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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

Our next Monthly Meeting will be held on Thursday 15th March 2018 at 2pm at Greyfriars where Steve Robertswill be giving us a very informative talk entitled "150 Years of The London Underground" which should be interesting!

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 (

The initial meeting of the Mens Group has taken place and another meeting has been planned for the 20th March at 2.30pm at The St Leonards Hotel, St Leonards. Anyone who would like to come along will be welcome. For further information please contact Roger Gregory on 01425 470268.

The NEW FOREST AND BEYOND GROUP's next visit is on Thursday 1st March to The County Museum in Dorchester where amongst other things we have "Dippy" the diplodocus who is currently touring the country courtesy of the Natural History Museum. There is also talk of visiting Mottisfont House ( National Trust) before 15th April while there is an exhibition of Heath Robinson Drawings on show there.Further details can be obtained from our leader Jo. The Group have also been successful with their bid to visit Longford Castle.on 3rd April. All those who have said they will go then must now arrange payment to our group leader Jo as a matter of urgency

LEAFLET. Remember that our leaflet is available on the website and can be printed at home.

The U3A Signpost for February is now online.To see it click the following link: Contents include: U3A Global Forum announcement for February 4th, Resources for Sci/Tech, Book and Economics Groups, 'Age Without Borders' 6-day online 'Caregiving Summit', International conference in Delhi, India, News from AIUTA meeting in Coruna, Spain.

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.

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!

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

WALKS - Our full Winter and Spring Programme of walks is available on the website in the Activities Section.The next walks are on Friday March 2nd starting from Burbush car park, on the road from Burley to Bransgore and will cover about 4 miles led by Ros and Wednesday 14th March - Portuguese Fireplace and Acres Down which will cover 3.5 miles Led by Christine. Both walks start at 10am Please refer to the Activities section for full details


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) (replacing (a) with @).

When you have completed the form you may take it, and your £24 membership fee, to the Thursday monthly meeting.

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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
January 2017