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Activities     

Meets No fixed time
Venue Various
Contact neilhunt200@gmail.com
Details You don’t need to join the Activities group – it is simply a means of getting involved in various activities and events that Arnold U3A will be organising from time to time in various places. The field is yours. Yours to suggest what you want to do and what you would like the group to try and organise for you. Let me know.

Art appreciation     

Meets 4th Wednesday (usually)
Venue 
Contact 
Details We all contribute in a small way to the meetings, decided by members, which may be on specific artists, movements, or topics such as ‘women artists’ or ‘sculpture’, for example. No one is expected to be an expert, just to have an interest in art and a desire to learn more. There is no group leader. Our aims are: to increase our knowledge; to meet like-minded people and share our interest in art, as well as sharing information about all things connected to the art world. Whenever appropriate, the group will visit exhibitions and events on a social basis.

Art: painting and drawing     

Meets Tuesdays 10.00, for most of the year
Venue Woodston Walk Community Room - map
Contact b.rogers01@btinternet.com
Details We try to improve our painting and drawing skills. Approximately once a month we have been bringing in a tutor. At other meetings we have focused on our own work. At present the group is full and has a waiting list. If any member of U3A would like to join, please contact Rosie Rogers. The cost will depend upon the number of members of the group at the start of the session, the number of meetings during the session and the frequency of tutor attendance (to be decided by the group at the start of the session). IT’S FUN – AND THINK OF THAT MASTERPIECE JUST WAITING TO BE PRODUCED!

Astronomy     

Meets 1st Thursday, 10.00
Venue Arnold Library, Meeting Room 2 - map
Contact paulatkin476@btinternet.com
Details Our objective is to increase our knowledge and enjoyment of astronomy through a series of differing activities. Members are encouraged to talk on their own particular interests. We invite speakers and arrange our own group visits. We also have demonstrations of astronomy equipment, one of which was my own telescope. Group leader: Paul Atkin

Birdwatching     

Meets 4th Friday (morning)
Venue Various
Contact 
Details We are a mixed group, from beginner to the more experienced birdwatcher. We have a pre-planned calendar of visits taking into account what birds will be about and where. Transport is essential, car sharing is encouraged. We are lucky to have several local sites which are only a short car journey away. We also visit further afield, when we use the community minibus. The group is open to new members. Warm clothing and stout footwear are required, as some walking and standing around is involved. Binoculars or a scope are needed and a small bird book is useful.

Birdwatching with a walk     

Meets 3rd Monday
Venue Various
Contact tjpears@gmail.com
Details We vary a full day out for the further afield venues, to a more local morning session ending at lunch time.The programme is provisionally agreed for each calendar year. There is an expectation of managing approximately a 3-4 mile walk, trying to avoid stiles and steep hills. We try to pick venues where there is a toilet near the beginning or end of the route! The group leader is no expert in birdwatching, but several of the group are quite experienced and between us we hope to be able to identify what we see and/or hear! There is a U3A scope, which the other birdwatching group uses and can be hired on a personal basis at £2 per session, but it must be returned in time for the birdwatching groups’ use. Group members share their contact details to try and maximize opportunities for car sharing. There is an assumption of attendance unless you have informed the group leader otherwise. It is hoped members of this group will also enjoy a drink/lunch together.

Board games     

Meets Fridays, 14.00 (except during summer months)
Venue Bonington Bar, Arnold Leisure Centre - map
Contact anne.vollbracht@yahoo.com
Details An opportunity to learn or simply play board games you enjoy or would like to try. Please feel free to bring along a game you would like to play. We bring Scrabble, Rummikub, Boggle, Upwords, Yahtzee and others..Everyone welcome. Our next sessions are :- December 7th,January 11th,February 8th,March 8th.And our last session before the summer break is April26th. .

Books     

Meets 2nd Wednesday, 10.00
Venue Group leader's home
Contact janesorrill@hotmail.com
Details Members of the group choose a book for the group to read, on a rotational basis. We then meet to discuss the book we’ve all read.

