The inaugural meeting of Retford U3A was in May 2010, and, as of April 2018 we have well over 500 members and a wide variety of Interest Groups. Besides the regular General and Interest Group Meetings, there are also social events, study days, outings and holidays. Full details can be found at General Meetings or in the monthly Newsletter.
Interest Groups are organised in a variety of ways, depending on the subject. Most groups meet monthly although some, such as recorders and craft meet twice a month. Sometimes the venue remains the same and sometimes it rotates. Venues vary from members` houses, if the groups are small, to community centres and village halls and other such locations when the numbers are larger.
Interest Group Leaders often volunteer to start a group because they have a particular interest in a subject, others take on the role as the group develops. Groups vary in size from 4 to 50 and this influences the venue. Each group has to be self-supporting, so where premises have to be hired a nominal charge is made, usually around £2. Where the meeting is always in the same house, a contribution may be made towards refreshments, it is always up to the group to decide what they consider suitable.
Please contact the Interest Group Leader before attending an interest group for the first time to ensure the group is suitable for you and also that there is space for new members. Numbers are sometimes limited by size of venue and other factors.
The Committee and other officers are a group of volunteers who manage the running of Retford U3A. Full details, including copies of meeting minutes, may be found here.
25th January - 'Osteopathy'.....Paul Randall
22nd February - 'Yorkshire Wildlife Park'.....Jade Bancroft
22nd March - 'NCC recycling'.....Lydia Powles
26th April - 'Music'.....Janet Wood
24th May - 'Chef'.....Alan Lavender
28th June - 'Gem stones'.....Robert Wood
26th July - U3A group
23rd August - No meeting
27th September - David Skillen 'Knitters, Nailors and Traitors'. The industrial revolution in Belper.
25th October - '50's Pop star'.....Vince Eager
22nd November - 'Building the Dawn Rose'.....John Lower
13th December - 'Accoustic entertainment'.....Fools Gold