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About Ringwood u3a

Welcome to Ringwood u3a which was formed in 2012 in order to give those no longer in full time employment the opportunity to develop their interests, make new friends and enjoy a range of social and educational activities.

We are a friendly club currently with around 120 members and a number of interest groups including the very popular Monthly Pub Lunches, the New Forest & Beyond outings group and an extremely well supported Men’s Group.

Annual membership of Ringwood u3a is just £25 payable at the commencement of the year in September. This is reduced pro-rata throughout the year for new members only.

Potential new members & visitors are always warmly welcomed to our monthly meetings. First ‘taster’ visit free of charge with 2 subsequent visits prior to joining just £3 payable on the door. However only full members may join the groups.

Monthly meetings take place on the 3rd Thursday of each month from 2-4pm at Greyfriars. Please click the 'Meetings' button for more information.

All groups are organised and led by members with most taking place in members' own homes so that they are small and friendly. Full members may join as many interest groups as they wish at no extra charge unless the group has to hire a room when there will be a small additional cost.

Please click the 'Group Info' button to see details of all groups. If you would like to know more or after joining wish to join a particular group please contact the Group Leader - contact details are on the Group Info pages.

Please contact any of the Committee Members for general information.

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Announcements/News

Our speaker on 16th May is former nursery owner and hobbyist photographer, Rosemary Legrand. She will deliver her beautifully illustrated talk "Springtime in Japan" featuring the world renowned Cherry blossom and exquisite gardens of this fascinating country. A must for all garden lovers.

Chair's Report from 2024 AGM - We have completed another full year and we have succeeded in increasing the membership which has been my driving goal since I started in this role, I would add that it still is. We have increased the number of interest groups which is fantastic, and my thanks go to the leaders and committee who have worked so hard to achieve this. The cost of room hire or the size of our homes is always an obstacle - but we have managed to house them somehow. We are always open to new ideas if you have a skill, hobby or idea for a new interest group let us know. If transport home is a problem let us know, there probably is someone who lives near you who can help. I would like to express my heartfelt thanks for your support especially when things go a bit haywire and for the committee who rally round and find some way of keeping things going. Here's to another growing year.

COVID, COLDS AND FLU - please do not attend meetings or groups if you feel unwell.

PLEASE REMEMBER TO WEAR YOUR NAME BADGE AT MONTHLY MEETINGS, SWITCH YOUR PHONE TO SILENT AND IF YOU ARE HARD OF HEARING PLEASE SIT IN THE FRONT ROWS.

Our current COMMITTEE currently consists:- Chair - Ann Duckworth; Secretary - Hazel Winch; Treasurer and Speaker Secretary - Terry Smith; Membership Secretary - Yvonne O'Neil; Groups Co-ordinator - Jo Barratt; Communications Officer - Vacancy; Welcome and Welfare + 'Buddy' Co-ordinator - Barbara Turner; Deputy Chair - Judith Purssell. If you can't put a face to these names please take a look at the Who's Who poster at meetings or on the website.

Hazel Taylor continues to issue the newsletter and update the website and leaflet in a non-committee capacity. If you would like to take on the role of Communications please speak to a Committee member.

Our Programme Leaflet, which can be downloaded from this website, gives information on all Interest Groups, when they meet and details of the Group Leader as well as the Speakers at our monthly meetings for some six months ahead. The latest version is dated 14.5.24. Printed copies will be available at monthly meetings and from the leaflet display in Greyfriars.

IMPORTANT:- If you see someone at a meeting who may be new please make them feel welcomed and included. Everyone has a role to play in doing this but we would like to recruit a team of people to become 'Welcome Buddies' and ensure that any visitors are introduced to others and told about groups that may interest them. Please talk to Barbara on the Welcome desk if you feel you could be part of this team.

June Edwards and Barbara Colman continue to look after the meeting REFRESHMENTS however they need the help of two others, each time. So if you are able please volunteer to assist. Gentlemen welcome. PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE IT TO THE SAME VOLUNTEERS EVERY MONTH.

WALKING GROUP - This group will be meeting on the 4th Wednesday of the month for a 3 to 4 mile walk. On Wed 22nd May there will be a 3.7 mile walk starting at Rockford Common Car Park at 09.45. Well behaved dogs welcome. If interested please contact Colin on 07741 206716 or email him on colin_fiveoaks@hotmail.com

The next PUB LUNCH will be on Friday 24th May at The Carpenter's Arms, Bransgore. Advance menu choices are required by noon on Monday 20th so please let Ann or Judith know your choices. Please email the group on u3arpublunchers@outlook.com if you would like to be added to the group list.

The talk at our 20 June meeting will be given by David Boag on the topic 'Our Green and Pleasant Land".

