This page contains a brief description of some of our various activities, together with advice on how to form a group if your particular interest is not covered. Note that a list of all current groups can be found on the Groups page.

Activities covered below are:-

If you cannot find a group that interests you, then why not Form a New Group ?

A Guide to Walking Groups

Andover U3A has three walking and two strollers groups each with its own slightly different strategy.   Read on to find a group that suits you.

Walkers 1  Let us start with Walkers 1 who walk on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month.   This group prefers to take a leisurely pace with time to chat and take in the views.  They take about 2ľ hours to do about 8 kilometres (that is 5 miles in old money).   In practice walks vary according to the terrain, the more hills the shorter the route.   With the standard 10.30 ramble-off walkers are out of their boots ready for lunch well before 1 oíclock.

Walkers 2  The Walkers 2 group, who walk on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays, like a slightly brisker pace and with the same time constraint can manage up to 6 miles, occasionally a little over if stops are kept to a minimum.

Tuesday Walkers   The Tuesday Group has a different strategy, being primarily for those who like to walk fast and longer distances than the other groups.   With exercise foremost, there is little time to chat except at the short mid-point stop and lunch is not normally part of the curriculum.   Meeting at the Iron Bridge on Micheldever Road, Andover, at 9am, they aim to be back between 11 and 11.30.

At the other end of the scale are the two groups of Strollers who, as the name indicates, prefer a gentler way to keep fit.

Strollers 1 (Thursday Strollers)   The Strollers 1 group meets on the 1st & 3rd Thursday of the month.   They aim to keep walks to 2 - 4 miles long, taking between 1 & 2 hours, giving time to lean on a few farm gates before enjoying lunch.

Strollers 2 (Tuesday Strollers)   The Strollers 2 group meets on the 2nd & 4th Tuesday of the month. Walks are between 2 1/2 to 3 miles maximum, normally taking about 1 1/2 to 2 hours and finishing with a pub lunch.   This is a very social group who enjoy chatting en route and taking in the English countryside.

Lunch   Regarding lunch, you need to know that U3A prefers to walk off-road in the country. Unfortunately there are few cafes out in the sticks so you will find most walks start and finish at a village pub that does reasonable food.  However, please donít get the idea that lunch is a boozerís paradise.   There are normally more soft drinks and coffee cups than pint glasses on the lunch tables.   Of course, staying for lunch is not compulsory.

A few essentials

      You will need transport. About 50% of venues are within 10 miles of Andover with a few over 20 miles away. Most people share cars.

      You will be expected to be suitably attired, pay attention to your own safety and generally keep to the pace of the walk leader.

Walkers take turns to organise and lead walks once they have become established. Coaching is available and nobody is turned away if they find it too difficult.

So if you are interested, get in touch with the leader of your preferred group:   itís as simple as that.   Trial walks are the norm and if you are up to it, you can join more than one group.

To contact Walkers 1 click here   

To contact Walkers 2 click here   

To contact Tuesday Walkers click here  

To contact Strollers 1 click here  

To contact Strollers 2 click here or click here

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Home Handyperson Group

As indicated by the title, this group is designed to take the mystique out of the small technical jobs that arise around the home.  The aim is to learn about electrical, water and central heating systems and what you can do yourself to solve problems before calling in a tradesman.  You will learn about the tools needed for tasks and use them to fit an electric plug, investigate a dripping tap and fix something on a wall.  You will also learn the precautions to take and the pitfalls that await the unwary.

This practical groupís activities can be tailored to meet the requirements of the members, so if there are other jobs around the home that you feel you might tackle, come along and learn in a light-hearted way how to be your own home handyperson.

The group will
start with the basics, but will welcome back several members who have joined during the year. We meet in the Burghclere Down Community Centre Meeting Room at 2 pm on the last Friday of the month. If you would like to join us, please come along. 

