Test Villages U3A

University of the Third Age

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Welcome to the Test Villages U3A Website

Test Villages University of the Third Age


Welcome to the Test Villages U3A.  Set up in 2010, Test Villages U3A  serves the villages of Kings Somborne, Stockbridge, Longstock, the Tytherleys, Houghton, Broughton, the Wallops, Clatford, Wherwell, Barton Stacey and Chilbolton and the other village communities in this area.

General meetings with speakers are held on the first Wednesday of each month at Longstock Village Hall, from 2 to 4pm. Monthly meetings are well attended and our speakers cover an interesting and diverse range of subjects (see the monthly meetings link on the left). The programme for 2018 is in place and promises to be as interesting and diverse as this year's.

Members are encouraged to share their knowledge and talents, and our U3A groups reflect our members' interests. Our groups are varied and active (see links on the left). We welcome suggestions for new groups.

 If you are interested in joining or would like to know more please contact  Geoff Thompson (01264 782771),, Ed Farrand (01264 860492), or Liz Ottley (01794 301511).  Membership is open to anyone over 50, who is no longer in full time employment, and is resident in the Test Villages area, subject to our limit on numbers


Test Villages U3A 2017 AGM


The 2017 Test Villages U3A AGM will take place on 4th October at 2.00pm at Longstock Village Hall.

For the 2017 AGM agenda (click here)

For the 2016-2017 accounts click here (2017 accounts)

2016 AGM

Last year's Test Villages U3A AGM was held on 5th October 2016.

For draft minutes of the 2016 AGM click here (agm2016)


Social Events

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We generally hold two social events throughout the year, one before Christmas and one outdoor event in the summer.

The 2017 summer social event was a garden party in Over Wallop on Thursday 29th June and raised £608 for the Countess of Brecknock Hospice.

The 2016 summer social event was a garden party in Over Wallop on Friday 17th June and raised £500 for Andover Young Carers.

The 2015 summer social event was a garden party in Chilbolton on Thursday 16th July and raised £500 for the Royal National Lifeboats Institution.

The 2014 summer social event was a garden party in Chilbolton on Tuesday 24th June and raised £600 for the Alex Lewis Trust.

The 2013 summer social event was a garden party held on Thursday 27th June at Horsebridge Station and raised approx £620 for the Countess of Brecknock Hospice, (Andover Hospital)

The Summer Social Event 2012 was a Garden Party in Stockbridge on 15th June and the event raised £595 for Age UK.



Virtual U3A


The Virtual U3A (vU3A), which went live in January 2009, is an online-only U3A, affiliated to the Third Age Trust. One of its principal aims is to provide the U3A experience for those who are rendered isolated in some way by circumstances or geography and unable to play a full part in a terrestrial U3A. More information is available on the public website www.vu3a.org where one can also apply for membership. Why not pay it a visit? And if you know of anyone who might benefit, please pass the information on.



November Monthly Meeting


The next general meeting is on Wednesday 1st November at 2.00pm in Longstock Village Hall. 

The speaker is Mark Watts and his lecture is entitled "Winchester Prison: Past and Present". 

See the monthly meetings link on the left for a  list of past and forthcoming speakers and titles.  

Prospective new members are invited to come along, or contact a committee member.  See "contact us" link (on left) but please check eligibility; see "FAQs".  


Tell us what you think


Your comments on how we might develop Test Villages U3A are always welcome - please let us know your ideas on the comment form below. We are always looking for co-ordinators and many of our existing groups are keen to recruit additional active members.

If transport is a problem, please let us know, this can usually be provided by other members.



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We are grateful to local businesses who have supported us by donating raffle prizes for charity events.
Abbots Mitre Chilbolton
A traditional English pub offering freshly cooked and prepared food using locally sourced ingredients.
Chilbolton Village Shop
Chilbolton Village Shop in the Heart of the Test Valley
Garden Inn
Decorative Ideas for Garden, Home and Outdoor Living
Clos du Marquis
For the best of French Cuisine in the heart of the Test Valley
John Robinson
High Quality Butcher
Stockbridge Community Cinema
A community organisation that exists to provide screenings of quality films.