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Welcome everyone to our December meeting. Last month saw our very successful Coffee Morning organised by Ann Mills and her team. It was attended by 84 people, members and visitors.

We were entertained by the Ringtones under the guidance of Ian and by Strictly U3A Dancers.

There are lots of people to thank for organising our Christmas Extravaganza, too many to mention, so to all those involved in any way at all, THANK YOU!

On behalf of the U3A committee I wish you all a very Happy Christmas and hope to see you all in the New Year for another successful U3A year.

On Wednesday November 27th we had our open coffee morning for members and guests and it was very well attended. The tombola and raffle proved very popular as did the lovely selection of cakes. The Ringtones serenaded whilst people danced to their lively songs and a good time was had by all.

 Tuesday December 3rd found many members once more enjoying Christmas dinner and entertainment at our annual outing to “The Hostess” restaurant.

A happy and sociable event to precede our buffet lunch at the village hall on December 11th.




A big THANK YOU to Ann for once again organising the Hostess Christmas Event.

Hello and a very warm welcome to you all, last month we had a very interesting speaker from the Air Ambulance telling us what exactly they did via pre arranged questions. We have since received a certificate stating that £88.90 was raised on the day. Thank you to everyone.
Our next social function will be on September 14th and we will be entertained by a Swing Band, remember to get your tickets early and bring your friends, missing this could be a big mistake!,
Hope you all enjoy the rest of your summer and if you have grandchildren hope they don't tire you out.


Hello and a warm welcome to you all, especially to new members and visitors.

I would like to say a big thank you to Pam, Mary and Val for their hard work and commitment to this U3A. I hope they enjoy their retirement from the committee.

What a wonderful  experience Showtime proved to be, raising funds for your U3A and helping to provide funds towards our free Christmas Party.

Our thanks go to Ann Mills and the social committee for the organisation and to Ian Hibbert for whipping the Ringtones into shape and entertaining us.

