Dukeries u3a

by | 6 June 2022 | Education and Learning, Hobbies, Sherwood, Social Group, U3A

Make the most of life by exploring new ideas, skills and interests with Dukeries u3a.

Dukeries u3a is looking forward to special events this year. 2022 marks the 30th birthday of the group and celebrations started with promoting the group at RSPB Sherwood Forest on 8th May, joining with visitors to enjoy varied musical entertainment. The members then enjoyed a birthday celebration after the AGM on 16th May. They also welcomed Andy Oxnard, Community Engagement and Development Co-ordinator, and Lee Brazier, Local Councillor, who spoke about their work in the community.
A once-in-a-lifetime event will be the street party in Jubilee Hall to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee on 4th June (1950s dress optional!), then in September Dukeries u3a will be taking part in the festival week running throughout the country to celebrate the 40th anniversary of u3a in the UK.

Now the weather is improving there are lots of trips in the pipeline, starting with the Allsorts Gardening Group visiting Newark Garden Show in April. The photography group enjoyed a visit to Brodsworth Hall to take photos of the gardens. The Ramblers walked through Sherwood Forest to find St Edwin’s Cross, which marks the spot where a church once stood. Their next walk took them from Kneesall to Maplebeck, via the Hagley Dumbles, while the Whatsapp Walkers enjoyed an amble at Laxton.
Two Dukeries members recently really appreciated the trip for veterans and their partner / carer, arranged by

Nottinghamshire County Council with Newark and Sherwood Council, to The National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire. The Tuesday and Sunday lunch clubs visited The Fox at Kirton and The Lion at Farnsfield in May. Please visit Dukeries u3a website for further details on more trips and events.

The monthly speaker programme will resume in June with Mike Ogden taking the members on ‘The Slow Road’ – an illustrated narrowboat cruise on England’s inland waterway system from the tidal Trent via London and Oxford to Birmingham’s Gas Street Basin. Mike lived on a narrowboat for many years and cruised the inland waterway system extensively.

Do you have an interest or skill that you would be happy to share, or would you like to learn and enjoy an activity? Or perhaps you have recently moved to the area and are looking for new friends to safely meet and socialise. Dukeries u3a has a varied calendar of activities and interests however there is always room for new subjects to be in their programme. Annual membership subscriptions up to 31st March 2023 are now available for older adults for £19.00. You can join online via the website or in person at a monthly members’ meeting, which takes place at the Jubilee Hall, Wellow Road, Ollerton on the third Monday starting at 1.00pm.

Dukeries u3a follows the u3a motto ‘Learn, Laugh, Live’ and believe that ‘Now is the time to make the most of your life’. They now have 149 members drawn from Ollerton, Edwinstowe and the surrounding villages. For further information visit www.u3asites.org.uk/dukeries, or contact chairperson Leslye on 07756 436177 or du3achair2020@gmail.com.