Forest Town & District

Groups

The National U3A have issued 'REVISED Advice for Restarting Interest Groups'.
Please click on this link to read the document: Revised advice

Could your group have 'virtual meetings' via Zoom?

The U3A is running a series of online tutorials on how to use Zoom,
click on this link: How to ZOOM to join the meetings.

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Hello to all of our Group Leaders,

I hope you are well and coping with these unprecedented times! The Committee had originally decided to not publish a Newsletter after the April edition for a couple of months.
However, Jenny Wright has come forward with an excellent idea.
Jenny suggests, even though we don't have the usual Groups news to share and enjoy, it would be a perfect opportunity to catch-up with each other and share what we are doing to occupy ourselves during these very trying weeks.
Therefore, I would like to ask all the Group Leaders to email their own Group members and ask what they are doing to "fill their days" .
We always have some great articles from the Group Leaders in the Newsletter and I'm sure their Group members have lots of snippets of information and news to share with their U3A!
Jenny has also suggested that we might have a quiz or a crossword, are any of you inspired to create anything for us?
Working alongside Kelvin, our Welfare Officer, I shall be sending a bulk email to all of our members in a way of reaching out to those who are not involved with any Interest Groups in the hope of making the May edition a fantastic publication!

Kind regards
Linda
Chairperson

Please use this email address: ftu3anews@gmail.com to send articles to Helen for the newsletter.

Dear Member, you can now see our list of Forest Town and District U3A groups
and group Calendar of meetings and events by clicking on this link: Members Portal

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To All Group Leaders.

The committee met on the 16th.March 2020 and it was decided to advise Group Leaders to cancel their group meetings due to Coronavirus.
Some group members are in closer contact with each other than other groups.
If you feel that you as group leader and all your group members wish to carry on meeting, that will be your personal choice and also the members that attend the meeting.

This advice is to keep you and your members safe.

Regards
Group Coordinator
Anita Adlard.

Group Attendance registers for the Treasurer.

Financial Group Attendance registers. - Retain your original records and send Andy, our treasurer, a copy of your group register, by email if you use a spreadsheet or have a scanned copy, or a photocopy by post, you will have Andy's contact details in the email Anita sent you.

Non-financial Group registers. - Retain your original records - Andy does not need a copy.

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At the heart of the U3A are its interest groups.
Interest groups are organised and run by members with a common interest who want to play and learn together.

Groups usually have a leader who arranges the venue, day and time of the meetings mutually agreeable to members of the group, organising a group isn't necessarily the responsibility of one person, 2 or 3 people working together can help with the smooth running of a group.

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You need to be a member of the Forest Town & District U3A to join a group.
We have reciprocal arrangement with members of the North Notts Neighbourhood group of U3A's to allow their members to join our groups and vice versa, see the General News page.

If you are thinking of joining, or trying out a group, please contact the Group Leader first to confirm the date of the meeting and to see if there are vacancies.

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Forest Town & District U3A Membership.
We are currently renewing memberships and will be enrolling new members in April.

We have 26 interest groups with new groups being formed, if you have an idea for a new group please contact the Groups co-ordinator Anita or the Asst.Groups co-ordinator Steve who will be happy to help you.

As we say in the U3A ‘Two’s company, three’s an interest group!’

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If you are interested in statistics or finding out the wide range of interest groups in the
Nottinghamshire Network of U3A's read these three interesting reports:
Index of Nottinghamshire U3A Interest Groups - Alphabetic
Index of Nottinghamshire U3A Interest Groups - Alphabetic Summary
Index of Nottinghamshire U3A Interest Groups - Popularity Summary

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NOTICE FOR GROUP LEADERS - U3A-Grouptalk.
As an aid to group leaders and U3A members organising specialist speakers and visits, an online forum has been created.
U3A-Grouptalk is designed to make it easier for people to share information and ask questions of similar groups in
other U3As. From Bird Watching, through History to Science and Technology and Engineering, there are many groups where visits and specialist speakers really make the difference. The ability to learn from other similar groups helps all of us to enrich our U3A experience. - The forum is built in Google Groups and is very easy to set up and use.
Give it a try and see if it works for you. Any problems or suggestions, please post in the forum (preferably) or you can email me at paul.fileman@btinternet.com
Click on this link to go to forum: Group Talk You will need to create an account to participate in this forum.

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Suggestions for new groups

Three new groups have started:
Cryptic Crosswords - stretch those brain cells,
Flat Path Walking - gentle walks with time for a chat and coffee,
and Off Road Cycling for the more energetic

See the group pages for more information.

These new groups take our total number of activities to 26.

We are always looking for ideas for new groups, if you have an interest or hobby you would like to share with others please contact Groups co-ordinator Anita or Asst.Groups co-ordinator Steve who will be willing to help you.

Current Affairs - there is a waiting list for this group, if anyone would like to start a new Current Affairs group please contact Groups co-ordinator Anita or Asst.Groups co-ordinator Steve.

New groups suggested by members
Wine tasting, Classical music, Walking with a dog.
If you are interested in forming, Joining or leading one of these groups please contact Anita or Steve,

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MOOCs what's that all about? click on this link to find out: U3A Online courses

FOR GROUP LEADERS
We have two Group Attendance Registers
Group Attendance Register Non-Finance For groups who meet in people's homes or free venues and no money is collected.
Group Attendance Register - Finance For groups who collect money for hall hire or equipment.
Click on the register appropriate for your group to download copies.

