Welcome to the Tadley & District U3A
The U3A (University of the Third Age) is a self-help organisation offering people who are no longer in full-time employment opportunities to share their life-long knowledge, skills and experience with like-minded people in a wide range of interest groups. This is a two-way process with all who want to learn having the opportunity to help with the teaching. Learning is carried out in an informal atmosphere, free of the stress of exams, with the emphasis purely on fun and friendship. "If it's not fun, it's not U3A".
Regular monthly, outside speaker meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday in the month from 10:45-1pm at Tadley Community Centre, New Church Road. These are always very informative and often very amusing and cover a wide-ranging variety of topics. Group Leaders are in attendance so making it easier for everyone to see what groups are on offer. Everyone can catch up with the latest new groups and meet with and make new friends. Membership provides access to all groups plus a regular U3A magazine. A nominal charge is made for attendance at all groups as a contribution to hall hire and other running costs etc...
We now have an amazing 37 group activities and we encourage our members to suggest or volunteer to run new groups. Recently, due to interest expressed, we appealed for a Group Leader for a Beginners German Group - we are now pleased to announce that a leader has been found and this group will be trialled over 6 weeks to see how it goes. A new Bus Pass Trippers Group has also been formed due to popular demand. The existing Italian Group follows a formal course of tuition so making it difficult for beginners to join. Consequently a new group leader is now required for a new beginners group. If you are interested in either leading this group or starting any other group then please contact Mike (Group Liaison) via the Contact page.
From the response we got it would appear that the Christmas buffets were a huge success. This year we split the numbers over 2 lunches which gave more room for everyone to chat and mingle whilst enjoying the good food and entertainment from "Festive Jazz". As in the previous year, our lovely floral table decorations were sold off and the monies taken donated to the Chernobyl children's charity who had previously been a speaker at one of our monthly meetings.
The January speaker meeting was "Follow the drum" with Major General Peter and Mrs Valerie Chambers giving an amusing and informative talk on 26 house moves in 33 years in the Army. This was not meant to be a travelogue but a chat about the human aspects of life in the Army and how it impacts on the family members. It was disconcerting that the Army did not recognise the existence of wives. The husband's signature was required in order for his wife to receive dental treatment!!! Even antenatal records were in the husband's name and the family allowance book was taken and paid directly into the husband's salary!!! I expect, and hope, that with the advent of women playing a more substantial role in the modern Army that this antiquated attitude has now changed.
Tadley & District U3A will be celebrating our 2nd birthday in March 2014. Our membership numbers have continued to grow during that time reaching a remarkable 434 members in January 2014. It has been decided that we should hold an Open Day on Thursday 13th March from 11:30 - 3:30 at Tadley Community Centre in Newchurch Road to bring to peoples attention what the U3A has to offer to them. Examples and illustrations of what goes on within the groups will be on display. This will be a larger event than what we normally see at the monthly meetings and it is hoped that most Group Leaders will be on hand to talk to visitors. The event will be free of charge and refreshments will be available.
Membership can be renewed from 1st February with the fee remaining at £17.50 for the third year running. For members of other U3A's the fee is only £12.50. All new members are very welcome and if you join in February you get a month free.