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Are you a 'Baby Boomer'? Can you remember extra classes in school and cod liver oil capsules? Did you wear net underskirts or luminous socks? Are you the generation, educated after the 1944 Education Act, who have coped with the swinging sixties and the peace-loving seventies; flower-power; men on the moon; the Cuba Crisis; computers and the Internet? Have you managed the vagaries of Microsoft Windows and got lost with your Sat. Nav.? Are you now, in retirement, looking for the next challenge or, at the very least, something interesting to do with your time?

Ashfield U3A (University of the Third Age) is a self-help group aimed at providing life-long opportunities for those who are generally over 50 (though there are no age constraints) and no longer in full-time employment. Ashfield U3A meets once a month for a general meeting with topic or speaker, but the real strength of the organisation lies in the interest groups which are small, run by members and allow people with a common interest to meet together with the aim of learning from each other. At present, interest groups include such topics as Badminton, Board Games, Book Groups, Breakfast, Bridge, Cake Decorating, Canasta, Cardcraft, Cinema, Cinema Visits, Classical Music, Craft, Croquet, Discussion, Family History, Gardening & Garden Visits, Holidays, Horticulture, International Dining, Investments, Line Dancing, Lunch Group, Mah Jong, Movement to Music, National Trust Visits, Play Reading, Poetry, Pudding Club, Railway, Scrabble, Shakespeare, Singing for Fun, Sugarcraft, Theatre Visits, Threads & Fibres, Ukulele, Walking, Wine Appreciation & Woodcarving. Future groups may include any topic that a few members wish to pursue.

Interest Groups are often started because of the interest of one or two members. They will arrange a short meeting at their home or other venue and invite others who may be interested. The interest group decides how, when and where they will meet and how large the group will be. Some, such as outings groups, may not meet formally at all. Some may wish to pay a teacher; others will pursue their interests as a group, learning from each other without an 'expert' or tutor. The co-ordinator of a group does not have to be an expert, but will ensure that meetings happen and that group members are kept informed.


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Ashfield U3A 10th Anniversary at Goosedale, Papplewick on 1st July, 2016:

TIME: 18:30 for 19:00


  • Ladies: Evening dress / Cocktail dress
  • Gentlemen: Tuxedo & bow tie / Lounge suit & tie

The following are the menus from which we require your preference by menu number only - (1) or (2) for both main and desert, along with your balance of £15 at the April meeting. If you are unable to attend this meeting, please make sure someone does this on your behalf as we need to supply everyone's selection, plus final payment, to Goosedale by May 1st.
  • Main Course 1 - Pan Fried Chicken Breast with Baked Fondant Potatoes, Seasonal Buttered Greens & White Wine with Tarragon OR
  • Main Course 2 - Mushroom, Brie & Cranberry Wellington with Seasonal Vegetables, Parmentier Potatoes & Vegetarian Jus.

  • Desert Course 1 - Chocolate Marquise with White Chocolate Sauce, & Mixed Berry & Mint Compote OR
  • Desert Course 2 - Passion Fruit, Raspberry Torte & Mixed Berry Coulis.
Tea and Coffee are included with after dinner chocolates.

A table plan will be put together after 1st May.

Ashfield U3A 10th Anniversary celebration on 24th March, 2016:

Ashfield U3A celebrated its 10th anniversary at the March monthly meeting held at the Ashwood Centre, Kirkby-in-Ashfield. Around 170 of its 300 plus members were in attendance and enjoyed a glass of Champagne together with smoked salmon and cream cheese crostinis. Soft drinks were also served as an alternative.

After announcements, an anniversary cake was cut by its first chairman, Barrie Jackson, and shared with those present.

All five chairmen to date are pictured with the cake - from left to right, Barrie Jackson (first chairman), Lynne Jackson (fourth chairman), Maxine Rose (second chairman), Ron Britton (third chairman) and Trish Tootell (fifth chairman). A formal dinner is to be held in July at Goosedale in Papplewick, Notts., with entertainment from Ravenshead Swing Band.

U3A Roll of Honour - September 2015

Jill Pullan has been accepted into the National U3A Roll of Honour. She was nominated by Rainworth U3A for all the help and support she gave them to start up and then get moving! She is also a strong supporter of Mansfield U3A and of course has been on our committee in various roles since we started. There are only 30 members nationally on this roll. Well done Jill.

Walking in Nottinghamshire: is a website which lists dozens of walks which can be downloaded and printed free of charge. Go to the 'walking in notts' site.

Group Co-ordinators: May we respectfully remind you that, from time to time, you should ensure that all members of your group prove their membership of Ashfield U3A (or another Neighbourhood Group U3A) by showing you an up-to-date membership card. This is most important from an insurance aspect, as one member who is not covered by TAT insurance could invalidate the insurance for the rest of the group.

