Crouch Valley

Welcome to Crouch Valley U3A


Registered Charity 1180675.


Based in the small Essex town of South Woodham Ferrers the Crouch Valley U3A was launched at a well attended first meeting on Tuesday 15th March 2011 as a sister group to the already well established South Woodham Ferrers U3A. We currently have around 162 members and new members are welcome to join us. If you wish to come along to one of the monthly meetings please use the contact us link for information.

We are now 10 years old and wish in some to celebrate this milestone in someway following lockdown.

To obtain further information please click on Contact Us link which will direct your request using the following dedicated mail address

The University of the Third Age is a national organisation, formed in 1982. It currently has reached 1050 local U3A groups and a total membership of well over 440,000. There are 140 U3A groups in our region. It seeks to provide informal learning and social activities for people no longer in full-time employment. It is run entirely on a self-help basis: all the committee members and group leaders are volunteers. To find out more about the U3A movement click U3A on the bar above and you will go to the national website.

The club is part of the Essex Association and if you wish to look at their site please follow the Essex Association of U3As link.

We are also affiliated to the National Association so if you wish to know what is involved please follow the National U3A link. Please note some parts of the web are for members only.

We have recently joined as part of the Maldon & District Cluster Group. To understand what the principles of the group and how it can help members please follow the link to the Maldon & District Cluster Group page on this website.

Group Information

We currently have 23 thriving interest groups which are listed on the Groups page and any of these can be joined either by contacting the relevant Group Contact at a meeting or by emailing the Group Co-ordinator via the Contact page. We welcome suggestions for new groups from our members so if you have a special interest not catered for by our existing groups we would be delighted to offer the opportunity to set up a group within our organization.

To understand what each group does members of 2 groups showcase what they do to explain to visitors and other members of the club at our monthly meetings. Please follow the Events link to see when each group showcase.


Club Newsletter

We publish a newsletter two times a year and this can be seen by following the General Information link. The latest edition of the newsletter is now on-line by following the General Information link.

To find out up to date information you can also follow us on Facebook.

Membership Form

If you interested in joining or continuing to be member please complete the 2022 Membership Form and either post it to our Membership Secretary of bring it along to the next monthly meeting. With regards to payment please wherever possible pay by bank transfer.

Below is a list of the current committee members and respective positions within the club. To know who they are please follow the Committee Members link to view rogues gallery.


Chairman Ray Burns
Vice Chairman David Shea
Secretary Ian Robinson
Treasurer Don Wragg
Membership Secretary Colin Pegrum
Programme SecretaryLynda Burns
Groups Co-ordinatorEileen Wendleken
Committee MemberJoyce Sach
Committee MemberRichard Bradshaw
Committee MemberAndy Hull
Committee MemberJohn Gable
Committee MemberKen Walker
WebmasterDon Wragg