Odiham District

Home of the u3a covering Odiham, Hook and the surrounding villages

We run nearly 60 groups and monthly talks, fun trips and study days open to all of our over-700 members. Our members run:

  • Creative groups like Creative Writing or Drawing and Painting.
  • Activity-based groups like Pilates, Walking for Pleasure or Pickleball.
  • Discovery-based groups like Science and Technology or Environment and Climate Change.
  • Social groups like Bridge, Members on their Own or Wine Appreciation.
  • Literature groups like Play Reading or Book Groups.

Our members are either retired or are no longer in full-time employment and there is no lower age limit for membership. Our annual membership fee is £20. There may be an extra charge to cover room hire, or if a group uses an external teacher, etc. 


Did you know that we have a friendly bowling group, which meets at the Odiham & North Warnborough Bowling Club on Monday afternoon at 2.00pm, and play until 4.00pm ?

However, there is always time for a break for tea/coffee and biscuits half way through the session. An ideal opportunity for some gossip too!

No experience necessary, and all equipment is provided, all you need is a pair of flat trainer type shoes to wear on the Green.

New members will be given coaching, so don’t be worried about not knowing how to play.

Bowls is a great way to get some gentle exercise in the fresh air and meet new friends.

May - garden visiting moves up a gear

May is the month when the National Garden Scheme shifts into high gear. May, June and July are THE months for garden visiting.

Vann is an intriguing garden south of Godalming with a long history, partly designed by Gertrude Jekyll, and with its own website, open in May, June and July; in the first week in May for the NGS.

For those of you planning to go to Chelsea Flower Show this year, the NGS are having a show garden for the first time ever, designed by multiple gold medal winner Tom Stuart-Smith and Crocus, so make sure you don’t miss it.

And a variety of plants selected for this Chelsea garden will be on sale at another NGS garden, Chilworth Manor, which is south east of Guildford, on June 1st.  

5th June : Working for Auntie - life as a graphic designer at the BBC by Christine Green

Christine started her BBC career as an assistant graphic designer and her first job was animating an extremely large amount of Lego. 

She went on to work on a wide range of programmes including "Our Friends in the North", "Tracy Beaker", "Children's Hospital" and the Queen's Christmas speech and later got the opportunity to direct programmes about art and design for the Schools department and found she was living her dream at Television Centre London W12, one of the most exciting and famous addresses in Britain.

On leaving the BBC Christine started on a varied teaching career - she has run the Film and Animation School at Kingston University, taught at the Oxford Photographers' Workshop, run workshops for BAFTA and has a PGCE from Goldsmiths College. 

u3a nationwide groups

With the advent of video conferencing (e.g. Zoom), it is now possible for the u3a to offer nation-wide groups. For the annual fee of £12, you can attend as many of these groups as you like.

As of 1st May, there were 101 such groups ...

Drawing and Various Mediums, 3D Printing at Home, A Sense of History, Ad Hoc Art, Ancient Rome and the Roman World, Armchair Archaeology, Armchair Travellers, Art Projects, Art Techniques, Arts and Crafts, Astronomy, Book Club, Book Group - Non Fiction, British Cemeteries, Canva (Graphic Design) Group, Canva (Graphic Design) Group 2, Cercle Français (French), Chess Club, Cinema, Cinema 2, Climate Matters, Coffee and Conversation, Concise Talks, Creating Cryptic Crosswords, Creative Calm - Tai Chi Qigong, Crime Corner, Cryptic Crosswords, Current Affairs Discussion, Dance Exercise, Digital Skills, Early Women Doctors Research, Explorers & Travel Writers, Exploring Classical Music, Extreme Knitting: Radical Crochet, Family History, Family History for Beginners, Fashion, Film Reviews, Find Joy and Fun in Poetry 1, Find Joy and Fun in Poetry 2, Forty Questions Quiz, Gardening, Geology, German Fortgeschrittene Dienstag, German Fortgeschrittene Montag, German Group, Get more from MS Excel, Get more from MS Word, In Your Neck of the Woods, Irish History and Culture, Irish Music, Jane Austen Reading group, Jazz Hour, Justice, Law and Society, Latin Advanced, Latin for Beginners, Laughter Yoga, Law for Fun, Local History. Military History, Mindfulness and Poetry for Wellbeing, Modern Pop for Third Agers, More Fun with Maths, Penpals, Philosophy Discussion, Play Reading Group, Poetry Patch, Popup Poetry, Presentation Skills, Psychology 1, Psychology 2, Quiz Zoomers, Railways, Read, Write, Discuss, Recorders Intermediate, Retired Registered Managers, Science and Technology, Science in the News, Shakespeare – Exploring, Shared Art Appreciation, Short Story Book Group 1, Short Story Book Group 2, Smartphone Photo Art, Social History, Talking Art, Welsh Conversation for Learners, What are you reading? 1, What are you reading? 2, What are you reading? 3, What are you reading? 4, What are you reading? 5, Words, Music and Rhyme, Workaround - working around impairment, World History, Writing Fiction and Non-fiction 1, Writing Fiction and Non-fiction 2, Writing for Pleasure, Zentangle Club.

u3a nationwide events

As well as online groups, the u3a also runs online, nation-wide events, very similar to our monthly meetings, but without the tea/coffee and biscuits. Upcoming events are ...

  • Osteoporosis and Bone Health : Fri 3 May at 2 pm
  • 110 Years of Aviation in Hertfordshire : Tues 7 May at 10 am
  • The Harlem Renaissance : Thurs 9 may at 2 pm
  • Religious Mysticism : Fri 13 May at 10 am
  • Turner’s Timeless Treasures : Tues 14 May at 10 am
  • Antibiotics—discovery, mechanisms and future issues : Wed 15th May at 10 am
  • The stories of Eva and Istvan Wirth : Fri 17 May at 2 pm
  • Meeting Online Safety, stay digitally safe : Tues 21 May at 2 pm
  • Cryptic Crosswords for Beginners; 6 session course : Thursdays May & June 10 am
  • Deafness and beyond; Ludwig van Beethoven : Thurs 23 May at 2pm
  • Secrets of the Human Brain 5: Pain & Anaesthetics : Wed 29 May at 2pm