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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?<br><br> <font size="4"><strong><u>Ashfield U3A</u></strong></font> (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 <u>full-time</u> 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 Art, Badminton, Board Games, Book Groups, Breakfast, Bridge, Cake Decorating, Canasta, Cardcraft, Cinema, Cinema Visits, Classical Music, Craft, Discussion, Family History, Gardening & Garden Visits, Holidays, Horticulture, International Dining, Investments, Lunch Group, Mah Jong, Miscellany, Movement to Music, National Trust Visits, Opera, 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.<br><br> 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.</font><br><br> </div><br> <! ----- NEWSLETTER -----> <hr color="#555555"> <a name="Newsletters"> <font face="Arial Narrow" size="5" color="#000000"> <strong><i>NEWSLETTERS:</i></strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <font color="#ff0000">Please use this section for latest 2 fullscreen newsletters. 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minutes for customers only.<br><br><br> We believe that there is parking available as follows:-<br><br> Hodgkinson Road/Festival Hall car park: 1.50 for 4 hours.<br><br> Lindleys Lane and Sherwood Street: there is some free street parking.<br><br> Kingsway Park: plenty of free parking but a fairly long walk.<br><br> Please adhere to parking signs in the Ashwood Car Park, this is because of Fire and Health & Safety Regulations. Please also leave the Speakers parking space free. The entrance road to the car park at the rear of the Ashwood building must be kept clear as this access is required for emergency vehicles.<br><br> Please remember that we are not allowed to park in the car park of the Health and Well-being Centre next to the Ashwood centre.<br><br> Sent on behalf of the Committee<br><br> <font color="#ff0000"> <strong>Emergency First Aid:</strong> </font> <br><br> 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.<br><br> <font color="#ff0000"> <strong>Walking in Nottinghamshire: </strong> </font> is a website which lists dozens of walks which can be downloaded and printed free of charge. <a href="http://www.walkinginnotts.co.uk" target="_blank">Go to the 'walking in notts' site</a>.<br><br> <font color="#ff0000"> <strong>Group Co-ordinators:</strong> </font> 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.<br><br> <font color="#ff0000"> <strong>Do you know </strong> </font> 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 <a href="mailto: caroleseymour@ashfieldu3a.org.uk">Carole</a> or <a href="mailto: ritalomas@ashfieldu3a.org.uk">Rita</a>. Please note that Maxine no longer acts in this capacity.<br><br> <font color="#ff0000"> <strong>Ravenshead Community Transport: </strong> </font> 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.<br><br> <font face="Arial" size="3" color="#000000"> <font color="#ff0000"> <strong>Thoresby 2019:</strong> </font> <br><br> If you are interested in attending the Thoresby Break in 2019, organised by Terry Whitehead, please click on the link below which will take you to the relevant u3a sites page: <br><br> <a href="https://u3asites.org.uk/mansfield/page/64287">Thoresby Information</a><br><br> <font color="#ff0000"> <strong>Liverpool & Chester Terracotta Warriors Mini-Break - 23rd-25th September 2018:</strong> </font> <br><br> <ul> <li>Sunday to Tuesday Bed & Breakfast <li>Coach - local pickup points <li>4 star Mercure Atlantic Tower Hotel, Liverpool <li>Monday - Visit to Terracotta Warriors exhibition from China at the National Museum <li>Tuesday - Coach and walking tour of Chester with local guide <li>Cost: 229 pp <li>Deposit: 50 - cheque made payable to 'Just for Groups' <li>3 course (2 choice) evening meal at the hotel for 17 pp per night on the first / second nights if required <li>Full details from Jacqui Hampshire on 01623-239210 </ul> <br><br><br><br> <font color="#ff0000"> <strong>Ashfield U3A 10th Anniversary at Goosedale, Papplewick on 1st July, 2016: </strong> </font> <br><br> 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.