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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 Various
Normally starts 10:00 to 12:00
Contact lornaweir49@googlemail.com
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
Normally starts 10:00 to 12:00
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 1 - map
Normally starts 10:00 to 12:00
Contact gary.swain4@ntlworld.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. Group leader: Gary Swain

Backgammon and Euchre     

Meets various
Venue Friar Tuck - map
Normally starts 14:00 to 15:55
Contact hazelshortward@gmail.com
Details For 2024, Backgammon and Euchre will both take place together - at the same place (Friar Tuck) and times (2pm-4pm). The first week of the month we all meet on a Monday; on the second week its a Tuesday. The third week of every month it's on Wednesday and our final Monthly session on the 4th week is on a Thursday.

Book Group     

  We regret that this group is full.
   
Meets Last Thursday of the month
Venue Group leader's home
Normally starts 10:30 to 12:00
Contact wardle.s@virginmedia.com
Details Casual meetings, reading mainly contemporary novels

Bridge for beginners     

Meets Tuesday a.m.
Venue Group leader's home
Normally starts 10:00 to 12:00
Contact john.heeson1@ntlworld.com
Details Bridge tuition for people with no exposure to the game or people who have played before but just need a bit of a refresher course

Canasta and rubber bridge     

Meets Thursdays, 19.00 - 21.00
Venue Arnold LIbrary, Room 1 or member's home
Normally starts 19:00 to 21:00
Contact 0115 920 8553
Details Thursday night is ‘Games night’. Each week there is rubber 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, but we would appreciate knowing if you can't come.

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
Normally starts 10:30 to 12:00
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. Each meeting will be anchored in repertoire chosen for the 2023/24 Nottingham Classics series of orchestral concerts at the Royal Concert Hall but will also explore a wide range of related music. Please note that the venue is Woodthorpe library.. Dates and times from January to April 2024 are as follows: Group A (Monday mornings 10.30 - 12.00; doors open at 10.00) January 29; February 12 and 26; March 18; April 15. William Ruff (william.u3a@gmail.com) is the group leader. For 30 years he has been classical music reviewer of the Nottingham Post and has written over 2000 reviews of concerts and operas.

Classical music B     

Meets Some Tuesdays, 14.30
Venue Woodthorpe Library - map
Normally starts 14:30 to 16:00
Contact william.u3a@gmail.com
Details Each meeting will be anchored in repertoire chosen for the 2023/24 Nottingham Classics series of orchestral concerts at the Royal Concert Hall but will also explore a wide range of related music. Dates and times are as follows: Group B (Tuesday afternoons 2.30 - 4.00; doors open at 2.00) January 30; February 13 and 27; March 19; April 16 Please note that the current venue is Woodthorpe library.. These meetings are equally suitable for enthusiasts and for newcomers. They consist of introductions to the music as well as plenty of opportunities for listening. William Ruff (william.u3a@gmail.com) is the group leader. For 30 years he has been classical music reviewer of the Nottingham Post and has written over 2000 reviews of concerts and operas.

Coffee Morning     

Meets 4th Friday of the month
Venue Friar Tuck - map
Normally starts 10:00 to 12:00
Contact 07963 495814
Details The meetings will be held at The Friar Tuck pub on the 4th Friday of the month from 10.00 til 12.00 and everyone is welcome. You can arrive and leave whenever you choose within that time. There are no fees to pay, we just ask that you purchase a drink, (not necessarily coffee!).

Committee     

Meets 2nd Tuesday, 10.00
Venue Salvation Army - map
Normally starts 10:00 to 12:00
Contact sylviahale@hotmail.com
Details Committee meeting

Crafts     

Meets 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, 13.30
Venue Arnold Library, Meeting Room 1 - map
Normally starts 13:30 to 15:30
Contact 07969851868
Details Our friendly and sociable members are interested in a wide variety of crafts. Some individuals have developed the same skill for years whilst others are trying something new. No previous experience required, just an interest and lots of enthusiasm! There are plenty of people willing to help you learn or improve. We all bring something easily transportable to work on during the meetings. Members contribute to the meetings and a program of demos and visits is being arranged.

