Other Links of Interest

Useful Links & Resources

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Ashfield U3A Recommended Links Sites recommended by Ashfield U3A interest groups as being of particular interest to their members
U3A and Third Age Links The Third Age Trust and useful U3A sites
The Internet, Security and Other Software For beginners or those wanting to know more, visit these sites for assistance
The Arts Arts related sites
Money Wise A selection of financial websites
Seniors A small but growing list of sites for over-50s and senior citizens
Local Interest Local interest sites - e.g. local government, counties and districts information, local history, community websites, etc.
Internet Shopping Let the web save you money - use these sites to find the bargains
The Legal System and the Royal Family Legal matters, parliament, royalty, etc.
Leisure Sport & Travel Sports, crosswords, gardening, pets, travel, flights, languages, street maps etc.
Newspapers Newspapers online.
Other General Links Current affairs, DVLA, weather, etc.


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Ashfield U3A interest groups members' recommendations

    Wine Appreciation
    Casillero del Diablo - An excellent Flash site showing the 'Diablo' range of wines from Concha y Toro
    Concha y Toro - An excellently-presented site showing the full range of wines from this Chilean wine producer
    Stone, Vine & Sun - A Wine Merchant, newly-established in October 2002 by Simon Taylor and Andrew Shaw, based in Twyford
The Third Age Trust and useful U3A sites
U3A National Office/ The Third Age Trust
U3A Sources - an educational bulletin online
The International Network for Universities of the Third Age - to encourage the use of the internet for more effective communications and learning for U3A members in the UK
Harrow U3A
U3A Online courses
Hucknall U3A
Mansfield U3A
Sherwood U3A
Sutton-in-Ashfield U3A
The Internet, Security and Other Software
Proper Email Etiquette - a guide to the correct way to use email
U3A UK's Internetwork Group website for technical support - NOT for definitive answers to your problems but a good place to check before you spend money on repairs or new equipment
BBC Webwise - the BBC's guide to the internet
Internet Safety - guide to internet safety for kids
Hairnet - internet training initiative for the older generation
Investintech - a brief guide to the history of the Internet
Mimosa Systems - internet tutorials
GetNetWise - a detailed resource provided by a wide range of public-service and Internet industry bodies including Microsoft, AOL and Yahoo. This site offers safe-surfing advice; also tips on everything regarding the safety and protection of your computer from hackers and viruses as well as advice on stopping unwanted e-mails and spam
AVG Anti-virus Free Edition software from Grisoft. This free download has both a scheduled update built-in and a manual update feature. (Minimum system requirements: Win95; 24MB RAM; 12MB hard drive space)
Spybot: Search & Destroy v.1.4 anti-spyware software This free, well-recommended program can detect and remove spyware hidden on your PC which is silently tracking your surfing behaviour to create a marketing profile that can be sold to companies. Select one of the download centres from the screen. (Minimum system requirements: Win95; 12.5MB hard drive space)
Setting up a free e-mail address with Yahoo!
What is.....? - Confused by net terminology? Then try this online glossary
The Arts
Dead People Server - A database of (mostly) dead celebrities
The Internet Movie Database - The Earth's biggest movie database
Cantamus - World renowned girls' choir
The Tate Gallery - including Tate Britain, Tate Modern, Tate Liverpool and Tate St Ives
The Louvre - admire some of the world's greatest pieces of art. Take a tour around the world-famous Louvre in Paris
New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art - much to offer the serious student of art history as well as the casual browser in search of cultural stimulation. The museum's curators have picked out nearly 3500 objects for special treatment, including the entire collection of European paintings with more than 40 works by Monet. Most impressive is the Timeline of Art History.
