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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 contacts and calendar page for the 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, Ann Keen on 07523 503516

A
mbling 1: The group is full at present but vacancies do arise so please contact Sue Hodson for details.

Ambling 2: Meet in the main car park at 1pm. Ring Judy Soar (01949 837108) the morning of the amble to find out where they are going. 

Ambling 3: Would you be interested in running this group?
There appears to be a need for a Saturday group. You do not have to arrange all the walks - group members can take it in turns. Please contact Ann Keen if you could help.
  
               
  Art Group: Usually meets on the 1st & 3rd Thursday afternoons at 2pm at 48 Nottingham Rd, Bingham for some fun with paint, pastels and paper (the emphasis on fun!) New members are     always welcome - and you don't need to be 'good' at art! 
 Contact Karen Peters for details.  01949 875406


Art Appreciation Group: There are now three groups meeting 2nd, 3rd & 4th Tuesday mornings. Numbers are very limited due to the size of the venue. Contact Geoff (01949 837584) for more details.

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

Board Games:
This group didn't meet over the summer but is starting again on Monday October 9th at 7pm with a meeting at the Bowls Club. It will then meet at the Bowls Club on the second Monday evening until further notice.
We have tried lots of different board games from Trivial Pursuits through Senior Moments to Mahjong. You are welcome to bring along a game to try or just turn up. We do not take ourselves too seriously and always end up having a good laugh. Contact Jeff Peters on 01949 875406 or Jackie Hutton on 01949 838140 to get your name on the mailing list. 
Meetings are now on the second Monday of the month at 7pm in the Bowls Club

Cinema Group: Now meets on the third Monday of the month in the Chesterfield Pub at 2.30pm to discuss films they have seen during the previous month.  Contact: Joanne on 01949 831899 or Jackie 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 Wetherspoons Buttercross pub, from 10.30am till midday.  Coffee and tea is only £1.20 and includes refills. Contact Sue Eaton 01949 839946                                           


Croquet. 
 The 2018 season has now finished for the winter but we look forward to starting again in May 2019.
 Please contact Trish Tilley on 01949 837923. trish.tilley@btinternet.com  

Cycling:
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 11.00 from The Buttercross in the Market Place. Contact Jim 01949 838169 or Jeff Peters.

Slow & Easy Cycling  For anyone that wants to get back in the saddle and doesn't feel confident in joining the Cycling Group. Meets on the 3rd Tuesday at 10.30am at the Buttercross in the Market Place.  Contact Jim Holland 01949 838169



Explorer  Group: This group arranges visits to places of interest. Unlike the travel group, transport is not organised but car share can be arranged.
Upcoming trips are:

October 4th Thursday: Toyota factory. Alan Howe is organising travelling.

November 3rd, Saturday: Theatre Royal backstage tour.  Organised by Jackie Hutton.

December, Tuesday 4th: Newark Town Hall and Museum.  Ann Lewis has booked for 10.30 to 11.30, cost is £2.50 plus £1 for tea or coffee if required.  Spaces still available.

January, Friday 25th: ‘Christmas’ dinner and a meeting at The Buttercross, 12 noon. Please let John Lewis know if you’re coming

Visits for 2019 (NOTE: Thurs am and weekends good, to avoid clashes):

February: National Brewery Centre, Burton: Lynne to organise. About £9.50 pp

March: Newark Air Museum: Judy will organise a visit.  Group visits for 15+ cost £7.50 pp

April: Woolsthorpe Manor: Beryl will organise a visit

June: Hanwell Wine Estate: Tours are £17.50 per person, to include wine/tea/coffee on arrival, guided tour of, and talk about, the vineyard, tutored wine tasting includes 6 local wines. Highly recommended, Lindsay will organise a visit

Further possibilities:

Space centre – Lynne to find out more

Sherwood Forest Bus Trip: The Travel Group had been on this and reports were very positive.  Carol Habieb would be able to give more information. July/Aug ?

Gliding: Andy Foye has looked into this. Expensive but quite an experience. Details to follow

Geological Survey, Keyworth, Judith to find out more

Stone museum near Crich, Judith to find out more

Guided tour of Southwell Minster – Ann to check price

Patchings Art Centre: A spring or summer visit would be best, Ann to investigate

Japanese Garden: At North Clifton.  Judith will find out more. It was thought it might be a bit pricey for what it is.

Aeropark: Next to East Midlands Airport.  Cost £4 per head. For 2020, as similar to Newark Air Museum

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

Some trips we went on in 2018:
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. 

Contact John Lewis 01949 831530 to get on the mailing list




Family History: Meetings suspended at the moment
(May 2018) but Sam Foulds is offering help and support to our members with their family history research. He can be contacted on 01949 729034 or by email at valandsam2000@yahoo.co.uk . Sam is also willing to meet with members at Bingham Library by arrangement to assist with research on the computers there. 
 

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.