There are other Social Events planned, ensure you don’t miss any

  Lynden Lowe

Welcome to the February meeting! I imagine that most of you are pleased to see the end of January! I gather several of you succumbed to the nasty infection that was going around the village and that included myself. It was the worst cold and chest infection I have ever had! It also leaves you with no energy and that's so frustrating!! However spring is round the corner and snowdrops are appearing with more spring flowers to look forward to. Also I heard some of our Interest Groups are increasing in numbers which is always good to hear. Perhaps it is time to join a new one? If there is something you are interested in there may be others interested in the same. So perhaps create a new group? Pop suggestions in the box provided on the registration table.
Our next Social is a coffee morning "Winter Warmers" on Friday 15th February at 10.00am with bacon cobs and Kurling so please support. Should be fun so see you
Welcome to the January meeting and a Very Happy New Year to you all. Hope your Christmas was lovely with no problems and good health. It's the time of year to wrap up warm and get to the Interest Groups for conversation, fun and learning (of course!). Last month was full of festive activity and it was great to see so many of you at the Christmas lunch at The Hostess where the food was very good and amazing service for so many. Thanks to Ann for organising. Then our Christmas meeting the following week was so brilliant we ran over time! We were entertained by The Ringtones with musical director Ian and they just keep getting better! Then new this year we had a "Speaker" who was musician, comedian and conjuror and who just kept us spellbound. This was followed by a delightful buffet lunch (provide by our ever versatile Ann - how does she do it??). There were 105 of us present which says a lot for how good our U3A is doing!! Hope you all also enjoyed any Christmas activities in your Interest Groups. The Wine Tasting Christmas event (see report later) was such fun.
Now to the New Year resolutions and maybe Dry January? That doesn't work if you attend wine tasting! Keep fit and healthy and active and spring will come soon!
Welcome to our November meeting. This month we will have been in existence for 5 years and I can't believe how we have prospered. This is down to all of our members as I think we work really well together. The proof has to be with all the activities on offer. Since the last Newsletter we have had 2 Social events, the first was the Mansfield Male Voice Choir with a "bring our own supper". That was a lovely evening, the singing was superb and they joined us all and chatted among us in the breaks. It was also fascinating as to what everyone had brought for their supper! Then our 5th Birthday coffee morning was a great success with the hall full. The Ringtones were in full voice and with Ian their Director gave us all a delightful performance with solos as well. It's thanks to the Social Committee for all these events and they do a grand job, plus to the ladies, who help generate income from raffles, book sales and at the last one a new fund raiser, the tombola.
Our next meeting is the Christmas Social on Wednesday 12th December, only open to members so please sign up for this so we know how many for catering. The buffet is free as we use profits from raffles, book sales and social events to fund this.
If you have any suggestions to make to improve our U3A please use the Suggestion Box now provided. They will be discussed by the Committee!   
A warm welcome to all at our October meeting! I do feel it's good to get back to normal and to our interest group meetings after the summer. There was plenty going on in September and the weather was back to its usual self as I went to the Garden Visit trip to Clumber Walled Garden and it rained! However some of the trips fared much better with glorious sunshine. There is so much to do when you join U3A and I love the quote from a new National Office publication which asks "What if you were told that the solution to loneliness could cost just £20 a year?" It's a place to make new friends and get out and about.
Our social with The Mansfield Male Voice Choir will be over by the time you read this but it promises to be a great evening! Hope you were there to enjoy it! The next very important event is our 5th Birthday Celebrations on Friday 2nd November from 10.00am to 12.00noon. There will be tea/coffee and cake, memorabilia of the last 5 years and our amazing Ringtones will be performing.  There will be a raffle and new this time Tombola so hope you all have remembered to bring suitable items for it. There will also be special invited guests. Don't miss it!! 
We are setting up a Suggestion Box which will be available at the main meetings for ideas for events/groups or just how to improve your U3A. These can be signed or anonymous but please, be constructive! Take care,
Welcome to our August meeting and I hope you all have survived the heatwave! As I write this we have welcome rain for which the keen gardeners amongst you will be very grateful. Our green and pleasant land has certainly turned a different colour. At least for our Interest Groups the dry weather has been a bonus especially if outings have been involved. As always if there is a new Interest Group you would like to see up and running do talk to a our Group Coordinator ( Lynden ) or one of the Committee. Our names and photos are on the Noticeboard as also are snippets of information so do please take a look at it. We are also in the process of analysing the Survey Questionnaires many of you filled in and results will be published soon.  
 Our next social is on Friday 5th October with the Mansfield Male Voice Choir so please support and buy tickets now on sale. This will be followed on 2nd November with our 5th Birthday celebration/ coffee morning. 
Enjoy the holiday month and I hope it is not too tiring if any of you are grandchild minding. Hopefully a time to refresh our batteries!
