Next Open Meeting – Thursday 7 January 2021 by Zoom Thursday 7 January 2021.
Graham Keal. Jim Turner. Outline of what we owe to Einstein.

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

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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 Current Situation.

There is currently a national lockdown. 

The Committee keeps the latest situation under review as new rules for people meeting came into effect and will be following the guidance issued by the Third Age Trust.

Open Meetings have restarted via Zoom.

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


Posted in Coronavirus

Christmas Quiz

Unfortunately, due to a conflict in diary dates, the date and time of the Christmas Quiz has been changed.

The new date is: Friday, 11 December 2020 at 7.00 pm.

Posted in Events

Coronavirus Special Bulletin 12

Please see the mid November issue of the Bulletin for your information and amusement.

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

Communications Officer

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Coronavirus Special Bulletin 11

Please see the mid October issue of the Bulletin for your information and amusement.

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

Communications Officer

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Group News Stop Press

U3A Long Walk 8/12/20

Hi All,

Just a gentle reminder that our next U3A Long Walk around Stanley in Derbyshire is on Tuesday 8th December. As the government guidelines at the moment require us to socialise in groups of no more than 6, we have three leaders available for separate suitably distanced “pods”. This will be a 13.5 km / 8.5 mile walk. Please note that we need to travel in our own cars and meet in The White Hart pub car park at Stanley at 10.00. I have been given permission to use this car park. Please ensure you respect the 2 metre distance rule in the car park as we had complaints from the landlord at Stanton by Dale during a previous walk. Please also bring our own food and drink. Please see my u3a risk assessment form, Stanley U3A-KMS-FRM-014[1275] which has been given the green light by the group coordinators. Please read this and consider your own risks using the notes at the bottom of the form. You do not have to share this with me. Your confirmation that you intend to join the walk will be taken that you accept the risks. Even though some of you have already emailed to say that you intend to join us for the walk, I would like confirmation please. Further advice from national u3a can be found on and from the government on

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.

Directions to start of walk at The white Hart pub Stanley Grid reference SK 418403. One route to the pub is to go to Ilkeston and take the A6096 towards Derby and go through Kirk Hallam. After about a mile, Turn right near a windmill onto the Cat and Fiddle road. Follow the road round and right through Stanley village. The pub is on a sharp left hand bend just on the exit from the village.

The route starts going due east from the pub to reach the Cat and Fiddle road. We shall then travel due south to Flourish farm, then west to reach the Midshires Way. On reaching the A6096 we shall turn west to go down to Locko Park lake, where we shall turn north east to get to Quarry farm just south of Stanley. After a short distance towards the village we shall turn north west and follow Stanley Brook and the Midshires Way almost into Morley. From here we shall return to the village by going west and then south.

The terrain is fields, country lanes and minor roads. For exercise you will have to climb over about 25 stiles! There are some muddy patches which I hope to assess close to the walk date in case I will need to find an alternative route. There are no toilets but plenty of bushes. The total ascent is about 700 feet.


You may remember some time ago I sent out an email asking for comments on my suggestion that dogs should not be allowed on our walks. I had a reasonable number of replies which were almost unanimous in agreeing that this was a sensible decision.

Hope to see you on the walk,


Art History and Appreciation Death and Murder in Art Volume 6

Dear AHA Members,

Please see Death and Murder in Art Volume 6:
• Anne Pinnock chose “The Menin Road” by Paul Nash
• Dorothy Coombes chose “A Harlot’s Progress Plate 6 ‘Moll’s Wake’” by William Hogarth
• Gill Martin chose “Execution of Emperor Maximilian” by Edouard Manet
• Janet Hoult chose “Crak” by Roy Lichtenstein

Thank you to everyone who was able to contribute to this topic (which had a very different tone to our previous themes!), either by sending an art suggestion through, or taking the time to look at and other people’s suggestions and read their research and opinions.

As usual, the email forum is available for anyone who would like to comment on the art selections or share news or art suggestions with others in the group.

Topic for December
You may or may not be relieved to know that our December theme is much lighter. We are asking for members to suggest art related to Christmas (Nativity scenes, Christmas markets, Family scenes, Cities in December, etc etc).
Please send your choices through to me (if you can’t manage a web link, just tell me the title and artist) any time in December at or

Feedback Survey
Thank you to everyone from the first half of the AHA membership list who found time to return the feedback survey.
The survey will be sent out to the second half of the group membership list tomorrow.

Art on TV
Monday November 30th Sky Arts 7pm- Leonardo The Works
Monday November 30th BBC4 8pm- Britain’s Lost Masterpieces
Monday November 30th BBC4 9pm- Mary Beard’s Shock of the Nude
Tuesday December 1st Sky Arts 8pm- Raphael: In search of Beauty
Wednesday December 2nd Sky Arts 7pm- The Art of Architecture: John Simpson
Friday December 4th Channel 4 8pm- Grayson’s Art Club: The Exhibition
• Felicity Harrison recommends last week’s Lost Masterpiece on Joseph Wright of Derby. Well worth looking up on iplayer.

Online Exhibitions
The Royal Academy
Virtual tour: ‘Gauguin and the Impressionists: Masterpieces of the Ordrupgaard Collection’-“Step into our galleries to experience ‘Gauguin and the Impressionists: Masterpieces from the Ordrupgaard Collection’, including 60 works – many of which have never been seen in the UK”

Virtual tour: ‘Gauguin and the Impressionists: Masterpieces of the Ordrupgaard Collection’ | Blog | Royal Academy of Arts

Rear Window
A group show of works by contemporary artists at the White Cube Gallery. Watchers are invited to consider the seductions and dangers of the gaze in images that invite us to question how scenes are constructed and narratives created. Streaming at until January 19th

Third Age Trust Event
I very much enjoyed the webinar this week from the National Gallery on Artemisia Gentileschi, for Thu3a members. Their next event will be held on 28th January 2021, on Vincent Van Gogh. Booking will open later in the coming week on the national u3a website.

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