Worksop & District



WHEN: Saturday 2nd November
TIME: 1300 – 1600
COST: £10 per ticket

Tickets are now available for our Celebratory 40th Anniversary Afternoon Tea, a memorable event open to all of our members and definitely not to be missed. As well as delicious food, we will be grandly entertained by singing group Blu Crew, Matthew at the piano, and young musicians from Ranby House School.
See a photographic display of our U3A over the last 10 years.
Reserve your tickets by calling Jean Brenchley or Pam Forbes, or buy them at the August general meeting.
Tables seat 10 people, so if you want to sit with friends get your tickets at the same time if possible.



Our new membership year commences on the 1st April 2019

The membership fee for 2019-20 will be £15.00.


Third Age Matters Magazine - The postage charge for this has increased to £2.90 for the year.

BADGES You are requested to always wear your badge to U3A meetings and groups. This helps the committee and group co-ordinators to be assured that all folk attending are in fact fully paid up members. The badge also includes details of your emergency contact in the event of you ever being taken unwell or having an accident.

Membership Secretary


Chair’s Chat – August 2019

Firstly, apologies to those amongst you with sharp memories who may have found last month’s Chair’s Chat vaguely familiar. That’s because you read it in July last year. I inadvertently attached Chair’s Chat – July from 2018 instead of the one I had just written! The correct version was distributed by email next day, so hopefully everyone is up to date.
What a fascinating talk we had at the last meeting. In 2018 Chris Vasper undertook the Marathon des Sables at the age of 56 and suffering from MS. His account of the 7-day experience had everyone on the edge of their seats. A mixture of slides and film clips took us across the Sahara Desert and was so vivid I almost felt the blisters! Amazing! We wish him well when he goes back for more next year.
Next month’s speaker is delivering a talk under the intriguing title of ‘Tax, Cars and Toy Boys’. The mind boggles! I have no further information, but I’m sure it will be fascinating.
Later this month I’m attending the U3A Conference and AGM at the East Midlands Conference Centre in Nottingham. The three-day event is packed with workshops, eating and social events, so I’m really looking forward to learning a whole lot more about the organisation and networking with people from all around the country. I hope to come back with loads of ideas of interest to our own branch.
Whether you are off on holiday, visiting friends and relatives, helping out with grandchildren or relaxing at home this summer, enjoy yourselves and make the most of your time.
Best wishes

A few notes from the Treasurer:

My three-year term of office ends at the 2020 AGM. It would be marvellous if someone could come forward with a view to becoming treasurer in May 2020 so that I can help them into the role between now and then.

Our current financial year ends on 31st March 2019 and all groups need to report their total income, expense and petty cash figures so that I can provide accurate figures for the annual audit and to the Charity Commission. I will provide group coordinators with a simple financial reporting template in the next few weeks.

There are currently three groups who pay for their room hire directly rather than having it paid from one of our accounts as recommended by the U3A national office. Groups should be aware that paying for their own room hire may jeopardise an insurance claim against the U3A.

Arrangements for paying in cash at Barclays in Worksop will be changing as they are removing the Quick Pay Point. Groups with their own paying-in books can continue to use them either at a counter or with a ‘Drop and Go’ bag.

Groups are reminded that any equipment purchased by an interest group is the property of Worksop & District U3A. Group equipment purchased in this way is covered against Damage and Loss by our insurance through U3A national office.

About 10% of members paid their subscriptions by BACS transfer and by PayPal last year. The payments were processed successfully and securely. Paying your subscription in this way proved very helpful to the Membership Secretary and I would recommend it to all members. I’m happy to answer any questions about this method of payment.

Roy Parrott
March 2019


If you have any articles or photographs for either the NewSheet or Website then please forward them to:
Colin Brenchley Web Site Manager
Gwyneth Beaty Newsletter Editor



If Group Co-ordinators have any NEWS of their groups they would like including on the web site then please forward them to me, Colin Brenchley Web Site Manager


A new group for anyone interested in reading poetry and sharing their interest with others.
The group will meet on the 3rd Tuesday of the month, starting on Tuesday 17th September, in the Lounge at Christchurch, Thievesdale Lane. This is a lovely relaxed venue with easy chairs and sofas, and will be ideal. There is plenty of parking in the car park opposite, or on the surrounding roads.
Everyone is welcome. Bring a favourite poem if you have one to read aloud and share informally with the group, or just come along and listen. At this meeting we will choose themes for the next few months.
The following week is Inspire Poetry Festival week at Worksop Library, and there are two events which might be of interest to members of this group. Booking is required, so please let me know if you would like a ticket to either or both of these and I will make a group booking.
Tuesday 24th September, 6.30pm £6
Poetry Café with John Harvey at 80: A Celebration
John is a celebrated crime novelist who also writes poetry. He will be talking about his work and chatting to visitors over refreshments during this relaxed Poetry Café session.

