestonu3a.org.uk
Meetings Held: 2nd Wednesday. 10.00am – 12..00.
Venue: The Star Inn, Beeston.

Meeting via Zoom.

Fresh Flowers

Leader: Maureen. Email: groups@beestonu3a.org.uk
Meetings: Various
Venue: Member’s Home.

Planning to restart as soon as restrictions allow (July 21?).

Garden/Visits 

Leader & Telephone Number: Sandra. 928 5031. Email: groups@beestonu3a.org.uk
Meetings Held: 2nd Wednesday. 10.00am.
Venue: Guild Room Beeston Methodist Church, Chilwell Road,and visits

Not currently meeting

Beginners German Group and the German Conversation Group 

The Beginners German Group is for members who are interested in learning German and have little or no knowledge of German. The Tutor is Sue Blackley.

The German Conversation Group is for members who are more advanced and will further enhance conversational abilities. The group is now meeting on Zoom on alternate Tuesdays at 2.30pm.

The above groups will be run at the same time.

Meeting via Zoom

Contact: Email: groups@beestonu3a.org.uk

History

Ron Jones is the convenor ( groups@beestonu3a.org.uk ) Other members of the organising team are Georgina Lyons (Treasurer) Judith Foxton and Margaret Jones with Marina Turner and Chris Chater [Communicators]
Meetings Held: Monthly every 2nd Friday starting at 10.00am.
Venue: The Pearson Centre for Young People, 2 Nuart Road, Beeston NG9 2NH.
Please note at the moment we are currently meeting members via zoom which takes place every 2nd Friday of the month details are sent out a week before.

International Dance

Contact: groups@beestonu3a.org.uk
Meetings Held: 2nd and 4th Tuesdays. 10.30am till 11.30am.
Venue: Church hall behind the R.C. Church on Foster Ave. (Assumption Church Hall)

Not currently meeting

Italian

Leader & Telephone Number: Brendan. 925 2558 Email: groups@beestonu3a.org.uk
Meetings Held: 1st and 3rd Fridays 9.30am till 11.30am.
Venue: Beeston Methodist Church, Chilwell Road, Wesley Room.

Meeting via Zoom.

Jazz Appreciation

Leader: Sue. Email: groups@beestonu3a.org.uk
Meetings Held: Weekly Zoom sessions on Wednesdays at 1.30pm

Knit, Crochet and Natter

The name of the Needles and Wool Group
(Knitting and Crocheting) is now Knit Crochet and Natter

Contact: groups@beestonu3a.org.uk 
Meetings Held: 1st Tuesday 2-4 p.m. and the 3rd Thursday 2-4 p.m. Members can attend on either day or both.
Venue: The Pearson Centre for Young People, 2 Nuart Road, Beeston NG9 2NH.

Meeting via Zoom.

Languages (French/Spanish)

Leaders: Ivan,  Irene. Email: groups@beestonu3a.org.uk
Meetings Held: 2nd and 4th Mondays:
9.30am – 11.00am French Conversation (not for total beginners)

Currently the French Group meeting on Mondays a.m. via Zoom.

Currently the Spanish Group Zoom on Tuesday mornings at 10am.

Latin

Leader: Lindsay Litton. Telephone: 9259413. Email: groups@beestonu3a.org.uk.
Meetings Held: Monthly. 3rd Wednesday. 9.45am.
Venue: Main Church, Beeston Methodist Church, Chilwell Road.
During Covid, meetings are held via Zoom once a fortnight on Wednesdays at 4:00pm

Latin 2

Leader & Telephone Number: Brendan. 925 2558 Email: groups@beestonu3a.org.uk
Meetings Held: 2nd and 4th Fridays .
Venue: Beeston Methodist Church, Chilwell Road, Youth Room.

Not currently meeting

Long Walks

Contact: groups@beestonu3a.org.uk
Venue: Various.
Meetings Held: We walk 8 – 12 miles once a month, in the middle of the month.

Lunch Club

Leaders: Glenis Fisher 0115 875 2336 or Shirley Cooper. Email: groups@beestonu3a.org.uk Dines Monthly during the last week of the month on varying days.
Venue: Various.

