Harwich Peninsula


Welcome to the Harwich Peninsula U3A web site.

If you would like to join the U3A please contact our membership secretary Sheila Allen tel. 01255 552510 or use the "Contact" page and select membership enquiry.

The history of Harwich dates back to the middle ages. First given a charter in 1318 it has primarily been a naval base, a commercial port and a site for ship building. The captain of the the Mayflower, Christopher Jones, lived here, and the ship called here en route to America. The famous diarist Samual Pepys was MP for Harwich. Buildings of special interest include the Guidhall, the Redoubt a well preserved Napoleonic fort, and the Electric Palace one of the oldest surviving cinemas in the UK. Now Harwich is mainly a commercial portu for the continent, and the headquarters of Trinity House.

The University of the Third Age is a national and international network of self-regulating, local associations. The national representative body for U3As in the UK is The Third Age Trust. Members are normally not in full time employment. They form interest groups to continue existing interests or explore new ones. No qualifications are required, and none given. Interest groups set their own agendas and work at their own comfortable pace.

The Harwich Peninsula U3A serves Harwich, Dovercourt and Parkeston and the surrounding villages. Anyone not in full time employment in this area is welcome to join. It was founded in 2006. We have a monthly meeting at 2pm on second Tuesday of the month. We meet at the Waterfront, Dovercourt. Membership costs £15.00 per annum and covers all the groups you may wish to join.

To use the site please go to the "Groups" page for details of all the groups currently running. This will give you details of what the group does, when they meet and often the future programme they intend to follow. Also included are contact details for the group. If you wish to see the programme for the monthly meeting at the Waterfront please go to the "Events" page. The "Links" page gives details of all links to external web sites included in the site. The "Contact" page is the page to use if you want to contact group leaders, the editor or join using e-mail.

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Computer classes available on Thursday mornings from 10 am til 12 am at Long Meadows Community Centre. Cost £3 per session. All levels catered for.
Free 24 hour legal assistance is available to U3A members. Contact a committee member for details if this service is needed.
Included below are useful links. You may wish to look at the U3A main web site, look at other Essex U3A activities or look at the many interesting online courses on offer from the U3A or OpenLearn (Open University). There is a very small charge for the U3A courses but the OpenLearn courses are free.

U3A Document \"Growth Matters\"

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