Hamble Valley


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 most recent newsletters by month 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.

A section on Technology Help has been added. This 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 some time, a picnic at Royal Victoria Country Park was held on July 22nd. Further excellent events, an afternoon tea party and a Blue Funnel lunchtime cruise on the Hamble river were organised in September and October. Other events 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

News About Groups

Parlez-vous francais? If so, then why not join with like minded people to share your linguistic talent? French Intermediate is full and we have started a list for a new group - French 2.

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.

Musicians Group. We have a member who plays the piano. Are there any other musicians who have an instrument languishing at home and would like the motivation of playing with others (classical music).

Knit & Natter. No special knitting skills required - just a willingness to learn whilst enjoying the company of others.

Cycling, Amateur Radio, Collaborative Writing and Amateur Painting (advertised in earlier 2021 newsletters) already have lists.

Are you on any other waiting list? I have listed all current New Group Lists above - please let me know if I’ve missed any! Are you on a 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

Southampton Network

u3a Folk Dance Group

The U3A Folk Dance group which is organised by Monks Brook u3a is planning to restart its meetings in September. 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

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