Charles Dickens appreciation     

Meets Thursday (except 1st Thursday) 14.00 - 16.00
Venue Woodthorpe Library - map
Contact mary@maryandrichard.info
Details Our group has been meeting for several years. During that time members have read and enjoyed a number of the most popular Charles Dickens novels. We have also made a study of Charles Dickens’ life and been fascinated to discover that, although he was a genius, writing some of the most popular novels in the English language, he had what he described as an unhappy and troubled childhood, and had a darker side to his character. New members of the group will receive a copy of biographical notes summarising his life. These notes are adapted from Claire Tomalin’s excellent biography "Dickens: A Life". Our meetings are informal and based around readings and discussion. We spend time studying those aspects of Victorian life and culture which Dickens both loved and despised. Our reverence for the great man does not stop the braver souls in our group from examining some of the more controversial (certainly in Victorian society) aspects of his life and those influences on his life which were to make such a powerful contribution to his work.

Chaucer's Canterbury Tales     

Meets Some Mondays, 10.30
Venue Woodthorpe Library - map
Contact william.u3a@gmail.com
Details From September 2018 the Chaucer group will be temporarily diverting away from Chaucer and reading a poem by one of his contemporaries. We know nothing about the writer but he composed one of the great narrative poems: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. It tells the story of events at the court of King Arthur and centres on the mysterious Green Knight and his challenge to Sir Gawain to hit him with an axe and then receive a hit in return. The group will be reading the poem in the translation by Simon Armitage (published by Faber). Members of the group will need to buy their own copy of this version. If you are not already a member of the Chaucer group but would like to join us for this, please let William know (william.u3a@gmail.com). Dates: Monday mornings (10.30-12.00) Sept 17, Oct 8 and 22, Nov 12 and 26 at Woodthorpe Library The group leader is William Ruff who taught English Literature for 37 years, mostly as Head of English at Nottingham High School.

Chicago bridge     

Meets 4th Wednesday, 13.30
Venue Arnold Labour Club - map
Contact tjpears@gmail.com
Details We don't allow any conventions, but keep to the contract, or rubber bridge style and trust this will enable everyone to play, from beginner to expert, on a more level playing field, just as they did in the village halls and social clubs of yesteryear.

Cinema     

Meets Monthly, often at the weekend
Venue Various
Contact 0115 9589776 or 0115 8773323
Details The cinema group meets monthly, often at the Broadway Cinema in Nottingham or The Bonington in Arnold. Visits may be preceded or followed by a meal and drinks (optional).

Classical music A     

Meets Some Mondays 10.30
Venue Woodthorpe Library - map
Contact william.u3a@gmail.com
Details This group provides an opportunity for members to expand their knowledge and increase their enjoyment of classical music and will be suitable for beginners and those who already listen to classical music but would like to know more about it. Dates: Group A: Monday mornings (10.30-12.00) Sept 10 and 24, Oct 15 and 29, Nov 19, Dec 10 at Woodthorpe Library Group B: Tuesday afternoons (2.30-4.00) Sept 11 and 25, Oct 16 and 30, Nov 20, Dec 11 at Woodthorpe Library William Ruff is the group leader. For 25 years he has been classical music reviewer of the Nottingham Post and has written over 1200 reviews of concerts and operas. Each meeting focuses on music which will be performed in Nottingham in the near future. Typically William gives a talk about the next Nottingham Classics concert, illustrated with extracts from the works on the programme. He also introduces the current Opera North productions and occasionally concerts at Lakeside and the Albert Hall.

Classical music B     

Meets Some Tuesdays, 14.30
Venue Woodthorpe Library - map
Contact william.u3a@gmail.com
Details This group provides an opportunity for members to expand their knowledge and increase their enjoyment of classical music and will be suitable for beginners and those who already listen to classical music but would like to know more about it. Dates: Group A: Monday mornings (10.30-12.00) Sept 10 and 24, Oct 15 and 29, Nov 19, Dec 10 at Woodthorpe Library Group B: Tuesday afternoons (2.30-4.00) Sept 11 and 25, Oct 16 and 30, Nov 20, Dec 11 at Woodthorpe Library William Ruff is the group leader. For 25 years he has been classical music reviewer of the Nottingham Post and has written over 1200 reviews of concerts and operas. Each meeting focuses on music which will be performed in Nottingham in the near future. Typically William gives a talk about the next Nottingham Classics concert, illustrated with extracts from the works on the programme. He also introduces the current Opera North productions and occasionally concerts at Lakeside and the Albert Hall.

