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OLDER people are desperate for a chance to keep learning after they have retired if the latest meeting of the University of the Third Age is anything to go buy.

Judith Worley organised a gathering to test support for a branch of the informal study groups and more than 160 people turned up.

She said she was overwhelmed by the response to her idea to begin interest classes in Havant where members can learn new things without the need to take exams.

Mrs Worley said: ‘We were astounded.

‘I imagined about 50 people, at the most, would come.

‘We got off to a very friendly start.

‘A number of good people volunteered to form a steering committee and the vote to begin a U3A was passed unanimously.’

U3A has over 840 groups in the UK with 280,000 members studying more than 300 different subjects. The only criteria for membership is members must no longer be in full-time paid employment.

Activities in U3A depend upon the skills and knowledge of its members and how much they are prepared to share them with other members.

Typically, there are monthly meetings with guest speaker to which all members are invited. But the core activity of any U3A is its interest groups in particular subjects.

The next meeting, which is open to potential new members, is July 19 at the United Reformed Church in Elm Lane, Havant, at 2.30pm.

Call (023) 9248 3217 for more information.