Welcome to Ashfield U3A
Ashfield U3A History
WHAT BENEFITS CAN JOINING THE U3A BRING TO YOU?
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 Art, Badminton, Board Games, Book Groups, Breakfast, Bridge, Cake Decorating, Canasta, Cardcraft, Cinema, Cinema Visits, Classical Music, Craft, Discussion, Family History, Gardening & Garden Visits, Holidays, Horticulture, International Dining, Investments, Lunch Group, Mah Jong, Miscellany, Movement to Music, National Trust Visits, Opera, Play Reading, Poetry, Pudding Club, Railway, Scrabble, Shakespeare, Singing for Fun, Sugarcraft, Theatre Visits, Threads & Fibres, Ukulele, Walking & Wine Appreciation. 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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Bookstall at U3A meetings
PLEASE NOTE: that the bookstall will be accepting bags of your books at future meetings from 26th August 2021. All books will be taken into storage and released at the next monthly meeting, having been quarantined to avoid any chance of spreading Covid. This will continue until it is no longer condidered by the committee to be necessary. This will ensure a steady flow of new titles for our members to read. Thank you.
2022 Chinese New Year Celebration at Springwater Cantonese Restaurant
7pm on Monday 31st January 2022
In February 2020, I organised a Chinese New Year Celebration event at the Springwater Cantonese Restaurant on behalf of Notts Network of U3As. It was attended by almost 150 members from 8 individual U3As. Unfortunately it was not possible to repeat the event this year due to COVID restrictions. However, good news, barring any unforeseen problems, the event will be held for Chinese New Year 2022. The cost will be £5.00 deposit to be paid before the end of October, with the balance of £15.50 to be paid by the end of the 2nd week in January.
As before, the meal will be an eat-all-you-can, Chinese, banquet-style meal, and, as in the past, there will be a firework display and exhibition of traditional dragon dancing.
Last year, one person from each participating U3A volunteered to collect the names and monies to pass over to me, which worked well. I would appreciate numbers from each participating U3A as soon as possible, in case I need to book further seats. I currently have 150 seats reserved.
I look forward to hearing from you and meeting you on the night.
Regards Terry Hardman − North Notts. Network treasurer
Morrisons have removed their parking meters and there is now a maximum of 3 hours parking.
Aldi restrict parking to 90 minutes for customers only.
We believe that there is also parking available as follows:-
Hodgkinson Road/Festival Hall car park: £1.50 for 4 hours.
Lindleys Lane and Sherwood Street: there is some free street parking.
Kingsway Park: plenty of free parking but a fairly long walk.
Please adhere to parking signs in the Ashwood Car Park, this is because of Fire and Health & Safety Regulations. Please also leave the Speakers parking space free. The entrance road to the car park at the rear of the Ashwood building must be kept clear as this access is required for emergency vehicles.
Please remember that we are not allowed to park in the car park of the Health and Well-being Centre next to the Ashwood Centre.
Posted on behalf of the Committee
Emergency First Aid:
We are pleased to announce that both Colleen Green & David Wilson have both attended an Emergency First Aid Course paid for by Ashfield U3A. They have both qualified and are awaiting their certificates. Now, not only will Thursday meetings be covered, but the groups to which they belong may also benefit if required.
Walking in Nottinghamshire:
This is a website which lists dozens of walks which can be downloaded and printed free of charge. Go to the 'walking in notts' site.
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.
Illness / Bereaved:
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.
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.
Ashfield U3A 10th Anniversary at Goosedale, Papplewick on 1st July, 2016:
Ashfield U3A formally celebrated its 10th anniversary at Goosedale in Papplewick, Notts., with entertainment from Ravenshead Swing Band. The Am Dram group also gave a short sketch Some photographs are shown below.
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 was held in July at Goosedale in Papplewick, Notts., with entertainment from Ravenshead Swing Band.
HISTORY OF ASHFIELD U3A:
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.Or email U3A Enquiries
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 Chair, Wendy Walker on 01623-757858 or the Membership Secretary, Ann Smithson on 01623-428585.
Alternatively, request information from the Membership Secretary by filling in the electronic form.
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