<br><br> <center> <img src="photographs/tenth_anniversary_01.jpg" width="400" height="300" hspace="10" vspace="5" alt=""> <img src="photographs/tenth_anniversary_02.jpg" width="400" height="250" hspace="10" vspace="5" alt=""> <img src="photographs/tenth_anniversary_03.jpg" width="400" height="300" hspace="10" vspace="5" alt=""><br><br> <img src="photographs/tenth_anniversary_04.jpg" width="400" height="300" hspace="10" vspace="5" alt=""> <img src="photographs/tenth_anniversary_05.jpg" width="400" height="300" hspace="10" vspace="5" alt=""> </center> <br><br><br><br> <font color="#ff0000"> <strong>Ashfield U3A 10th Anniversary celebration on 24th March, 2016: </strong> </font> <br><br> 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.<br><br> After announcements, an anniversary cake was cut by its first chairman, Barrie Jackson, and shared with those present.<br><br> 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 was held in July at Goosedale in Papplewick, Notts., with entertainment from Ravenshead Swing Band.<br><br> <img src="photographs/tenth_anniversary.jpg" width="400" height="300" hspace="10" vspace="5"> <br><br><br><br> </ul> </div> <! ----- HISTORY OF ASHFIELD -----> <hr color="#555555"> <a name="Ashfield U3A History"> <font face="Arial Narrow" size="5" color="#000000"> <strong><i>HISTORY OF ASHFIELD U3A:</i></strong> </font> </a> <hr color="#555555"> <div align="justify"> <font face="Arial" size="3" color="#000000"> 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.<br><br> <img src="photographs/ashwood1.jpg" width="350" height="250" hspace="30" vspace="20" align="left" alt="The Ashwood Centre - venue for the monthly meetings"><br><br><br> 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.<br><br><br><br><br> <img src="photographs/150827-04.jpg" width="350" height="250" hspace="30" vspace="5" align="right" alt=""> 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. <br><br> <img src="photographs/150701-02.jpg" width="500" height="350" hspace="30" vspace="20" align="left" alt=""> <br><br> The Ashwood Centre also has a number of other rooms which are available for hire to interest groups, at low cost. <br><br> If you would like more information about Ashfield U3A or about how to join, please telephone the Chairman, David Riley on 07810-597764 or the Membership Secretary, Ann Smithson on 01623-428585. <br><br><br><br><br> </div> Or email <a href="mailto: annsmithson@ashfieldu3a.org.uk"><strong> U3A Enquiries</strong></a> <br><br> <img src="photographs/150827-06.jpg" width="350" height="250" hspace="30" vspace="20" align="right" alt=""> <br><br> Alternatively, <a href="info_request.htm"><strong>request information</strong></a> from the Membership Secretary by filling in the electronic form.</font> <br><br clear="right"></font> <! ----- RECENT SITE UPDATES -----> <hr color="#555555"> <a name="Recent Updates"> <font face="Arial Narrow" size="5" color="#000000"> <strong><i>RECENT SITE UPDATES:</i></strong> </font> </a> <hr color="#555555"> <div> <font face="Arial Narrow" size="3" color="#000000"> <ul> <li>26-07-2018 - Lunch Group 2 <li>23-07-2018 - Enjoying Shakespeare Group <li>23-07-2018 - CAR PARKING - [see important notice in ANNOUNCEMENTS] <li>23-07-2018 - International Dining Group <li>22-07-2018 - Lunch Group 2 [NEW GROUP] <li>22-07-2018 - July newsletter [flipbook format] <li>15-07-2018 - Book Group 'A' <li>15-07-2018 - Theatre Visits Group <li>15-07-2018 - Entertainments Unlimited Group [NEW GROUP] <li>30-06-2018 - June newsletter [flipbook format] <li>30-06-2018 - Committee Posts & Responsibilities [see Committee page] <li>13-06-2018 - Theatre Visits Group <li>25-05-2018 - International Dining Group <li>25-05-2018 - Miscellany Group [Hodsock write-up & photographs] <li>25-05-2018 - May newsletter [flipbook format] <li>11-05-2018 - Miscellany Group [June cancellation] <li>03-05-2018 - New Constitution clause [See committee page for Constitution] <li>30-04-2018 - New Committee page for 2018 <li>27-04-2018 - Walking Group 'D' <li>27-04-2018 - Family History Group <li>24-04-2018 - April newsletter [flipbook format] <li>04-04-2018 - Dressmaking Group [NEW GROUP] <li>04-04-2018 - Beading Group [NEW GROUP] <br><br> </div> <! ----- VISITS TO U3As IN OTHER REGIONS -----> <hr color="#555555"> <a name="Visits to U3As"> <font face="Arial Narrow" size="5" color="#000000"> <strong><i>VISITS TO U3As IN OTHER REGIONS:</i></strong> </font> </a> <hr color="#555555"> <font face="Arial" size="3" color="#000000"> <ul> <li><a href="bridlingtonu3a.htm"><b>Bridlington U3A</b></a> - September 