More time for learning and activities now that you are no longer working in full-time employment?
Always wanted to learn for fun, try a new subject without taking an exam or share common interests with more people? The U3A is for people who are retired or semi-retired, looking for an active retirement sharing many educational, creative and leisure pursuits.

Colchester U3A is a learning co-operative, run by the members for members, which brings people together to study a subject they all find interesting or to enjoy an activity.

No qualifications are needed or awarded, so there are no teachers, students, classrooms or fees. Our friendly groups usually meet in informal settings."Learn, Laugh and Live" is our byword.

There are more than 900 U3As in the UK, with over 300,000 members.

Colchester U3A was formed in 1985.

Membership offers the following opportunities:

* Monthly meetings

A series of lively tea and talks held on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 2.15 pm to 4.00 pm, at the Highwoods Community Centre (buses No 2, 8, 8A, 65).

* Interest groups

An extensive range of interest groups, each led by one of its members, with groups deciding what to study together. Group Leaders share their area of interest or knowledge with like minded members; they are not necessarily experts, just enthusiasts who respond to the wishes of the group. We are always looking to start new Groups, so we welcome your ideas!

Please understand that we are unable to provide more detailed information about individual interest groups to people before they are members.

* Newsletter

All members receive a very informative monthly newsletter together with several copies of the National U3A magazine each year.

* Outings

We currently run several full day coach excursions during the year.

There are a number of U3As in this area and we co-operate with Stanway U3A, sharing interest groups where there are places, and sometimes outings. Membership of either Colchester or Stanway U3A is required to join any interest group where places are available. Only members may participate in U3A groups and activities.

Annual membership costs £12 per year and runs from 1st September.