NEW FOREST AND BEYOND - Jo is organising repeat visit (last done in 2018) to Longford Castle at Bodenham (just outside Salisbury) on Monday 24 June which will include a 2 hour guided tour starting at 10.30 ( £16 pp). Weather permitting there will be an opportunity for a brief stroll in the formal gardens prior to lunch at either The Radnor Arms at Nunton or The Bat and Ball at Breamore - depending on numbers. The Grade 1 listed country house is one of the grandest stately homes in Britain a local "hidden gem", containing a very important art collection. NOT TO BE MISSED. If interested please contact Jo on josephinebarratt@hotmail.com

The MEN's INTERESTS GROUP - on 16th September the group will be visiting the Hampshire and IOW Air Ambulance HQ at Thruxton. Numbers will be limited. Please email Roger on pagregory47@gmail.com or ring him on 01425 470268 if you would like to join the group and be advised of future events.

WRITERS CIRCLE - Are you an aspiring author? Do you want to write just for pleasure or perhaps you would like to work towards publication? Whether you want to write short stories, articles, poetry, novels, non-fiction or life stories this group may be for you. Steve Evans, already a published author himself, is happy to lead this new group which will be run on an informal basis and will welcome regular writers and first-timers alike. The emphasis will be on discussion and participation which will afford opportunities for members to share their work and find out the views of others in a supportive atmosphere. The group will meet at Greyfriars on the first Tuesday of the month from 10.00 - 12.00 noon. There will be a small charge to members to cover the room hire. If you are interested in joining the group or would like more information, contact Steve on evans.steve@yahoo.co.uk

The GAMES GROUP meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays from 2pm (please check with Jo re location). There will be a small charge (circa £2 depending on attendance) to cover room hire if held in Greyfriars. The group plays a range of games including Scrabble, Rummikub, Upwords, Mexican Train and card games - feel free to bring along your favourite if you wish. If you would like to take part please contact Jo Barratt on josephinebarratt@hotmail.com.

LOCAL HISTORY GROUP - this has got off to an excellent start and the plan at present is to meet once per month on the last Tuesday of the month in Greyfriars. There will be a small charge per person to cover room hire. As this group is already oversubscribed Mary is unable to take on any more members. If you would like to be added to a waiting list please email Mary Baldwin on maryrbaldwin@yahoo.co.uk.

SINGING FOR FUN meet at Greyfriars on 1st and 3rd Wednesday in the month from 2 - 4 p.m. It is a very informal singing group, no audition, just members who enjoy singing well known songs and meeting other members. There is a small charge which includes all the song sheets and refreshments. You are welcome to come along and give us a try. If you need any further information give June a ring on 01425 472769.

CANASTA GROUP - meets on the 2nd and 4th Friday afternoon of the month. If you are interested in joining this group please contact Yvonne O'Neil on cwg.angel@googlemail.com

FAMILY HISTORY GROUP - Please contact Judith on polygor@hotmail.com or 07880 907073 if you would like to know more about this group and its future direction.

We would like to start more groups so please let us know if there is a particular interest that you would like to take part in. Judith is willing to lead groups in Art; French, German or Italian and Travel. If interested please contact her on polygor@hotmail.com or 07880 907073

Vacancies within existing groups - There is space available within Petanque; Coffee Mornings; Mah-Jong (2-3); Board Games; Singing for Fun; Family History; Book Group 3 (2); Healthy Living; Craft; Pub Lunches; Men's Interests; New Forest and Beyond; Walks and Ping Pong. Please contact the Group Leaders for details.

PING PONG- Although not a u3a group if you are a Greyfriars member do come along to the Activities Centre on Mondays where you will find other u3a members taking part. Proficient players from 11am to 1pm and Improvers from 1pm to 3pm. Sessions cost £2.50 which includes drinks and biscuits.

Following the October talk on Blashford Lakes you may like to consider joining the gentle "Healthy Walk" that take place there starting from the Tern Hide Car Park at 10.30 on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month. These free organised one hour walks are on level paths around the Reserve lead by Nigel, a Hampshire Wildlife Trust Volunteer. We generally stop briefly at one of the bird hides en-route. A number of the walkers then go to Hockeys for coffee afterwards. May be cancelled if there is local flooding.

CONTACTING US --- There is an issue with contacting us via the website for some people due to the way their email is launched. If you have this problem please use the contact details that are printed on our downloadable leaflet.

IN CASE OF EMERGENCY (ICE) CARDS. The U3A have produced small 'credit card size' cards which fit easily into a purse or wallet to provide essential details in case members are taken ill at an event, particularly if on a walk or on a trip away from Ringwood. The idea is that you write your name, who to contact with a phone number and any medications, conditions or allergies on the card and KEEP IT WITH YOU. Then, if needs be, someone can find the card and have the appropriate information. Please pick up a card and fill it in then pop it in your purse/wallet - that way someone will be able to help you if necessary. Cards will be available from the Welcome Desk at monthly meetings or from Group Hosts.

New PHOTOS of group activities are always welcome for the website so if you can take a nice picture when you are part of a group or event please do (having first established that everyone is happy to have their picture published) and email them to Hazel.

If you have a MOBILITY issue, either short or long term, that is preventing you from coming to the monthly meetings or attending a group please contact a member of the Committee to see if we can find a local member who could provide a lift.

Did you know that u3a members can make savings on their shopping at major supermarkets and well-known brands with the Third Age Trust's u3a 'Click and Save' scheme? Just sign up to receive the Trust's monthly newsletter at u3a.org.uk/newsletter for more information.

