Ashbourne & District


Three new groups are in the process of getting underway: BOWLS, BADMINTON and BRIDGE for BEGINNERS

A new member, Pat Dixon, has offered to help establish a new group for members wishing to learn to play Bridge. Earlier this year, 7 members had shown interest, but no leader/tutor came forward. Pat now has those names and will be in contact with them to discuss arrangements. Any other interested member should contact Pat via the blue envelope on the Bridge for Beginners page.
Pat is offering to hold sessions between 2pm and 4pm on Monday afternoons, hopefully at the Waterside Centre or somewhere similar in Ashbourne.

In order to assess the support for these groups - before identifying suitable venues, costings, dates and times for playing - please would members who are interested contact Peter Worboys via the blue envelope on the Bowls or Badminton Group pages.


Members will recall that Riviera Travel offer in their advertising to make a quite substantial donation to the U3A club of a member who books a holiday with them & names that club when making the booking. However, there have been doubts expressed about whether that donation can be passed by the club to the member involved. It has now been confirmed to us by Third Age Trust that the donation cannot be passed to the member because the donation by Riviera is for the charitable purposes of the U3A club in question, each U3A club being in fact a charity. The committee is now awaiting guidance from TAT on what would be a lawful use of the donation. Meanwhile, any member booking a holiday with Riviera is welcome to name Ashbourne & District U3A as the beneficiary of the donation, & in due course the committee will use it in accordance with the guidance received.

The Writing Group has a newly published author - congratulations Liz Dyer (see photo)

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