Broomfield & District


The village of Broomfield is a semi-rural parish on the northern edge of the City of Chelmsford in the County of Essex. Chelmsford was granted it's city status during the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty the Queen in 2012.

Broomfield is far older than the City which has crept to it's southern edge. Mentioned in the Doomsday Book as Bromfelda the village has St.Mary's Church, an Essex round tower church, containing many roman tiles in the construction of it's tower, a Saxon Burial site (the hoard from which may be found in the British Museum) and the site of a roman villa. In addition the village is the 'home' to Broomfield Hospital, the district general hospital for the area.

We are well into our eighth year having launched in June 2012 following a public meeting three month's earlier which established a steering group to lay our firm foundations.

We meet every month, except August, on the 2nd Wednesday of the month in the Village Hall, 158 Main Road, Broomfield CM1 7AH from 1.30pm until 3.30pm. Meetings usually comprise an update on Group Activities followed by refeshments and then a guest speaker.The nature and location of future in-person meetings will be determined once the Covid meeting restrictions cease.

During the current Covid restrictions on gatherings and activities, monthly ‘in-person’ meetings of the Branch have been suspended until further notice, and have been replaced with virtual meetings using Zoom.

These meetings include 1-2 hour presentations by guest speakers on a broad range of topics.

Besides local groups and learning opportunities, membership of the u3a gives members access to a range of learning/educational/interest resources online on a national basis.

Our aim is to promote learning and the enjoyment of all things new to us through coming together and sharing within the ethos of the U3A's self learning environment, where we can all help each other.

We currently have an average membership of just under 200, with a total of 24 Groups, flourishing in members' homes and a variety of other venues

Membership fees are £13.00 for the annual membership period ending 31st August 2021.

A monthly Newsletter is published containing all contact details, forthcoming events and a list of various groups. The current newsletter can be found under the NEWS tab at the top of the page.

We are constantly receiving information from the Essex Association of U3As regarding attempts to SCAM or defraud members; you can find the latest information by clicking the link on this page.

Why not come along and visit us, new members always welcome. Alternatively an enrolment form can be found by clicking the link on this page.

Glynn Wadeson