Test Villages U3A

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Welcome to the Test Villages U3A Website

Introduction to U3A


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. It  is a relatively new group but we already have more than 200 members. For eligibility see FAQs (on left).  

The Test Villages U3A was officially opened at the Grosvenor Hotel in Stockbridge on Wednesday 3rd November 2010.  Over 80 people turned up for the launch and to hear the first guest speaker. The committee have been delighted at the interest shown in the monthly meetings, visits and the various interest groups that have since started up (see links on left). The fifth AGM was held on 7th October 2015. For the Constitution, Aims and Objectives and the present Committee see "about us" (link on left).

General meetings with speakers are held on the first Wednesday of each month at Longstock Village Hall, from 2 to 4pm. Anyone who is interested in joining or would like to know more please contact  Kim Candler (01264 811776), Ed Farrand (01264 860492)  or Chris Backwell (01264 861406).


Test Villages U3A 2015 AGM


The 2015 Test Villages U3A AGM took place on 7th October at 2.00pm at Longstock Village Hall..

For draft minutes of the 2015 AGM click here (agm2015)

For the 2015 AGM agenda click here (agenda2015).

For the 2014-2015 accounts click here (acounts).


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 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.



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.


Next Monthly Meeting and Summer Social


The next meeting is on Wednesday 1st June at 2.00pm at Longstock Village Hall.  

The speaker is Alan Turton and his talk is entitled "The Mary Rose". 

Our Summer Social will be held on Friday 17th June from 5.00-7.00pm at Overbrook House, Over Wallop by kind permission of Geoff and Chris Thompson.  Further details will be available shortly.

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".  




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.




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