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Learn, Laugh and Live!

Are you recently - or indeed long - retired, or winding down from full-time employment and looking for new interests? Or to take up again the interests you’ve never had the time to pursue?

If you are in this so-called 'third age' and would like to learn some ‘new tricks’ – then read on, because this exciting new venture is for you.

The University of the Third Age is all about bringing like-minded people together in small interest groups to explore learning opportunities in almost every subject you can think of, from Aromatherapy to Zoology!

There are over 900 U3As in the UK with more than 350,000 members. Each one is run on a 'self-help' basis with individual groups deciding how to go about exploring something new, and sharing valuable life experience and expertise. There is no pressure to impose a formal learning pattern – it’s all about establishing an informal, enjoyable way to learn with and from each other about a topic of mutual interest.

General meetings


All welcome for a chat, advice, information and tea/coffee.
Membership renewals can be made or new members can sign up - just £16 through until April 2019. Application forms available here.


Tim BlackmoreTim Blackmore “My Life in Radio”

Tim joined BBC Radio as a young Technical Operator. His talk will take us on a journey through his career until his retirement. During this time he had to hire staff to launch the new radio networks BBC 1, 2 and 3. He regularly produced shows from among others, Tony Blackburn and Noel Edmunds to The Radio One Club and the Radio 1 Road Show. I am sure we remember them with nostalgia. Since then he has been a senior producer and worked extensively with Capital Radio, written monthly columns, worked as a consultant and director. He has also gained a Lifetime Achievement Award. With such a wide experience in radio this will be such an interesting insight into the audio world.


Membership renewals can be made at the AGM or new members can sign up - just £16 through until April 2019.Application forms available here.

Classic Cars RemakeRemake, Remodel - U3A Group reforms as Motoring Matters

The previous U3A Classic Car group has reformed with a new, wider brief and a new name - Motoring Matters. The group will endeavour to cover all aspects of motoring, classic and modern, with an emphasis on 'during-the-day-during-the-week' activities and outings. Group convener John Turton said "We have so many great, motoring-related destinations within easy reach so we will aim to run an active program of meetings and visits. Already in plan is a group visit to Morgan Motor Company in Malvern where iconic British sports cars are hand-built using traditional techniques." There is plenty to discuss during the winter months, with motoring in the UK at an inflection point. New technologies such as autonomous, connected vehicles with hybrid and all-electric drive will affect us all and naturally, some will have concerns about how the new and legacy vehicles will co-exist on our roads. Lunchtime 'Motoring Matters Natters' will be themed around current motoring topics allowing members to have their say and ask questions of the group. Members will be encouraged to share their motoring experiences and expertise with the rest of the group and special guest speakers will be invited to present to the group on topical subjects. Sign up today to hear more as the Motoring Matters programme develops.

For more information contact: John Turton Motoring Matters Convener 077760-33244

Theatre Visits

> Next event (Mathew Bourne's Cinderella on 22 March 2018 already sold out - options being reviewed!)

> Followed by A Midsummer Nights Dream The Watermill Theatre 14 June 2018 @ 2.00 pm ?16.50 ticket only

The Watermill Ensemble return with A Midsummer Night’s Dream, fusing actor musicianship with one of Shakespeare’s greatest comedies.
Four lovers escape the decorum of the royal courts, eluding tradition and etiquette on one fateful, intoxicating night in the Athenian woods.
Secrets, love and mistaken identities collide with a fusion of rich and beautiful music inspired by the hedonistic soulful sounds of Nina Simone and Billie Holiday.
Hermia is to be married to Demetrius.  But she actually loves Lysander and after the lovers runaway to marry in secret, pursued by Demetrius, who has been told by Helena of their plan, all respectability begins to unravel.
Enter an enchanted world of dreams and passion, where the powerful spirits of a midsummer’s night will put a spell on you.

Please email for a booking form.


Over 20 groups are now up and running (including walkers and Art practical). Please visit the Groups page to see the latest information.

Next scheduled walk

SHORT WALK:   27 Mar 2018   Start: 10:30   Distance: 3.5 Miles

Leader: Colin Honeybone   Contact:

Park and Meet Smithham Bridge Road for a 10.30 am start. An easy flat circular walk using local footpaths to Standen Manor returning past Sanham Green. Maybe muddy!
Link to walks page



MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS and APPLICATIONS - please visit the Contact page. Renewals for 2018/19 now available and new members can sign up for just £16 through until April 2019.

Note that the various WALKERS groups have there own page available here.

Barn Dancing also looking for more interested movers ..... very good for keeping a little bit fitter - see the next event below.

Barn DancingBarn Dancing Geology field tripGeology field trip Medium Walk 16 July 17
		  Walkers 16 July Medium walk 7 Nov 17
		  Walkers 7 Nov Art appreciation 1Art practical

Meanwhile ...

Barn Dance 26 March

Good turnout for the our 2017 first AGM (25 May)

Chairman, Jeff Riggs, detailed the excellent progress since last year's start up - including showing the official certifaicate of our accredited membership. Treasurer, Barbara Riggs, summarised the accounts which have a heathy surplus going into the new year. The official business was followed by a minute's silence at 11am in recognition of the tragedy in Manchester. The audience were then treated to an excellent talk from Alison and Roger Heath covering the more exciting parts (lions, elephants, deluges ... ) of plant surveying in the Okavango Delta of Botswana.

More Information

There will be meetings of the whole U3A from time to time to listen to specific speakers and discuss progress. If you would like to provide any feedback - or offer to help - please use the contact form, we'd love to hear from you.

You can also use the contact form if you need any further information.

© Hungerford & District U3A 2018