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.


Our General Meetings are open to anyone interested in finding out more about U3A in Retford.  Visitors and prospective members are always welcome. You will find a warm welcome and be able to find out who we are and what we do.

Meetings are held at The Well, Hospital Road, Retford on the fourth Thursday of each month between 1.30 and 3.30pm

Details of the monthly speaker programme are at the foot of this page.

Special Events and 'Stop Press' notices will be included in the "Notices, Travel and Events' page as well as the newsletter.  Please click HERE  for details. 

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





January 24th         Paul Wyman             Tuxford Windmill

February 28th        Mark Walsh              Danny La Rue/June Whitfield

March 28th            Barbara Meyer          Sherwood Forest Wildlife

April 25th               Janet Thomas            Waste Medicines

May 23rd                Emma Sheardown     Para-dressage

June 27th               Roger Brown              History of Jazz

July 25th                 Linda Hamilton           NHS Screening Services

August                    NO GENERAL MEETING

September 26th      David Bell                    The Plague Doctor - Eyam

October 24th            Phillip Caine               From Barrow to Baghdad

November 28th        Tony Barber                The Social History of the St. Leger

December 19th        Christmas Meeting      "Just Us And Our Ukuleles"