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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 RENEWAL for September 2019 to August 2020. Forms are now available to download from the website or can be collected at the 19 Sept meeting. If possible we would ask that you take one home and complete it in full and then return it at the October Meeting when we will process them along with your payments. IF YOU WISH TO RENEW AT THE SEPTEMBER MEETING PLEASE DO SO AFTER THE TALK. Postal renewals can be sent 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. All renewals should be completed by November.

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 members' 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.

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 skill in a particular topic/subject that you could pass on to other members? Please talk to Audrey

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. Thank you to Judy Thomas who will be helping in September.

The latest, PROGRAMME LEAFLET can be found on the website (last updated 16.08.19). 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.

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.

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.

IN CASE OF EMERGENCY 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.

PETANQUE - The first 'taster' session held at Avon Heath Country Park was a success with 7 attendees (the only cost being parking which is £1.50 per hour so car sharing would be a good idea). The next is on Thursday 22nd August at 11am - just show up and have a go. Chris Chubb ( 01202 425063 will provide equipment and instruction on how to play. If there are enough people who want to continue the plan would be to play on Monday mornings at 10.30am and we have provisional bookings for the 9th, 16th and 30th September.

The WALK on Thursday 22nd August will be Poulner Lakes and Highwood, 3 miles, Led by Christine. Meet at Poulner Lakes car park (Map OL22 ref 157067). This walk combines lakeside and forest paths. Depending on the weather this walk is likely to be muddy. PLEASE NOTE that the full Summer/Autumn Walks Programme is now listed on the website under Groups.

As there is no Pub Lunch in August an alternative LUNCH has been arranged for Friday 30th August at 'Chianti' in Ferndown where their 'lunch specials' are just £5.90 for Pizza or Pasta with salad. Contact Hazel if you'd like to do this so I can book a table. So far 11 have signed up.

The next event on the MENS GROUP Programme on Thursday 5th September is a trip to Salisbury Races for the Shadwell Dick Fillies Stakes and EBF Race Day with lunch prior at The Radnor Arms. Please contact Roger if you are interested.

2-4pm Thursday 5th September. You may have seen the leaflets and posters about the new 'Heroes and Heroines of HISTORIC RINGWOOD WALKING TOUR which have recently appeared locally describing the guided walk as follows "Become a time traveller and enjoy a leisurely walk weaving through the streets and lanes of picturesque Ringwood. Find out about the beautiful old buildings of our town and the people who lived and worked here. Listen to stories of a mysterious murder, an assassination, secret agents, a rebellion, an escape, capture, no less than 2 executions, a cruel judge, heroes and heroines." The walk is only around a mile with lots of opportunities to sit. The usual price of £10 has been reduced to £8 if we can make a group of 10 (maximum 16). The tour finishes in The Meeting House and refreshments can be provided with advance notice. SO please let me know if you would like to come along and if you would like refreshments. Hazel (just 4 signed up as at 20 Aug)

The WALK on Thursday 12th September will be 'The Countess's Secret Garden and Canadian Memorial'. A 3 mile forest walk mostly on gravel paths with some mud and one long hill, led by Charles (and Christine). Meet at Bolderwood (free) car park, with toilets (Map OL22 ref 243087). Why not bring a picnic for after the walk as they have picnic tables.

The speaker at our 19th SEPTEMBER MEETING will be Phil Holt "Controlling 911" who will give us a step by step understanding of the events of that fateful day from an Air Traffic Control viewpoint giving insight to the outcome.

We are looking for Volunteers to take part in The RINGWOOD CARNIVAL PARADES on Saturday 21st September at one or both of the 2pm or 7.15pm parades. We would be walking alongside the Greyfriars Float, in a U3A teeshirt, handing out A5 sheets of information on our U3A to likely looking onlookers. If you would like to be involved please contact Hazel.

We have a new group 'HEALTHY LIVING' which will be hosted by Christine Rutherford in her home from 2-4pm starting on Thursday 3rd October (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 MENS GROUP meeting in October will be a visit to the Bovington Tank Museum. Please contact Roger if interested.

In December the MENS GROUP will be having a pre Christmas Lunch at The Inn on the Furlong. Please contact Roger if interested.

The NEW FOREST and BEYOND group are hoping to arrange a coach trip to see The Mary Rose/visit Portsmouth in October or November. Please let Jo know if you are interested.

We really could do with 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.

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.

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.

U3A 2020 DIARIES are now available to order from the U3A National Office website h t t p s / w w £3.25 each.

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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