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Welcome to the Alton U3A Poetry Appreciation website information.

At our May meeting, May 11th 2018 at 2.00 at the Community Centre, we will be reading and discussing some of our favourite poems.

Please bring along an A4 or A5 page with a couple of poems if you wish; we will try to fit them all in.

If you have any ideas about how our group can develop in the next U3A year, please let Rob or me know.

See you on May 11th.




Our last Art Appreciation session for this academic year is on Thursday 3rd May in the Garden room starting at 10am with the doors open from 9.45. There will be presentations by Michael on Picasso and Rob on Mark Rothko.

If you have member friends who may not see this message and who wish to come please advise them accordingly.

We are starting to consider our programme for 2018/19 and if anyone has any ideas and wishes to contribute, please speak to me on Thursday as we still have some spaces to fill. Presentations can be a minimum of 15 minutes

Looking forward to the Day
Kindest Regards
Colin Britchford and the Art appreciation Team



After the cold and wet of the past few days the May Day sun shone on the Social Cyclists as they glided their way through the glorious Hampshire countryside.

Consistent with their ground breaking activities so far, they notched up another two significant firsts. At about 11.00 am on Tuesday 1 May (a date and time that will live on in the annals of Alton U3A) our leader, Blessed Brian ("BB"), took the first ever Alton U3A group photograph that fully complies with all the provisions of the General Data Protection Regulations 2018 (even those these don't come into effect until 25 May - we like to keep ahead of the game).
This historic event occurred just outside Hartley Mauditt church and shows our intrepid group preparing to descend on the Chocolate Frog Tearooms for refreshments.
The second first (we are also well-known for mangling the English language) took place at the Chocolate Frog where we became the first group of cyclists from Alton U3A to have their refreshment stop watched over by a fibreglass bear some eight feet high. Despite our encouragement BB decided not to buy this
Fuelled by our intake of hot drinks and carbohydrates we sped our way back to Alton via Medstead and Holybourne. We cycled about 18 miles and, as ever, it was great fun in excellent company and made us feel good.



There have been a number of requests for the formation of a new Group to possibly be called FRENCH FOR HOLIDAYS!

Would anyone be prepared to head up something like the Still trying to speak French group which was run by Paul Buck quite successfully for several seasons?

If you feel you could do this, could you please contact John Dickinson on 01420 86707 to discuss.


EXPLORING THE PIANO Godfrey Bruce-Radcliffe - Group Leader

Following Ann Alderman’s move from Alton to Dorset, piano group meetings are now held in my house at 21 Anstey Lane.

Our monthly meetings are usually held on the second Tuesday of the month from 2.00pm. Membership has recently increased with one or two new faces and others who now have the time to rejoin, so we can currently expect up to a dozen people. Skills range from beginners to advanced. Performance is of course not compulsory, but people are encouraged to participate and share their interest in the piano. On my own admission my grand piano is fairly decent kit too.
It’s a good way to spend an afternoon, and U3A members who have an interest in the piano, but who may have wondered if joining the group might not be for them, are most welcome to come along and try it out. Give me a call on 83343.