Committee     

Meets 2nd Tuesday, 10.00
Venue Salvation Army - map
Contact neilhunt200@gmail.com
Details Committee meeting

Crafts     

Meets 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, 13.30
Venue Arnold Library, Meeting Room 1 - map
Contact 0115 960 7875
Details Our members do various crafts, sometimes our own and sometimes we all work together. We also do visits to craft-themed venues and arrange demonstrations at our meetings. Some members are very talented and others are still learning or often re-learning. No previous experience required, we are all glad to help each other or ask for help. There is also tea and plenty of chatter and giggles…..often at our attempts at something new!

Croquet     

Meets Some Thursdays, April to September, 13.30
Venue Southwell Croquet Club - map
Contact 0115 926 3624
Details April to September, courtesy of the Southwell Croquet Club at Morton, we organise ‘taster’ croquet sessions in a group. We enjoy an afternoon with some of the club members, learning from them the fun and challenges of the game of progressive golf croquet. All equipment provided. If you would like to join us, whatever your level, please contact Maggie or David Edwards.

Crossword Club     

Meets Second & fourth Thursday afternoons each month 2-4
Venue Arnold Library, Meeting Room 1 - map
Contact gordontodd11@gmail.com
Details The Crossword Club concentrates solely on cryptic crosswords, and is aimed at those who are relatively new or inexperienced at solving these puzzles, and want a push start in the techniques required to tackle them. The basic requirement, however, is practice. We can tell you about the different types of clue and how to spot them, but that will only go 10% of the way to becoming an accomplished solver. It’s £1 each per session and we work informally in small groups where we can combine forces to tackle a particular puzzle. New members are welcome to join at any time. If you’ve not been before, ask the group leader for the date of the next meeting. It will help if you have an interest in words and a warped mind. If you can see that a spanner, apart from being something in your tool box, might also be a bridge, you’ll have a head start.

Discussion     

Meets 1st Monday, 14.30
Venue Robin Hood and Little John - map
Contact 
Details The group is open to new members at any time who are welcome to join lively and often passionate but polite and respectful discussions about current affairs, new or old ideas and ideologies. Topics are agreed among the members at the beginning of the meeting. Sessions are free – but The Robin Hood and Little John hope you will buy a drink!

French intermediate discussion     

Meets 2nd Wednesday, 10.30 (usually)
Venue Brian Davis' home - map
Contact 0115 967 9959
Details 

French, advanced discussion     

Meets 3rd Wednesday, 10.00
Venue Suzanne Prew-Smith's home - map
Contact 0115 967 9959
Details 

French, advanced improver     

Meets 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, 13.40
Venue Robin Hood and Little John - map
Contact 0115 967 9959
Details 

French, beginner     

Meets Tuesdays, except 1st, 13.30
Venue Fay Staton's home - map
Contact 07821 909982
Details 

French, brush-up     

Meets Mondays, 14.00
Venue Fay Staton's home - map
Contact 07821 909982
Details 

French, complete beginner     

Meets Mondays, 10.30
Venue Fay Staton's home - map
Contact 07821 909982
Details 

French, not entirely beginner     

Meets 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, 12.00
Venue Robin Hood and Little John - map
Contact 0115 967 9959
Details 

Games night     

Meets Thursdays, 19.30
Venue Arnold Labour Club - map
Contact tjpears@gmail.com
Details Thursday night is ‘Games night’. Each week there is crib, bridge and canasta on offer. If you need to learn just contact Terry for personal tuition. There’s no obligation to turn up every Thursday.

