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 so come along and join in the fun.

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!

Even in Covid restrictions we continue to run a good selection of activities using Zoom when members can meet up and socialise with each other as well. 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. We continue to offer this event in lockdown using Zoom.

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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 suggestions available to keep members engaged while restrictions on face to face activities are in place.

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. In this section you will find various ideas on u3a activities to keep you going during this time. On the website you will also find links and information about video presentations and online tutorials to help you to use digital platforms and continue learning during lockdown.

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At Eastleigh we continue to run a number of groups online using Zoom video conferencing... Further groups, events and activities will be opening up in 2021.

Groups running online include:
Canasta and coffee
Genealogy
Art Appreciation
Pub lunch chat group
Super Sleuths
Play reading
Heritage and cultures
Gardening
Current Affairs
Books
Wine Tasting
Zoomantics
Food and drinks
Local History
Poetry
Knit and natter

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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.
Coming soon.... Garden parties, Sailing, Park cycling for all and a Real Ales event.

We are also starting our visits programme soon. Join us for a day out in Salisbury or a trip to Wisley or perhaps a Murder Mystery weekend...

Garden tea parties

We held our first impromptu garden tea party in March after hearing restrictions had lifted to allow 6 people to meet outside. Luckily it was a wonderful, sunny, warm day. Paula randomly invited 5 members to join her to enjoy refreshments in her huge, amazing garden. More events like this to follow soon...

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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.