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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

COFFEE MORNING WITH SPEAKER Thursday 14th June 10am The Croft Hall, Hungerford

Come and catch up with the groups news and listen to Sarah Gardener�s fascinating talk

Sarah Gardner will talk about �Action Through Enterprise� - ATE - a local charity fighting poverty in Upper West Ghana. ATE is changing the lives of children and adults living in the poorest parts of Ghana. Through provision of free school meals, support for small businesses and care for children living with disability, ATE is making a measurable difference to thousands of people. A Hungerford mother and her teenage sons got involved recently and visited Ghana to give help & support - hear their story.

Theatre Visits

It’s not too late

There are a few tickets available for this new play, so if you would like to go please contact Margaret by email or by phone 01488 685134

The Height of the Storm

André and Madeleine have been in love for over fifty years. This weekend, as their daughters visit, something feels unusual. A bunch of flowers arrives, but who sent them? A woman from the past turns up, but who is she? And why does André feel like he isn't there at all? The Height of the Storm is a beautifully compelling family drama by Florian Zeller, 'the most exciting playwright of our time' (The Guardian). Starring two of the greatest actors of their generation on stage together for the first time, this major new play from the writer of Olivier Award-Winning The Father is a searing exploration of love, family and the fragility of life.

Internationally acclaimed actor Jonathan Pryce and three-time Olivier Award-winning actress, Dame Eileen Atkins star in this production prior to them both going on to star in it when it transfers to the West End


Theatre Royal, Bath
Saturday, 2.30 pm, 22 September 2018
£51.00 inclusive of transport


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:   03 Jul 2018   Start: 11:00   Distance: 4 miles

Leader: Jon Hills   Contact: Contact:

Park and meet in the Crofton Beam Engines Car Park at 11:00 am. It is safe paid parking and change will be needed for the pay and display machine. Level walk for the most part with some undulations taking us via the Mill Bridge at Great Bedwyn onto the Wilton Brail to The Swan at Wilton, where it is possible to get lunch and a drink. The walk returns by the side of the feeder lake to Crofton. The Crofton Beam Engine cafe is open for coffee at 10:30 am for anyone who is interested.
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.

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Meanwhile ...

Barn Dance

Tosca Opera Night

Tosca by Giacomo Puccini
Monday, 25th June at 6pm.
Venue: Apartment 22, Inglewood House, RG17 9AA

Jonathan Kent's atmospheric and evocative production of Tosca, which has established itself as a Royal Opera house classic, features three of today's finest singers: Angela Gheorghiu's sensitively portrayed Tosca, a character with which she closely identifies, is paired with Jonas Kaufmann's  intense and compelling Cavadarossi while Bryn Terfel is thrillingly malevolent as Scarpia. Pappano's masterfully paced conducting captures all the drama and beauty of Puccini's exhilarating opera.

The performance lasts 128 minutes. This includes a short bonus feature: an introduction presented by Antonio Pappano.

To book please email Jeff Riggs on:

If you have not attended an Opera before please indicate in your email.

Motoring Matters Motoring Matters

Group leader John Turton recently organised a group visit to the Morgan Motor Company in Malvern, where iconic British sports cars are hand-built using traditional techniques.  A great day out and an opportunity for members of the newly-formed group to get acquainted.  In planning now are potential visits to the Gaydon Motor Museum and to Brooklands, watch this space for further details.

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.  Our next meet is scheduled for 2pm Monday 4th June 2018 at the Three Swans, Hungerford.  Why not come along?

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

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