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 (at a small cost), talk to Group Facilitators, meet members of the Committee, look at our 2nd hand book sale and 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 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:

18th December' Christmas Social and Quiz
29th January 2018 'Parndon Mill Past and Present' by Roger Lee
26th February CELEBRATION OF HARLOW U3A'S 10TH BIRTHDAY- entertainment and simple games. Speaker: Pam Jones, Chairman, University of the Third Age
6th March 'Neighbourhood Matters' by Colin Freeman

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.

Thursday 4th January 2018

To start the new year we are offering 3 THEATRE TRIPS, all matinee performances, Coach & gratuities included.

42nd Street, another chance to see this exciting show. £ 45

Mamma Mia, A show to brighten a dull January day. £ 43

The Woman in Black, Tense & exciting, super spooky. £ 40

Friday 12th January 2018 - The Charterhouse & The Museum of the Order of St.John £ 22
This year The Charterhouse opened its doors to the public for the first time since 1348. We have a guided tour of this historic complex of buildings in Smithfield. The land was acquired in the middle of the fourteenth century as a burial ground for victims of the Black Death and in 1371 the Charterhouse was built as a Carthusian monastery. In 1611 a foundation was established to provide homes for 80 “Brothers” (men who had fallen upon hard times) and a school for 40 boys from poor families. John Wesley was a pupil here. People associated with the Charterhouse over the centuries include Wellington, Gladstone & Cromwell, who were all governors, and Dickens,Defoe and Thackeray. Cobbles, steps and a spiral staircase. In the afternoon we are visiting The Order of St. John Museum to hear the unique and fascinating story of this ancient religious military order. From its origins, caring for the sick pilgrims in 11th century Jerusalem through to its modern day role as St. John Ambulance the international first-aid charity.
We will be taking bookings before the Christmas Social.

Friday 16th February - Ragged School and Fish & Chips £24 Thomas Barnardo came to London from Dublin in 1866 with a plan to train as a doctor and then a missionary. On discovering the terrible disease and poverty in the area he gave up his medical training to open the first “Ragged ” free school in London. The museum has a Victorian Classroom and a Victorian East End Kitchen, showing what life was like in a one room home at the time. Coffee on arrival, then a talk on the history of the school and its place in Victorian England. After a browse around the museum we travel on to lunch at our favourite Fish Restaurant for lunch. A back before dark trip.

Coach times January
Thursday 4th January. Theatre trips
Gt. Parndon 10.10am, Town Centre 10.20am, Old Harlow 10.30am.

Friday 12th January. Charterhouse.
Gt. Parndon 9.20am, Town Centre 9.30am, Old Harlow 9.40am.

SPRING BREAK 2018 - 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. Further payments at the following meetings - January £100, February £100, 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 D Naylor (01279792135, davidjohnnaylor@btinternet.com ) 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.