Hello and welcome

The U3A is a national organisation bringing educational and social opportunities to people no longer in full-time work. It creates an environment where we can share the knowledge that we have acquired during our lives or by getting together to try something completely new.

Havant U3A has been in existence for eight years. Our monthly General Meetings are held in the Bedhampton Community Centre (formerly Bedhampton Social Social Hall), Bedhampton Road, HAVANT, PO9 3ES on the third Thursday of each month, starting at 2.00pm - free tea and coffee are available. New members are welcome to attend.

Small groups meet during the month to pursue their particular interests or discuss a wide range of subjects; most of the meetings are held in members' homes. These groups are self help and self funding and rely entirely on member participation. See our list of current interest groups on the next page. We are always keen to create new interest groups, if you have some other interest idea that is not catered for. We also organise outings.

Facebook - Calling all members. Just a reminder that our Facebook group page is now live. Just click on the link (top right) and request to join and we will let you in. We will be using this page to keep you informed of our latest news and conversation. See you there!"

Covid 19 and 'face to face' Meetings.

Following the governments relaxation of Covid 19 restrictions it has been decided to hold our September 16th AGM at the Bedhampton Community Centre. Arrangements for this will be distributed shortly. Some of our Interest Groups also feel that they can meet in person, please visit the individual Group Pages on this website for more information.


A few days ago I wrote to you with details of our May Quiz and our intended contribution to the first National U3A day which was held on Wednesday 2nd June.

I am pleased to inform you that a total of twelve teams competed in the Quiz held on Wednesday 26th May, including two teams from Emsworth and District U3A and one from Waterlooville. You will be pleased to know that we held our own and the winning team was led by Bob Child.

We celebrated U3A day by holding a virtual magic show with the illusionist Steve Price with invitations to friends and family members to join us.

Steve lived up to his billing as an outstanding magician by performing incredible tricks and intriguing illusions which will live long in the memory of those fortunate enough to have enjoyed the experience.

To promote the U3A generally and Havant U3A in particular, I myself gave an interview to Angel Radio which was broadcast on the morning of Tuesday 1st June highlighting the benefits of membership of the U3A movement as a whole and especially our U3A. If you did not hear the broadcast and wish to do so, or if you wish to pass it to a prospective member, perhaps a friend or relation, to encourage them to join us, the link to the broadcast is on the Welcome Page (this page) of our website (top right hand corner under Links).

If you read the News, you will have seen an article in “The Weekend” on Saturday 5th June publicising the U3A movement and showing how the organisation is providing retirees with a new lease of life. The article featured Havant U3A, among others, with photographs of Jenny Bishop and Carole Cooper of the Line Dancing group and comments by Margaret Stanger and Fran McQueen.

If you have a friend or relation, who is not yet a member of our U3A, please let them know what they are missing. For minimal outlay, they can enjoy the benefits of a friendly group and enjoy new experiences that come from membership of a vibrant local organisation with so much to offer.

May I mention our monthly meeting on Thursday 17th June when Councillor Liz Fairhurst will talk via Zoom about the role of technology in keeping people safe and supported in their own homes in their later years. This promises to be a useful and practical lecture which may be of great benefit to many. You will receive the appropriate link in good time for the meeting.

Finally, given the prospect of continued Government restrictions, it has been decided that our monthly meeting in July will also be held on Zoom, with the hope that our AGM in September will be held at the Bedhampton Community Centre in the pre-Covid manner, but time will tell.

Hopefully, thereafter we shall meet in person.

Best wishes,

John West (Chairman).

Havant U3A is registered as a charity and the Registered Charity Number is 1188205