Rayleigh Grange


** Unfortunately, due to Covid, all face to face groups and meetings are cancelled until further notice. Some groups are meeting by Zoom and we hope to be back up and running as soon as the rules allow. **

** New Members welcome - contact our Membership Secretary for details **


I am very pleased to inform you all that we have retained the vast number of our members, plus 6
new members. Thank you for your prompt response.
Having been in contact with regional volunteers regarding retention of members,
we are in the minority with our numbers.

Several u3a’s have lost quite a few of their members and are engaging in events to recruit new members.
This for me shows the strength of Rayleigh Grange u3a and I am looking forward to us getting together for our
monthly meetings.
As I said last month, the earliest we can consider resuming is following the Government update on
21st June.
We will be governed by advice from the regional u3a and of course any restrictions placed
by Rayleigh Grange. We will obviously keep you updated.

I understand some walking groups are considering resuming following the update around 17th May,
when Step 3 and the rule of 6 will apply.
Please ensure you comply with the Group Co-Ordinator’s email regarding risk assessments and
recording details of members partaking for ‘track and trace’.

Members will need to carry out their own risk assessments which basically requires you to ensure
that, in relation to your own situation, you are happy to resume these activities.

I would hope by now that the majority of you have had at least your first COVID jab, and those who
have not yet had their second jab have a date for this.

Please keep safe and well.

Bob Farrow

May 2021


WELCOME - Rayleigh Grange u3a

In 2009, following a launch meeting at Rayleigh Grange, which had been organised by Rayleigh U3A and the national office, several volunteers came forward to start a new U3A. Those volunteers – Lillah Akerman, Ann Rawlinson, Margaret Halloran, Julia White, Sue Mahoney, Alan & Viv McKeown, June Cross, Jacqui Butcher, Irene & Stan Reynell - met up on 13 March 2009 at the Hungry Horse in London Road, to form a steering committee and Rayleigh Grange U3A was born. Lillah became our first Chairman and the group of 11 our founder members.

The name Rayleigh Grange was chosen, as our monthly meeting is held at the Grange Community Centre, Little Wheatley Chase, Rayleigh.

The initial membership of 39 at our first monthly meeting has grown steadily and we now have just over 300 members.

U3A stands for the University of the Third Age but is not a university in the academic sense – no qualifications are required and none are given. The U3A provides an opportunity through self-help to widen our experiences and knowledge. There are now over 1000 local U3As all over the UK with over 425,000 members.

We are a lively organisation with members drawn from Rayleigh and the surrounding area. Our main activities centre around over 50 interest groups which draw upon the knowledge and expertise of our members. These are held in members homes and venues around Rayleigh and offer educational, recreational and physical activities for those who are retired or no longer in full-time employment.

Rayleigh Grange U3A is run by an elected committee of 15 members. Our AGM in July 2020 saw elections for a new Committee, new members joining those remaining to take Rayleigh Grange U3A forward for another exciting year of speakers and events.

Each local U3A is autonomous and develops its own distinctive features but is able to call upon national and regional parts of the organisation for help and advice.

Rayleigh Grange U3A is affiliated to the Third Age Trust and upholds its aims and principles.

Subscription is only £12 a year which includes:

  • Entrance to our interest groups
  • Monthly meeting with a Guest Speaker - held on the first Wednesday of each month (excluding January, July & August)
  • Refreshments at the monthly meeting
  • Five copies of the national magazine “Third Age Matters”
  • A monthly newsletter or bulletin

Interest groups normally meet in the home of the leader or a group member and 50p is payable for refreshments. Additional costs may be payable when groups meet in a hall or if other fees are required.

Guests are welcome to attend our monthly meeting and the guest fee is £3.

Please see our Emergency Cold Weather Policy.

Rayleigh Grange U3A is a Registered Charity Number 1165092.