Interest Group contacts and activities

Come and join any of thirty seven Interest Groups, details of which can be found below. Bingham u3a members can join any number of groups for free (as long as there is room!). Visitors are welcome to come along once or twice and pay a £1 visitors fee.

If you have ideas for a new group or want to set up a new group, please contact the Group Co-ordinator, Veronica Perry, 01949 875231, .

This worksheet (reproduced at the bottom) lists the currently active Interest Groups and associated contact details.

Up-to-date information on the dates of meetings and other group news can be found in the current Newsletter or by contacting the Group Leaders.

Ambling 1 - meets every Monday at 10.30am by Old Church House..

Ambling 2 - This group meets fortnightly on Tuesdays in the main Bingham car park at 1pm. Further details - see Newsletter

Board Games Group - meets at the Bowls Club at 7pm on the second Monday of the month from Oct to April

Book Club will meet in the Library at 14:00 every 4th Tuesday

Bridge Group - meets at the Bowls Club on alternate Thursday mornings from 10.00 to 12.00, starting on January 27th 2022. Sessions commence with a brief bit of tuition, followed by play of hands with advice from experienced players

Card School Group - meets on alternate Thursday mornings from 10.00 to 12.00 at 6 Church Close, NG13 8DU. Contact leader for further details

Cinema Group - The group meets at the White Lion at 2 pm on the first Monday of the month (excl Bank Holidays). We usually suggest a film or two for the following month, but it doesn´t matter if you haven´t been able to get to any. Come anyway and join a lively discussion on a wide range of topics about film, film adaptation or occasionally TV programmes.

Croquet - This is a fair weather activity and takes place in the summer months on fortnightly on Thursdays at Butt Field. We have had an enjoyable and successful summer and look forward to the new season starting in May 2022.

Cycling - We have a shorter 10 to 15 mile ride on the second Thursday of each month and a longer one of over 20 miles on the fourth Tuesday. Rides start at 10.30 am from The Buttercross in the Market Place.

Explorer Group - This group arranges visits to places of interest. Unlike the travel group, transport is not organised but car share can be arranged. We've previously visited:

  • 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.

And this year we had planned:

  • March: Newark Air Museum

  • April: Woolsthorpe Manor

  • June: Hanwell Wine Estate

More are planned and we hope to visit:

  • Space Centre; Sherwood Forest; Gliding; Patchings Art Centre;

  • Japanese Garden at North Clifton; Aeropark at East Midlands Airport.

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

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 and 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 become '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.

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.

History - meet on Wednesdays at 14:00 at Old Church House.

'I'd Like to Have a Go At That' Group - The aim of this 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.

During 2019, we 'Had a Go' at Badminton, Basket Weaving, Drumming, Escape Room, Foot Golf, Go Ape, Off-Road Driving, Segway, Bowls, Crazy Golf and Walking Orienteering.

Activity list (so far!): Archery (April 16); Board Games (now an interest group); Boules/Petanque ( now a summer time interest group) ; Bowling (10 pin) (Feb 17); Bowls; Clay Pigeon Shooting (April 16); Crazy Golf (Jan 16); Croquet (June 16) now an Interest Group; Darts (Sept 16); Dinghy Sailing (Summer 16); Gliding (July 16); Go Karting (2017); Ice Skating (Dec 18); 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; Indoor Climbing; Parachuting; Rowing; SUPaddle Boarding; Track Cycling; Walking Football; Walking Orienteering; White Water Rafting.

Mobility and Movement - This group meets weekly on Friday at 10am in the hall at the Methodist Centre.

Petanque - We meet on the first and third Friday of the month at Radliffe Grange Hall petanque pitch, starting in June 2021.

Popular Music Group - The idea of this group is to attend live music together. Any genre of music could be covered: jazz, folk, rock, blues etc. We have recently been on the Poacherline Music Train, organised by Bateman’s brewery. There is musical entertainment on board and ale for sale! Proceedings commence from Bingham station and a lively night is usually had by all!

Real Ale & Cider Group - The idea is that there will be visits to Breweries to see beer making as well as tasting.

Recorder Meeting - On first and third Friday mornings 10.30-11.30am in the smallest room at Old 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.

Spanish Group - Meetings are held fortnightly on Wednesdays from 1pm to 2pm in the Old Courthouse. The group has made some progress and so unfortunately is no longer open to complete beginners.

STEM Group - This interest group started in January 2020 and covers Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Two topics have been covered so far: The rise and fall of coal ; The fall and rise of renewable energy. Face-to-face meetings will restart soon to discuss another topic relating to your carbon footprint: Home heating, transport and food. All the material for the three topics covered and some updates can be found on the STEM blog here.

The sessions take place at 11.00 am in Room 2 of the Bingham Methodist Centre on the last Thursday of each month.

Table Tennis - We play for fun and exercise rather than competitively! We meet at Toothill Leisure Centre 4pm to 5pm on 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month (to be confirmed).

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. Jackie has a table at the monthly meeting where you can book tickets or pay your dues.

We generally meet for lunch or dinner before the shows.

Walking Groups

The First Wednesday Walking Group meets on the first Wednesday of the month for a medium length, 5-6 mile walk, followed by a pub lunch. Meet 10am outside Old Church House for a car share.

The Second Wednesday Walking Group is for longer walks, around 6-10 miles . The group meets at Old Church House at 9am on the second Wednesday of the month to share cars.

The Fourth Wednesday Walking Group meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month. The group size is limited by the size of lunch venue but please contact John or Glyn to book your place.

Welsh - meets Mondays at 14:00 in Bingham Library

Wine 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 members' homes the size of the group is limited. We would be happy to offer advice and assistance to anyone wishing to set up a second group.

Writing Group - This group meets monthly, usually on a Friday to share members’ writings, often following an agreed theme. The atmosphere is relaxed, helpful and non-judgemental with the aim of helping participants to improve their writing skills and to enjoy writing. No previous experience is necessary, just the desire to write in whatever form.

Please note that there is a reciprocal arrangement with the Vale of Belvoir (Bottesford) u3a. Members of Bingham u3a can join two interest groups offered by the Vale of Belvoir (Bottesford) u3a and vice versa.

Their list of groups can be found from the Documents page of this website.

See below for a list of current Interest Groups and contact details.