The U3A Sources Magazine, which you receive with the TAM magazine now has a website full of interesting articles from U3A’s.
Have you or your group got an article or story to tell for the magazine? Click on ‘Submit a Story’ at the top right of the Sources home screen to submit it.

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#To join any of our groups please contact Groups co-ordinator Anita or Asst.Groups co-ordinator Steve.
or look for the Groups co-ordinators board at the General Meetings in St.Alban's Church, Forest Town and put your name on the Group membership form or contact the group leader via the Group webpage.

We are always looking for ideas and leaders for an interest group or activity, if you have an idea for a group or activity contact the Groups co-ordinator, or if can't find a group of your choice why not start an interest group yourself the Groups co-ordinator will be happy to help you.

Some of our groups meet in the Flint Avenue Community centre which is off Laurel Avenue Forest Town
and the Sherwood Centre, Stuart Avenue, Forest Town, click on the maps to see a larger image.

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< Flint Avenue Centre, Flint Avenue, Forest Town.

Sherwood Centre

< Sherwood Centre, Stuart Avenue, Forest Town.

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PHOTOGRAPHS
By including photographs in our newsletter and on our web site, we believe this helps to illustrate the warmth, friendliness and activities of our U3A, and its associated groups.
If you do not want your photograph to appear on this web site or in the newsletter and display boards at our meetings please tell the person taking the photo or turn away from the camera.
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In Nottinghamshire alone the October 2015 survey showed that there were 29 U3As offering 159 subjects through more than 873 groups

Interest groups are self managed and self funded. They draw upon the knowledge, skills and experience of their members to prepare and deliver a yearly programme for their group. The range of interests is very wide: art and music, both practical and appreciation, foreign languages, literature and poetry, creative writing, science and technology, history, both local and national, gardening, walking, computing, craft, card and board games, cycling, dancing of all sorts, bowling and genealogy to name but some.

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The titles of the groups below are 'active' please click on one to view the group page.

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Group List
Ambling Along
Tuesday a.m.
First Tuesday of the Month
Tuesday a.m.
First Tuesday of the Month
Art Appreciation Group
Tuesday a.m.
4th.Tuesday of the Month.
Tuesday a.m.
4th.Tuesday of the Month.
Bird watching
Thursday a.m.
2nd.Thursday in month
Thursday a.m.
2nd.Thursday in month
Book Club
Monday a.m.
1st.Monday of the Month
Monday a.m.
1st.Monday of the Month
Book Exchange
Thursday p.m.
Monthly General Meeting
Thursday p.m.
Monthly General Meeting
Bridge for all abilities
Friday a.m.
2nd & 4th Friday in month
Friday a.m.
2nd & 4th Friday in month
Computer and IT Group
 See the computer group page
 See the computer group pageCountry Dancing
Tuesday p.m.
3rd/4th.Tuesday of the Month
Tuesday p.m.
3rd/4th.Tuesday of the Month
Craft
Monday p.m.
2nd.Monday in month
Monday p.m.
2nd.Monday in month
Cryptic Crosswords
Thursday a.m.
4th.Thursday of the Month
Thursday a.m.
4th.Thursday of the Month
Current Affairs
Wednesday a.m.
2nd.Wednesday in Month
Wednesday a.m.
2nd.Wednesday in Month
Dining Out
Thursday p.m.
4th.Thursday of the Month.
Thursday p.m.
4th.Thursday of the Month.
Gardening
Tuesday a.m.
2nd. Tuesday of the Month
Tuesday a.m.
2nd. Tuesday of the Month
Local History
Thursday p.m.
3rd.Thursday in month
Thursday p.m.
3rd.Thursday in month
Lunch Club
 Various days and venues
 Various days and venuesMusic Appreciation Group
Friday p.m.
1st.Friday in month
Friday p.m.
1st.Friday in month
National Trust Visits
 Various dates
 Various datesOff Road Cycling
Wednesday a.m.
3rd.Wednesday of the Month
Wednesday a.m.
3rd.Wednesday of the Month
Painting & Drawing
Thursday p.m.
Fourth Thursday in the month
Thursday p.m.
Fourth Thursday in the month
Poetry & Play Reading
Monday a.m.
2nd. Monday of the Month
Monday a.m.
2nd. Monday of the Month
Rambling
Wednesday a.m.
1st.and 3rd Wednesday in month
Wednesday a.m.
1st.and 3rd Wednesday in month
Scrabble & Rummikub
Monday p.m.
3rd. Monday at 2 pm.
Monday p.m.
3rd. Monday at 2 pm.
Short Walks
Monday a.m.
4th. Monday of the Month
Monday a.m.
4th. Monday of the Month
Strollers
Friday a.m.
3rd Friday 10.30 am.
Friday a.m.
3rd Friday 10.30 am.
Table Tennis
Tuesday a.m.
First Tuesday of the Month
Tuesday a.m.
First Tuesday of the Month
Trace Your Family History
Monday p.m.
3rd.Monday of the Month
Monday p.m.
3rd.Monday of the Month
Timetable Summary
Day MorningAfternoon / Evening
MondayBook Club   Poetry & Play Reading   Short Walks   Craft   Scrabble & Rummikub   Trace Your Family History  
TuesdayAmbling Along   Art Appreciation Group   Gardening   Table Tennis   Country Dancing  
WednesdayCurrent Affairs   Off Road Cycling   Rambling    
ThursdayBird watching   Cryptic Crosswords   Book Exchange   Dining Out   Local History   Painting & Drawing  
FridayBridge for all abilities   Strollers   Music Appreciation Group