French for Improvers - This group started in 2016 for complete beginners but has now moved on to '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 (starting January 16th 2018).
Contact Joanne on 01949 831899 or jmacollie@googlemail.com

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ntle Exercise Group 2 Every week on Tuesday 1-2pm in the Small Hall in 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

History:
 
George Davison has kindly taken on the instruction of this group.  The group meets in Old Church House on the last Wednesday of the month at 2pm.  (No meeting in December) This group is well supported but new members are always welcome


 















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 V of B 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.
Contact Jeff Peters to get on the mailing list: 01949 875406

PROGRAMME FOR 2018:

JanuaryCrazy Golf   JulyYachting 
 February    Snooker    AugustPitch & Putt 
 March    Walking Netball   September Walking Orienteering
 April    Boules/Petanque   October Music Making
 MayCanoeing   November Basket Weaving
 JuneBowls   December 10-pin Bowling

ACTIVITY LIST (so far!): Archery (April 16); Board Games (now an interest group); Boules/Petanque (May 16); Bowling (10 pin) (Feb 17); Bowls;  Clay Pigeon Shooting (April 16); Crazy Golf (Jan 16); Croquet (June 16) now an established Interest Group; Darts(Sept 16); Dinghy Sailing (Summer 16); Gliding (July 16); Go Karting (2017);  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; Ice Skating; Indoor Climbing; Parachuting; Rowing; SUPaddle Boarding; Track Cycling;  Walking Football; Walking Orienteering; White Water Rafting; 

 Contact for this group is Jeff Peters 01949 875406 or jeffpeters@virginmedia.com  


Italian Conversation: This is a new group starting on October 5th 2018. It is really for beginners but anyone who wants to do a 'refresher' is very welcome. We will meet in Old church House on Friday 2-3pm

Knitting:
  
Meets on the 4th Monday at 10.30am at the home of Helen Rose.  The group are knitting squares for baby blankets but you can bring along your own project.  Contact Iris on 01949 839298

Mobility and Movement: This group meets weekly on Friday at 10-11 am 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.


Poetry Group:
 This group is 'resting' at the moment and looking for a new leader/co-ordinator. Please contact Ann Keen, Group Co-ordinator, if you would be willing to lead this group.



Popular Music Group: The idea of this group is to attend live music events together.  Any genre of music could be covered: jazz, folk, rock, blues etc. Contact John Lewis to show your interest: 01949 831530, 07428 418777, mail@john-lewis.net.
On the 28th September there is going to be another Poacherline Music Train. This one is to celebrate the BBC Music Day,  and the train is once more bound for Bateman’s brewery.Musical entertainment on board and at the brewery will be supplied by the 5 piece country, blues and ragtime band Itchy Fingers.Proceedings will commence as usual from Bingham station at 6.05 pm, and promise to be as raucous as before.


Real Ale Group:
Only started at the end of 2016. The idea is that there will be visits to Breweries to see beer making as well as tasting. Contact John Lewis 01949 831530 to find out dates of trips organised for 2017
Recorder Meeting on first & third Friday mornings 10.30-11.30am in the smallest room at 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 

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

Singing for Fun - now known as The Autumn Leaves: Meetings on 1st & 3rd Thursdays in Church House 2-3pm. 
This is a well established group but would appreciate a few more members to sing the bass and tenor parts

Sunday Lunches: Group 1 meets on the first Sunday of each month and Group 2 has now changed from the second to the third Sunday. Both are full at the moment.

Table Tennis:
  We play for fun and exercise rather than competitively! 
We meet at Toothill at 4pm on 2nd & 4th Thursdays.
Contact Lynne Barnett for more details 01949 875151 and to get put on the email list to keep up to date with the new arrangements.

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




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 01949 837697. Meet 9.30am outside Church House for a car share.
Second Wednesday Walking Group - this group is for longer walks - 6-10miles . The group meets at Church House at 9am on the 2nd Wednesday of the month to share cars. Group Contact Esme Smith on 875148.
Walks planned for 2018:
June 13th: Chatsworth 9miles
July 11: Wirksworth/High Peak Trail 8-9 miles
Aug 8: Louth  8.5 miles
Sept 12: Welbeck Estate 8.5 miles
Oct 10: Queniborough 8.75 miles
Nov 14: Old/New Clipstone 8 miles
Dec 12: Grantham Town Walk - Morning walk followed by lunch.
              Travel by train - more details nearer the time
Jan 9 2019: Planning Meeting

Fourth Wednesday Walking Group -  This established group meets on the 4th Wednesday of the month.  The contact is Richard Barnett. The group size is limited by the size of lunch venue but please contact Richard to book your place.

Wi
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 member's homes the size of the group is limited but please contact Lynne 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.  The group co-ordinator is Lynne Barnett (01949 875151)

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.
Some of the performances we have seen include:
  • SUNNY AFTERNOON
  • DIRTY DANCING
  • THE BODYGUARD
  • EDWARDS SCISSORHANDS - Matthew Bourne's Ballet
  • THE FULL MONTY
  • THE GREAT GATSBY (Northern Ballet)
  • CALAMITY JANE
  • TOP HAT
  • RIVERDANCE
  • ONE MAN TWO GUVNORS
Lunch before the shows can be arranged.
Contact for this group is Jackie Hutton 01949 838140.

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