Please note that whilst every effort is made to keep this page and indeed the whole of the website current there may from time to time be a delay in updating the information provided. If you see anything that needs amending please advise Hazel by email - hazeltaylor5191@gmail.com

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Monday

Petanque, Weekly at 10.30; at Avon Heath Country Park. (parking cost)
Group Leader: Christine Rutherford
Mah-Jong, Fortnightly at 2.00 - 4.00; Newcomers and Beginners
Group Leader: Penny Brown
Ping Pong, Weekly at 1-2.30 (proficient) 2.30-4 (improvers); £2 per session
Group Leader: Greyfriars

Tuesday

Writers Circle, 1st at 10 -12.00
Group Leader: Steve Evans
Games, 1st and 3rd Tue at 2.00 - 4.00; Room 1 at Greyfriars. Approx £2 a session.
Group Leader: Jo Barratt and Penny Brown
Local History, last Tue at 2.00 - 3.30; Greyfriars, £2 per session
Group Leader: Mary Baldwin

Wednesday

Walks, 4th Wed at 10.30-12.00
Group Leader: Colin Jeffrey
Book Group 3, 4th Wed at 2.00
Group Leader: Rose Lavender
Book Group 4, 2nd Wed at 2.00
Group Leader: Mary Brindley
Family History, 2nd Wed at 2.00 - 4.00
Group Leader: Judith Purssell
Singing For Fun, 1st and 3rd Wed at 2.00 - 4.00; Small charge to cover room hire.
Group Leader: June Edwards

Thursday

Craft, 2nd and 4th Thurs at 2.00 - 4.00
Group Leader: Christine Rutherford
Healthy Living, 1st Thurs at 2.00 - 4.00
Group Leader: Christine Rutherford

Friday

Canasta, 2nd and 4th at 2.00
Group Leader: Yvonne O'Neil
Pub Lunches, Last Friday at 12.30
Group Leader: Ann Duckworth and Judith Purssell

Saturday

Adhoc

Mens Interest Group,
Group Leader: Roger Gregory
New Forest and Beyond,
Group Leader: Jo Barratt
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Forthcoming Meetings

Date/TimeMeeting subject
Thursday, Jun 20th
2 pm
Monthly Meeting
Greyfriars
David Boag - Our Green and Pleasant Land
Thursday, Jul 18th
2 pm
Monthly Meeting
Greyfriars
Brice Stratford - Legends and Myths of the New Forest
Thursday, Aug 15th
2 pm
Monthly Meeting
Greyfriars
Alan Jenkins - The Royal Visit to Dorset that went wrong
Thursday, Sep 19th
2 pm
Monthly Meeting
Greyfriars
Peter Gill - Musical Satire of the 20th Century
Thursday, Oct 17th
2 pm
Monthly Meeting
Greyfriars
Anne Brown - Courtroom Dramas including The Tolpuddle Martyrs
Thursday, Nov 21st
2 pm
Monthly Meeting
Greyfriars
Ken Chatfield - Return to Base - A Ringwood Wartime Incident
Thursday, Dec 19th
2 pm
Monthly Meeting
Greyfriars
Members' Christmas Party

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How to join

If you are no longer in, or looking for full time employment you may join Ringwood u3a by downloading a membership form using this link.

When you have completed the form, if possible pay your membership by bank transfer to Sort Code: 20-72-37, Account No 13297136 with the reference as your own name. Alternatively you may take it, and your £25 membership fee, to the Thursday monthly meeting.

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RINGWOOD u3a CODE OF CONDUCT

Ringwood u3a strives to be a friendly and welcoming organisation, available to all who are no longer in full time employment. Our main aim is that our members enjoy the experience of being a member. We do realise, however, that problems sometimes occur and, whilst we do not want to control every potential difficulty with a raft of rules, we have prepared the following statements to cover any situation that may arise.
If any member or prospective member's behaviour or presentation causes distress or offence to other members, the Committee have the right to ask for that behaviour or presentation to change. If this change does not take place the Committee will have the right to rescind or refuse membership to that individual. In order to maintain our informal and friendly atmosphere, we would strive to deal with problems of such nature in a quiet and discreet fashion. If a member feels that certain behaviour is detrimental to our organisation or themselves, please raise the issue with a member of the Committee.
Pete Jackson
Chair
June 2018
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RINGWOOD u3a PRIVACY STATEMENT

(Issued following the introduction of the new GDPR rules)
2019

Membership details are stored on encrypted and password protected memory sticks for use by designated members of the Committee only.
With the exception of email addresses, no membership details will be left on a computer connected to the internet.
Email addresses are only used to send communications from Ringwood u3a to it’s members.
Postal addresses are only shared with the u3a Trust to enable them to distribute the u3a magazine and for no other purpose.
Information will only be kept for administration purposes within the u3a while you are a member, thereafter it will be deleted from our records.
We undertake to securely dispose of any printed documents containing your details when no longer required.
We will not share any information about you with any other person or organisation without your explicit permission.
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