German, improver     

Meets Fridays, 10.45
Venue Member's home
Contact 0115 967 9959
Details 

Help with IT     

Meets No fixed time
Venue Various
Contact 
Details This isn't an interest group in the conventional sense. Instead, four of us who know more than most about computers and other electronic gadgets are offering to help if we can. We don’t claim to be experts, but between us we may be able to solve quite a wide range of IT problems.

History, British     

Meets 3rd Monday, 10.00
Venue Arnold Library, Meeting Room 1 - map
Contact Ken Rawlins
Details Our group looks at a period in history via a timeline chosen by group members. We examine through the evidence available the lives of important individuals, and the influence that others had upon them. Themes are explored through presentations based upon our own research. We also look at social aspects of the period we are dealing with, eg clothing, food, recipes, art and literature. We are not experts, but we aim to learn from each other.

History, family     

Meets No fixed time
Venue Member's home
Contact 0115 837 5005
Details We do not normally meet as a group. Instead, help is given on a one-to-one basis, either at the leader’s home or the member’s home. We use personal knowledge, experience, laptops (and a wi-fi connection) to help each other with family history ‘brick walls’ and the like. Experience in research has been gained over 30 years. Group leader: Anne Sutton

History, local     

Meets 1st Monday, 14.00 (more in the summer)
Venue Arnold Library, Meeting Room 1 - map
Contact 
Details This group looks at how British history, and the people who were part of that history, shaped Nottingham over the centuries from the town’s early beginnings to the city it is today. The group is led by Kevin, who is one of the Heritage Walks organisers for the Nottingham Civic Society. We meet in Arnold Library on the first Monday of the month between 2.00 and 4.00 pm. The meetings are based on a specific part of history and the role Nottingham played in making that history. Attendees are asked to contribute and write a short narrative (approx. 5 minutes) about an aspect of the history being discussed, as contribution to the meeting. During the summer months additional meetings may be held, comprising of a heritage walk looking at Nottingham’s history. New members are always welcome and a knowledge of history is not required, just a willingness to learn a bit more about Nottingham. We are fun group, looking at Nottingham and Nottinghamshire history.

Italian beginner     

Meets 
Venue 
Contact 
Details 

Italian, improver     

Meets Tuesdays, 10.00
Venue Arnold Library, Meeting Room 2 - map
Contact 0115 967 9959
Details 

Languages     

Meets Various dates and times
Venue Various
Contact rosieallen21@outlook.com
Details This is the main information source for languages on Beacon. Please see the groups list for details of particular language groups.

Latin 1 improver     

Meets 1st and 3rd Mondays, 10.30
Venue Member's home
Contact 
Details 

Luncheon     

Meets Thursday, monthly, 12.30
Venue Various
Contact 0115 910 5824
Details We go to a pub every month on a Thursday for a meal and a chat. Everyone enjoys it and we try different places each time. Sometimes we go local and sometimes we have a run out.

Mahjong     

Meets 2nd Wednesday, 13.30
Venue Arnold Labour Club - map
Contact briandavis2@ntlworld.com
Details Mahjong, also spelled majiang and numerous other variants, is a tile-based game that originated in China during the Qing dynasty. It is commonly played by four players (with some three-player variations found in South Korea and Japan). The game and its regional variants are widely played throughout Eastern and South Eastern Asia and have a small following in Western countries. Similar to the Western card game rummy, mahjong is a game of skill, strategy, and calculation and involves a degree of chance. There are many regional variations to the rules including rather different scoring systems, criteria for legal winning hands and even private table rules which distinguish some variations as notably different styles of mahjong. Arnold U3A mahjong group has agreed to use the guidance and rules provided in a U3A publication (currently £4 per copy).

New & prospective members     

Meets 3rd Friday, 11.15
Venue Friar Tuck - map
Contact 0115 926 3797
Details For prospective members wanting to know more about Arnold U3A. Existing members also welcome. Group leader is Pat Jackson, phone 0115 926 3797, email patjackson181@hotmail.co.uk.

