Opening Morning 17th September 2021

Opening Morning 17th September 2021

Over 80 members attended the first FU3A Open Meeting at the Barrington Centre last Friday.  This was a Coffee Morning opportunity to meet up with old friends and new members, at the first face to face gathering we have been able to hold.

Chairman Bob Reeve welcomed everyone back and spoke about the FU3A plans for the coming year and the continuing refurbishment of the Barrington Centre.  Richard Tucker outlined the dates proposed by the Visits and Events sub-committee and Keith Banks gave an account of the monies raised for our Charity of the Year to date.

It was generally agreed how nice it was to be able to talk to people in person again!



Dear Members,

Many members have been asking about the skittles that we arrange at the Three Cross pub.

I have just spoken to the Pub and have been told they are very busy at the moment without the skittle alley being open. They advised me that the skittle alley required a lot of work before they could reopen it and I was advised to call back after September.

I will keep you updated and when the situation changes arrange a session.

Carole Ward



Firstly a very big thank you to everyone who helped out with yesterday’s plant fayre, either donating plants or cakes, or helping out beforehand or on the day. I think – aided by some lovely weather – this was a very successful event, enjoyed by everyone who came.

We had 113 paying visitors (plus ourselves), and – with a few last minute sales to neighbours – we made a total of £571. As Margaret Ward did provide such a large number of plants for sale, we will be donating £100 to her charity, Going For Bust. So we will be donating £471, plus the £110 we made on hanging basket day, to the FU3A charity, the Fletcher Foundation, going to Poole Hospital Breast Cancer Screening.






Members of the FU3A Greenfingers group recently visited Keyneston Mill gardens. Keyneston Mill has featured in Gardeners World (both the TV programme and the magazine), and is famous for producing many dozens of plants used to make their own perfumerie.

An interesting, aromatic and very scenic visit (including riverside) – all socially distanced of course – was followed by an excellent lunch, with many items from their own gardens (the edible flowers were both delicious and visually attractive!).

The photographs show various members enjoying the damask and centifolia roses, calendula, foxgloves, nicotiana, hyssop, lavender etc.





FERNDOWN FETE JUNE 2021,  saw Ferndown U3A members enthusiastically  engaging with the public to share what we are about. We all enjoyed chatting with potential new members as well as catching up with those we have not seen for a while

Mike Andrews our Town Crier  shared his  latest verse

I look at you, you’re looking down,

You are suffering from lockdown.

Listen and Hear what I say,

What you need is your U3A.

You’ll meet people, Just like you,

Looking round for things to do.

For friendship, chat we’ve lots to give,

Go join us and Learn, Laugh and Live.




After a year of crafting by zoom, we finally met each other,  many of us meeting in person for the first time.   The sun shone, conversation flowed and plans were made for the upcoming year.

The main comment we how wonderful to do something “nearly normal!”