Beeston U3A AGM Thursday 6 August 2020 to be Held via Zoom

Celia Billau, Communications Officer writes: We usually have our AGM in May, but it was postponed due to Coronavirus. The Committee have decided to run the meeting online on 6 August at 10.30 am.

Click on Beeston U3A AGM Documents for the paperwork for the meeting.

Information about how to log in to the meeting will be sent out to everyone nearer the time.

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Beeston U3A Coronavirus – Covid19

In accordance with Government advice, all meetings (both open meetings and group meetings) and visits are cancelled until further notice. Some groups may be making plans to have virtual meetings or circulate newsletters and details will be published when available. You can still renew your membership and new members may still join online. Click on the relevant link.

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Coronavirus Special Bulletin 7

Celia Billau, Communications Officer writes: Please see the latest copy of the Bulletin for your information and amusement – Coronavirus Special Bulletin 7 . Once again, I’ve had ample material to fill the 12 pages and therefore still a few items for the next bulletin which will follow in a couple of weeks or so. Many thanks to all those who have contributed.

Enjoy the read.

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Coronavirus Special Bulletin 6

Celia Billau, Communications Officer, writes: Please see the Coronavirus Special Bulletin 6 to provide some amusement while we are still under lockdown, albeit slightly more relaxed, but still unable to resume normal service. Thanks to everyone who contributed this time. There’s information on the 50 plus interest groups that are still operating on some level for members who have braved the internet and used innovative technologies. Big thanks to all group leaders for keeping things going as best as possible.

If there is a good supply of new information, quizzes, anecdotes and jokes then I’ll be looking to produce the next issue around 2 weeks from now. Please feel free to send material for Bulletin CV7 anytime.

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Nottinghamshire Network Newsbites

See May 2020 Newsbites

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Group News Stop Press

Art History and Appreciation

Dear AHA Members,

Welcome to Animals In Art Volume 1 :
• Alan Lewis has chosen “Cranes on Seashore” by Koson Ohara
• Fran Weden has chosen “THE GOLDFINCH” by CAREL FABRITIUS
• Dorothy Coombes has chosen “Horse at Water”-Nic Fiddian Green

Please keep sending them through to me at or until the end of July. At the moment I don’t have a bank of choices waiting to be circulated.

As usual, comments about people’s choices are welcome at

Recommended on TV

Fran Weden has spotted a new programme on BBC1 at 3.45pm on week days: “HOME IS WHERE THE ART IS”. She hasn’t seen it yet as she has recorded it, but it looks as though it might be quite fun. For those of us self- isolating it could be entertaining, she thinks.

Thank you to Fran for the suggestion.

News from the Royal Academy (courtesy of Hilary Wells):

Revisit Ai Weiwei in 360 degrees

“We’re very excited to be opening our doors this week, but we know that not everyone can visit us quite yet. We’ll continue to bring great art, inspiration and escapism to your inbox, from all of us at the RA, until you can visit once again. This week we’re returning to Ai Weiwei’s monumental retrospective from 2015 with our 360 degree immersive tour of the galleries.Accompanied by commentary from the exhibition’s curators and interviews with the artist himself, uncover the meaning, context and technical detail of Ai Weiwei’s provocative and visionary pieces. If you missed the exhibition the first time around, don’t miss it now”

Thank you to Hilary

Blockbusters to explore online.

Vikings Live at the British Museum The spectacular cinematic experience Vikings Live is not only a look into the British Museum’s celebrated 2014 blockbuster exhibition, but also an absorbing historical exploration across four continents, over 1,000 years back in time. Including a tour of the exhibition and its striking artefacts, and a deep dive into maritime life, Vikings Live looks at how the legacy of the Vikings shaped our world today.

We Will Walk-Art and Resistance in the American South at Turner ContemporaryCelebrating the work of African American artists and makers from Alabama and other southern US states in the 1950s and 60s, this exhibition focuses on the art that was shaped by the Civil Rights movement, and the incredible lives of the people and artists who lived through it. A virtual tour follows pieces in the exhibition spanning disciplines including sculpture, painting and quilts, characterised by their use of recycled materials as well as their connection to culture and time.

Young Rembrandt at The Ashmolean Museum One of the most startling elements of the Ashmolean Museum’s exhibition focusing on the early work of Dutch Master Rembrandt is the revelation of his lack of born-genius – Rembrandt’s craft was one perfected over time through an incredible dedication to art, ambition and greatness. Exhibition curator An Van Camp takes you through the exhibition section-by-section in a virtual tour, taking a closer look at Rembrandt’s early years and following the development through his work to the Master he’s known as today.

