Baddow & Galleywood


Welcome to the Baddow and Galleywood U3A.

The University of the Third Age (U3A) was founded in Paris in 1979 and is now an international organisation. The UK’s U3A was founded in 1982 and there are currently over 400,000 members in around 1,000 branches.

The U3A is a self-help organisation providing educational, creative and recreational activities in a friendly environment. The UK national U3A consists of independent branches run by their members. Membership is open to those in their third age who are not in full time employment.

The Baddow and Galleywood branch was formed in 1998 with 145 members in 20 groups and has now grown to well over 400 members in over 32 groups. If you are interested in joining our Branch the following information may help you. You are welcome to come to our main meeting as a guest on the first occasion.

Local Walks

Baddow and Galleywood member Allen created some guides to local walks around 2001. They are now available on this website:

Coronavirus Covid-19

The UK Government advice issued on 16th March 2020 is that everyone should stop non-essential contact with others and adopt social distancing. People in at risk groups are to be shielded from social contact for 12 weeks. People who should take particular care to minimise social contact are, among others, those over the age of 70.

As a result of this advice all Baddow and Galleywood U3A main meetings and interest group activities in the short term are cancelled. If you know a fellow member who is unlikely to use the internet or see our email announcement then please tell them. Stay safe and use the phone or electronic methods to stay in contact with friends during this difficult period.

We have assembled some information on Local Services available during this difficult time.

Main meetings to be held using Zoom until further notice

Until July 2020 our main meetings will be held on the second Wednesday of the month at 2.15 p.m. The July meeting will be held using Zoom, our Chairman will issue an invitation to members by email.

From August to December 2020 our meetings will be held on the first Monday of the month at 2.15 p.m. in the Keene Hall, Galleywood. It is served by the No. 57 bus every 20 minutes and has a bigger car park than the URC with additional parking nearby. Although the start time of meetings is unchanged they will last a bit longer after the speaker to allow more chatting. If you will have difficulty getting to the Keene Hall then please let us know and we will aim to put you in touch with others going there. If you can offer lifts then please let us know.

If you are attending our meetings for the first time, please make yourself known at the desk so that you can be put in touch with the leaders of the groups you are interested in. Please note that members' attendance at main meetings is limited by the size of the hall used. If you wish to make enquiries about joining please fill in the form on the CONTACT page to contact the membership secretary.

If you would like a Membership Application form, go to the FORMS page and download a copy. Instructions for completion are on the form.

The programme for General Meetings and some Groups can be obtained by viewing the EVENTS page.

A list of our groups and their meeting times can be accessed by viewing the GROUPS page. Clicking on the group name in the list gives the details of the activities of that group. All the groups have a link (top right corner- Bluebird icon) so that an email can be sent to the ‘coordinator’ (leader) of that group.

The COMMITTEE page advises members of latest news from our Committee, with links to other useful sites.

Click on the 'GALLERY' link above to display all the photographs entered on individual group pages. Hover the mouse over the picture for a caption; double click to enlarge the photo.