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Rainworth U3A members are keeping in touch and sharing experiences via WhatsApp free messenger and video calling .To join this group please send your name ,and mobile number to

text or phone to 07925896004    or e mail gordonbrown66@ntlworld.com  



To All Members:

Chairman's message :-

The committee had an informal meeting to discuss a few things. 

We discussed subscriptions but until we know exactly how long we will be away, we are unable to make any formal decision about next years subscriptions. 

Those of you who have paid for trips or functions, will be reimbursed upon our return. 

We discussed the possibility of some groups returning to their activities with social distancing.  If anyone felt safe enough to return to group activities, you should in the first instance contact your group leader and voice your interest.  One group that is NOT allowed to meet of course is the singing group as government guide lines prohibit this activity. 

Obviously the AGM  scheduled for September is postponed until further notice. 

If anyone has any concerns or questions please feel free to contact me. 

Lynden 01623 230023 07883040806 


Sharing ideas across 34 U3As in Nottinghamshire 

Your Stories

Josephine Cutts who runs the Art group for Edwalton, Gamston & District U3A asked members to help assemble a multi disciplinary project on the subject of Trees – involving photos from the photography, writing and painting groups.

Josephine is now coordinating one on Gardens and this time plans to involve the wine group too!     Read more on this on Sources online.

Josephine is very keen for other U3A’s to become involved in developing their own multi-disciplinary projects or in suggesting ideas for future projects.
If your U3A does start any projects, please contact Liz in the National Office Comms 


Thank you to everyone who has sent in an update on their U3A activities during this period.  I cannot publish all the material you have sent to me but I will endeavour to give the Network a flavour of groups and events that are taking place. 
There are extra pages added this month with further articles that you might find of interest.  If you want to contact any of the contributors and cannot find their details on their own U3A website, please ask me to put you in touch. (Lynne) 
In Carlton and Gedling, we have started an on line Film Study Group. There wasn’t a convenient on line course that we could use, so I’ve started one from scratch using films available on the iPlayer and YouTube. Within a few days of advertising it, over twenty people had signed up, so there seems to be some potential for this sort of approach. If you’d like to chat about the hows, whys and whens of starting an online study group, please contact me: pkmartinez14@gmail.com. 
Retford U3A have a Military History Group which has been running for just four years. We started with 15 members at our first meeting, and before the shutdown we were getting on average 50 members coming to our regular monthly meetings. Over the last year over 90 members have attended not just from the Retford Branch, but also from Gainsborough, Dukeries at Ollerton and Worksop U3A’s. 
 Rainworth U3A
singing group keeps smiling and keeps singing.   Each member of the Rainworth U3A singing group has a folder of around 50 songs.  The group’s musical director, Ian Hibbert, has played the musical accompaniment into a digital sound recorder.  This enables him to send out batches of mp3 sound files via email.  However, not all group members have access to email, so they receive a CD compilation of the same mp3 files by post. Their proposed concert programme of VE Day songs, which was rehearsed prior to lockdown, was sent out in this way. Zoom and similar systems were avoided because they exclude non-technical members, which doesn’t seem fair.  Our Webmaster Gordon Brown has set up a WhatsApp group for members to keep in touch with one another.Also, we have a book and jigsaw exchange which continues, following social distancing.