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Welcome to Ringwood U3A, which was formed in 2012. We are a friendly club with some 200 members and more than 20 interest groups. Please take a look around the site to discover what we can offer to those who are no longer in full time employment. New members are always warmly welcomed.

Annual membership of Ringwood U3A is just £24 payable at the commencement of the year in September. This is reduced pro-rata throughout the year for new members only. Prospective members are welcome to attend up to 3 monthly meetings by paying £2 at 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.

Latest news

BREAKING NEWS! The NEW FOREST AND BEYOND GROUP have now rescheduled their visit to see Dippy the Diplodocus at Dorset County Museum in Dorchester which had to be cancelled because of the snow. The trip is now booked for Wednesday 18 April and Jo our Leader has the tickets for our Dippy tour which is at 12.00 that day. We will aim to arrive at the museum at 11.00-ish, time for coffee and/or time to start looking round the museum itself before we go in to Dippy. Then we can finish off the rest of the museum, have a bite of lunch if needed before heading off or do whatever else you wish to do. If you have not already confirmed with Jo that you are going and would like to go then please contact Jo asap

We will be supporting the Greyfriars Diamond Quiz, a pen and paper quiz, which will take place on Monday 14th May. Please contact Maggie Jerome ( if you are interested in being part of our team.

We are delighted to say that two of our members namely Cyril Downing and Irvine Leonard have offered to join our Committee and have been co-opted onto it.

Our Annual General Meeting will be held as part of our next monthly meeting at Greyfriars on Thursday 19th April when we will be given a talk by Christine Shaw: "The Road to Mandalay, Burma". Hear Christine's recollections of, amongst other things,three moustaches, two lakes and one 76 carat diamond!

EXCELLENT NEWS! The photo group which is led by Pete Jackson will be running a 'beginners' group for those of you who want to get more out of your camera, phone or tablet. The aim is to help you to take pictures that you will be proud to share with others. We won't get technical but will help you to understand how to use those strange buttons or settings that are supposed to help you get better results. We will give tips on taking children and family - indoor and outdoor, landscapes and so on. We hope to start on Thursday 26th of April from 2.00 to 4.00 and will run monthly for up to 5 meetings. Please contact Pete on confirming your interest and if you have any particular thing that you would like to know so that we can design the course to meet most people's needs. Pete will be away until the 25th March so will not respond to queries until then.

The craft group has decided to support the Innocent Big Knit again this year. The Big Knit started back in 2003 and over 6 million hats have been knitted in the UK. The small hats are distributed on Innocent Drink Smoothies each Spring. For each hat that is sent in Innocent make a donation of 25p to Age UK. The money is used to run activities to help prevent loneliness. You could support us in one of two ways: 1. Please donate to us any unwanted knitting yarn that you might have. It does not matter how small the ball is, what colour or what thickness. We can find a use for all yarn. 2. You could knit or crochet some hats yourself. We will display some of our hats at the next monthly meeting. Patterns can easily be found by searching on the internet for "The Big Knit" Any donations of yarn or completed hats should be sent to Christine, our treasurer, via any of the committee members.

U3A Signpost for March 2018 is now online. To see it click the following link: Contents include: U3A Global Forum announcement for March 4th Resources for History/Archaeology Groups U3A Online - courses list and resources International conference in Delhi, India News from AIUTA meeting in Lagos Nigeria Grannies group in USA

MORE EXCELLENT NEWS! Another CANASTA GROUP "3" is being formed by Maggie Jerome starting on the 15th March. It will be held fortnightly at Maggie's house in Poulner on Thursday mornings from 10am until 12pm. Please contact Maggie direct at or on telephone number 01425540914 for further details.


The SKITTLES evenings this month will be on Tuesday 27th March and Thursday 29th March. If there are insufficient responses, one of the evenings will be cancelled, so if people are interested in coming they will need to say whether they can make both or just one of the dates. The choice of prices is £8.50 with a basket meal or £5.50 without. Please contact Peter Knight whose email address is This evening is open to members and non members, but places must be booked in advance.

The NEW FOREST AND BEYOND GROUP. There is talk of visiting Mottisfont House ( National Trust) before 15th April while there is an exhibition of Heath Robinson Drawings on show.Further details can be obtained from our leader Jo. The Group have also been successful with their bid to visit Longford Castle.on 3rd April. All those who have said they will go,should by now have paid.

LEAFLET. Remember that our leaflet is available on the website and can be printed at home.

We now have a Members Noticeboard as a new section on our website which will give members the opportunity to publicise non-U3A events that they have a keen interest in or to invite others to join them for something particular like a cinema trip or garden visit etc. It will not be used for 'selling' items. If you would like something posted to the Noticeboard please email full details to Hazel via the contacts page. Inclusion will be at the discretion of the Committee.

OUR NEW FRIENDLY BRIDGE CLUB FOR ALL ( see Activities Section) is now active and is a great opportunity for all U3A members whether you are beginners, intermediate and more experienced players to join in. All are welcome. Sessions started on the 14th November 2017 and are held in the Hilary Christie Room at Greyfriars every Tuesday from 2pm . The cost is 1.50 per person. Teaching is available to those who are new to the game or who have never played! If you are interested in giving it a try please contact Maggie Jerome on 01425 540914.You have nothing to lose by giving it a go!

Don't forget that if you are at a loose end on a Saturday, we have a games group every Saturday from 2-4pm. See Activities Section for further details and to contact Biddy

WALKS - Our full Winter and Spring Programme of walks is available on the website in the Activities Section. The next walk will be on Tuesday 27th March - Hampton Ridge and Latchmere Brook - 3.5 miles Led by Ros. Walks start at 10am. Please refer to the Activities section for full details

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 or by contacting our Chair Judith Pursell:
judith144(a) (replacing (a) with @).

When you have completed the form you may take it, and your £24 membership fee, to the Thursday monthly meeting.

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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.

Judith Purssell
January 2017