Dukeries u3a had a busy spring including the Coronation Concert at the Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre, where some of their members took part in the musical entertainment alongside the Band of the Royal Engineers.
This was followed by a ‘Right Royal Knees-up’ and a visit to Nottingham Justice Centre by a dozen Dukeries u3a members, organised by Ann Street.
Designed for those whose zest for socialising, learning and laughing has not yet faded, all u3a membership clubs are mutual aid organisations with no political or religious affiliations. They are currently seeking additional members from their wider catchment area (within 10 miles of Edwinstowe in any direction).
Other events this year include a River Cruise, a Summer Ball (22nd July), an Indoor Garden Party (14th August) and their Halloween Fancy Dress Party (27th October), a Quiz Night and ‘Last night of the Proms’ (11th November). A visit to David Austin Roses in Shropshire took members further afield this year.
Otherwise just turn up at one of their regular monthly meetings on the third Monday of the month at Jubilee Hall on Wellow Road in Ollerton at 1.30pm to see the socialising in action.
The speaker at their June meeting was Phil Cooper, who showcased the amazing animals of Costa Rica using video and still photos, which featured (amongst many others) agouti, coati, green iguana, toucans, scarlet macaw and the inquisitive capuchin monkey!
At this year’s AGM, members were entertained by Dukeries Singers and reaffirmed their charity of choice will continue to be Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance for 2023-24.
Other activity groups for members include: Allsorts / gardening, Bridge, Bowls, Creative writing, History, Mahjong, Rummykubs, Film group, Tuesday and Sunday lunch clubs, Knit ‘n Natter, Photography, Ramblers (six to eight miles), Scrabble, Sewing Bee, Soft tennis, Ukelele group and Whatsapp walkers (three to four miles).