Worksop & District

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What is the U3A?

Worksop & District U3A (University of the Third Age) celebrated its 10th Anniversary in November 2019.
We have around 40 interest groups that meet on a regular basis and a general meeting is held each month.

One in four of the population is in their third age. The first age refers to childhood and dependence, the second age to full-time employment and parental responsibilities and the third age is that which follows where one is retired, or partially retired.

The U3A believes that the third age should be one of creativity, fulfilment and friendship.
LEARN, LAUGH, LIVE

WORKSOP & DISTRICT U3A - Registered Charity No 1156668

Our charitable purpose is:
The advancement of education and, in particular, the education of older people and those retired from full time work, by all means, including associated activities conducive to learning and personal development.

Our monthly general meeting is held at St. Anne’s Church Hall (behind St. Anne’s Church on Newcastle Avenue), S80 1NQ, on the third Thursday of each month. The hall is open from 1:30pm and the speaker starts at 2:00pm.

Details of how to join and how to download your membership/application form, together with details of membership fees, can be accessed on the membership page or you could just come along to our General Meeting where you will be made very welcome.

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Members of our Committee and their responsibilities are:

ChairSheila Massey
Vice ChairDiane Graville
TreasurerRoy Parrott
Business SecretaryLinda Butterfield
Membership SecretaryPeter Fillingham
Groups Co ordinatorRoger Hancocks
Health & Safety & SafeguardingEric Wade
Speaker FinderMargaret Hopkins
Committee MemberDenise Gregory
Committee MemberBarbara Slinn
Committee MemberMaggie Loxton
Committee MemberChris Lodge
Committee MemberWendy Mallender
Committee MemberLiz Short
Committee MemberCarol Stokes

Non Committee Roles

Beacon AdministrationRoger Hancocks
MAGS Meeters & GreetersJean BrenchleyContact Jean Brenchley
Newsletter EditorSheila MasseyContact Newsletter Editor
Web MasterColin BrenchleyContact Web Site Manager

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Worksop and District U3A - A Short Potted History

Worksop & District U3A came into being in 2009 as a result of proactive encouragement from the Crossing Church and Centre and Anne Taylor, its Social Enterprise and Development Manager.
A large public meeting responded positively to the idea of a local U3A and soon a Steering Group was set up under the guidance of Tony Breed, bringing invaluable experience from Ollerton U3A. Enrolment meetings were organised where 120 members were signed up, leading to our Inaugural Meeting on 9th November 2009 where Tony was elected Chair, Marion Westwood - Treasurer, Peggy Hayward - Membership Secretary, Patricia Thompson - Minutes Secretary.
Our first ever talk, presented by the new Chair, was entitled “A China Experience”.

Peggy made good progress developing our own website and on 4th March 2010 we became registered as a properly constituted, 187 member U3A, affiliated to the Third Age Trust. Retford joined the party with their own U3A in June and some members from Worksop later transferred.

Worksop’s growth owes a lot to a number of successful events and interaction with the public, generating some excellent publicity in promoting Worksop and District and raising funds. The Swing Music group, begun by John Fletcher as a small trio, continued under Tony Breed’s leadership and now numbers 13. John also started a U3A Choir, later to become known as U2 Can Sing; more recently changing its name to Musicality Singers. This now operates independently under the baton of Greg Watson. Steel Pantastic embarked on by Janet Fisher and continued under Pat Durrant, was fortunate to receive £9,000 of ‘Awards for All’ funding for start up and is much in demand; our steel band having performed in Retford, Newark and Sherwood among others and notably on TV at Bluebell Wood as well as presenting festive Caribbean evenings with friends from Birmingham.

Some notable successes include the Walking Group’s conquest of Hadrian’s Wall; the Open Day at the Crossing in 2011; the Clumber Park event in 2012 where we had an information tent and the Steel Band gave demonstrations and allowed the public to have a go; the Silver Jubilee Jamboree in 2012 at Spion Kop, Mansfield, supported by the Swing Music Group. The Savoy Cinema event substantially raised our profile as we filled the whole of the cinema and provided a buffet and interest groups’ displays. The Worksop U3A’s Got Talent show in Carlton in Lindrick allowed all the interest groups and individuals to demonstrate their skills and the Fun Day at Manton Club was a great day with various group displays including Tai Chi demonstration, Swing Band, Steel Band, not to mention activities such as welly-wanging, walking football and quoits. The Forties Night commemorated the 100th Anniversary of World War One with everyone wearing fancy dress and our entertainment provided by the Swing Band playing 40’s music.

Ours is a very sociable U3A and we have enjoyed strawberry teas, race nights, barn dances and Christmas parties. Its community leanings, which we hope to develop further, are exemplified by the Gardening Group’s working with pupils, planting bulbs at St Annes Primary School.
We express our grateful thanks to our various Chairs - Tony Breed, Bob Fearn, Keith Snowden, John Beaty, Colin Brenchley and Sheila Massey - and the valuable efforts of our hard working committees. Through their inspiration and encouragement we now number around 470 members with 43 interest groups, all listed on our website, ranging from the energetic to the relaxing; embracing educational, artistic and cultural activity together with music-making and all-important social interaction.

For the future, naturally, we hope to be maintaining the presence of the U3A in Worksop & District. This will be dependent as ever on recruiting Officers and Committee members. We also hope for a continued growth in membership and interest groups - possibly assisted by increasing links with the Nottinghamshire Network of U3As for shared benefits and joint projects.

At a strategic level, we hope to give full support for the medium-term Development Plan being implemented by National U3A to increase the profile of the movement and create links with the wider community as exemplified by the St Annes School project.
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