Outings 4U     

Meets Various dates and times
Venue Various
Contact 0115 927 2641
Details Our aim is to provide a programme of outings that will appeal to most members of Arnold U3A. All members are welcome on the outings. Details of forthcoming events are routinely given at the monthly meeting – on the ‘Outings Information Board’, staffed by at least one of the organisers. Information also appears in the monthly newsletter. Names of those interested in a particular outing are taken on a first-come basis and deposits taken are non-refundable once the outing is confirmed. Outings only take place if there is sufficient interest. Group facilitators include: Mary Patterson: phone 0115 927 2641, email marypat7364@gmail.com Mavis Barlow: phone 0115 910 5824, email mavisbarlow1@ntlworld.com

Photography     

Meets 3rd Tuesday, 19.00
Venue Arnold Library, Meeting Room 1 - map
Contact greg.foster3@ntlworld.com
Details This group is for anyone who has an interest in photography. Our membership ranges from beginners to advanced workers and similarly cameras range from smartphone to complex DSLR's. Photography is more about knowledge and skill than the equipment that you use. Our main aims are to learn how to: take better photos; use software to improve digital images; explore camera and related equipment techniques. We use a laptop, digital projector and screen to project our images in full HD. In addition to our meetings we also have several outings during the year. The emphasis is on keeping meetings and outings as practical as possible and sharing ideas and comments regarding our photographs.

Poetry of John Keats     

Meets Some Tuesdays, 14.30
Venue Woodthorpe Library - map
Contact william.u3a@gmail.com
Details The Keats group will be starting again in the autumn of 2018 with The Eve of St Agnes and then going on to the great poems which Keats wrote at the end of his short life, the Odes, Lamia, La Belle Dame Sans Merci etc. If you would like to join the group (or have decided to leave) please let William know. (william.u3a@gmail.com) Dates: Tuesday afternoons (2.30-4.00) Sept 18, Oct 9 and 23, Nov 13 and 27 at Woodthorpe Library The group leader is William Ruff who taught English Literature for 37 years, mostly as Head of English at Nottingham High School.

Psychology     

Meets 3rd Monday, 1.15-3pm
Venue Arnold Library, Meeting Room 1 - map
Contact rosieallen21@outlook.com
Details Are you a people watcher? Do you read newspapers and wonder why people do the things they do? Do you sometimes wonder why you are the way you are? If so, psychology would undoubtedly interest you as this subject is all about understanding mind and behaviour. We explore the brain and some of the cognitive abilities it supports like memory, learning, attention, perception and consciousness. We examine human development – both in terms of growing up and growing old – and discuss the manner in which the behaviour of others affects our own thoughts and behaviour. The fact of the matter is that humans routinely do amazing things without appreciating how interesting they are. However, we are also routinely influenced by people and events without always being aware of those influences.

Science for the lay person     

Meets 3rd Wednesday, 14.00
Venue Arnold Library, Meeting Room 1 - map
Contact arnoldu3a@gmail.com
Details The group gets together on the third Wednesday of each month, usually in Meeting Room 1 at Arnold Library, starting at 2pm and finishing no later than 4pm. Some months, we will go on a science-related visit instead of having a conventional meeting. Everyone is encouraged to contribute to the sessions. Suggestions for topics are welcome, as are offers to lead part or all of a meeting. The programme depends on the offers and choices made by our members. Try us! You don’t have to be a science expert to fit in. As our group title says, it’s ‘for the lay person’. Subs: £2.00 per meeting. Leader: Bob Rotheram

Shakespeare made easy 1     

  We regret that this group is full:
   
Meets Tuesdays, 10.00, October - April
Venue Woodthorpe Library - map
Contact gordontodd11@gmail.com
Details The aim of this group is to demystify Shakespeare. He’s reckoned the greatest creative mind in our history but many of us were put off him at school and may have wondered since what all the fuss was about. This is your chance to find out. We take a ‘hands-on’ approach to some of his greatest plays, and carefully go through the text until we can grasp the story and get to understand the characters, and what they are saying. In the process we’ll look at some fascinating related issues – some of the literary techniques he uses, and something about the times in which he lived. The cost is £1 per person per session. Please feel free to let me know if you’re interested, and we’ll get you involved as soon as we can.

