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About Ringwood U3A

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 £3 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.

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Please note that whilst every effort is made to keep this page and indeed the whole of the website current there may from time to time be a delay in updating the information provided. If you see anything that needs amending please advise Hazel.

The next meeting will be at Greyfriars on 16th December - this will be the Members Magical Christmas Party - numbers are limited so please sign up as soon as possible. If you have signed up but are unable to attend please inform us so someone on the 'wait list' can come.

Printed copies of the latest Programme Leaflet (19.11.21) will be available at monthly meetings and (once groups fully recommence) also from Greyfriars literature display although the latter may not always be the latest version. There is also an online link below in the Groups section. On occasion a speaker may have had to cancel and a replacement arranged, in these circumstances the information on an older programme may be out of date. If you spot anything that needs amending please let Hazel know by emailing

Although Hazel has now retired from the Committee she will continue to administer the website and produce the programme leaflet in a non-committee role. Would Group Leaders please provide any new information to Hazel.

June Edwards and Barbara Colman continue to look after the meeting REFRESHMENTS however they need the help of at least one other each time. We have a sign up sheet located on the Welcome Desk so if you are able please volunteer to assist.

The Men's Group will be enjoying a Grand Christmas Lunch at The Inn on the Furlong on the 10th December. To book please either mail Roger on or ring him on 01425 470268.

THE NEW FOREST AND BEYOND GROUP have resumed activities. If you would like to join this group and receive details of planned events please register with Jo. We hope to have a day in Winchester - guided walk around the City then a guided tour of the Hospital of St Cross, possible visits to Whitchurch Silk Mill, Avington Park and more.

PUB LUNCHES are up and running with the next taking place on Friday 29th January, venue to be advised. Please let Judy or Ann know if you will attend by Monday 25th January.

IN CASE OF EMERGENCY (ICE) CARDS. The U3A have produced small 'credit card size' cards which fit easily into a purse or wallet to provide essential details in case members are taken ill at an event, particularly if on a walk or on a trip away from Ringwood. The idea is that you write your name, who to contact with a phone number and any medications, conditions or allergies on the card and KEEP IT WITH YOU. Then, if needs be, someone can find the card and have the appropriate information. Please pick up a card and fill it in then pop it in your purse/wallet - that way someone will be able to help you if necessary. Cards will be available from the Welcome Desk at monthly meetings or from Group Hosts.

New PHOTOS of group activities are always welcome for the website so if you can take a nice picture when you are part of a group or event please do (having first established that everyone is happy to have their picture published) and email them to Hazel.

If you have a MOBILITY issue, either short or long term, that is preventing you from coming to the monthly meetings or attending a group please contact a member of the Committee to see if we can find a local member who could provide a lift.

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Current Programme Leaflet

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Table Tennis 1 (Green Group), Weekly at 1030 - 1230
Group Leader: Sylvia Carter
Canasta 2, Fortnightly at 2.00 - 4.00
Group Leader: Frances Gadsby
Mah-Jong 4, Fortnightly at 2.00 - 4.00
Group Leader: Biddy Morson


Table Tennis 2 (Amber Group), Alternate Weeks at 1030 - 1230
Group Leader: Sylvia Carter
Table Tennis 3 (Red Group), Alternate Weeks at 1030 - 1230
Group Leader: Sylvia Carter
Current Affairs, 2nd and 4th Tuesdays at 2.30
Group Leader: Vacancy


Mah-Jong 1, Fortnightly at 10.15 - 12.30
Group Leader: Penny Brown
Mah-Jong 2, Fortnightly at 10.15 - 12.30
Group Leader: Stella Thomas
Book Group 3, 4th Wed at 2.15
Group Leader: Rose Lavender
Book Group 4, 1st Wed at 2.00
Group Leader: Mary Brindley
Family History, 2nd Wed at 2.00 - 4.00
Group Leader: Liz Gibbons
Singing for fun (small charge), 1st and 3rd Wed at 2.00 - 4.00
Group Leader: June Edwards
Whist, Twice monthly at 2pm
Group Leader: Terry Smith and Russ Doody


Canasta 1, Alternate Fortnightly to Canasta 3 at 10.00 - 12.30
Group Leader: Frances Gadsby
Canasta 3, Alternate Fortnightly to Canasta 1 at 10.00 - 12.30
Group Leader: Maggie Jerme
Craft, 2nd and 4th Thurs at 2.00 - 4.00
Group Leader: Jenny Jackson
Healthy Living, 1st Thurs at 2-4
Group Leader: Christine Rutherford
Photography, 2nd and 4th Thurs at 2.00 - 4.00
Group Leader: Peter Jackson


Informal Art (small charge), Twice monthly at 10.00 - 12.00
Group Leader: Chris Pentelow and Doreen Ledgerwood
Book Group 1, 2nd Friday at 2.15
Group Leader: Maureen Mills
Pub Lunches, Last Friday at 12.30
Group Leader: Ann Duckworth and Judith Purssell


Board Games, Weekly at 2.00
Group Leader: Biddy Morson


Men's Interest Group,
Group Leader: Roger Gregory
New Forest and Beyond,
Group Leader: Jo Barratt
Skittles, Monthly
Group Leader: Peter Knight
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Forthcoming Meetings

Date/TimeMeeting subject
Thursday, Dec 16th
2 pm
Monthly Meeting
MEMBERS MAGICAL CHRISTMAS EVENT - sign up as numbers will be limited
Thursday, Jan 20th 2022
2 pm
Monthly Meeting
Lt Col (Ret'd) Jeremy Prescott: "The Victoria Cross Story"
Thursday, Feb 17th 2022
2 pm
Monthly Meeting
Jackie Winter - Discover an Unknown Dorset
Thursday, Mar 17th 2022
2 pm
Monthly Meeting
Bryan Pinchen - Insect - Tales of the Unexpected
Thursday, Apr 21st 2022
2 pm
Monthly Meeting
Paul Stickler - Murder Most Foul - or wat it?
Thursday, May 19th 2022
2 pm
Monthly Meeting
Phil Holt - Air Traffic Control - How, Why, When and Where
Thursday, Jun 16th 2022
2 pm
Monthly Meeting

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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.

When you have completed the form, if possible pay your membership by bank transfer to Sort Code: 20-72-37, Account No 13297136 with the reference as your own name. Alternatively 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.
Pete Jackson
June 2018

(Issued following the introduction of the new GDPR rules)

Membership details are stored on encrypted and password protected memory sticks for use by designated members of the Committee only.
With the exception of email addresses, no membership details will be left on a computer connected to the internet.
Email addresses are only used to send communications from Ringwood U3A to it’s members.
Postal addresses are only shared with the U3A Trust to enable them to distribute the U3A magazine and for no other purpose.
Information will only be kept for administration purposes within the U3A while you are a member, thereafter it will be deleted from our records.
We undertake to securely dispose of any printed documents containing your details when no longer required.
We will not share any information about you with any other person or organisation without your explicit permission.

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Ringwood u3a Committee

Nigel Bonynge
Russ Doody
Jacqui Bell
Alan Glover
Membership Secretary