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Ravenshead u3a Groups


Meets 3rd Thursday of the month
Normally starts 14:00 to 16:00
Details We meet in each other's homes or by Zoom online and discuss our personal antiques, watch educational videos about antiques, visit valuation days at the Centre in Ravenshead, and may invite professional dealers to advise us.

Armchair Travellers     

Meets 4th Wednesday of the month
Normally starts 14:00 to 15:30
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.

Belly Dancing     

Meets 1st & 3rd Thursdays in term time
Normally starts 12:45 to 14:15
Details this group aims to give a sense of fun and gentle exercise through dance, learn to shimmy and shake your way with easy to learn dance routines, no age limit, no experience needed, pop in to have a go contact sue for further information

Book Reading     

Meets Last Wednesday of the month
Normally starts 14:00 to 16:00
Details Friendly group which reads a variety of literature for discussion. Books are provided by the local library or may be sourced by members.

Bridge Buddies     

Meets 4th Wednesday of the month
Normally starts 14:00 to 16:00
Details Friendly welcoming environment where people can meet fellow U3A members and play Bridge.


Meets 2nd & 4th Tuesday
Normally starts 14:00 to 16:00
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.

Chair Yoga     

Meets 2nd & 4th Friday
Normally starts 14:00 to 15:00
Details Chair yoga combines yoga postures with the assistance of using a chair. It’s often associated with older populations, but people of all ages and abilities can benefit from practicing in a chair. Working in the chair makes the practice of yoga more accessible, but it also gives an added edge of support and reduces the risk of falls during exercise. It can also assist with alignment, making postures that are traditionally done on the floor more possible in a chair.

Chess & Backgammon     

Meets 1st & 3rd Monday
Normally starts 10:00 to 12:00
Details CHESS We are a friendly mixed ability group. Players meet in our dining room. There are usually about 5 people. You do not need a partner. If it is an odd number Alex will play against 2 players. We start with refreshments and a chat. We take chess seriously but there is still plenty of laughing! We ask people to donate £1 per session to help with refreshments and other expenses. We are happy to teach beginners and welcome improvers. BACKGAMMON We meet in a room apart from the house, but still in the same grounds. This group was started at the beginninng of Ravenshead u3a. All except 1 member were total beginners. I give each player £1000 (Manopoly money). Backgammon is a gambling game, hence the Manopoly money but it is hard for people to gamble even with pretend money. As we have all been playing sometime we have got faster and so we now have refreshments in the middle and a chat and then play Rummicubs. Anyone wishing to carry on with backgammon it is ok. Also gives me time if we have new beginners. There is a lot of laughing , some of which is quite raucous! Any one wishing to join us is very welcome no matter their level. Hope to see you.

Cinema and Theatre     

Meets Various times and dates

Country & Folk Dancing     

Meets 2nd & 4th Monday
Normally starts 14:00 to 16:00
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 £1.50 per session which includes refreshments.


Meets Every Thursday
Normally starts 09:00 to 12:00
Details This group meets every week on Thursday mornings, from 9am until 12 noon at the Centre. Members can ‘do their 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. The group is currently full but if you are interested please contact us and a waiting list can be created. Our activities can include preparing for the Summer and Christmas Fairs. Many of our group are making quilts for the LINUS project for terminally ill children and their families. The children and their families keep the quilt which has been donated. The fees are £10 per calendar month, payable in advance and include tea and coffee. We have our own supply of sanitising gel and spray and make sure that tables and chairs are sanitised prior to use.

Creative Writing     

Meets Last Friday of the month.
Normally starts 14:00 to 16:00
Details The meetings will be held on the last Friday of each month, at 2 pm, in the homes of various members. Please contact the Organiser for details.

Cryptic Crosswords     

Meets 1st & 3rd Thursday
Normally starts 10:00 to 12:00
Details This group is suitable for near beginners and improvers. If you are interested in seeing how this group works, please contact the Group Leader

Dog Friends     

Meets 4th Friday
Normally starts 10:30 to 00:00
Details A group for u3a member dog lovers to meet and enthuse about their canine fur babies

Family History     

Meets 1st Monday of every month commencing 02 Oct 23
Normally starts 14:00 to 16:00
Details Further information from Jennie Kerr, Group Leader

Food & Cookery     

Meets 2nd or 3rd Friday
Details Covering Food, Cookery & Fine Dining We hope to include activities such as:- Sharing Recipes; Attending Cookery Courses; Eating out together; Fine Dining experiences; Group Cooking in Members’ Homes; Visits to Food Shows & Producers

Forever Green (Meet and eat)     

Meets 23rd May 2 pm
Details £16 with £5 deposit required.

