Renewing Your Membership or Joining Beeston U3A Can Now Be Done Online

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Beeston U3A is a registered charity number 1152882.

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Data Protection

To comply with the General Data Protection Regulations 2018 (GDPR)  Beeston U3A has adopted new policies as recommended by the National U3A.


Beeston U3A Data Protection Policy and Beeston U3A Privacy Policy

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Beeston U3A AGM – Committee 2019-2020

Following the 2019 AGM on 2 May 2019, the Committee 2019-2020 is:

Margot Gale Chair
Sue Blackley Vice Chair/Speaker Seeker
Malcolm Brookbanks Treasurer
Richard Eddleston Secretary
Alison Wilson Membership Secretary
Anne Pinnock Joint Group Coordinator
Kathy Shipway Joint Group Coordinator
Jo Muxlow Social Fund Treasurer
Steve Austin Website/

Publicity Officer
Lucy Beardsley Outings Organiser
Elaine Neville Events Organiser
Celia Billau Communications Officer

May 2019

See 2019 AGM page.

Beeston U3A is a registered charity number 1152882.

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December 2019 Newsletter

Click on Newsletter No. 35 December 2019 to download a copy.

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Forthcoming Visits

Hodstock Priory – Snowdrops at Hodstock 2020

Wednesday 12 Febuary 2020 Visit Hodsock Priory, near Blyth to see the snowdrops in the woods. I am informed that there will be food available either from the Woodland cafe by the campfire or from Spud Buddies near the entrance. They will be selling jacket potatoes with various fillings and hot drinks. There are benches and tables situated around the campfire. It is hoped that there will be a basic marquee where Hodsock snowdrops will be for sale. Sir Andrew Buchanan will give an informative talk at 12 noon by the campfire. We are advised to be prepared for all weathers and to wear good sensible strong footwear as, although the paths are reasonably flat there are areas which could become wet and muddy. Cost £20 per person payable in full at the time of booking (Note This is non-returnable unless you provide a replacement). Pick-up Points: 9.00am Lace Road, Beeston and 9.15am Derby Road, Bramcote (opposite swimming baths). See Lucy at Open Meetings. See Snowdrops at Hodsock 2020 Booking Form for complete details.

Visit to Warwick Castle

22nd April 2020.

Coach and Castle ONLY: £31.50p per person Coach & Castle to include Dungeons. £34.00 per person Departing from 9.30am Lace Road, Beeston and 9.45am Derby Road, Bramcote (opposite swimming baths). Click on Warwick Castle Booking Form for Complete details.

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Forthcoming Events

American History

Tuesday 12th November 2.30pm.
From Colonies to States.
A talk by Richard Taylor.
Please contact Celia on if you wish to come along.

Interested in joining the Bowls group?

There is a meeting at Nottingham Indoor Bowls Centre, Beechdale Road, Bilborough.
We are now taking names for the next tuition session.
Contact Peter Noon for more information: Email:
Tel: 9288131

Bowl sessions are arranged for all Fridays at 10.30am lasting 2 hours – all members welcome.
Numbers are gradually increasing and we had 8 persons attending which meant we had 2 lanes open.
However, the other two weekly roll-up sessions are Mondays 12.30pm – 2.30pm, and Thursdays 2.30pm –4.30pm. U3A bowlers were invited to just turn up to these sessions, and play with their U3A friends


There will be no meeting in December

Cinema Visits Group

This month we’re doing something slightly different. We are going to see Ken Loach’s “Sorry We Missed You” on Wednesday 13 November at 2.30pm at the Broadway. As usual, please contact Mike or Alice for further information and to let us know if you are going to come. or

Christmas Wreath Making Workshop

10-12noon Tuesday 3rd December.
Beeston Methodist Church.
£30 which includes all material and refreshments.
Led by professional gardener
Rachel Barrowcliffe.
Tickets available at Open Meetings or email

Fine Wine Tasting

Date: Friday, 6 December 2019
Venue: Middle Street Resource Centre
Cost: £15.00 per person
(Ticket price includes cheese and nibbles)

Dementia Workshop

Come along and learn about all aspects of Dementia.
Wednesday February 26th 2020, 10-12pm.
Local venue to be confirmed.
To be led by Bev Pearson, Dementia Programme Leader.
Please sign list at the Group Fair to express interest or email

Gin Tasting Event

There is also a plan to run a Gin Tasting event on Friday 27th March 2020. Watch out for further details coming up.

Please note that full payment must be made at the time of booking and, should you cancel, monies will only be refunded if you have found someone to take your place.

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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. 
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Drive On Course

We had a very informative morning with Via East Midlands to refresh and update our understanding of the Highway Code and were given advice to ensure that senior drivers remain some of the safest on the road. There have been lots of changes since most of us started to drive, increased traffic, complex junctions and changing highway rules, together with health problems to increase our difficulties. The aim of the course was to encourage driving whilst making us aware of aids available to prolong driving. We were asked various multiple choice questions, which were answered with an individual electronic device, giving the resulting numbers for each question (so no one needed to feel guilty about wrong answers). It certainly raised awareness of things that needed to be reported to the DVLA, which could invalidate insurance if not disclosed. The offer of a 45 min accompanied ride with a driving instructor was taken up by the majority off attendees, which I’m sure will give us all far more confidence to drive well into the Third Age.

If there is any further interest in doing this course, please contact Jo Muxlow by emailing Jo on

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Di Fischer Harman

We will very soon be saying our fond farewells to Di as she returns to her native Australia, to the house where she and her husband lived, before the globe-trotting began.

Di joined Beeston U3A in April 2015 and since then has become a larger-than-life figure participating enthusiastically in many aspects of our organisation. It was a suggestion from Jenny Seth and a chance meeting with Helen Stewart that encouraged Di to join up in the first place, after having tried several other pursuits such as the WEA and the Arts Society; anything to satisfy an inquisitive mind. Since then, Di has been a prolific group leader and participates with gusto in other interest groups and U3A events. Continue reading

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Discounts and Benefits for U3A members (updated August 2019)

Anne Pinnock writes: I have seen the following discounts and benefits for U3A members advertised recently: Continue reading

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