Chairman’s Message

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Welcome to Chalfonts U3A.

With a current membership of some 600 we have gone from strength to strength since we launched just two years ago. Monthly Members’ Meetings on topics of interest attract a full house and over 45 Interest Groups covering 35 subjects are run by the members. New Groups are formed each month.

Our aim is to include every member in our activities. We want every member to make the most of what we have to offer. We want to include you. Let us know where your personal interests lie and we will do our best to help you join or form a Group to develop and improve your own passions and hobbies.

Whilst we try not to restrict the numbers taking part in a particular activity some Groups function best with a limited number of members. Our way around this is to encourage members to form a second group. That way we can always meet members' expectations. The main issue then is ensuring that there is someone who will take on or share the role of Group Convenor. As long as there is a member or members who are prepared to do this we see no reason why we can't have more than one group for every interest. Whilst some U3As do struggle with providing places in their Interest Groups we are firm in our commitment to keep our Groups open to new members.

This leads me to mention the Convenors who are the life blood of our U3As. Ultimately success can only be achieved if we work together to make our U3A do what the members want it to do. So, please consider your own role; if you can make a contribution it will be greatly appreciated. Whilst being a Convenor takes both commitment and a willingness to give some of your time it is very rewarding. It helps members fulfil their goals. You do not have to be an expert to lead a group just a willingness to have a go. And bear in mind that Groups work best where the tasks are shared among all members according to their individual talent.

Nothing happens without a dedicated and willing bunch of people who give their time freely for the benefit of us all. I want to thank all of those who do just this in particular my fellow committee members who have made such a tremendous effort to develop our U3A into one of the best.

Lastly on behalf of myself and your committee I wish to say thank you to every member for making our first two years so enjoyable and successful!

As to the future – the past two years have been enjoyable and great fun. Fun and enjoyment are the watchwords I wish to pass on to to everyone. Join in, enjoy yourselves and most of all have fun.

Let's make our next year another one we can look back on with pride.

Best wishes


What Contribution Can You Make?

Nothing happens unless like-minded people come together to make things happen.

To paraphrase John Kennedy's famous observation;

"Ask not what your U3A can do for you, but what YOU can do for your U3A!" 

If you want to know more about being a group convenor and how you can help either start a new group or make a contribution to running a group then go to our Group Convenor page to find out more. Just click the button below…