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Welcome to the Group news page, here we hope to keep you up to date with the latest news from your groups.

If you have news or photographs of your groups why not put them here? Below is news of the groups to date. 


Group Leader Meeting,

Monday  18th February 2pm at Teversal Visitors' Centre.

A chance for group leaders and those wanting to find out more about it to get together over a drink and snack. Find out the essentials , discuss the future and share ideas and experience. All welcome.

For more information Contact Avril on 01623 455696.

 Walking Group Monday 7th Jan 2019 walk.
Organized, and controlled throughout by Mark. The walk circumnavigating the lake at Clumber Park, 7.2 km, and included a coffee break half way around.  Sausage rolls and mince pies  were brought along.
Altogether a well organized and enjoyable day out, and what better way to finish, a pint and meal at the pub in Edwinstowe.





Looks like a good spread of both food and members at the Xmas party.







Only one photo for this, the excitement got a bit much for them.

At least they kept their shirts.!! (I think)



Our first visit to Felley Priory tea rooms was a very enjoyable experience.

The tables looked lovely and the sandwiches, scones and cakes were very good indeed.

Little extra’s, like fresh salad to dress the assorted sandwiches, with bowls of crisps, coleslaw, chutney, mayonnaise and dressing to accompany them.

The scones were presented with fresh strawberries and plenty of cream and jam in individual pots.

The cakes were also presented with fresh orange slices (twisted) and strawberry and kiwi pieces to decorate the plate.

All this with plenty of tea and coffee, served by very friendly staff.

The venue does not have a drinks licence but they are happy to supply glasses on request. One of the photo’s shows the outside seating area, which also has an undercover section.

This will certainly be a return visit for us.




Afternoon Tea Group.

Here we are enjoying ourselves at the “Corinthian Restaurant” in Nottingham.

We can certainly recommend this venue .

There was a generous selection of sandwiches, freshly made scones, a selection of small cakes, a delicious Posset and came with a pot of tea or cafetiere of coffee each.

All this and white linen and china too. 10/10



Walking Group Monday 1st October. 

Mondays walk at Langwith - Whaley Thorns.
Eight u3a members were guided through the park and along the Archaeological Way by Dave Evans, guide, based at the Heritage  Centre.




A pleasant walk around Wollaton Hall Park in the warm summer sun.

Looks like it was too much for 2 old deer though!!




International Dining Group – 4th October, 2018


A great meal at ANYAS Polish Restaurant, Sherwood.


 International Dining Group – 18th September, 2018

Ciao Bella, Mansfield



 International Dining Group – 18th July 2018

YAMAS Restaurant, Nottingham.                              Tapas menu                         

Great evening, well organized - our thanks to Ann Bulmer





 We certainly enjoyed the evening!        


Ann asks Terry, - "Are you sure these  are not forgeries?"


Drama Group.

Thanks to all  who supported the Variety Show on 13th July.

Feedback was good. An enjoyable afternoon.

Avril & Peter 


Tuesday January 8th at 9.30am at the S80 Coffee House, 2, Mansfield Road, Cresswell.

S80 4AA 

 Please confirm attendance to Ashley on 01623 460213

Tuesday  February 12th. 10am at the Watermill for breakfast.

Please confirm attendance with Stuart on 01623 559133 









Monday 21st January

Santa Montefiore


Muriel Spark



Monday 18th February

Rachel Joyce


Graham Greene



Monday 18th March

Elizabeth Chadwick


Penelope Fitzgerald


You don’t need to have read a book for your first visit.  New members are very welcome to join us.


Contact: Elaine Havercroft on 01623 558299 or email





 Monday 21st January

Santa Montefiore 

 Monday 18th February

 Rachel Joyce

The Indoors Bowls Club continues to play indoors on The 4th Friday March and the 2nd Friday of April. From the 4th Friday in April the Group hopes to play on the Green outside situated next to the Club House on Unwin Road, Sutton in Ashfield.
Weather permitting the Group will play outdoors 1-3pm in the Summer months.
Cost is £1 to Pretty Polly Bowls Club plus 50p for tea, coffee and biscuits during the break at 2pm. 
Flat shoes are essential for this game. We look forward to seeing new members as well as previous players.
Please contact
June 07976 637601 or Elaine 07486 537421 for any further information.

