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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


We have an urgent need to fill the vacant position of Membership Secretary - if you think you might be interested in this role please speak to Pete.

REMEMBER that the July Meeting will take place in the Trinity Church (opposite Greyfriars) when the speaker will be Hattie Miles talking about "The Hidden Secrets of Bournemouth". Christine will be providing home made cakes to go with our usual tea, coffee and biscuits so do come along and enjoy a sociable chat after the talk.

Our next monthly Meeting will be held on Thursday 21st June when a talk will be given by Tony Flux, National Trust Coast and Marine Adviser for the South West, entitled: "Caring for the coast ... the next 100 years".

The photo group which is led by Pete Jackson is running a 'beginners' group for those of you who want to get more out of your camera, phone or tablet. The aim is to help you to take pictures that you will be proud to share with others. They won't get technical but will help you to understand how to use those strange buttons or settings that are supposed to help you get better results. They will give tips on taking children and family - indoor and outdoor, landscapes and so on. The group started on Thursday 26th of April from 2.00 to 4.00 and will run monthly for up to 5 meetings. Please contact Pete on petej.u3a@gmail.com confirming your interest and if you have any particular thing that you would like to know.

The craft group has decided to support the Innocent Big Knit again this year. The Big Knit started back in 2003 and over 6 million hats have been knitted in the UK. The small hats are distributed on Innocent Drink Smoothies each Spring. For each hat that is sent in Innocent make a donation of 25p to Age UK. The money is used to run activities to help prevent loneliness. You could support us in one of two ways: 1. Please donate to us any unwanted knitting yarn that you might have. It does not matter how small the ball is, what colour or what thickness. We can find a use for all yarn. 2. You could knit or crochet some hats yourself. We will display some of our hats at the next monthly meeting. Patterns can easily be found by searching on the internet for "The Big Knit" Any donations of yarn or completed hats should be sent to Christine, our treasurer, via any of the committee members.

U3A Signpost for May 2018 is now online. To see it click the following link: http://worldu3a.org/signpost/may2018.htm Contents include: China's 7 million members, News from Kazakhstan, Singapore and Korea, Resources for Art, Current Affairs, Computer groups, Captain Cook Exhibition in London and India/Mauritius exchange visit

Another CANASTA GROUP "3" has been formed by Maggie Jerome. It will be held fortnightly at Maggie's house in Poulner on Thursday mornings from 10am until 12pm. Please contact Maggie direct at maggiejerome@hotmail.co.uk or on telephone number 01425540914 for further details.

Remember to look at the Members' Only Page (Noticeboard) 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. 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 FRIENDLY BRIDGE CLUB FOR ALL 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 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

Our next pub lunch is arranged for Friday 29th June at The Fish Inn West Street Ringwood BH24 2AA at 12:30 pm. Please confirm whether you will be joining us by Wednesday 27th June 2018 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. Margaret and Maureen can be contacted on ringwoodu3apublunches@hotmail.com

WALKS - Our full Spring and Summer Programme of walks is now available in the Groups Section on the website. The next walk will be on Wednesday 27th June from Wick to Hengistbury Head and back. 2 miles each way led by Ros and Chris.Please refer to the Groups 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 emailing our Chairman, Pete Jackson.

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.

Pete Jackson
Chair
June 2018

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