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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!

Short Course

As an example, we recently enjoyed a three week mini-course 'The Rise and Fall of the Berlin Wall' to mark the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall on 9 November 1989 and its impact on communism in Eastern Europe. It was conducted by our very own Bingham U3A member and German Studies specialist, Professor Marianne Howarth, and illustrated  the path towards the Wall’s construction in August 1961, its impact on daily life in Berlin and East-West relationships, and the events leading to its unexpected and dramatic opening. Less than a year later came German reunification – and new challenges. We were privileged to have Marianne's knowledge and expertise in our midst and everyone attending appreciated finding out some more detail of a period which we all lived through. Thank you, Marianne.

New Groups 

An exciting new interest group is starting in January concerning STEM -  Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics presented by Dave Hobson
Latest Development March 2020:
Dave is intending to prepare a Google presentation, while the groups is suspended. This will be available to everyone on his mailing list on March 26th - please get in touch with Dave if you want to be included in this 

Following on from the excellent talks on climate change last year, the first session will start with a couple of presentations on aspects of your carbon footprint and the environment.

1.   'The Rise and Fall of Coal and the Fall and Rise of Renewable Energy' 
This is particularly relevant to our own former coal-mining area in what was once known as Megawatt Valley.

2.    'Home heating, transport and food' 
In these areas, technological advances will have less of an impact than changes in lifestyle.

We run the sessions at 11.00 am in Room 2 of the rooms at the Bingham Methodist Centre on the last Thursday of each month, starting in January 2020.  If you are interested in coming along and joining in, please contact Dave Hobson at or on 01949 836042.

Writing Group 
One of our members has just set up a new writing group. Gordon Wallace says:  "I have looked around for a group which might be interested in sharing members’ writings, creative or otherwise, but haven't been able to find one locally. I would like to start a group this autumn/winter and I'm looking for anyone interested in joining it. I only started writing myself about 18 months ago having never written any fiction since primary school, well over 60 years ago. Once I had some ideas I found it almost addictive. I profess no particular expertise but I'm happy to coordinate and facilitate the group. I would also add, no experience necessary! I anticipate that the group would probably meet monthly at venues to be mutually agreed. I am happy for the group to meet in my house which is in Scarrington or anywhere else suitable bearing in mind that I am disabled and access needs to be appropriate. If anyone would like to join this group please contact me at or on 07809 226285. I look forward to hearing from future writers."                  
Gordon Wallace

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 11-12 midday. 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, Brain Health, Climate Change and The Fall of the Berlin Wall) 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:

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

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
Could you help with any of these - or do you have any other suggestions??

Success Stories

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 after initially meeting at her home the group now gathers in the Horse & Plough pub.   The group is not limited to guitar players - ukuleles, banjos, drums, recorders etc are welcome as well as singers. Contact Theresa on: 07712 273426.