Thorpe Bay


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We have been informed by STBBC they are closing the Church to all bookings. If you are in an Interest Group at STBBC from March 23rd onward you will not be able to enter the building. STBBC will inform us when these controls cease, and we will then contact all Group Leaders with the information.


Following our earlier decision to cancel the March Monthly Meeting we have now also taken the decision to CANCEL THE MEETINGS SCHEDULED FOR FRIDAY APRIL 17TH and FRIDAY MAY 15TH.

We hope to have the Speakers; Sherlock Holmes, Tim Moorey and Mark Smith, visit us at a later date, once everything is back to normal.

Changes to the June and July meetings will be announced once we have sufficient information to make a rational and reasoned decision.

Please remember that if you have signs of an infection, or you are in a high-risk group due to poor immune system or treatment for other problems, you should self-isolate and not attend any of your regular meetings.

During the current medical situation it is requested by the Government that we do not leave the house except to buy Food or Medicines or for other urgent reasons.

To Group Leaders - If we are to follow the Government's advice you should not continue with your Groups even in your own home as it will entail individuals having to travel without good reason. You have the full support of the Committee to cancel any and all meetings. If you have to pay for a room that you do not use please contact the Committee to discuss the problem.

To U3A members - If you feel unwell please remain at home and follow the Government advice. Phone 111 or Contact for further information. Do not attend your Doctors surgery.
You may be contacted by a Group Leader who is cancelling a meeting. They have the full support of the Committee to do so and we ask that you accept their decision.

If you wish to see the U3A National Office's statement please click on the "COVID-19" link on this page. The message will also give you a link to the website for the up to date recommendations.





WHERE DO WE MEET : Shoeburyness and Thorpe Bay Baptist Church, 90 Thorpedene Gardens, Shoeburyness. (At the junction with Caulfield Road, opposite Shoeburyness High School) is the location for our monthly General Meeting.


We have a monthly General Meeting on (usually) the third Friday of the month. Doors will open at 1.15 pm and the meeting will commence at 2.00 pm. This is the best time to come and see us and find out what we offer.

PARKING : There is a large car park at the rear of the Church. The entrance to the car park is in Thorpedene Gardens and the exit is in Caulfield Road. Limited disabled parking can be found in the Caulfield Road front car park, and this is accessed via the large car park.

BUSES : The numbers 7 & 8 stop in Caulfield Road and route numbers 1 & 9 are within easy walking distance.
The entrance doors to the Church are in Caulfield Road.


U3A (University of the Third Age) is a world-wide, self-help learning organisation for retired & semi-retired people. The aim of the U3A is to encourage and enable older people to learn new skills or to revive former ones, and to then help others to do the same. There are no qualifications required to join, nor is there any age requirement. Please go to the main U3A website to find out more. Thorpe Bay U3A celebrated its Tenth Birthday in 2018.

What do we do? At our monthly meetings we have a speaker, tea/coffee and biscuits, meet friends and chat. See the Events page for news of forthcoming speakers. After the General Meeting leaders of the interest groups are available to inform one and all of what their group can do for the members.

What do we offer? Apart from the opportunity to make new friends we have various interest groups. We do not restrict membership of the groups by ability as we feel that we are all there to learn. We may have to restrict the size of some of the groups to enable a good interchange of information (and to fit into a room!). Please see the Groups page for further information.

How much does it cost? The annual subscription is £12 this covers membership to interest groups as well.

Any other expenses? Admission for members to the monthly meetings is £1. The cost for group meetings varies from 30p for a cup of tea, up to £3 towards the hire of a hall for the larger groups.

How to join? Please read the New Members Page for details

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