Wednesday 25th September, 10.30am – 12pm £5
Everything you wanted to know about poetry but didn’t dare ask
This workshop sounds ideal for people just starting out to explore poetry and would be an excellent introduction to our new group.

For more information and to sign up for the group, please call or email:
Sheila Massey



Updates of the following Policies can be now be viewed for

Policy - Data Protection 1808
Policy - Privacy Policy 1808

Both updates were approved by the Committee on 7th August 2018



The MAGSs team are here to help!!
We like to pride ourselves in ensuring all Members receive a warm welcome at the monthly General Meetings. We also like to give “one to one” attention to visitors and potential new Members.
Additionally, if anyone has any problems, queries etc. during the General Meetings we like to feel that we can be approached for help.
Although we do already have a friendly team of nine (working on a rota system) we are always on the lookout for new volunteers. So if anyone feels they would like to join and become a ‘MAG’ it would be great to have your help - Please contact Jean Brenchley

Jean Brenchley (Co-ordinator)
Contact e-mail: MAGS Co-ordinator
Dot Brown
Sue Burns
Patricia Lakeland
Janet Mills
Jean Roberts
John Beaty
Gwyneth Beaty


As you are all aware, the MAGS Team meet and greet members at each General Meeting, not only to sign the register for Health &Safety reasons, but also to make everyone feel welcome. We would like to now take this one step further to offer extra support for members (particularly new members) to settle in and get the most out of our U3A.

To achieve this aim we do need co-operation from existing members to highlight any issues they may have regarding the General Meetings. It may be simply that you are on your own and need a friendly person to chat to – if so we welcome anyone returning to the MAGS Table. We could then introduce you to other members or indeed you could stay with one of us.

With regards “new members”, the names will be highlighted in Red on the Attendance Sheets to make the MAGS Table 1 aware that they are new and may not know anyone. A member of the MAGS Team will then be assigned to this person to allow for introductions to the group activities on offer and to generally get to know the person’s interests, making introductions where appropriate.

Their names will be continued to be highlighted on the Attendance Sheet for a period of 3 months to enable a reasonable “settling in” period.
If any existing members are interested in being a “Buddy” in assisting in this process we would greatly welcome your help.
Please contact me or see me at the General Meeting.

Jean Brenchley
E-Mail : MAGS Co-ordinator

E-BUDDY System

This system has been introduced to improve communication and ensure all members are regularly updated on information within our U3A
Members who use a computer automatically have information sent to them via email as and when appropriate. However, there are some members who do not use a computer and therefore this E-buddy System is for them.

There are two ways for this system to work:

1. All information produced by the Committee / Publicity team / Group co-ordinators / newsletter editor will be printed on a monthly basis and will be made available at the monthly general meetings. This information will be given out by the MAGs team on Table 2, next to the Registration Table. (Names of members who do not use a computer will be highlighted on the register to enable the MAGs team to identify them on signing in and then direct them to the information.)

2. For members who do not regularly attend the monthly meetings the group co-ordinators will be alerted to their need to organise volunteers within the group in helping to ensure all relevant information is passed on to the appropriate members.

Everyone’s help is much appreciated in making this system work and ensuring that all members are kept up to date with activities, information etc.
Any queries please ask any member of the Executive Committee or the MAGs team or contact Jean Brenchley



To contact the Co-ordinator CLICK on the HIGHLIGHTED TEXT
This will take you to the SITE MESSAGE PAGE for the group whose page you are on or the person you wish to contact.

PLUS some pages will show a "Mail Envelope" link in to top right which will also take you to the Message Page.

ALSO on the "CONTACTS" Page there are Committee Members and Officers listed that you can contact shown.
Your message will be re-directed to the Committee Member or Officer that you want to contact


WEBSITE - Number of pages viewed on our Website each month


Page views for 2018 was = 48659
Page views for 2017 was = 49055
Page views for 2016 was = 51556
Page Views for 2015 was = 50618
Page views for 2014 was = 46002

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U3A in Notts Brochure
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Information from Notts. Network U3A Representatives.



The U3A have started to produce a NEWSLETTER on line which details events that are taking place.
The " YET MORE ACTIVITIES " is now no longer required and is therefore being removed.


Copyright Notice: Digital Images, Photographs & the Internet
The Intellectual Property office has a very useful leaflet number 1/2014 updated in November 2015. Find it at
By searching on digital images.


N.N.N.G. (North Notts Neighbourhood Group) RECIPROCAL STATEMENT.#

On the 28th March they agreed that :
A policy had been agreed whereby members of any U3A within North Notts could attend another North Notts U3A’s Interest Group, provided they could be accommodated, without having to join that U3A. If however they attend the General Meetings then they must join that U3A.
These members would also have to pay any costs of the activities that they joined.
The groups already committed are Ashfield, Dukeries, Hucknall, Mansfield, Sherwood, Sutton-in-Ashfield and Worksop.
At the time of going to print