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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


Art Watercolour Experience

Co-ordinator: Antonia Schaller

Antonia's Watercolour Art group.  Meet at 16 Mill Lane, in the OPdA Centre basement, email Antonia on for more information.  This group is held every Wednesday during term time from 10.00am - 13.00 and has a cost of £3 as a one off joining fee which should be paid to Antonia directly.  

Cambridge Connect

Co-ordinator: Karina Wells and Simone Castello

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

Held on 14th January at 9.30am in the third floor cafe, University Centre.  

Cookery Group

Co-ordinator: Elsa Strietman and Naheed Kandil

Cookery Group

Co-ordinator: Elsa Strietman

An opportunity for NVS members to share their favourite recipes with each other.   If you have a recipe you would like to share with others, it might be a speciality from your home or something you just love to cook, please contact us and let us know by emailing  We will get together and you can show others how to cook your recipe which we can all enjoy together.  Given the nature of the group numbers are limited but Elsa will try to organise two or three sessions per term. There is a cost to these events of £5 to £8 depending on ingredients. The photos in the gallery will do the talking! 

Once the recipes are suggested we will set a date and you can  book via ticketsource:

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 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. 

We will meet this term on 27th January, 10th February, 24th February & 9th March from 10.00am - 11.30am in the OPdA Centre, 16 Mill Lane - basement.  Please book your place via Ticketsource:

*Please note this group is for adults only

Eddington Friends

Co-ordinator: Melendra Sutcliff Sanders

Come along and join us for conversation and English improvement and a chance to make new friends at Eddington.  Meet in the OPdA Centre at 105 Eddington Place, see https://www/

Dates: 27th January 2020, 14th & 28th February 2020, 13th March 2020 10.00am - 11.30am. 

There is no need to book please just come along, we look forward to seeing you there. 



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.  We sit in 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 come along and join us on Tuesday mornings from 9.45-10.30 in the dining hall of the University Centre, CB2 1RU.  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!

Knitting Group

Co-ordinator: Janet Edwards

The knitting group meets every Thursday morning, even outside term, from 10.00 am until noon in The Community Room at West Cambridge. The purpose of the group is to share enthusiasm for making things and to learn new skills in knitting and crochet in a relaxed atmosphere. Many of our members have produced articles which they have taken back home as very special souvenirs of Cambridge.  It is a very sociable group where friendships are made! Conversation while knitting is most enjoyable. Would you like to make a scarf, a pair of socks, a baby jacket or a bobble hat? Do join us on Thursday mornings throughout the year.  There is no need to book, please just come along to the West Cambridge Community Room at the West Cambridge Site. You don’t need to bring anything as we have needles and yarn to get you started. Beginners or experienced knitters are welcome.


Pub Walk

Co-ordinator: Christopher Johnson

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.  

Tea Parties

Co-ordinator: Alice Fleet

Alice holds traditional English tea parties once or twice a term, it is a great way to meet others, enjoy some conversation and have a traditional English afternoon tea!   'A lovely way to experience the English version of a Japanese tea ceremony' is how one visitor described it!  Please book your place via Ticketsource: 

Please note that these events are not suitable for children.  

Walking Group

Co-ordinator: Liz Hodder

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

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.