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

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Friday 10th March 2017

2pm Talk by A staff member of MSF


The humanitarian organisation’s medical aid in some of the most dangerous places in the world

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 Friday 13 January we had Abi from Mane Chance, a local horse rescue charity, talking to us about their rehabilitation work which involves helping disadvantaged people. 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.

Mane Chance

Friday 13th wasn’t unlucky for us. Abi, the speaker for Mane Chance Sanctuary, the Compton horse rescue charity gave a heartrending talk. The difference with Mane Chance is that they give back to the community by providing relief for children, young people and vulnerable people through therapeutic work with them and the horses. A fantastically motivating speaker – 47 in the audience.

They are starting open Sundays on 5th March from 2pm-4pm, continuing on the first Sunday of the month throughout the summer. Entrance is free but you must book, please email diane@manechancesanctuary, so they know how much cake to provide.

They are also holding a quiz evening. If you are interested please email Barbara,, for details.

I was enveloped into the group so easily and conversation was effortless - sometimes when you do talks, it's hard to find things to chat about beforehand, but it was not the case on Friday - it was so lovely.
Thank you also to everyone for the generous donation that you gave to the Sanctuary and for the lovely feedback that I got both on the day - and afterwards.

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