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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.

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THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HAS ADOPTED OUR NEW MEMBERSHIP CARD BADGES, IF YOU HAVE NOT DONE SO ALREADY PLEASE BRING YOUR MEMBERSHIP CARD TO THE NEXT MEETING. This initiative has been introduced in response to a suggestion left in our Suggestion Box. The new badge holders have both 'clip' and 'pin' forms of attachment that our membership cards will fit into. Please bring your card to the meeting and you will be given a badge holder which you can wear at subsequent meetings to avoid having to write out a name badge every time and thus 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.

At the AGM on 18th April the new Constitution was adopted and the Committee elected. Thanks were given to the Committee Members standing down after serving for 3 years:- Ros D'Albert; Hazel Taylor; Valerie Grant and Barbara Colman plus June Edwards who stepped down at Xmas. Pete Jackson was re-elected as Chair, Christine Rutherford as Treasurer and Cyril Downing as General Member. Russ Doody was elected as Secretary; Janet Smith as Membership Secretary; Audrey Salter as Groups CoOrdinator. Hazel Taylor was re-elected to serve a further year in the role of Publicity Officer.

We still need to recruit someone to take on the key role of SPEAKER SECRETARY. Speakers have been booked for the year ahead but the role also involves liaising with the speakers before, on the day and after the talk so a candidate is urgently sort. Hazel is more than happy to give any help required until the new person is established. If you would like to be more involved in the club (now or in the future) please do come and talk to Pete or any of the Committee.

The Club is reliant on willing volunteers to not only serve on the Committee but also to be Leaders 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 Leader (or Host) does not need to be onerous, it can simply be an admin role or one of providing a room in your home as a meeting place. 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.

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. 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 events to attend and organisation who are looking for volunteers.

Our May speaker will be Steve Roberts on 'Dad's Army, Fact and Fiction'.

Please note that we have a change of speaker for our June meeting when unfortunately, once again due to a photographic assignment, Sam Stewart is unable to talk on his 'Year in Alaska'. Instead we will have Tony Stafford former Yeoman Warden (Beefeater) at the Tower of London for 20 years giving us his talk on 'The Sex Lives of Kings' !

The current leaflet can be found on the website (last updated 11.03.19). Printed copies are available at monthly meetings and from Greyfriars literature display although the latter may not always be the latest version. A new edition will be produced as soon as possible following the AGM.

Contact details for Group Leaders and Committee Members can be found on the Current Leaflet.

The next Skittles evenings will be on Tuesday 23rd and Friday 26th April 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.

Our next pub lunch will be on Friday 26th April at 12.30 pm. This will be held at The Fish Inn, West St, Ringwood BH24 2AA. Remember this is open to members and non members, so if you are thinking of joining Ringwood U3A why not give it a try, but PLEASE contact Margaret and Maureen beforehand (by Wednesday 24th at the latest) as they must know numbers in advance to ensure there is sufficient allocated seating. Lunchers who attend without booking in may have to sit elsewhere. Please order and pay for your own food and drink at the bar.

The next event on the Mens Group Programme is 25th April when they will be visiting the R.N. Submarine Museum in Gosport (a must for any fella's who've been watching "Das Boot"). In May the trip will be to The Ghurkas/Royal Green Jackets Museum, Winchester. June is Lunch at The Inn on the Furlong. If you are interested in any of these please contact Roger.

The next walk will be 3 miles on Wednesday 1st May at 10.00 am starting from The Rockingham Arms, Canada (SO51 6DE) Map ref OL22 290180. The pub is signposted from the A36 Salisbury to Southampton Rd at West Wellow, turning off the M27 at the Romsey exit. This walk takes us across the common and along forest tracks. A good pub for coffee or lunch with an interesting gift shop! Led by Ros

The full Spring walks programme can be found on the website.

The New Forest and Beyond Group are planing to visit the Hinton Admiral Estate gardens on Sunday 12th May when they will be open for charity. Hinton Admiral is the Estate and Ancestral home of the Tapps-Gervis-Meyrick family. The house is Grade I listed but not open to the public. The walled gardens to the north of the house and the wall to the terrace in front of the gardens of the house are both Grade II listed and are open to the public by arrangement and certainly worth a visit. If interested please contact Jo.

On Sunday 19th May an Art Study Day "Beyond The Impressionists" is being organised by Xch U3A at The Village Hotel (opposite Bmth Hosp). From 10.15am to 4.15pm including refreshments and lunch £34 - free parking. If interested please email Hazel who will forward full details.

Blandford U3A are running courses on Medieval Church Architecture and Medieval Stained Glass starting in May which will be run over six sessions on 1,15 and 29 May, 12 and 26 June, and 10 July, with the architecture in the mornings and the stained glass in the afternoons. There are available spaces and it would be OK to attend either or both. Lunch (not included in cost of course) at the "Willows", Shillingstone can be arranged if required. The cost will be £30.50 per person for both courses or £15.25 for either just the morning or afternoon. This covers an equal share of the rent of the Committee Room at Durweston Village Hall, and the tutor, Dr Ken Lawson's, expenses. He's a member of Sherborne U3A; and in keeping with the ethos of U3A, is not charging a tuition fee. These courses are limited to 10 students. Our tutor likes small numbers and has asked me to emphasise that these courses are a series of tutorials not lectures. Contact Hazel ASAP if interest..

New Forest and Beyond Group are planning a trip with guided tour of the beautiful Grade II listed 1793 'Cottage Ornee', Houghton Lodge and grounds on the river Test near Stockbridge. This will now take place on Thursday 4th July. Lunch can be booked and car sharing is recommended. Contact Jo if interested.

Good news if you would like to take part in a Book Group but thought they were all full - thanks to Mary Brindley we now have a 4th group who will meet on the 1st Wednesday of the month at 2pm. If interested please contact Mary on 01425 489710 or marybrindley1126@gmail.com

'Singing for Fun' group continues at 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.

Unfortunately our Bridge Group is unable to continue at present however anyone who still wishes to play Bridge within a Ringwood U3A Group is asked to please register their interest by contacting Audrey Salter along with any thoughts, ideas or suggestions they may have for continuing the group, particularly if you would be willing to Lead or simply provide a venue for the group.

Judith has advised that unfortunately both our Art History and also Travel Groups will be taking a break.

Unfortunately we no longer have a Spanish group as no-one has come forward to lead either group. If anyone would like to take on this role please contact Audrey Salter.

There has also been interest in a French group but we need a Leader to come forward. If anyone would like to take on this role please contact Audrey Salter.

Interest has been expressed by several people regarding a Theatre Group - to do so we will need a Group Leader - please talk to Audrey Salter if you think you might like to do this.

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.

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.

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.

Please also read the


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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