Welcome to the Andover U3A
A very warm welcome to the Andover University of the Third Age (the Andover U3A). This is an organisation for retired and semi-retired people who join together to learn new skills, play games, exercise, make new friends and generally enjoy life.
Situated in the northern part of the Test Valley in Hampshire, the Andover U3A is one of two local U3As serving the Andover and District area, with the second being the Anton U3A.
The Andover U3A was formed in 1996 and has approximately 480 members. It is a registered charity and is affiliated to the Third Age Trust.
Members are invited to attend our regular meetings which are held monthly at the Fairground Village Hall, Weyhill, in an atmosphere that is always welcoming and friendly. We invite guest speakers to our meetings, covering a wide range of topics. Refreshments are provided towards the end of our meetings, giving members the opportunity to chat, plan, and make new friends.
The Andover U3A is a very friendly organisation whose activities are focused on approximately 42 interest groups. Subjects we cover vary from languages through to the arts, history through to photography and nature through to music.
Our groups vary in size and they determine their own course of study under a chosen leader. There are no formal lectures and members are encouraged to share in a joint process of learning and discovery.
Smaller groups use members' homes to host group meetings and this adds to the friendly informal atmosphere. Some of the larger groups use a variety of halls in the Andover area. All members are encouraged to join one or more groups on enrolment to the Andover U3A.
Possibly the most popular groups are the Walking, Strolling and Quester groups. There are weekly walks and strolls, and our Quester groups arrange visits to a wide variety of places of interest.
Membership of the U3A is open to those no longer in full time gainful employment; no qualifications are required. The current membership fee is £10 per person.
Members are entitled to attend our monthly meetings, to join our groups (although some groups may be limited in size), to vote at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) and to receive our six-monthly newsletter.
Our affiliation to the Third Age Trust allows the provision of insurance for members undertaking Andover U3A activities. It also allows members to receive 5 copies annually of the Third Age Matters magazine.
Non-members are welcome to join us for one taster session at one of our monthly meetings: just make yourself known to the Welcome Team at the entrance to the Fairground Village Hall.
Further details of our organisation, meetings and groups can be found by browsing through our website.
Membership forms can be obtained from the Membership Secretary, Jean McLeod, who can be contacted by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org