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 - Update. Due to the continuing Covid virus restrictions, our General Meetings at the Well have had to be cancelled - our General Meetings (as shown below) are now held via Zoom.

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







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December 2020                        WINTER BREAK

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February 25th 2021                  Pippa Ramsay              "A Green Approach to Wellbeing"                   

March 25th 2021                       AGM

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May 27th 2021                          Roy Evans                     "History Of  London Transport"

June 10th 2021                         Martin Allan                    "A Funny Thing Happened On The                                                                                                                 Way To The Factory"

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July 22nd 2021                         Ian Keable                        "Cartoons From Hogarth to Private Eye"