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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 £3 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.

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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. hazeltaylor5191@gmail.com

The National Monthly Email Newsletter keeps everyone up to date so why not sign up to receive it - just go to w w w.u3a.org.uk/email.

COMMITTEE VACANCIES - if you would (or might) be interested in helping now is the time to speak to Pete or other current committee members. Without willing Committee Members the existence of the club is at risk. The current committee would welcome extra help now so please come forward if you can help.

COMMITTEE VACANCIES - We are currently and urgently seeking to fill 2 vacancies on the Committee, An additional Groups Co-Ordinator to work alongside Audrey, and a new Communications Officer to replace Hazel who steps down from her role at the AGM in April 2020.

PLEASE REMEMBER TO WEAR YOUR MEMBERSHIP CARD BADGES TO MONTHLY MEETINGS. Visitors will be given a temporary (yellow) badge so members will be able to identify them easily and make them feel welcome by using their name. New members will have a sticker on their badges. Please note that all attendees at Monthly Meetings should still sign in at the Welcome Desk.

Please could all members endeavour to seek out and talk to our VISITORS (who can be identified by their yellow name badges). Tell them about our groups and help to make them feel welcome. If you would be prepared to volunteer to be a 'buddy' for new members please contact Pete or Hazel.

Could you recognise all your Committee Members? Why not take a look at the 'WHO'S WHO' on the website under 'Documents' or the printed copy on the Noticeboard at monthly meetings.

The Club is reliant on willing VOLUNTEERS to serve not only on the Committee but also to be HOSTS of interest groups. With a group membership of over 200 leading to some existing groups being oversubscribed we are keen to encourage the formation of new groups. Being a Host does not need to be onerous, it can simply be an admin role or perhaps one of providing a room in your home as a meeting place (groups requiring to use meeting rooms should be self funding although start up costs can be met by agreement of the Committee). If you have an interest in a specific topic please contact Audrey to discuss how we can help facilitate a new group with your help. Members have indicated that they would be interested in joining Spanish, French and Theatre Groups but we need HOSTS to take these forward.

Would you like to be part of a FRENCH CONVERSATION Group? If so please register your interest with Audrey on 01425 478071 or email her on asramble@m4me.co.uk

We would like to look at the possibility of SHORT COURSES on specific topics (perhaps 4, 6, 8 or 10 weeks) - perhaps you have an interest or life skill in a particular topic/subject that you could pass on to other members? Please talk to Audrey on 01425 478071 or email her on asramble@m4me.co.uk

We know that members would like to take part in more groups than we currently have available or possibly those groups that we have are already full however we need more detailed information in order to gauge interest. PLEASE send an email to Audrey stating what you would be interested in joining. asramble@m4me.co.uk. See further down this page for information on groups that have vacancies.

June Edwards and Barbara Colman continue to look after the meeting REFRESHMENTS however they need the help of at least one other each time. We have a sign up sheet located on the Welcome Desk so if you are able please volunteer to assist. Thank you to those who have volunteered so far, we now have volunteers for March (Mary Bridley and Judith Thomas), and April (Stella Thomas and Barbara Connor).

The latest, PROGRAMME LEAFLET can be found on the website (last updated 19.02.20). Printed copies will be available at monthly meetings and also from The Gateway or Greyfriars literature display although the latter may not always be the latest version. On occasion a speaker may have had to cancel and a replacement arranged, in these circumstances the information on an older programme may be out of date. If you spot anything that needs amending please let Hazel know.

CONTACT DETAILS for Group Hosts and Committee Members can be found on the Current Leaflet which can be viewed or downloaded from this website. You can also email Group Hosts via the Groups button.

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.

The new Spring 2020 WALKS programme is available on the website - some printed copies will be available on the noticeboard at meetings.

WHIST - This new group is doing really well with some 16 U3A members and St Ives residents attending twice monthly on Wednesdays at 2pm. Whist is a very social card game and The St Ives Country House Care Home, Horton Road, Ashley Heath are providing their very comfortable ground floor lounge with a dozen 4 chair tables, complimentary tea-coffee and free parking (use the Visitors Car Park please - on the left as you drive in the gates but if full go to the overflow which is down the turning on the right). Initial help, written instruction sheets and all necessary cards and score sheets will be provided. If interested in attending please contact Terry Smith on 01425 471880 or Russ Doody 01425 480256.

The MEN'S INTEREST GROUP provisional programme for 2020 is as follows:- 28 February - Regent Cinema (fully booked) + Dinner; 17th March - Poole Greyhound Racing with dinner; April - Hall and Woodhouse Brewery Tour; May - Friends of the New Forest Airfields Museum; June - Etches Museum and Pub Lunch and Kimmeridge; July - Bursledon Brickworks; September - Salisbury Races.

PETANQUE otherwise known as Boule has now resumed - 10.30am at Avon Heath Country Park (the only cost being parking which is £1.50 per hour so car sharing would be a good idea, although an annual parking permit can be purchased for £30 which is an option). Chris Chubb (chris@chubbfamily.net) 01202 425063 will provide equipment and instruction on how to play.

