Ringwood U3A - Members' Only Page

The Members Noticeboard is the section 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 or promoting services. If you would like something posted to the Noticeboard please email full details to Hazel via the contacts page. Inclusion will at the discretion of the Committee.

Have you heard about the new 'Ringwood Community Network'? It's a website created and supported by Ringwood Rotary to bring together all the organisations in and around Ringwood to benefit it's residents. We are an associated member. You can see what free or ticketed events are taking place by viewing the Calendar and can find Volunteering Opportunities for various events and groups - please take a look, they are currently seeking Marshalls for the Carnival on 21st Sept amongst other events. See the link on our website under 'web links'

"Healthy Walks", lasting approximately 1 hour, often attended by several club members, take place every 2nd and 4th Wednesdays commencing at 10.30am on mostly flat paths. Meet at the Tern Hide Car Park, Blashford Lakes. Bring binoculars if you have them to check out the bird life from the various hides. Posted by Hazel Taylor.

Greyfriars are hoping to recruit volunteers - can you spare a few hours a month? They particularly want to find people willing to drive a Minibus to give lonely and isolated older people in our community the opportunity to get to the shops and other venues. Full Midas training and support will be provided. If interested please contact Greyfriars office on 01425 472613 or email office@greyfriarsringwood.org.uk

Do you need a little help with IT ? Ringwood Library run free 'Computer Buddy' sessions from 10am till 12 noon every Tuesday - call 474255 for more information. Posted by Hazel Taylor

Wyn's Bookshop in Greyfriars (open 9-5 M-F and Sat am) which raises funds for Greyfriars need donations of good quality paperbacks as well as children's books. Your continued support is very much appreciated. Posted on behalf of Joy Forrester-Addie.

Ringwood 'Good Neighbours' provide lifts to important appointments for those unable to drive or catch a bus who live in the BH24 area. If you need this service please ring 07933 202112. This phone line is answered between 1000 and 12000 Monday to Friday. If you would like to volunteer to help please ring Mike O'Brien on 01425 474395. A small charge will be made. If you are able to become a driver or offer other help please contact Mike. Never any pressure to take a job if it's not convenient. Mileage allowance and expenses such as parking are financed by client donations. Posted on behalf of Christine Rutherford.

The Ringwood Carers Group was set up to support Carers who look after their loved ones and provide a place where they can have a little time to themselves. They have a Dropin Cafe at the Trinity Centre, Ringwood on the second Thursday morning of every month 10.30am-noon. They offer a listening ear for Carers who are often forgotten and can offer help with information for Carers. Their web site is w w w ringwoodcarers.org.uk. Posted on behalf of Roger Gregory.

Tool Aid Ringwood is a charity formed to collect and refurbish usable tools, sewing machines, computers, bicycles and other items which are then sent to developing countries to enable people to escape poverty. Volunteers are always welcome as are donations of the above items. More info on the website (toolaidringwood.org.uk) Posted on behalf of Cyril Downing

The charity, SafeWise, are in need of additional safety tour guides. For more info visit safewise.org/get-involved/volunteer, or ring SafeWise on 01202 591330. Posted by Hazel Taylor

The charity, SafeWise, who gave a talk to the club in 2018, are running 'Dorset Driver Gold'' courses to help people aged 65+ drive safely for longer by enhancing their driving skills and confidence. The 3 hour theory session costs £10 with breaks and refreshments included. Practical sessions cost £45 and last up to 90 minutes. Following receipt of booking form and payment you will be given details to arrange your drive directly with an approved driving instructor. For more info visit safewise.org/dorset-driver-gold, ring or text 0771 3499 777 (they will call you back) or leave a message at SafeWise on 01202 591330. Posted by Hazel Taylor

Did you know that you can register to receive email alerts regarding local issues such as cold calling and scams - just go to the following website - w w w dorsetalert.co.uk Posted by Hazel Taylor

The Greyfriars Study Group has an ongoing programme of one off talks (£5 on the door) and courses taking place over several weeks. For full details please see their programme which can be found on the link from the Greyfriars website. w w w greyfriarsringwood.org.uk/greyfriars-study-group/. Posted on behalf of Ann Pedersen

Did you know that a French Conversation Group meets every Tuesday 10-11am at Trinity Centre. Refreshments included. Alain Jourdan 07887 787012 info@frenchmatters.net

ST IVES COMMUNITY SWIMMING at the Primary School, Sandy Lane, St Ives, BH24 2LE. The pool is 8m x 16m; Shallow end depth: 0.7m; Deep end depth; 1.2m. It is open air and heated to about 27-28'C. An adult must be in the water with their children. Price per family £8. For more info please contact Samara Stewart, email: Sisainfo@stivespta.com

Saturday 30th November, at 7.30pm, Handel's Messiah performed by Fordingbridge Choral Society. Tickets £15 from Greyfriars or ticketsource.co.uk Messiah Ringwood. Proceeds to 'Ringwood Young Carers'& other Ringwood Rotary Club Charities.

Tuesday 17th December at 7.30pm, 'A Thomas Hardy Christmas'. A West Gallery Quire of musicians, singers and readers bring to life the words of Thomas Hardy with tunes and songs of the period in Burley Village Hall. Mulled Wine, Mince Pies and Raffle. Proceeds to National Coastwatch Institution, Hengistbury Head. Tickets £5 in advance - Tel: 01425 402180