To contact the Group Leader, Derek Grimston, click here 

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Gardens Group

We do a Garden visit on the second Wednesday of the month.   Details of the Garden and how to get there are circulated beforehand.   We normally car share however, when we go further afield, a coach is organised.

In February we will meet at Clatford Village Hall for a planning afternoon and tea and cakes.   The members of the group suggest Gardens they either know about or have researched themselves;   details of the coming year's programme will be circulated after the meeting.

To contact the Group Leader, Gill Todd click here

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The group meets twice a month on the 1st & 2nd Friday from 2-5pm, except for the Friday nearest to Easter and the 2nd Friday in December.  We meet in membersí houses but this is dependent on the host/hostess being able to accommodate the numbers and is entirely on a voluntary basis.

To contact the Group Leaders, Peter and Diane Merry, click here

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Creative Writing

The Creative Writing group meets monthly (usually 3rd Wednesday of the month 2:30 pm Ė new members please confirm) in the group leaderís house, we decide on a subject, genre, style etc to write about for the next meeting. Members read extracts from what has been produced during the month (or the morning before etc that may or may not have a bearing on the task set etc etc), in order to discuss and hear feedback from the other members.

To contact the group leader click here

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Family History

We have changed the name of the group from Genealogy to Family History as it better reflects the groupís aims.

We meet at 2.00pm on the 3rd Wednesday of the month to exchange news, views, ideas and helpful suggestions on researching our family trees and histories. New members are always welcome and will find plenty of help and advice.

To contact the group leader click here

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Photography Three

We meet on the first Friday of each month at Burghclere Hall at 3pm. † The members produce three A4 pictures presented on A2†mount board†for a monthly topic and these are commented on by the group. †

We also try to have a Ďlearning topicí, such as composition or depth of field, which one of the members researches and presents after which the whole group joins in a general discussion. †

We have a nice split of male / female members and also a good range of experience, with some happy to use compact cameras while others have more sophisticated equipment. † Our aim is to encourage the†taking and production of better photographs.

To contact the group leader, David Rae,
click here

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The Guitar Group

New members are welcome and may contact me on my home number, 01264 729155. We meet every Wednesday from 10.30 till 12.00.   To contact the Group Leader, Stuart Hinkin, click here

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Forming a New Group

Does the Andover U3A cover the subjects that interest you?

Are you satisfied with the content of the subjects covered?

If none of the existing groups cover the particular subjects that interest you then something can be done about it.

First and foremost we need a group of like-minded members to come together. These can be identified by someone putting an article in the newsletter or asking for an announcement at one of the monthly meetings. Then, simply arrange a get-together at a convenient location in order to discuss what is required and how you are going to achieve it. In particular, determine who is going to be the group leader.

Iím sure there is a considerable misconception on exactly what the duties of a group leader might be:

All the group leader has to do is to co-ordinate the activities of the group, i.e. keep everyone informed of what is going on, together with where and when. It will be handy if the leader has access to e-mail, as this is the cheap and convenient method of maintaining contact with group members, but of course there is always snail-mail & telephone to fall back on.

The subject of where to meet really depends upon the nature of the group. For instance it is little problem for a Bridge Group to rotate around membersí houses, but where a particular piece (or pieces) of equipment are required you may be limited to one particular home, or if numbers necessitate, you could hire one of the local community centres as a meeting place. Simplest of all is the likes of the Gardens Group who meet outside, at various locations, for their activity.

Whatever you choose, of course, has to be paid for, whether it be a local community hall, the services of an outside tutor or refreshments at a personís home. In this we insist that each group be self-financing. Our £8 overall membership fee could not possibly cover the necessary costs of every group.

So if there isn't a group that fully meets your needs, please consider starting a new group. It is not difficult or time-consuming and indeed there is a great deal of satisfaction to be gained. If you would like to talk this through with the Groups Co-ordinator or one of the committee members, please do so.   Help is always at hand.

To contact our Groups Co-ordinator,   Richard Selley   click here

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Page last updated 10 May 2018


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