The Art Renewal Centre - Lovers of Victorian Art will delight in the treasures to be seen on this gigantic online museum, which aims "To create the largest on-line Museum on the Internet, with hundreds of thousands of high quality images of all the known works of the greatest painters and sculptors in human history"
Victorian Art - A U3A member's art site dedicated to Victorian Art
The Web Gallery of Art - a virtual museum and searchable database of European painting and sculpture of the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque periods (1150-1800), currently containing over 12,100 reproductions. Maintained by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences
WetCanvas - Cyber Living for Artists - a very good artists' website
Francis Frith photographic classics - 300,000 photos of 7,000 UK towns and villages taken between 1860 and 1970
National Maritime Museum - a huge archive of maritime images
Artcyclopedia.com - a website for scanning 1200 cultural institutions to find the World's finest artworks. Enter artist, title or museum into the powerful search engine
BBC History - a BBC website to help you get more out of your interest in history
History World - magnificent history website, with 400 separate histories and 4000 tagged events
Imperial War Museum - 45,000 objects, ranging from photographs and soundbites to maps, documents, paintings and personal diaries are being digitised and added to this website between now and summer 2006
The Palace Theatre, Mansfield
Nottingham Theatre Royal and Royal Centre
Nottingham Playhouse
Historical Guide to American Literature
Money Wise
Additional Pensions Income Calculator - tips & guides for additional pensions income calculator
Home Energy Costs Reduction - how to save money & reduce costs on home energy
Department for Work and Pensions - pensions and retirement benefits
The Pension Service website - published by the Government, this website provides information for individuals about pensions and other pensioner benefits in the UK, whether you are planning for the future, are about to retire or have already retired. With a link to the Pension Tracing Service, for 'lost' pensions
Entitled To ... - enables families and senior citizens to check whether they are receiving the correct amount of tax credits
HM Revenue & Customs - the new department responsible for the business of the former Inland Revenue and HM Customs and Excise
UK Banks and Building Societies
MONEY Supermarket - compare each provider and apply online (current accounts, credit cards, savings accounts, ISAs, personal loans, home insurance, etc.)
Moneyfacts - independant financial website
Moneynet - presenting personal financial data in a clear and easy-to-understand format
Money Saving Expert - Martin Lewis's money-saving site
FIND - internet directory for UK financial websites
Interactive Investor International - good investment and financial information
Morning Star - web site for checking the performance of your investments
Insurance Supermarket - Website to shop around for your insurance requirements
Insurancewide.com comparison website - access to a wide range of insurance products. Quick and easy to use quotation systems requiring minimal input. Get motor, home, travel, lifestyle insurance quotations from a range of insurers
Confused.com Insurance website - car insurance and/or home insurance online, only one form to fill, with searches of 96% of car insurers on the net and 65% of online home insurers
SAGA - over-50s website for health, travel, insurance and serious radio
On-line guide to Over-Fifties websites - a UK250 resource
Timewitnesses - memories of the last century
Ashfield Primary Healthcare - tables of GPs, dentists and opticians in Ashfield District
Mansfield District Primary Care Trust - select the option 'Family Health Services' for tables of GPs, dentists and opticians in Mansfield District
National Health Service Online - Your gateway to health information on the Internet
NetDoctor - an independent health site which is a mine of information. More than 250 doctors and health professionals dispense advice in plain English
Patient UK website - for all matters concerning patients, with links to medicines, operations, support organisations and leaflets on health and disease
Local Interest
Ashwood Community Resource - An organisation established to provide community facilities primarily for the people of Kirkby-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire.
