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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
  • 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 

Short Courses
Following the success of the short courses we have already run 
(History of the Workhouse 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, lindsay.evett@outlook.com 

The next short course is Supporting Brain Health for the over 50s. The course will cover the main aspects of nutrition, physical activity, cognitively engaging activities, social engagement and sleep, that support brain health. 
The course consists of four one hour weekly seminars with time for questions and discussion; Thursday mornings 11-12, October 11th, 18th, 25th, and 1st November. Seminars will be held in room 1 of the Methodist Centre, and there will be a small charge to cover expenses (£1.30 per session). Please email Lindsay Evett  at Lindsay.evett@outlook.com if you wish to attend. 
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 simon.lr@btopenworld.com

Suggestions for New Groups looking for leaders:

Ambling 3: Both Ambling groups 1 & 2 are getting very large - limited by the size of tearooms! So there is a need for someone to lead a third group.  It has been suggested that a Saturday or weekend Ambling Group might be popular. The leader will probably be more of a co-ordinator with group members taking turns to plan a walk (and tearoom).

IT for Beginners Group
A help group has now been established and we are hoping to run a short course on 'taking the fear out of facebook'
For IT help contact Rob & Kath Callum 07885 441949


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
  • Badminton
  • 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 jmacollie@googlemail.com 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 twice monthly (at least through the winter months). 
Sometimes the meetings are held at the Bowls Club and sometimes in Members houses.

If you would be willing to organise this group please contact  Jeff Peters on 01949 875406 or at
bingham.u3a.membership@gmail.com




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