Still Available:

Picasso and Paper at The Royal Academy of Arts This exhibition looks at Picasso’s extraordinary use of paper and how this humble material became an integral tool in shaping his iconic work.The exhibition tour and video include a close look at some of the artist’s most celebrated works, such as La Vie (1903), born out of the artist’s melancholic Blue Period, and Les Demoiselles d’Avignon (1907), a painting considered revolutionary in the history of art. Developed in the artist’s Rose Period, the masterpiece demonstrates Picasso’s first steps into Cubism.

Enjoy the well-earned sunshine, and hope at least some of you are planning to get away on some kind of summer holiday.

Best wishes,
Anne and the AHA Team

Theatre Group Newsletter July 20

Dear Theatre Group Members,

Welcome to July’s newsletter.

Now that lockdown is easing, (at least in some respects), and free online screenings reduce, I am planning to send group updates out at the beginning of each month, rather than weekly.

Thank you to all members who have sent their memories through, or made other contributions.

Members’ Memories

Thank you to Josie Gibson who tells us:
“I can remember going to London about 40 years ago to see The King and I at the London Palladium.
We went to see Changing of the Guard at the Palace first and then on to the theatre.
The King was played by Yul Brynner. He was magnificent!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I will never forget his performance”.

Ann Ceurstemont says:
“I also loved West Side Story and saw a brilliant production at The Curve in Leicester last year. The singing was amazing , the set brilliant and we were all transported back to our youth ! “
It is wonderful to have these memories, although I do think it makes us pine even more for the theatre to return to normal now.

Last week I mentioned that “Six” was scheduled to be performed in October 2020. This has now been postponed again, and our tickets are now valid for Saturday 11th September 2021, 2.30pm.
I am therefore not advertising for anyone who wants to try to sell on their ticket until nearer the time.

National Theatre at Home
There are just two more free screenings on the National Theatre’s You Tube Channel:
“The Deep Blue Sea”- Director: Carrie Cracknell
Cast: Helen McCrory, Tom Burke

Thursday 9 July from 7pm- “Terence Rattigan’s devastating masterpiece contains one of the greatest female roles in contemporary drama”

Still available until the afternoon of July 9th –“ Les Blancs”

The final play to be screened in the series will be “Amadeus” starting on Thursday July 16th at 7pm.

Garsington Opera

If you enjoy opera, Garsington Opera’s “At Home” You Tube channel is worth a look.
Currently, “Le Nozze de Figaro” and “The Turn of the Screw” are available to watch free of charge.
Le Nozze de Figaro- “Joshua Bloom is a commanding Figaro with excellent timing in John Cox’s handsome 2005 production of Mozart’s Enlightenment comedy, filmed in 2017 at Garsington.”
The Turn of the Screw- “A five-star hit from last year’s Garsington festival, Britten’s ghost story is thrillingly told in Louisa Miller’s Victorian-era staging, which preserves the chilling ambiguity at the heart of this adaptation of the Henry James novella”- available until July 19th via BBC iplayer or –
Neil Fisher in “The Times”.
I do think that free screenings, or those that request that you consider a donation, are going to become fewer and further between. However, more theatres are starting to introduce online performances for which tickets can be purchased. I will try to keep you updated about anything I spot. Please do send me any information that you can.

Finally-July’s Quiz

Below are anagrams of 10 London Theatres. Can you work out which they are? (Answers below)
1. Bah lamar

2. Cly emu

3. Alvaro politico

4. Afresh busty

5. Bag dermic

6. Acidly clip

7. Oxen phi

8. Especial frown

9. Allium pad

10. Clio muse

I hope at least some of you are now able to get out and about a little, and able to see friends and family.

Perhaps you may even get to go away on holiday!

Whatever you do, I hope the weather improves, so that you can enjoy it.

Next newsletter at the beginning of August.
Best wishes,
Anne Pinnock- Temporary Theatre Group Facilitator Continue reading

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Forthcoming Events

The meeting below is cancelled.

Murder Mystery

Date: Saturday, 18 July 2020.
Venue: Christ Church, Chilwell.
Look out for our Summer event which will be a Murder Mystery. Watch the action unfold and guess “who dun it” with your team. Meal included – bring your own drinks – prizes for winners – 7.00 p.m. to 11.00 p.m.


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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’. 

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