Group News

GROUPS COORDINATOR Steffi Spooner. Please contact Steffi by using the messaging link on the CONTACT page



Restrictions that may be required include face coverings, hand sanitiser, social distancing or ventilation of venue. National Office U3A have also advised that a member can be asked to choose from the options of proof of a "double jab" or proof of a recent (within 48 hours) negative Covid 19 test as a condition of access to a group.


Toftwood village hall has Vacancies for Groups, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Please E mail for more information :

26th April 2022

Sadly the Wildlife group has closed. Our thanks to Maxie for running it
for so long. it is such a shame that no-one has come forward to
continue this group. If anyone could act as convenor for a similar
group please contact Steffi Spooner the Groups coordinator from the CONTACT page of the website.

It is with much regret that we heard of the death of Ken Ellis who ran
the French Conversation group. Condolences to his family and to the
group members who must have worked with him for a long time.

Barbara Steward has now kindly agreed to be the Group Convenor. Many thanks Barbara.

22nd April 2022

The Art Group has arranged a number of artistic U3A members to lead a session on different art and craft techniques. Our first session is being lead by Henry Johnson who assures us that anyone and everyone can draw and will guide us on pencil and paper drawing skills. This will happen on 4th May, 1.30 to 3.30pm at the Trinity Church Hall on Theatre Street in Dereham. You will need to bring a selection of different pencils from HB to 4B and some drawing paper. The session costs £5 to help cover the cost of hiring the hall. Tea and coffee will be available.

Please e-mail me if you are interested in having some fun trying out some techniques geared for both beginners and the more competent at to book a place, as space is limited.

Best wishes,

Barbara Steward,

Convenor, Art Group


18th March 2022


A Windows 10 Laptop, Digital projector and Gazebo are available to Groups on short term loan subject to availability. The Digital projector can project images via a USB stick without requiring connection to a Laptop.

Groups are responsible for the collection and return of any equipment borrowed.

Please contact Dave Terry or Barry Home :

Dave :

Barry :

24th January 2022

LOCAL HISTORY GROUP NOW HAS VACANCIES. Please go to their group page and contact Lynette via the "Blue Bird" e mail link.

6th October 2021


Long Walks have had to limit their numbers and will not be taking
anyone else at present. It would be good if someone could begin a
walking group that went more than 5 miles and up to say 7/8 miles as per
the group's preference! If this group could operate on a different day
from the Ramblers it would offer members more choice. If you would like
to start a new group, or join one would you contact Steffi Spooner,
Group Co-ordinator via the CONTACT page on the website.

If you wish to join a group, even if full, please contact the group convenor to go on a waiting list, by using the "Bluebird" link on the groups website page. Waiting lists will be established in the expectation that a new group can be formed.

Please come forward and consider starting a new parallel group if the one you are interested in is currently full.

The group leaders of the present groups would help! Of course, completely new groups are also welcome, just contact the Group co-ordinator through the CONTACT page of the Dereham U3A website.

Finally, in the loft are our "Memory Books" books, sadly neglected! They need someone to take them home and resume recording the highlights of our U3A in these “Memory Books”. There must be one artistic soul in our huge membership who would be willing to undertake this task!

Stephie Spooner.