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:

See below for details of outings. All newly issued outings can only be booked at the monthy meeting from 9.45am.

*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.

Wednesday 27th June - Chiswick House £18 - 10 places available - English Heritage members £12 One of the earliest and most beautiful Georgian buildings in the UK, the model which set the trend for neo-Palladian architecture within romantic landscapes. Also 65 acres of gardens from classical vistas to ponds, fountains and 18th century wilderness. The conservatory contains the world famous camellia collection. Cafe and shop. Audio tour of house provided.
There will be a limited space on the coach for those wishing to spend the day in: Richmond Town £12

Thursday 12th July - Rye and Hastings £15 Perched on a hill, the charming Cinque port of Rye with its cobbled lanes like Mermaid Street lined with medieval, half-timbered houses. The afternoon in Hastings home of Britain’s largest beach-launched fishing fleet. Harry Ramsdens fish and chips and the historic medieval Old Town.

Wednesday 25th July - Framlingham and Castle £25 English Heritage Mems £18
The attractive market town of Framlingham dates back to 1285. It was voted one of the 100 best places to live in the country; we can stroll among the 74 listed buildings to see why. Entry to the castle is included, with its 800 years of history from royal refuge to a 17th poorhouse. Climb the battlements to see fabulous views of the surrounding Suffolk countryside. The 12th century St. Michael’s Church also is worth a visit. We will be stopping for a coffee break on route and making a return visit to the interesting Corncraft at Monks Eleigh for an included tea or coffee and choice of cake, before travelling home. Any remaining places will be available at the June meeting.

Tuesday 7th August - The Houses of Parliament Tour £30 We first visit the interactive exhibition ‘Voice and Vote’ in Westminster hall which celebrates the 100 years since Parliament passed a law which allowed some women and all men to vote for the first time. The exhibition spans the period from when women were only allowed to view procedures from what was known as The Cage to becoming Prime Minister. The ‘New Dawn ‘ sculpture is also on display. After viewing the exhibition our Blue Badge guide will take us on a tour of the Houses of Parliament. We will enter the Commons Chamber, The Lords and more.

Thursday 23rd August - Eastbourne. £17 Coffee stop at Tunbridge Wells before travelling on to the Sussex resort of Eastbourne. Visit the Fortress or Pavilion, walk along the Pier, or take a boat trip around the Heritage Coast, listen to the Big Band concert at the bandstand, sit on the beach, visit the old town or the shops. Free to do as you please.

Sawbridgeworth U3A have seats available for ‘An Ideal Husband’ at the Vaudeville Theatre on Thursday 12th July at 2.30pm. Pick up at Dominos Old Harlow 11.10am cost £55. Contact: rosemary.penketh@outlook.com if you would like to go.

Harlow U3A choir are performing in a concert at Burnt Mill School on Sunday 15th July at 3pm. All proceeds to charity. Tickets available from Ann Jones or Ann Flint.

Coach times for June/July
Chiswick House Wed. 27th June. Gt.Parndon 9.05, Town Centre 9.15, Old Harlow 9.25am.
Hastings & Rye Thursday 12th July Gt.Parndon 8am, Town Centre 8.10, Old Harlow 8.20.

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

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.