Christchurch University of the Third Age (U3A) offers a programme of educational and leisure activities for those not in full-time employment, and is part of a worldwide movement. Members with similar interests meet during the day in small groups, usually weekly or fortnightly and at various venues. The main aim is to advance the education of retired & semi-retired people and assist them in pursuing their interests within a social environment.
Around and about - walking group Thursday am
Plaform Performances - platform group
Gardening Group - Making Christmas decorations Wreath
Lets Dance Group Christmas Tea Dance - dance practice
Around and about - badminton - thursday
Around and about - bridge group 4 Tue
Vintage Brass - Baritones and Horns
International Folk Dancing Group - Christchurch Day of Dance
Around and about - MOTOR BIKE CLUB
Around and about - Tuesday evening snooker
Gardening Group - Making Christmas decorations4
Gardening Group - Making Christmas decorations7
Annual Group Leaders Meeting - welcoming group
Around and about - table tennis - group
International Folk Dancing Group - Wimborne Folk Festival
Longer Walks - IMG_20200206_121756
Third Age Films - On location in Boscombe 1
Annual Group Leaders Meeting - Chris, our Webmaster, answering questions
Around and about - indoor bowls on Wednesday
Lets Dance Group Christmas Tea Dance - Eric giving some tuition
Updates for 2018 - u3a at shake and stir
Third Age Films - Discussing the next shot
International Folk Dancing Group - Thursday morning action
International Folk Dancing Group - Quay day of dance 2
U3A Singers - U3A Singers
Around and about - singing thursday 1
LATEST GROUP STATUS
Outdoor Groups operating with effect from 29th March 2021
Gardening Group 2
Cycling Groups (subject to Cycling UK limits)
Click on 'Our Groups' in left hand menu for status of all groups
COVID update (dated 23rd Mar 2021)
Please click here to see latest status regarding restarting groups.
RESTARTING GROUPS 2021
Spring is almost upon us and we are looking forward to warmer days and - hopefully - meeting up once more before too long. Your committee met on 22nd March and this email is to inform you of the reopening plans as we currently see them. Many venues have not yet advised us when they will open so everything is still subject to change.
The good news is that from 29th March any Outdoor groups can resume subject to the rule of 6. This includes both Tennis Groups and Golf which are planning to resume shortly thereafter.
Allotments, Birdwatching, Motorcycling and Gardening groups can resume and Gardening Group 2 is planning a return from Zoom to six meeting in a garden from April. At the moment it looks like Cycling and Walking groups will not resume while still subject to Rule of 6. Photography is operating on Zoom and could start again outdoors with small numbers. Group Leaders will contact their groups when they are planning to restart.
We had hoped that we would have clearer advice by now on when indoor classes can resume. Although Community Centres can reopen on 12th April there don’t seem to be any changes which would facilitate our groups meeting indoors at this date. We will keep you informed if there are developments as Government advice is unclear whether 17th May will be OK for such groups or not.
The following groups have been operating by Zoom or email: Reading Groups 1/2, Creative Writing for Fun/Creative Writing, Current Affairs, Maths IS Fun, Exploring Maths, Poetry Writing Exploring Shakespeare and Photography.
The roadmap suggests that, from 17th May, indoor exercise groups can resume subject to the COVID safe rules that existed in September 2020 - so we are planning for Badminton, Table Tennis, Short Mat Bowls, Short Tennis, Gentle Mobilisation, International Folk Dancing and Kee-eep Dancing to start again at this time.
Groups starting the term on 17th May may continue until 31st July, if the Group Leader wishes to extend their schedule. Please consult your Group Leader for their dates.
Outdoor groups of up to 30 people will be allowed from this date so Cycling, Motorcycling and Walking groups could recommence then.
We anticipate a normal academic year starting on 20th September. Further details about Membership and Programme launch will be sent out in due course. Anticipated term dates:
Mon 20 Sept - Fri 10 Dec - 12 weeks
Mon 10 Jan - Fri 1 April - 12 weeks
Mon 25 April - Fri 1 July - 10 weeks