Hartley Wintney

About Us

Situated in North East Hampshire, Hartley Wintney is a rural village with a wealth of history, surrounded by idyllic countryside. With a population of approximately 5000 people, the Parish includes Phoenix Green to the south and the adjoining hamlets of Dipley, West Green, Elvetham and Hartfordbridge. The Parish includes large wooded areas such as Yateley Heath Wood and part of Hazeley Heath as well as large expanses of common land with the famous Mildmay Oaks at its centre. The River Hart flows to the north-east of the village with the River Whitewater forming the western parish boundary.

Hartley Wintney & District U3A came into being in 2006 with 30 members joining during the first year. Initially, meetings were held at the Cricket Pavillion until numbers increased, necessitating a move to larger premises; the Football Club filled this need. Growth continued, resulting in another move to our current location, the Victoria Hall. Our U3A has grown year on year to a current membership in excess of 400. More than 30 Interest Groups cover a range of interests and activities - academic and social, indoors and outdoors, mildly strenuous and physically undemanding.

Monthly meetings are held at the Victoria Hall at 10:30 am on the first Tuesday (except August). This meeting usually has an invited speaker – whose subject could be just about anything. The subscription is £15.00 a year, although individual groups may have additional charges to cover room hire, catering, travel, entrance fees, etc.

If you:

  • are no longer in full-time employment,
  • enjoy social activities,
  • are looking for new interests or challenges, and
  • enjoy working in a team

then come and join us. If you would like to know more please contact the Membership Secretary or come to our next meeting.

We look forward to meeting you.

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The U3A Movement

The University of the Third Age (U3A) is a unique organisation, established in 1982, which provides, through its individual U3As, life-enhancing and life-changing opportunities. U3A is a self-help organisation for people no longer in full time employment providing educational, creative and leisure opportunities in a friendly environment. It consists of local U3As all over the UK, which are charities in their own right with their own constitutions and run entirely by volunteers. Local U3As are learning cooperatives which draw upon the knowledge, experience and skills of their own members to organise and provide interest groups in accordance with the wishes of the membership. The teachers learn and the learners teach. Between them U3As offer the chance to study over 300 different subjects in such fields as art, languages, music, history, life sciences, philosophy, computing, crafts, photography and walking. The U3A approach to learning is – learning for pleasure. There is no accreditation or validation and there are no assessments or qualifications to be gained.

Aims and Guiding Principles

The University of the Third Age enables members to share many educational, creative and leisure activities. Activities are organised mainly in small groups that meet regularly, often in each other’s homes. Members, through sharing their knowledge, skills and experience, learn from each other. Although all local U3As remain operationally independent, they are members of the Third Age Trust. As such they must abide by both the original Objects and Principles written by Peter Laslett in 1981 and the Principles of the U3A Movement (2014).

The U3A movement is growing all the time; approximately 50 new U3As are started every year. They pursue an amazing range of topics; some academic, some practical and others recreational. Most local U3As offer a combination of opportunities to study, create, socialise, and contribute greatly to members’ overall health and wellbeing.

U3A is the only national education organisation in the UK run entirely by its own members.

The Third Age Trust

The U3A movement is supported by its national umbrella organisation, the Third Age Trust. It is both a registered charity and a limited company which represents all U3As in the UK at national and international level. It offers a range of services, to support and advise local U3As. It underpins the work of local U3As by providing educational and administrative support to their management committees and to individual members and assists in the development of new U3As across the UK. It is managed by a National Executive Committee (democratically elected from the membership) which consists of a Chairman, three other Officers and twelve representatives from the UK regions. The Third Age Trust is funded mainly by annual subscriptions paid by member U3As on a per capita basis. It has seven full time and seven part time staff and is located in Bromley.

The Relationship between U3As and the Third Age Trust

U3As are independently managed charitable associations with their own constitutions. Membership of the Third Age Trust is a requirement in order to use the U3A name and logo, both of which are protected. Once registered, providing the aims and guiding principles of the organisation are adhered to, local U3As are self-governing.