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WHAT BENEFITS CAN JOINING THE U3A BRING TO YOU?
Are you a 'Baby Boomer'? Can you remember extra classes in school and cod liver oil capsules? Did you wear net underskirts or luminous socks? Are you the generation, educated after the 1944 Education Act, who have coped with the swinging sixties and the peace-loving seventies; flower-power; men on the moon; the Cuba Crisis; computers and the Internet? Have you managed the vagaries of Microsoft Windows and got lost with your Sat. Nav.? Are you now, in retirement, looking for the next challenge or, at the very least, something interesting to do with your time?

Ashfield U3A (University of the Third Age) is a self-help group aimed at providing life-long opportunities for those who are generally over 50 (though there are no age constraints) and no longer in full-time employment. Ashfield U3A meets once a month for a general meeting with topic or speaker, but the real strength of the organisation lies in the interest groups which are small, run by members and allow people with a common interest to meet together with the aim of learning from each other. At present, interest groups include such topics as Badminton, Board Games, Book Groups, Breakfast, Bridge, Cake Decorating, Canasta, Cardcraft, Cinema, Cinema Visits, Classical Music, Craft, Croquet, Discussion, Family History, Gardening & Garden Visits, Holidays, Horticulture, International Dining, Investments, Line Dancing, Lunch Group, Mah Jong, Movement to Music, National Trust Visits, Play Reading, Poetry, Pudding Club, Railway, Scrabble, Shakespeare, Singing for Fun, Sugarcraft, Theatre Visits, Threads & Fibres, Ukulele, Walking, Wine Appreciation & Woodcarving. Future groups may include any topic that a few members wish to pursue.

Interest Groups are often started because of the interest of one or two members. They will arrange a short meeting at their home or other venue and invite others who may be interested. The interest group decides how, when and where they will meet and how large the group will be. Some, such as outings groups, may not meet formally at all. Some may wish to pay a teacher; others will pursue their interests as a group, learning from each other without an 'expert' or tutor. The co-ordinator of a group does not have to be an expert, but will ensure that meetings happen and that group members are kept informed.




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2012/11 Newsletters


ANNOUNCEMENTS:


Emergency First Aid:

We are pleased to announce that both Colleen Green & David Wilson have both attended an Emergency First Aid Course paid for by Ashfield U3A. They have both qualified and are awaiting their certificates. Now, not only will Thursday meetings be covered, but the groups to which they belong may also benefit if required.

Walking in Nottinghamshire: is a website which lists dozens of walks which can be downloaded and printed free of charge. Go to the 'walking in notts' site.

Group Co-ordinators: May we respectfully remind you that, from time to time, you should ensure that all members of your group prove their membership of Ashfield U3A (or another Neighbourhood Group U3A) by showing you an up-to-date membership card. This is most important from an insurance aspect, as one member who is not covered by TAT insurance could invalidate the insurance for the rest of the group.

Do you know of anyone in Ashfield U3A who is seriously ill or has just lost a loved one? We would like to send out a card on behalf of Ashfield U3A. Please contact either Carole Seymour on 01623-489785 or Rita Lomas on 01623-480338, or send an email to Carole or Rita. Please note that Maxine no longer acts in this capacity.

Ravenshead Community Transport: Ashfield U3A has now registered with the Ravenshead Community Minibus Scheme, and as such, we will receive 10% discount on all our bookings. Any group within Ashfield U3A is entitled to use this facility, which is in addition to the Kirkby 'Our Centre' minibus.

Thoresby 2018:

If you are interested in attending the Thoresby Break in 2018, organised by Terry Whitehead, please click on the link below which will take you to the relevant u3asites page:

Thoresby Information

Liverpool & Chester Terracotta Warriors Mini-Break - 23rd-25th September 2018:

  • Sunday to Tuesday Bed & Breakfast
  • Coach - local pickup points
  • 4 star Mercure Atlantic Tower Hotel, Liverpool
  • Monday - Visit to Terracotta Warriors exhibition from China at the National Museum
  • Tuesday - Coach and walking tour of Chester with local guide
  • Cost: £229 pp
  • Deposit: £50 - cheque made payable to 'Just for Groups'
  • 3 course (2 choice) evening meal at the hotel for £17 pp per night on the first / second nights if required
  • Full details from Jacqui Hampshire on 01623-239210




Ashfield U3A 10th Anniversary at Goosedale, Papplewick on 1st July, 2016:

Ashfield U3A formally celebrated its 10th anniversary at Goosedale in Papplewick, Notts., with entertainment from Ravenshead Swing Band. The Am Dram group also gave a short sketch Some photographs are shown below.







