This page is a collective diary of future events within Ravenshead U3A where the detail varies each month. Entries are automatically deleted with the passage of time.
More detailed information about an entry, is shown on each group page
To access a group page, directly from this page, click on the appropriate group heading (in blue), below.
Trips and visits organized for the whole U3A are shown in a heading at the top of this page.
Where the name of an organizer is printed in blue, you can contact them by email by clicking on their name. Place names of trips may similarly be written in blue which will lead directly to further information.
General open monthly meetings are held in St Peters Church from 10 to 12 noon, on the second Tuesday in each month.
Coffee and Conversation meetings on the 3rd Monday in each month are open to U3A members, their friends and prospective new members. 10 to 12 noon.
Ravenshead U3A has a policy of NOT advertising external [Non U3A] activities or events.
Ravenshead U3A started just over 6 years ago and has been relatively successful with over 40 activity groups offering a wide range of interest and social activities. None of this would have been possible without the efforts of our group leaders and committee members who volunteer their time to ensure that planning and organising is done effectively.
At our next Annual General Meeting in June, Maria our business secretary will have completed her 3 years as business secretary. To ensure a smooth continuity of managing our U3A, we are seeking a replacement for that role with the intention that they become familiar with the role prior to the election of officers.
If you think you have experience which is appropriate to this role, please contact Maria or any member of the executive committee, with a view to hearing more of the roles involved in managing our U3A.
You are welcome to attend our committee meetings to listen to our discussions etc.
|Dates for your Diary|
|Tue Jun 12th||Annual General Meeting|
|Mon Jun 18th||Coffee and Conversation 10 to 12 pm at the Centre.|
|Tue Jul 10th||Nottinham in the great War Speaker Carol Lovejoy Edwards|
|Mon Jul 16th||Coffee and Conversation 10 to 12 pm at the Centre.|
|Tue Aug 14th||Tax care and the toy boys Speaker Oliver Hill|
|Mon Aug 20th||Coffee and Conversation 10 to 12 pm at the Centre.|
|Tue Sep 11th||Women Pilots of World War II Speaker John|
|Mon Sep 17th||Coffee and Conversation 10 to 12 pm at the Centre.|
|Tue Oct 9th||Yester year Acapella; Speaker Kevin Wilinson|
|Mon Oct 15th||Coffee and Conversation 10 to 12 pm at the Centre.|
|Tue Nov 13th||Gardens of the world speaker J.P.Bates|
|Mon Nov 19th||Coffee and Conversation 10 to 12 pm at the Centre.|
|Tue Dec 11th||Welcome to my world Speaker William French|
|Mon Dec 17th||Coffee and Conversation 10 to 12 pm at the Centre.|
Wed Jun 6th
→Tue Jun 26th
|Bletchley Park War time secret coding centre.|
A visit is planned by Kate Asquith for 6th of June. A 59 seater coach has been booked to leave at 8.30 PM and return to Ravenshead by 6 PM.
FINAL PAYMENTS FOR THIS TRIP SHOULD BE MADE NOW. CHEQUES PAYABLE TO "RAVENSHEAD U3A SOCIAL ACCOUNT" FOR £25 OR £5 DEPENDING ON WHETHER A DEPOSIT HAS ALREADY BEEN PAID. CURRENTLY THE COACH IS FULL. A WAITING LIST HAS BEEN CREATED
Please record expressions of interest to Ian Harrison, Trips coordinator.
|Sat Jun 9th||Chatsworth Flower Show in partnership with Wedgwood Saturday 9th June 2018|
Entrance tickets £33.50 purchased in advance, (£40 on the day.) See
ALL SEATS SOLD Total cost £41 Please contact Alan Paul on 01623 793087 or George Nash on 01623 799312
|Sat Jun 30th||pleae ignore the date shown on the left... software limitation|
We would like to hear expressions of interest in the following trips. Specific dates are not decided yet and we hope that volunteers will come forward to act as coordinators for each of the trips.