Creative Writing     

Meets 1st and 3rd Wednesday
Venue Arnold Community Centre - map
Normally starts 10:00 to 12:00
Contact mikewareham13@yahoo.co.uk
Details Would you like to try your hand at creative writing? Maybe write about your life, or write poems, plays or stories? If you join our writing group you will meet a friendly, supportive group of people who enjoy writing, and discussing each others’ work. You don’t have to have any qualifications and you don’t need to have done creative writing before – just a feeling that you want to write! At each session we will read examples, do some writing on suggested ideas, and discuss our writing. Why not come along and meet us and give it a try? We meet on the first and third Wednesday of each month, at 10.00am - !2 noon, at Arnold Community Centre ( previously Arnold Centre for Old People) Hope to see you! Mike Wareham (group leader)

Cribbage     

Meets 3rd Friday of the month
Venue Friar Tuck - map
Normally starts 14:00 to 16:00
Contact tjpears@gmail.com
Details Cribbage (‘crib’) is a card game traditionally for two players, but commonly played with three, four or more. It involves playing and grouping cards in combinations which gain points. Cribbage has several distinctive features: the cribbage board used for scorekeeping, the eponymous crib or box (a separate hand counting for the dealer), with two distinct scoring stages, the play and the show. The objective of the game is to be the first player to score a target number of points, typically 121. It has a unique scoring system where points are scored for card combinations that add up to fifteen, for pairs, triples, quadruples, runs and flushes. It is certainly a game which keeps the brain stimulated and is good practice for your arithmetic skills and strategic decision making!

Crochet and Amigurumi crochet     

Meets 1st and 3rd Monday of the month - 2.00pm
Venue Group leader's home
Normally starts 14:00 to 16:00
Contact jean.heeson@gmail.com
Details Learning the Japanese crochet method of creating stuffed creatures and dolls. The Japanese words ami, meaning "crocheted or knitted", and nuigurumi, meaning "stuffed doll". Come and 'have a go' at this or any other crochet project.

Croquet     

Meets 4th Wednesday, April to September, 13.30
Venue Southwell Croquet Club - map
Normally starts 13:30 to 17:00
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
Normally starts 14:00 to 16:00
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 Coopers Brook pub
Normally starts 14:30 to 16:00
Contact jicussons@outlook.com
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.

Drama     

Meets As required
Venue Arnold Community Centre - map
Contact sylviahale@hotmail.com
Details This group meets on an occasional basis, mainly for a Murder Mystery performance mid year and Christmas Entertainment.

French intermediate discussion     

Meets 2nd Wednesday, 10.30 (usually)
Venue Zoom
Normally starts 10:30 to 12:00
Contact 0115 967 9959
Details A monthly French discussion group for those who can string sentences together to take part in a discussion.

French, advanced improver     

Meets 2nd and 4th Tuesdays 10.00
Venue Arnold Library, Meeting Room 3
Normally starts 10:00 to 11:30
Contact 0115 967 9959
Details This group has a wide variety of levels of learning amongst the group. It would, however, not be appropriate for a beginner. Claudine leads the group and she is a French national.

French, not entirely beginner     

Meets 2nd and 4th Tuesdays 12.30
Venue Arnold Library, Meeting Room 3
Normally starts 12:30 to 14:00
Contact 0115 967 9959
Details Classes have resumed at the library but please do not just turn up, instead contact Rosie on phone number above.

Garden Visits     

Meets Once a month from April to September
Venue Various
Contact rosieallen21@outlook.com
Details From April to September monthly visits to local gardens mainly using the National Garden Scheme booklet. Members make their own way although lifts are available. There is a programme for the year and a list of interested members who have emails sent directly to them. Notice of each month's visit is also placed in the Newsletter.

German, beginner     

Meets 2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th Mondays of each month
Venue Daybrook Bowls Club
Contact Rosie Allen 0115 9679959 rosieallen21@outlook.com
Details A new group commencing 15th April 2024

German, improver     

Meets Fridays, 11.00
Venue Zoom
Normally starts 11:00 to 00:00
Contact 0115 967 9959
Details This group has been meeting for a number of years and so would suit someone who has some proficiency in the German language. It is led by a former German language teacher. The group meets in a member's home each week.

History, British     

Meets 3rd Monday of each month
Venue Arnold Library, Meeting Room 1 - map
Normally starts 10:00 to 12:00
Contact 07415 326410
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
Normally starts 14:00 to 16:00
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 Monday 14.00 - 15.00
Venue Friar Tuck - map
Normally starts 14:00 to 15:00
Contact 0115 967 9959
Details This group started at the end of 2023. Interested members would be welcomed if not absolute beginners.

