Welcome to Verwood U3A. If you are looking for an active retirement, you have come to the right place. All the research into our health and well-being stresses how important it is to remain active, mentally, physically and socially. U3A offers all three! Our name says we are a “university”, but we’re one with a difference – no exams, no tests, no qualifications, and everyone welcome to join regardless of background, experience or education. “Third Age” means everybody no longer of working age. We love to learn, but the way we do it ensures we have fun at the same time. We value the social and the learning benefits equally.
Please explore this website where you will find details of what we have to offer. At its heart are the 26 or so Group Activities held in various local venues, weekly fortnightly or monthly. In addition there are regular quizzes.. Our very active Travel Group organise a whole series of excellent coach trips. Look at the Travel section to see reviews, photos and details of what’s coming up. All the latest news is posted on the Home Page where you will also find a “Your Say” section to read other members comments and to post your own. There is also a Calendar of forthcoming events.
Our year runs from September to June, but you can join at any time. We hold an “Open Day” at the Memorial Hall each year during the summer break, and you can find details nearer the time on our website. Take a look at the “Activities” page and see if there is anything there that interests you, then go to “Application” and print the application form (alternatively you can call in to the Verwood Library and pick up a form). Then having completed the form go through the check list under “How to Join” and send your form to our Membership Secretary. Don’t forget to check availability with the activity group leader, and remember to enclose a stamped addressed envelope with your form and membership fee. Incidentally due to strong membership growth we have been able to considerably reduce this fee over the last two years. That’s all there is to it before enjoying your chosen activity(s), there is no limit to the number except the availability of places. We always like to hear from you regarding your U3A experience, so if you have any concerns or suggestions etc. just email me using the link below.
‘I moved to Verwood in 2002 and became a member of the Verwood U3A in 2015 after I had retired. I joined several groups and was made very welcome and have met a lot of interesting and friendly people. I am sure that, if you join us, you will have a similar experience. We are all volunteers and rely upon members offering their help. I joined the committee as vice chairman in early 2019 and was elected chairman in November 2019. If you have a skill, interest or enthusiasm that you think you may possibly be able to share, we would love to hear from you. All of our group activities have started that way and the committee are here to assist in any way it can. We will arrange venues and provide any equipment needed. Alternatively you may choose to offer to help to the committee. All contributions are always welcomed.’
Verwood is a vibrant and incredibly friendly U3A. I am confident that 2019-20 will be our biggest and best year yet. I really hope that you will join us and become part of it.