U3A September Newsletter


Dear Members,

If you made it to our Enrolment Morning, I'm sure you would agree it was very busy and great fun! Margaret Green, membership secretary, says, 'We had a positive horde of eager members, and I am delighted to say we had 132 renewing, loads of members collecting pre-paid cards and 21 new members'.

If you have;

·        already renewed your membership and were unable to collect it on Wednesday, it will be posted to you in due course

·        not yet renewed your membership but intend to, please complete the form inside the U3A Booklet and write a cheque for £15 made payable to 'Odiham District U3A'. This can be either given to Margaret Green, Membership Secretary, at our Monthly Meeting , Wednesday 4th September at the Cross Barn, or post to Mrs M. K. Green, 24, Angel Meadows, Odiham, Hook, Hants RG29 1AR

·        decided not to be a member this year, please let Margaret know either by post or email her at members@odihamu3a.org.uk


If you need any further help with your membership, please contact Margaret at members@odihamu3a.org.uk or phone 01256 704448.

Lost and Found!  Following our clear up after Enrolment day, we found a pair of ladies glasses, unfortunately there were also two items reported lost -  a pair of men's glasses and a lady's bracelet.  Please let us know if you can help retrieve or find an owner for any of the above.


Cross Barn Monthly Meeting

Wednesday 4th September:  Colin Hobbs - It's Impossible! The Competition to be the first to fly the Atlantic


Colin Hobbs has spent almost all his career (over 35 years) in the civil aviation industry, managing Airports and Airlines and has a deep knowledge of the business. He is a retired Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Transport and the Chartered Institute of Marketing.
He will tell us the story of the battle to be the first to conquer flights across the Atlantic Ocean including the competition between Britain and the USA and the incredible courage of those who tried. We will find out who won in the end.



Groups News

Following our Enrolment Morning, we have received some suggestions for new groups.


Song writing: We introduce the basic concepts of song writing such as song structures, lyrical forms, melody, etc., while drawing on familiar songs as examples. During each session participants will work together and will write at least one song.  Some musical knowledge would be an advantage but is not essential, nor is possession of an instrument – we all have songs within us.

There may also be the possibility to record or perform work dependent on interest. Group size 8-10.


Recorder Playing: an informal group, meeting one a month to play recorders together. We would play a mix of classical and popular music. Group size 6-8 depending on the venue.


IT: A group designed to help people get the best out of their computer. Further details will be given in due course.


Walking: Would anyone be interested in helping to set up a group for people who would prefer to walk 2-3 miles locally? Some of our members would like to walk in a group but cannot manage the 5-6 miles covered by the current walking group.


If you are interested in any of the above, or have further ideas and would be willing to help organise a group, please contact Nicki Baker or Philip Nash on groups@odihamu3a.org.uk



Last chance to join us on the following trip;

Thursday 26th September - A day trip to Brighton with optional visit to the Royal Pavilion

The day will consist of an optional 1 ½ hour 'A Closer Look' guided tour of the Royal Pavilion with an experienced guide who will bring to life the royal regency and unique history of the Pavilion. If you prefer, you can visit the Pavilion without a guide in your own time.  Alternatively you may wish to have the whole day to yourself exploring Brighton.

For those who choose to visit the Pavilion there will be free time to either explore other nearby museums, the famous Lanes for shopping/eateries or for the brave hearted a possible trip up the ‘Doughnut!’

Transport: Departing Odiham High Street 8.30am (Bus Stop outside Fountains Mall); Depart Brighton 5 pm.

Cost: Please choose which option you prefer & make cheques payable to ‘Odiham District U3A’ for the correct amount.

-         Coach, entry to Pavilion and Guided Tour ( 1 ½ hr ): £44

-         Coach and entry to Pavilion only (no guide): £36.25

-         Coach only: £23.50

Friday November 1st  - Sir Ian McKellen On Stage with Tolkien, Shakespeare, Others and You, Harold Pinter Theatre, London

This trip is now full but members are welcome to put their names on a waiting list.

New trip

Friday 13th December - Christmas concert at Winchester Cathedral 7pm: An evening of music, laughter and delight with award winning comedian Hugh Dennis and hosted by BBC South Today's Sally Taylor.


Cost: £41 plus coach (cost of coach and departure times tbc.).


We have managed to purchase 30 tickets for this event.  For those who put their names down on Enrolment Morning we will be taking payment at the monthly meeting on Wednesday 4th September. Cheques should be made payable to 'Odiham District U3A'.


Kathy and Sally can be contacted at trips@odihamu3a.org.uk as well as in the foyer at the monthly meetings.



The Events team, Liz and Pauline can be found in the foyer of the Cross Barn at the monthly meetings or email events@odihamu3a.org.uk