New Programme 2022-23

We are working hard to create the Milford & District U3A Programme for 2022-23.

Sadly you will find some old friends missing as the Group Leaders have decided that it’s time to retire or move on to something new. Other groups will have a different leader but will remain essentially the same.

There are some new groups to look forward to as well:

  • History of European Architecture
  • Photography for Fun
  • Fascinating Fungi
  • Coffee Morning

There are groups which have space for new members, among them the Monday and Wednesday Cycling groups

We hope to publish the new Programme by the end of July. Printed copies will be available for those who need them but all the information will also be on the Website in various formats:

  • A full Electronic copy of the printed Programme
  • A Timetable format with all groups listed by Day & Time
  • A Dates List, a simple list of each group’s title with the dates on which it will meet.

We hope that presenting the information in these ways will enable members to obtain the information that they need quickly and easily.

U3A Spring Gathering

Spring Learning Programme

Launch of Spring Learning Programme
The new spring learning programme has launched with a range of opportunities for members to learn something new. Read more on the u3a news pages.

Members can get involved with the u3a Book Group Forum, Logic Puzzles for Fun, Extreme Crochet and Crafts, which will focus on a new craft skill each month, starting with kirigami.

Find all the new initiatives and ongoing favourites on the learning pages.

An Easter Extravaganza!!

Milford & District u3a Singers present …..

Volunteer at Watts Gallery?

We have had a message from Watt’s Gallery asking for volunteers:

“We are looking for new volunteer stewards to help us in the galleries, studios and house here at Watts Artist Village and I thought that some of your local history group members might be interested, as it does give you the opportunity to see new exhibitions for free and participate in courses at a discount rate.”

Should you be interested please get in touch with Celia Hodges by EMAIL

Wednesday Cycling Group – 9th Feb

We enjoyed a 10 mile (16kM) ride in bright sunshine, most of it on quiet roads with some on Bridleways. Little traffic for the most part making it a quiet outing, with a stop for well earned coffee & cake in Hambledon – thoroughly recommended! We do have one confession, the three riders in front were overtaken by a jogger at one point as we left Hambledon!!

First January Cycle ride

The Monday Cycling group had their first ride of 2022 on 24th Jan. Five stalwart members and a visitor rode just over 5 miles in a loop around the commons. It was chilly and in places the going was tough due to some patches of loose sand and very soft mud but in spite of that all six thoroughly enjoyed the ride. It seems that e-bikes are becoming ‘The Thing’ now as three of the six riders were on one.
I’m pleased to announce that our visitor decided after the ride that he and his wife would join Milford U3A – so a win all round!

Exploring the local countryside

It could be argued that Exploring the Local Countryside is the wrong name for this group as it might give the impression that we spend our time rushing about involving ourselves in something along the lines of orienteering, whereas nothing could be further from the truth.
The main reason for the group is to enjoy a walk but also, and most importantly, to look and listen
What we are exploring are the flowers, trees, birds and fungi around us. We are so lucky in this part of the world to have within easy reach habitats including heathland, grassland, chalk, downland, coniferous, deciduous and mixed woodland, each of which has its own particular fascination.

A walk at any time of year produces something to discuss: spring, of course, brings new growth, the first flowers, emerging insects and a rush of activity and song from the birds. In summer we are spoilt for choice, migrant birds have arrived, flowers and grasses are everywhere and trees are in full leaf. Autumn walks tend to become fungus forays and are the slowest walks of all as there are so many of these fascinating organisms to be found, to say nothing of their wonderful names such as “Wood Woollyfoot”, “Angel’s Bonnet”, “Scurfy Deceiver” and “The Flirt”. You might think that winter is a barren period, but there is still much to see. This is the time to really appreciate the shapes of trees and to talk about identifying them when there aren’t any leaves to help. Birds are more easily visible in the bare branches and it is now that the lichens and mosses that are so plentiful can be fully appreciated.
Add to all that discussions on how moles store worms, the old names of plants and their meanings and the uses of various fungi and lichens and you have a good idea of what we are exploring in the countryside – and we laugh a lot as well!“ Because we spend a lot of time looking at things, we never manage to walk long distances, probably about two or three miles, and people are warned in advance of any possible problems (stiles, mud, steep hills etc.) that might be encountered on a particular walk.

New members are always welcome, however, at the moment, the group is full and there is a waiting list, so it’s unlikely that any places will be available this season for “newcomers”.

Sara Shepley…..01483


The Milford Poetry Group meets on the first Tuesday of the month at St John’s Church Hall, Milford from 2.00 to 4.00pm.

We learn about the life and works of a different poet each month, exploring their poetry and discussing the various influences on their style of writing. At the October meeting we brought together, various poems connected to the season of autumn and looked at the life of Keats and we discussed his renowned poem ‘Ode to Autumn’.
In November, the works of poet U.A. Fanthorpe was enjoyed by the members and in December we will be listening to recordings of John Betjeman and reading a selection of his poems. Some of the names for 2022 include Seamus Heaney, Stevie Smith, Philip Larkin and John Donne.
We are essentially a group of people who enjoy learning about poets and reading poetry. The group is open to anyone who likes to explore the diversity of the English language. We currently have ten members and we would very much welcome anyone new who is interested in words and verse, poets and their lives and works.

If you think you would enjoy joining our small literary group, we would be delighted to welcome you. For further information please contact Pauline, the group leader on 01483 810731.

Ginger Parkin

The Parkin Recipe


  • 200g butter, plus extra for greasing
  • I large egg
  • 4 tbsp. milk
  • 200g golden syrup
  • 85g black treacle
  • 85g light soft brown sugar
  • 85g light soft brown sugar
  • 100g medium oatmeal (not porridge oats)
  • 250g Self-raising flour
  • 1 tbsp. of ginger

Heat oven to 160C/140C fan/gas 3.    Butter a deep 22cm square cake tin and line with baking parchment.

Beat the egg and milk together with a fork.

Gently melt the syrup, treacle, sugar and butter in a large saucepan until the sugar has dissolved.    Remove from the heat.

Mix together the oatmeal, flour and ginger and stir into the syrup mixture making sure there are no bits of flour showing.    Add the egg and milk mixture.

Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and bake for 50 mins to 1 hr until the cake feels firm and a little crusty on top.    Cool in the tin before cutting into 16 squares.

Wrap the cake in more parchment and tin foil.

Keep for five days before eating if you can as it becomes softer and stickier the longer you leave it, up to two weeks.  Lisa Seeley