Are you missing the keep fit classes?

Why not come along and try our FREE taster session (with both chair and “free-standing” exercises) of keep fit/yoga to be run by Laura Wills, a local practitioner who writes:

Classes are light hearted and friendly and suitable for beginners and those who would like to feel greater health and well being.

Chair yoga: We will explore stretches, balance postures and relaxation from the safety of our seat! It is a an accessible way of exploring yoga in a safe and secure way, especially for those who feel less stable in balance postures or who are less able to get up and down from the mat.

Gentle Seasonal Yoga: A perfect class for beginners or those new to yoga. We will explore gentle yoga postures and ways of linking poses together, alongside body and mind awareness and relaxation.
This class will be more suitable for those more stable on their feet and who are comfortable sitting on the floor.

Seasonal Yoga is a gentle and natural way of exploring the energies of each season in union with our yoga practice.

If enough people sign up then we may be able to run a weekly course as part of your U3A membership. But because we will be paying an outside tutor to run the sessions there will be an additional fee payable on top of the normal subscription to meet the cost. Until we know how many people sign up we cannot finalise the amount but would anticipate that the supplement will amount to the equivalent of an additional £1.50-2.00 per session (and there are approx 26 sessions per year).

There's no need to sign up in advance for the taster session. Just come along on 18 September and see what is on offer!

Any queries – please contact Rob Smith 01420 768752


Proposed New Group - ‘Members on their Own’

It is planned to set up a social group, to be called Members on their Own for members who live on their own.

If there is enough support the group would meet informally every Fortnight in each other's houses.
There will be no agenda, just an opportunity to catch up on anything of mutual interest over a cuppa and biscuits!

If you are interested contact Penny Carmichael who will host the first group on Tuesday 4th September at 10.30 am at her flat, 35 Wootey’s Way Alton GU34 2JB
Tel: 01420 542493 Email:


The U3A National Office has relocated.
The new address is:

The Third Age Trust
52 Lant Street
London SE1 1RB
Telephone number is unchanged: 020 8466 6139


Alton U3A - Protocol for new courses.

The lifeblood of our U3A is the variety of courses we run. We are keen to expand the range we offer so we thought it would be helpful to let everyone know how they can go about setting up a new group

If you have an idea for a new course or activity then contact the Studies Co-ordinator with the following information:

1. The nature of the course or activity and the proposed title.
2. Who the group leader or co-ordinator would be.
3. How many people would be needed to make it viable and the maximum number that could be accommodated in the group (if that is a relevant factor).
4. Where you would meet eg Community Centre, members’ homes, local pub or café, etc.
5. Proposed time of the activity eg morning, afternoon, evening and the proposed frequency of meetings.

Once a proposal has been received it will be considered by the committee. Assuming it gets the go-ahead in principle the Studies Co-ordinator will arrange for the course details to be circulated to our existing membership, and for details to be put on the notice board and on the website in order to encourage members to join.

If you are thinking of starting a new group it is well worthwhile checking the national U3A website ( You need to log in to the members’ section and look under Subject Advice. This provides practical advice for those wanting to start a new group.

Updated March 2017