2009 visit by Ron & Carole Britton. <br><br> 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. <br><br> </ul> <! ----- FEATURES -----> <hr color="#555555"> <a name="Features"> <font face="Arial Narrow" size="5" color="#000000"> <strong><i>FEATURES:</i></strong> </font> </a> <hr color="#555555"> <font face="Arial" size="3" color="#000000"> <ul> <li><a href="tradesmen.htm"><b>The Tradesmen's Register</b></a> 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 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.traderscams.co.uk/home.htm"> TraderScams</a>. <br><br> </ul> <! ----- PAST EVENTS -----> <hr color="#555555"> <a name="Past Events"> <font face="Arial Narrow" size="5" color="#000000"> <strong><i>PAST EVENTS WITH WRITE-UP & PHOTOGRAPHS:</i></strong> </font> </a> <hr color="#555555"> <font face="Arial" size="3" color="#000000"> <ul> <li><strong>Ashfield U3A Burn's Night Supper: </strong><br><br><br> <ul> <li><strong>Chairman's Welcome:</strong> Jacquie Chapman<br><br> <li><strong>The Selkirk Grace:</strong> Geoff Cree<br><br> <li><strong>Piping in the Haggis:</strong> The Piper (Stuart Gulley)<br><br> <li><strong>Address & Toast to the Haggis:</strong> Graham Allin<br><br> <li><strong>First Entertainment:</strong> Lionel Castle & Stephen Jackson<br><br> <li><strong>The Immortal Memory:</strong> Lionel Castle<br><br> <li><strong>Second Entertainment:</strong> Jill Pullan, Lynne Jackson & Stephen Jackson<br><br> <li><strong>Toast to the Lassies:</strong> Ron Walker<br><br> <li><strong>Third Entertainment:</strong> David Riley<br><br> <li><strong>Burn's Poem:</strong> John Nurse<br><br> <li><strong>Reply to the Toast to the Lassies:</strong> Sandra Vanner<br><br> <li><strong>Vote of Thanks:</strong> Jacquie Chapman<br><br> </ul> <br><br><br> <center> <img src="burns_night_2017/170128-01.jpg" width="500" height="300" hspace="10" vspace="10"> <img src="burns_night_2017/170128-02.jpg" width="500" height="300" hspace="10" vspace="10"> </center> <center> <img src="burns_night_2017/170128-03.jpg" width="500" height="300" hspace="10" vspace="10"> <img src="burns_night_2017/170128-04.jpg" width="300" height="300" hspace="10" vspace="10"> <img src="burns_night_2017/170128-05.jpg" width="500" height="300" hspace="10" vspace="10"> </center> <center> <img src="burns_night_2017/170128-06.jpg" width="300" height="500" hspace="10" vspace="10"> <img src="burns_night_2017/170128-00.png" width="600" height="500" hspace="10" vspace="10"> <img src="burns_night_2017/170128-07.jpg" width="300" height="500" hspace="10" vspace="10"> </center> <center> <img src="burns_night_2017/170128-08.jpg" width="500" height="300" hspace="10" vspace="10"> <img src="burns_night_2017/170128-09.jpg" width="300" height="300" hspace="10" vspace="10"> <img src="burns_night_2017/170128-10.jpg" width="500" height="300" hspace="10" vspace="10"> </center> <center> <img src="burns_night_2017/170128-11.jpg" width="500" height="300" hspace="10" vspace="10"> <img src="burns_night_2017/170128-12.jpg" width="500" height="300" hspace="10" vspace="10"> </center> <br><br><br><br><br> <font face="Arial" size="3" color="#000000"> <ul> <li><strong>Ashfield U3A St. Patrick's Night Celebration: </strong>This took place on Saturday, 15 March 2014 in the Ashwood Centre, from 19:00 to 20:30 and included an Irish Band [Knitters Jig] with steak and Guinness pie, potatoes and peas, and carrot cake for afters. There was also an Irish Quiz in the break. <br><br><br> <center> <img src="st_patricks_2014/140315-04.jpg" width="500" height="300" hspace="10" vspace="10"> <img src="st_patricks_2014/140315-06.jpg" width="400" height="300" hspace="10" vspace="10"> </center> <center> <img src="st_patricks_2014/140315-07.jpg" width="400" height="300" hspace="10" vspace="10"> <img src="st_patricks_2014/140315-02.jpg" width="500" height="300" hspace="10" vspace="10"> </center> <center> <img src="st_patricks_2014/140315-03.jpg" width="500" height="300" hspace="10" vspace="10"> <img src="st_patricks_2014/140315-08.jpg" width="400" height="300" hspace="10" vspace="10"> </center> <center> <img src="st_patricks_2014/140315-09.jpg" width="400" height="300" hspace="10" vspace="10"> <img src="st_patricks_2014/140315-01.jpg" width="500" height="300" hspace="10" vspace="10"> </center> <center> <img src="st_patricks_2014/140315-05.jpg" width="500" height="300" hspace="10" vspace="10"> <img src="st_patricks_2014/140315-10.jpg" width="400" height="300" hspace="10" vspace="10"> </center> <br><br> <li><strong>May 2012 - </strong><a href="diamond_jubilee_2012_1.htm"><b>Ashfield U3A Queen's Diamond Jubilee Celebrations - Hog Roast & Swing Band. [Images 01-22]</b></a><br><br> <li><strong>May 2012 - </strong><a href="diamond_jubilee_2012_2.htm"><b>Ashfield U3A Queen's Diamond Jubilee Celebrations - Hog Roast & Swing Band. [Images 23-44]</b></a><br><br> <li><strong>October 2011 - </strong><a href="pie_and_pea_2011.htm"><b>Ashfield U3A Fifth Pie & Pea Supper.