Roding Valley


Welcome to the Roding Valley U3A

Roding Valley u3a was inaugurated in May 2004 and now with a membership of over 500. We are situated in West Essex, close to the towns of Loughton, Chigwell, Theydon Bois and to the Historic Town of Epping - we are also near Epping Forest

On the 3rd Monday of each month there is a meeting at Theydon Bois Village Hall at 10.00am with an invited Speaker - this lasts for about an hour and is open to all members. The talks are varied, often illustrated, and are chosen to reflect different tastes and interests. Invariably there is something for everyone. Details of upcoming Monday meetings can be found on the Events page.

Our monthly Newsletter keeps members up to date with outings, theatre visits, social events and group news; which are currently unavailable. The Group Co-ordinator, Janet Whitehouse, will be placing New Group lists in the Reception area, together with a list on the easel of group that have vacancies.

Our u3a is one of over 1000 u3as in the UK and you an find out more about the movement here by (logging on to the u3A National website the website address is -
Members can join events organised by the National u3a, the East of England region, and the Essex Association of u3as. In addition you can read about them here.

The University of the Third Age, U3A, is a world-wide organisation of people who are either retired or no longer in full-time employment but who want to continue to learn and socialise in the company of others. No formal qualifications are required, nor are any awarded. All that is needed is a willingness to share one’s knowledge and to learn from others.

All members receive a copy of the national magazine "u3a NEWS" through the post. Roding Valley members are also able to participate in any of the events put on by National and details of them can be found on their website - information about some of these events can also be found on our "Events" page.