Eastleigh District

Welcome

Eastleigh District U3A is a vibrant, lively and friendly group of retired and semi-retired people who enjoy a wide range activities. From travel to walking, book club to gardening, history to wine appreciation and much more... There is something to look forward to every day of the week! New ideas are always very welcome and help us to become a dynamic group of active people in the community.

Make new friends, enjoy new hobbies or re-kindle old ones. Be creative and active and join in with as many activities as possible. And we have a vibrant and interesting Newsletter too. All of this run by our members at very little cost!

We continued to run a good selection of activities using Zoom during lockdown and now we are returning to meeting in person and socialising again. We are a community of people dedicated to supporting one another to make retirement an enjoyable and more meaningful experience.

We normally hold an Open meeting with a guest Speaker every third Wednesday in the month at 2pm at the Fair Oak Village Hall, Shorts Road Fair Oak and plan to meet there in August to renew friendships.

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For the latest advice on Covid please see https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

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Our National U3A Office have a number of activities and events to keep you learning.

Please visit the National website here to see what’s on offer https://www.u3a.org.uk/component/tags/tag/keep-learning or click on the U3A button at the top right of this page for a full run-down.

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We recently added the following activities to our programme:

Garden tea parties
Sailing
Born Again Bikers in the Park

And Starting in September - Beginners and Improvers Bridge

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We are continually evolving our events so come along and join in the fun!
In July we piloted a series of three interactive Sourdough workshops and we are repeating this on 10th and 17th September with the National Trust’s Heritage Open Days, Edible England Festival. We are delighted to be working with our colleagues at Hamble Valley u3a and with Eastleigh Museum to bring two further activities, a Mid-century Bake-in and an interactive display of Yesteryear cookbooks. We will update our news on these events shortly. If you would like to learn to make Sourdough bread please use the contact tab at the top of this page to find out more about this exciting news…

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Our first event was a Three Kings Day celebration on Weds 6th Jan, 2pm

Members enjoyed presentations about the epiphany celebrations from around the world! We discovered that many recurring themes in the customs and traditions of the day in different countries with slightly different variations such as the Kings cake, feasts and Carnivals, the giving of presents, carol singing, and even jumping into freezing cold water! We ended with a toast to this special Kings Day and with suggestions for future events.

Since then we have held monthly evening quizzes, a Cocktails hour, Everything Spanish event and a Facebook tutorial.

We have re-started our visits programme with a day out in Salisbury, and trips to Wisley Gardens and Bletchley Park are coming up soon . Holidays are also back on offer…. Turkey and Tinsel in November to Sidmouth and a break in the New Year! And perhaps a Murder Mystery weekend...

Garden tea parties

Garden tea parties are taking place every week thanks to Paula’s wonderful arrangements so please come along and join in!
The English Summer is here, so what better way to spend a sociable morning or afternoon with other u3a members,
with refreshments and biscuits or cakes.
Share a funny story or experience with each other or join in the conversations. We know that we always find something to chat about over a cuppa.
Places are limited to 5 members on a first come first served basis - so please book early to avoid disappointment! Variety is key here with different venues and hosts each week.

Born Again Bikers in the Park

We met at the park for a trial run for this group on a beautiful sunny Wednesday in May.
All who took part thoroughly enjoyed it, and found it invigorating and a good way to enjoy a bit of well needed exercise.
Afterwards we all enjoyed a well earned lunch at a local pub.
This is a new fun active group for all, whether you are an veteran biker or a complete beginner, or maybe you have lost your confidence on the road and would like to enjoy the thrill of the pedal, this group is for you.
Cycles4all is situated in the ‘Pavilion in the Park’ Kingfisher Road, Eastleigh, located at the rear of Fleming Park.
We can hire a wide range of bikes, trikes, tandem and bikes that are suitable for a whole range of capabilities.
Cycles4all has a huge impact on the lives of the people who participate in this fun activity where they have the opportunity to access recreational sport in the park, and benefit from improved health through exercise.
The benefits of exercise through cycling have a positive impact on their fitness, mobility, and overall feeling of wellbeing.

On the Water

We offer Sailing opportunities in the Solent for u3a members!

If you have some sailing experience or experience over the years why not consider sailing this beautiful coast with us! Beginners are welcomed too as part of a balanced crew to introduce this exciting hobby. The emphasis is on relaxed cruising and enjoyment!

We sail from Universal Marina in the Hamble. A likely programme for this year will start as from late July with mid-week overnights as well as weekend sailing in the Solent with visits to Cowes, Lymington, Yarmouth and Bembridge.

The boat is a Westerly Oceanquest 35ft, sea-kindly, comfortable and easy to cruise with a large internal volume, sleeping max 6. With over 30 years sailing experience and a Yachtmasters qualification, I’ve previously cruised to the Scillies, Channel Islands, West Country and France.

In September we are pleased to introduce Beginners Bridge and Bridge for Improvers

In the beginners group we can take up to 8 players and we will meet twice a month. You can start playing bridge in the first session and learn the basics in five! We can progress slowly as we learn together and have lots of fun!

For those members who have played some bridge we are also starting an Improvers group. The idea is to enable practice and for enjoyment, and we can pick up tips from each other. For 8-12 players, meeting twice monthly.

We will be using the ACOL system which is the British Standard and playing duplicate bridge.

It would be great to play in our homes, have refreshments and chatter at half time.

If you would like to learn or improve your bridge please use the contact tab at the top of this page to find out more about this exciting news…

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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.

Please view our other pages on this website to see what we offer, and at relatively little cost! We hope that you will join us and look forward to meeting you soon.

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