Annual General Meeting 2018

This year’s Annual General Meeting will take place at 10.30am on May 3rd 2018 at Beeston Methodist Church, Chilwell Road. See:

2018 AGM Notice

Accounts 2018

Minutes of 2017 AGM

There will also be a speaker to follow the AGM, Ann Mason, who will give a talk ‘Bees Around the World’. Membership renewals will be available in the Hall prior to the AGM.

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Beeston U3A AGM – Committee 2017-2018

The Committee 2017- 2018 is:

Beeston U3A Committee
Sue Blackley Chair
Chris Chater Group Coordinator
Malcolm Brookbanks Treasurer
Richard Eddleston Business Secretary
Lucy Beardsley Speaker Seeker/

Outings Organiser
Margot Gale Membership Secretary/

Vice Chair
Marie Potts Committee member
Celia Billau Communications Officer
Elizabeth Le Marchant Brock Minutes Secretary
Steve Austin Website/

Publicity Officer
Breda Cooper Committee Member
Jo Muxlow Social Fund Treasurer
Janis Patterson Events Organiser

May 2017

For details of the AGM click on this link

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Next Open Meeting Thursday 3 May 2018

Beeston U3A’s open meetings take place on the first Thursday of each month at Beeston Methodist Church, Chilwell Road, Beeston.

Please be aware that the Public Car Park at Beeston Methodist Church, Chilwell Road, is now Pay and Display. You must obtain a ticket from the machine or you will receive a Parking Fine

Thursday 3 May 2018 AGM. There will also be a speaker, Ann Mason, who will give a talk ‘Bees Around the World’.

The meeting will begin at 10.30 – coffee will be available as normal from 10.00.

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Group News Stop Press

Stop Press information on Groups – Possible New Groups (Astronomy, Practical Art Group, Strollers, Wine Appreciation Group Three), New Groups (Fifth Book Group, Beginners Bridge, Beginners German Group, German Conversation Group, Jazz Appreciation Group, Beginners Italian Group, Second Medium Walks Group, Learn to Program with U3A, Beeston Real Ale Group, Recorder Group, Understanding the Landscape Group, Whist Group, Wine Appreciation Group Three). Current Groups (Ambling, Architecture Group, Art History and Appreciation Group, Book Group 1, Bowls, Buddies, Exploring Spirituality Group, Family History/Genealogy, Garden Visits, History Group, Knit, Crochet and Natter, Long Walks, Lunch Groups, Mah-Jong, Murder Book Group, Poetry Group, Practical Gardening Group, Quiz Group, Readers Rendezvous,  SALI Dancers, Scrabble, Scottish Country Dancing, Short Walks, Singing for Fun, Table Tennis Groups, What The Papers Say, Writing for Pleasure).

For the full list of Groups and when and where they meet look on the Groups page. 
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Beeston U3A Bulletin No. 4

Click on Beeston U3A Bulletin No. 4

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April 2018 Open Meeting Announcements

Click on April 2018 Open Meeting Announcements to see the presentation running at the meeting.

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Open Meeting – Fire Procedure

After consultation with a representative from the Beeston Methodist Church, and discussion at our Committee Meeting, it was felt we should have a formal Fire Procedure for the Monthly Meeting.

It is very simple:
In the event of a fire leave via the nearest fire exit. If you are main church, you should exit from both upstairs and downstairs via the doors at the back (Chilwell Road end) of the church. Committee Members present in the main church will act as stewards and guide you towards these exits.

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What’s all this about Beacon?

Beacon is a computer system designed to help U3As manage their membership, groups and finances. We at Beeston established our membership data on to the Beacon system last year, and this information has now been rolled out to Group Leaders to help with record keeping and emailing members of groups.
Keeping your personal information secure is important! The Committee members are trustees of the U3A and, as such, must adhere to the principles by which the U3A is run. The Group Leaders and administrators are all volunteers who have access to members’ data for the purposes of running an interest group.
Confidentiality Agreement
We have asked all members who have access to personal information of members to sign a confidentiality agreement. This sets out the limits to which such access allows: data is used for the purpose of fulfilling a voluntary role within Beeston U3A and for no other purpose whatsoever. This form is signed by members who have access to the data, and then stored by Margot Gale, our Membership Secretary.
In this way, we are complying with the requirements of Data Protection as advised by U3A.

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Members’ Questionnaire

Celia Billau, Communications Officer writes: Many thanks to those of you who have already responded to the email questionnaire that was sent out a short while ago. Click on Members’ Questionnaire 2018 if you would like to take the opportunity to reply by email, having completed the form.

We would really appreciate a good response to this so that we can receive as wide a range as possible of the views of our members, and we can thereby make any necessary responses. When the Groups Fair was cancelled, it prevented us giving out hard copies of the questionnaire and encouraging responses, and so, for this reason, we have extended the deadline to May 3rd, the date of the May Open Meeting. Printed forms will be available at the Open Meetings in April and May and there will be a box in the foyer for the return of these. Emailed responses can be taken throughout this time.  Email your completed document to

Your opinions are greatly valued, and we look forward to receiving as many responses as possible.

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Group Fair October 4th 2018

After having to cancel the Group Fair last week due to bad weather, the committee have taken the decision to hold it later in the year instead. We have now booked the Pearson Centre on October 4th to hold our Group Fair, so that all the groups can come together in one place. Arrangements will be much the same as they were for the March event. We’ll be in touch with group representatives nearer the time to make our final plans.

This means that the usual Open Meeting which normally takes place at Beeston Methodist Church on Chilwell Road will not take place on that day, and our speaker will be re-arranged. I hope you will agree that it will be worth providing this opportunity for groups to showcase what they do, and for group members to discover other new groups they may wish to join.

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