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26 SEPTEMBER - SPECIAL Walk Buscot Park

Not just a walk - but an outing!

A trip to Buscot Park, Family home of Lord Faringdon, who continues to care for the property as well as the family art collection, the Faringdon Collection, which is displayed in the house.

More details on the Walks page.

All welcome

Annual General Meeting - Tuesday 9 July at 10.45am

Chair's Report, Financial Accounts & Minutes 2023 available here or via the 2024 menu item at the top.

A Game Called MaliceThu 31 Oct at 2:30pm A Game Called Malice Oxford Playhouse
    A splendid dinner party in an Edinburgh stately home concludes with a murder mystery game created by the hostess. A murder needs to be solved. But the guests have secrets of their own, threatened by the very game they are playing. And among them is Inspector John Rebus. True crime is his calling. Is he playing an alternative game, one to which only he knows the rules? There are suspects, clues and danger with every twist and turn - and a shocking discovery will send this game called Malice hurtling towards a gasp-inducing conclusion.
Expected price is £46.
Contact John Reading to reserve your seat.

A superb outing to Batsford Arboretum and Garden Centre and Sezincote House and Gardens on Wed 19 June. Summer weather arrived nicely on time and a great day had by all - even the hill climb. Thanks to Carol Shanahan for organising.

Batsford Outing Batsford Outing

And please make a note of the date for our winter outing - Thursday 5th December - to Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market. Details to follow.

The Marlborough & District Concert club arranges approximately 6 trips a year mostly the The Anvil, Basingstoke. Contact Tom Massey Tel. 01672 516610

The Parade Cinema is interested in starting a monthly morning session showing Golden Oldies. If anyone is interested Katherin (click to send message) has more details. It is on a Thursday morning.


Pickleball thriving

Often mentioned as one of the fastest growing sports, Pickleball is thriving in Hungerford.

On Sat 27 April we played a friendly match - our first ever - against Newbury (combined teams photo). Excellent event and a lot of good games with Hungerford coming out on top.

It's great exercise and not as stenuous as Tennis, Badminton or Squash - why not give it a try? Click here to visit our explanatory page.

Tue 11 Jun at 10:30am Coffee Morning The Town Hall
Informal get together and opportunity to meet some of the Committee. Free tea, coffee and biscuits

Next scheduled walk

SHORT WALK:   01 Aug 2024   Start: 10:30   Distance: 3.5 miles

Leader: Peter & Liz Camfield   Contact: 07703054751

Starting at the Five Bells public house, Baydon Rd, Wickham, Newbury RG20 8HH then onto the Welford road just under the motorway then up to the Welford park cricket pitch then cross back the Welford road then following the path on the other side over motorway and back through the woodlands which can be muddy and back to the five bells. No stiles, no big hills Please bring a drink & snack Only park at the pub if you are planning on using the pub afterwards. Please let me know if you are planning to use the pub so I can give them a guide of numbers

Link to walks page
Link to all past walks!



Some members have expressed an interest in starting a singing for pleasure group. If you would be interested to join - and even better if you have any experience of guiding such a group - please contact Katherine Daking (Chair) via the contact page here.

Their Finest HourTheir Finest Hour

We’ve been asked to let you know about a nationwide digital history project called Their Finest Hour which aims to collect and digitally archive the everyday stories and objects of the Second World War that have been passed down from generation to generation.

These will be uploaded online to a national archive which will be free to access from June 2024. For more information about the project please click on this link.


Many members receive the hard copy U3A Magaazine but you may not be aware that there is also an 'online' National Newsletter which can be viewed directly via the website , and can also be received by signing up to receive directly by email. Well worth a look (there is even a mention of another U3A's introduction of Pickleball!).

New members can now include the provision of the "Third Age Matters" magazine as an option when they join or renew for a full year.

There are many FREE U3A national learning events - click to find out more.

Don't forget ...

We are members of the  Thames Valley U3A network  and they organise various events including online 'study days'. You can visit their website at

Some upcoming zoom talks ....

Wednesday 15th May ? Doctors to the Rescue

A talk to be given by a member of Medecins Sans Frontieres at 2.30 on Zoom

Monday 10th June ? The Korean War

A talk from Chris Parry about the Korean War at 10.30 on Zoom


Pickleball groupWe have 20 different groups from Art to Geology, French to Walking and more. Please visit the Groups page to see the latest information.


Check the Groups page for more info.

More Information

Our monthly coffee mornings are a great opportunity for us all connect together and share ideas. You are sure of a friendly welcome. Use the menu item Diary for the latest information.

You can also use the contact form if you'd like to get in touch.

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