Broomfield & District


The village of Broomfield is on the northern edge of the City of Chelmsford in the County of Essex.

Broomfield is far older than the City which has crept to its southern edge. Mentioned in the Doomsday Book as Bromfelda, the village has a number of historic sites including St. Mary's Church, one of only six round-towered churches in Essex, containing many Roman tiles in the construction of its 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 major hospital in the area.

Broomfield & District u3a was launched in June 2012 following a public meeting three months earlier which established a steering group to lay our firm foundations. We currently have over 150 members.

The core of our activities is the monthly speaker meeting. Apart from August, these take place on the second Wednesday afternoon of each month in Broomfield Village Hall, 158 Main Road, Broomfield CM1 7AH. They usually comprise an update on branch activities, followed by refreshments and then a guest speaker. We also have a number of special interest groups which meet at various intervals in members' homes and a variety of other venues.

During the Covid restrictions on gatherings and activities, our monthly speaker meetings and a number of our special interest group meetings were successfully replaced with virtual meetings using Zoom. This remains an option should circumstances change in future.

As well as 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.

Membership fees are currently £13.00 for the annual membership period ending 31st August 2022. This is expected to rise to £15.00 for the 2022-23 membership year.

Our monthly Newsletter contains all contact details, news of 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 regularly receive information regarding attempts to SCAM or defraud members; you can find information and how to keep yourself safe from these by clicking the link elsewhere on this page.

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

Glynn Wadeson