Lyndhurst and District U3A
DURING THE LOCKDOWN PERIODS WE WERE UNABLE TO HOLD NORMAL MEETINGS BUT BETWEEN LOCKDOWNS WE DID MANAGE TO HOLD OCCASIONAL RESTRICTED MEETINGS AND SOME INTEREST GROUPS MET BY ZOOM, IN GARDENS AND OTHER SOCIALLY DISTANCED GET TOGETHERS IN LINE WITH GOVERNMENT RESTRICTIONS. WE ARE NOW MEETING REGULARLY (SEE THE EVENTS PAGE FOR DETAILS) AND HOPEFULLY ON INTO THE FUTURE - "ONWARDS AND UPWARDS."
Like all U3As we are a local organisation for people who want to meet together for learning and leisure activities. Our monthly meetings in the Community Centre in Lyndhurst have informative and entertaining speakers. Interest Groups which are a major feature of the organisation give members a chance to pursue new or old interests, learn new skills and make new friends.
Monthly meetings open to all members and visitors are held on the second Wednesday of each month (except August) in the Lyndhurst Community Centre. Click on the EVENTS button above for dates and speakers.
A list of our groups can be accessed by clicking the GROUPS button above. Suggestions for new Groups are always welcome. At the monthly meetings we have display
with group notices and group leaders are available to find out more.
You can join us at any monthly meeting. You can come to a meeting as a visitor if you wish. You can also join us by completing an application form from the MEMBERSHIP page and posting it with a cheque or pay by online banking.
There was plenty of opportunity to sign up for Interest Groups and a number of additional ones which are being suggested will be followed up. Keep an eye on the GROUPS page for the results.
What is U3A?
The University of the Third Age (U3A) was founded in Paris in 1979 and is now an international organisation. The UK’s U3A was founded in 1982 and currently has over a quarter of a million members in over 750 branches. For in depth information please go to the national website by clicking on the 'U3A' button above.
U3A stands for the University of the Third Age, which is a self help organisation of people no longer in full-time employment, providing leisure , creative and educational opportunities in a friendly environment. U3A membership is not related to a specific age but to a period in one's life (the third age) after the second age of full-time employment and parental responsibility. Anybody in their third age can join U3A and this includes people who are working part time. All you need is interest and enthusiasm.
In 2014 there was a public meeting in Lyndhurst and a steering committee was formed from volunteers who were interested in setting up a U3A for the area. The inaugural meeting of Lyndhurst and District U3A was held on Wednesday 8th October 2014 and was a great success. Over 90 people came to the meeting and the result was 73 signed up members and a number who took away application forms. Since then we have settled down with a minimum of 120 members.
Members come from Lyndhurst and a wide area around including Emery Down, Minstead, Ashurst, Totton, Brockenhurst and Burley. A few members come from even further afield.