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Due to the popularity of the Scrabble group we are introducing a second **NEW** Scrabble group (Scrabble 2) on February 28th.  This will be from 2 – 4 at Rutland Cottage, Heanor Road. 

Please contact Margeret Cuttell for more details (see Scrabble 2 in Interest Groups for Margeret’s contact information). 

All are welcome.




***Due to Covid the Arena is currently closed.  Therefore January’s main meeting has been cancelled***

It is hoped that February’s meeting will go ahead as planned


Hand Bells

We are trying to start up the Hand Bell Group again in the New Year.

Sheila Croucher has kindly offered to host our sessions as we are unable to find an affordable alternative venue for such a small group.  We hold our practice session on the second and fourth Friday afternoons of the month.  Anyone who is interested in music and would like to try bell ringing (you don’t necessarily need to be able to read music) and would like to join us, you would be made most welcome.

For further information If you are interested in joining this group please contact Margeret Cuttell on 01159384794.


Currently our monthly main meetings are being held as informal meetings

Join us for tea/coffee + a biscuit and a chat

together with a fascinating talk by one of our members


We now have our very own facebook group which you can find here


15 March 2020 The following is an announcement from our Chair, Ann Riley:

To all Group Leaders,

I have just received this email from the admin department of the Derbyshire Fire Service regarding the Community Room at Ilkeston Fire Station.

I appreciate there are some Group Leaders who do not use this facility but feel it necessary to keep all Group Leaders informed of the current situation.

If you use the Community Room for your activities please inform all of your Members of the closure as soon as possible.

As per the request, I have acknowledged receipt of this email on behalf of Ilkeston u3a, therefore can all Group Leaders who use this facility,

Please acknowledge me or a Member of the Committee when you have informed your Group Members.

I have been in touch with other venues Thursday/Friday of last week but I will contact again tomorrow to get the latest position and contact you of any future developments.

To the Group Leaders and Members who use their own homes, and although these are my personal feelings  (I will be speaking to the Committee members tomorrow) I feel you should now start to consider whether you need to cancel your meetings for your own and families well being.

National Office have not sent any further relevant information to date regarding the current situation.


Interest Groups’ Fair, Tuesday October 4th  (The Interest Groups’ Fair for 2019 will be on Tuesday October 1st)

Were you at our Interest Groups Fair and Open Meeting?  The place was BUZZING.

Here are a few photos kindly sent in by Philip Francomb

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