Forest Town & District

General Information

Forest Town & District U3A Registered Charity Number 1186417.

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Latest Coronavirus updates.

Nottinghamshire County Council: COVID-19 27/03/2020

Nottinghamshire County Council: COVID-19 26/03/2020

Nottinghamshire County Council: COVID-19 25/03/2020

Nottinghamshire County Council: COVID-19 24/03/20

Nottinghamshire County Council 23/03/2020: COVID-19 update

Nottinghamshire County Council - Coronavirus and service closures: Coronavirus

and the National U3A Coronavirus News page


Suspension of U3A meetings.

Dear Members,

Following this mornings Committee meeting (16th.March 2020),the Committee have made the decision that, due to the ongoing issues concerning the Coronavirus, we must suspend our U3A general meetings for the next three months.

This is not a decision we have taken lightly but we do acknowledge that the safety and welfare of all our members is very important.

Can we ask you all to be mindful of each other and offer support whenever you can without putting yourselves at unnecessary risk. However, if you live alone and have NO ONE to offer support should you need it please do not hesitate to contact a Committee member and we will make every effort to help.

The Newsletter will be published this month, as usual, but paper copies will only be posted to those members with no email addresses, there will be no facilities for members to collect copies.

We hope to possibly reconvene our general meetings in July but we will keep you updated so please do watch out for our email.

Stay safe, stay healthy!
Kind regards


You can keep in contact with other members of your group via email, phone, skype, WhatsApp, facetime, our Website and our Facebook page. If you have any questions regarding your group please email your group leader or the group coordinator.


The U3A Arts Festival due to be held in August is suspended.


Membership Renewals Process for the Year 2020/21

I am delighted to let you know that the Committee has made the decision to reduce the cost of your subscription for the coming year 2020-2021.

Memberships are due for renewal by the 2nd. of April 2020 and I have set out below the different options for renewing in 2020.

March and April General meeting - as usual you can renew at the meeting by cash or cheque.
This year we are again offering postal renewals.
New for this year we can now offer renewal by bank transfer.

Cheques should be made out to: Forest Town & District U3A

Postal renewals should be addressed to:
Mrs J Atkins
14 Paulson's Drive
Notts. NG19 7AA
Please enclose your name, current membership number and cheque as above. It would be appreciated if you could provide a stamped address envelope for return of your new membership card, but not essential.

Bank Transfer:
Sort code - 30-90-89
Account number: 53978960
Name of Account: Forest Town & District U3A
It is imperative when using this method that you state your name and/or membership number for reference. Otherwise we are unable to trace your payment.

Renewal rates are as follows:
Individual £17
Associate £13.50

Jane Atkins
Membership Secretary

Please note - any membership places not renewed by the 2nd.of April 2020 will be offered to prospective members on our waiting list.


The ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING DUE TO BE HELD ON THURSDAY 4th. JUNE 2020 is suspended until further notice

Dear Member,
The Calling Notice for the AGM and the Committee nomination form can be viewed and downloaded here:

Calling Notice --- Nomination form

These forms give details of which positions will need to be filled and how to apply for nomination.


As someone who has worked on the committee for nearly 3 years in two different roles I would urge every member to seriously consider what they can offer to their U3A. I have enjoyed my time on the committee and been happy to use my skills and develop new ones which in turn keeps my grey cells active! I've always received support in my roles and felt that "we are all in it together" to get things done. So don't be put off, don't think you aren't capable - you are.

Every one of you has something to offer and without that our U3A cannot function. We cannot keep expecting the same few members to plan and organise everything. We need you and I would urge you to seriously consider giving a little of your time to help.
Very best wishes

Jane Atkins, Membership Secretary.


I can only add my own comments to Jane’s, I too have worked on the committee for 3 years and enjoyed my three roles during that time, as with any job you ‘grow into’ the role adding your own experience and skills to the task in hand, help and support is always available from other members, please consider standing for committee and use your skills and experience to take forward our own great U3A.

Bob Hunt, Website editor and Beacon Admin.

Forest Town & District U3A Membership.
Our current membership total is 268.





The Forest Town & District U3A April 2020 newsletter and all previous newsletters are available to read on the Newsletter page.
To read the Newsletters and other .pdf documents on this website you will need Adobe Reader or Adobe Reader DC.
There is a download link to the Adobe website and guidance on the Computer and IT Group pages.


The Monthly National U3A newsletter

keeps you up to date with the latest events, happenings and workshops available to U3A members,
click on this link: News at the Third Age to read the latest National U3A newsletter.


The U3A Sources Magazine,

The Educational Journal of the U3A movement which you receive with the TAM magazine is now available online.
It is full of interesting articles about Shared Learning Projects and other Projects in the U3A movement both Nationally and Internationally.


For music lovers Click on this link: Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, turn the volume up!

Local Primary schools are looking for volunteers to help children with their reading
Can you help? you could make a difference
for details click on this link: Literacy Volunteers
Can you help at our Monthly General Meeting?
We are always looking for members to help at our General meetings - help with the refreshments (Tea/coffee)
Meeting and Greeting visitors and helping to set up tables and chairs for the meeting
If you are willing to help in any way please talk to any committee member or one of the ladies on the signing in table.


The National U3a website has re-opened as a new website: National U3A website
If you have previously registered to use the Members section of the National U3A website you may now find that your login details are no longer valid and will need to create a new account.


We believe that by including photographs of members and activities on our display boards and in our newsletter and web site helps to illustrate the warmth, friendliness and activities of our U3A and its associated groups.
However if YOU do not want your photo on the web site, newsletter or subsequent displays please tell the person taking the photo and turn away from the camera.

Nottinghamshire Help Yourself
You may find this site useful, the Nottinghamshire Help Yourself website is a partnership between health services,the voluntary sector and Nottinghamshire County Council to bring information and advice together in one place so people can find the information they need easily.
Macmillan Beyond Diagnosis Project.
Self Help UK in partnership with Macmillan have developed a service to provide practical and emotional support to anyone living in Nottingham city, Mansfield and Ashfield with a cancer diagnosis or still living with the physical or emotional effects of cancer treatments.
There are a number of services and support available, including:
• A befriending service in which specially trained volunteers can provide a supportive professional friendship.
- This can help to lesson isolation, increase confidence and provide reassurance at a difficult time.
• Practical support, including attending a doctors or hospital appointment together or assisting with light house work, gardening or shopping.
For any further information please feel free to contact 0115 8523102, or follow this link: Macmillan Beyond Diagnosis Project.


The Nottinghamshire Network of U3A's supports the U3A branches in the county and is active in establishing new U3A's. See their website: Nottinghamshire Network of U3A


North Notts Neighbourhood group.

We are members of the North Notts Neighbourhood Group, the group incorporates 7 local U3A's.
Members of the group are:
Forest Town & District U3A, Ashfield U3A, Dukeries U3A, Mansfield & District U3A, Sherwood U3A, Rainworth & District U3A, Sutton-in-Ashfield U3A.

The seven U3A NNNG members have agreed that there should be a reciprocal arrangement between the member groups whereby should you be interested in an interest group that a neighbouring U3A is running you can contact the Group Leader or Membership Co-ordinator of that U3A to see if they have a place for you.
If however you attend the General Meetings of that U3A you would be expected to join that U3A at the reduced membership fee.


General Data Protection Regulations 2018

New data protection regulations came into force in May 2018.
The new regulations do not change the way we use your membership details but do require that we have your signed consent to continue using that information.
Members renewing their membership will need to sign a consent form, applicants for membership will find a consent form on the reverse of the membership application form.
Forest Town & Dist.U3A Privacy Policy


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