</b></a><br><br> <li><strong>June 2011 - </strong><a href="picnic2011_1.htm"><b>NNNG Third Picnic in the Park [images 01-12]</b></a><br><br> <li><strong>June 2011 - </strong><a href="picnic2011_2.htm"><b>NNNG Third Picnic in the Park [images 13-24]</b></a><br><br> <li><strong>June 2011 - </strong><a href="picnic2011_3.htm"><b>NNNG Third Picnic in the Park [images 25-37]</b></a><br><br> <li><strong>April 2011 - </strong><a href="st_george_2011_1.htm"><b>Ashfield U3A St. George's Day Celebration at the Ashwood Centre</b></a><br><br> <li><strong>October 2010 - </strong><a href="sixties_night_2010.htm"><b>Ashfield U3A 60s Night at the Rainworth Village Hall</b></a><br><br> <li><strong>June 2009 - </strong><a href="picnic2009_1.htm"><b>NNNG Second Picnic in the Park [images 01-10]</b></a><br><br> <li><strong>June 2009 - </strong><a href="picnic2009_2.htm"><b>NNNG Second Picnic in the Park [images 11-20]</b></a><br><br> <li><strong>June 2009 - </strong><a href="picnic2009_3.htm"><b>NNNG Second Picnic in the Park [images 21-30]</b></a><br><br> <li><strong>June 2009 - </strong><a href="picnic2009_4.htm"><b>NNNG Second Picnic in the Park [images 31-40]</b></a><br><br> <li><strong>May 2009 - </strong><a href="coffee.htm"><b>Ashfield U3A Lottery Grant Celebration Coffee Morning at The Ashwood Centre</b></a><br><br> <li><strong>April 2009 - </strong><a href="harrogate_spring_2009.htm"><b>Ashfield U3A visit to Harrogate Spring Flower Show</b></a><br><br> <li><strong>March 2009 - </strong><a href="skittles_2009.htm"><b>Ashfield U3A Skittles Evening at The Little John, Ravenshead</b></a><br><br> <li><strong>December 2008 - </strong><a href="xmas_lunch_2008.htm"><b>Ashfield U3A Christmas Cruise and Festive Lunch</b></a><br><br> <li><strong>October 2008 - </strong><a href="millionaire 2008_1.htm"><b>Ashfield U3A Millionaires' Evening</b></a><br><br> <li><strong>September 2008 - </strong><a href="denbies_2008.htm"><b>Ashfield U3A Denbies/Vinopolis Trip</b></a><br><br> <li><strong>August 2008 - </strong><a href="jazz_cruise_2008.htm"><b>Ashfield U3A River Trent Jazz Cruise.</b></a><br><br> <li><strong>March 2008 - </strong><a href="pie_and_pea_2008.htm"><b>Ashfield U3A Second Pie & Pea Supper.</b></a><br><br> <li><strong>October 2007 - </strong><a href="murder_mystery.htm"><b>Ashfield U3A Murder Mystery.</b></a><br><br> <li><strong>June 2007 - </strong><a href="picnic_in_the_park_2007.htm"><b>NNNG Picnic in the Park.</b></a><br><br> <li><strong>March 2007 - </strong><a href="pie_and_pea_2007.htm"><b>Ashfield U3A First Pie & Pea Supper.</b></a><br><br> </ul> <hr> <br><br> <!-- Start Bravenet.com Service Code --> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://pub29.bravenet.com/counter/code.php?id=397185&usernum=2489968552&cpv=2"> </script> <!-- End Bravenet.com Service Code --> <br> <center><font face="Arial" size="3" color="#000000"> Counter started 29/03/2006 [not available on certain browsers]<br><br> Ashfield U3A is&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<img src="resources/cake.gif" height="80" width="80">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;now <font face="Arial" size="6" color="#ff0000"><strong>12</strong></font> years old!<br><br> </font> <hr height="1" width="350"> </center> <!end of main body of page> <!------------- Dynamic Copyright Notice --------> <center> <font face="Baskerville" color="#000000" size="2"> <i> <SCRIPT LANGUAGE="JavaScript"> today=new Date(); y0=today.getFullYear(); </SCRIPT> <center>All rights reserved&nbsp;&copy;&nbsp;Ashfield U3A (2006 - <SCRIPT LANGUAGE="JavaScript"> <!--- Hide from old browsers document.write(y0); // end hiding ---> </SCRIPT>) </center> </i> </font> </center> <!------------- Dynamic Copyright Notice --------> </td> </tr> </table> </center> </body> </html>