Andover U3A

Andover U3A News

As at 25 January 2020


Here you will find news items concerning the Andover U3A, that may be of interest to Andover U3A members.

If you have some news that you would like to share with other members of the Andover U3A, please submit details to our Newsletter Editor for consideration, email

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You saved your stamps for Canine Partners! A "Thank You" note from Nigel
U3A Diaries for sale
Proposed New Group - Social Croquet
Request for Volunteer Qualified Minibus Drivers
Royal Holloway University Citizens 800 Project

You Saved Your Stamps for Canine Partners!

Thank You for the Christmas Stamps

U3A Diaries

Members are reminded that next year's U3A Diaries are available for purchase from our Treasurer, David Rae, at a cost of £2.75 each.

Should you wish to purchase a diary, please contact David by telephone on 358773.

Proposed New Group

Social Croquet

Did you ever wonder about croquet and how to play it? Then the Social Croquet group is for you! This is croquet without any complicated rules - but with all of the fun!

There is already a group which plays regularly, but it is oversubscribed, so Andover U3A member Margaret Henstock has grasped the mallet (!) and is hoping to form a new group. She has found a place to play, and also has enough basic equipment for anyone else interested so that play can commence immediately.

Several members of the established group have kindly offered to act as mentors and help with some basic instruction.

Margaret has been fortunate to get permission from St Mary Bourne Council and the village Cricket Club to have access to their sports field "The Rec" without charge. It has a lovely flat surface in a quiet corner of the field on which the new group can play.

The adjacent village shop serves excellent coffee and tea. Toilets and ample parking are also available. Margaret hopes that this new group can meet on Thursday mornings, but this is just a suggestion at the moment until she can ascertain the level of interest:   the aim is to be flexible.

Anyone interested should contact Margaret by emailing

Request for Volunteer Qualified Minibus Drivers

Are you a MIDAS-qualified minibus driver, under the age of 70, who would like to volunteer to drive members of a Quester Group on one or more of their outings?

If so, please contact Sally Cousins by emailing as soon as possible.

Royal Holloway University

~ Partnered with the University of the Third Age ~

Citizens 800 Shared Learning Project


Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Citizens Project aims to provide a better understanding of the development of the relationship between the citizen and the state in Britain over the last 800 years.

Further information about the Citizens Project can be found on the Citizens 800 website.

U3A Involvement

Royal Holloway University is partnered with the University of the Third Age (U3A), and encourages U3A members to join Royal Holloway's programme of Shared Learning Projects.

Shared Learning Projects involve a team of U3A members carrying out research for an institution such as a museum, archive or gallery where there is a specific project to which volunteers can contribute. The emphasis is on partnership:   the host organisation working with members of the U3A team who are contributing to the project.

A number of articles produced by U3A volunteers as part of the Shared Learning Projects can be found here.

Upcoming projects include investigations relating to the Peterloo Massacre, Chartism, and the pre-World War 1 period of "The Great Unrest".

How to Volunteer

Further information and details of how to volunteer can be found on the U3A area of the Citizens 800 website.