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Newcomers and Visiting Scholars


All members are welcome to come along to any of the groups listed below.  You can sign up to most groups using the ticketsource link within the information.  If you have any questions please contact


Afternoon Tea with Alice

Co-ordinator: Alice Fleet

There are no dates scheduled for Michaelmas 2021 term

Alice is delighted to host afternoon tea for members in her home.  This will be a great chance to meet up with other NVS members and get to know NVS volunteer Alice.  She will be serving her delicious homemade cakes and scones.



Art for all Levels

Co-ordinator: Nicole Keshav

Bring your favourite sketchbook, art materials, or just pencil and paper and join the Art for All group. Some materials will be available. We will draw and paint with watercolour to observe and connect with our surroundings.  While drawing we try to mindfully stay in the moment, without  attachment to the final result.  Over time, our drawing skills and confidence improve.  

Skills taught during the term include: Edges and Lines, Negative Space, Perspective and Proportion, Light and Shadows, Composition, Dry Brush, and Wet-on-Wet.

This group is for all levels of skill and experience, adults and children above 10. Nicole has a B.A. in the practice of Fine Art from the University of California at Berkeley, and has taught art classes in the San Francisco Bay Area and abroad.

Cambridge Walking Tour

Co-ordinator: Liz Hodder

Expert tourist guide, Liz Hodder, will be taking NVS members on a walking tour of Cambridge on selected dates. The walks will be on Tuesdays at 12:20 pm and last around an hour.  Members will be told which dates and where to meet in the newsletter and our Facebook page.


Children's Storytelling

Co-ordinator: Melendra

What is the best way to develop a deep, lifelong passion for reading?

Even once children can read by themselves, studies show that reading aloud to children is the answer.  At each storytelling session, I read 3 or 4 picture books live, sharing the wonderful illustrations as I go. Each session is organised around a theme and includes a mix of stories that are humorous, exciting, and sweet.. 

Please book using TicketSource here: We will send out the Zoom link to join the session the Sunday before.  


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 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 for discussion. There’s no need to worry about your English language proficiency, in this friendly group you will soon feel confident enough to contribute.  We will send further information once you have signed up.  Please sign up via ticketsource here:

*Please note this group is for adults only

English Conversation

Co-ordinator: Gill Maynard

Come and join us on Tuesday mornings in term time for English conversation practice about a whole range of different topics.  We split into small groups and chat informally about different things.  There is no pressure to participate and you are welcome 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 9.45-10.30.  We look forward to seeing you soon.

From Spade to Plate

Co-ordinator: Karina Wells


Monday’s 11.00-12.00: "Down to earth cookery with Karina":- This group will meet in person and  Zoom. The cost is £5 for those who will attend in person.

If you want to drop in and cook along with Karina or simply to watch and try the dishes out later, please use the Zooml ink found in our newsletter.

Wednesday’s 17:15-18.00 via Zoom: “Down to earth cookery with Karina” is running online.  If you want to drop in and cook along with Karina or simply to watch and try the dishes out later, please use the Zoom link which you will find in our newsletter.

For recipe details go to Karina's website or contact Karina   

Read Karina's blog here:  Karina has also produced two cookery books from her classes, ask her about them!

Knit and Chat

Co-ordinator: Janet & Naheed

Whether you are a long-time knitter, experienced in crochet, or trying it out for the first time, join our knitting group on Thursdays from 10:00-12:00.  The group will meet at West Cambridge Community Room.

Charles Babbage Road,Cambridge CB3 0FZ



Leisurely Walk

Co-ordinator: Simone Castello

Simone invites you to join her for a leisurely walk to discover Cambridge. This will be informal walk, when pushchairs and children are welcome too: stroll along with new friends and enjoy the time together. Date and times announced in the Newsletter and via Facebook.

World Women Writers

Co-ordinator: Inci

World Women Writers is a participant led lively and friendly international forum for those who are interested in women writers from around the world . The group come together every other Friday via Zoom to discuss the texts they have read, sharing opinions and thoughts. The discussions are conducted in English.

Over the past year they have hosted the international poets Jennifer Harrison, Sandra Beasley, Judith Nangala Crispin, Senem Gokel,Michelle Meredyth-Stewart, Eftychia Stamatopoulou amongst many others. This is a great way to connect with others who share a love of reading and a great opportunity to see things from another perspective.

Please contact Inci, the group facilitator, directly for details and copies of the texts for the next meeting's discussion at