Italian, improver     

Meets Tuesdays, 10.00
Venue Arnold Library, Meeting Room 2 - map
Normally starts 10:00 to 11:00
Contact 0115 967 9959
Details Classes are on hold at the moment but will resume when it is safe to do so.

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, 10.15
Venue Member's home
Normally starts 10:15 to 00:00
Contact rosieallen21@outlook.com
Details Classes are held every 2 to 3 weeks usually the 1st and 3rd Mondays but often rearranged.

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.

Main Meeting     

Meets 1st Tuesday of the month
Venue Arnold Methodist Church - map
Normally starts 13:45 to 15:45
Contact 
Details There is always an opportunity to meet representatives of our 40+ interest groups and we often have a speaker.

New & prospective members     

Meets 3rd Friday, 11.00
Venue Friar Tuck - map
Normally starts 11:00 to 12:30
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.

Opera     

Meets Some Mondays, 10.30
Venue Woodthorpe Library - map
Normally starts 10:30 to 12:00
Contact william.u3a@gmail.com
Details Our current opera is Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro. The meetings will be on Mondays (10.30-12.00) on January 15 and 22; March 4, 11 and 25. The venue is Woodthorpe library. The group leader is William Ruff (william.u3a@gmail.com) who taught English Literature for 37 years, mostly as Head of English at Nottingham High School. He has also been music critic of the Nottingham Post since 1993 and also writes about classical music for the reviewsgate.co.uk website.

Outdoor Pickleball     

Meets alternate Wednesdays
Venue Magdala Tennis Club - map
Normally starts 14:00 to 16:00
Contact NULL
Details It is a joint group with one from Mapperley u3a.

Outings 4U     

Meets Various dates and times
Venue Various
Contact 0115 9534836
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: Cynthia Marette: phone 0115 9534836, email cmarette@outlook.com

Patchwork and Quilting     

Meets Alternate Thursdays
Venue Salvation Army - map
Normally starts 13:30 to 15:30
Contact marilyn.comery@gmail.com
Details We are a small,friendly group of both experienced and novice patchwork and quilters. We all love sharing our ideas and both help and encourage one another over a cuppa and biscuits on a fortnightly basis. At group sessions we work on individual hand sewn projects. Many of us machine quilt, applique and create various other sewn projects at home.

Photography     

Meets 1st Thursday 2:00pm
Venue Arnold Library, Meeting Room 2 - map
Normally starts 14:00 to 16:00
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 and mirror-less cameras. 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, large digital flat screen to show 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.

Psychology     

Meets 3rd Monday, 1.30
Venue Arnold Library, Meeting Room 1 - map
Normally starts 13:30 to 15:00
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. Our theme at present is the Psychology of Ageing. 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.

Railways     

Meets First Tuesday morning
Venue 
Normally starts 10:00 to 12:00
Contact neilhunt200@gmail.com
Details Held jointly with Carlton & Gedling U3A Railway Group. A chance to meet up and talk trains, watch films and from time to time visit local heritage railways and other railway related sites

Science for the lay person     

Meets 3rd Wednesday, 14.00
Venue Arnold Library, Meeting Room 2 - map
Normally starts 14:00 to 16:00
Contact briancluff@talktalk.net
Details We tend to have two or three topics of varying length each session. We also go on visits occasionally.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 (when physically meeting): £2.00 per session. Leaders: Brian Cluff

Shakespeare made easy 1     

  We regret that this group is full.
   
Meets Tuesdays, 10.00, October - April
Venue Woodthorpe Library - map
Normally starts 10:00 to 12:00
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.

Shakespeare made easy 2     

  We regret that this group is full.
   
Meets Wednesdays, 10.00, October - April
Venue Woodthorpe Library - map
Normally starts 10:00 to 12:00
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.

Short-mat bowls     

  We regret that this group is full.
   
Meets Thursdays, 10.00-12.00
Venue Daybrook Baptist Church
Normally starts 10:00 to 12:00
Contact geoff.stobbs@ntlworld.com
Details Short-mat bowls is an exciting and invigorating activity for Arnold U3A. We play in light and warm surroundings at Daybrook Baptist Church on Mansfield Road, Daybrook. No special equipment is needed (except flat-soled footwear with no open toes). Tuition available 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 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.

