Please email the Groups Coordinator, Gill Sewell, or the appropriate Group Convener for the current situation regarding interest groups.

Welcome to the Sawbridgeworth u3a website

Sawbridgeworth u3a 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. Sawbridgeworth u3a hold their general meetings at the Sawbridgeworth Memorial Hall, The Forebury, Sawbridgeworth CM21 9BD. 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 by chatting to members.

General meetings:
The monthly General Meeting is at Sawbridgeworth Memorial Hall has moved back to the 2nd Friday of the month with an invited speaker. Easter's date maybe different. See Events for details.
Time: Doors open 3pm. Refreshments will be served.

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; book clubs, bridge, walks, cycling, and many more
  • Outings
  • Socialise and make friends with 350+ members
  • Website
  • Newsletter

Additionally, 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. u3a's 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 of Sawbridgeworth u3a to enjoy the benefits, of which there are many. A non-member cannot take part in an activity until they have full membership.

How do I join? A Membership application form can be downloaded from the Membership page.

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.

What does u3a mean?
u3a was founded in 1982 as the University of the Third Age but is now simply u3a.

u3a is self managed, self-funded and democratic with their own Constitution. The University of the Third age is a national organisation with over 1000 individual u3a throughout the UK. All u3a are supported by its representative body, The Third Age Trust.