Welcome to Ashfield U3A
Ashfield U3A History
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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.
Ashfield U3A at the Kirkby Community Fair, Kirkby-in-Ashfield:
An event, designed to give local groups, agencies and charities a showcase for their services, was organised by Kirkby Rotary and was held on Saturday 3rd September, 2016 in Kirkby Plaza.
Ashfield U3A stood alongside 20 plus other groups to make older citizens aware of our services and what we had to offer. Unfortunately, due to extremely inclement weather, the event was halted midway.
Ashfield U3A at Kwik Fit, Sutton in Ashfield:
Six members of Ashfield U3A attended a workshop arranged by Liz Armstrong of Kwik fit at their repair centre in Sutton in Ashfield. Two mechanics gave the group an overview of everyday maintenance such checking tyres, oil, etc. and each of us also changed a wheel!
They also gave us lots of interesting tips and information and we have an open invitation to pop in with any queries and to have free car checks. A thoroughly informative and enjoyable evening.
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.
U3A Roll of Honour - September 2015
Jill Pullan has been accepted into the National U3A Roll of Honour. She was nominated by Rainworth U3A for all the help and support she gave them to start up and then get moving! She is also a strong supporter of Mansfield U3A and of course has been on our committee in various roles since we started. There are only 30 members nationally on this roll. Well done Jill.
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.
PAST EVENTS WITH WRITE-UP & PHOTOGRAPHS: