U3A stands for University of the Third Age. We are not a university; there are no formal courses or examinations and you don't need any qualifications to join, other than having reached your third age - the period after full-time employment - and a desire to resume learning or to develop new interests.
There are over 840 branches of the U3A worldwide, and this figure is always increasing.
Colchester U3A was formed in 1985.
We now have over 350 members and have monthly meetings open to the whole membership when we have a variety of lively speakers followed by refreshments. These take place 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). There is currently no charge for attendance.
There is an extensive range of interest groups, each led by one of its members. 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!
All members receive a very informative monthly newsletter together with four copies of the national U3A magazine each year.
We are currently running several full day coach excursions during this year.
Annual membership costs £12 per year.