Mansfield CVS & Volunteer Bureau
Sutton Volunteer Bureau
Oultwood local government site - access to all the local councils in Nottinghamshire and adjacent counties
Old Nottinghamshire pages - excellent reports on Mansfield, Sutton-in-Ashfield, Kirkby-in-Ashfield, Blidworth and Annesley, plus Nottinghamshire church photographs [Heather Faulkes local history pages]
A History of Hucknall Torkard - excellent site on the history of Hucknall Torkard belonging to Maureen Newton - a local historian
Mansfield in the News - this began life as a series of short books, summarising 18th century newspaper items connected with Mansfield, England [Compiled by David J Bradbury]
The Old Mansfield Society - preserving and presenting the past of this ancient community
Mansfield Sister Cities Association - includes details of leaflets published on early Mansfield
Forest Town - Local historian Pauline Marples' website Forest Town on the Internet
Forest Town 2005 Centenary Celebrations - 2005 is a special centenary year - one hundred years since coal was found in Mansfield (Crown Farm) Colliery, and one hundred years since the establishment of the Church of England and Methodist churches in Forest Town. This website has been launched to help promote and record these events
Creswell Crags - home of the Ice Age hunter, with tour of the limestone gorge and catalogue of related museum objects
Huthwaite Online - village website pictorially covering the history of the old past mining community at Huthwaite
Warsop Web - community website for Warsop
Stanton Hill Community Website
Welcome to Rainworth - with history of the village and local events
Picture the Past - Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire award-winning historical website with more than 42,000 pictures illustrating the area's past. Winner of the Alan Ball Local History Award 2004. Prints can be purchased
NottsNet - a useful site for everything about Nottinghamshire, including family history searches
Nottingham town guide - useful site for visitor services, tourism, events, etc. plus A-Z searches
Nottingham Local History Index
Nottingham City Council website - visitor services, tourism, events, etc. and useful links
Welcome to Sheffield - visitor services, tourism, events, etc. and useful links
The Peak District Tourism Website - provides daily weather forecasts too
The National Archives online - records of the UK government from Domesday to the present, including online census records from 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891 and 1901
1901 census online.com - trace your English and Welsh ancestors with the official 1901 census
1837 online.com - family research link for every birth, marriage and death in England and Wales since 1837 when records were centralised. (Otherwise dubbed Ancestors Reunited)
Internet Shopping
An author's dream - a site offering an innovative hardback and paperback publishing service using the web
Bookbrain.co.uk - price comparisons for books over the Internet
Buy.co.uk - popular discount shopping site, with a built-in fuel calculator on the opening page for finding alternative utility suppliers. Look under Shopping to continue
CheckaPrice - price comparisons site which finds the cheapest stockist of goods and energy supplies (presents the opportunity to buy from the distributors provided)
EasyValue - comparisons for on-line shopping. Includes flight-finder for comparisons of prices of certain airlines
Online supermarket deliveries - information everyone needs to know about delivery costs, minimum order values, hidden costs, ways to cut delivery charges, delivery times and slot lengths at OnlineGroceryStore.co.uk
Quality bespoke jewellery for 'him and her' - a Derby-based company designing, manufacturing & selling silver, 18ct gold and platinum cufflinks & ladies' jewellery online. To get your 10% U3A discount, please quote U3AMEMBER when ordering.
Special Edition Chocolate - Award-winning, handmade chocolates - freshly made without the use of nuts, for that extra-special gift or merely to indulge yourself in this remarkable quality product.
TrollyDolly - a shopping site for price comparisons, special offers and a shopping directory
uSwitch - popular site for searching for alternative gas, electricity, broadband, bank services etc.
Voucher Codes - a shopping site giving voucher code discounts on a wide range of goods
The Legal System and the Royal Family
Community Legal Service Direct - includes interactive calculator to check for eligibility for legal aid, directory of legal service providers, and direct online access to materials and links on a wide range of legal issues including benefits and consumer affairs. Also a series of legal rights leaflets
Her Majesty's Court Service website - with information on procedures and processes and online forms
Adviceguide - up-to-date, independent advice around the clock from Citizens Advice Bureaux
UK Government Directgov website
National Statistics online - home of national statistics
Hansard - Parliamentary proceedings
The Royal Family - the official website of the monarchy
Gateway to the European Union - European Union affairs and integration
Leisure Sport & Travel
Safe Traveling for Diabetics - A guide providing diabetics with useful information on everything from how to breeze through airport security to life insurance considerations
Iglu Cruise - A clean approach to the topic highlighting the many benefits of combining travel with art and culture
Happy Hiker - A free-information, walking website, set up by a third-ager
Walking in England - thousands of FREE walks to download, details of all the books, maps and walking groups in the country
One Across - crossword clue solver!
Grandma Alice's Crossword Cracker! - the site for crossword, anagram and acrostic lovers... uncluttered, powerful, free and fast! (Use dots for missing letters)
HotCourses.com - if you want to learn a language, or just something to stimulate your mind, then this site offers everything from German and Gujurati to golf and sailing. Also useful for keeping grandchildren occupied!