Suggestions for Trips and Visits for Ravenshead U3a
1. Great Central Railway, Loughborough – Lunch on the train and site visit.
2. Black Country Museum, Dudley, West Midlands – Historic industrial restored town and village.
3. Midland Motorcycle Museum, West Midlands.
4. East Kirby Aviation Museum, Lincolnshire – Historic airfield/museum and operational taxiing Lancaster Bomber.
5. Eden Camp Museum, Yorkshire – lots to see and do, restored wartime buildings and themed displays.
6. Severn Valley Railway, Kidderminster – Long distance restored steam railway and museum.
7. North Yorkshire Moors train trip to Whitby.
8. Imperial War Museum Duxford is a branch of the Imperial War Museum near Duxford in Cambridgeshire – very large historic aviation museum.
Many thanks; I look forward to receiving your ideas and support.
Email Ian Harrison, Trips and Visits Co-Ordinator. or Tel 01623 486345
|Tue Sep 18th||Terracotta Army exhibition at Liverpool Tuesday 18th September 2018 Entry by timed appointment at 1 PM 53 tickets at £12 have been reserved. Total cost of trip £22.|
Departure from Ravenshead expected between 8 to 8.30 AM (to be confirmed). Arrive back in Ravenshead about 8.30 PM. Stops arranged in both directions, toilet on board the coach.
Payment of £22 must be completed by end of July Cheques payable to Ravenshead U3A social account.
Please express your interest to Jackie Salmon. trip. organiser.
Mon Oct 1st
→Sun Oct 28th
|Ashfield U3A Holidays 2018|
October 2018 ,Venezuela @ Angel Falls
Two week trip up the Orinoco. This is an adventure trip so be prepared to rough it a bit
Travel with Explore Worldwide ATOL protected.
Phone Caroline Rhoades. Ashfield u3a holiday organiser. 01623 721987
|Sun Oct 28th||Thursford Christmas Show. 44 tickets have been reserved for 28th November. Cost £43.50p per person, payment by Cheque is required in July/August. The coach fare is £12.50p. Cheques for the coach fare are required by the October monthly meeting. Total cost of trip is £56.00 contact Jackie Salmon|
|Mon Jan 7th||Thoresby Hall Holiday group. 2 Holidays 7.1.19 and 18.2.19 see details via this link|
|Tue Jun 19th||Visit to Martin Fish’s Garden, Rainton near Thirsk. |
Cost : £28.50 to include bus, arrival drinks, guided tour of garden, and lunch. Leave Ravenshead, outside Village Hall at 9.15am and return approx. 4.30pm. Please pay cheque to Ravenshead Flower Club – limited places available.
|Wed Jun 20th||Visit to Southwell (Brackenhurst and Flower Pod), Southwell postponed.|
|Wed Jul 18th||Coton Manor Gardens Northants NN6 8RQ. Beautiful gardens and nice café, highly recommended by Barrie. Cost: £16pp including bus and entrance. Lunch booked for 12.30 (need to pre-order food) Leave Ravenshead 10.30am and return 4 – 4.30pm.|
|Thu Aug 30th||Visit to the Flower Pod, Southwell. This is a horticultural Social Enterprise based on a one and a half acre site with an interesting straw bale building, where employees, volunteers and adults with learning disabilities produce beautiful cut flowers for bouquets, weddings, and general sales to the public. |
Cost : £8 includes village bus, coffee / tea and cake, a tour of the garden and a presentation with a Q & A session.