Welcome to you all and apologies for my absence as away again, this time to see family and friends. The weather has been beautiful though perhaps a bit hot, but it has meant our activities have been in the dry! The day at David Austin Rose Gardens stood out as perfect (see later report). It was also really good to see so many of you at the South Pacific social evening with everyone getting into the spirit with decorations and garlands and weren't our Ringtones brilliant!! Thanks to all who were involved with its organisation. Our next Social is on Friday 5th October when the Mansfield Male Voice Choir will be preforming and tickets will be on sale soon.
Last month we had our AGM where you elected a new Committee to run our U3A and manage all that is involved. However we can always do with help so please volunteer your expertise at any time. If there is something not right do tell us and also if it is good we like to hear those comments as well! The Committee names are always in the newsletters and on the exhibition board so you know who we are.
The summer holidays are nearly here and if you are looking after little ones don't get too stressed out. Hopefully also time to recharge our batteries and enjoy life.
The last year has seen Rainworth and District U3A going from strength to strength. Another good year with the membership up from 118 in March 2017 to 132 end March 2018, an increase of 12%. We also seem to have a regular 70-80 member in attendance at our monthly meetings and the hall has a real buzz with a busy welcoming atmosphere on those days. Our speakers over the last year have all been popular especially the amusing ones! It is at these main meetings that members have a chance to check out the Interest Groups’ arrangements and fill their diaries. 
The Interest Groups have also expanded and added to the list in the last year are Ten Pin Bowling, Indoor Games and a revamp of Wine Tasting.
Our Socials have been well attended and these included a Prom Night in June, a 50s/60s/70s/evening in October, a Coffee Morning in November, the Christmas Party in December, a games afternoon in February and a Pie and Pea supper in March. We are very lucky to have our Singing Group “The Rainworth Ringtones” perform at many of these and they will again be entertaining us at the next social in June “A South Pacific Experience”. We have further events planned including the Mansfield Male Voice Choir in October, a coffee morning in November and our Christmas Party in December. Dates in 2019 have already been booked. The Programme Cards issued to all members list both the Speakers and on the back the Socials. Autumn of this year will be our 5th Birthday so watch out for news of celebrations.
The Membership Subscription of £20 will stay the same until the end of March 2019. This includes refreshments at main meetings, room hire for all activities, speakers’ fees, monthly newsletters, administration costs and a capitation fee to Third Age Trust. From the latter members receive the Third Age magazine and are covered by their Insurance for U3A activities. 
In the last year we have purchased a laptop for Newsletter publishing, a portable CD drive, a lapel microphone compatible with the Rainworth Village Hall system and various commodities to help improve the function of our U3A.
Rainworth & District U3A belongs to two Network Groups, the North Notts Network group which currently covers Ashfield, Dukeries, Forest Town, Mansfield, Rainworth, Sherwood and Sutton-in-Ashfield, and the Nottinghamshire Network which covers the whole County. Both of these from time to time hold Seminars, Workshops and Get-togethers to help progress and exchange ideas to keep us up to date.
On an environmentally friendly campaign we are trying to reduce the number of non-disposable coffee cups we use with members bringing their own mugs.
The continued success of our U3A is down to all of you and thanks to all members for their contribution. However special thanks must go to the following:-
1) The Committee who have always given their full support and do a lot of work behind the scenes. This year we are losing our Vice Chairman and Website Manager Gordon Brown who has done a sterling job for several years. Our website has been mentioned by outsiders as very good and easy to navigate. He also sets up the laptop for the screen photos for our monthly meetings. We are going to miss him! Luckily he is going to continue the Website role but not as a committee member for which we are extremely grateful! Hope to still see you Gordon at our monthly meetings.
2) The Interest Group leaders who take on a vital role as these groups are the life blood of U3A.
3) The newly formed Social Committee set in place over the last year and who now decide, manage and operate our socials. This has made our events so much more professional.
4) The Tea Bar  ladies who are so well organised and provide us with the very welcome refreshments.
5) The Fund Raisers notably the Raffle Committee who manage raffles at both monthly meetings and the socials and the Book Sale Ladies who set up at each meeting and just hand in the proceeds, a great task. Remember it is the profits from these that provide the refreshments at the Christmas Party.
6) The Meeters and Greeters who are the first point of call to any visitor/potential new member and look very smart in their sashes.      
7) Non committee members who help with signing-in, taking subscriptions and general admin at main meetings.
8) The Village Hall staff especially the Caretaker, Stan who is always so obliging particularly with moving chairs and tables and setting up the audio system and screen/projector.
Finally to all those in the background who help but never let us know who they are!
Sadly in the last year we lost our Vice-Chairman and good friend Jackie Hopper. She is very much missed especially as she would probably have been your next Chairman. As you may know our Constitution dictates that Chairman and Secretary can only hold office for 3 years so this is my last year ( if re-elected of course).
Our U3A is a friendly, active, participative, educational and supportive organisation. We have room for more members so tell your friends so they can come and enjoy the fun. If there is an Interest Group not yet formed that you would like, tell us and we’ll see what we can do!
Looking forward to another successful year for us all

