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Andover U3A

Welcome to the Andover U3A


New Members Welcome


Due to the pandemic, many of our activities cannot take place at the moment, however a small number of Groups are continuing with their activities via Zoom or Skype. Our Monthly Meetings have re-commenced and are being held via Zoom.

New members are still welcome to join: please get in touch with our Membership Secretary Jean McLeod - contact details at the bottom of this page - if you are interested in joining us.

Want to know more about us? Scroll down to read this page, and then explore our website using the Menu options along the top of the page.


Andover U3A Quick Links


National Restrictions post 12 April 2021

Links to Government Guidance, relating to current restrictions, can be found on our Grapevine page.


Guidance on the re-starting of Group Activities

Advice for Group Leaders and Group Members, provided by the Third Age Trust and relating to the different stages of the Roadmap out of Lockdown, can be found on the Third Age Trust website.

Section 3 of that advice relates to procedures that must be followed in order to resume Group activities face-to-face (as and when permitted by the UK Government).


Our Next Monthly Meeting

Our May Monthly Meeting - including our 25th AGM - will be held on Tuesday 18th May 2021, via Zoom.

Further details can be found on our Meetings page, and connection details will be emailed to members ahead of the meeting.


Other Quick Links


A link to the latest NHS advice and guidance on the outbreak of Coronavirus can be found on our News page.


Are you on your own or isolated, and require assistance? See the Test Valley Community Support poster on our Grapevine page.




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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.

Monthly Meetings

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.

Interest Groups

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

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   jean.mcleod67@hotmail.co.uk