French Conversation     

Meets 1st & 3rd Monday
Normally starts 10:00 to 11:30
Details Contact leader for details When phoning, you will be asked to say your name before being put through.


Meets 3rd Wednesday
Normally starts 10:00 to 12:00
Details Contact leader for details. Friendly group which enjoys talks and visits.


Meets 1st & 3rd Thursday
Normally starts 09:45 to 11:45
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 (5-8 miles)     

Meets 2nd Wednesday
Normally starts 09:30 to 00:00
Details Meeting up with old & new friends to walk and explore is why this Group was formed. Walks are organised monthly and information regarding terrain, difficulty etc is emailed out to members. The length varies between 5 and 8 miles but the longer walks may have an escape route! 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 & Crochet     

Meets 1st (not Jun- Aug) & 3rd Friday
Normally starts 14:00 to 16:00
Details We are a friendly knit & natter group, new members always welcome to join us to share experience or learn from scratch, yarn, needles and crochet hooks available to "have a go" . We work on our own projects as well as providing items for charities and hospitals if/when needed.

Latin & Roman History     

Meets 2nd & 4th Wednesday
Normally starts 10:00 to 11:00

Local History     

Meets 4th Thursday
Normally starts 10:00 to 12:00
Details Talks at the Centre plus outside visits to various interesting venues. The cost of meeting at The Centre is currently £1.00 per person to include tea/coffee and biscuit. All monies for the group are held by the group Leader - Gordon Cleugh

Mah Jong     

Meets 1st & 3rd Tuesday
Normally starts 14:00 to 16:00
Details New members welcome, no experience necessary. We meet 1st & 3rd Tuesday of each month in the Brammer Room, RVH from 2 pm - 4 pm. Equipment is held in a locked cabinet in the Village Hall and monies are held by Anne Eldridge.

Meet and Eat     

Meets Rotating day every other month
Details Outings to various venues in the area are organised for members to attend. Whilst there is no programme published, contact the Group Leaders for information about the next Luncheon Group meeting if you are interested in attending. Group WE are always looking for volunteers to arrange one lunch each. Group leaders are always here to help you.

Meet and Eat Patchings     

Meets 23rd July 2024
Normally starts 12:30 to 00:00


Meets 2nd and 4th Thursday
Normally starts 11:00 to 12:00
Details Molkky (pronounced Molka) is also known as Finnish Skittles. Games will be held on the grass outside the Village Hall (the Hall itself will not be open). No experience is necessary but clothing suitable for a variety of weather conditions is recommended


Meets 1st & 3rd Thursday
Normally starts 11:00 to 12:00
Details No experience necessary. Played outdoors so flat shoes and appropriate clothing necessary. Pétanque is a form of boules where the goal is to toss metal balls (called boules) and get them as close as you can to a small wooden target ball (the jack or cochonnet). This classic French game is great if you’re looking for a fun pastime to play. It is easy to learn and fun for people of all ages and skill levels.

Photography For Fun     

Meets 1st Wednesday
Normally starts 13:30 to 15:30
Details We welcome members 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!


Meets 1st & 3rd Friday
Normally starts 13:45 to 14:45


Meets 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month
Normally starts 12:00 to 13:00
Details Learn basic salsa steps to lilting Latin music and join in this fun way of keeping fit! No experience necessary. Open to both men and women. Wear comfortable shoes and loose clothing and don't forget to bring your own water!

Science & Technology     

Meets 1st Friday
Normally starts 14:00 to 16:00
Details The Science and Technology Group meeting at The Centre on Sheepwalk Lane on the 1st Friday of every month. Presentations are given on a range of topics covering all aspects of science and technology - e.g. medical interests, biology, food science, construction and manufacturing technology, artificial intelligence, and sciences from A (astrophysics) through to Z (zoology). Coffee and biscuits are provided. In addition to the meetings we all try to arrange some visits to local establishment of interest. Forthcoming topics, include, the science of weather forecasting, the science of cheese making, (complete with cheese tasting), plastic musical instruments, can we eat bugs?, how cruise ships cope with waste products.

