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Ravenshead U3A Groups


Meets No Fixed Time
Details Contact leader for details


Meets monthly
Details We meet in each other's homes and discuss our personal antiques and visit valuation days at the Centre in Ravenshead, and may invite professional dealers to advise us. If you are interested in joining us please contact David 01623 793039.

Armchair Travellers     

Meets Fourth Wednesday of the month
Details Travel the World in your armchair! This group will meet to share experiences of places, cities, and countries already visited as well as those places they would like to find out more about.

Beginners Bridge     

Meets Suspended
Details Contact leader for details Maria Gabrielczyk

Belly Dancing     

Meets 1st and 3rd Thursdays in term time at the centre
Details Exercise and fun


Meets 2nd & 4th Tuesday
Details A friendly group of U3A members who meet once a fortnight to play and enjoy this classic card game. For further details, if you would like to join us, please contact Trevor.

Chess and Backgammon     

Meets 1st & 3rd Monday

Cinema and Theatre (C&T)     

Details Our group meet to plan events bi-monthly on the last Friday of the month pm. We have regular visit to the cinema and theatre to see films, shows, ballets and operas, streamed in from national venues. For more details contact the Group Leader Gilly Hagen.

Coffee & Conversation     

Meets 3rd Monday each month
Details This is a 'drop-in' group for anyone to come along and have a chat with other members. No charge and you get free drinks and biscuits; what more could you want! Also, it is a good opportunity for new members to come along and find out what Ravenshead U3A is all about.

Computing Beginners     

Meets No Fixed Time, as and when required
Details Contact leader for details. Problem solving advice offered to members.

Craft Group     

Meets Thursday
Details This group meets every week, is happy for you to do 'your own thing' with many others having skills which are shared. We cover everything from crochet, beading, patchwork, blackwork, to silk painting and many other skills. we love to see new members and welcome any newcomers. Any member of our U3A or associate is more than welcome to join our very friendly and interesting group, whether you can attend every week, or occasionally. preparing for the Christmas Fair and may do something for CRISIS at Christmas as we feel that this is a good worthwhile cause . Many of our group are making LINAS quilts for terminally ill children for them and their families to keep. As the room fees are increasing in January please be aware that the fees may go up to £2.50 per week still to include coffee/tea and biscuits!

Creative Writing     

Meets Friday after monthly meeting
Details Contact leader for details

Cryptic Crossword     

Meets Thursday
Details A cryptic crossword is a crossword puzzle in which each clue is a word puzzle in and of itself. ... In the United States, cryptics are sometimes known as "British-style" crosswords. Compilers of cryptic crosswords are commonly called "setters" in the UK. We currently meet in members'homes but if the group gets bigger we will move to rent a room.

Current Affairs     

Meets 3rd Wednesday
Details The group meets monthly in the Brammer Room of the village hall for informal debate about issues and topical items in the news. New members very welcome.

Event Cheque Exchange     

Meets As & When
Details This is set up when Cheques are paid to the social account for a trip - group - or an Event. A cheque to made out from the social account to counteract those paid in this is a nil account event

Event Christmas Lunch     

Meets 15th December 2020
Details Christmas Luncheon at Portland College 15th December 2020

EVENT:Christmas Lunch     

Meets 17th December 2019
Details Portland College

Family History     

Meets 4th Tuesday
Details Informal, friendly group catering for all levels of expertise.

Folk and Country Dancing     

Meets 2nd & 4th Monday
Details Our fun sessions consist of new and familiar dances with a number of callers. We are accompanied by the Jolly Beggars band. Members pay £1 per session which includes refreshments.

French Conversation     

Meets 1st & 3rd Monday
Details Contact leader for details


Meets No Fixed Time
Details Contact leader for details

General Monthly Meeting     

Meets 2nd Tuesday of the month
Details Our general members' meeting takes place each 2nd Tuesday of the month. The format usually includes notices about events and group activities followed by a break for drinks and biscuits - free of any charge! After the break, we usually have a guest speaker who will give a presentation for about an hour, often including a slide show or video to demonstrate the topic. Themes cover all manner of things from History to Science. Do come along and visit us.


Meets 1st & 3rd Thursday
Details ‘The Guitar Group, based primarily on the Acoustic Guitar, is now well established with around 15 regular members. We meet on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month. Many of the group, with both ladies and gents involved, were beginners but are now developing well.

Hikers 5 to 8 miles     

Meets 1st and 3rd Wednesday ea Month
Details Meeting up with old & new friends to walk and explore panoramic landscapes, is why this Group was formed. There's a full Itinerary of walks view-able on the Hikers web page. Visit the following URL 'web page'. https://u3asites.org.uk/code/u3asite.php?site=389&page=42510 This link enables existing and new members to asses their personal suitability for the type of walks we undertake.

Knitting and Crochet     

Meets 1st & 3rd Friday
Details knit & natter! come along to this sociable group and improve your techniques or learn from scratch.


Meets 2nd & 4th Wednesday

Local History     

Meets 2nd Tuesday
Details Talks at the Centre plus outside visits to various interesting venues. The cost of meeting at The Centre is £2.00 per person to include tea/coffee and biscuit.

Luncheon Group     

Details We meet monthly at local venues. Contact leader for details Thursday 13th March, The Countryman, Kirkby in Ashfield. Menus available from Christine Dean.

Luncheon Group Maison Mes Amis     

Meets Wednesday 12th February
Details Bus for Luncheon Group to Chesterfield.

