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

Read Renewing Your Membership Online then click here to renew your membership.

Click here to join Beeston U3A.

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Next Open Meeting Thursday 4 July 2019.

The next Open Meeting will take place on Thursday 4 July 2019. at Beeston Methodist Church, Chilwell Road, Beeston.

Coffee will be served from 10.00am with a talk starting at10.30am from Dr. John Dornan: “Shackleton”, Polar explorer with a mission and a hidden secret.

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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.

Posted in AGM, Committee

Group News Stop Press

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.

Groups that are currently in the early stages of development are: Backgammon; Tennis; Yoga (not beginners); Croquet; Chess; Cinema Visits; and Calligraphy.

If you are interested in any of these groups, or 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, 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. 
Continue reading

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U3A National Conference and AGM

Every year the U3A holds a conference at the East Midlands Conference Centre at the University of Nottingham. The AGM is held on Thursday 29th August at 11.30 and members are invited to apply to attend this if they wish, and attendance is free of charge. Some members of the committee will attend the whole conference as there are also workshops which help to develop the skills and experience of the team to help them run Beeston U3A. It’s rather nice that it’s only down the road for us, whereas other delegates come from all over the UK to attend! Watch out for reports coming from the conference about how the U3A Trust is developing and what discussions emerge.

Go to the following link for more information on how to book your place at the AGM:

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June 2019 Newsletter

Click on Newsletter No. 33 June 2019 to read it.

Posted in Newsletter

Visit to the Birmingham Tattoo – Saturday 23 November 2019.

Britain’s biggest Indoor International Tattoo, with over 1,200 performers, is returning to Arena Birmingham in 2019 bringing together marching bands, exciting displays and culminating in the spectacular Grand Finale featuring all performers in a spectacle of pomp and pageantry.

International Marching Bands will joining with our own British Military Bands in a three-hour spectacle for all the family. Sharing the Arena with the musicians during the event will be a range of spectacular displays including Royal Air Force Cosford Queen’s Colour, the RNMRC Field Gun Competition, the United Kingdom Disco Display Team and the Parade of Massed Standards, to name but a few.

Cost £48.00 per person.

See Birmingham Tattoo Booking Form for full details.

Posted in Trips

Visit to Derngate 27 June 2019.

Travel to Derngate, Northampton, to visit the house designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
The cost is £21 dependent on numbers.
For full details see Derngate Booking Form

This trip is now full.

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Membership Renewals and Our Beacon System

Our membership year changed to start from 1st April for the year ending 31st March 2020, so that we were in line with the financial year. We had membership cards printed for all our current members prior to doing the renewals and these are being collected on payment of the £15 fee. For those who pay online, the card can be collected at a separate desk in the church. Continue reading

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March 2019 Newsletter

Click on Newsletter No. 32 March 2019 to read it.

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Nottingham River Cruise – 12 September 2019.

Nottingham River Cruise

Cost £28 per person
Afternoon tea included (waiter service). Sample menu: Selection of freshly made sandwiches with salad garnish and crisps. Warm scones, clotted cream and jam. Tea and coffee. Vegetarian options available on request.
Early booking required in order to retain boat booking.

See River Cruise Booking Form for full details.

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