Beginners Bridge.

We get together at the Fox & Crown, Sutton-in-Ashfield, on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays in each month, 10am to 12am to learn the basics of playing Bridge. New starters welcome. The next few meetings are on the 22nd August and 12th September.

Contact for this group is John on 01623 439803 or John.Barsby@ntlworld.com.

 Weekly Group Meetings

 Drama Group:  Mondays, 4.00pm,    at Teversal Visitor Centre.     Contact Peter  Dowdle on 01623 455696 

 Table Tennis Group: Table Tennis will resume on January 15th.

Cost £2. Contact -  Avril  Dowdle  on  01623 455696 or Mobile: 07946 08637

 Snooker: - Wednesday 2.00pm Triple S, Mansfield Rd, Skegby NG17 3ED   

                      Contact: Bernard Jeffries 07747397350


Music Group - Wednesday 1.00pm  to 3.00pm – Polly Bowls

Bowls Club, Unwin Road, Sutton.(play, sing or listen) – come

 and have a go! £1/session  Contact Tom Staines 01623 770153

 Beadwork:- (Mondays) 

         This group is full. Contact Marilyn Jones on 01773 819155

 Kings Cards Group 


            Kings Cards starts on 1 October 2018 10am – 1.00 pm.

        Tin Hat, Chapel Road, Selston, Notts NG17 6BW

               Contact Richard Harrison on 01623 472493 or Mob. 07704525858


  Silver Cinema Group  (Tuesdays & Thursdays)

   Marilyn Jones the group leader will only attend the Tuesday 10.30am showing.

   (arrive in plenty of time for parking, refreshments, meet friends have a chat, then find a comfortable seat as the

    film starts promptly) at The  Odeon Cinema Mansfield, Mansfield Leisure Park,

     cost £3 each, with free coffee/Tea and biscuits

List of latest movies showing during January. See Winter Newsletter for further information.








First Man




Johnny English Strikes Again




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Johnny English Strikes Again




Johnny English Strikes Again



 Monthly Group Meetings

Walking Group. (1st Monday)
4th February we will meet at 10am in the car park of the Carnarvon Inn, Fackley Road, Teversal, Sutton-in-Ashfield, NG17 3JA for a 4 mile walk along the trails and back to the Carnarvon for lunch.

Contact David Swain 01623 441206 or 07950 7655

Strollers Group. (3rd Tuesday)

 Join us on a stroll around local areas. Please dress appropriately for the weather – especially footwear.

 Contact for this  is Lynne on 01623 439803 or mobile 07988848214.

Ten Pin Bowling (1st Friday) Mansfield Super Bowl, NG18 1LG, cost £8.00/ £5.50 for Superbowl Members; you get 2 games and shoe hire included.                                       

1st Contact: Pat 01623 552077

 Jiggle & Giggle Group  
 Jiggle and Giggle will be resting for the summer but  a new 6 week course will start later in the year.
 WATCH THIS SPACE The group will be meeting at the Teversal Visitors Centre.  

                      For more information contact   Polly Swift-Brown on 01623 614255

Indoor Bowls (2nd and 4th Friday)

Polly Bowls Club - weather permitting, on the Green next to the Club House on Unwin Road - Cost to Pretty Polly Bowls Club is £1 per player and 50p for tea, coffee and biscuits in the break . The group gathers at 1pm and leaves at 3pm including a break at 2pm for refreshments. We welcome all new members as well as previous players. Please contact Elaine Woods  07486537421 or June Hall  07976637601 for any further information.

Polly Bowls Club address – 10 Unwin Road Sutton in Ashfield NG17 4HN

Table Tennis

 This will resume on Tuesday Sept 18th , 2pm at Lammas Leisure Centre

 Craft (1st 2nd & 5th Wednesdays) 10.00am Teversal Visitor Centre.

For the Summer  will be continuing our project of making Twiddlemuffs  for dementia sufferers. To make these Twiddlemuffs, we are appealing for knitting wool, and interesting items to attach e.g. buttons, zips, large press studs, old key rings, tassels, bows.... anything that holds attention. We also will carry on working on some beadwork and revisiting earlier crafts for new members Bargello and Kumihimo. 

