Forest Town & District

Groups

To retain some continuity I have left the details of groups and group meetings intact to show what groups were running prior to lockdown and hopefully will resume at a later date.

In the meantime if group leaders' are in contact with their groups through Zoom, Skype or any other media please send me details for your group page, it may be of interest to newer members of our u3a.

Bob Hunt, web editor

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A NEW GROUP STARTING AT DUKERIES U3A.

Dukeries U3A are hoping to start a Uke n' Sing Ukulele group at the end of July.

"Most of us are beginners, (apart from the teacher!) We plan to meet on Thursday mornings for an hour, cost £1, venue to be finalised".

If any Forest Town member would care to join this group they would be most welcome.

If you are interested please contact Linda Bond (Dukeries U3A)Tel. O1623 861 595,
or by e-mail howardbond1@yahoo.co.uk

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Several group leaders have indicated that they will no longer be running their group.

A big Thank You to the leaders who have dedicated their time and enthusiasm in running these groups.

The groups are: Ambling - Short walks - Lunch group - Current Affairs - Bridge - Local History - Family History.

If you are interested in leading any of these groups or have ideas for a new group when restrictions ease please contact Groups co-ordinator Anita.

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

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 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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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 who will be willing to help you.

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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 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.

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.

FTmap

< 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
 Leader wanted
 Leader wantedArt 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
 Leader wanted
 Leader wanted
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
 Leader wanted
 Leader wantedDining 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
 Leader wanted
 Leader wanted
Lunch Club
 Leader wanted
 Leader wantedMusic 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
 Leader wanted
 Leader wantedStrollers
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
 Leader required
 Leader required
Timetable Summary
Day MorningAfternoon
MondayBook Club   Poetry & Play Reading   Craft   Scrabble & Rummikub  
TuesdayArt Appreciation Group   Gardening   Table Tennis   Country Dancing  
WednesdayOff Road Cycling   Rambling    
ThursdayBird watching   Cryptic Crosswords   Book Exchange   Dining Out   Painting & Drawing  
FridayStrollers   Music Appreciation Group