Face-to-face general and interest group meetings cannot be held until further notice but we have started running monthly general meetings on Zoom and interest group meetings are operating on Zoom or What's App where this is practicable. Please check with the Groups Coordinator, Gill Sewell, or the appropriate Group Convener for the current situation. Unfortunately it is currently not possible to run outings. Please support the virtual meetings. If you need help with Zoom a member of the committee will help you.

Welcome to the Sawbridgeworth U3A website

Are you looking for a whole new experience, one which will change or enhance your life? Are you seeking to make new friends? Do you want to learn a new interest or improve on an existing one? Then why not become a member of Sawbridgeworth U3A which opens up new opportunities for you. You need never be alone with your U3A. All members accept the principles of the U3A - sharing group responsibilities by helping one another; to quote one of the original founders of the U3A movement in 1989: 'those who teach shall also learn and those who learn shall also teach'.

Sawbridgeworth U3A have now been successfully going for 4 years, having started in January 2016. There are now many differing activity groups where you can learn a new skill, enhance an existing skill and meet other like minded individuals. Under normal circumstances Sawbridgeworth U3A hold their general meetings at the Sawbridgeworth Memorial Hall, The Forebury, Sawbridgeworth CM21 9EB. If you are not sure if this organisation is for you why not come along to one of the general meetings. It is an excellent way of seeing if this U3A is for you and at the same time enjoy refreshments and chat to members.

General meetings:
Until further notice we are holding general meetings on Zoom with an invited speaker. Occasionally, there may be a need to change a particular month. Please check for details.
Time: 3pm for 45-60 minutes
Where: At your home
Sorry but we can no longer provide tea or coffee but please make your own

Membership fees: £15 per annum.
Membership year: April to March.

What does Sawbridgeworth U3A offer its members:

  • Free attendance at Monthly General Meetings (most have an invited speaker),
  • 40+ various activity groups; art appreciation, walks, church visits, croquet, and many more,
  • Outings,
  • Socialise and make friends with 400+ members,
  • Website,
  • Newsletter.

Additionally, as a member of a U3A members can attend workshops, study days, lectures, summer schools, conferences and more provided by the Third Age Trust.

Members have the opportunity to attend as many interest groups as available (and to volunteer to start a new interest group if they wish). There may be an additional small cost upon joining a particular activity group as they may be held at a local venue in which case the cost of the hire is shared among those attending.

Who can join:
Men and women without full time responsibilities (Third Agers) who wish to be actively involved in sharing their skills, experience and knowledge with others like themselves; these can be life experiences, creative skills, educational or leisure activities. U3As are run by its members for its members all of whom are volunteers.

Visitors: are welcome to come along free to one General Meeting, thereafter they need to be fully paid up members to enjoy the benefits, of which there are many, of being a member of U3A. A non member cannot take part in an activity until they have full membership.

How do I join? A Membership application form (2-Part) can be downloaded from the Link on this page. If you are unable to print off this form please contact the Membership Secretary on 01279 722297 - a message can be left.

The Committee and Convenors work hard to offer you various benefits, such as a newsletter, this website, special events and any other activity that its membership would like. Suggestions and ideas are always welcome. Help Sawbridgeworth U3A build on its early success.

What does U3A mean?
U3A was founded in 1982 as the University of the Third Age but is now simply U3A.

U3As are self managed, self-funded and democratic with their own Constitution. The University of the Third age is a national organisation with over 1000 individual U3As throughout the UK. All U3As are supported by its representative body, The Third Age Trust.

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