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 Activities organised for the whole U3A are shown under the Trip Activity heading at the top of this page.
Where the name of an organiser 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.
Coffee and Conversation meetings on the 3rd Monday in each month are open to U3A members, their friends and prospective new members. 10.00 a.m. to 12 noon.
Ravenshead U3A has a policy of NOT advertising external [Non U3A] activities or events.
Monthly meetings are held at 10.00 a.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at St Peter’s Church.
|Dates for your Diary|
|Mon Dec 16th||Meeting||Coffee and conversation at the Centre 10am-12 noon|
|Tue Dec 17th||Trips and Activities||Christmas Celebration Lunch at Portland college ,which will include two entertaining items|
Tickets are £16 each
Christmas Celebration Lunch 2019 Menu
At Portland College 17th December 12.30pm for 1PM
1.Creamed Cauliflower and Chestnut . (V) Croutons
and Shaved Parmesan Warm Onion Tin Loaf and Butter
2.Duck Parfait with Orange and Gin Crusty Bread
and House Pickles
3. Traditional Roast Breast of English Turkey Lemon Thyme
Stuffing Chipolata Sausage and Bacon Roll Rich Roast Gravy
4 Butternut Squash, Cranberry and Sage Pithivier (V)
With Roasted Onion Sauce.
Main courses are served with Brussel Sprouts, Honey Roasted
Carrots and Parsnips Rosemary and Garlic Roast Potatoes Mashed Potatoes
5 Traditional Christmas Pudding with Brandy butter
6 White Forest Meringue Roulade. Black Cherry Compote and Ice Cream
Coffee and Warm Mince Pies
Please print your name......................................................................................
Lead name of group if any (max. 12 per table) …............................................
Menu choice numbers ….............. …................. …................
Return to Alan Paul 65 Church Drive NG15 9FG tel. 01623 793087
or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
deadline 20th November Ticket Number
|Wed Dec 18th||Hikers (5 - 8 miles)||Clumber Park walk Walk Leader Frances Gilbert. meet at the Sherwood Ranger 9.30am prompt for Car Sharing. Walk details can be viewed at the Links section of our web page. |
NB; walk start point will now begin from car park of the Clumber Hotel on the A614.
|Sat Dec 21st||The Weekenders||Breakfast at The Centre this is a community event from 9.30 until 11am. £3.50 Full English.|
|Tue Dec 31st||Trips and Activities||Canal Trip in 2020 This proposed event has been cancelled due to insufficient interest|
|Tue Dec 31st||Trips and Activities||Holiday to Ireland 21 June 2020|
This is a holiday organised by Caroline Rhoades of Ashfield U3A.
WILD ATLANTIC WAY AND CONNEMARA – NINE DAY PRIVATE TOUR FOR U3A MEMBERS from 21 June 2020
Outward journey overnight stop off in Dublin, dinner bed and breakfast Plaza Hotel Tallaght
6 nights bed breakfast and evening meal at Westport Woods Hotel and Spa. All rooms with private facilities, tea and coffee making etc. evening entertainment, indoor swimming pool and spa. The hotel is set in its own woodlands. The quayside is a short walk or taxi ride away, train station is a 400-yard walk
Connemara including fjord cruise and visit to Kylemore Abbey and Gardens
Guided tour Achill Islands
En route excursion to Galway
Free time in Westport to relax and enjoy the area
Return overnight stop off in Dublin dinner bed and breakfast Hamlet Court Hotel Meath and then on to the ferry for home
Coach will pick up from Kirkby, Sutton and Mansfield, NO INTERCHANGE, WE WILL HEAD STRAIGHT UP TO THE FERRY
£ 819.00 pp sharing twin or double room
£ 190. 00 single supplement
We will be travelling with ALFA Tours who are ABTA registered for your protection and peace of mind. Please note you will need a passport and travel insurance
£50.00 deposit - secures your place - cheques made to ALFA Ltd
Contact Caroline Rhoades email Caroline Rhoades
07724 210563 or 01623 721987
|Fri Jan 3rd||Science and Technology||Talk Fracking the case for or against. Speaker Jill Pullen|
|Tue Jan 14th||Meeting||TITLE: Work of the Derby Mountain Rescue Team SPEAKER: Paul Barlow. Paul has been a member of the team for nearly 40 years!|
|Tue Jan 14th||Local History||Heritage of Gedling DVD by David Yeo. The Centre, Room 3, 2pm until 4pm|
|Wed Feb 5th||Hikers (5 - 8 miles)||Cromford Canal to Black Rocks walk leader Steve Hargreaves,Difficulty Moderate Meet Sherwood Ranger 9.30 am prompt for car sharing. A walk description can be viewed in the Links section of the Hikers web page.|
|Fri Feb 7th||Science and Technology||The advent of Modern Science and Technology. Speaker Peter Risdall|
|Tue Feb 11th||Meeting||TITLE: Diary of a wildlife photographer SPEAKER: Jack Perks. |
A year in the life of profession wildlife cameraman and photographer Jack Perks. See the wide range of wildlife he has encountered and learn about the TV programmes he’s filmed for and the amazing behaviours he has witnessed.
