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Group Details


Although you may attend a group as a visitor 
once or twice and pay £1 visitors fee, you must be a full member to join a group and take part in their activities
See the Interest Groups page for the group detail and group leader's contact information.
If you have ideas for a new group or want to set up a new group, please contact 
the Group Co-ordinator, Lindsay Evett, 01949 851115,

mbling 1: The group is full at present but vacancies do arise. It meets every Monday at 10.30am by Old Church House. Contact Sue Hodson on 01949 875963.

Ambling 2: This group meets fortnightly on Tuesdays in the main Bingham car park at 1pm. Ring Judy Soar (01949 837108) the morning of the amble to find out where they are going.  

Book Reading: The meetings are on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 1.30pm in Bingham library. Group Contact: Jo Barnes on 01949 876510. 

Board Games:
The board games group gets together on the second Monday of the month. Meetings will be held at the bowls club starting at 7pm. We play a wide variety of games from traditional classics to modern ones straight off the press and encompass strategy, number, word, quiz, general knowledge and card games. New members are very welcome and everyone is encouraged to bring along their favourite games for us to try. Contact Jeff Peters on 01949 875406 or Jackie Hutton on 01949 838140 to get your name on the mailing list. 

Cinema Group: The group meets at the White Lion at 2 pm on the first Monday of the month (excl Bank Holidays). We usually suggest a film or two for the following month, but it doesn´t matter if you haven´t been able to get to any. Come anyway and join a lively discussion on a wide range of topics about film, film adaptation or occasionally TV programmes. Contact Joanne Collie on 01949 831899 or Jackie Hutton on 01949 838140.

Coffee Morning Social Group. The group meets on the 2nd Monday of the month at 10.30am. We welcome everyone to join us. Please come along if you wish to find out more about the U3A or join us for a chat and a laugh. We meet in the back room at  the Wetherspoon's Buttercross pub, and usually finish up at midday.  Coffee and tea is only £1.20 and includes refills. Contact Sue Eaton 01949 839946   
  This is a fair weather activity and takes place in the summer months on fortnightly on Thursdays at Butt Field. We have had an enjoyable and successful summer and look forward to the new season starting in May 2020. Contact Trish Tilley on 01949 837923.

We have a shorter 10 to 15 mile ride on the second Tuesday of each month and a longer of over 20 miles ride on the fourth Tuesd
ay.  Rides start at 10.30 am from The Buttercross in the Market Place. Contact Charles Richardson on 01949 831602 or
07490 690157 to find out more.

Explorer  Group: This group arranges visits to places of interest. Unlike the travel group, transport is not organised but car share can be arranged. We've previously visited: 
  • Wollaton Park, taking in steaming of the historic beam engine with a guided tour of the Hall
  • BBC Nottingham Studios on London Road.
  • Harlaxton Manor near Grantham.  
And this year:

March: Newark Air Museum

April: Woolsthorpe Manor

June: Hanwell Wine Estate

More are planned and we hope to visit: 

Space Centre; Sherwood Forest; Gliding; Patchings Art Centre; 

Japanese Garden at North Clifton; Aeropark: at East Midlands Airport.  

Interested? Join the group and get circulated with up-to-date news! 

Contact John Lewis 01949 831530 to get on the mailing list.

French Conversation: Our two groups meet at members’ homes to maintain our spoken French with pre-selected topics and spontaneous conversation. Ce n’est pas pour les debutants. There are spaces on both groups but anyone joining must have some knowledge of the language.
Group 1: meets on Fridays fortnightly and Group 2: meets on the 2nd & 4th Tuesday afternoons. We would welcome new members. Contact Lis Leslie on 01949 831602 or Barbara Savage on 01949 838782.

French for Improvers - This group started in 2016 for complete beginners but has now moved on to become 'improvers'! New members who have a basic grasp of French are welcome but complete beginners would have a lot of catching up to do!. It is run by French-Canadian Joanne Collie and meets in the Old Court House at 10-11am on alternate Tuesdays. Contact Joanne on 01949 831899 or email:

ntle Exercise Group 2 Meets every week on Tuesday 
1-2pm in the Small Hall in Old Church House.  Very gentle sitting and some standing exercises. Contact Linda Walden 01949 836717

German Conversation: The group meets in each other's homes on a fortnightly basis, to enjoy a chat in German with German-themed snacks and drinks. New members with some knowledge of German are welcome, as we are not a beginners' group.  Meetings fortnightly on a Thursday. Group Contact: Valerie Morgan 0115 9332353

 The History Group will begin a study of the early life and times of Winston Churchill in October 2019. Churchill was born four years after the death of Charles Dickens, our last subject of study and, like Dickens, he has been chosen by the group as a major figure of his period. The group meets on the 4th Wednesday of the month at 2pm in Old Church House. New members are always welcome. For further information contact Jennie Travers on 01949875107.

Please note: There is a reciprocal arrangement with the Vale of Belvoir (Bottesford) U3A. Members of Bingham U3A can join
2 interest groups offered by the 
Vale of Belvoir (Bottesford) U3a and vice versa. 

Their list of groups is on the documents page of this website.

