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Who are we?

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.

Annual Group Leaders Meeting - welcoming group

Annual Group Leaders Meeting - Chris, our Webmaster, answering questions

Around and about - bridge group 4 Tue

International Folk Dancing Group - Wimborne Folk Festival

Updates for 2018 - u3a at shake and stir

Third Age Films - Discussing the next shot

Around and about - badminton - thursday

International Folk Dancing Group - Christchurch Day of Dance

Around and about - Tuesday evening snooker

Lets Dance Group Christmas Tea Dance - Eric giving some tuition

Vintage Brass - Baritones and Horns

Gardening Group - Making Christmas decorations Wreath

Around and about - MOTOR BIKE CLUB

Around and about - walking group Thursday am

Plaform Performances - platform group

Around and about - indoor bowls on Wednesday

International Folk Dancing Group - Thursday morning action

Gardening Group - Making Christmas decorations7

Gardening Group - Making Christmas decorations4

Around and about - singing thursday 1

Around and about - table tennis - group

International Folk Dancing Group - Quay day of dance 2

U3A Singers - U3A Singers

Longer Walks - IMG_20200206_121756

Lets Dance Group Christmas Tea Dance - dance practice

Third Age Films - On location in Boscombe 1

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.

OUTDOOR GROUPS 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.

INDOOR GROUPS 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.

EXERCISE/SPORTS GROUPS 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.

2021-22 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