Welcome to Meon Valley U3A
The river Meon, just 21 miles long, flows roughly southwards through the beautiful South Downs National Park in east Hampshire. It rises near the village of East Meon and its marshy mouth is on the Solent at Titchfield Haven National Nature Reserve. Along its valley are many attractive small villages, such as Warnford, Exton, Corhampton, Meonstoke, Droxford, Wickham and Titchfield.
Centred on Wickham, Meon Valley U3A serves the Meon Valley Villages and surrounding areas, including Bishop's Waltham and North Fareham. It is one of very many U3A branches affiliated to the Third Age Trust, the national body. Meon Valley's is a relatively small, but friendly, branch, with a membership currently limited to 140. About a third of the members live in Wickham; a third in Bishops Waltham and a third spread among smaller villages.
The core activity organised for members is an annual series of talks/lectures on a wide variety of topics and usually illustrated, held twice a month between September and early May (see Events). In addition there are a number of small special interest groups. Most of these gather in members' houses and meet monthly (see Groups).
Members pay a small annual subscription - currently £12 - plus £1 per talk (when the speaker is not a branch member). Guests and visitors are very welcome at a charge of £2 per talk.
The Meon Valley U3A subscription also gives access to workshops, summer schools and other activities organised nationally and publicised from time to time by the parent group, The Third Age Trust.