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 nearly-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. 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. 

New group - Creative Writing 3

Due to the creative nature of the u3a members in Odiham, Hook and the surrounding villages, demand for membership to a creative writing group has outstripped supply. And so, a third group has been formed.

Creative Writing 3 will meet on the second Thursday of the month at 10:00am.

The first meeting will be on Thursday, March 14th.

Garden visits - Pam's corner

Some of you will have been on outings with the Garden Appreciation Group. This year, the Group Leader, Pam Foey, can't run the group in the same way since she now has health problems which limit her.

So she has agreed to run "Pam's corner" each month where she will list details of a few local gardens that you might like to visit.

In the February edition, Pam lists gardens where you can see snowdrops.

March 6th : Scattered squalor or downland homes. Dr Geoffrey Mead

Between the wars there was an enormous growth in British suburban housing, but not all were Tudorbethan semis with clipped lawns and an Austin 7 in the drive.

Many were what are now termed 'plotlands', but in the past had harsher terms applied- hutments, track and shack or simply shanty towns…a term now viewed with much disfavour!

As a result of research for his doctorate Geoffrey studied these plotlands in various UK locations, their origins, growth, demise and even disappearance.

They are a largely ignored aspect of our housing history but one that has implications for present day and future UK landscapes.