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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

MOTTO FOR THE MONTH " Attitude is everything! "

The SKITTLES evenings for October will be on Wednesday 18th and Friday 20th. 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 per person with a basket meal or £5.50 without. Please contact Peter Knight whose email address is This evening is open to members and non members, but places must be booked in advance.

WALKS - The Autumn and Winter Programme of walks is available in the Activities Section which contains full details of what is involved with any particular walk. The next walk will be on Friday 3rd November at Canada Common led by Ros followed by a walk on Wednesday 22nd November at Potterne Park and Moors Valley led by Christine

The Pub Lunch in October is at The Alice Lisle, Rockford Green, Ringwood BH24 3NA on Friday 27th October at 12.30pm. Please let Margaret and Maureen know by Tuesday 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

COMING SOON U3A BRIDGE FOR ALL PLAYERS, Beginners, intermediate and more experienced. Sense of humour essential! It is proposed to start a friendly and welcoming club in November but it would help if anyone interested (no commitment) could get in touch with Maggie (01425 540914) to give her an idea of potential numbers for hiring a room (Sorry Albert Hall already booked!) Non members can apply and have a taster session but continued attendance would require membership of Ringwood U3A. Why not give it a try if you are interested? What have you got to lose? You could start a lifetime of convivial and stimulating activity!

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.

The World U3A Signpost Newsletter for August 2017 is now online at Contents include:- Joining the worldwide 'Pass It On' Network; New courses from U3A Online; Resources for Current Affairs and Economics groups; Resources for Choirs and Cycling/Walking groups; Resources for Human Biology and Embroidery groups The complete two-year archive of issues is at:-

Our next Monthly Meeting is on Thursday 16th November at 2pm in Greyfriars when Susan Howe will be giving a talk entitled "History Minus the Boring Bits." which sounds enticing! A London Blue Badge Guide, Susan will tell us a host of stories of such as why Charles 11 keeps popping out of his coffin; which stately home has a ghost dog who shows guests to their room before disappearing; why Henry V's queen wasn't buried for over 200 years and other disgraceful historical facts you've never heard before.

REMINDER. This years membership fees (£24) should have been paid by now. Forms are available at the monthly meetings or can be found on this website under "How to Join" on the front page. Please let us have a completed form and cheque as soon as you can if you have not already done so. If you are not planning on renewing your membership please let our Membership Secretary Barbara Colman know on or 01425477393 so that we do not need to trouble you further and your name can be removed from our records.

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.

Please also read the


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