|Tue Feb 11th||Local History||Slavery by Helen Bates. The Centre Room 3. 2pm until 4pm|
|Wed Feb 19th||Hikers (5 - 8 miles)||Moorgreen to Greasley circular walk leader Steve Hargreaves difficulty Moderate. Meet Sherwood Ranger 9.30 am prompt for car sharing. Walk description available to view in the Links section of the web page.|
|Wed Mar 4th||Hikers (5 - 8 miles)||Worksop Walk walk leader Frances Gilbert difficulty Easy distance 8½ mi. Walk details can be viewed in the links section of the web page.. Meet @ Sherwood Ranger 9.30 am prompt for car sharing.|
|Fri Mar 6th||Science and Technology||“ The Search for the Super Battery." Speaker Graham Allin|
|Tue Mar 10th||Meeting||TITLE: ‘Stormy Stories’ SPEAKER: Fool’s Gold. |
Fool’s Gold is an acoustic duo, consisting of Carol and Steve Robson. The show is a collection of songs loosely linked by the theme ‘Stormy Stories’. The show is very different to what might be expected in that the songs are also accompanied by their stories: histories, mysteries, tragedies and romances – and illustrated with some fascinating movies and stills…
|Tue Mar 10th||Local History||Trams of Nottingham by Trevor Smith. The Centre Room 3, 2pm until 4pm.|
|Wed Mar 18th||Hikers (5 - 8 miles)||Tideswell 5 Dales Difficulty Moderate walk leader John Wooffinden meet 9.30am prompt for car sharing at the Sherwood Ranger. A full walk description can be viewed in the Links section of the web page.|
|Thu Mar 19th||Trips and Activities||NATIONAL BREWERY CENTRE, BURTON ON TRENT ON THURSDAY 19March 2020|
Discover the History, Art and Fun of Brewing. Learn about the legendary Bass family and their role in the development of brewing. Celebrate the social history of the development of brewing, the real life experiences and stories of the people who helped build up Burton’s world renowned brewing reputation.
The tour guide will take you through each step of the brewing process and explain the fascinating roles that steam engines and vintage vehicles played in the development of the industry. Transport on show includes horse drawn drays, delivery wagons, 1920s Daimler bottle car used for delivering beer to pubs.
Shire horses available to view subject to weather conditions.
Leave the Ranger 9.30 a.m. Depart from museum at 3.00 p.m.
Travel + entrance £17 which includes 90minute group tour plus 3 tokens for beer or soft drink.
If anyone would like a lunch at the museum this has to be ordered beforehand and a menu will become available at a later date. Alternatively, if you prefer to bring your own lunch you will be able to eat it on the premises.
DEPOSIT £5 – full payment by February’s meeting.
Please see Alan Walker or Halina Rajchel at the December monthly meeting or Coffee & Conversation.
|Wed Apr 1st||Hikers (5 - 8 miles)||Nutbrook Trail Mapperley Reservoir walk leader Steve Hargreaves difficulty Moderate meet Sherwood Ranger 9.30 am prompt for car sharing. A walk description can be viewed in the Links section of the web site.|
|Tue Apr 14th||Local History||Newark Civil War Museum £7 per person plus transport.|
|Wed Apr 15th||Hikers (5 - 8 miles)||Alfreton ParkWalk Leader John Clay DifficultyEasy Meet Sherwood Ranger 9.30 am prompt for car sharing. A walk description is available to view in the Links section of the hikers web page.|
|Mon Apr 20th||Trips and Activities||SAMUEL JOHNSON Birthplace Museum in Lichfield – Monday 20 April 2020|
“All intellectual improvement arises from leisure” – Johnson might well have been talking about the U3A movement!
Johnson was born in 1709 and lived here for 27 years. He wrote the first dictionary of the English Language and there will be an opportunity to view it. The library is housed in an old church which is an interesting building to visit. There is a second-hand bookshop on the ground floor of the museum.
Lunch - there is a selection of eating places and one of our members recommends “1709 The Brasserie” which is open for lunch between 12 and 2pm.
Leave the Ranger at 9.30 a.m.
Depart from museum at 3.00 p.m.
Travel and entrance £13.00 which includes one-hour group tour at approx. 11am. There are hands on activities including writing with a quill pen, dressing up in period costumes and exploring wooden toys and games for all ages. Please note that the museum is on 5 floors. Free time from approx. 12 noon to eat at nearby places, spend more time in the museum and second hand bookshop, see the old library, visit Lichfield Cathedral which is approx. 10 minute walk from museum.
