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.
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
September 26th Tony Barber Social History of the St. Leger
October 24th Phillip Caine From Barrow to Baghdad
November 28th David Bell The Plague Doctor - Eyam
December (date TBA) Steelspantastics Steel Band