Clubs and Groups

UEA Retirement Association

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 Church Stretton in Shropshire and Monk Coniston in the Lake District. Recent early summer holidays have been in Dovedale in Derbyshire and Eastbourne.

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. An overnight visit was made to Barnsdale Gardens, Easton Walled Gardens and Gooderstone Water Gardens in 2018.

The History Group meets occasionally at an historic building in Norwich or Norfolk usually with a guide. Recent tours included the Time and Tide Museum in Great Yarmouth and the Norfolk Record Office.

The Luncheon Group meets at different pubs and restaurants in Norwich and the surrounding area. 

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


Games afternoons are held on the third Tuesday of the month starting at 2.00pm at the Pavilion. We have regular tables for Cribbage, Dominoes and either Rummikub, Whist or Scrabble. Additional board games and cards are available at each session with the opportunity to learn something new.

The emphasis at games afternoons is on enjoying playing games rather than skill and you are welcome to bring your own games for other members to try. Refreshments are provided.

Future dates are:

18 February 2020 *** CANCELLED ***

17 March 2020

21 April 2020

19 May 2020

16 June 2020

21 July 2020 (Croquet)

Contact Details: Denis Brown Tel. 01603 409905 Email:

Croquet Session on 21st July 2020

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 e mail him at to book your place.

Denis Brown

Garden Group


Wednesday 15 July 2020: Visit to Dale Farm, Sandy Lane, Dereham NR19 2EA

Dale Farm is a delightful 2-acre plant lover’s garden with a large spring-fed pond, owned by Graham and Sally Watts. There are over 1000 plant varieties in exuberantly planted borders and a collection of 130 hydrangea. There is a kitchen garden, orchard, naturalistic planting areas, gravel garden and sculptures. A wide choice of plants will be available for sale.

A private group visit has been arranged for Wednesday 15 July, starting at 2.00 pm. The cost of the visit is £7.50 a person, including tea and cakes. This is a return visit for the Garden Group, the previous visit being in June 2015. The description of the garden at the time noted that there were over 800 plant varieties, there are now over 1000 and so plenty to see! Graham is an Assistant County Organiser for the National Garden Scheme. Dale Farm has featured in ‘The English Garden’ and ‘EDP Norfolk’ magazines. Information about Dale Farm, including directions, is available on the NGS website (

If you would like to go on this garden visit, please complete the booking slip at the end of this newsletter and return to Pam Janacek by Monday 6 July. Parking arrangements and any further information will be provided to those booking on the visit.

Overnight Garden Group outing 2020

An overnight outing for summer 2020 is under consideration and any information will be sent out via the email circulation list referred to below. If you would be interested in joining the outing but do not have email access, please contact John Johnson (on 01603 456465).

I circulate occasional emails about Garden Group events and gardening activities. If you would like to be included in this circulation, or for general enquiries about the Garden Group, please contact Pam Janacek (

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

If you would like to be added to the email list of regular diners, please email

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.