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                                             Message from the Business Secretary

Dear Members

We, the Committee would like to update you with regarding the decision we made at our 1st Meeting last week.

Membership fees will be as follows:-

Any Primary member who paid £18 in March will pay £3.50 March 2021 and nothing else until March 2022

Any Secondary Member who paid £14.50 (who pays their £3.50 to another U3A) will pay nothing in March 2021

Existing members who have yet to pay and wish to join groups (Hopefully we can get some up and running) will pay £18 and then £3.50 in March 2021 and nothing until March 2022.  Of course existing members can leave their membership until March 2021 but unfortunately having no insurance they will be unable to join groups or attend a Monthly Meeting.

On the note of Insurance we are sure you are all aware that National Office our governing body along with the Charity Commission, take £3.50 from your membership fee every year this covers Insurance, Magazine costs, Newsletters and much more. We hope this explains our decision and where your £3.50 goes each year.

Existing Members who wish to renew their membership will be able to send a cheque addressed to Sutton in Ashfield U3A to

Mr T. Hardman 37 Sheepwash Lane Sutton in Ashfield Nott’s NG17 5GG    You  will need to fill in a membership form which is available from Terry or get touch with the Business Secretary at j.griffin.04g@gmail.com

Kind Regards, Jean Griffin


                                         Message from our Liason Officer

Hi everyone,

It’s been a funny few months.  I expect like me lockdown started out well. The weather was beautiful and all those jobs I had been wanting to do got done. Then it got boring, no holidays, no meals out, no social mixing and worst of all no U3A Summer show.

Now winter is looming and new rules about social mixing have set us back again. Short days and dark nights, no meals out, no mixing and no “look behind you” or singing of 12 days of Christmas.

Avril has informed you that our hard-working Jenny has resigned along with a few others. Now is the time to get those little grey cells working. My red box is gathering dust but please do contact me with any suggestions, new ideas/ways forward. Use face book for any riddles, poems etc. you might want to share and don’t despair “we will meet again”

Best Wishes from Ann Bulmer


 To all our members,
We have not forgotten you!
I hope you are all well and coping with this difficult situation.
I have sent an email to all group leaders updating them on the current advice on re starting groups. Although it seems there will be little change anytime soon. Our hands are tied!
Basically many of our members were unable to renew membership before lockdown and are therefore not insured for group activities.
No indoor meetings are permitted in people's homes and the amount of form filling and assessment along with government restrictions required for meetings at other locations makes a restart in the near future, unlikely.
Please keep in contact with the leaders of the Interest groups you are involved in, for further information, any suggestions or just a friendly chat! I am sure that a few informal get togethers among friends would be welcome before the winter is on us.(keeping to social distancing rules of course)
Some of the more technically minded people amongst you may be able to meet up on zoom.
We are all looking forward to things getting back to normal and meeting properly again soon. Until then, take care and thanks for your patience.
Avril Dowdle (groups co ordinator)

Message from the Committee.

"Hello Sutton-in-Ashfield U3A Members, hope you are all keeping well and coping with the lockdown, thankfully the restrictions are now beginning to lift. especially for the very vulnerable.

We the Committee are looking forward to seeing everyone as soon as the Government allow  mass gatherings until then please stay alert and safe. 

Regards the Committee"




 ALL COMMITTEE MEETINGS, THE AGM and ALL MONTHLY MEETINGS on THE 2nd THURSDAY Cancelled until further Notice with immediate effect. 




Acting Chairperson.

 Avril Dowdle 

 01623 455696

Vice-Chair/Groups Co-ordinator
Avril Dowdle 


01623 455696

Business Secretary
Jean Griffin 

 07446 405301


 Bernard Jeffries
 Membership Secretay
Terry Hardman 
 07753 804706
 Venue Coordinator

 David Reed

01623 553529 

Speaker Seeker

 Gill Hefford
 01623 407701
 Membership Liaison Officer           
 Ann Bulmer         
 01623 442643 
 Richard Harrison  
 01623 472493     

Key Member Roles – Meeter/Greeter –Jan Pattenden, Member Liaison Support –Mary Fenton,

Newsletter Editor – Ian Webster, Website Editor – John Hastie

 New Committee Members

 This page gives new committee members access to the documents they need to fulfil their role. Further documents will be added as required.

 General job descriptions for the various committee roles can be found on the U3A / Third Age Trust website. Detailed descriptions applicable to Sutton-in-Ashfield U3A can be obtained from the Business Secretary.

 It is recommended that all committee members join the U3A / Third Age Trust website as members so that they can become fully aware of the all the facilities and information offered to them, particularly in the Advice section.

Being a Trustee

Charity Commission - Essential Trustee

Sutton-in-Ashfield U3A Constitution

Principles of the U3A

Trustee Eligibility Form

Trustees Code of Conduct (TAT)

U3A and You

U3A Committee Procedures


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MONTHLY MEETINGS - (Second Thursday each Month 10.00am start) 

NEXT MEETING:  Monthly Meetings CANCELLED until further notice.

In the present climate look after yourself and stay save 



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