u3a 40th Anniversary Blog

Ravenshead u3a's interactive u3a week celebration

Published : 01 November 2022 Views: 762

Ravenshead u3a celebrated u3a week with an event which allowed the public to have a go at their interest groups. Business Secretary John shares how it went.

We celebrated the day by having an “interactive” theme for the day, with performances from our Guitar Group, our Belly Dancing Group, and our Folk & Country Dancing Group together with their live band, The Jolly Beggars.

A man is painting on a table covered with artistic materials

There was a Treasure Hunt organised by our Thursday Walking Group, a try creating your own art sessions with our Painting & Pastels Group, and the Craft Group and the Knitting & Crochet Group also demonstrated what they do.

Our Photography for Fun Group held a competition asking guests to identify the Theme or Title of 12 photos taken by the group’s members.

In our Games Room, people were encouraged to join in games of Chess, Cribbage, Backgammon, Skat, Scrabble, Rummicub & Mahjong.

We had a trifold double sided display which showed the History of the u3a Movement, our 10 years as Ravenshead u3a, and featured moments from our Monthly Meetings and details of around 40 other interest groups which didn’t have an interactive table display on the day.

Both outside and inside the venue we showed details of our many organised group trips to places of interest within a 90 minute drive of Ravenshead, and outside one of the Ravenshead Community Transport minibuses, that we use for our trips, was a focal point for people arriving at the venue.

We had a table displaying the u3a Beacon that was later taken to the u3a Notts Network Special Event at Highfields Park in Nottingham on Saturday 24th September. (See photo taken of our members in the Old Market Square on their way to the Park to present the beacon to the Mayor of Nottingham)

 Four people stood in front of an old white building. They are holding a blue flag with 'u3a' 'learn, laugh, live' written on it in yellow writing.

We were graced with a visit from The Worshipful Mayor of Gedling, Councillor Peter Barnes and his wife Sandra, who visited all the stands and watched some of the performances.

We had a special Commemorative Display honouring the memory of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, and the Mayor brought the Council’s Book of Condolence for members and guests to sign.

We had over 200 members and visitors join us on the day, and we had six new members sign up immediately and many others take information away, after leaving their contact details with our Membership Secretary.

We have created a video showing some of the special moments from the day, which is viewable on YouTube at :-

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