Ashfield U3A 10th Anniversary celebration on 24th March, 2016:

Ashfield U3A celebrated its 10th anniversary at the March monthly meeting held at the Ashwood Centre, Kirkby-in-Ashfield. Around 170 of its 300 plus members were in attendance and enjoyed a glass of Champagne together with smoked salmon and cream cheese crostinis. Soft drinks were also served as an alternative.

After announcements, an anniversary cake was cut by its first chairman, Barrie Jackson, and shared with those present.

All five chairmen to date are pictured with the cake - from left to right, Barrie Jackson (first chairman), Lynne Jackson (fourth chairman), Maxine Rose (second chairman), Ron Britton (third chairman) and Trish Tootell (fifth chairman). A formal dinner is to be held in July at Goosedale in Papplewick, Notts., with entertainment from Ravenshead Swing Band.






HISTORY OF ASHFIELD U3A:
Mansfield and District U3A was so successful that, six years after it was formed, it found itself in the position of looking for ways of dealing with the large number of people wishing to join. As a result, and to meet the demand, Ashfield U3A was set up in March 2006.

The Ashwood Centre - 
venue for the monthly meetings


After the first meeting at Sherwood Court, it was obvious that there was not going to be room for expansion and so the committee decided that it would be prudent to seek out a new venue. As from May 2006, Ashfield U3A held its main meetings at Bentinck Miners' Welfare, Sutton Road, Kirkby-in-Ashfield, where it continued to do so until September 2007, when it became obvious that another venue had to be sought, owing to its ever increasing numbers.




Since October 2007, meetings are held in The Ashwood Centre, Portland Street, Kirkby-in-Ashfield. This premises can house a significant increase in membership, is light and airy and has the advantage of being central to the town whilst on one level. It is also just off the main bus routes through Kirkby and can cater for around forty cars, while overspill parking is available in several car parks which are only a few minutes away.



The Ashwood Centre also has a number of other rooms which are available for hire to interest groups, at low cost.

If you would like more information about Ashfield U3A or about how to join, please telephone the Chairman, Jacquie Chapman on 07887-732450 or the Membership Secretary, Ann Smithson on 01623-428585.




Or email U3A Enquiries



Alternatively, request information from the Membership Secretary by filling in the electronic form.



RECENT SITE UPDATES:
  • 27-11-2017 - Art Group [November group photographs]
  • 24-11-2017 - Theatre Group
  • 24-11-2017 - Family History Group
  • 22-11-2017 - November newsletter [flipbook format]
  • 16-11-2017 - Miscellany Group
  • 04-11-2017 - Gardening for Pleasure Group
  • 01-11-2017 - October newsletter [flipbook format]
  • 09-10-2017 - Liverpool & Chester Terracotta Warriors Mini-Break [see 'Announcements' above]
  • 09-10-2017 - International Dining Group
  • 06-10-2017 - Art Group
  • 02-10-2017 - Walking Group 'C' [cancellation]
  • 02-10-2017 - Book Group 'A'
  • 02-10-2017 - Art Group
  • 02-10-2017 - Miscellany Group
  • 29-09-2017 - September newsletter [flipbook format]
  • 28-08-2017 - August newsletter [flipbook format]


VISITS TO U3As IN OTHER REGIONS:
  • Bridlington U3A - September 2009 visit by Ron & Carole Britton.

    If you visit friends or relatives who belong to U3As in other regions, why not go along as a visitor? Take a few photographs and send them to Ron Britton along with a short writeup about it, and I'll put the visit up here on the website.


FEATURES:
  • The Tradesmen's Register held by Barrie Jackson has now been made available online. Please feel free to add to this register with the names and contact details of workmen you feel you can recommend. For advice on 'How to avoid rogue traders and find a good tradesman' visit TraderScams.


FORTHCOMING EVENTS:
  • Ashfield U3A Picnic in the Garden: A picnic is to be held in the garden of members Barrie & Lynne Jackson, Sycamores House, Salmon Lane, Annesley Woodhouse on 4th June, 2017 from 12:00 to 16:00. Tickets are available at the main meetings at £2 each. All proceeds will go to the National Open Garden Scheme which will be apportioned to their chosen charities for the year.




PAST EVENTS WITH WRITE-UP & PHOTOGRAPHS: