Roding Valley


Welcome to the Roding Valley U3A, inaugurated in May 2004 and now with a membership of over 580. 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.

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.

Interest/study Groups are organised by members. They vary in size and meet by kind permission in members’ homes, or outside venues, often Theydon Bois Village Hall. These groups form the basis of any U3A.

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. The average attendance is just under 200, which is fortunate as the hall has a maximum capacity of 210. Details of upcoming Monday meetings can be found on the Events page.

Refreshments are available before the meeting. This is an opportunity to chat, sign up to new groups, and book social events and outings. A monthly newsletter keeps members up to date with outings, theatre visits, social events and group news.

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

Our membership fees are for the year commencing 1st June 2020 until 31st May 2021, will be £3.00 per member. There will be no discount for couples. Just to remind you all that our Membership Year ends on 31st May. For more details see the front page of the Monthly Newsletter.


Please note that due to Covid19, all regular Monthly meetings with talks, group meetings in Members homes or in other locations have been cancelled until further notice. This also includes walks and other forms of outings. The Village Hall is closed until the end of June. We will continue to monitor the situation and will operate a full programme when it is safe to do so.


Our Groups and planned outings as stated above cannot meet in person, but some groups have discovered some new and innovative ways to continue contact and activity during this period, including on-line activities. Our Practical Art for example use a group Whats App to send messages and pictures to keep in contact with their members to show they are not forgotten. Keeping in contact is very important in this period of self-isolation.

We hope that we can resume our activities in the not too distant future. When we do this page will be updated.

In the meantime we send our good wishes and hope that you are keeping safe and well.


Although we are not meeting at the moment, and we all know why, if you are interested in joining our U3A as a member please visit our contact page. Then all you need to do is send us a message giving your details and a membership form will be posted to you.