Not currently meeting

Two Lunch

Leaders: Peter Lyons 0115 916 5802 or Pamela Bayley 0115 939 6828 Email: groups@beestonu3a.org.uk Dines Monthly during the third week of the month on varying days.

Not currently meeting

Mah-Jong

Contact: groups@beestonu3a.org.uk 
Meetings Held: 1st and 3rd Wednesday at 2.00pm.
Venue: Wesley Room, Beeston Methodist Church, Chilwell Road.

Not currently meeting

Medium Walks

Leader & Telelphone Number:  Alan 916 4574. Mobile: 0750 457 9484. Email: groups@beestonu3a.org.uk 
Venue: Various. Walks about 7 miles.

Not currently meeting

Second Medium Walks Group

Leader:  Naomi Milner. Email: groups@beestonu3a.org.uk
Venue: Various.

Third Medium Walks Group

Leaders: Dorothy Coombes and Daphne Ball. Email: groups@beestonu3a.org.uk.
Meetings Held: 1st week of the month.
Venues: Various.

Murder Book Club

Leader: Helen. Email: groups@beestonu3a.org.uk
Meetings Held: 1st Wednesday. 1.30pm.
Venue: The Crown, Snug, Beeston.

This Group is at full capacity at present.

Music and Memories

Facilitator: Derek Constable. Contact groups@beestonu3a.org.uk for more information.

1st Monday of the month from 3.30-4.10pm via Zoom.

Members request pieces of music on a chosen theme, or because they bring back memories. Derek Constable, our technical wizard plays these, with an accompanying video clip.

Music Appreciation

Leader: Roger Coombes. Email groups@beestonu3a.org.uk
Meetings Held: 3rd Thursday. 10.00am -11.30am.
Venue: Beeston Methodist Church, Chilwell Road, Guild Room.

Patchwork and Quilting

Contact: groups@beestonu3a.org.uk
Meetings Held: Monthly. 2nd Monday. 10.00am – 12.00noon
Venue: The Pearson Centre for Young People, 2 Nuart Road, Beeston NG9 2NH .

Meeting via Zoom.

Philosophy and Religion

Contact: groups@beestonu3a.org.uk
Meetings Held: Monthly. 1st Monday. 10.30am.
Venue: Beeston Methodist Church, Chilwell Road, Wesley Room.

Meeting via Zoom.

Photography

This Group is led by a Team: Joan Shelton and Adrian Shipway.

Contact: groups@beestonu3a.org.uk

Meetings Held: 4th Wednesday at 10.00 am each month.
Venue: Indoor meetings at Beeston library. Various venues for photography. Contact Joan for details.

Sharing via email.

Play Reading Group

Contact: groups@beestonu3a.org.uk
Meetings Held: Every third Friday at 10am on Zoom where we read plays which are displayed on everyone’s pc or tablet. We will resume our meetings using physical books when we are able, and the meetings will take place at Beeston Methodist Church.

Poetry Appreciation

Contact: groups@beestonu3a.org.uk
Meetings Held: Monthly 3rd Tuesday. 1.30pm
Venue: Beeston Methodist Church, Chilwell Road, Wesley Room.

Whilst we are unable to meet face-to-face, 11 of us are “meeting” for monthly email discussion of a poet or topic (using Zoom would exclude some members). We each find and share a couple of poems on the subject and comment on them. Although we’d much prefer to meet in person and hear poems read, email discussion works quite well and even has some advantages, e.g. we get the text of all the poems, and discussion can continue at leisure.

Joan Whiting and John Temple

Practical Art Group

Contact: groups@beestonu3a.org.uk
Meetings Held: Monthly 1st and 3rd Thursday.
Venue: Conservative Club, Station Road, Beeston.

Not currently meeting

Practical Gardening

Leader: Jan. Email: groups@beestonu3a.org.uk
Meetings Held: Monthly 1st Tuesday. 10.00am.
Venue: Beeston Methodist Church, Chilwell Road, Guild Room.