Mah Jong     

Meets 1st & 3rd Tuesday
Details new members welcome. Experience not necessary.

Music Appreciation     

Meets 2nd Tuesday
Details Contact leader for details


Meets 2nd Monday

Pastels 1     

Meets Wednesday
Details Contact leader for details

Pastels 2     

Meets Friday
Details Contact leader for details

Photography For Fun!     

Meets 1st Wednesday of the month
Details We welcome to this new group anyone interested in any form of photography in this age of smartphones, tablets and digital cameras. The emphasis is on finding out what we can do with modern technology ourselves, learning from one another, and when we are desperate, we consult the real experts: our grandchildren! Along with a regular monthly meeting we hope to arrange occasional group outings to practise what we discover. It should be FUN!

Play Reading Group     

Meets Wednesday after monthly meeting

Reading Group 1     

Meets 3rd Tuesday
Details We meet in members' homes to discuss a wide variety of pre-selected books and authors. Contact Pat for details.

Reading Group 2     

Meets 3rd Tuesday
Details Friendly group which reads a variety of literature for discussion. Books are provided by the local library.

RU3A Committee     

Meets Third Tuesday of the Month
Details Ravenshead U3A committee meets every month on the third Tuesday. If you would like to know more or would even consider becoming a committee member in the future please get in touch.

Science and Technology     

Meets 1st Friday of the Month 2 till 4 pm
Details Welcome to Science and Technology to enjoy presentations from members covering a range of topics and join us on visits to places and processes of interest. For more details refer to group web page at https://www.u3asites.org.uk/code/u3asite.php?site=389&page=55937 left click and drag to highlight URL. right click drop down menu and select paste.

Scrabble, Cribbage, Rummikubs     

Meets 1st and 3rd Tuesday each month

Scrabble, Rummikubs etc.     

Meets 3rd Tuesday


Meets Anytime subject to agreement
Details Game rules available on request


Meets Mondays as arranged at each meeting
Details We are a mixed ability group trying to learn basic Spanish using a mix of podcasts, text book, audio and friendly chat.

Table Tennis     

Meets 1st & 3rd Monday
Details this group was formed to get people who have played table tennis in thier youth involved again. we are currently full but you are welcome to join a waiting list.

Thursday Walking Group     

Meets Fourth THURSDAY of the month
Details Monthly walks. 2.5 to 5 miles max around Nottinghamshire. Contact leader for details

Trip Kynren     

Meets 8 August 2020 Saturday
Details The begining as the sun sets and ending under a canopy of stars, this 90 minute extravaganza is an open air theatre experience taking you from the beginning of the British Isles right through to the industrial era. Dripping in mythology, ancient legends and historic feuds, the battle for Britain is a long and winding one full of bloodshed and intrigue. Told beautifully by 1,500 strong cast and crew, this theatrical production includes dance, combat, pyrotechnics and equestrianism for gripping family experience you’ll never forget. There will also be free time in Durham on the second day. Deposit £40 when joining. Total cost £129.

Trips Castleton Speedwell cave     

Meets 13th May. 2020
Details Speedwell Cavern is set at the foot of the spectacular Winnats Pass, high above the village of Castleton. You go down 106 steps and board a boat that takes you through the workings of a 230 year old lead mine. Your guide recounts the history.

Trips National Brewery Centre     

Meets 19th March 2020 Thursday
Details Leave the Sherwood ranger 09.30 am Depart Museum 3.00 pm £5.00 deposit Travel + entrance fee £17.00 which includes 90 minute group tour plus free tokens for beer or soft drink Museum includes vintage cars and shire horses (weather permitting). Pub meal is available - orders need to be taken before. or bring a picnic to be eaten on the premises Notes

Trips Samuel Johnson Museum     

Meets 20th April 2020 Monday
Details Depart Sherwood Ranger 9.30 am Depart Museum 3.00 pm Travel & entrance fee £13.00 (£5.00 deposit required) includes 1 hour group tour at approx 11.00 am There are hands on activities including writing with a quill pen, dressing up in period costume Note the museum is on 5 floors free time in Litchfield from 12.00 pm visit Litchfield Cathedral which is 10 minutes from the muuseum

Trips Tutankharmun     

Meets 18th March
Details A trip to London organised by National Express, staying overnight at a selected hotel and visiting TheTreasures of Tutankharmun, the 100 years anniversary of the discovery of the boy king’s tomb. This is the last time the exhibition will be on tour. There will be free time to enjoy the sites and attractions of London. There will be coach travel throughout with reserved seating.

Trips. River Cruise     

Meets 18th June 2020
Details 2 hour River Cruise including roasted dinner. Bus from Ravenshead to site.


Meets As arranged, 2 or three times a year
Details This group is to enable better communication with our volunteers who help us with meeting and greeting, refreshments, and technical aspects, particularly but not exclusively at General monthly meetings, Coffee and Conversation, and other RU3A events.


Meets No Fixed Time
Details First Saturday in the month planning meeting Fourth Saturday in the month Games afternoon. See diary

Wine Group 1     

Meets 3rd Friday

Wine Group 2     

Meets 3rd Tuesday

Wine Group 3     

Meets 2nd Monday

Wine Group 4     

Meets 3rd Tuesday

Wine Group 5     

Meets 1st Wednesday

Yoga Group 1     

Meets Tuesdays

Yoga Group 2     

Meets Fridays


Meets never
Details Test group only This box can be used to add any information about the group or trip and is public.