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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


The SKITTLES evenings this month will be on Tuesday 23rd and Friday 26th January. 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 or £5.50 without. Please contact Peter Knight whose email address is knight@lapalmera.co.uk This evening is open to members and non members, but places must be booked in advance.

WALKS - Our Winter and Spring Programme of walks is now available on the website in the Activities Section. We have already had our walks for January, but our walks for February are on Monday 5th February at Lucy Hill Enclosure 3 miles Led by Ros and Tuesday 13th February at Castleman Trailway 4 miles Led by Christine Please refer to the Activities section for full details

The Pub Lunch for January will be on Friday the 26th January 2018 at The Crown, Ringwood Rd, Bransgore, Christchurch BH23 8AA at 12.30pm. Please let Margaret and Maureen know by Wednesday 24th if you wish to go. They can be contacted via the Group Activities Info section on the website. 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 as they must know numbers in advance to ensure there is a place.

Don't forget that if you are at a loose end on a Saturday, we have a games group every Saturday from 2-4pm. See Activities Section for further details and to contact Biddy

OUR NEW FRIENDLY BRIDGE CLUB FOR ALL ( see Activities Section) is now active and is a great opportunity for all U3A members whether you are beginners, intermediate and more experienced players to join in. All are welcome. Sessions started on the 14th November 2017 and are held in the Hilary Christie Room at Greyfriars every Tuesday from 2pm . The cost is 1.50 per person. Teaching is available to those who are new to the game or who have never played! If you are interested in giving it a try please contact Maggie Jerome on 01425 540914.You have nothing to lose by giving it a go!

We now have a Members Noticeboard as a new section on our website which will give 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.

U3A Signpost is now online. The complete nine-year archive of issues is at:- http://worldu3a.org/signpost. CONTENTS INCLUDE --- Resources for History/Books/Craft Groups; --- Science/Astronomy Groups - Rubbish --- U3A International Conference in DELHI 2018 --- Using robots to care for the elderly --- Taking part in moon mission research!

Take a look in our Activities Section of proposed outings for 2018 by our NEW FOREST AND BEYOND GROUP getting to know the local area. The first outing proposed is to the Bombay Sapphire Distillery on Thursday 1st February which we understand is very interesting as it incorporates the history of the Mill where the distillery now is.Another plan being mooted is a visit to Longford Castle but here we need to make up a pre booked party visit. The dates suggested (in order of preference) are for 3 April, 27 March, 29 March. This info is urgently needed so if you are interested in this or any other of the proposals please let our Group leader Jo know asap.

There has been considerable interest in a new Mens Group, so if you would like to know more and attend an introductory meeting, please ring Roger Gregory on 01425470268

Our next Monthly Meeting will be held on Thursday 15th February 2018 at 2pm at Greyfriars where Janet Diamond will give us an interesting talk entitled: "Ancient Egypt: A History in 10 Objects." This is an illustrated talk featuring items from across the main periods of ancient Egypt - beginning with Ptedynastic times (c. 4400BC) and finishing with the Ptolemies (323-30BC) in the dying days of the Egyptian Empire some 4000 years later.

A Happy and Healthy New Year to you all, after all, what do you call a person who is happy on Mondays? -----------------------------Retired!

The Choir are urgently seeking a temporary pianist from April until July. No preparation would be involved as they could have the current pianist's music. The group meet from 12.30 p.m. - 2.30 p.m. on 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month at Greyfriars. We have a break in August and hopefully our regular pianist will be well recovered by September. If you are able to help, please contact June Edwards (june.edwards1506@gmail.com).

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 contacting our Chair Judith Pursell:
judith144(a)btopenworld.com (replacing (a) with @).

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.

Judith Purssell
Chair
January 2017