'I'd Like to Have a Go At That' Group
The aim of the 'I’d Like To....' Group is to give members the opportunity to try out new activities in a friendly and supportive environment. The current list of activities is given below and ranges from the physically and mentally challenging to the sedate that anyone can do. We know that it is not everyone’s cup of tea to abseil down the side of a building and for that reason you only need to join in the activities you would like to do. We usually meet once a month taking on a different activity each time; there is no set time or date but we try to fit an activity when most people who are interested can attend.
During 2019: We 'Had a Go' at:

Badminton, Basket Weaving, Drumming, Escape Room, Foot Golf, Go Ape, Off Road Driving, Segway, Bowls, Crazy Golf and Walking Orienteering

ACTIVITY LIST (so far!): Archery (April 16); Board Games (now an interest group); Boules/Petanque ( now a summer time interest group) ; Bowling (10 pin) (Feb 17); Bowls;  Clay Pigeon Shooting (April 16); Crazy Golf (Jan 16); Croquet (June 16) now an Interest Group; Darts(Sept 16); Dinghy Sailing (Summer 16); Gliding (July 16); Go Karting (2017); Ice skating (Dec 18);  Mah Jong (Nov 16); Music Making (Nov 17); Pottery (May 17); Snooker (Feb 18); Star Gazing ( Mar 17); Table Tennis(now an interest group); Treasure Hunt (Mar 17);  Walking Netball (Mar 18); Yachting (Summer 17).....

Other Suggestions:  Abseiling; Basket Weaving; Canoeing; Fencing; Hot Air Ballooning;  Indoor Climbing; Parachuting; Rowing; SUPaddle Boarding; Track Cycling;  Walking Football; Walking Orienteering; White Water Rafting; 

 Contact Jeff Peters to get on the mailing list: 01949 875406 or email:

Knitting Group:
Meets on the 4th Monday of the month at 10.30am at the home of Helen Rose. 
The group has been  knitting puppets for use by carers working with vulnerable children.

You are very welcome to bring along your own project.  Contact Helen on 01949 839298 for more details.

Mobility and Movement: This group meets weekly on Friday at 
10am in 
the hall at the Methodist Centre.  Contact Ann Lewis on  01949 831530.

Music Appreciation: The meetings are held in member's houses. See current Newsletter for details of the next meeting.
Each month there is a different theme and there has been a huge variety so hopefully there would be something to tempt your musical palettes.
New members are always welcome. Please contact Anthony Watts 01949 875968 for further information.

Photography Group: The group is open to all abilities from novice snapper upwards. The course runs monthly for an hour on the first Friday of the month starting at 11am in the Methodist Centre. Contact Simon Rooke on 07714 706114 for more information.

Popular Music Group: The idea of this group is to attend live 
together.  Any genre of music could be covered: jazz, folk, rock, blues etc. We have recently been on the Poacherline Music Train, organised by Bateman’s brewery. There is musical entertainment on board and at the ale for sale! Proceedings  commence from Bingham station and a lively night is usually had by all! music events 

Contact John Lewis to show your interest: 01949 831530, 07428 418777,

Real Ale & Cider Group:
 The idea is that there will be visits to Breweries to see beer making as well as tasting. Contact Ann Lewis 01949 831530 to find out dates of trips organised.

Recorder Meeting on first & third Friday mornings 10.30-11.30am in the smallest room at Old Church House. The group can accommodate a range of abilities and welcomes beginners along with the more experienced. Some tuition of the basics is available. Group contacts are: Pat Selby 01949 839824 and Viv Dyer on 01949838614.

Spanish Group: Meetings on the 2nd Wednesday, monthly. Meetings are held at different members' houses. Doreen Nuttall is the point of contact on 01949 838343. The group has made some progress and so unfortunately is no longer open to complete beginners. 

Sunday Lunches: Group 1 meets on the first Sunday of each month and Group 2 meets on the third Sunday. Both are full at the moment but contact Jill Kent on 0115 9334516 or Margaret Rudkin on 01949 877170 to go on a waiting list.

Table Tennis:
  We play for fun and exercise rather than competitively!  
We meet at Toothill Leisure Centre 4.30 to 5.30pm on 1st & 3rd Wednesday of each month.
Contact Lynne Barnett for more details 01949 875151 and to get put on the email list to keep up to date with any changes in the arrangements.

Travel Group: Meets normally on the last Friday of the month at the Royal Oak, East Bridgford at 12.15 p.m. If you are attending please inform Judy Barlow (01949 837637 ) by the Tuesday prior to the meeting. Please see Travel page for details of Holidays and Excursions and also the Newsletters. Contact Carol Habieb on 01949 20448 for more details.

There are 3 Walking Groups:
First Wednesday Walking Group - Meeting on the first Wednesday of the month for a medium length, 5-6 mile walk, followed by a pub lunch. The contact is Judith Williams on 07523 645105 or 01949 837697. Meet 9.30am outside Old Church House for a car share.

Second Wednesday Walking Groupthis group is for longer walks, around 6-10 miles . The group meets at Old Church House at 9am on the 2nd Wednesday of the month to share cars. Group Contact Esme Smith on 01949 875148.

Fourth Wednesday Walking Group -  This established group meets on the 4th Wednesday of the month.  The contacts are John & Glyn Greenwood on 0115 9899798. The group size is limited by the size of lunch venue but please contact John or Glyn to book your place.

ne Tasting
We meet once a month and usually try about 8 different wines. We are not experts but we know how to enjoy wine! As we hold our meetings  in members' homes the size of the group is limited but please contact Lynne Barnett on 01949 875151  to find out more about the group.  We would be happy to offer advice and assistance to anyone wishing to set up a second group.  

Theatre Visits:
Each month visits to current productions, usually in Nottingham, are arranged.  For full details please see the Theatre Trips page on this website or the current Newsletter. Group contact: Jackie Hutton 01949 838140.
Jackie has a table at the monthly meeting where you can book tickets or pay your dues.
Performances coming up include:
  • WE WILL ROCK YOU - November 2019
  • BAND OF GOLD -  January 2020
  • RED SHOES - a Matthew Bourne ballet - April 2020
  • PIAF - May 2020
  • BEAUTIFUL - the Carol King musical - June 2020
We generally meet for lunch or dinner before the shows. Contact Jackie Hutton 01949 838140 for more information.