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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

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.

MEMBERSHIP for September 2019 to August 2020. Forms are available to download from the website or can be obtained from Janet Smith at the monthly meetings. Please complete it in full (both sides) and then return it to Janet or post to Pete Jackson. Renewal is also possible with payment by online banking using your name as a reference, however the Treasurer must be informed and the form scanned and emailed to the Membership Secretary. New Members will be pay pro-rata on a 3 month basis.

Membership Renewals are now complete - non-renewers will be removed from our records in line with GDPR rules and will no longer receive newsletters or be eligible to attend group events. If you have renewed please remember to collect your new membership card from the welcome table and place it in your badge holder.

If you have not renewed your membership the Committee would be very grateful to hear your reasons so that we can better understand how to improve the club for everyone. Please do let us know. Many thanks.

Thank you to everyone who are wearing our new MEMBERSHIP CARD BADGES to gatherings. The new badge holders have both 'clip' and 'pin' forms of attachment that our membership cards will fit into. Please place your card in the badge holder and wear it at future meetings to avoid having to write out a name badge every time - this should speed up the queue at the door. Visitors will be given a temporary badge so members will be able to identify them easily and make them feel welcome by using their name. Please note that all attendees at Monthly Meetings should still sign in at the Welcome Desk.

Please could all members make a point of introducing themselves 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'.

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.

We would also like to look at the possibility of short (perhaps 4, 6, 8 or 10 weeks) courses on specific topics - 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

If you would like to be more involved in the club in any role either now or in the future, please do come and talk to Pete or any of the Committee.

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. Thanks go to Ros D'Albert and Joan Cary who kindly helped in November. Christine Rutherford will help in December.

The latest, PROGRAMME LEAFLET can be found on the website (last updated 04.12.19). 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 '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. Why not come along on 11th Dec. Please contact June on 01425 472769.

WHIST - This new group is doing really well with some 16 U3A members and St Ives residents attending. The group will take a December break resuming on Wed 8th Jan. 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.

Our next PUB LUNCH will be on Friday 31st January at 12.30 pm. Venue to be advised in due course - watch this space. Our new Hosts will be Ann Duckworth and Judith Thomas to whom we are very grateful for taking on this role.

The new Spring 2020 Walks programme will be advised soon - watch this space.

We have a new group 'HEALTHY LIVING' which will be hosted by Christine Rutherford 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.

The 19th December 'Members' Festive Meeting will include entertainment by 'Chapter and Verse' performing 'Christmas Crackers', refreshments with Christmas Cake baked by Christine Rutherford along with Mince Pies, a couple of festive quizzes, a raffle in aid of local charity 'The Stable Family Home Trust' and a Christmas themed singalong.

The 16th January Meeting will be an illustrated talk on his trip to Namibia by Christopher Legrand. To encourage new members We would like to invite our current members to 'Bring A Friend' to this meeting when the usual Visitors entrance charge of £2 will be waived.

Blandford U3A have invited us to join them on a coach trip to London when they intend to visit The British Museum's "Troy: myth and reality" winter exhibition although you are free to go elsewhere, perhaps to the Tutankhamun exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery. The coach will pick up from The Millstream Coach Park in Salisbury. Coach fare is £22 with a £1.50 tip for the driver, Troy exhibition is £17. If interested please contact Hazel who will pass on your details to the organiser. The date is not yet fixed but is likely to be a Monday in January.

The MEN'S INTEREST GROUP outing on 23 January will be to the Solent Sky Museum. Contact Roger if interested. Provisional programme for 2020 as follows:- February - Cinema and Dinner; March - Poole Greyhound Racing; April - Hall and Woodhouse Brewery Tour; May - Friends of the New Forest Airfields Museum; June - Etches Museum and Pub Lunch and Kimmeridge

3rd June - U3A Movement 40th Anniversary. Your thoughts on ways we should mark the occasion are invited - please email Pete with any ideas.

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

PETANQUE otherwise known as Boule - Is taking a break in December and January but will resume on Monday 3rd February - 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 ( 01202 425063 will provide equipment and instruction on how to play.

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.

In addition to Book Group 4 places are also available in Healthy Living, Craft and Photography Groups. If you are interested in joining any new group please contact the Host and if there is no place currently available ask to be put on a waiting list - if sufficient members wish to take part forming a new group may be viable.

We really could do with a few more members to 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.

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.

You may have noticed that we have a new '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.

The Committee would like to wish all members a Very Happy Christmas and New Year.

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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