One of the crafts I would like to introduce is mosaics. I am appealing for colourful old/broken tiles, ceramics, pottery, glass etc.

Contact Marilyn Jones on 01773 819155.

 Calligraphy for Beginners (3rd & 4th Thursdays)10.00am, at Marilyn’s house.

This Group is Full.

           Phone Marilyn Jones for details on 01773 819155

 Art (3rd Wednesday) 

At the Teversal Visitor's Centre, 10.30 - 12.30. New members are welcome! For details of the next meeting please contact Janet Perry on 01623 443294

 Beginners Bridge (2nd & 4th Wednesdays) 10.00am  

We get together at the Fox & Crown, Sutton-in-Ashfield, on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays in each month, 10am to 12am to learn the basics of playing Bridge. New starters welcome. The next meetings are on the 14th and 28th November.

Contact for this group is John on 01623 439803 or John.Barsby@ntlworld.com.

Board Games (4th Wednesday) Next meeting 23rd January, at 10.00am at                                         

Teversal Visitor centre.

Come along and challenge those brain cells. Contact: Jenny. 01623 441402

 Grumpy Old Men (2nd Tuesday)                                        

Tuesday January 9th at 9.30am  S80 Coffee House, 2, Mansfield Road, Cresswell, S80 4AA.

Contact Ashley on 01623 460213 or  Mark on 01623 647491

Tuesday  February 12th. 10am at the Watermill for breakfast.

Please confirm attendance with Stuart on 01623 559133  

  Singles Sunday Lunch 4th Sunday. Check monthly supplement for venue and time.

  Contact Jean Griffin for details on 07446 405301  

Book Club.  (3rd Monday)

Date of next meeting Monday 21st January 2.00pm

New members most welcome, you don’t need to have read a book for your first visit.  Please come along and give it a whirl.

Contact: Elaine Havercroft on 01623 558299 or email



International Dining. 

Jan 30th:- Burns Night at West Notts College Refined Restaurant . Contact Ann Bulmer

Feb 20th- Mango Leaf Indian Restaurant, Outram Street, Sutton. Contact Avril Dowdle

March 13th- Le Mistral, French Restaurant, Nottingham. Contact David Swain.

April (date to be confirmed) Ciao Bella Italian Restaurant, Mansfield. Contact Joan Webster.

May (date to be confirmed) Gurkha Restaurant, Mansfield. Contact Terry Hardman.


Ladies Fun Group. Awaiting a Volunteer to lead.

Contact Avril Dowdle 01623 455696 or Mobile: 07946 086374

 Practical Philosophy (3rd Wednesday & Thursday) 

Contact for this group is John on 01623 439803 or John.Barsby@ntlworld.com.

 Fish Friday.  (3rd Friday)  

Contact for this group is Lynne on 01623 439803 or mobile 07988848214.

 Luncheon Group. (4th Tuesday)
        Next meeting for the luncheon group is on Tuesday 26 February,
        at  12.15 for 12.30.   The  Pheasant Inn,                              

                Chesterfield Rd South, Mansfield NG19 7AP.

              Contact Mark or Nadine Hollingworth on 01623 647491


Afternoon Tea Group  (4th Thursday)

This group is now having a break until April when we will start as usual.

Contact Sue on 01623 628745. 

Discussion Group (4th Thursday)
For forthcoming dates - Contact Jan Pattenden 01623 475885  
 Elvis Film Group.   (1st Thursday)

This group has been suspended until further notice.

Contact for this group is Lynne on 01623 439803 or mobile 07988848214.


North Notts. Network Groups

Tai Chi: - Wednesdays, 1.30pm Willets Court Community Centre.

Contact Avril 01623 455696

Singing for Fun: - Carole from Ashfield U3A will be looking for new members for her group, if you are interested call Carole on 01773-777071

Penque: - every Tuesday at Carr Bank Park Mansfield 2pm

Contact Paul from Sherwood U3A for details


Living Memory: - Wednesday 2.00pm - 3.30pm weekly at Teversal Scout Hut. Cost £2.

For details and availability, contact Pam 01623 558700



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