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New Interest Groups

New Interest Groups
Although we have about 40 interest groups we are always looking for people to set up and lead new groups.  If the subject you are interested in is not available - what about setting up your own group?

  • You do not have to be an expert to lead a group and help and advice is always available. 
  •  Please contact Lindsay Evett, Group Co-ordinator, on 01949 851115 to discuss any ideas you have.

Running a Group involves the following:
  • Keeping details of the regular members so that they can be contacted
  • Taking enquiries and giving information to any U3A member that wants to join the group
  • Setting up dates and venues and maybe refreshments or delegating these duties!
  • Occasionally attend a meeting of Group Leaders
  • Send information/reports to the website and Newsletter as required
  • or you could just organise a rota to do all or some of the above!
New Groups 

Third Ambling Group - 'Shamblers'

Linda Molineaux is trying to set up a new Ambling Group to be known as 'Shamblers' .

It will run on alternate Thursdays with a walk lasting about 1 hour, with breaks for a rest and a catch-up and finishing up at a pub or cafe or somewhere to eat a packed lunch.

 The object is to combine leisurely walks of varied duration which cater for all capabilities, with companionship and fun.  You can contact Linda on, 01949 21060 or by text on 07855 762775

Linda would welcome suggestions of venues and places for walks as well as help to run walks occasionally when she is not available.

 Badminton - another regular group that has evolved from an 'I'd like to Have a Go' session. Tracy Kemp is now running this group on Fridays fortnightly at the Leisure Centre 5-6pm.  Contact Tracy on 01949 851435

Guitar Group - this is an exciting brand new group which started in March 2019 and is still finding its feet.  Theresa Noakes is running the group and has had a couple of meetings at her home but is looking for a more permanent venue.  The group is not limited to guitar players - ukes, banjos, drums, recorders etc are welcome as well as singers. Contact Theresa on: 07712 273426

Computer Help Group - Rob Callum is willing to run an IT Help Group - please get in touch with him if you feel you could benefit from some help with using a PC or laptop.  Rob is just collecting feedback at the moment to find out what people want from a group like this. Contact Rob on 07885 441949

Craft Group

Beryl Kemp is interested in starting a Craft Group so please get in touch with her with ideas or to show your interest
Beryl Kemp 01949 839728

Italian for Beginners  This group has been set up to help us learn a little Italian for use on trips and holidays. This group will resume in February. We are working through the Buongiorno Italia with John Lewis at the helm. The group meets on Fridays 2-3pm in Old Church House. You are also welcome to come along if you need to brush up on Italian you learnt a while ago.

Photography Group A new photography group is now up and running - meeting on the 1st Friday of the month in Room 2 of the Methodist Centre 11-12am. It doesn't matter what equipment you use. Only enthusiasm is required!
Please contact Simon on 07714 706114 or email

Short Courses
Following the success of the short courses we have already run 
(History of the Workhouse, Brian Health and Climate Change) we are hoping to run more of these.
Please contact Lindsay Evett if you might be willing to run one or have any suggestions for a course you would like to see offered. Lindsay Evett: 01949 851115, 

Suggestions for New Groups looking for leaders:

We have also had the following suggestions for groups but we need members who are willing to share their expertise:

  • Country &/or square dancing
  • Countryside and Nature
  • Embroidery 
  • Fine Dining
  • Walking Netball
  • Craft Group
  • Poetry 
  • Play Reading 
  • Science
  • Italian
Could you help with any of these - or do you have any other suggestions??

Success Stories
Groups which started in 2017/18: 

Petanque/Boules: The I'd Like to Have a Go group tried petanque at the sports field at Burton Joyce and enjoyed it so last year Beryl found that we could play in the garden at Grange Hall in Radcliffe and so a group was formed.  It only meets during the summer but was very popular this year so get in touch with Beryl to be sent information when the season starts again in spring 2019

Croquet: Another group spawned by the I'd Like To Have a Go Group. Trish Tilley took on Rushcliffe Council and managed to persuade them to mow a lawn for us down at Butt Field.  This group ran for the second year in 2018 and is looking forward to starting again in Spring 2019.

French for Beginners has now become French for Improvers
This group is run by French-Canadian Joanne Collie and meets on the Second & Fourth Tuesdays at 10am in the Old Court House. You will need to have some knowledge of French if you want to join now.
Contact Joanne on or 
Board Games Group
Following on from the success of the two Board Games sessions organised through the 'I'd like to have a go at that' Group this has become a regular group, meeting on the first Monday monthly (at least through the winter months) at 7pm in the Bowls Club.

If you would be willing to organise this group please contact  Jeff Peters on 01949 875406 or at

We ran another 'Have a Go at Mahjong' session on Monday 18th March. This could become a regular group if there is enough interest. Although Rosie does not want to commit to running a regular group shoe would be happy to help anyone get one started.
Contact Rosie Garner if you are interested
01949 838333