Beeston U3A AGM – Committee 2017-2018

The Committee 2017- 2018 is:

Beeston U3A Committee
Sue Blackley Chair
Chris Chater Group Coordinator
Malcom 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 1 February 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 1 February 2018. Graham Hayes. ‘Titanic’ The Ship of Dreams..

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 (Games Group, Jazz Appreciation Group, Military History Group, Whist, Physical Geography Group, Astronomy), New Groups (Fifth Book Group, Beginners Bridge, Beginners German Group, German Conversation Group, Beginners Greek Group, Beginners Italian Group, Second Medium Walks Group, Learn to Program with U3A, Beeston Real Ale Group, Recorder Group, Searching Antiques Group), Wine Appreciation Group Three. Current Groups (Ambling, Architecture Group, Art History, Bowls, Buddies, Family History/Genealogy, History Group, Long Walks, Lunch Groups, Mah-Jong, Murder Book Group, Needles and Wool Group (Knitting and Crocheting), Poetry Group, Practical Gardening Group, Quiz Group, Readers Rendezvous,  Scrabble, Scottish Country Dancing, 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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Barn Dance 27 January 2018

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January 2018 Open Meeting Announcements

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

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December 2017 Newsletter

Click on Newsletter No. 27 December 2017 to read it.

Hello and Good Bye

A message from Marie Potts

Celia asked me to write a few words for this, her first newsletter as Editor. I find myself sitting at my computer really at a loss for words which is, I am sure those who know me will agree, totally unlike me.

I took on the newsletter back in 2011 with not a clue about producing such a document. How hard can it be I uttered? Looking back at the first edition it wasn’t hard as there wasn’t much in it! However, thanks to efforts of our wonderful Group Leaders providing me with material, it grew into quite a sizeable magazine. I would like to thank them all for their efforts over the years. It is they who made the Newsletter so brilliant. I would also like to thank Haydn and Jill Boothroyd who have been my eagle-eyed proof readers, and the rest of the committee for their support throughout. Thanks too, to Celia Billau, for being so willing to take on the role and ensure that the newsletter will continue.

Producing the newsletter has been a labour of love and has enabled me to learn “on the job” in terms of computer skills and word processing, which is what U3A is all about. It’s also made me tear my hair out on occasion too!!! But I wouldn’t have missed a minute of it. But after almost 7 years it’s time to hang up my Editor Hat and make room for new blood.

Good Luck Celia

I’m sure you will all join me in thanking Marie for her stalwart service as the Newsletter Editor for the past 7 years! This is my first Newsletter that I’ve compiled so I felt that since Marie had done such a good job in the past, I’d better follow suit and keep the layout largely as it is. I’ve revamped the groups pages as this keeps changing so I’ve tried to bring everything up to date. However, over three months, much can change. Please let me know if there are any gaffs.

Hope you enjoy reading it.

Celia Billau Communications Officer

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December 2017 Open Meeting Announcements

Click on December 2017 Open Meeting Announcements to see the presentation running at the meeting.

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There was a murder at the opulent Chelsea home of Lord Michael Jagged (Christ Church Hall) on 14th October, and the dinner guests had to become detectives for the evening at our Murder Mystery event. The winning team members each won a small bottle of champagne having guessed the correct murderer, and scored well on the 60’s music quiz.

The next social event is the Barn Dance which takes place on Saturday 27th January 2018 from 7pm to 11pm. Tickets on sale at £10 each. Available from Janis Patterson at the Open Meetings or email:

There will be a Fish and Chip supper served up in between dancing (or trying to dance to the instructions). Come along and have a dance, or just observe the others trying.

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November 2017 Open Meeting Announcements

Click on November 2017 Open Meeting Announcements to see the presentation running at the meeting.

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Architecture, Let’s Right Shakespeare, Psychology & Sociology

From the September 2017 Newsletter

Di Fischer-Harman writes: I have been asked many times, why? Why take on three groups?
My answer? I am having too much fun and to quote the late Barry Norman “and why not?” The beauty of the U3A is that groups are led by the group. I have found this to be the case in spades – the enthusiasm and willingness to jump right in has been exciting. What do we do? Herewith a brief history in alphabetical order: Continue reading

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