Andover U3A

Andover U3A News


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

Proposed New Constitution for the Andover U3A

As announced at the Monthly Meeting of the Andover U3A held on 15th January 2019, the Andover U3A's Constitution has been reviewed and revised. A draft of the proposed new Constitution is now available and can be found by clicking / touching here.

Members are encouraged to read this draft Constitution. Any member wanting to comment on this draft Constitution should contact the Andover U3A Secretary, Peter Villalard, as soon as possible; email

Members are encouraged to attend the AGM on 21st May, where they will be able to take part in the vote on the proposed adoption of this draft Constitution.

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.

Cancellation of Proposed New Andover U3A Group

Tai Chi

It had been hoped to start a new Tai Chi group but unfortunately, owing to an issue regarding the use of paid tutors within the U3A, this proposal has been dropped.

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.

Chantry Lodge Andover

Use of Meeting Rooms

Is your group venue too small?

Do you require a venue?

Chantry Lodge, situated in Chantry Street, Andover, could provide the answer.

Chantry Lodge Management has offered their public meeting rooms for the use of the Andover U3A.

The smaller room is available for mornings only, less Wednesdays, and has seating for up to 20 people.

The larger room is available from 10.00 am until 4.30 pm, and can provide seating for up to 60 people.

Both rooms are available free of charge.

Users would have to make their own parking arrangements.

Contact details for Chantry Lodge can be obtained from our Groups Co-ordinator, Richard Selley; contacting and negotiating with Chantry Lodge remains the responsibility of the Group Leader(s).

Rothsay Grange Andover

Use of Meeting Rooms

Rothsay Grange is situated on the Weyhill Road, Weyhill, just outside Andover, and has its own large car park.

Rothsay Grange management has offered to make their meeting rooms available to the Andover U3A, for groups to use.

The meeting rooms are estimated to accommodate up to 20 people.

If interested, please contact the Customer Relationship Manager at Rothsay Grange - Stacey Gardiner - by emailing or by phoning 07776 662 673.

Explore the Villages 1

Notification of Group Leader Vacancy

After 6 years of excellent leadership, Nigel and Vanessa Knott have stepped down from leading the popular Explore the Villages 1 group. In order for this group to continue, one or two willing volunteers are now required to take over the Group Leader role.

Anybody interested in taking over the role should contact either Nigel by emailing, or our Groups Co-ordinator Richard Selley by emailing

All help will be given to make the transition to a new Group Leader as smooth and seamless as possible.

Note that only members of the Andover U3A can become a Group Leader.