Harlow U3A currently meet on the 4th Monday of the month (3rd Monday if the 4th falls on a Bank Holiday) at Paringdon Sports Club, Paringdon Road, Great Parndon, Harlow, CM19 4QT from 10.00 to 12.30am. Click on the link for directions to Paringdon Sports Club. Tea and coffee is available on arrival.

From 10.00 to 11.00am, members and visitors (£2 entrance fee for visitors) have the opportunity to look around, have coffee, talk to Group Facilitators, meet members of the Committee, look at our 2nd hand book sale and at some of the meetings, purchase a raffle ticket where we have excellent prizes. You can then decide if Harlow U3A is an organisation you wish to join. You will not be able to join at the meeting but will be able to pick up an application form to give or send to our Membership Secretary. Visitors are welcome at every meeting. New groups starting and all current groups are listed on the'Groups' page and also are detailed in our bi-monthly Newsletter which is available at our meetings and on this website via the Welcome Page or the Links Page.

At 10.45am, we have an invited speaker which gives us the opportunity to hear about other people's experiences, hobbies and interests on a wide range of topics. Tickets for seats in the hall are no longer issued but we still need to comply with Health & Safety Legislation therefore if there are no available seats in the hall, we shall have to deny you entering the hall. Two or three meetings during the year there are different activities, such as a quiz, entertainment or a coffee morning. The following details our meetings and speakers for the next six months:

26th March 'Neighbourhood Matters' by Colin Freeman
23rd April 'Lasting Power of Attorney' by Gaye Illsey from Age UK

See below for details of outings. All newly issued outings can only be booked at the monthy meeting from 9.45am. However, if you cannot attend the meeting you can book afterwards by telephoning Jill Moyes on 01279 423891, or by email jill.moyes101@btinternet.com. Please enclose a SAE if sending cheques by post to receive a receipt for your payment. At the same time please indicate where you wish to board the coach; Great Parndon Community Centre, the Town Centre Bus Station or Dominoes Old Harlow (formerly the Old Harlow Post Office). Where a coach is provided the cost is included in the total amount payable, including gratuities.

*A reminder please write your membership number, name of the trip and telephone number on the back of your cheque to speed up booking at the meeting.

Please note on popular outings it may be necessary at the meeting to limit bookings to no more than three places if you are booking on behalf of others. This does not apply when booking after the meeting or for theatre trips

If Jill is holding any cheques for you, for reselling tickets for cancelled trips. Please collect them at the meeting. It is expensive for us to post them to you.

The following outings are available for booking on Monday 26th March at 10am at Parringdon Road Sports Centre. If you are unable to attend you can telephone Jill Moyes on 01279 423891 after the meeting.

Tuesday 24th April - Thame & Tiggywinkles £18 We will spend the morning in this attractive Oxfordshire town on the popular Market Day. If you are a fan of the TV series Midsummer Murders you will recognise many places in Thame, it is often used as the town of Causton in the series. You can pick up a leaflet at the Town Hall or Thame Museum (both places often shown in the programme) for a walking tour of the filming locations around the town.
After lunch we make a return visit to the visitor centre of Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital. It is five years since our last visit, and unfortunately Les Stocker the founder has died but the charity continues its good work with wildlife. They now include a badger and fox viewing area. After the talk, we can wonder through the grounds to see the creatures that were unable to be returned to the wild, view the nursery and see the baby hedgehogs and birds being hand-fed, or see a hedgehog demonstration. There is a shop and cafe.

Tuesday 8th May - The Postal Museum £25 Coach only £12 The museum celebrates Britain’s postal heritage over the last five centuries, unveiling the mysterious Mail Rail to the public for the first time. For nearly a century a postal railway network operated 21 metres below the streets of the city from Paddington to Whitechapel carrying letters and communications across the capital. During our visit we will board a miniature train and travel back in time through some of the narrow underground tunnels of Mail Rail, passing original station platforms brought to life with a glimpse into the heyday of this railway. This new museum has a vast archive of fascinating mail heritage, interactive galleries and exhibitions. If you prefer not to ride the Mail Train you can travel on the coach and pay £10 entrance for the exhibition the door.

Chippenham Park if you were booked on this outing please collect your refund at the meeting.

Spring Break - The last instalment £60 is due this week, plus the £60 single supplement where applicable. Monday 21st - 25th May 2018 This year we are in Cheshire on the border with Lancashire staying at the 3 star Everglades Park Hotel Widnes for Dinner, Bed & Breakfast. The hotel is conveniently situated with many places of interest within a 30 mile radius for our daily excursions. These are some of the places we may include: The Albert Dock World Heritage UNESCO site, Port Sunlight, The Lowery Gallery, Speke Hall, The Beetles Story, Two Cathedrals, National Wildflower Centre, Tatton Park & Southport. We could even take a ferry across the Mersey. All excursions are included in the price and we include free time in our programme. The inward and outward journeys give us the opportunity to visit places that are normally too far for our day trips. Cost. Twin/Double £320 – Single £380 (includes single supplement). Booking starts at Monday’s meeting, a £60 non returnable deposit reserves your place. Final Payment March £60 plus single supplement.

U3A Sunday afternoon concerts group at the Royal Festival Hall. Dave Naylor is offering the following:

There are three concerts in the spring, all concerts start at 3.00 p.m. and tickets cost £8.25 each. Please contact Dave via the 'contacts' page if you would like to attend any of these concerts. Cheques to be made out to “Harlow U3A concerts group”. Further details can be found on the Philharmonia Orchestra website or the Royal Festival Hall website.

PLEASE NOTE - PARKING at GPCA The manager of this venue has expressed concern over the number of cars left in the car park by coach parties. I have noticed that numbers picking up here have increased lately. Many of you do share cars but perhaps you could get another passenger in, or if you live further afield chose one of the other pickup places. I pass Bush Fair on my way so could offer a lift to anyone in that neighbourhood on some occasions. Perhaps you could do the same in your area. We do not want to lose this facility so please think how you can help.

There are now over 70 group activities; gardening, history, walking, languages, digital photography, art appreciation, play reading, scrabble, snooker, book reading and many more. Our bi-monthly newsletter is usually available at the Monthly Meeting and on the Welcome and Links pages on this website where you can see the full range of activities on offer.