Now in its ninth year, the Retford branch of the U3A has a membership of nearly 600 people. There are around 45 interest groups and new members often join the U3A specifically to join just one group, this they really encourage, so if you have a friend who is thinking of joining or looking for something to do, maybe this is the organisation to join. There is a full general U3A meeting, held once a month, at the Well Baptist Church, Retford, on the fourth Thursday of the month.
January is always a month of hope. The Gardening Group members are busily looking at seed and plant catalogs, planning that new flower bed, or the shrubbery. The Cyclist Group members are oiling their gears, and checking everything still works. Brakes were always my problem; usually I didn’t have any, which made stopping exciting. The Snooker Group are racking up their balls on each of the second and fourth Thursdays of the month and there is very little to stop the Knit and Natter Group doing exactly what it says on the tin, every second Tuesday afternoon of the month. Talking of nattering, you should try Pat’s Coffee Morning Group, on the first Wednesday of the month.
There are many other interest groups within Retford U3A. If you have a computer, just Google ‘Retford U3A’, and have a look at the interest page. Don’t forget if you are not a member at the moment, contact the membership secretary, whose phone number and email address are mentioned at the end of this piece.
This last year, 2018, has had its moments for all of us and members are looking forward, in our own way, to the new year. I suppose the only thing we can be certain of is change, but this should not be feared, but embraced.
The ethos of the U3A, which stands for The University of the Third Age, is that we 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 website, or contact the membership secretary, Paul Bacon at email@example.com. or call 01427 880502 for more details.