u3a Day News

u3a day 2022 is the 40th anniversary of the u3a movement
From 2022 onwards U3A Day will be held on the Wednesday of the third week of September every year, along with a week of celebrating what it means to age well.
In 2022 - our 40th anniversary - the designated U3a Day is September 21 with local celebrations held on that or any other day between 18 and 26 September. WATCH THIS SPACE FOR INFORMATION ON WHAT HITCHIN U3A WILL BE DOING AND WHEN


In 2021 Hitchin u3a Day was on Wednesday 2nd June. It was both a celebration and a showcase of what we do.

We were hosting a series of online taster/example sessions for people who may be interested in joining us. With over 20 different groups we cater for a variety of interests. Three groups were offering taster/example sessions and there was an opportunity to ask questions at the end.

10.00 - 10.30: Welcome and History Quiz (hosted by the History Group)
10.30 - 11.00: Dance Exercise session (hosted by the Creative Dance Group)
11.00 - 11.30: Play Reading (hosted by the Play Reading Group)
11.30 - 12.00: Learn and Laugh Quiz (hosted by u3a Friend of the Committee)
12.00 - 12.30 Questions (hosted by the Chair)

We also displayed our new Our Banner in the town centrebanner in Hermitage Road


In time for u3a Day we have launched a number of promotional videos which give an insight into some of our interest groups' activities:
ART APPRECIATION - BOOK GROUPS - CREATIVE WRITING -DANCE - ITALIAN - MUSIC APPRECIATION - WALKING - JIGSAW. More will follow. To view the videos, go to the relevant Group page and click on the link on the right to watch and listen. NOT TO BE MISSED!


The photographs on the right are a small sample of items made by members during the lockdown.

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We asked our members what they thought about Hitchin u3a. Here are some of the replies:
U3a has been great for replacing the social interaction one got at work with meeting groups of like-minded people with the same leisure interests that we can pursue together. I’ve learned lots about my favourite subjects and it’s been done in a relaxed, fun way, with us all learning from each other.


What did the U3A do for me? It refreshed the parts once occupied by work and career.

"I have been a member of Hitchin U3A for over 25 years, so it obviously means a great deal to me, especially after I lost my husband. It has enabled me to share my interests with others, and take up new ones, thereby making many new friends along the way, a particular benefit at present under Covid restrictions with the help of Zoom meetings, E-mails, and of course telephone calls, living on one's own has been made more tolerable.
So I wouldn't want to be without my U3A!"

All good wishes Margaret

U3A is like a tree, its branches reach out and grow and flourish.

We avoided the U3A for years, thinking it was a “university” and academic but eventually tied out Hitchin and found a friendly social group with lively minds, and a lot of small groups of people with similar interests.

We were going to try several U3A’s as where we live doesn’t have one, the first was Hitchin and they were so friendly and welcoming we remained with them.

It was so nice to have a group of friends I had made already, to support me when I was first on my own


After my wife passed on, loneliness set in and my health suffered. Relatives suggested I join the local u3a. They sent a link to the webpage. I joined Hitchin u3a almost three years ago, where I found companionship, acceptance and opportunities to exchange ideas with like minded peers, through many diverse, fun filled, activity groups. Life became more rewarding and enjoyable. Thank you u3a Hitchin.

I joined the U3A having gone to see if it suited me after moving to Hitchin for various reasons and found that it was just what I was looking for i.e. meeting new people, joining  groups, regular meetings in the church hall, talks on an assortment of subjects, must not forget the tea and biscuits afterwards. I enjoyed the experience and joined and have never regretted doing so,

It was through word of mouth and a personal invitation to attend a meeting that I began my involvement with the organisation. When deciding to move hundreds of miles to be nearer to family it was joining the HItchin U3A group that enabled me to meet lots of new people, many of whom have become good friends. 

Best wishes,

U3A just keeps on giving.

If I had known in 2020 that our Group was holding virtual meetings I would have asked to join earlier. I have received a friendly welcome and enjoyed our meetings on Zoom. As a carer and non-driver it is great to be in contact with others during this coronavirus pandemic.

Regards Pamela

I joined U3A soon after my husband died in November 2013. I already had one or two friends in U3A and made a good many more by joining and then decided to enrol in some of the groups run by members of our Hitchin Branch. I have enjoyed participating in these groups and although since Lockdown began in 2020 it has been difficult to continue meeting as we did before, many of the Committee have made it possible to get together online with the help of Zoom or FaceTime or something similar. However, I look forward to the time when we can meet face to face instead of virtually!

Best wishes from Pam.

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