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Newcomers and Visiting Scholars

All members are welcome to come along to any of the groups listed below. For further information or to register your interest, please contact


Alice's picnic in Botanic Garden

Co-ordinator: Alice Fleet

Alice is delighted to host picnics for members at the Botanic Gardens.  This will be a chance to enjoy the Botanic Garden whilst meeting up with other NVS members and getting to know NVS volunteer Alice.  Please buy your ticket (which includes entrance to the Botanic Garden) via ticketsource (the link to do so will be added when term begins).  Alice will provide the picnic on the day.  Please note that numbers will be limited due to the pandemic.  

Art Watercolour Experience

Co-ordinator: Antonia Schaller

Antonia's Watercolour Art group is being run via whatsapp, please email Antonia on for more information.  This group is held every Wednesday during term time from 10.00am - 13.00.  

Cambridge Connect

Co-ordinator: Karina Wells and Simone Castello

*Please note that in light of the situation with coronavirus Cambridge Connect is suspended until further notice. 

Join Karina for an insight into connecting with Cambridge's professional environment.  Please email Karina to join:


Cultural Discussion Group

Co-ordinator: Gail Featherstone

Would you like to discuss interesting topics from a multi-cultural perspective?  Come and join Gail for a lively discussion in a friendly and welcoming environment, this time virtually!  This is a unique opportunity to learn about different perspectives from around the world – and to discover that we are often more alike than different.  A new topic is chosen each week and advertised on the NVS website and on Facebook.  There’s no need to worry about your English language proficiency – in this friendly group you will soon feel confident enough to contribute.  You do not need to sign up for this group, simply use the link sent to you in our newsletter.  Groups will resume when term begins, dates to follow.

*Please note this group is for adults only

English Conversation Group

Co-ordinator: Gill Maynard and Christopher Johnson

Come and join us on Tuesday mornings in term time for English conversation practice about a whole range of different topics, this time virtually!  We split into small groups and chat informally about different things.  There is no pressure to participate and you are welome to come along and listen too.  There is no need to sign up for this group, just join the link found in your newsletter on Tuesday mornings from 9.30-10.30.  We will be starting when term begins on Tuesday 6th October at 10.30am.  We look forward to seeing you soon.

From Spade to Plate

Co-ordinator: Karina Wells

This group was set up in May 2017 with a view of combining harvesting and processing and sharing with friends.  Karina is very creative and interested in vegetarian cooking and she thought that starting a group 2 hour activity every Monday and Wednesday (and creating/eating lunch for £5 per person) would be a great start to the week!  Places are limited – please contact Karina Wells for more information or to make your booking via:  • Email: • Read Karina's blog here:  Karina has also produced two cookery books from her classes, ask her about them!

Pub Walk

Co-ordinator: Christopher Johnson

*Please note that in light of the situation with coronavirus the pub walk is suspended until further notice. 


Walk to a traditional pub in Cambridge.  No need to book, please come along and meet us at the Emmanuel College entrance at 5.00pm on Wednesdays during term time.  We look forward to seeing you there.  

Walking Group

Co-ordinator: Liz Hodder

*Please note that in light of the situation with coronavirus walking group is suspended until further notice.

A guided walk around Cambridge with an NVS City Blue Badge Guide.  This is normally held after the Tuesday Morning talk finishes and the time will be announced during the Tuesday morning meeting.  Members meet at the entrance to the University Centre and numbers are restricted to 20 people.



Yoga Class with Margaret Schofield

Co-ordinator: Rosemary Pattenden & Margaret Schofield

*Please note that in light of the situation with coronavirus yoga is suspended until further notice. 

Margaret Schofield will resume yoga sessions on Tuesdays (Term time only) from 2.00 pm in the University Centre, Granta Place.  The cost is £5.00 per session on the day, or £4.00 if paid for the whole term in advance.  Please contact to book.

Margaret Schofield has been teaching Yoga for 40 years, beginning in Manchester where she was trained as an Iyengar Teacher by B.K.S Iyengar himself, who was still at that stage regularly visiting the UK to oversee the Teacher Training programme. Over the years she has taught in Cambridge both in community classes and privately, on group yoga intensives in Greece, Oslo and Goa, and in Lanzarote on training camps for the British Triathlon Team. The basis for her teaching has always been a yoga practice that allows everyone to find a suitable practice regardless of age or ability. By recognising what the body needs and by stretching, strengthening and releasing tension in the various asanas or postures, well-being and stability are promoted.