Group news

SINGING - ALL MEMBERS A date for your diary: Singing Workshop
We have invited Natasha Hood to come and lead another Singing workshop for us after a most enjoyable session last year. We have booked Trinity Methodist Church Hall again;
April 3rd from 2.00pm ‘til 3.30pm. Please bring your own refreshments

CHANGE OF NAME The Church Group will be known, henceforth, as the Local Church Visits Group. This to avoid confusion with the Medieval Catholic Church History Group.


The Kurling group is starting 2020 with 28 players and everything to play for. After a wonderful start back in October we have gained a few new members and lost a couple along the way. Although the group is now full, we are very happy to put names onto a waiting list and contact will be made as soon as we have space.

We have been running a regular Kurling competition to win a takeaway trophy which is prized away from the winners the next time we meet unless they win again. 2019 winners have been Moira Stimpson, Yvonne Hunt, Margaret Dove, Michael Griffin and finishing with Terry Hunt winning the trophy with the highest score recorded. Well done everyone who took part and there's always next time.

We finished 2019 with a Kristmas Kurling Kompetition at the Toftwood Village Hall with prizes going to 1st and 2nd places. Competition was fierce and tactics even fiercer. Stones were thrown (and possibly the odd tantrum) but in the end Lesley and Michael Griffin were the happy nay ecstatic recipients of the top prize coupled with the glory of winning against tough competition. Moira and Brian were worthy 2nd place winners and we hope to run more competitions as the year progresses to keep things interesting . . . . .

MEDIEVAL CATHOLIC CHURCH HISTORY See link to Spring 2020 programme on this page.
Do come and join us for four more really interesting talks in Church House, Dereham, starting in March, 2020. See the programme on the link.

A talk in January: open to all

The Churches Group have invited Nicholas Groves to come and talk on Tuesday January 14th at 2.00pm at Trinity Methodist Church in Theatre Street. His talk is entitled:

A Beacon in the Dark: chapels and meeting-houses of Norwich

Nick says: Besides its wealth of mediæval churches, Norwich has an equal number of other places of worship. Some, like the Octagon Chapel and the Old Meeting House, are very well-known, others less so - and many have long since vanished. They have had members of prominent Norwich families as members - Jewson, Colman, Martineau. This talk will look at the great variety of them, and also try to give some idea of the place they have played in the city's life.
Nick is the Director of the centre for Parish Church Studies; Education Officer of Norwich Historic Churches Trust leading church historian. He gave us an interesting talk in January 2017 about the Post-Reformation English Parish Church.


Following a really successful first meeting another get-together has been arranged for Thursday, 30th January, 2 – 4pm, at Toftwood Village Hall, 47 Shipdham Road. There is parking in front of the building.
All U3A members are welcome and the fee is £2 including refreshments.
At this meeting we will spend some time working on voice projection and articulation; discuss options for a performance (for those interested!); listen to some individual readings and of course enjoy some games and activities.
Just turn up on the day or contact me via the Drama group webpage, phone me or just accost me in the street.
Russell Baylin, Group convenor, Phone 691843

The Dereham U3A Ukulele Group entertained at the Memorial hall in November. Who does not smile when he hears a Uke band in action?


Hi everyone, great news........we have a new convenor!
Ann Easton has volunteered to take over the role and she will be supported by Irene Lonsdale, so the games will go on!

It's Ann's intention that the get-togethers will carry on as before, meeting on the last Wednesday of the month, 1:30 - 4pm at the Baptist Church and as we don't meet in December the next one will be 29th January.

Thank you Ann and Irene,

See the link on the top right hand side of this page.

PROPOSALS AND IDEAS FOR NEW GROUPS Ideas for new groups are always welcome and will keep our U3A alive.


1.PETANQUE:- I have made preliminary enquirers and would be able to have the use of a ready made terrain next to a village hall( approximately 20 minutes from Dereham).
Ideally to start when the weather picks up around the beginning of April.

2. INDOOR BOWLS:- I have approached a local indoor club and have tentatively asked wether there is any availability for a U3a group to use the facilities.Before I get to involved I would like to see if there are any Expressions of interest?

3. CURRY NIGHTS ...a social evening exploring the Indian Restaurants of Dereham and the surrounding areas. First thoughts would be a once a month event maybe alternating with another cuisine I.e Chinese,Italian etc.

4. INDOOR ARCHERY Would anyone be interested in an afternoon of indoor Archery?(as a one off) I have been in contact with Andy Beer a registered Archery coach who provides all the equipment needed and would come to us at a local venue.He runs these afternoons for up to 16 people for £5 per hour and they usually run for two hours,so the cost would be £10 plus a contribution to the venue cost,approximately £1-2 depending on numbers.So if you fancy this,all budding Robin Hoods can contact me.

If you are interested in any of these activities please contact Mark Akehurst on
or by phone on 074957 724099

CHESS – At Longham. Times and frequency to be decided. Contact Vivian Singh 01362 687382

SNOOKER Up and running – 10 am fortnightly on 2nd and 4th Monday. Start 11th November. Contact Phyliss Tait on 01362 668237 or

Several members have expressed an interest in joining a line dancing group so we are holding sessions for absolute beginners and above on the 4th Tuesday of each month at the Wellspring Centre at 2.00pm until 3.00pm at a cost of £2.00 per session.
First session 26th November#. Come along for some fun and fitness! Val Warner, Tel 01362 694124 or Janet Archer, 01603871497

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