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Meetings at QMC

If you are not a member of our u3a and would like to join, please click here.  We normally hold a meeting each month which all members are welcome to attend. Information is disseminated as necessary by the chair, committee or group leaders and an external speaker is introduced. There is time after the speaker has finished for refreshments, with a chance to catch up with old friends and make new ones. We also hold our Annual General Meeting in July, our Meet and Greet afternoon in September and sometimes a New Members meeting (see Events page for details).

Monthly meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month, from 13:30 to 15:30, at Queen Mary's College, Cliddesden Road, Basingstoke, RG21 3HF. Click here for maps and directions.

Suggestions for speakers are always welcome - please use the Contact us form to send us your ideas.

You are welcome to bring a friend or neighbour to our monthly meeting too, so that they can find out more about us and feel encouraged to become a member. If you do bring somebody along, please make sure their name and email are recorded separately by members on our reception tables.


Forthcoming Meetings at QMC

  • 8th February 2023 - My Great Aunt Constance and the Civilian Burma Trek in 1942. The presenter's great aunt was a woman of high social status, a wife of a British official, born in 1898. This is her account of her life in Burma and the story of a civilian trek in 1942 involving thousands of people who had to face for the first time in their lives, an arduous hike across some of the world's most treacherous terrain, dealing with monsoon climatic rivers, jungles and steep mountain ranges and dangerous wildlife. We learn how life in Rangoon, a rich, stylish and exciting destination, change overnight and the juxtapose of a situation where there was no possibility of turning back but only in moving forward.
  • 8th March 2023 Basingstoke Foodbank - Generosity and Need. We look behind the scenes of an extraordinary organisation.    We hear about the remarkable generosity of the people of Basingstoke but also the heartbreaking stories of local residents who, through no fault of their own,  struggle to meet their weekly needs.    Learn about Paula's "army" of volunteers and the variety of jobs they do.

Previous 2022 monthly meetings at QMC

  • For January, February and March 2022, we held online meetings on Zoom,  with fascinating talks on the British Museum, the Chelsea Flower Show and the making of the film War Horse.

  • In April and May 2022, we returned to QMC for face-to-face meetings and refreshments at Queen Mary's Hall, with talks entitled Keep Calm I'm an air traffic controller and You the jury.

  • In July, one of our members gave a talk entitled My Shirley Valentine Experience, followed  by our Annual General Meeting and refreshments.

  • In October, we had great fun, taxing our brains in a team quiz event, with teams arranged on the day.

  • In November, an external speaker talked about the history and mystery of hypnosis. We were very relieved that nobody got hypnotised during his talk!

  • In December, Tony provided a small choir, who were absolutely brilliant.  They sang five short choir-only carols and Tony then led the audience in Away in a Manger and O Come All Ye Faithful. Seasonal refreshments were available before and after the meeting, to welcome in the festive period together.

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