What is the U3A?

The University of the Third Age was established in the UK in 1982 and is part of an international organisation begun in France in the 1970s. The word 'university' in this context is used in its original sense of people coming together to learn.
Membership has increased rapidly, as has the number of U3As. The U3A is a self-help organisation which offers people no longer in fulltime employment the opportunity of lifelong learning within a friendly and sociable framework.
Each U3A acts autonomously but is affiliated to the Third Age Trust, the national representative body providing a wide range of services to U3As. Within each U3A is a selection of Interest Groups representing the interests of the Members.
Ems Valley U3A is a member of the Hampshire South Central Network of U3A Groups.

EmsValley U3A

Membership of the EmsValley U3A is drawn from the PO10 area. Interest groups are self-managed by Group Leaders from within the Membership and the majority are self-funded. Group Leaders' knowledge, skills and experience are used to deliver a programme of learning and fun.
The wide range of interests includes art and music:, foreign languages; literature; wine appreciation; creative writing; science and technology; local and family history; gardening; walking; camera; craft; card and board games; bird watching; rambling; ballroom dancing and genealogy.

Some groups are not widely available in the area, such as Travellers' Tales, Mah Jong and Ancient Greece.
These activities take place in an informal, supportive and social atmosphere where emphasis is on learning and enjoyment of activities rather than the constraints of syllabus and examination.
A General Monthly Meeting, lasting about two hours, takes place so that Members may socialise and be entertained by a variety of interesting speakers. Occasionally there is an opportunity for a performance from a Group or one to one Member interviews.
Day outings are organised to places of interest. Members of the Gardening Group and the Wine Appreciation Group have participated in annual trips of a longer period visiting gardens in the UK and the wine growing areas of Europe.
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September 2014