Not currently meeting

Psychology and Sociology Group

Leader: Duncan. Administration Carole. Email: groups@beestonu3a.org.uk
Meetings Held: Monthly. 4th Monday. 10.30am
Venue: The Pearson Centre for Young People, 2 Nuart Road, Beeston NG9 2NH .

Not currently meeting

Quiz

Leader: Contact groups@beestonu3a.org.uk
Meetings Held: 3rd Fridays. 10.30am.
Venue: The Blue Bell Inn, Attenborough.

Weekly email quizzes.

Readers Rendezvous

Leader: Alison. Email: groups@beestonu3a.org.uk
Meetings Held: Monthly. 3rd Thursday. 2.00pm – 3.00pm.
Venue: Beeston Library.

This Group is at full capacity at present

Recorders

Leader: Kathryn. Email: groups@beestonu3a.org.uk
Meetings Held: 2nd and 4th Wednesday. 14.00-16.00.
Venue: Epworth Room, Beeston Methodist Church, Chilwell Road.

Not currently meeting.

Rummikub

Leader and Telephone Number: Pauline. 925 7836. Email: groups@beestonu3a.org.uk
Meetings Held: Monthly. 2nd Monday, 13.45 and 4th Tuesday at 2.00pm.
Venue: Beeston Methodist Church, Chilwell Road, Wesley Room.

Not currently meeting

Science 

Leader: Brian Tuck. Telephone: 0115 928 7302. Bill Pavlidis. Email groups@beestonu3a.org.uk
Meetings Held: 1st Wednesday Monthly 10.00 am except July and August.
Venue: Beeston Methodist Church, Chilwell Road, Wesley Room.

Not currently meeting

Scottish Country Dancing.

Leaders and Telephone Number: Sue and Andrew Morrison. 9164691. Email: groups@beestonu3a.org.uk
We are currently meeting on zoom every second week to dance in our own homes.
We usually invite new members to join us about once a year.

Scrabble

Leader & Email: Mark. groups@beestonu3a.org.uk
Meetings Held: Fortnightly. 1st and 3rd Tuesday. 2.00pm
Venue: Beeston Methodist Church, Chilwell Road, Guild Room.

Playing on ScrabbleGo and meeting via Zoom most Tuesdays at 2pm.

Shakespeare

Leader and Telephone Number: Elizabeth Le Marchant Brock Email: groups@beestonu3a.org.uk
Meetings Held: 4th Monday of each Month.
Venue: Epworth Room Beeston Methodist Church, Chilwell Road,Starting 1.30pm.

Not currently meeting

Shared Reading

Facilitator: Hilary Wells. Contact groups@beestonu3a.org.uk for more information.

1st Thursday of the month from2-3pm via Zoom.

A monthly theme is chosen by members, who then share a piece of poetry or prose on that theme. With the rest of the group.

Short Walks

Leader:  Email: groups@beestonu3a.org.uk

Venue: Various.

Singing for Fun

Contact Margaret. Email: beestonu3a.funsinging@gmail.com
Meetings Held: Monthly. 4th Thursday. 10.00am -11.30am.
Venue: Beeston Methodist Church, Chilwell Road, Main Church.

Not currently meeting

Strollers

Group Leaders: Tony and Janet Truman- groups@beestonu3a.org.uk.  3rd Monday of each month. Please contact them for details.

Not currently meeting

Table Tennis

Leader: Sheila Vellacott. Contact: groups@beestonu3a.org.uk
Meetings Held: Weekly in term time. Monday 10.00am-11.00am.
Venue:The Pearson Centre for Young People, 2 Nuart Road, Beeston NG9 2NH.

Will meet when Covid restrictions allow.

Table Tennis Two

Leader: Kathryn. Contact: groups@beestonu3a.org.uk
Meetings Held:Weekly in term time. Monday 11.10am-12.10pm.
Venue: The Pearson Centre for Young People, 2 Nuart Road, Beeston NG9 2NH.

Will meet when Covid restrictions allow.

Table Tennis Three

Leaders: Kathryn and Ian. Contact: groups@beestonu3a.org.uk
Meetings Held: Weekly in term time. Thursday 10.00am-11.00am.
Venue: The Pearson Centre for Young People, 2 Nuart Road, Beeston NG9 2NH.

