Now in their ninth year, the Retford branch of the U3A has a membership of over 600 people. There are around 45 interest groups and new members often join the U3A specifically to join just one group; which they really encourage, so if you have a friend who is thinking of joining or you might be looking for something to do, maybe this is the organisation for you to join. The full General U3A Meeting is held once a month, at the Well Baptist Church, Retford, on the fourth Thursday of the month, starting around 1.15pm.
The group’s Annual General Meeting is now upon them and because of rotation, some of the committee are ineligible to stand next year, so volunteers or nominees are now required.
This month they are again looking at two of their popular interest groups. The Craft Group meets twice a month on the second and fourth Thursday at Grove Street Methodist Church. The meetings start at 9.30am and knitting, crochet, embroidery and other crafts are all explored. The Patchwork and Quilting Group also meets at least twice a month on the first and third Wednesday mornings from 9.30am to 12.30pm. These meetings are held at Hallcroft Community Centre. At the moment the Craft Group is accepting new members to come along to try something new. Some equipment is available, eg. cutting boards, and members make products for local groups which are donated. Look at the U3A website for further details of each group.
There are many other interest groups within Retford U3A. If you have a computer, Google ‘Retford U3A’, and have a look at their ‘Interest Group’ page and if you do not have a computer, call the Membership Secretary and he will give you any information you need to become a member.
The ethos of the U3A, which stands for The University of the Third Age is very simple. We try to keep ourselves active in body and mind, learning from each other, with shared knowledge and experiences. If you want to know more about the Retford U3A, have a look at their comprehensive web site, or contact the Membership Secretary, Paul Bacon at firstname.lastname@example.org. or by telephone on 01427 880502 for more details.