Annual Program 2023-2024
The u3a year 2023-2024 started in September 2023.
Odiham and District u3a's history
Odiham and District u3a was started in September 2010 as a result of the enthusiasm of members from Odiham, Hook and the surrounding villages to pursue new interests together, make new friends and to enjoy different activities at their own pace.
The Odiham and District u3a works as a learning and leisure co-operative to share interests, knowledge and skills: regardless of previous experience. In other words there are no formal qualifications needed to join - just an open mind!
Odiham District u3a now has nearly 700 members, from Odiham, Hook and the surrounding villages who are no longer in full-time employment.
We are part of the International u3a movement founded in France in 1972. In 1982 it started in the UK under three founding fathers who shared a common vision: one where older people had access to different activities by controlling it themselves. There is neither a lower nor an upper age limit and no qualifications are required or given. What makes u3a unique is the fact that everything is done by its members for its members.
Learning. Laughing. Living.
Activity Groups are the core part of the ethos of a u3a and one of the priorities is to ensure a wide range of successful groups available for members. The success of our groups is the direct result of the inspiration, leadership and efforts of our groupship teams.
The style of meeting is informal and friendly in varying sizes of groups. Some members lead groups, some share tasks - it is up to each individual as to how committed and involved he or she becomes.
Keeping in touch
There is a Monthly Meeting for all members in the 16th century Cross Barn in Odiham on the first Wednesday of every month.
It features a programme of lively and interesting speakers as well as announcements of future events and group news. The meeting starts with a cup of tea or coffee and biscuits, and enables members to engage in relaxed conversation and exchange of ideas before a talk on anything from beekeeping to climbing Everest.
You can get more information on the schedule on our Monthly Meetings webpage.
Our Odiham District u3a newsletter is an excellent way to keep in touch with all that we do. When you become a member, you are automatically registered to receive the newsletter by email.
Country-wide u3a initiatives
The website for the nationwide u3a can be found here.
All nationwide u3a initiatives are available at u3a Learning Programme.
Events which require members to book are at u3a Educational Events.