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We are a small and friendly U3A branch serving the areas of Ash, Ash Vale, Normandy, Mytchett and the villages on the borders of South West Surrey and North East Hampshire. We currently have 29 interest groups covering a range of subjects, (more in the pipeline), a monthly meeting, usually with a speaker, and the occasional special event.

The U3A (University of the Third Age) is an international association of independent groups of people, retired or semi-retired, who keep mind and body in trim pursuing educational, cultural and recreational interests. There is no lower age limit for joining and, as long as you are not in full time employment, you will be made very welcome. Over 1,000 U3As have been formed throughout the UK and many other countries have similar organisations. The UK web site of the national organisation, the Third Age Trust is http://www.u3a.org.uk

Established in 2000, Ash U3A now has a membership in excess of 300. A monthly meeting is held at St Peter’s Centre on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 2.30 pm. Generally there is a guest speaker from outside the area or there is an alternative activity. Group meetings are held at many locations, depending upon the nature of the activity, that includes The Ash Centre, St Peter’s Centre, Victoria Hall, the Mytchett Centre and members’ homes.

Members pay an annual subscription (currently £10) and can join as many groups as they wish. This subscription covers central administration costs and a capitation fee to the Third Age Trust. The fee is kept low because the framework of the U3A is that it is run by its members and each group is responsible for itself. Some activity groups, may need additional funding to cover the cost of hall hire, materials, etc.

If you are interested in finding out more about us, please contact our Membership Secretary, Eileen Monds, on 01252 337460, who will send you an information pack including a membership application form. Click here to download a copy of the membership form

If you have any queries about Ash U3A feel free to contact us

Monthly Meetings List of U3A Events What’s on this Month Deals and Offers

Groups

Ambling

Modest walking activity of 2 – 3 miles, about 1 hour.

Art & Paint for All

A small group of approximately 7-8 people who get together and do our own thing using pastels, watercolour, oils, acrylics, collage, graphite and/or colour pencils, whatever takes your fancy!

Book Circle

Each month we all have the same book to read provided by Ash Library and ordered by our co-ordinator

Blues Appreciation

new group…

Bridge

The Bridge Group is a particularly friendly group who play Duplicate Bridge using the ACOL system and players need to have some knowledge of the game.

Crafty Crafters

We meet monthly at a members home to swap and share ideas and enjoy our interests in various crafts

Enjoying Gardening

This group which was set up for anyone who likes gardening and gardens from the keen amateurs to those who just like to dabble or wander around beautiful gardens.

Family History

The aim of our Family History group is to help each other to make progress with research, share success and pitfalls.

Healthy Walking

Planned walks about 3 to 4 miles taking around 1 ½ to 1 ¾ hours at a steady pace.

History of Art and Architecture

Meeting each month for a presentation on topics which range widely across the subject.

Jazz

This group aims at bringing together lovers of jazz of all types to listen to, discuss and learn a bit about Jazz.

Mah Jong Afternoon

No prior knowledge necessary – learn a new game in a friendly atmosphere of mixed gender, all welcome.

Mah Jong Evening

No prior knowledge necessary – learn a new game in a friendly atmosphere of mixed gender, all welcome.

MOTO

A group for Members On Their Own who participate with variable and flexible activities.

Music Appreciation

Meeting every fourth week when a member prepares a programme of mostly classical music of their own choice frequently with a theme

Poetry for Pleasure

a small group of poetry lovers who meet fortnightly in a member’s home to read poetry aloud and learn about the person who wrote the poems

Quiz Team

Members form a pool of quizzers who represent the U3A at local events.

Rambling

Circa 5 mile walks with a group of 50 plus members who enjoy the pleasure of each other’s company whilst also enjoying the ever-changing English countryside

Reading Group

No description available

Science & Technology

We explore (lightly) all areas of science and technology, including engineering, through a mix of talks by members, visiting speakers, DVDs and ‘away day’ visits.

Scottish Country Dancing

This lively group learns an ever growing repertoire of traditional dances for enjoyment and exercise.

Scrabble

The Scrabble group number 5/6 members and would welcome any new members who are interested in joining them for their twice monthly meetings.

Social Craft

Members meet every two weeks to enjoy a craft session and a cup of tea.

Social History

A group of amateur historians interested in how ordinary people lived rather than the great topics of national and political history.

Table Tennis

The number of members is restricted by the size of the current venue but if you think you might like to play please gt in contact

Tai Chi

Tai Chi is practised all over the world by millions of people.  Anyone can join in at any time – it’s a ‘doing’ group not a learning group. New members are always welcome

Thursday Lunchers

Meeting once a month to exchange thoughts and anecdotes to continue the existing camaraderie within the group.

Travelogue

Meeting to talk about holiday experiences, show pictures and exchange ideas on travel.

Writing for Pleasure

Writing for pleasure is always our aim, But to masterpieces we cannot lay claim…

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