Forest Town & District

Meetings and Events for 2020

The Forest Town and District U3A monthly General Meeting is held on the 1st.Thursday of each month in St.Albans Church Forest Town.

The monthly Meeting starts at 1.45 pm and is open to everyone, if you are a visitor sign in at our visitors table and one of our members will be there to help you. Visitors are allowed two free attendances at our General meetings.

Due to restrictions of the number of photographs that can be displayed on one page several photographs have been removed to show our 2019 AGM meeting displays of crafts and activities by our interest groups, more photographs can be viewed by clicking on the this link: AGM 2019 Photographs, many thanks to Pauline Marples for providing the photographs...Bob

See our interactive Calendar for the dates of General and Group meetings.

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Dates for your Diary
March 2020
Wed Mar 4thRamblingMarkeaton Park, Kedleston Hall, Mackworth. Leader Carol.
Thu Mar 5thMeeting

March 2020 – Anthony Sharp – Lincoln, from the Romans to Georgians.

The Upper Town at Lincoln was first settled by the Romans, when the famous 9th Legion (The Lost Legion) built its camp/fortress there in ca. AD50. We will look at the Romans and their army and how towns and cities, in particular Lincoln, developed from their encampments through the Dark Ages and beyond the Norman Conquest. Lincoln's magnificent cathedral will be an important feature.


Wed Mar 18thRamblingBarlborough – Spinkhill – Harthill. Leaders Bob & Vanessa.
Tue Mar 24thCountry DancingTuesday MARCH 24th Dancing and shared lunch to celebrate the coming of Spring.
Dancing from 11am till 3pm.
Professional dance caller Janice is our special guest.
Please bring a small contribution to a shared lunch. £2-50 to cover hire of hall and kitchen.
April 2020
Wed Apr 1stRamblingAshover, Northedge, Great Pond of Stubbing and Alton. Leader Steve.
Thu Apr 2ndMeeting

April 2nd 2020 Patsy Rayner - Images of Japan: traditional & modern.

This illustrated talk covers many aspects of Japanese life from the traditional – a brief history of religion, temples, castles, traditional houses, festivals.
To the modern - the Bullet train, bustling Tokyo & other modern cities, marriage, sports- plus a brief look at the Japanese garden.
Artefacts will be on display.


Wed Apr 15thRamblingWetton Mill, Butterton & Grindon (To be confirmed). Leader Neil.
Tue Apr 21stCountry DancingTuesday APRIL 21st - 2 - 4pm £2
May 2020
Wed May 6thRamblingHoylandswaine, Cawthorne & Cannon Hall country park. (To be confirmed). Leader Andy.
Thu May 7thMeeting

May 7th 2020. Elizabeth Holloway: “Off The Boats” - living on a longboat

A light-hearted 50 minute talk about her and her husband's 5½ years living on a 60ft narrowboat, travelling the waterways of England.
Elizabeth talks about their adventures and some of the interesting people they met.


Tue May 19thCountry DancingTuesday MAY 19th - 2-4pm £2
Wed May 20thRamblingLea Gardens, Cromford canal, Crich memorial and Lea village/ (To be confirmed). Leader Georganne.
Wed May 27thRamblingPLANNING MEETING
June 2020
Wed Jun 3rdRamblingEarl Sterndale, Longnor & Hollinsclough. Leaders Bob & Vanesssa.
Thu Jun 4thMeeting

Annual General Meeting


Wed Jun 17thRamblingGradbach,& the Three Shires Head. (To be confirmed). Leader Georganne.
Tue Jun 23rdCountry DancingTuesday JUNE 23rd Dancing and shared lunch to celebrate midsummer .
Dancing from 11am till 3pm.
Professional dance caller Janice is our special guest.
Please bring a small contribution to a shared lunch. £2-50 to cover hire of hall and kitchen.
July 2020
Wed Jul 1stRamblingFiley to Scarborough.
Minibus outing – now fully booked. Depart 07.30 am Forest Town Arena, Leave Scarborough 6.00 pm.
Leader Andy.
Thu Jul 2ndMeeting

July 2nd. John Smith – Fascinating Nottinghamshire writers.

From the Godfather of evolution to the book of Common Prayer, through to rebel writers like Lawrence, Byron and Sillitoe.
Nottinghamshire has a reputation for its ground-breaking Male and Female authors.
Discover their impact on the World in this enlightening talk.


August 2020
Thu Aug 6thMeeting

Richard Hancock - AMD - Age related macular degeneration
Loss of sight from getting older, help and advice that is available.


September 2020
Thu Sep 3rdMeeting

Malcolm Darroch - A Forgotten Country - travels in Tibet

Tibet, a once proud country now under Chinese control.
A beautiful pictorial insight into a fascinating culture; ranging from Buddhism to Yaks.


October 2020
Thu Oct 1stMeetingHeather Vickers – Egg decorating.
I have been decorating mainly Goose eggs for almost 30 years.
I will talk about how I design, cut, hinge, paint and decorate the eggs, I will bring along a variety of decorated eggs and explain how they are created.

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