Retford U3A

by | 20 February 2020 | Education and Learning, U3A

‘Enthusiasm’ and ‘anticipation’ are the watchwords this month for Retford’s U3A. Enthusiasm for the coming year, with their 10th anniversary being commemorated with a ‘Pimms and Strawberry Tea’, later in the summer. They are also involved with the National U3A Day, and more information will be available next month.

Retford U3A are anticipating a great programme of speakers at their regular monthly meetings. They have a full speaker programme, which can be viewed on their comprehensive website.

Anticipation again for the trips which are being planned over the next few months. The Gardening Group always arrange popular venues, sometimes having to send two coaches. The Military History Group, which is open to all Retford and Dukeries U3A members, always have visits, usually in July and August. Although not going abroad this year, plans are already in hand to visit either Normandy in France or Flanders in Belgium next year. Remember you don’t have to be a regular attendee to the Military History Group, to be able to go on one of their trips.

Enthusiastic Walking Group members have been cleaning their boots and trainers, and the three groups of varying ability are always encouraging new and existing members to take a stroll.

It maybe you already have friends who go along to U3A and are members of an interest group. The committee, at a recent meeting, issued an open invitation for non-members to visit as a guest, any of the interest groups where they know you would be made welcome.

Their General Meetings at The Well Baptist Church in Retford take place on the fourth Thursday of each month. Usually people start arriving around 1.00pm and the formal meeting starts around 1.30pm. In the upstairs room of The Well, you will find representatives of some of the interest groups, and a trip up the stairs is always useful.

Please remember the U3A is a national organisation with over 1,000 branches in the UK. 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 website, or contact the Membership Secretary, Paul Bacon at or by telephone on 01427 880502 for more details.