Ringwood U3A - Members' Only Page

The Members Noticeboard is 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 or promoting services. If you would like something posted to the Noticeboard please email full details to Hazel via the contacts page. Inclusion will at the discretion of the Committee.

The charity, SafeWise, who gave a talk to the club in February, are running 'Dorset Driver Gold'' courses to help people aged 65+ drive safely for longer by enhancing their driving skills and confidence. The 3 hour theory session costs £10 with breaks and refreshments included. Practical sessions cost £45 and last up to 90 minutes. Following receipt of booking form and payment you will be given details to arrange your drive directly with an approved driving instructor. For more info visit safewise.org/dorset-driver-gold, ring or text 0771 3499 777 (they will call you back) or leave a message at SafeWise on 01202 591330. Posted by Hazel Taylor

"Healthy Walks", lasting approximately 1 hour, often attended by several club members, take place on alternate Wednesdays commencing at 10.30am from the Tern Hide Car Park, Blashford Lakes. Bring binoculars if you have them to check out the bird life from the various hides. The next walk will be on the 24th April. Posted by Hazel Taylor

Hampshire and IoW Wildlife Trust are running 'Natural Wellbeing' event at Blashford Lakes every Friday from 11am until 2.30pm to promote adult health and wellbeing. Participants can be involved in cooking and sharing an outdoor lunch, bird watching and outdoor craft activities. Contact Tracey on 01425 472760 or email BlashfordLakes@hiwwt.org.uk. Posted by Hazel Taylor

Wyn's Bookshop in Greyfriars (open 9-5 M-F and Sat am) are still asking for donations of good quality paperbacks as well as children's books. Your continued support is very much appreciated. Posted by Joy Forrester-Addie.

The charity, SafeWise, who gave a talk to the club in February 2017, are in need of additional safety tour guides. For more info visit safewise.org/get-involved/volunteer, or ring SafeWise on 01202 591330. Posted by Hazel Taylor

Ringwood Twinning Association group will be visiting our Twin town of Pont-Audemer from 10th May for a 4 day / 3 night visit by car at a cost of approx one hundred pounds per person. They need 20 people to do the trip but are a few short so have opened up an invitation to us to join them. There would also be a return visit for them to come to Ringwood in 2019 for which they would like hosts. Their website (ringwood-twinning.weebly.com) has write-ups of previous visits, photographs of the town and general information about their activities. Please contact Colin Nye, Hon Sec by email on ringwoodtwinning@yahoo.co.uk if interested. Posted on behalf of the Cmte

Leukaemia Busters are planning a series of fundraising walks in and around the Purbeck countryside and coastline on 30th June. Walks are 2.5, 7, 12, 19 and 26 mile routes. The 3 shorter routes include a ride on the Swanage Steam Railway. Walks are based from Harmans Cross Village Hall, adjacent to the railway station. Free parking and refreshments. All walkers must pre-register. Ring 02380 775590 or see the website www.leukaemiabusters.org.uk/purbeckodyssey.

Tool Aid Ringwood is a charity formed to collect and refurbish usable tools, sewing machines, computers, bicycles and other items which are then sent to developing countries to enable people to escape poverty. Volunteers are always welcome as are donations of the above items. More info on the website (toolaidringwood.org.uk) Posted by Cyril Downing

2pm, Sat 28th April, Greyfriars 60th Anniversary Walk around Ringwood followed by tea and cake if you wish. If you'd like to join in the gentle and quite short walk please put your name down on the list on the board behind the Reception desk. Posted on behalf of Jo Barratt.

Wessex Cancer Trust are holding their 2nd annual 'Walk for Hope' on Sunday 10th June in Burley in an effort to raise funds for local families affected by cancer through sponsorship of walkers taking on the challenge of a 10 or 20 mile route. They are in need of VOLUNTEERS to support the event on the day. There are many positions available (route marshall, pit stop volunteer, tail walker/sweeper, registration helper and medals/refreshments helper), with shifts starting earlier or later in the day. Please email Hazel if you would like a copy of the full lists of positions and time slots. If you could help please contact Rachel Coombs on 023 067 2200 or email rachel.coombs@wessexcancer.org.uk. Please email Hazel if you would like a copy of the full list of positions. Posted on behalf of Judith Pursell.

Ringwood Town Council is looking for local volunteers to join its team of staff and volunteers to help out for a few hours and assist visitors to Ringwood. No experience is necessary but an interest in Ringwood and a friendly, helpful attitude is essential. For more info call Chrisine Smith on 01425 484725 or email town.council@ringwood.gov.uk. Posted by Hazel Taylor

Lewis Manning Hospice are holding a fundraising sponsored 'Hospice to Hospice' walk on Saturday 12 May. 26.2 miles starting from either Lymington or Poole or 13.5 miles from Mudeford. For further details please go to their website lewis-manning.co.uk. Posted by Judith Pursell

WaterAid's bi-annual sponsored 'Walk 4 Water' takes place on Sunday 13 May. 6, 10 and 16 mile routes from Shell Bay, Branksome Dene Chine or Hengisbury Head all finish in Swanage. For further details please go to the website wateraid-dorsetsupport.org.uk. Posted by Hazel Taylor