Andover U3A

Andover U3A News

As at 01 July 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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Article Notes
A Message From Our Chair An update on activities, and a request for a volunteer to fill the Treasurer role.
Keep Connected, Keep Active, Keep Smiling Ideas for things to do at home
Coronavirus Important Information for all members.
Proposed New Group Would you like to join a Group focusing on Climate Change?
Royal Holloway University Citizens 800 Project

A Message From Our Chair

Dear Members,

Covid-19 restrictions on movement and association are slowly being eased and we can only abide by Government guidelines. Recent changes to the restrictions mean that members can associate outside in groups of up to 6 people but maintaining social distances.  Some groups have taken advantage of this and I am sure this will develop over time. We are all waiting for the hospitality industry to be given the green light and as soon as that happens then more groups will be able to resume their activities. The opening of public halls will be one of the last activities to be given clearance and it is this restriction that affects our monthly meetings, as soon as we can we will resume them.

Some of these activities will be limited by the lack of a Treasurer. We now need a volunteer to come forward to fill this vital role. Please contact David Rae, email, if you are interested.

Meanwhile you still have time to send in your photographs for the "Gardening" competition.


Peter Villalard


Andover U3A

16 June 2020

Keep Connected, Keep Active, Keep Smiling

The Andover U3A will be emailing all members, for whom we have an email address, on a regular basis in order to swap ideas of activities to keep our members occupied during this period of social distancing.

Full details of suggested activities can be found on our Keep Connected, Keep Active, Keep Smiling page.


I must wash my hands

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The latest advice and guidance on the outbreak of Coronavirus can be found on the NHS's Coronavirus (COVID-19) web page.

Members who become ill and self-isolate should inform the Group Leaders of any group of which they are a member, so that those Group Leaders can then inform other members of their group. Group Leaders should also inform the Secretary, Richard Selley, by email to

Members are advised to regularly check both this Andover U3A News page and their email In-Box for updates.

New Group

The Climate Change Matters Group

Member Marie Dyke was reading through the Spring 2020 issue of the Third Age Matters magazine when an article caught her eye. The subject matter was one close to her heart: Climate Change. Marie says that she has done her best to reduce her carbon footprint by cutting out the amount of plastic that she uses, using the car less, upcycling and recycling as much as possible, but now she would like to do more.

Unable to find a local Climate Change group, she has offered to join with other interested members in setting up a Climate Change Group within our U3A.

Marie has suggested that the group could meet on a monthly basis, to share ideas on Climate Change, to think of initiatives to spread the word on Climate Change, and to work together as a group to promote this most important issue.

If you are interested in joining this Group, to be called "Climate Change Matters", please get in touch with Marie by emailing her at

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.