Welcome to Ravenshead U3A
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I’m Maria Gabrielczyk, Chair of the Ravenshead u3a.
Ravenshead is a large village and residential community of about 6,000 people situated between Mansfield & Nottingham.
We are a locally run charity group, part of a secular UK charity organisation that provides a wide range of opportunities for Semi-Retired & Retired people to come together to make the most of life in their Golden Years....
Our u3a gives you the chance to develop your interests, make new friends, and enjoy yourself.
As we like to say : Learn, Laugh & Live!
So Who are We and What do We Do?
We are a registered charity (number 1154123) and we aim to facilitate educational, leisure and social activities at minimal cost for older people and those who are retired from full time work.
Ravenshead U3A was established in January 2012 and now has approximately 420 members.
The model is peer to peer learning, and activities are organised by fellow members. Any member can start an interest group, and the group members learn together and from each other. We do not have paid tutors.
Whilst it serves Ravenshead village and surrounding districts, anyone in the national U3a can join.
There are nearly 40 individual interest groups, which in “normal times” meet monthly in ‘The Centre’ at St Peter’s, the Ravenshead Village Hall or individual member’s homes. We also meet on Zoom.
Subjects are varied and range from physical activities such as walking, hiking and table tennis, practical activities such as craft and knitting, and some more traditional subjects such as Science & Technology and languages including Latin.
We are always looking out for new ideas.
We have found new ways of working together and keeping in touch. For the latest information and ideas look on the VIRTUAL GROUP page. There you will find links to many interesting websites plus details of the Zoom (free software) which facilitates our virtual [online] meetings.
New Members can join our U3A by using the New Member Application Form
In "Normal Times" we have a large weekenders group which is popular because it gives members the opportunity to meet and do things at weekends which can be very lonely for those on their own. We also organise day trips and other events throughout the year.
When meeting face to face is permitted, MONTHLY MEETINGS ARE HELD AT 10.00 a.m. ON THE SECOND TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH AT ST. PETER'S CHURCH. People interested in learning more about the U3A movement are welcome to attend.
Again, when permitted, COFFEE AND CONVERSATION MORNINGS ARE HELD BETWEEN 10.00 a.m. and 12 noon ON THE THIRD MONDAY OF EACH MONTH IN ROOM 3, 'THE CENTRE' AT ST. PETER'S, SHEEPWALK LANE, RAVENSHEAD.
This is an excellent opportunity for potential new members, as well as existing members to drop in and meet informally with members, friends and committee members. Come and enjoy a coffee and a chat with us and find out more about our U3A!
By all means give the Membership Secretary, Frances Gilbert (01623 616615) a call if you wish to discuss any aspect of joining Ravenshead u3a.