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


December Monthly Meeting


The next general meeting is on Wednesday 6th Dcember at 2.00pm in Longstock Village Hall. 

This will be our Christmas Social and details of the event are shown in the neighbouring article.  Please request a ticket if you wish to come.

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 to general meetings, or contact a committee member.  See "contact us" link (on left) but please check eligibility; see "FAQs".  


Test Villages U3A 2017 AGM


The 2017 Test Villages U3A AGM took 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)

For draft minutes of the 2017 AGM click here (agm2017)


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.



Christmas Social Event


The U3A Test Villages Christmas Party 2017 will be held in Longstock Hall on Wednesday 6th December at 2pm.

This year we are thrilled to announce that Dr Michael Leach will be our guest speaker. Michael will be entertaining and educating us with his superbly illustrated presentation of The Natural History of Christmas. Michael is a fulltime wildlife author and photographer and a RSPB and National Trust approved speaker who has given more than 1500 talks in many different countries. https://www.michael-leach.co.uk/

Michael will be ably supported by our very own Singing For Fun Group who will delight us with their Yuletide selection.

Drinks and Christmas nibbles will be provided.

This promises to be an excellent event and we hope to see you all there. Tickets are available at the incredibly low price of £2 per person.  If you don't have a ticket and want to come please email your application for tickets to our Treasurer Paul Kidd (click here).


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.