We normally hold a meeting where all members are welcome to attend and more than 100 people usually do so. 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 a cup of tea or coffee and a biscuit, with a chance to catch up with old friends and make new ones.
These meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month, from 14:00 to 16:00. They will only resume when UK Government guidelines allow this again. Once they do, they will be held at Queen Mary's College, Cliddesden Road, Basingstoke, RG21 3HF.
Suggestions for speakers are always welcome - please contact the Programme Secretary using the Contact us form.
Linda has organised monthly webinars for us while we still can’t meet together. Members have thoroughly enjoyed one on Queen Victoria, one on Big Ben, one celebrating Christmas, ’30 years of travel in China’, "Heroes and villains of the Basingstoke canal". In March, Tony Harris took us back into Tudor history as Henry VIII, in costume, talking about his life and his wives!
In April, one of our members gave a very interesting presentation about Percy Hobart, one of the unsung heroes behind D-Day. In April, we shared a talk with the Overton u3a on “Cascade Gardens - Jungle to Paradise”. In May, we had a Mirthy talk on the “Life of Grace Kelly”. In June, we had a talk by Barry Linton, on "Cyber Security - Keeping you safe in an electronic age". Developed in conjunction with Essex Police, this talk discussed some of the very latest threats that are particularly aimed at the U3A generation, with a Q&A session at the end . On July 14th, we had a very informative and interesting talk by 2 of our members on the Samaritans and the work that they do for the Samaritans. All members are welcome to attend. Instructions to register have been sent out for the meeting via Beacon.