We will leave from the Sherwood Ranger at 12.45pm and return to Ravenshead approx. 4pm
|Hikers (5 - 8 miles)|
|Wed Jun 6th||Calton Leas Walk Leader Steve Hargreaves - Difficulty - Easy - Meet Sherwood Ranger 9.30am prompt for car sharing. See walk description in the Hikers page Links section email contact if required Steve Hargreaves|
|Wed Jun 20th||- Elton - Youlgreave Circular difficulty Moderate 8.3 miles Walk Leader John Clay Meet Sherwood Ranger 9.30am prompt for car sharing. a walk description can be viewed in the links section of the Hikers Web page. email contact if required John Clay|
|Wed Jul 4th||Redmires Reservoir Walk 'Circular' 6¼ miles 3 hours Difficulty Moderate Walk Leader Colin Wild meet Sherwood Ranger 9.30am prompt for car sharing.A full description can be found in the Hikers Links section of the web page.|
|Tue Jul 10th||Norfolk Walk - Cley next to Sea - Circular walk leader John Clay difficulty Moderate Meet at Free car park Grid Ref TG 047 436 @ 10.00 am. A link to the Map and Elevation profile for this walk can be viewed on the Hikers Web Page.|
|Wed Jul 11th||Norfolk Walk - Weybourne - Circular walk leader John Clay difficulty Easy Meet at Free car park Grid Ref TG 110 436 @ 10.00 am. A link to the Map and Elevation profile for this walk can be viewed on the Hikers Web Page.|
|Wed Jul 18th||River Hamps Staffs Difficulty -Moderate- 5.2 Miles (8.35km) approx 3 ½ hrs |
Group Leader Steve Hargreaves meet at 9.30 am prompt The Sherwood Ranger for car sharing. A walk description can be viewed on the Hikers Group webpage. email contact if required Steve Hargreaves
|Wed Aug 1st||Sherwood Forest circular difficulty Easy walk Leader Steve Hargreaves 6 ½ miles 3hrs. Meet Sherwood Ranger 9.30 am for car sharing. A full walk description is available in the Links section on the Hikers web page.|
|Wed Aug 15th||Manton Bay Rutland Water Circular walk Difficulty Easy Distance 5¼ miles 3hrs approx. Walk Leader Steve Hargreaves. Meet Sherwood Ranger 9.30am prompt for car sharing. full description can be found in the Hikers Links section of the web page.|
|Wed Sep 5th||Calver - Frogatt - Baslow circular Walk Leader Steve Hargreaves Meet Sherwood Ranger 9.30am prompt for car sharing. See Hikers web page link section for a walk description. email contact if required Steve Hargreaves|
|Wed Sep 19th||Carsington to Harborough Rocks circular Difficulty - Moderate Walk Leader Steve Hargreaves Meet Sherwood Ranger 9.30am prompt for car sharing. See walk description in the Hikers page Links section email contact if required Steve Hargreaves|
|Wed Oct 3rd||No Walk|
|Wed Oct 17th||Southwell Circular Walk Leader Frances Gilbert difficulty Easy Meet Sherwood Ranger 9.30 am prompt for car sharing. Walk details can be found in the web page Links section.|
|Wed Nov 7th||Longshaw Padley Gorge walk leader John Woffindon difficulty - Moderate 6.8 miles Open Country – moorland – woodland – grit stone escarpments. Meet Sherwood Ranger prompt for a 9.30 am car sharing. Walk description available on the web site.|
|Wed Nov 21st||Babworth - Pilgrim walk - walk leader Steve Hargreaves Distance 7½ miles Difficulty Easy Meet at Sherwood Ranger 9.30 am prompt for car sharing. a walk description can be viewed in the Links section of the Hikers web page|
|Wed Dec 5th||Xmas Fuddle email contact if required Steve Hargreaves|
|Tue Jun 12th||Chris Weir "Nottinghamshire's dark side" Room 3 at The Centre. 2 to 4 pm. £2 incuding coffee/tea and biscuits|
|Tue Jul 10th||Rock Cemetery/Lace Market details to follow|
|Tue Aug 14th||Walk around Nottingham with Peter Hammond. Meet at The Council House at 2 pm.|
The cost is £60 so the individual cost will depend on numbers. Further details to be advised.
|Tue Sep 11th||Room 3 at The Centre 2.00 pm. Planning meeting - ideas for next year please. £2 includes coffee/tea and biscuits.|
|Tue Oct 9th||Graham Hayes "Titanic" Room 3 at The Centre 2 p.m until 4 p.m. £2 including coffee/tea and biscuits|
|Tue Nov 13th||The Greenhalgh Family and Field Mill Gordon Cleugh. 2.00 pm Room 3 at The Centre. Cost £2 including coffee/tea and mince pies|
|Science and Technology|
|Fri Jun 1st||Low Temperature carbonisation. Speaker Colin Kibbler|
|Fri Jul 13th||Physics through Time. Speaker Tony Wardell. N.B. This is NOT our usual first Friday in the month.|
|Sat May 26th||Coffee Morning at St. Andrews Blidworth 10.00 am until 12 noon. Entrance free. Book stall, bric-a-brac, tombola, jigsaws, etc.|
|Sat May 26th||Games Afternoon at The Centre, Room 3. 2pm until 4pm. Bring your preferred games. £1 includes coffee/tea and biscuits.|
|Sat Jun 2nd||Planning Meeting Room 3, The Centre. 10.15 am until 12.15 pm. £1 includes coffee/tea and biscuits|
Money will be collected for Calke Abbey and Princess River Cruise
|Sun Jun 10th||Belton House and Gardens, National Trust Village Bus pick up 10.00 a.m. from Sherwood Ranger, return 4.00 p.m. 5 places left. Cost of the trip £20 for non-members of National Trust and £6 for NT members. The £6 bus fare is assuming that the bus is full. Contact Pat. Pat will be collecting money on Saturday 5th May.|
|Sat Jun 23rd||Games afternoon at The Centre, Room 3. 2pm until 4pm. bring your preferred games. £1 includes coffee/tea and biscuits.|
|Sat Jun 30th||Coffee Morning at St. Andrews Blidworth 10.00 am until 12 noon. Entrance free. Book stall, bric-a-brac, tombola, cake stall, jigsaws, etc.|
|Sat Jul 7th||Planning Meeting The Centre, Room 3. 10.15 am until 12.15 pm. £1 includes coffee/tea and biscuits.|
Money will be collected for Calke Abbey.
