Hamble Valley


Due to recent events this U3a group will be closing on the 12th July. Until this date this web site will remain open

On this page you will find our latest Newsletters, Updates and the latest news from Hamble Valley U3A.

Newsletters are held as pdf files and require Adobe Acrobat Reader on your computer. Links to the last 12 months' newsletters are shown down the right hand side of this page. The copies of newsletters on this website have had all contact numbers and email addresses removed. If you wish to follow up on any of the articles or make an enquiry, please use the Contact button at the top of this page to get in touch.

Summary copies of our Committee meeting minutes are available to members of Hamble Valley U3A from our Business Secretary.

The section on Technology Help provides guidance on using a variety of technology tools and it is hoped it will encourage more members to get familiar with them. It also provides links to other useful websites. To access the section please click on the Tech Help button above.

The U3A policies are currently going through a process of review, which is required every two years. As reviewed policies and any new policies required are agreed by the committee, updated versions will appear on this website. To access any of our policies please click on the Policies button above

Social Events

Our first social event for almost 18 months, a picnic at Royal Victoria Country Park was held in July. Further excellent events, an afternoon tea party and a Blue Funnel lunchtime cruise on the Hamble river were organised in September and October, a Christmas lunch in December and a pub lunch in March. A previously cancelled trip to the Post Office Museum in London was rearranged in May. Other events are being organised and will appear on this website as they are confirmed. For more details, please click on the Events button above and look at the Social Events section in the Dates for Your Diary. Members will be notified of new events being organised by email and through our newsletters and at open meetings.

Protect Yourself From Scams

We are all increasingly being subjected to scams of all sorts and need to be alert to what they are, what to do and any other action we should take to protect ourselves from scammers. The links to very useful information prepared by the police service and made available to the U3A, are below. Please click on the coloured text to access the information.

The Little Book of Big Scams a readable/ printable version of the booklet

An Audio Version of the Big Scams booklet can be found here

A video version of a Power Point presentation on scams narrated by Ashley Jones of the South Western Regional Organised Crime Unit is here

Groups News

Pétanque: The French equivalent of Bowls. We opened up the list for Pétanque back in September 21 and publicised that through the Newsletter resulting in a couple of members showing early interest in taking part, but it wasn’t until we gathered at St Luke’s in November 21, after the coronavirus restrictions had been eased, that interest in this list really took off to the point it was immediately a viable group. We discovered that there is a Pétanque “terrain”, as it’s known, almost on our doorstep within the River Hamble Country Park where we’ve now secured agreement to play and have booked the first session for later in February (regular sessions are in the afternoon of the 3rd Monday in month) for an initial taster with some coaching available. Our share of hire fees are already considered reasonable, we get free parking too, but the terrain can accommodate almost double our present number of members and any increase will spread the fees even further, so, if you interested in joining for fun and exercise, what’s stopping you?

British Sign Language & Music Appreciation: These lists commenced in November and December and have already secured enough interest for the groups to progress to start up discussions which will be take place during February. If you’re tempted by either please get in touch.

February is likely to see a new list for an active gardening group published, look for that at St Luke’s on the 8th, as well as furthering discussions with a number of members eager to restart a garden visits group, but you’ll all need to be “hands on” for this. More details to follow.

Singles Sunday Lunches 3. Would you like a friendly lunch out on the second Sunday of the month? This group is currently inactive due to low numbers but does have existing members who would like to restart. The pubs are open - let me know if you’d like to join them.

Are you on any other waiting list for an active group - why not start a list for a second group?

Do you have another interest that you would like to share? Please email the Groups Coordinator with details.

How to join a Group

Please see the Group pages for details of Group Activities. If you are interested in joining any Group, in starting a New Group list, want more information or have information to share, please contact our Groups Coordinator.

Network News

Groups and events appearing below are available to members from any u3a to join. To get more information or to join any of the groups, please follow the links given.

Monks Brook u3a Folk Dance Group

The U3A Folk Dance group which is organised by Monks Brook u3a has restarted its meetings. The meetings are held on the 4th Wednesday of the month at the Chandler’s Ford Community Centre, Hursley Road, SO53 2FT. The meetings run from 1.45pm to 3.45 pm. There is a small variable charge to cover the cost of hall hire depending on the number of attendees. The group is open to any member of the u3a and members from any group in the area are welcome. For further information please make contact via the Monks Brook website here Monks Brook U3A Folk Dance Group

Stubbington u3a Art Appreciation Group

Art Appreciation 1 meets on the 4th Monday of the month, from 2 - 3.45 pm, at The Foster Rooms (next to Holyrood Church, Stubbington). Members may, if so wished, give a 10 - minute presentation on an artwork or two relating to the given theme for the month, some examples being Cubism, Seascapes, Classical art or Modernist/avant-garde.
Themes are chosen to allow detail and depth and a wide focus, whether that be on the genre, the cultural context, the artistry, or of course on the artist.
If you are interested in joining this very sociable group, then kindly contact Stubbington u3a Art Appreciation Group

Thames Valley Network

The Thames Valley Network is running a series of talks and study events which are available to book by all U3A members nationally. Details of the talks, information flyers and booking instructions are given on their website which can be accessed at the following link Thames Valley Network Events