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Learn, Laugh and Live!

Are you recently - or indeed long - retired, or winding down from full-time employment and looking for new interests? Or to take up again the interests you’ve never had the time to pursue?

If you are in this so-called 'third age' and would like to learn some ‘new tricks’ – then read on, because this exciting new venture is for you.

The University of the Third Age is all about bringing like-minded people together in small interest groups to explore learning opportunities in almost every subject you can think of, from Aromatherapy to Zoology!

There are over 900 U3As in the UK with more than 350,000 members. Each one is run on a 'self-help' basis with individual groups deciding how to go about exploring something new, and sharing valuable life experience and expertise. There is no pressure to impose a formal learning pattern – it’s all about establishing an informal, enjoyable way to learn with and from each other about a topic of mutual interest.

Coffee and speaker

12 October 10.30-12noon The Bear Hotel

Speaker: Anna Forbes (Project Officer with ARK [Action for the River Kennet])

The Mission Statement for ARK: "Our aim is to have healthy rivers, streams and canals throughout the Kennet catchment. The Kennet Catchment has been dramatically affected by human activities over the past 50 years. The M4 motorway has driven urban development and a trebling of the population, while agriculture has seen a major switch from pasture to arable, with a trebling of the cultivated land area."
A recent project on the river Dunn, headed by Anna Forbes has been shortlisted for a national environmental award.

All welcome - you can even sign up and join the U3A on the day!


Theatre Group

Our first theatre trip is to see “Betrayal” a play by Harold Pinter at the Salisbury Playhouse on 14 September. This was launched at the last coffee morning and very quickly almost sold out - now completely sold.

Our next outing is in December to the Old Vic in Bristol to see “The Little Matchgirl” which has been highly acclaimed by critics including the Guardian and Independent, and we are now looking at what is available for February or March. If you would like tickets for “The Little Matchgirl” please see below for how to reserve them.

The Little Matchgirl


Hans Christian Andersen

2.00 pm Tuesday, 12 December 2017

The Old Vic, Bristol


Struggling to keep warm on the freezing winter streets, the impoverished heroine begins to strike her dwindling stock of matches. Each match she strikes conjures a new story, and while it burns she escapes into an enchanting world of magic and mystery. Inspired by the beautiful Hans Christian Andersen tales, we follow her through the spell-binding stories of The Princess and the Pea,The Emperor's New Clothes and Thumbelina. This will be a truly remarkable theatre experience, full of music, laughter, puppetry and magic.

For a booking form please contact .... Margaret Barter at or 01488 685134

Good turnout for the AGM (25 May)

Chairman, Jeff Riggs, detailed the excellent progress since last year's start up - including showing the official certifaicate of our accredited membership. Treasurer, Barbara Riggs, summarised the accounts which have a heathy surplus going into the new year. The official business was followed by a minute's silence at 11am in recognition of the tragedy in Manchester. The audience were then treated to an excellent talk from Alison and Roger Heath covering the more exciting parts (lions, elephants, deluges ... ) of plant surveying in the Okavango Delta of Botswana.


Over 20 groups are now up and running (including walkers and Art practical). Please visit the Groups page to see the latest information.


MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS and APPLICATIONS - please visit the Contact page

Reading for Pleasure Group now meets on the third Thursday of the month at the Bear Hotel. Just turn up and meet existing members, share their comments on the book just finished.

Interested in learning to play Bridge? The beginners group would welcome hearing from you.

Note that the various WALKERS groups have there own page available here.

Play Reading group looking to recruit a few more members - please use the link on the Groups page if interested.

Barn Dancing also looking for more interested movers ..... very good for keeping a little bit fitter - see the next event below.

Geology field tripGeology field trip Medium Walk 23 Jan 17
		  Walkers 23 Jan Medium walk 20 feb 17
		  Walkers 20 Feb Art appreciation 1Art practical

Meanwhile ...


More Information

There will be meetings of the whole U3A from time to time to listen to specific speakers and discuss progress. If you would like to provide any feedback - or offer to help - please use the contact form, we'd love to hear from you.

You can also use the contact form if you need any further information.

© Hungerford & District U3A 2017