Clubs and Groups

UEA Retirement Association

Now that the COVID-19 lockdowns are hopefully coming to an end, the Association is gradually restarting its activities and events. The July 2021 issue of Renaissance will give information about when various groups are starting up again.

Monthly talks by visiting speakers, some from UEA, are held at the Costessey Centre, Longwater Lane, Norwich. Tea, coffee and biscuits follow the talks, providing time for meeting with former colleagues and friends.

Country walks are organized on a regular basis with a five-mile walk once a month and a shorter two and a half mile walk every two months. For most of the year the walks end at a pub for lunch but in summer a picnic is held in the middle of the walk.

Day trip coach outings are organized in the warmer months. Recent trips were a blue badge tour of Kings Lynn and a tour of Benjamin Britten's home at the Red House in Aldeburgh.

Holidays are organized with a walking holiday in the autumn and a half board hotel holiday in early summer. Recent walking holidays have been based in Monk Coniston in the Lake District and Freshwater Bay on the Isle of Wight. Recent early summer holidays have been in Eastbourne and Bourton-on-the-Water in the Cotswolds.

The Art Group and Knit and Natter Group meet at the UEA Pavilion in Colney Lane. These are hands on groups, the former working on their own art with encouragement by a local artist, and the latter working on their own knitting and needlework while nattering.

The Book Group meets monthly in the Pavilion to discuss the book of the month chosen from a ballot of members' suggestions.

The Film Group views a film at Cinema City in Norwich, and meets afterwards in the café.

Games afternoons are held monthly in the Pavilion including card and board games, with outdoor croquet in the summer.

The Garden Group has a meeting every two months. There are talks in the winter, visits to local gardens and member’s gardens in the summer. The last annual overnight visit was made to Beth Chatto Gardens near Colchester, the RHS Hyde Hall Gardens near Rettendon and The Place for Plants at East Bergholt.

The History Group meets occasionally at an historic building in Norwich or Norfolk usually with a guide. Recent events included a visit to the Dad’s Army Museum in Thetford and a guided tour of Norwich Cathedral and Close.

The Luncheon Group meets at different pubs and restaurants in Norwich and the surrounding area. Most recently under Covid-19 restrictions in the gardens of the Eagle in Newmarket Road and the Shoulder of Mutton at Strumpshaw.

The Music Group held private recitals by a flautist and two pianists. Group bookings have been made to concerts at St Andrew Hall and to Salle Church.

Art Group


The Art Group meets on the third Monday of the month (except Bank Holidays) at 2:00pm at the Colney Lane Pavilion. Refreshments will be provided, but please bring your own painting and drawing materials with you. Brenda Mace has kindly agreed to act as mentor to the group.

The Group will meet on the following dates:

17 February 2020

16 March 2020

20 April 2020

18 May 2020

15 June 2020

20 July 2020

Book Group


Informal meetings, lasting about one and a half hours, are normally held in the Colney Pavilion at 2pm on the second Monday of the month.

However, please note : Meetings are currently being held at 40 Brettingham Avenue Cringleford at 2pm while the Pavilion car park is closed.

Books to be discussed are listed below and all titles are available in paperback and from the library, some as downloads.

10 February 2020 -'Clock Dance' by Anne Tyler
9 March 2020 - 'The Stranger Diaries' by Elly Griffiths
6 April 2020 - 'The Spy and the Traitor' by Ben MacIntyre (Note change of date because of Easter)
11 May 2020 - 'The Alice Network' by Kate Quinn
8 June 2020 - Poetry
13 July 2020 - 'Machines Like Me' by Ian MacEwan

Anyone is welcome to come along and join us and to suggest titles for future sessions. There is no charge and tea, coffee and biscuits are served. For more information please contact Janet Havers ( or tel: 01603 759644).

Janet Havers

Film Group


This small, lively group meets once a month, on a Monday, at Cinema City. Whenever possible we go for a late morning/early afternoon screening to allow time afterwards for refreshments and to discuss the film before going our separate ways. New members are most welcome.
For more information please tel: 01603 743464 or email:

Evelyn Mould

Games Group


Croquet Session on Tuesday 27th July 2021

After missing last year, the croquet session returns this summer (government rules permitting). This event which is organised by Jeremy Kitchener will be held at Eaton Park starting at 2.00pm and finishing at 4.00pm. Balls and mallets will be provided, and the only requirement is that flat shoes or trainers are needed. The green is located near the boating pond and there will be a charge of £5.00 (which includes refreshments). 