Shakespeare made easy 2     

Meets Wednesdays, 10.00, October - April
Venue Woodthorpe Library - map
Contact gordontodd11@gmail.com
Details The aim of this group is to demystify Shakespeare. He’s reckoned the greatest creative mind in our history but many of us were put off him at school and may have wondered since what all the fuss was about. This is your chance to find out. We take a ‘hands-on’ approach to some of his greatest plays – ‘MacBeth’, ‘Hamlet’, ‘Othello’ and others, and carefully go through the text until we can grasp the story and get to understand the characters, and what they are saying. In the process we’ll look at some fascinating related issues – some of the literary techniques he uses, and something about the times in which he lived. The cost is £1 per person per session. Please feel free to let me know if you’re interested, and we’ll get you involved as soon as we can.

Shakespeare made easy 3     

Meets Thursdays, 10.00, October-April
Venue Woodthorpe Library - map
Contact gordontodd11@gmail.com
Details The aim of this group is to demystify Shakespeare. He’s reckoned the greatest creative mind in our history but many of us were put off him at school and may have wondered since what all the fuss was about. This is your chance to find out. We take a ‘hands-on’ approach to some of his greatest plays – ‘MacBeth’, ‘Hamlet’, ‘Othello’ and others, and carefully go through the text until we can grasp the story and get to understand the characters, and what they are saying. In the process we’ll look at some fascinating related issues – some of the literary techniques he uses, and something about the times in which he lived. The cost is £1 per person per session. Please feel free to let me know if you’re interested, and we’ll get you involved as soon as we can.

Sherlock Holmes     

  We regret that this group is full:
   
Meets First and third Thursday afternoons each month 2-4
Venue Arnold Library, Meeting Room 1 - map
Contact gordontodd11@gmail.com
Details Is there any fictional character better known throughout the world than Sherlock Holmes? This group looks at Holmes and Watson through the original stories, with a sideways glance also at the various interpretations and reinventions up until the present day, and, via the stories, a look at life in Victorian England.

Short-mat bowls     

  We regret that this group is full:
   
Meets Thursdays, 10.00
Venue Beacon Baptist Church - map
Contact Arthur Pember or Geoff Stobbs
Details Short-mat bowls is an exciting and invigorating activity for Arnold U3A. We play in light and warm surroundings at the former Beacon Baptist Church on Birchwood Road, Killisick. No special equipment is needed (except flat-soled footwear with no open toes). Tuition available – refreshments included – just £4 per session (for hall hire charge). We have two mats (max. 8 people per mat). Having fun is one of our main aims. We are a ‘mixed ability’ group making sure that we do everything at a gentle pace. Socialising and exercising are additional benefits of the activity. Please contact Arthur or Geoff if you would like to join us. As the group is full we have a waiting list for those who would like to join us.

Sing for fun     

Meets 4th Friday, 15.00
Venue Pond Hills Lane Community Centre - map
Contact Marilyn
Details We are a group of women and men who enjoy singing. The key words are in the title: it is for fun! We enjoy all kinds of songs from oldies, musicals, rock and pop, spiritual etc. We are not a choir and the group leader is not a teacher of singing or music but has enough of a musical background to lead the group.

Spanish improver     

Meets Fridays, 14.00
Venue Arnold Library, Meeting Room 2 - map
Contact rosieallen21@outlook.com
Details 

Spanish intermediate     

Meets Fridays, 12.00
Venue Member's home
Contact rosieallen21@outlook.com
Details 

Spanish, advanced     

Meets Fridays, 13.15
Venue John Gardner's home - map
Contact 
Details 

Spanish, discussion     

Meets 2nd and 4th Mondays, 15.00
Venue Brian Davis' home - map
Contact 0115 967 9959
Details 

Spanish, improver beginner     

Meets Fridays, 10.30
Venue Member's home
Contact rosieallen21@outlook.com
Details 

