Next Open Meeting – Thursday 1 October 2020 by Zoom Thursday 1 October 2020
Former police officer Bill Raynor will give a light hearted talk on ‘How to spot a serial killer’.

Look out for the email giving the link to join the meeting.

Posted in Open Meetings

Beeston U3A AGM Thursday 6 August 2020

The documentation for the AGM is all contained in Beeston U3A AGM Documents

Members’ attention was drawn to an error in Appendix B of the accounts. See Revised Appendix B

See Beeston U3A AGM 2020 Minutes

The Committee elected at the AGM on 6 August 2020 is as follows:

Name Position Email Address
Margot Gale Chair
Celia Billau Vice Chair/Communications Officer
Sue Blackley Secretary
Malcolm Brookbanks Treasurer
Alison Wilson Membership Secretary
Anne Pinnock Joint Group Coordinator
Kathy Shipway Joint Group Coordinator
Steve Caunt Social Fund Treasurer
Steve Austin Publicity Officer
Elaine Neville Events Organiser
Ivan Jones Speaker Seeker
Roger Farmer Website
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Beeston U3A Coronavirus – Covid19

The Committee is reviewing the situation for Groups meeting  as new rules came into force on 14 September 2020 and will be following the guidance issued by the Third Age Trust.

Open Meetings are tasking place on the first Thursday of the month via Zoom.

You can still renew your membership and new members may still join online. Click on the relevant link.


Posted in Coronavirus

Coronavirus Special Bulletin 10

Please click on Coronavirus Special Bulletin 10,  the mid-September issue of the Bulletin for your information and amusement. This issue contains a complete list of our groups with an indication of whether they are active or not. The pandemic is changing the situation regularly so any plans for face to face meetings may change in future.

Many thanks to all those who have contributed. Please continue to send material for the next issue which will be distributed next month.

Enjoy the read.

Kind regards


Celia Billau
Communications Officer

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Group News Stop Press

U3A Long Walk 2/10/20

Hi All,

Under the current Government/U3A rules (watch this space!!), just a gentle reminder that our next U3A Long Walk around Stanton by Dale is on Friday 2nd of October. This 12 km / 7.15 mile walk will be led by me. Please note that due to the restrictions for Corvid-19, we all need to travel separately to meet at Stanton by Dale at 09.30 am. Please bring your own food and drink. You will need hand sanitizer and gloves for negotiating countryside gates and stiles. A face mask would be a useful addition.

Please read my risk assessment form U3A-KMS-FRM-014 and then consider the risk to yourself using the other personal risk form . You do not have to share the contents of this personal risk assessment with me but, if you decide to join us, then simply let me know. I already have about 10 members who have signed up as interested but would like confirmation from them.

Please let me know (email , land line (0115) 917 7150, Mobile 07759 400966) if you intend to join the walk or you have to cancel at the last minute. NB, It is always worthwhile checking your email inbox just before the walk in case it has had to be cancelled at the last minute for any reason.

Walk details

The walk will start from the Stanhope Arms pub at Stanton by Dale village and go roughly south west to cross Mayfield golf course and nearly to Risley. Just before Risley, the path turns sharply north west to go up to join the Midshires Way and skirt around Risley Coppice. After a short section of road walking we cut off to Dale Abbey and return to Stanton via Furnace Pond. The total ascent is a modest 690 feet. There are a few gates and stiles. There is only one field that is likely to be muddy but only if we have had rain just beforehand. There are no toilets on the walk but plenty of bushes.


I have obtained permission from the Stanhope Arms pub to use their car park but strangely they say they cannot accommodate us for a drink after the walk even outside. Maybe this is because I told them we will be a group of about 11. The car park, grid reference SK466380, is almost opposite the pub. One way to get to Stanton is to take the Ilkeston Road (A6007) from the Bramcote roundabout on the A52, go straight across the double mini roundabout and turn left towards Stapleford at the next mini roundabout. After a short distance turn right into Moorbridge Lane signposted to Stanton by Dale. Follow the road for about ¾ mile to reach a T junction at Stanton Gate. Turn right, signposted Stanton by Dale/Ilkeston, and follow the road for about ½ mile. Just beyond the Seven Oaks Inn turn left into seven Oaks Road, signposted Stanton by Dale. Follow the road round for about 1 mile to reach an angled T junction. Turn right to reach the grassy triangle in the centre of Stanton. The short distance along the road to the right is where the pub and car park are situated.


