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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.

This year Havant U3A celebrates its 10th anniversary. 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!"


We have plans for a number of events at Havant u3a this summer and I would like to tell you about them.

Gunwharf tour on Wednesday 8th June.

On Wednesday 8th June, The Environment & Technology Group have arranged a guided tour of Gunwharf by one of our members, Ron Tate, who was formerly with the planning department at Portsmouth City Council at the time that Gunwharf was redeveloped. He will tell us about the history of the site and the challenges faced by the planners in its redevelopment. If you would like to attend, you should meet at the entrance of Gunwharf at 1.45pm to begin the tour at 2:00pm.

Monthly meeting on 16th June.

At our monthly meeting on 16 June, Jan Glennie will be telling us about “Violet’s Titanic Escape”. This sounds very compelling.

Mottisfont Abbey and Gardens visit on Tuesday 5th July.

As many of you will know, Val Worthington arranged a very enjoyable trip to Exbury Gardens on 11 May. Notwithstanding a rain shower, the gardens were at their best. The head gardener told us that we had selected one of the best two weeks in the year for the visit and the display of azaleas and rhododendrons was the best in living memory. We are very grateful to Val Worthington for arranging the visit.

Following the success of this visit, it is proposed to follow this up with a trip to Mottisfont Abbey and Gardens on Tuesday 5th July, when the experts say that the roses, for which Mottisfont is renowned, will be at their most magnificent. Both the house and the walled garden will be open.

Travel will be by coach with a pick up at 9.15am at Market Parade, opposite Iceland, and Bedhampton Community Centre at 9.30am, arriving at Mottisfont at 10.30am with departure no later than 4:00pm. Refreshments are available for purchase on site, or bring your own.

The cost, based on all 39 seats of the coach being taken, will be will be £15 in respect of the fare, a little more if we cannot fill the coach. The admission to the Abbey and Gardens will be £16 each payable at the door, but free if you are a member of the National Trust.

If you are interested and have not yet signed up, please contact Val Worthington on valatthecottage@aol.com or telephone on 07359 146 372. You can also visit the Day Trips or Gardens Group pages on the website which gives you payment details.

Havant u3a Tenth Anniversary Celebration on 14th July.

Havant u3a was formed in September 2012. To mark our tenth anniversary, we have planned a celebration, which will be held at the United Reformed Church, Havant, on Thursday 14th July.

The event will begin at 2:00pm with entertainment from Jennifer Parker-Lummis, a talented singer with a beautiful voice, whom many of you will recall entertained us by Zoom at our virtual Christmas party in 2020. Three of our members have agreed to speak briefly about what our u3a means to them, after which we shall have community singing led by Jennifer.

Refreshments will be served and I will cut a ceremonial cake.

Margaret Stanger, our treasurer, would like to know how much food to order and so please contact her to let her know if you are able to attend.

Her contact details are: treasurer@havantu3a.org or telephone 07748 077925 or 02392 619152.

This is an occasion to socialise and celebrate what we have achieved and publicise ourselves. Please bring along a guest.

Monthly meeting on 21st July

Dr Bob France will be our guest at the monthly meeting on 21st July with a talk entitled, “Petworth: Its People and Treasures-Demystified.” As you may know, Petworth has the most important art collection in the National Trust. So much of the history of England revolves around Petworth. Val is planning a trip to Petworth in September, more details later.

Singing group reformed.

I have previously mentioned that we are in the process of reforming a singing group under the leadership of Terri Freeman and Louisa Niland. The convenors hope to introduce members to a wide range of music covering various styles to suit everyone’s taste.

It is proposed that the group should meet at Bedhampton Community Centre on the first and third Tuesday of each month. The cost is expected to be £5 per session, depending on numbers, to cover the room hire and music sheets. Beryl Francis of Emsworth and District u3a will be providing the musical accompaniment.

The group is looking for more members and so, if you would like to join, please contact Louisa Niland. Her contact details are on the website but you can contact her at louisa.niland@viginmedia.com or 07901 556297. The convenors are especially looking for more male talent to avoid this being an all ladies choir. The first meeting will be on Tuesday 24th May at 2:00pm and thereafter on 7th and 21st June.

This exciting venture is open to everyone. There will be no formal auditions, although the organiser would like to know your voice range and pitch and so you will be asked to sing some scales individually and a few lines of your own favourite song. This can be done on a one to one basis so that you do not have to sing in front of others.

We have two enthusiastic leaders and so let’s make the most of their commitment.

Other matters.

And now I would like to draw your attention to some other matters of interest.

Elizabeth Jorge organised a collection to purchase trees for Stanstead. You will be pleased to know that she raised a total of £270 which enabled the purchase of 27 trees.

Denise Bennett, who leads our Poetry group, has distinguished herself in the annual u3a poetry competition. She is one of the top three poets this year. You can read the poems submitted by the competitors in the fourth to tenth positions by logging on to the u3a website and searching for Poetry. The three leading entries will not be revealed until the next “u3a matters” is published in a few weeks time.

Ken Arkell, who runs our Bus Pass group, has recorded a radio interview with u3a Radio, which will be available from 17th June. To access this and previous broadcasts, tune in to the u3a website and look for the Radio heading, perhaps using the search button.

There is much to look forward to over the next few weeks.

Best wishes,

John West (Chairman)

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