Will meet when Covid restrictions allow.

Table Tennis Group Four

Leader: Contact: groups@beestonu3a.org.uk
Meetings Held: Weekly in term time. Friday 10.30am-11.30am.
Venue: The Pearson Centre for Young People, 2 Nuart Road, Beeston NG9 2NH.

Will meet when Covid restrictions allow.

Tennis

Planned to relaunch in April 2021.Contact groups@beestonu3a.org.uk for more information. Members play social tennis at Chilwell Institute.

Theatre Outings

Contact: groups@beestonu3a.org.uk
Meetings Held: Monthly 1st Tuesday. 2.00PM.
Venue: Beeston Methodist Church, Chilwell Road, Guild Room.

Newsletters re theatre to watch at home.

Ukulele Strummers

Leaders: Gill Francis and Margaret Warburton. Email: groups@beestonu3a.org.uk Meetings Held: 2nd and 4th Thursdays
Venue: Beeston Methodist Church, Chilwell Road, Wesley Room.

Not currently meeting

Ukulele Group Intermediate

Contact: groups@beestonu3a.org.uk
Meetings Held: 2nd and 4th Wednesdays 10.00 – 12.00
Venue: Beeston Methodist Church, Chilwell Road, Wesley Room.

Not currently meeting

Understanding the Landscape

Leader: Celia Billau. Email: groups@beestonu3a.org.uk
Meetings Held: Monthly. 4th Tuesday 10.00am – 11.30am.
Venue: Beeston Library.

Not currently meeting

What the Papers Say

Contact: groups@beestonu3a.org.uk
Meetings Held: Monthly. 3rd Friday. 2.00pm
Venue: Beeston Library.

Meeting via Zoom.

Whist

Leader’s email: groups@beestonu3a.org.uk
Meetings Held: Monthly. 2nd Friday. 10.00am to 12 noon
Venue: Beeston Methodist Church, Chilwell Road, Wesley Room.

Not currently meeting

Wine Appreciation One

Leader & Telephone Number: John. Email: groups@beestonu3a.org.uk
Meetings Held: The Group is currently meeting on Zoom on the first Thursday each month at 4 pm. This Group is at full capacity at present.

Wine Appreciation Two

Leader: Adrian. Email: groups@beestonu3a.org.uk
Meetings Held: Monthly. Monthly 2nd Tuesday. 2.0opm. The Group is at full capacity at present.
Venue: The Victory Club, Station Rd, Beeston.

Wine Appreciation Three

Contact: groups@beestonu3a.org.uk
Meetings Held: The Group is currently meeting on Zoom at 4 pm on the third Thursday each month.

Wine Appreciation Four

Contact: groups@beestonu3a.org.uk
Meetings Held: Currently holding a Zoom meeting at 2pm on the first Tuesday of the month.

Writing for Pleasure (Formerly Short Story Writing)

Leader: Helen. Email: groups@beestonu3a.org.uk
Meetings Held: 1st and 2nd Wednesday. 10.00am 12.00pm.
Venue: Community Room, Tesco Swiney Way, Toton.

This Group is at full capacity at present.

Yoga

Leaders: Kathryn Coupland and Janet Calvert. Email: groups@beestonu3a.org.uk
Meetings Held: Weekly.  Friday. 9.30am. This Group is at full capacity at present.
Venue:Beeston Methodist Church, Chilwell Road, Hall.

Will meet when Covid restrictions allow.

This Group is at full capacity at present. The waiting list is closed.

Yoga Self Help

Leaders: Kathy Email: groups@beestonu3a.org.uk
Meetings Held: Weekly.  Wednesday mornings
Venue: Epworth Room, Beeston Methodist Church, Chilwell Road.

Meeting on Zoom for a shared practice every Wednesday at 10:30 – 11:10.

Zoom Radio

Facilitator: Derek Constable.Contact: groups@beestonu3a.org.uk for more information.

2nd, 3rd and 4th Monday from 3.30-4.10pm. Derek, the facilitator compiles a playlist of music and video clips each week for members to listen to and chat about.