ClassicReader.com - where you can read, search and annotate great works of literature, by authors such as Dickens, Tolstoy, Shakespeare and many others, free of charge. The collection currently contains 3061 books (including 1703 short stories) by 320 authors
Planet Rugby - topical news about club and international rugby from across the World
Cricket365.com - cricket news from 'the World's ultimate cricket resource'
Crocus - 'gardeners by nature' - a site offering copious advice to all gardeners. Extensive tips and 'problem solving' sections
PetPlanet.co.uk - for a serious look at your pet and information on different breeds and their characteristics. Database of useful contacts including vets, kennels and (when travelling) pet-friendly hotels
Streetmap.co.uk - locate streets by entering just the street name (or postcode) in the QuickSearch box. Streetmap will list all possibilities in the UK for you to select from, followed by a display of the relevant street map and partial postcode
Nottingham Travelwise Service - just about everything concerning public transport in Nottinghamshire. Includes bus and community bus information, Nottingham Express Transit (the new tram system), rail and airport information, weekly roadworks incidents, taxi information in Nottingham, bus and rail timetables, parking, a bus planner, Robin Hood Line, and even locations of speed cameras!
The National Rail website - the gateway to the national rail network - Invaluable site for all rail travellers looking for latest news and emergency rail news. Has links to the Train Operating Companies, Eurostar, Heathrow Express and Rail Europe
The Trainline.com - book tickets online. Also access timetables
The National Express website - for journeys throughout the UK by the National Express coach network
Stagecoach - bus travel and timetables
Trent and Barton Buses - bus travel and timetables online
Web Weekend Breaks - lets you book weekend breaks according to your interests
Bargain holidays.com - package holidays, cheap flights and short breaks
3rd Age Holidays.com - holidays for third agers
LastMinute.com - special offers on last minute travel, flights, hotels, and entertainment
Travelcare, part of the Co-op group - for on-line flights, accommodation, commission-free travel money, late charter flight search, as well as scheduled flights
Travelocity - a catch-all site for every form of journey. Has a Fare Watcher to help browsers locate best flight deals
Travelleronline - the independent traveller's club, offering travel magazines, links to other sites, maps, language tuition and flight arrival times
Laterooms.com - good for late bookings in hotels, including the UK
The Foreign Office website - advice, assistance and travel tips for British nationals travelling overseas
The Lonely Planet Travel Guide - frequently updated site that offers all you need to know in planning a trip
Gatwick Parking - compare Gatwick airport car parks, read impartial reviews and book online with Gosimply.com for great savings
Gatwick Airport Parking - Parking4less provides a Gatwick Airport Parking service where you can compare prices at over 10 Gatwick parking sites
Frixo - road / motorway traffic reporting site - Gives users up-to-date information as the site gets updated every 3 minutes via feeds from various sources including the Government's official 'Highways Agency' site.
Senior Travel Insurance - Holiday insurance for the young at heart. It's official - 65 is the new 45.
Travel Insurance for Pre Existing Medical Conditions - Get the right quote for your medical condition
Travel information and comparison site - Provides reviews and comparisons of travel money providers, currency cards and travellers cheques with information such as minimum purchases, foreign exchange rates and delivery fees
Newspapers Online
The Mansfield CHAD online
The Ashfield CHAD online
The Derbyshire Times online and Chesterfield Today
The Nottingham Evening Post and other local events and information
Sheffield Today with local events and information in the Sheffield area
The Times and Sunday Times online
Electronic Telegraph - The Daily Telegraph online
Newspapers and current affairs - site carrying links to several English and Scottish newspapers
The Washington Post online
USA Today online
Other General Links
NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration website
Newreg.com - searches for vehicle registration plate availability
DVLA website - includes explanations of the new vehicle registration mark system
The BBC weather service - 5-day weather forecasts for the Mansfield area
Royal Mail - postal prices and postcode/address finder
The CIA Factbook website - the most exhaustive repository imaginable of data on all countries of the world
Quickbabynames - Meaning of Names, Baby Names and their Origins - Over 20,0000 meaning of names and baby names statistics, all searchable by origins, style, impression, popularity.
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