Supper club     

Meets One Tuesday in the month, 18.30
Venue Various
Contact gspenc@sky.com
Details The Supper Club is proving to be very successful. At 6.30pm on a Tuesday evening in the month, a group of 9-10 members meets to eat at a designated venue. The next venue is arranged at the previous meeting. Everyone is either sent an email or phoned to ascertain numbers attending. The number attending is about right for a table at most restaurants but there could be room for another 1 or 2 members

Theatre     

Meets Varies
Venue Various
Contact 0115 920 4816
Details All Arnold U3A members are welcome to sign up for any theatre visit. Please remember to have your cheque book with you when booking your place. Whenever possible, we go to matinees, and book seats that are accessible to everyone. We offer a variety of shows with a range of prices, to cater for everyone’s tastes, and always welcome suggestions. Our forthcoming events include Abigail's Party, Derby Theatre Wednesday 3 October, 2.30 p.m.; Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake, Theatre Royal on Thursday 15 November, 2.30 p.m.; Christmas Carol, RSC Stratford, Thursday 13 December, 1.15 p.m.; Sinfonia Viva New Year's Eve Gala, 'La Fiesta', Royal Concert Hall, 6 p.m. to 8.15 p.m. and the RSC production of Romeo & Juliet, Theatre Royal, Thursday 21 February 1.30 p.m. We regularly see musicals, ballets and plays at the Theatre Royal Concert Hall and Nottingham Playhouse, as well as visiting Stratford, Leicester, Sheffield and Buxton. Occasionally London. Transport outside Nottingham varies: coaches, mini-bus or train. You’re welcome to suggest any production you are interested in, as long as it’s at least two months ahead – just have a word.

Theatre - Playhouse     

Meets Varies
Venue Nottingham Playhouse - map
Contact wquickfall@hotmail.com
Details We have been given the opportunity to book Nottingham Playhouse tickets at a selection of performances for £7.00 each. These are really good value as tickets can cost anything up to £34.50 each. We need a minimum of 8 purchases for each performance to qualify for this reduction.

Walks, Long     

Meets 2nd Wednesday, 10.00 - earlier for car share
Venue Various
Contact gaywood43@googlemail.com
Details We are a friendly walking group and like to stretch our legs, usually covering 8-12 miles. We meet on the second Wednesday of the month, starting time 10.00am. We walk in Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire, often exploring areas we have not visited before. Usually we join up with the ‘Hikers’ group of Burton Joyce U3A. Although we walk at a steady pace, we do take time to look at the landscape, wild flowers, fungi and anything else of interest along the way. Members of the group volunteer to lead the walks and often have researched facts or history of the area we are visiting. We car-share where possible and sometimes hire a minibus. All new members welcome.

Walks, Medium 1     

Meets 3rd Wednesday, 10.00
Venue Various
Contact 0115 926 3624
Details The walks organised for our group are about 6 to 7 miles long, usually on the third Wednesday of the month. We start at 10 o’clock, select our menu choices and enjoy a late lunch to finish. Our Derbyshire walks are popular in the better weather, but we stay nearer home in the winter when driving is not so good. We aim to discover all there is to know about the area, not missing interesting sites and vegetation. We can boast having achieved over 80 walks up hill, down dale, along the edges, through woods and negotiated many stiles. In fact, we are a happy band of pilgrims! Peter Beastall now assists with some of the walk planning and leading for which we are most grateful.

Walks, Medium 2     

Meets 3rd Saturday (usually)
Venue Various
Contact 0115 920 9804
Details We use public transport to get to and from walks. Our walks take place on a Saturday, usually the third in the month. However, we occasionally walk on a Friday. Our distance averages 6 or 7 miles and we walk in a fairly purposeful manner. Expect the walk to take 4 hours. We start at about 10am and finish mid-afternoon. We always bring a picnic for the middle of the walk and do not have pub lunches. Because we use public transport we can do linear walks. This is reflected in our programme, where there is a mixture of linear and circular walks. The average attendance at our walks is 15 to 20 people. That sort of number is ideal for buses because we do not want to crowd out the other passengers. It is U3A policy to sign up for activities, so please sign up at the monthly meeting. If that is not possible, please email or phone. If you are ill or not too sure about the weather forecast, you can just decide not to turn up. You do not need to phone. You are not letting anyone down. As with other groups, it is absolutely essential that you wear proper walking boots. Your safety depends on it. We do not want anyone slipping and having a bad accident that could ruin the rest of their lives. Group leader: Stella

