u3a's provide opportunities for shared learning and social activities for older people who are retired or semi-retired. This is the time of life to think about developing interests or learn new skills you did not have enough time for while working full-time.
The u3a is for older people looking for an active retirement, sharing many educational, creative and leisure pursuits. No qualifications are needed or awarded, so there are no teachers, students, classrooms or fees. Our friendly groups usually meet in informal settings to share learning and activities. "Learn, Laugh and Live" is our byword.
There are more than 1035 u3a's in the UK with about 425,000 members, under the umbrella of a national organisation, Third Age Trust. Colchester U3A was formed in 1985 and now has over 620 members.
Join us to participate in:
• Monthly tea and talks
Series of increasingly popular tea and talks held on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 2.15 pm to 4.00 pm, at the Highwoods Community Centre (buses No 2, 8, 61, 65). People interested in joining can come to one of these meetings to see what u3a is about.
• Interest groups
We have an extensive range of interest groups, each co-ordinated by one of its members, with groups deciding what to study together. Co-ordinators 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 ideas are always welcome! Go to the GROUPS button at the top of the page for more information.
We currently run several full day coach excursions during the year, as well as visits to local places of interest. We also arrange coffee mornings and lunch groups.
All members receive a very informative monthly newsletter together with several copies of the National u3a magazine each year.
There are a number of u3a's in this area and we co-operate with Stanway u3a, sharing interest groups where there are places and sometimes outings. Membership of Colchester or Stanway u3a is required to join any interest group where places are available. Only members may participate in u3a groups and activities.
u3a's rely solely on volunteers to make things happen, so any member who organises an event or activity is a volunteer.
You can contact us by clicking on the CONTACT button at the top of the page. General Enquiries explains itself, but for specfic questions about membership, please use the Membership Application button. For details of membership fees and how to join, please click on the JOIN US button.
In common with many u3a's nationwide we have updated our Constitution. Click on this link to Colchester Constitution to download a copy of the latest version.
For news and information about u3a nationally, click on the u3A button at the top of this page. Similarly for news and information about activites in the Eastern Region, click on this link to East of England.
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