Scrabble, Cribbage, Rummikub     

Meets 1st & 3rd & 5thTuesday
Normally starts 10:30 to 12:30

Sprich mal Deutsch     

Meets Dates vary
Details A small friendly group with the common aim of speaking and improving their German. Meetings will be held in a variety of venues to encourage language development in different environments. Each meeting will have a different focus and members will learn/improve their skills through speaking in/listening to German. For this reason, the Group is likely to appeal to those with fluency level of intermediate or above, even if they feel they are ‘rusty’. Dates and times of meetings will vary to enable members with other commitments to attend at least some of the meetings. It is hoped that all members, who are willing and able, will take turns in organising the meetings.

Table Tennis     

Meets 1st & 3rd Monday
Normally starts 14:00 to 15:00
Details this group was formed to get people who have played table tennis in their youth involved again. we are currently full but you are welcome to join a waiting list. Group money held at the moment by the Treasurer

Thursday Walking     

Meets 4th Thursday
Normally starts 13:30 to 16:00
Details A friendly group of walkers enjoy monthly walks of 3 to 5 miles max. around Nottinghamshire. Contact leader for details.

Topical Discussion     

Meets 4th Friday
Normally starts 14:00 to 16:00
Details MISSION STATEMENT: The Group is strictly non-party political and exists to promote friendly discussion on any topic of general interest. Members, if they feel able, are asked to take turns in deciding on a topic, preparing and chairing meetings. Members are encouraged to do their own research on the forthcoming given topic to enrich the discussions and their learning. The primary aims of the Group are friendliness, interest and learning and respect for the opinions and sensitivities of others. Meetings will be held in the Brammer Room on the 4th Friday of every month from 2 – 4 pm.

Weekenders - Games     

Meets 4th Saturday
Normally starts 14:00 to 16:00

Weekenders - Planning     

Meets 1st Saturday
Normally starts 10:00 to 12:00

Weekenders Sunday Lunch     

Meets 2nd Sunday of the Month
Details NULL

Wine Group 1     

Meets 3rd Friday
Details We meet every month in the evening and enjoy a fun evening with supper

Wine Group 2     

Meets 3rd Tuesday

Wine Group 3     

Meets 4th Monday
Normally starts 07:30 to 10:00
Details Friendly and not too serious blind wine tasting group

Writing for Fun     

Meets 1st Thursday
Normally starts 14:00 to 15:00
Details The Group will meet monthly at Larch Farm pub. The time slot is from 2pm to 3pm the has reserved places for us from 1pm so our group members may wish to purchase food or refreshments. It is on the first Thursday of every month from 2 until 3 or later. No experience necessary.

Yoga Group 1     

Meets Every Tuesday
Normally starts 14:00 to 15:30

Yoga Group 2     

Meets Every Friday
Normally starts 09:30 to 11:00

zHOLIDAY IOW Shanklin     

Meets 21st June 2025

zHOLIDAY Torquay 2024     

Meets 28th September 2024
Details Janet Edlin and Mavis Bailey Hucknall u3a twin with view Robin and Aurora Tyne Ashfield u3a double

zTrip 2024 Matlock 13th Sept     

Meets NULL
Details Setting off at 9.30 from Sherwood Ranger Cromford art gallery and some refreshments and some free time in Cromford, weather permitting. Then heading off to Matlock Church Street to St Giles Church and Duke William pub for a meal. Leaving Matlock approx 3.30pm

zTrip 2024 Boston 02/8     

Meets Wednesday 2nd August 2024
Details Setting off from Sherwood Granger at 9am

zTrip 2024 York July 19th     

Meets July 19th
Details Members will set off at 8.30am from the Sherwood Ranger. Vicky and John will be picked up from the Ravenshead shops. Clive will be the trip assistant, Minibus will park at York Designer Outlet and Park and Ride. Leaving park and ride at 4pm

zTrips 2024 Tattershall16thJul     

Meets Tuesday 16th July 2024
Normally starts 09:00 to 00:00
Details We depart from the Sherwood Ranger at 9.30 and leave Tattershall at approx 3pm.


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.