Eastleigh District

Welcome & Chair

Important notice

Dear Member,
With the Prime Minister recommending that everybody self-isolates, and in particular those over 70 or with certain health conditions should avoid contact with others to curb Coronavirus, your Committee have reluctantly canceled the Open Meetings and group activities until further notice.

A review will take place when these restrictions have been lifted.

The various days out, theatre trips and holidays will be reviewed by the relevant organiser and Members will be advised as information becomes available.

We are facing unprecedented times and U3A members have resolutely stepped up to make the coming months the best they can, given the circumstances we find ourselves in. You can access lots of advice and ideas on how to occupy yourself and keep safe. See below...



The Trust is using the National Newsletter to keep members informed on the latest government advice converning coronavirus covid-19. It is also filled with information, stories and advice from across the U3A movement on how to keep safe and occupied during this difficult time.

It seems unthinkable that the world can have changed so much in such a short time.

Life has changed immensely and we live in unprecedented times. Yet through this period of social distancing and isolation U3As and the Trust have risen to the challenge to continue learning, chatting, and finding new interests and new friends.

Many U3As have taken interest groups on line, providing support to learn using Zoom and WhatsApp. Others have used teleconferencing and developed telephone buddy schemes.

The Trust has developed a whole series of national programmes and more will be rolled out each week U3A members are contacting me to share their experiences and ideas. We are using those to add into our link to learning ideas. You can find out more about the national programmes in Ian's section below.

We are really excited that television's fitness champion Mr Motivator will be providing us with a weeks worth of exercises to do at home, so watch out for keep moving with Mr Motivator. The classes will be exclusively for U3A members - online - and will be coming out in the next two weeks - we will keep you updated with more on this (see trailer below).

What has been really affirming is that we have had contact from a range of people interested in joining the U3A. We are facilitating this by having a central online Trust U3A, that can provide access to the national programmes and a signpost to enable them to join their local U3A.

It is times such as these that the importance of community and in particular a U3A community albeit a remote one makes such a difference to our daily lives.

The Trust team is working really hard to provide support to U3As around the country and to connect people together.

Very best wishes

Sam Mauger - Chief Executive

You can view the U3A National Newsletter online by logging onto u3a.org.uk/email You will be given the oportunity to receive it directly. When registering we are : South East.

You will find helpful advice also many innovate and brilliant ideas coming from other U3As.


For those of you who have not yet joined our happy band,let us explain what the U3A is all about.

For a start, it is not a University! We don't give out qualifications in the shape of degrees or anything like that. Neither do we ask for a certain level of qualifications before you can join us. Qualifications, or no qualifications, or anything in between, it makes no difference; your level of education doesn't come into it! University here is only really used in the sense of 'universal' or 'for all'. Lots more about the U3A ethos in '500 Beacons', the U3A story, available by mail order or you can borrow a copy!

You can also look at the U3A's central website, run by the University of the Third Age Trust. Click on the U3A yellow button at the top right of this page for a full run-down.

The Eastleigh District U3A

We are continuing to grow in size and have a range of activities to offer you. So if you are retired or semi-retired and live in the Eastleigh area of Hampshire why not come along to one of our open meetings and get to know us.

We normally meet every third Wednesday in the month at 2pm at the Fair Oak Village Hall Shorts Road Fair Oak (approximately 2.5 miles from the centre of Eastleigh) with a talk or another subject. Also we offer a range of study groups and leisure activities, these may be based in Eastleigh Town Centre, in a member's home or at the Fair Oak village hall.

If you are new to the area?

One way to find your way round is to join us! Eastleigh was at one time one of the leading railway centres of the UK, with an enormous works close to the Town Centre. There was also a major cable works, Pirelli, based in Eastleigh. However, the importance of the railway works declined over time and the various sites previously used by Pirelli are now all housing estates. The railway works did close down a few years ago, but luckily the sheds etc, remained and over time these have become fully utilised again for railway related work (train refurbishment, etc) and associated specialist firms.

Eastleigh is also the home of Southampton International Airport, which in its early days as Eastleigh Airport, played an important part in the development of the Spitfire fighter plane.

The Town has continued to thrive as a centre for shopping and business located conveniently halfway between Southampton and Winchester.

Join us on one of our Outings

Look behind the scenes at what makes things tick, perhaps at what the general public doesn't get to see. You could have joined us on four day trips to the heart of Snowdonia, or Lincolnshire, or to Monet's Garden, or Cork in Southern Ireland or most recently the Yorkshire Moors. You missed the opportunity to travel with us on one of our popular New Year breaks visiting Shropshire and the Severn Valley; Great Yarmouth; and the latest in Ilfracombe. Many of us are still talking about the very enjoyable Easter Break on the Isle of Wight.

Locally we have visited the Esso Oil Refinery, had a back stage tour of the Mayflower Theatre then traveled to Bristol to visit the S.S. Great Britain and marveled at the Carpet of flowers in Arundel Cathedral,

Come to London with us, we've been on a guided tour of the Albert Hall, a visit to the Houses of Parliament, the Thames Barrier, a look at the restored St Pancras International - we will return!

Come with our Theatre Group to the best shows that Southampton, London and other towns and cities have to offer.

Join some of the other groups we have on offer.

There are currently over 30 varied activities on offer, where you can enjoy yourself and make new friends at the same time. Can't see a group you would like to participate in, well join us and help start one that you would like.