A big welcome to all members to the most important meeting of the year, namely the AGM. This is when you vote in a Committee to continue working on your behalf to run our U3A. However if you wish to volunteer your expertise at any time you would be most welcome. We are hoping for another successful year in 2018/9 in which we make new friends, take on new activities and enjoy the learning and camaraderie which we have all gained from by being members.

As you are all probably aware by now there are changes to the Data Protection ( new EU rules) and we are implementing all that is involved. This means you need to put your initials on the signing in sheet to give your consent to photographs being taken of you and used for our newsletter and website.  

Our next Social is just a couple of days away on Friday 15th June and this is the "South Pacific Experience" with our very own Ringtones and a fish and chip supper which will be fun! Hope you all have your tickets and look forward to seeing you there        ……..Pam


Welcome to all members and visitors to our May meeting which should be educational on the legal side. There are many changes afoot especially with Data Protection of which we will be informing you all in due course.Summer will be on us soon and time to get out and enjoy the many activities we have on offer from Interest Groups to Outings. Catching up with friends and making new ones is important to our health and well being ( proved scientifically) and our Interest Groups are expanding so there should be something for everyone! If not tell us !!

Next month's meeting is our AGM on Wednesday 13th June where you  vote in the Committee for the next year. The paperwork for this is available today so please check you have taken a copy and also take one for missing members. Only current members can vote. This important part of the meeting will only take about 20 minutes and then there will be plenty of time for chat, refreshments and Kurling!

Our next Social on Friday 15th June is "South Pacific Experience" with our singing group The Ringtones performing so do get your tickets and come and enjoy an evening out

Welcome to all members and visitors to our April Meeting. Spring came in and there are certainly plenty of flowers in bloom and blossom on trees even if we are still in the throes of Winter. Easter certainly was wet but hope you all had a good break.
It was good to see many of you at the Pie and Pea Supper which was most enjoyable and thanks to all who were involved in it's organisation. Our next Social event is "South Pacific Experience" with our very own Ringtones on Friday 15th June so please put in your diaries and get tickets which are on sale. Our social committee are doing a great job so please support them!
Please remember this month is the last time to pay annual subscriptions and also try to bring your own mug for coffee/tea as this helps the environment. Our AGM is the June meeting and do read the Calling Notice in this Newsletter. It looks as if we will have a full Committee but we are always grateful of volunteers to help out.
Welcome to all members and visitors to our March meeting. We have certainly had a problematic few weeks with the weather and I do hope you have all come through it unscathed. I have never had so much time at home with events being cancelled!! Whilst writing this I am hoping it is the last of the snow as the four walls are closing in! It is times like this when we realise how much the U3A means to us as a way of getting out and socialising (plus the learning factor of course.) There is an old adage that states "if March comes in like a lion it will go out like a lamb and vice versa" so this means we could have a nice Easter which falls right at the end of this month!!  
By the time you read this we will have had two social events. The Tea and Cake afternoon was enjoyed by everyone .Unfortunately I missed it but I gather those who did go really enjoyed it especially Anne’s cakes.  Many thanks to Anne and all who helped for the entire organisation involved. 
The Pie and Pea Supper on 10th March will have a report next month. Please check the back of your 2018 Programme as all our Social events are listed here.
As an organisation we need to be thinking about how we can help with less disposable items. Please take heed of what has been mentioned so far.  We have had discussions about our coffee cups which are not recyclable. If members want to bring their own cups to our meetings that is commendable.
Please remember that 2018/19 Subs are due this month (April is the final time to pay) and then you can keep attending the Interest groups
Welcome all members and visitors to our February meeting and apologies for my absence again (more travelling!). There will be some notable absentees to this meeting as it clashes with the Thoresby holiday. However, we have some lovely dedicated members to look after everything and I am sure all will be well.
Our next social event is before the next main meeting and this is the Pie and Pea Supper. Hope to see many of you there especially as last year the pies were delicious! Please support it as the Social Committee have put in a lot of hard work for these events and they are for YOU!!
Do look at the list of Interest Groups as there must be something to get you out and about at this time of the year when the weather isn't too nice. As always if there is something you are interested in but not yet available there could be others also interested so spread the word and contact Lynden our Group Coordinator to get it set up.
The National Office newsletter is on the notice board, do take a look as it

Welcome everyone to the first meeting of the New Year and hope you all had a lovely Christmas with family and friends. A New Year dawns and we already have a brilliant programme of speakers for the monthly meetings plus Social Activities organised. Hope you have picked up the new programme cards. I was really sorry to have missed the Christmas meeting as gather it all went well and was good fun. Thanks to all those who helped to make it so enjoyable.

December was a quiet month with few Interest Groups meeting up so guess it will be back to normal now January is here. A time to get out and meet friends and learn and socialise which is the ethos of U3A. The weather may not be good and the evenings still dark early but we can all share in the activities of our Groups.

Wishing you all a Healthy, Prosperous and Happy 201