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Carole Chapman, the business secretary of Portsdown U3A, looks forward to tomorrow’s open afternoon at which you can get a taste of its wide variety of interest groups

PORTSDOWN U3A was founded nearly 10 years ago and caters for those who are no longer in full-time employment.

We cover the north of the city of Portsmouth, but we welcome allcomers.

Our interest groups are wide-ranging: art appreciation; book club; bridge; buildings appreciation; computers; iPad support; crafts; dining; three French groups; genealogy; local history; two mahjong groups; two music groups; philosophy; two photography groups; play reading; Scrabble/board games; two walking groups, and a travel club.

We also hold general meetings on the third Wednesday of each month (except August) at 2pm in Cosham Baptist Church, at 48 Havant Road, Cosham, PO6 2QZ.

We normally have a speaker followed by a chance to meet other members and have a cup of tea.

Our annual fee is only £16 and, at this time of year, you pay an even better £12 that covers you until March 31, 2017.

Our free open afternoon takes place during the 60+ Festival and there is no need to book. Just come along tomorrow (wednesday, October 12) between 2pm and 4pm (last entry 3.30pm), to Cosham Baptist Church.

We will be demonstrating the activities of the various interest groups and providing free refreshments. I hope to see you there.

You might be interested in other events during November.

On Friday, November 11 we are holding two screenings of the silent film The Battle of the Somme. These will take place at 2pm and 7pm at Portsmouth Cathedral, High Street, Old Portsmouth PO1 2HH.

At 2pm on Wednesday, November 30, at our usual venue, Cosham Baptist Church, we are holding our annual lecture: The Knowledge – How to Rebuild our World from Scratch, by Dr Lewis Dartnell.

The film screenings and the lecture are free events, but admission is by ticket only.

You can get tickets from me tomorrow or by phoning me on (023) 9269 7009.

Or you can e-mail: carolecpc99999@googlemail.com.

For further information, go to portsdownu3a.org.uk