Welcome to our website
The website of the Chinnor and District U3A. A place to find information about the 30+ groups which make up our U3A and to explore the fields of interest they pursue. We are constantly evolving and new groups are on the horizon. As a member, you'll enjoy all the benefits of belonging to the U3A, and be able to take part in all our activities, enjoy our monthly talks & presentations and meet like-minded people. Our U3A has no age restrictions but you must be Retired, Semi-retired or NOT in full time employment.
As a non-member / visitor, who has recently or is about to retire, maybe one of our groups will appeal to you. Please visit the GROUPS page to find out what they offer. To see some of the activities we have been involved in, have a look at our Biannual Contact Newsletter.
Our groups regularly organise outings and holidays which fit in with some of the other interest groups too, so there is something for everyone. Our aim, is to learn. With age comes experience and wisdom which our members gladly share with each other, come and join us.
And now a message from our Chairman, Rosie Hetherington...
Since last writing I have been getting to know our U3A much better – by visiting various Groups, NOT spying as someone said (jokingly I hope!) – but to see how they work, what makes them tick.
Without exception all the co-ordinators and members have made me feel welcome, and it has been an eye opener for me. I was getting bogged down in all the nitty gritty of being a new Chairman – understanding the rules and regs, getting used to running Monthly Meetings etc. But now I feel the U3A has come to life – I have come away from various groups with my head in a spin, and with a list of groups I’d like to join once my stint as Chairman is finished.
First I visited one of the Craft Groups. Being such a butterfingers I didn’t even attempt to join in with making one of the TLC cards that the group was doing, but everyone was so chatty it was a delight to be there. I’ve been to three of the Music Groups, Creative Writing, History and Art History. I was a bit apprehensive about going to this group, as I know nothing about art, but as two current members said, they didn’t know anything about art either which is why they joined! I enjoyed Playreading and was so enthralled by my visit to French Beginners that I actually signed up to keep on going! At the time of writing I have definite dates to go to Family History and Digital Photography too.
I must also mention the groups that I have been a member of for quite some time – Walking, Reading and Gardening. All three are popular, and I have made several friends through being in these groups.
From these visits I have learnt that we have so many knowledgeable people willing to share their expertise, and we have people eager to learn and grow in confidence by sharing their new found knowledge. I have been able to get to know members that I hadn’t really known before. I realise more than ever that groups are both educational and entertaining, and, as I said before, it is a great way to make friends.
Of course you too can visit and join as many groups as you like. I’d encourage you to do so. If there isn’t a group that caters for your interests at the moment talk to Ann Long, our Interest Group Secretary. She can advise you how to go about starting a group. I’ll willingly support you too.
In a nutshell, since I have been visiting groups, my heart sings – Love, Live U3A!