|Sun Jul 8th||Princess River Cruise Sunday Lunch Village Bus has been booked. £5 deposit required immediately on booking. Cost £21. 1 bus will be at the Sherwood Ranger and the other at The Village Hall. (confirm with Kate which bus you are on). Balance of money to be collected at May and June planning meeting. Contact Kate on 456047 or Sue on 409743|
|Sat Jul 28th||Coffee Morning at St. Andrews Blidworth 10.00 am until 12 noon. Entrance free. Book stall, bric-a-brac, tombola, cake stall, jigsaws, etc.|
|Sat Jul 28th||Games Afternoon 2pm until 4pm at The Centre, Room 3. £1 includes coffee/tea and biscuits. Bring your preferred games.|
|Sun Jul 29th||Calke Abbey Hall and gardens, National Trust Village Bus pick up 10.00 a.m. from Sherwood Ranger, return 4.00 p.m. Cost £20 for non-members of National Trust and £6 for members NT members. 5 Places left. The bus fare is subject to the bus being full. Pat will be collecting for this trip on 2nd June and 7th July at the Planning Meeting.|
|Sat Aug 4th||Planning Meeting The Centre, Room 3. 10.15 am until 12.15 pm. £1 includes coffee/tea and biscuits|
|Sat Aug 25th||Games afternoon 2pm until 4pm at The Centre, Room 3. £1 includes coffee/tea and biscuits.|
|Sat Sep 1st||Planning Meeting The Centre, Room 3. 10.15 am until 12.15 pm. £1 includes coffee/tea and biscuits.|
|Sat Sep 22nd||Games afternoon 2pm until 4pm. The Centre Room 3. £1 includes coffee/tea and biscuits.|
|Sat Sep 29th||Coffee Morning at St. Andrews Blidworth 10.00 am until 12 noon. Entrance free. Book stall, bric-a-brac, cake stall, tombola, jigsaws, etc.|
|Sat Oct 6th||Planning Meeting The Centre, Room 3. 10.15 am until 12.15 pm. £1 includes coffee/tea and biscuits.|
|Sat Oct 27th||Coffee Morning at St. Andrews Blidworth 10.00 am until 12 noon. Entrance free. Book stall, bric-a-brac, cakes stall, tombola, jigsaws, etc.|
|Sat Oct 27th||Games afternoon 2pm until 4pm at The Centre, Room 3. £1 includes coffee/tea and biscuits.|
|Sat Nov 3rd||Planning Meeting The Centre, Room 3. 10.15 an until 12.15 pm. £1 includes coffee/tea and biscuits.|
|Sat Nov 24th||Christmas Fair at St. Andrews Blidworth 10.00 am until 12 noon. Entrance free. Book stall, bric-a-brac, tombola, jigsaws, etc.|
|Sat Nov 24th||Games Afternoon 2pm until 4pm at The Centre, Room 3. £1 includes coffee/tea and biscuits.|
|Sat Dec 1st||Planning Meeting The Centre, Room 3, 10.15 until 12.15pm. £1 includes coffee/tea and biscuits.|
|Sat Dec 22nd||Games afternoon 2pm until 4pm. The Centre, Room 3. £1 includes coffee/tea and biscuits (unless we can get mince pies!)|