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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 125 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 £24 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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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.

Following the EGM we are delighted to say that we now have a full new Committee. Chair - Ann Duckworth; Secretary - Hazel Winch; Treasurer and Speaker Secretary - Terry Smith; Membership Secretary - Alan Glover; Groups Co-ordinator - Jo Barratt; Communications Officer - Hazel Taylor; Welcome and Welfare - Val Grant; Welcome - Barbara Turner.

If we are successful in encouraging potential new members to come to our monthly meetings we have to make them feel welcomed and included. Whilst everyone will have a role to play in doing this we would like to recruit a number 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.

June Edwards and Barbara Colman continue to look after the meeting REFRESHMENTS however they need the help of at least one other each time. So if you are able please volunteer to assist.

Printed copies of the latest Programme Leaflet (26.07.22) will be available at monthly meetings and from 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 by emailing

The next meeting will be at Greyfriars on 18th August. The talk "Russell Cotes, The Story of the Victorian Villa" which will be given by David Beardsley.

The PETANQUE group has restarted - 10.30am, Mondays weekly. If interested please come along to Avon Heath Country Park to meet Group Leader, Shirley Jones and Chris Chubb who will be coaching until the start of the school holidays. Please note there are parking charges at this venue ( £3 for 2 hours).

The MEN's GROUP - please either email Roger on or ring him on 01425 470268 if you would like to be advised of future events. Provisional so far:- Haynes Motor Museum; Old Sarum Aviation Museum; Hovercraft Museum; Salisbury Races.

The next PUB LUNCH will be at 12 noon on Friday 30th September at TBA. Please let Judy or Ann know if you will be attending by Tuesday 27th September along with your menu choices. Please email the group if you would like to be added to the list. There is no Pub Lunch in August but please contact Hazel if you would like to join the group at Chianti on Friday 26th August.

There will be no Pub Lunch in August however a lunch will take place at Chianti in Ferndown on Friday 26th - if you would like to come along please let Hazel know on - 14 on the list so far. Lunch menu of small dishes includes 13 types of 7 inch pizzas from £5.90 to £9.50 and 9 types of pasta from £7.90 to £9.50. Gluten Free Available. No need to advance order.

Colin Jeffrey has taken on the role of WALKS Group Leader. If you would like to join the group and be advised by email of planned walks please register with Colin on 07741 206716. No walk in August, next one will be in September.

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

Both the CRAFT Group and HEALTHY LIVING Group have now restarted, please contact Christine if you would like to join either.

A team of 6-10 members will be taking part in the Ringwood Carnival Procession on the afternoon of Saturday 17th September - please come along and give us a cheer.

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.

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Current Programme Leaflet

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



Mah-Jong 2, Fortnightly at 10.15 - 12.30
Group Leader: Stella Thomas
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: Liz Gibbons
Singing For Fun, 1st and 3rd Wed at 2.00 - 4.00
Group Leader: June Edwards


Canasta 1, Alternate Fortnightly to Canasta 3 at 10.00 - 12.30
Group Leader: Frances Gadsby
Canasta 3, Alternate Fortnightly to Canasta 1 at 10.00 - 12.30
Group Leader: Maggie Jerome
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
Photography, 2nd and 4th Thurs at 2.00 - 4.00
Group Leader: Peter Jackson


Pub Lunches, Last Friday at 12.30
Group Leader: Ann Duckworth and Judith Purssell


Board Games, Weekly at 2.00
Group Leader: Biddy Morson


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

Date/TimeMeeting subject
Thursday, Aug 18th
2 pm
Monthly Meeting
David Beardsley: "Russell Cotes - The Story of the Victorian Villa". In 1901 Sir Merton and Lady Annie Russell-Cotes completed their dream home - a palace of art filled with an extraordinary collection of paintings, sculptures and treasures collected on their world travels. Discover the story of these wonderful characters and their unique vision.
Thursday, Sep 15th
2 pm
Monthly Meeting
James Porter - Final Flight of Lancaster PB848
Thursday, Oct 20th
2 pm
Monthly Meeting
Brian and Jaqueline Sutton - The Duke of Monmouth & Alice Lisle
Thursday, Nov 17th
2 pm
Monthly Meeting
Mike Read - Rocky Mountain Magic
Thursday, Dec 15th
2 pm
Monthly Meeting
Members Christmas Party
Thursday, Jan 19th 2023
2 pm
Monthly Meeting
Stephen Candy - Kingston Lacy through the Seasons
Thursday, Feb 16th 2023
2 pm
Monthly Meeting
Dr Henry Goodall - Allied Assault Gliders in WW11
Thursday, Mar 16th 2023
2 pm
Monthly Meeting
Kevin Patience - Rolls Royce and the Silver Lady - A Tragic Love Story
Thursday, Mar 16th 2023
2 pm
Monthly Meeting
Thursday, Apr 20th 2023
2 pm
Monthly Meeting
Thursday, May 18th 2023
2 pm
Monthly Meeting
Thursday, Jun 15th 2023
2 pm
Monthly Meeting

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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 £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.
Pete Jackson
June 2018

(Issued following the introduction of the new GDPR rules)

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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Ringwood u3a Committee

Nigel Bonynge
Russ Doody
Jacqui Bell
Alan Glover
Membership Secretary