Singing for Fun     

Meets 3rd Tuesday of each month at 2pm
Venue Arnold Methodist Church - map
Normally starts 14:00 to 16:00
Contact hewitttheresa@ntlworld.com
Details 

Spain Holiday 2024     

Meets NULL
Venue 
Contact NULL
Details 8 day holiday to Salou, Costa Dorada from 27 September to 4 October 2024.

Spanish conversation     

Meets 2nd Monday15.30 and 4th Monday 11.30
Venue Zoom
Contact 0115 967 9959
Details A small group chat for 40 minutes twice a month using zoom in Spanish. Some of the members are fluent speakers and others can make themselves understood with sentences and help from the others. Very informal and good fun.

Spanish improver     

  We regret that this group is full.
   
Meets Fridays, 14.00
Venue Arnold Library, Meeting Room 2 - map
Normally starts 14:00 to 00:16
Contact rosieallen21@outlook.com
Details We are a self help Spanish Language Group. We have a weekly schedule of subjects to cover. In the first hour we do 'Fun' which can comprise of anything to do with Spanish that doesn't test the brain too much. In the second hour we will cover the scheduled grammar or vocabulary session. Most of us will help with the presentations each week; that is we will prepare to run a session and take it in turns to do so over the weeks of the schedule. We aim for GCSE level, so we are not beginners. This doesn't mean we will be taking exams! We enjoy our meetings, and will have the occasional social too.

Strollers     

Meets 4th Tuesday of the month
Venue 
Contact mwilson123@hotmail.com
Details 

Sunday games     

Meets 2nd and 4th Sundays
Venue Arnold Library, Meeting Room 1 - map
Normally starts 14:00 to 16:00
Contact 0115 9208553
Details An opportunity to learn or simply play board games you enjoy or would like to try. I will bring scrabble, upword, rumicub, triominoes, qwirkle and whatever else fits in my bag but please feel free to bring along a game you would like to play.

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 all tastes, and always welcome suggestions. We regularly see musicals, ballets and plays at the Theatre Royal and Concert Hall, as well as visiting Stratford, Leicester, Derby, Sheffield and Tolethorpe near Stanford. 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.

Twentieth Century Poetry     

Meets Some Tuesdays, 14.30
Venue Woodthorpe Library - map
Normally starts 14:30 to 16:00
Contact william.u3a@gmail.com
Details This group started in January 2022 and is basing its reading and discussions on The Bloodaxe Book of Twentieth Century Poetry (edited by Edna Longley). This anthology covers 60 poets ranging from Thomas Hardy to Simon Armitage, taking in all the major British and Irish poets of the last century. Tuesdays 2.30 - 4.00 (Doors open at 2.00). Venue: Mapperley Library Dates are: Sept 12 and 19, Oct 10 and 17, Nov 14, Dec 19. The group leader is William Ruff (william.u3a@gmail.com) who taught English Literature for 37 years, mostly as Head of English at Nottingham High School.

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. All new members welcome.

Walks, Medium 1     

Meets 3rd Wednesday, 10.00
Venue Various
Normally starts 10:00 to 00:00
Contact 0115 956 2667
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 pub lunch at the finish around 1.30. Our Derbyshire Walks are popular in the better weather, but we stay nearer home in the winter when driving is not so good.

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     

Meets 2nd Monday, 10.30
Venue Various
Contact 
Details We aim to stay/become fit and to enjoy ourselves and make friends as we walk and talk. We walk about 4-5 miles (depending on the terrain), 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 1 hour by car from Arnold. To get to the starting point, car sharing or offering a lift to others is strongly encouraged. Please note that ‘Short Walk Group 1′ is only open to U3A members who have joined Short Walk Group 1 or consider applying to join our group. Currently, there are only a few places left. The membership list will be reviewed once a year in November.

Yoga     

Meets 1st and 3rd Mondays (normally), 10.00am
Venue Arnold Community Centre - map
Normally starts 10:15 to 11:45
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, 10.00 – 11.45am, normally on the first and third Monday of the month. Current cost approx. £5 per session. Newcomers need to inquire of Maggie. Group Leader: Maggie Edwards