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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 nine years. Our monthly Monthly 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!"


On behalf of the executive Committee, may I wish all members a Happy and Healthy New Year.

Before looking forward, I would like to say a word or two about our Christmas party.

May I begin by thanking all those who went to so much trouble and spent so much time in bringing this event to fruition.

In particular, I would especially commend the efforts of our Treasurer, Margaret Stanger, who dealt not only with the finances, but also the procurement of some of the excellent food; Geoff Worthington, who provided the wine and soft drinks as well as much of the excellent food from M&S; Ann Cutler and her team who arranged the food and Martin Owen, who provided the quiz, as well as my wife, Dianne, who dealt with the ticket sales.

We were superbly entertained by Trevor Rice and his trio arranged by Geoff Porter. It may be that we shall see them again in due course.

The attendance was, perhaps, disappointing with some ticket holders electing not to attend, but in the event 60% of of those expected did come along and from expressions of thanks we have received it is clear that it was much enjoyed and appreciated. Unsurprisingly, we were left with surplus food, which we donated to a food bank.

Looking forward, we find ourselves confronted by an increasing number of Covid cases and perhaps further restrictions.

In these circumstances, you will not be surprised to learn that we have decided to hold our next monthly meeting on Zoom. This will be on Thursday the 20th January at 2:00pm when Richard Swaine will tell us about “The Man who Never Was,” a well-known incident of deception involving a double bluff during the last war, which has been the subject of a book and film of the same title.

I will write to you again with a Zoom link in a few days.

It may be that we shall have to hold our February monthly meeting by Zoom, but no doubt the situation will become clearer by then.

Please contact your group leaders to find out how far, if at all, any restrictions will impact your Interest Group.

As you may have read in The Third Age Trust magazine, this year we are celebrating the fortieth anniversary of the formation of the National U3A. The event will take place in September. If you have any ideas which you would like to submit to the committee to celebrate the occasion, please be in touch with me.

This year also sees the celebration of the tenth birthday of the Havant U3A. Again, if you have any ideas how we might wish to commemorate this historic event, please let me have them.

Finally, a number of new members have joined us. We welcome new members and the ideas they bring. If any new, or existing members, have any ideas for fresh interest groups, please let me know and if there appears to be sufficient support, we can set one up.

I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible on my screen for our next monthly meeting on 20th January.

Best wishes,

John West (Chair).

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