Hamble Valley

Welcome

Welcome to the Hamble Valley U3A web site

Who We Are

We are a well-established and friendly branch of a nationwide organisation that was established for those who are retired or semi-retired to keep active and enjoy life.

Hamble Valley U3A was founded in 2009 and covers the South Eastern villages of Eastleigh Borough near the Hamble River in Hampshire. These comprise West End, Hedge End, Botley, Bursledon, Hamble, Netley and Hound. We also have members from many districts of Southampton and adjoining areas of Winchester and Fareham

Our membership is around 300 and we welcome new members throughout the year. As we are a non-profit organisation our membership fees are very good value and are reduced if you are already a member of another U3A. Our Membership year runs from May to April and full membership costs just £15 for the year. For further details or for a membership form, please contact the Membership Secretary

What We Do

We have approximately 45 interest groups covering a wide range of activities that meet on a regular basis, although some are still impacted by Covid-19 restrictions. As a member you can join any that suit you or you can help to form a new group. A list and some information about our groups can be found by clicking the Groups button at the top of the screen. Our groups are lively and friendly and offer a wide range of study, leisure and creative activities. Costs are minimal because our activities are organised by members who share their skills and experience. We are sure that you will find something that interests you and if you don't then please contact us and see if we can help you get your interest included.

Social Events

In addition to our Groups we offer a variety of Social Events and informal gatherings. Our social events have been curtailed by Covid until recently and we have held or are planning several local events. Many events are day trips to places of interest, and where appropriate a guide is included. Any costs incurred are kept to a minimum. Other events are social and we like to get together at other times such as Christmas and New Year. We try to have one event every month. Please click on the Events button at the top of the screen for more information.

When We Meet

In addition to our Social Events we hold regular monthly General Meetings on the second Tuesday of each month starting at 2.30pm, doors open at 2pm. We have a guest speaker each month and a wide range of topics is covered, with something for everyone. These are held at the ST LUKES CHURCH, ST LUKES CLOSE, HEDGE END, SO30 2US. Visitors are more than welcome so please come along and see what we are all about. A contribution of £1 is required per visit and you can visit up to 3 times. For further details click on the Events button above.

Because of Covid19 restrictions, our monthly meetings have been held on Zoom, including our speakers, but we are expecting to return to St Luke’s in the near future. We are currently planning how we can return to St. Lukes whilst still hoping that we can provide for members who do not yet feel confident to return.

Newsletters

We produce a regular newsletter which is distributed to all members and copies of these, together with any latest news can be seen by clicking on the News button at the top of the screen.

Links, Policies and How to Contact Us

The U3A policies are accessed by the Policies button at the top of the screen.

There are links to a variety of other information sources including the Third Age Trust accessed from the Links button at the top of the screen.

If you wish to make contact with us please use the Contact button at the top of the screen, where you can make a general enquiry or contact one of the committee members and you will get a reply.

If you are interested, but not sure how to find out more about us, then come along to one of our General Meetings where our Meet and Greet team will be on hand to show you round and answer any questions you may have. Whilst our meetings are held on Zoom, please make use of the Contact button.

Technology Help

Here you will find some help on aspects of the technology being increasingly used by U3A members. These are intended for members who are unfamiliar with these tools or are concerned about using them. There are also links to more general information on aspects of technology. To go to the relevant page, please click on the Tech Help button at the top of the screen and you will see links to all the help sheets and other web sites.