Walks, Short 1     

Meets 2nd Monday, 10.30
Venue Various
Contact 
Details We aim to enjoy ourselves and make friends as we walk and talk. We walk about 4-5 miles, but, where possible, we aim to plan for short cuts for those who want to take it a bit easier. After the walk, we like to have a pub available for lunch. Our walks start at 10.30am on the second Monday in the month. We aim to choose different locations as our starting points, which are at the most within a radius of one hour by car from Arnold. To get to the starting point, car sharing or offering a lift to others is strongly encouraged. Please note: if you want to come along just for a ‘taster walk’ or if you want to join our walking group, please make sure you see me at a main meeting on the first Tuesday of a month or email me to express your interest. The membership list will be reviewed once a year in November. Group leader: Dieter Hecht

Walks, Short 2     

Meets 1st Wednesday, 10.30
Venue Various
Contact philsanderson58@hotmail.com
Details Short walks between 3 and 6 miles, mainly in Nottinghamshire. Arnold U3A members can join our group at any time of the year. To join our group you will be invited to complete a ‘Contact Information Sheet’ – these will be obtainable at the monthly meetings. This group shares a board with the ‘Short walks 1‘ group at the monthly meetings. The walks programme and all other relevant information can be found on this board. The group leader will be on hand at the majority of these meetings to answer any queries regarding this group and the walks. The group leader is Phil Sanderson. His details can be obtained at the monthly meetings and in the members’ area of Arnold U3A's website.

Walks, Strollers     

Meets 2nd Tuesday (April - October), 10.15
Venue Thackeray's Lane car park - map
Contact 
Details Strollers – the name explains all. We are a group suited to members who enjoy walking at a leisurely pace and don’t want to go miles. Each walk lasts for about an hour, avoiding rough fields, stiles and steep hills. Our aim is to enjoy ourselves make new friends as we walk and talk. Our stroll ends with a drink and another natter. We usually meet at 10.15 on the second Tuesday in the month (April-October). Group leader: Val Knowles

Weekend     

Meets Varies, usually Saturday or Sunday
Venue Various
Contact nanzo@hotmail.co.uk
Details The Weekend group is intended to be ‘dip-in-or-out’, as and when members require a weekend activity. The date, time and venue are in the newsletter and on the website each month. There is a meet-up each month on either a Saturday or Sunday and we do whatever seems appropriate on the day – no strict structure, just whatever takes our fancy! Maybe a gentle walk in a park, a visit to a gallery/museum, take in a concert or film, a bus-pass trip, or maybe just a coffee or lunch and natter. There are lots of free entertainment activities in and around Nottingham and we can join up and join in with any of these. If you are free on the day, come along, just bring yourself and any ideas you may have for a day with other U3A members … having fun, making new friends and getting out and about. Group leader: Pat Simons, phone 0115 920 1160

Wine circle     

Meets 1st Thursday 14.00 (normally)
Venue Member's home
Contact 0115 952 7947
Details Develop wine ‘know-how’ by discussion and tasting good value wines from around the world in convivial company. New members welcome at any time. Meetings approximately once a month, normally 2-4pm on the first Thursday. However, please check the next date with the group leaders before joining. Each member brings a bottle of wine (suggested price range £10-20) with label covered. After tasting the wines blind, members will take their remaining wine home. Any member attending without a bottle will contribute £5-10. No room costs. Please bring two glasses. Group leaders: Ralph and Gill Northwood

Yoga     

Meets 1st and 3rd Mondays (normally), 10.15am
Venue Old People's Welfare Centre - map
Contact 0115 926 3624
Details This group aims to enable participants to develop flexibility, strength and balance, and to manage stress. Classes are held in Arnold, 10.15 – 12.00 noon, normally on the first and third Monday of the month. Current cost £4 per session. Newcomers are most welcome. Group Leader: Maggie Edwards