Notices, Travel & Events 

Here we gather information regarding those activities are not true Interest Groups in the sense of having a limited membership. What is covered here are activities that everyone can join in as and when they please.

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Retford U3A and the Chesterfield Canal Walking Festival 2019


From Saturday,14th to Sunday 22nd September there's the Chesterfield Canal Walking Festival, involving both ourselves and our good friends at Retford Civic Society on both Sundays, engaging in Boat & Boots trips and Retford Heritage Walks. (See attached PDFs for further information).

On Tuesday, 17th September, we are hosting one of the Walking Festival's walks, a 10 miler, setting off from the Chequers Inn, Ranby at 11.00 am. This will also double up as our Striders walk for the month and includes a stop-off at Babworth Church for some refreshment and to glean some of the history associated with the church. Members of the public are required to register for the walk, though this is NOT necessary for our members and will save the Canal Trust fees incurred whilst registering.

Tuesday 17th to Thursday,19th September inclusive sees two of our intrepid ladies, Pippa and Prue, take part in the canal's whole length (46 miles !) walks. You may wish to join them (bearing in mind that registration for all 3 legs is required) or cheer them along the way. Whatever you may decide, we wish them all the very best ! 





For information regarding Chesterfield Canal Walks, please click:   HERE

For information regarding the Heritage Walks, please click:   HERE


5/9/19 - Update re above

First thing is regarding our involvement with the Chesterfield Canal Trust Walking Festival which starts a week on Saturday, 14th September.
We're assisting in 2 "Boat & Boots" events on Sunday, 15th and are appealing for a volunteer to assist me (Tom) on the first one at 11.00am. It involves a free ride on the Seth Ellis narrowboat from its moorings at the Hop Pole pub, Welham Road as far as The Gate Inn, Clarborough, around 1.75 miles and passing through the historic (as seen on Countryfile!) Whitsunday Pie Lock. Having disembarked at The Gate, we then wend our way back on foot to the Hop Pole via a circular route of roughly 4 miles that takes us past the historic churches in Hayton and Clarborough, affording decent views (weather permitting) of Retford from The Baulk before descending Pinfold Lane and back to the Hop Pole.
We'd have up to 10 paying passengers on board who we were responsible for who would have pre-booked the event.
If anybody fancies this, please let me know. We'd be expected to be finished by 1.30 pm. 


The second item also refers to the CCT Walking Festival in relation to the walk (10 miles) that we are hosting from the Chequers, Ranby at 11.000 am on Tuesday, 17th September.
We have possibly 6, or even more of our members, who have signed up for the 3 day full-length walk of the Chesterfield Canal which also commences that day, naturally reducing numbers for the 10 miler. As such, could any of our Striders who are likely to do the 10 miler that day please let me know as I'll require a designated back-marker for the walk ? Cheers in advance.




Retford U3A and The Notts Historic Churches Trust's Ride and Stride 2019


For your further delectation, Vernon informs us that there's an event on Saturday, September 14th, organised by Notts Historic Churches Trust, entitled Ride and Stride, whereby people visit as many of the nominated churches as possible, getting their cards stamped at each. It's a sponsored event whereby participants dun their Friends and relatives for so much per church visited. Half of the sponsorship money collected goes to your nominated church, the rest going into the general fund. If any of our members are interested they should email or tel. 0115 9794891. (PDF attached re this event also)

Vernon also informs us that there's a " September Saunter " around Osberton on Sunday, 15th September, commencing from Scofton Village Hall at 3pm, followed by a Pet Service at St. John's Church and tea in the Village Hall. Vernon muses about any pets joining in the hymns and what might ensue whereby terriers sing descant and St. Bernards the bass line ! 




For information regarding Ride and Stride, please click:   HERE


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