The inaugural meeting of Retford U3A was in May 2010, and, as of November 2016 we have well over 600 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 held at The Well, Hospital Road on the 4th Thursday of every month, starting at 1.30pm, and are open to anyone interested in finding out more about U3A in Retford. Visitors and prospective members are always welcome at our meetings. You will find a warm welcome and be able to find out who we are and what we do.
Interest Groups are organised in a variety of ways, depending on the subject. For example, the Computer Group for Beginners meets every week and the Craft Group meets twice a month, but most groups meet monthly. Sometimes the venue remains the same and sometimes it rotates. Venues vary from members` houses, if the groups are small, to village halls and other such locations where the numbers are larger.
Interest Group Coordinators 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. Interest Group Coordinators should be contacted prior to attending any interest group meetings as numbers are sometimes limited by the size of venue.
The Committee and other officers are a group of volunteers who manage the running of Retford U3A. Full details of the Committee may be found here.
26th January - 'Meet the Executioner'.....John White
23rd February - 'Wigs for All Seasons'.....Debbie Mace
23rd March - 'Music for the Deaf etc.'.....Paul Whittaker
27th April - 'Film Extra'.....Mike Newbold
25th May - 'Giant Pandas and Sleeping Dragons'.....Pollyanna Pickering
22nd June - 'Tantalising Tea Tales'.....Linda Davey
27th July - 'Chef to 4 Prime Ministers'.....Alan Lavender MBE
August - No Meeting
28th September - 'Travels with the Colonel'.....Jennie Storr
26th October - 'Winning the Grand Depart etc.'.....Sir Gary Verity is unable to attend
23rd November - 'Duties of the Lord Lieutenant'.....Sir John Pearce is also unable to attend
14th December - Swing Band
25th January - 'Osteopathy'.....Paul Randall
22nd February - 'Yorkshire Wildlife Park'.....Jade Bancroft
22nd March - 'NCC recycling'.....Lydia Powles
26th April - 'Music'.....Janet Wood
24th May - 'Chef'.....Alan Lavender
28th June - 'Gem stones'.....Robert Wood
26th July - U3A group
23rd August - No meeting
27th September - 'Masters of Mirth'.....Mike Storr
25th October - '50's Pop star'.....Vince Eager
22nd November - 'Building the Dawn Rose'.....John Lower
14th December - 'Accoustic entertainment'.....Fools Gold