Welcome to Milford & District U3A — where retired and semi-retired people can come together and learn together

Range of Activities

The following groups have their own pages:

Next Meeting...

Friday 11th November 2016

2pm Talk by Darshan Baidoo

The Cheshire Homes

The local home for those with physical disabilities and the future they see. A patient will be coming too.

at Milford Village Hall

The University of the Third Age is a nationwide network of learning groups for people that are no longer in full-time employment. Its aim is to share knowledge, skills and interests in a friendly environment.

Membership is not restricted to a specific age group but to a period in life. The third age follows the second age, that of full-time employment and parental responsibility.

The U3A provides an opportunity to meet people and to learn or teach in a relaxed social atmosphere. The idea is: you teach me what you know and I will teach you what I know.

Local U3A branches, of which Milford & District U3A is one, are charities in their own right and are run entirely by volunteers. They draw upon the knowledge, experience and skills of their members to organise and provide interest groups to cover whatever subjects or activities the membership choose. Between them, U3A branches offer the chance to study over 300 different subjects including art, languages, music, history, life sciences, philosophy and computing. There are also groups for crafts, photography and walking. Milford & District U3A now has over 50 interest groups open to its members.

In addition to the groups, Milford & District U3A has monthly Friday meetings with guest speakers. On Fri 14 October Professor Chris Rhodes spoke on “what happens when we run out of oil?” — For our children's earth. Read more...

The annual subscription of £25 allows membership of any or all of the interest groups.

There is no accreditation or validation and there are no assessments or qualifications to be gained. The U3A provides learning for pleasure, the enjoyment of sharing knowledge and the opportunity to make new friends that have the same interests. However, several of our members have had work published. Click here for details.

What shall we do when the oil runs out?

On Friday 14 October Professor Chris Rhodes spoke on “what happens when we run out of oil?”.

Professor Chris Rhodes became involved with environmental issues while working in Russia during the aftermath of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. He studied chemistry at Sussex University, rising to become the youngest professor of physical chemistry in the UK at the age of 34.

Twenty-five people came to lunch and stayed and another 25 came for the talk so we had a good audience of 50. Prof Rhodes was very knowledgeable – he is consulted by the European Union and Russia as well as elsewhere on sustainability and energy efficiency. He has a Doctorate in Chemistry and lectured in various universities until stopping to promulgate more awareness of what is expected to come as the oil becomes more and more expensive to retrieve and refine. He talked of Crude Oil, Coal, Natural Gas, Nuclear power, Renewables and Other sources of energy and explained how each has its own pros and cons. There was about 15 minutes of questions afterwards and we finished feeling a great deal better informed and perhaps a bit despondent though he did suggest ways of mitigating the loss – Transition Towns.

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