Do you know of anyone in Ashfield U3A who is seriously ill or has just lost a loved one? We would like to send out a card on behalf of Ashfield U3A. Please contact either Carole Seymour on 01623-489785 or Rita Lomas on 01623-480338, or send an email to Carole or Rita. Please note that Maxine no longer acts in this capacity.

Ravenshead Community Transport: Ashfield U3A has now registered with the Ravenshead Community Minibus Scheme, and as such, we will receive 10% discount on all our bookings. Any group within Ashfield U3A is entitled to use this facility, which is in addition to the Kirkby 'Our Centre' minibus.

  • Documents of Interest:

    Current documents which have been received by Ashfield U3A and which may be of interest to members will be shown below from time to time. Please click on them to open the document in a new page and close when viewed.

Mansfield and District U3A was so successful that, six years after it was formed, it found itself in the position of looking for ways of dealing with the large number of people wishing to join. As a result, and to meet the demand, Ashfield U3A was set up in March 2006.

The Ashwood Centre - 
venue for the monthly meetings

After the first meeting at Sherwood Court, it was obvious that there was not going to be room for expansion and so the committee decided that it would be prudent to seek out a new venue. As from May 2006, Ashfield U3A held its main meetings at Bentinck Miners' Welfare, Sutton Road, Kirkby-in-Ashfield, where it continued to do so until September 2007, when it became obvious that another venue had to be sought, owing to its ever increasing numbers.

Since October 2007, meetings are held in The Ashwood Centre, Portland Street, Kirkby-in-Ashfield. This premises can house a significant increase in membership, is light and airy and has the advantage of being central to the town whilst on one level. It is also just off the main bus routes through Kirkby and can cater for around forty cars, while overspill parking is available in several car parks which are only a few minutes away.

The Ashwood Centre also has a number of other rooms which are available for hire to interest groups, at low cost.

If you would like more information about Ashfield U3A or about how to join, please telephone the Chairman, Jacquie Chapman on 07887-732450 or the Membership Secretary, Ann Smithson on 01623-428585.

Or email U3A Enquiries

Alternatively, request information from the Membership Secretary by filling in the electronic form.

  • 24-05-2016 - Committee page [update]
  • 23-05-2016 - May newsletter [flipbook format]
  • 22-05-2016 - International Dining Group
  • 21-05-2016 - Tenth Anniversary Celebration [see 'Announcements' above]
  • 15-05-2016 - New Committee [see committee page]
  • 13-05-2016 - Theatre Visits Group
  • 13-05-2016 - Family History Group
  • 13-05-2016 - General site update
  • 12-05-2016 - Walking Group 'B'
  • 11-05-2016 - Singing for Fun Group [June date change]
  • 07-05-2016 - Croquet Group [NEW]
  • 07-05-2016 - Mah Jong Group [NEW]
  • 07-05-2016 - April newsletter [flipbook format]
  • 19-04-2016 - Walking Group 'C' [change of co-ordinator]
  • 19-04-2016 - Classical Music Group 1 [change of co-ordinator]
  • 19-04-2016 - Gardening Group
  • 04-04-2016 - Book Group 'A'
  • 22-03-2016 - Holidays Group
  • 22-03-2016 - National Trust Visits Group
  • 22-03-2016 - Theatre Visits Group
  • 22-03-2016 - Classical Music Group 1 [host changes]
  • 22-03-2016 - March newsletter [flipbook format]
  • 18-03-2016 - Walking Group 'C' [photograph]
  • 18-03-2016 - Threads & Fibres Group
  • 04-03-2016 - Shakespeare Group
  • 03-03-2016 - Craft Group

  • Bridlington U3A - September 2009 visit by Ron & Carole Britton.

    If you visit friends or relatives who belong to U3As in other regions, why not go along as a visitor? Take a few photographs and send them to Ron Britton along with a short writeup about it, and I'll put the visit up here on the website.

  • The Tradesmen's Register held by Barrie Jackson has now been made available online. Please feel free to add to this register with the names and contact details of workmen you feel you can recommend. For advice on 'How to avoid rogue traders and find a good tradesman' visit TraderScams.

  • Showcase your items for sale online. Members are free to use this service for which a small charge is levied on sale only (not for submissions). Purchasers of these items do not require U3A membership but your details will be passed on to the seller for a private transaction. Ashfield U3A will not be held responsible for any transaction and are merely facilitators of transactions between seller and purchaser.

  • Ashfield U3A New Year's Eve Celebration: Following last year's very successful New Year's Eve celebration, we have arranged for the Knitter's Jig Ceilidh Band once again to get us up on our feet dancing the night away. Even if you don't take to the floor, the music is great to listen to.

    The venue is Mansfield Baptist Church Centre, Rosemary Street, Mansfield. There will be a table plan and the opportunity for those on each table to liaise and enjoy their own food/drink. Soft drinks/tea/coffee will be provided.

    Tickets £10.00 per person (a bargain for New Year's Eve), cheques made payable to "Ashfield U3A", available at the September meeting.

    Carol Chamberlain & Julia Porter