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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.

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. If you see anything that needs amending please advise Hazel.

Hazel has now retired from the Committee but will continue to administer the website and produce the programme leaflet in a non-committee role. Until a new Groups Coordinator is recruited would Group Leaders please provide any information to Hazel.

Printed copies of the latest Programme Leaflet will be available at monthly meetings and (once groups fully recommence) also from The Gateway or Greyfriars literature display although the latter may not always be the latest version. There is also an online link below in the Groups section. 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may have had to cancel and a replacement arranged, in these circumstances the information on an older programme may be out of date.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

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.

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 FOREST AND BEYOND GROUP are resuming activities on Tuesday 16 November with a trip to Milestones Museum of living history just outside Basingstoke, concession entrance is £13.25 and the Greyfriars mini coach is £17 per person. If you would like to join this group and receive details of planned events please register with Jo. We hope to have a day in Winchester - guided walk around the City then a guided tour of the Hospital of St Cross, visits to Whitchurch Silk Mill, Avington Park and more. PLEASE GATHER AT THE END OF THE OCTOBER MEETING FOR AN IDEAS BRAIN STORMING SESSION.

PUB LUNCHES are up and running with the next taking place on Friday 5th November at The Alice Lisle. Please let Judy or Ann know if you will attend by Monday 1st November with menu choices if possible. There will be one other lunch prior to Xmas on Friday 3rd December. From January 2022 lunches will resume their regular date of the first Friday in the month.

At the bottom of this page under 'Useful Links' you will find web links to the National U3A Trust and other associations which may be of help to you.

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.

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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Site update

This site will be undergoing a major upgrade which is expected to be available in the Autumn of this year. If you have any questions about becoming a member or need further information please contact Nigel or Pete who will be pleased to help you.