There is ample parking and a room for storing coats as well as a loo facility. Numbers are limited, so it will be on a first come, first served basis.
If you want to come or require further information please contact Jeremy on 01603 610708 (or  email him at to book your place.    


Denis Brown

Garden Group


The visit to Hoveton Hall house and garden has been deferred to 2022 – but not forgotten!   However, something to look forward to for this summer is a visit to Dale Farm in Dereham, deferred from July 2020, and has been rearranged for 19 August 2021, starting at 2.00pm.  This is inevitably subject to progress against the roadmap and any restrictions in place at the time. Dale Farm is a delightful 2-acre garden with a large spring-fed pond and over 1000 plant varieties in exuberantly planted borders. Further information about Dale Farm is available on the NGS website. There are regular bus services from Norwich to Dereham Market Square, which is about 400 yds from the garden. This is a return visit for the Group, the previous enjoyable visit being in June 2015.

The cost is £7.50 a person, including tea and cake. If you would like to join this visit, please contact Pam at  Further details and payment arrangements will be provided closer to the visit.  We look forward to seeing you again!

The Garden Group is organised by a sub-group of five members.  We now have a vacancy and would very much like to hear from a willing volunteer to join us in taking on the role of organising the winter programme of talks.  For further information, please contact Pam at    


Pam Janacek

History Group


Thursday, 11 June 2020: Visit to Hoveton Hall House and Gardens, Hoveton, Norwich

To let you know that the Garden Group have arranged a private group tour of Hoveton Hall House and Gardens for the afternoon of Thursday 11 June. As the visit includes a guided tour of the Regency hall whose design is attributed to Humphry Repton and his son, this visit may be of interest to the History Group. Full details and booking arrangements may be found under the Garden Group.

Pam Janacek

Knit and Natter Group


We are a small group who appreciate the company, friendship and fellowship of meeting with like-minded people. We have people knitting a variety of pieces from garments and baby items through to novelty items and toys; tapestry making; felting; fresh lavender bags; Christmas decoration construction and beading/jewellery making. It is interesting to see what other people are doing and to help each other with our projects. Some of our group have been knitting items for charity which are delivered via the Norfolk Knitters and Stitchers to whom we are affiliated.

If anyone is interested in coming along (you don’t have to commit to every month) we meet at the Colney Pavilion, 2-4pm on the third Monday of the month.

The Group will meet on the following dates:

  • 17 February 2020
  • 16 March 2020
  • 20 April 2020
  • 18 May 2020
  • 15 June 2020
  • 20 July 2020

If anyone would like further info., please contact me

Mandy Holland

Luncheon Group


Thursday, 3 June: The Eagle, Newmarket Road, Norwich.
This lunch was advertised in the March Circular and all places are now taken.

Thursday, 8 July: The Shoulder of Mutton,  
Please meet at 12.00 at the pub. There is ample parking and the Firstbus 15A stops nearby.  If you would like to attend, please contact me ( or 01603 456465) by Thursday, 24 June.


John Johnson

Music Group


In addition to planned events, information about musical activities in Norwich is circulated from time to time to members who have shown interest. If you would like to be included in this circulation or wish to publicise any concert or musical event, please email Verity Lyall at or phone 01603 613698

Saturday, 20 June 2020: Academy of St Thomas

Salle Church 19.30pm

Music for a Summer Evening

Elgar Serenade for Strings
Britten Serenade for Tenor, Horn & Strings
Holst Brook Green Suite
Mendelssohn String Symphony No.9

Joshua Ellicott – Tenor
Anna Douglass – Horn
Matthew Andrews – Conductor

Don't miss our annual visit to the summer concert in beautiful Salle church. Tickets are £16 pp and once again Alan Coddington has kindly volunteered his help. If you would like to join us, please send cheques payable to UEA Retirement Association to Dr A Coddington by 31st March.

Don't forget to bring a picnic to enjoy in these glorious surroundings.