Theatre Group Newsletter September 2020

Dear Theatre Group Members,

Firstly, apologies that this newsletter is reaching you later in the month than usual. I’m afraid that the constant changes around keeping the U3A running during the COVID era have eaten into my time recently!

Sadly, we seem to be getting even further away from being able to resume theatre visits than we were previously.

Here are some suggestions to keep us busy with theatre available in our own homes:

It is well worth signing up to email updates from “What’s On Stage”. This gives news about upcoming shows across the UK, either in theatres, or to watch on-line at home.
If you like to watch drama online regularly, it may be worth subscribing to “Marquee TV”. They have an offer on until October 4th, which allows you to sign up for a year’s subscription at 50% of the normal price. If you are unable to find details, let me know and I will forward you the email that shows the offer.
Return of “The Shows Must Go On”
Many of us enjoyed the shows that were streamed in the “The Shows must go on”, streamed on YouTube. The good news is that the series is to return from September 25th, with each show available for 48 hours.

This week’s show is “Fame: The Musical”

It is worth signing up to to be kept up to date with the next screening.

Local Theatre
The Classic Thriller Season production of “The Black Veil”, filmed on the Theatre Royal stage can still be streamed. It is based on Charles Dickens classic Victorian thriller and described as “eerie, nightmarish, chillingly spooky, a sure-fire winner”.

If you can’t find it on The Theatre Royal’s website, or by searching The Theatre Royal’s YouTube channel, let me know and I will forward you the link.

Nottingham Playhouse Unlocked:

Nottingham Playhouse are unlocking their doors for this exciting three -week festival, where all shows are planned to be shown to a socially distanced audience, as well streamed for audiences across the country to enjoy. More details are available on The Nottingham Playhouse website.

From Wed 21st October- Sat 7th November only

Christmas is certainly not going to be normal this year. However, if you are going to miss pantomime, there is a chance to watch Panto Online. “Jack and the Beanstalk” is a socially distanced pantomime, complete with ingenious sets, fabulous costumes and even a real beanstalk!
It will be streamed into homes from December 4th onwards for the perfect family treat. To secure your tickets for the special price of £15, book by 30th September 2020 at . Tickets will allow you to watch the pantomime as many times as you like between 4th December and 10th January.

I do hope that most of you can find something of interest above. Do let me know if you have any other suggestions or recommendations that can be shared with members.

I do hope that this newsletter finds everyone safe and well.

Best wishes,

Anne Pinnock- Temporary Theatre Group Coordinator

Art History and Appreciation Weather in Art Volume 4

Dear AHA Members,

Please see Weather in Art Volume 4:
• Barbara Johnson has chosen “Avenue in the Rain” and “Rainy Day Boston” by Childe Hassam
• Dorothy Coombes has chosen The Storm Spirits by Evelyn de Morgan, 1900, Oil on Canvas
• Ingrid McIvor has chosen “Bridge in the Rain” by Utagawa Hiroshige and Vincent van Gogh

What an interesting selection of art we are seeing. Thank you to all contributors.

Please do keep sending your choices through to me (if you can’t manage a web link, just tell me the title and artist and I will do the rest) any time until the end of September at or

Comments are welcome about the selections on the email forum.

Best wishes,
Anne and the AHA Team Continue reading

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Membership Renewal for the Year April 2020 to March 2021 has started.

If you have already renewed – thank you!
If you haven’t renewed, please do so before the end of March.

Any queries – please contact the Membership Secretary on who will be happy to help.

Please note, you don’t need to complete a membership to renew: just the fee and your membership number.

Gift Aid – Information about this important source of income for Beeston U3A has now been added to the website, under the heading ‘Membership’. 

Posted in Membership