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. See the link on our website under 'web links'

New Forest Summer Saturday "Healthy Walks", take place on the first Saturday of the month:- 6th July (Matley Heath), 7th Sept (Acres Down), 5th Oct (Franchises Lodge). All start at 10am. Lasting approximately 1.5 hours. Might be muddy so strong shoes or walking boots advised. All welcome, no need to book, free of charge. If attending please email Nigel on healtywalks@cfnf.org.uk or ring Craig on 01590 646671 for more details.

"Healthy Walks", lasting approximately 1 hour, often attended by several club members, take place every 2nd and 4th Wednesdays commencing at 10.30am from 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.

"Healthy Walks", lasting approximately 1 hour, take place every Thursday at 10.30am starting from Fordingbridge Library. Posted by Hazel Taylor.

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) is still asking for 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 February, 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

For those wishing to continue with Spanish (Beginners and Improvers) while our groups are without leaders, Greyfriars, under the umbrella of Brockenhurst College, have a class on Monday mornings 9.30 - 1. Terms of 10 weeks. Tutor Ruth White email whiteruth5@gmail.com 07810 210463 Posted by Hazel Taylor

For those wishing to study French (Beginners and Improvers), Greyfriars, under the umbrella of Brockenhurst College, have a class on Wednesday evenings 7-8.30. Terms of 10 weeks. Contact 01590 625222 to register. Posted by Hazel Taylor

For those wishing to study Italian (Beginners and Improvers), Greyfriars, under the umbrella of Brockenhurst College, have a class on Wednesday evenings 7-8.30. Terms of 10 weeks. Contact 01590 625222 to register. Posted by Hazel Taylor

For those wishing to study Drawing and Painting, Greyfriars, under the umbrella of Brockenhurst College, have a class on Wednesday evenings 7-9. Terms of 10 weeks. Contact 01590 625222 to register. 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

SWIMMING and AQUA AEROBICS at St Ives Primary School, Sandy Lane, St Ives, Ringwood, BH24 2LE. An appeal to local residents, regardless of age or ability, is being made to support the schools newly refurbished and reopened indoor swimming pool. The pool will be open on THURSDAY 20th June for a trial session, for an Aqua Aerobics class at 4.40pm - 5.10 pm, cost £5, and a general swimming session, intended just for adults, from 5.15pm - 6.00pm, cost £4. It is hoped that there will be plenty of support for this fantastic local amenity, for which the school has worked extremely hard, so do please come along. This is a superb opportunity to be able to give something back to the community, whilst benefiting from a spot of exercise. Regular sessions will be arranged according to demand. Please confirm your intention to attend to Samara Stewart, email: SISAinfo@stivespta.com so that she has an idea of numbers to expect.

Alternatively we have been invited to just pop along after our U3A Mtg on 20th June to see the facilities with a view to taking part on another day.

Bookshelf is the theme for this years RMDS Summer Show which takes over Greyfriars from 23-27 July. As usual there will be three shows loosely based on the theme, with energetic performances from the (mostly) young cast. There is a licensed bar and the famed Greyfriars canapes during the intervals, and tickets are the same price as they were back in 2012 - great value and a great night out! Bring some friends and create a party atmosphere! Tickets from Greyfriars

Silent Auction and Supper, 7 for 7.30pm, 28th July, Broadstone War Memorial Hall, Tudor Road, BH18 8AW. Tickets £10 in advance from Mar 07944 257928, Pauline 01202 682207 or Jackie jackiedetrafford@uwclub.net to include Fish & Chip Supper (sausage or veggie alternatives), Tea, Coffee & Soft Drinks or bring your own drinks & glasses. All proceeds to the Purple Teardrop Campaign, supporting survivors of sex trafficking. Auction bell at 9.30pm secures highest bid on items.

WaterAid Fundraising Cream Teams - Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th August, 2.30-5.30pm, The Old Schoolhouse, 172 Church Street, Sturminster Marshall, Wimborne Sturminster Marshall BH21 4BU. Please come along to support this charity that provides water, sanitation and hygiene education to the world's poorest communities. All homemade scones and cakes at reasonable prices plus book sale and a Tombola where you are guaranteed to win a prize. Posted by Hazel Taylor (Donations of books or tombola prizes very welcome - please give to Hazel)

The Ringwood Art Society Exhibition from 8 to 26 August.

The Pamper and Craft Fair at Greyfriars on 17 August.

Ringwood Carnival Saturday 21st September. Parades at 2 and 7.15