About Mature Age Learning in Horsham
In 1988, four years after the U3A movement got off the ground in Melbourne, it came to Horsham. With the assistance of people like Diane Kosch & John Hart from Wimmera TAFE, a public meeting was held on 21 March 1988 with 40 people attending. A steering committee was formed and the inaugural meeting was held on 19 September 1988.
1989 was the first full year of programs with classroom and office space being supplied by Wimmera TAFE in the old Horsham West Primary School building. The next year TAFE offered the use of a portable classroom in the grounds of the old Horsham Technical School along with office and photocopying support.
In 1993, TAFE reclaimed the classroom for their own needs and U3A moved to the Education Support Centre in McLachlan St. Wimmera HUB was also located there and a good working relationship with them was established.
In 1995 contacts were made with Adult Community Further Education (ACFE) and Horsham U3A became an ACFE provider attracting ACFE funding. This meant keeping records of student contact hours, categories etc. Jim Amos volunteered to pick up this area and has proven instrumental in sourcing funds from grants of various kinds since then.
The room at the Education Support Centre was being outgrown so in 1996 the committee successfully applied to Horsham Rural City Council for the lease of the old Horsham Railway Station building. We moved into it in December with the help of ACFE, Horsham Rural City Council, Skillshare and Sport & Recreation to refurbish and furnish the rooms. It has been our 'home' since then though some classes are held in other places.
Then at the close of 2013, we officially changed our name - to be easier to find.
Now we are U3A HORSHAM and DISTRICT INC.
We have continued our association with ACFE although government funding is now through the State Office of Older Persons via the U3A Network. We have also continued an association with the Victorian U3A Network that started at the beginning.
We have been thankful for the continued support also of Horsham Rural City Council, Sport and Recreation, Ballarat University, Wimmera Mail Times, The Advertiser and a multitude of other groups and individuals over the time of our existence.
We are also grateful to the U3A members and tutors who have led us, and who have kept Horsham and District U3A up and running.