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David Skillen The Gretna Girls and the Devil's Porridge

David Skillen The Gretna Girls and the Devil's Porridge

Salsa group (1)
Food and Cookery
Guitar Group performing
Pickleball group
Local History Meeting 2024 Trent Bridge

Who are we?

We are a local charity organisation in Ravenshead village in Nottinghamshire that caters for active people from all walks of life - mostly no longer in full time employment or in business.

Our prime purpose is to encourage lifetime learning and participation in informal, fun, enjoyable activities and interests across a wide range of topics, pursuits and pastimes.

You will meet people who want to learn new things, keep active, share interests, enjoy socialising and making friends.

As we like to say : Learn, Laugh and Live!
Read more on our About Us page here:

Coming up soon! Meetings, Trips and other Events



Other Events

  • New Members' Meeting

    A message from Andy: "The last time we had one of these was back in June 2023 so, if you have joined Ru3a since then, this is for you. If you joined earlier than that but missed the previous new members' meeting, you are welcome…

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  • Monthly Meeting June 2024

    Speaker: David Skillen: Title : The Gretna Girls and the Devil’s Porridge A fascinating story of the people who lived and worked at Gretna making the very dangerous 'Devils Porridge'.

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  • Monthly Meeting July 2024

    Date: 9th July 2024 Speaker: Paula Cornwell Title: The Flying Housewife Details: The talk is presented in character as The Hon. Mrs Victor Bruce. In 1931 she flew solo around the world in an open cockpit light aircraft. Hear some of her amazing adventures!

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  • Calke Abbey 2 - National Trust - Ticknall

    Trip 2 - Wednesday 12th June 2024 An un-stately home & country estate with peeling paintwork & overgrown courtyards that tells the dramatic decline of a country house estate. Cost…

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  • The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry

    The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry 2nd Trip - Monday 17th June 2024The RCT mini-coach will drop us off for a tour of the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum…

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  • Bakewell International Dance Festival

    Bakewell International Dance FestivalSaturday 29th June 2024 (two buses going!) There are numerous dance shows starting at 11am in various outside venues in the town all within two minutes walking…

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    Saturday 1st June 2024 11.00am to 1.30 pm Ravenshead Village Hall. This two hour workshop is open to all members of our salsa group no matter what level you are and…

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  • u3a Festival 24-York -19th-July

    Join in with the u3a Festival 24 The u3a movement is holding its first ever Festival in 2024, 18 - 20 July, where members will be running a wide variety of activities -…

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  • Alfa Travel Coach Holiday to Torquay

    Saturday, 28th September 2024 5 days/4 nights at the Metropole Hotel 2 full-day excursions to Plymouth & Teignmouth Leaves 28th September £50pp deposit payable now

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Phone us on : 0300 030 2990

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If you are interested in finding out more, then browse our website checking out the Groups page, Events page or the latest News items.

Or give the Membership Secretary, Andy Bebbington (01623 405526) a call if you wish to discuss any aspect of joining Ravenshead u3a.