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September 2019 Newsletter

News from Notts Network of 32 U3As in Nottinghamshire

Coin Collecting

Are there any U3A members who are interested in coin collecting, who would like to meet with an Arnold U3A member to share their mutual interest?

If so please email Jean Cussons, Arnold U3A groups co-coordinator, at and she will put you in touch with the member.

Thursford Christmas Spectacular, Friday 8th November 2019.

This is a most popular extravaganza, of non-stop singing, dancing, music, humour and variety: a fast-moving celebration of the festive season featuring an eclectic mix of both seasonal and year-round favourites. With a cast of 120 professional singers, dancers and musicians, most of whom are straight from the West End, this is the biggest Christmas show of its kind in Europe! It is set in the magical surroundings of mechanical organs and fairground carousels with the auditorium impressively ablaze with colour. It features famous and much loved chart toppers being performed alongside traditional carols. The Christmas Spectacular 2018 was the biggest yet. Up to 50 coaches per day travel from many part of the country and many of the 5.7 million patrons to date have visited year on year. Thursford is near Fakenham, in Norfolk.

There are still a few seats available for other U3As to join us on what promises to be a most varied, enjoyable day.  We shall leave by coach, which has WC facilities, from outside the charity shops in the parade of shops on Main Street, Burton Joyce, at 8.30am, then after a break during the journey, will arrive at The Refectory at Walsingham Priory for a 2-course roast lunch, with mince pies, tea or coffee. The hamlet of Thursford is only a short distance away and after lunch we will continue our journey in readiness for the 2pm matinee performance. At the end of the performance we will board our coach for the return journey to Burton Joyce where we expect to arrive around 7.45pm.

The cost of £67, made up of £13 per person for the coach, £14.50 roast lunch and £39.50 for the performance seat. You are welcome to join us so please contact Alwyn Foster by phone on 0115 931 2571 or e-mail

You will be sent further information, particularly on parking arrangements in Burton Joyce, on receipt of confirmation you would like to join us. If you have any questions please phone or e-mail.

Alwyn Foster,
Burton Joyce and District U3A

December 2018 Newsletter

News from Notts Network

The AGM took place in October and has seen our own Margot Gale and Sue Blackley elected as Vice Chair and Secretary respectively. They have been assisting with the formation and launch of the Wollaton U3A which officially launches at 10 a.m. on 27th November in St. Leonard’s Community Centre on Bramcote Lane, opposite the library.

Any of our members living in the Wollaton area may wish to join the new Wollaton U3A and of course, you can retain your Beeston U3A membership in any case. The membership fee is reduced when you are already a member of another U3A. However, Wollaton will not be part of our “Cluster” until it has been established for a year and can run independently. There are some benefits to members who may attend up to 3 groups in another U3A within the Cluster. We are already in a Cluster with Long Eaton, Stapleford and Ilkeston.

September 2018 Newsletter

There are 29 U3As across Notts and the network enables the sharing of ideas. There is much to be learned and shared between the groups.

Peer Support Groups help to bring Group Leaders together, to share experiences and swap advice and materials. We here at Beeston, can offer to host such a meeting, and invite Group Leaders who run a similar interest group, to come together and share their ideas.

They are informal meetings but run under the auspices of the Notts Network. The Network contact is our very own Margot Gale, and she distributes information across all of the U3As. The secretary is Sue Blackley, so we are prominent in our support for the Network.

Early in July, U3A produced a report called Learning not Lonely. It presented research which showed the exceptional impact of the U3A movement on wellbeing in later life. Guests in attendance included leaders in policy and influencing, elected representatives, public health and charities. The report uses a number of publicity photos which were taken of Beeston U3A members a few months earlier. So that was why the photographer took so many photos of our members!

March 2017 Newsletter

Network News from Margot Gale, our Nottinghamshire Network Representative

From now on we are going to include a short report from the Notts. Network Committee Meeting in each of our Newsletters. The aim is to update you of any decisions which have been reached by the 28 U3As which are represented at the Network meetings and to forward any information which may be of interest to our members.

Following the recent Notts. Network meeting on the 25th January it was decided to disband the Regional Representative Council which represents the region at National level as it was felt that it was an additional unnecessary layer of bureaucracy. Jane Pavier continues to represent the region on the National Executive Committee as the East Midlands Regional Trustee.

A new U3A has been formed in The Park and the Mapperly U3A is now one year old with 169 members. Starting new U3As is a large task which is supported by a small group of volunteers from the region and if you are interested in helping in the future new volunteers are really needed. There are training days offered and if you wish to find out more information please contact me at

We are pleased to announce that the video recording of our Celebration of 1,000 U3As is now available to view on our YouTube Channel.

Special offers for U3A Members
U3A Members can now purchase a 3-month National Art Pass for just £10. Visit for more information. You have until 20th March 2017 to take advantage of this offer. Additionally, use the discount code U3A2017 for 10% off all services at

U3A Fashion Show
The Nottingham U3A is hosting a Fashion Show and Fundraising Event on Tuesday 28th March at the ICC ,61b Mansfield Road 1.00 pm -3.30 pm. The Fashion Show will feature many high street brands including designs from France and Italy. Sizes range from 8 -30. At the end of the show attendees will have the opportunity to purchase the clothes at half the cost. Tickets cost £5 and are available from the Nottingham U3A Office.