DEPOSIT £5 – please see Alan Walker or Halina Rajchel at the December monthly meeting or Coffee & Conversation.
|Wed May 6th||Hikers (5 - 8 miles)||Linacre Brampton difficulty Easy Walk Leader Pauline Taylor Meet Sherwood Ranger 9.30am prompt for car sharing. A walk description can be viewed in the Links section of the web page.|
|Tue May 12th||Local History||Guided walk of Mansfield Keith Wallace|
|Wed May 13th||Trips and Activities||VISIT TO THE PEAK CAVERN ON WEDNESDAY 13 MAY 2020|
The Peak Cavern (known locally as the Devil’s Arse) and Speedwell Cavern in Castleton,Peak District. Reserve this date – full details to follow.
|Wed May 20th||Hikers (5 - 8 miles)||Shepherd & Pit Ponies Difficulty Moderate Walk Leader Geoff Rogers meet Sherwood Ranger 9.30 am prompt for car sharing.|
|Wed Jun 3rd||Hikers (5 - 8 miles)||Morton - Upton Circular Walk Leader Colin Wild DifficultyEasy Flat 6.3 miles. Meet Sherwood Ranger 9.30 am prompt for car sharing. A Walk description can be viewed on the Hikers Links section|
|Tue Jun 9th||Local History||Florence Nightingale by Richard Bates of Nottingham University|
|Wed Jun 17th||Hikers (5 - 8 miles)||Halam Circular Walk Leader Frances Gilbert, Difficulty Easy Meet Sherwood Ranger 9.30 am prompt for car sharing. A walk description can be viewed in the links section of the web page.|
|Wed Jul 1st||Hikers (5 - 8 miles)||Babworth Pilgrim Way Leader Steve Hargreaves check the Links section of the web page for walk details. Difficulty Easy Meet @Sherwood Ranger 9.30am prompt for car sharing.|
|Tue Jul 14th||Local History||Quakers of Mansfield by Sue Howlett. The Centre, Room 3, 2pm until 4pm|
|Wed Jul 15th||Hikers (5 - 8 miles)||White Edge Curbar Edge Frogatt Edge walk leader Richard Kirby Distance 7.75 mi 4.5 hrs approx. Difficulty Moderate meet Sherwood Ranger 9.30 am prompt for car sharing. Walk elevation and map can be viewed on the Hikers web page.|
|Wed Aug 5th||Hikers (5 - 8 miles)||Win Hill from Hope walk leader Steve Hargreaves,Difficulty Moderate Meet Sherwood Ranger 9.30 am prompt for car sharing. A walk description can be viewed in the Links section of the Hikers web page.|
|Sat Aug 8th||Trips and Activities||Kynren near Bishop Auckland- An Epic Tale of England, Saturday 8-9thAugust 2020, £129 per person sharing a room, An amazing 90 minute extravaganza , known as Kynren. 48 members signing up secures our own coach, pick up in Ravenshead Final details to be confirmed. Contact Chris Dean or by phone on 01623 792004. |
Beginning at sunset; show covers beginning of the British Isles to the industrial era. Covering mythology, ancient legends and historic feuds. The battle for Britain is a long and winding and full of bloodshed and intrigue. Told by 1,500 strong cast and crew; dance, combat, pyrotechnics and equestrianism for an experience you’ll never forget. Following day, Durham, to explore its streets and modern facilities. Coach travel reserved seating. One night dinner, bed and breakfast at a hotel.
|Tue Aug 11th||Local History||Tuxford Mill £15 per person plus transport.|
|Wed Aug 19th||Hikers (5 - 8 miles)||Laxton Kneesall Walk Leader Robert Taylor, Meet Sherwood Ranger 9.30 am prompt for car sharing. A walk description can be viewed in the Links section of the web page..|
|Wed Sep 2nd||Hikers (5 - 8 miles)||Calver Frogatt walk leader Steve Hargreaves Difficulty Easy meet Sherwood Ranger 9.30 am prompt for car sharing. A walk description can be viewed in the Links section of the web page.|
|Tue Sep 8th||Local History||Short talk on visit to Mary Potter Heritage Centre by Frances and Kathy. The Centre Room 3, 2pm until 4pm|
|Tue Sep 8th||Hikers (5 - 8 miles)||proposed Norfolk Walk walk leader John Clay walk details will be posted when available.|
|Wed Sep 9th||Hikers (5 - 8 miles)||proposed Norfolk Walk walk leader John Clay walk details will be posted when available.|
|Wed Sep 16th||Hikers (5 - 8 miles)||Woolley Moor Ogston Reservoir difficulty ModerateMeet at Sherwood ranger 9.30am prompt for car sharing. See links section of web page for description of the walk.|
|Wed Oct 7th||Hikers (5 - 8 miles)||Local Walk Looking for a walk leader? Meet at Sherwood ranger 9.30am prompt for car sharing. Walk details to be provided.|
|Tue Oct 13th||Local History||Visit to Mary Potter Heritage Centre details to follow|
|Wed Oct 21st||Hikers (5 - 8 miles)||Local Walk Walk Leader John Wooffinden meet Sherwood Ranger 9.30 am prompt for car sharing.A walk description will be made available asap.|
|Tue Nov 10th||Local History||Textile Industry by Lynne Jaremczenko. The Centre, Room 3. 2pm until 4pm|