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walkersWalking is coming back!

Assuming no change to the 'roadmap', our first walk will be on May 27. Click here to see planned walks.

Walking is now under new management as Carol and Reg Shanahan are leaving the area. Our thanks for all their past organisation and we wish them well on their travels. Peter and Liz Camfield and John and Fran Cunningham have kindly stepped into the breach and are planning walks on the 4th Thursday of each month.

shortsWe have added a new page - called SHORTS. This will include short stories and group features. Please take a look and feel free to send us a contribution.

Don't forget ...

We are members of the  Thames Valley U3A network  and they organise various events including online 'study days'. You can visit their website at

Here are some of the upcoming events

Friday 7th May – The Sweetest Thing: the history of sugar.

Ruth Nobbs has kindly agreed to come to us again. This talk covers many aspects of the history of sugar.

This event is free.

Closing date for applications Monday 3rd May

Click on the link below for the flyer:

The sweetest thing flyer

Friday 14th May – History of Gardening Part 1

Dr David Marsh, our speaker for this 4-lecture course.

The first lecture looks at when and how the interest in gardening began, and the second explores where the plants in our gardens came from originally. There will be a chance to ask questions following the session.

The cost for this talk is £1.00 per device.

Closing date for applications Monday 10th May

History of Gardening 1 flyer

Tuesday 18th May – George Gerswhin and his Music 

We are very pleased to have CLIVE ARONSON back, this time to talk to us about George Gershwin, a composer and musician who died too
young and too early.

The cost is £2.00 per device

Closing date for applications Thursday 11th May

George Gershwin Flyer


creative writingWhether you have a secret ambition or you are experienced or even published, the Hungerford U3a Creative Writing group is a joyful and inspiring place to be.

We meet once a month, currently on Zoom, and swap our writing news, have a live writing exercise and a project is set for the coming month. This is a very relaxed group without pressure or criticism, only positive feedback and encouragement.

Why not start 2021 with a new interest and meet new friends?. You will be made very welcome. Please contact Iris Lloyd via our contact page by clicking here.

Membership Renewals

Membership for 20/21 runs from 1 October 2020 - 30 September 2021.

The fee has been reduced to £8 which will be sufficient, when coupled with our reserve, to cover our necessary expenses (insurance, Third Age Trust, newsletter, admin) and still enable us to get back into general action when circumstances allow.

We have set up an electronic renewals process in addition to the paper forms, and details are available here. If anybody needs help or would prefer to be sent a form by post, please contact our Secretary, Linda Patemen,via the website contact page. Please note that it is ESSENTIAL that we have a completed form to ensure we are abiding by all the data protection rules.

Many thanks to all those who have already renewed - much appreciated considering how little we are currently able to offer. However, we are optimistic that things will improve in the not too distand future.

Chair Yoga - regular sessions each Tuesday

This is not a U3A funded event - but is open to anyone. A small donation if you are able. Go to the page for more info

COVID-19 (Coronavirus)


Some groups are finding ways to operate a limited agenda using online facilities - coodinators will contact their members if this is possible.

Use the U3A link on the top menu to find out what other suggestions are being put forward. If anyone is able to help establish any activity during the crisis, please contact us via the Contact page under General enquiries.

If you are looking for ideas while at home - try these links

Theatre Online

YouTube Theatre

National Theatre free streaming has now finished but we recommend a look at what's on offer on YouTube!

Try this link


Table tennis groupOver 20 groups are now up and running. Please visit the Groups page to see the latest information. However, in these difficult times not many are able to meet - other than by video link.

If you would like to try using Zoom for your group - please contact Jeff Riggs (Vice Chair) via the contact page here. He will be able to give you details of our own Zoom subscription which doesn't then restrict you to just 40mins.

No table tennis just yet but check the Groups page for more info.

Walks are back - fourth Thursday of the month - starting in May.

Next scheduled walk

SHORT WALK:   27 May 2021   Start: 10:00   Distance: Circular walk approx. 4.5 miles no stiles undulating

Leader: John Cunningham   Contact:

Park at the Red House pub in Marsh Benham, walk down to the canal turn left towards Newbury turn right at Benham lock/bridge walking through wooded area to Enbourne road turn right towards the church through Hamstead Marshall estate through the grounds back to the Red house. Bring coffee and a snack, lunch at The Redhouse pub. - optional.
Link to walks page

More Information

There would normally 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. Regret that these opportunies have been suspended.

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

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