The next SKITTLES evenings will be on Tuesday 25th and Friday 28th February at 7.30pm at The Three Legged Cross Pub in Ringwood Road, Three Legged Cross BH21 6RE. 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 (chicken, cod, sausages, fishcake or mushrooms served with chips or salad) or £5.50 without. Please contact Peter Knight. These evenings are open to members and non members, but places must be booked in advance. Please let Peter Knight know what date or dates you can make and your meal choice on knight@lapalmera.co.uk.

The PUB LUNCH on Friday 28th February will be held at The Amberwood, Walkford at 12.30. If you wish to attend please ensure that you book in at least 2 days prior by ringing Judith on 07880 907073, Ann on 07814 951430 or by emailing ringwoodu3apublunches@hotmail.com. Friends and partners of members are welcome. REMEMBER TO REGISTER TO RECEIVE NOTIFICATIONS OF FUTURE VENUES FROM THE GROUP. (For advance info March will be at The Old Beams, Ibsley which is under new management and April will be at The Angel, Longham)

Thursday 5th March WALK is 4 miles, led by Christine. Park and meet along Ringwood (service) Road, St Ives, beside the footbridge over A31, Map ref OL22 ref 122037. An easy walk to Avon Heath Country Park on sand and gravel tracks.

Tuesday 17th March WALK is 3.5 miles, led by Ros. Meet at The Hikee Cafe, Hengistbury Head to walk over the headland or round the beach.

Our speaker on 19th March will be Katy England who works for Salisbury Museum. She will be bringing along a range of artifacts to illustrate aspects of her talk o "Bringing the Stone Age to Life".

Wednesday 3rd June 2020 is the U3A Movement's 40th Anniversary. We are hoping to run an 'awareness raising' event in Ringwood itself with a view to encouraging new membership. More info when available.

THE NEW FOREST AND BEYOND GROUP are planning a range of outings in 2020 - see their welcome page on the website. If you would like to join this group and receive details of planned events please register with Jo. josephinebarratt@hotmail.com. Trip to Arundel Corpus Christie Carpet of Flowers and Castle by coach (if we have enough people to make it viable) on 11th June. Estimated cost of coach £18pp based on 19 passengers, floral display is free, Castle, house, bedrooms, keep and grounds £20, house, keep and gardens £18, keep and gardens £15, gardens only £13.

Verwood U3A Travel Group have asked if any of our members would like to go on trips where they still have some places available:- 3rd to 6th September 2020 - Kynren 2,000 years of Myth and Legend £339. Fuller details can be found on the Travel Section of their website w w w verwoodu3a.org.uk/travel.html

BOOK GROUP 4 which takes place on the 1st Wednesday of the month at 2pm has space for a few more to attend. Please ring Mary Brindley on 01425 489710 if you would like to join.

There are places available with the Monday morning TABLE TENNIS group and possibly a new group on alternate Tuesdays. If you are a reasonably competent player with a sense of humour and can resist the urge to 'spin' please contact Sylvia. sylviacarter42@googlemail.com

In addition to Book Group 4 and Table Tennis places are also available in Family History, Healthy Living, Craft, Mah Jong 4, Informal Art, Petanque, Board Games, Singing For Fun, Whist and Photography Groups as well as New Forest and Beyond and Pub Lunches. If you are interested in joining any group please contact the Host and if there is no place immediately available ask to be put on a waiting list - if sufficient members wish to take part forming a new group may be viable.

The 'HEALTHY LIVING' group hosted by Christine Rutherford takes place in her home from 2-4pm on the 1st Thursday of the month. This will be a very informal gathering to explore and discuss ways of improving our lifestyle choices with hopefully some input and participation from all attending. Please contact Christine if interested in taking part.

Did you know that singing is good for our general feeling of wellbeing and in particular our brain function - why not give it a try and come along to our 'SINGING FOR FUN' group which is held in Greyfriars from 1pm on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays. All members are welcome to join - no audition required! Men would be particularly welcome to bolster up the deeper tones! Feel free to just turn up on the day for a 'taster' session. A small charge per 'term' is made to cover room hire and refreshment costs. If interested please contact June.

The 'SINGING FOR FUN' group are trialling an additional session from 10.15-12 on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at The St. Ives Country House Care Home (Horton Road, off the Ashley Heath roundabout - park in the Visitors car park to the left of the entrance, if full there is an overflow down the turning on the right. The home are offering us free use of their lovely facilities with refreshments in exchange for their residents being able to attend. The first of these sessions was a great success with 12 members together with Peter who did a great job on the keyboards and was attended by around 14 residents and a few staff who joined in with some of the well known songs. Please contact June on 01425 472769.

Please remember that we have a RED SUGGESTION BOX at our Monthly Meetings. We would love to hear any of your ideas. We'd love to hear from you either by a note left in the box or of course direct to a Committee Member by email.

We have a 'button' on our website for 'WEB LINKS' - if you click on this you will find links to Greyfriars Community Centre, the National U3A and also to the new Ringwood Community Network which we have joined as an Associate Member. The purpose of this network, set up by Ringwood Rotary, is to establish better communication between the various local organisations and charities in order to improve the quality of life of the citizens of Ringwood so please check it out to find a diary of events to attend and organisation who are looking for volunteers.

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.

Don't forget to look at the MEMBERS' ONLY PAGE (Noticeboard) on our website which gives 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.

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.

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 emailing our Chairman, Pete Jackson.

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

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