Stansted Mountfitchet

Trips and Events

Stansted Mountfitchet U3A runs a number of trips and events.

Our free Monthly Meetings are held on the third Thursday of the month at St. John's Church Hall, Chapel Hill, 1.30pm for 2pm. We normally have a speaker, free tea and coffee are served and you can find information about future trips and events. Prospective new members are welcome to come along to see what we do.

We hold five or six Saturday Morning Seminars per year. These are from 9.30 to approximately 12.30 and are usually held at The Free Church hall in Chapel Hill. The seminar leaders are all experts in their field and subjects are varied, from the Arts to Science & Technology. There is a small charge of £4.50 to attend and booking is essential.

Various Day Trips are organised by members during the year and one or two short Holiday Breaks, normally by coach.

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Dates for your Diary
January 2020
Wed Jan 22ndWalking & Nature AppreciationOur first walk this year will be on Wednesday, 22nd. January, weather permitting. I propose a walk from Bishop’s Stortford back to Stansted following a roundabout route of approx. 4 miles. At this time of year even good paths are likely to have muddy patches. Those who wish to brave the elements meet at 9.30 at the bus stop near Tesco on Cambridge Road to catch the 301 bus at 9.37. We should be back in Stansted by 12 o’clock.
February 2020
Thu Feb 6thPoetry for PleasureThe colour blue.
Sun Feb 16thGardeningVisit to Easton Lodge
Wed Feb 19thArt AppreciationVisit to First Site Colchester. Antony Gormley: Field for the British Isles
Thu Feb 20thMeetingGeneral Meeting, St John's Church Hall, St John's Road, Stansted, 1.30 for 2pm. Tracy Mackness from the Giggly Pig Organic Farm. She will sell sausages, bacon, faggots and her books
March 2020
Wed Mar 4thDay Trips & HolidaysTheatre trip to see the West End show Pretty Woman. Come and see a matinee performance at the Piccadilly Theatre at 2:30 pm on Wednesday 4th March 2020. The cost will be £47.00 per person and there are only 38 places available. To book contact Jan Petchey.
Pick up details: Old Barclay's Bank, Stansted at 10:30am.
Thu Mar 5thPoetry for PleasurePoems from or about the Southern hemisphere, especially the countries and islands of the Southern Pacific Ocean.
Fri Mar 6thGardeningVisit to Hyde Hall
Sat Mar 14thMeetingSaturday Morning Seminar. History of the World in a Morning with Neil Faulkner. More information to follow.
Wed Mar 18thArt AppreciationRound Table Discussions
Thu Mar 19thMeetingGeneral Meeting, St John's Church Hall, St John's Road, Stansted, 1.30 for 2pm.

Kate Cole local historian, genealogist and author "The Witches Of Elizabethan Essex"

Please note that parking restrictions in the St John's Road area are lifted for this meeting (not Chapel Hill).
Sun Mar 22ndConcerts and ClassicsThe Glen Miller Orchestra, musical director Ray McVay at Saffron Hall, 3pm. This orchestra uses Glenn Miller's original arrangements and his classic line-up, so this is a big band the way they used to be. The concert will feature songs like "American Patrol", "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square", "Pennsylvania 6-5000" and "Moonlight Serenade".
Ticket prices either £25 or £22 according to availability, plus approximately £10 for the coach. This trip sold out at the November monthly meeting, but you can go on a waiting list by contacting Helen Parrish.
April 2020
Thu Apr 2ndPoetry for PleasureGardens and their occupants and visitors - flowers, trees, mammals, birds, butterflies, insects, gardeners, etc.
Thu Apr 16thMeetingGeneral Meeting, St John's Church Hall, St John's Road, Stansted, 1.30 for 2pm.

Alan Haines The Baby Boomer Nostalgia Show. A humorous look at life for those people born in the 50's and 60's.

Please note that parking restrictions in the St John's Road area are lifted for this meeting (not Chapel Hill).
Fri Apr 17thGardeningVisit to Theobalds Farm
Wed Apr 22ndArt AppreciationVisit to The Royal Academy, London. Gauguin and the Impressionists Note change to 4th Wednesday
May 2020
Sat May 2ndMeetingSaturday Morning Seminar. Dorothy Hodgkin - A Life with Georgina Ferry. More information to follow.
Thu May 7thPoetry for PleasureTravel and travellers.
Fri May 8thGardeningVisit to Spencers
Sat May 9thSocialEvening Supper Quiz. Provisional date
Wed May 20thArt AppreciationDiscussion on Photography as Art
Thu May 21stMeetingAnnual General Meeting, St John's Church Hall, St John's Road, Stansted, 1.30 for 2pm.

Please note that parking restrictions in the St John's Road area are lifted for this meeting (not Chapel Hill).
June 2020
Fri Jun 5thGardeningVisit to Two Cottages (Chrishall)
Wed Jun 17thArt AppreciationVisit to Fry Art Gallery, Saffron Walden
Thu Jun 18thMeetingGeneral Meeting, St John's Church Hall, St John's Road, Stansted, 1.30 for 2pm.

Martin Lloyd,"Passports, Assassins, Traitors And Spies

Please note that parking restrictions in the St John's Road area are lifted for this meeting (not Chapel Hill).
July 2020
Fri Jul 3rdGardeningVisit to Longyard Gottage (Betts Lane, Nr Harlow)
Wed Jul 15thArt AppreciationMembers discuss their favourite sculpture
Thu Jul 16thMeetingGeneral Meeting, St John's Church Hall, St John's Road, Stansted, 1.30 for 2pm.

Maggie and Ron Tear "The Big Print Show" A talk using large scale photos on a variety of subjects.

Please note that parking restrictions in the St John's Road area are lifted for this meeting (not Chapel Hill).
August 2020
Fri Aug 7thGardeningVisit to Dragons
Tue Aug 18thArt AppreciationVisit to Henry Moore Foundation at Perry Green
Thu Aug 20thMeetingGeneral Meeting, St John's Church Hall, St John's Road, Stansted, 1.30 for 2pm.

Our regular August Tea party with tea, cakes and bubbly.

Please note that parking restrictions in the St John's Road area are lifted for this meeting (not Chapel Hill).
September 2020
Fri Sep 4thGardeningVisit to Turpins Lane (Chigwell)
Wed Sep 16thArt AppreciationDale Chilhuly video
Thu Sep 17thMeetingGeneral Meeting, St John's Church Hall, St John's Road, Stansted, 1.30 for 2pm.

Deborah Brady "A Female In Fleet Street". My life as a former photojournalist for the national press.

Please note that parking restrictions in the St John's Road area are lifted for this meeting (not Chapel Hill).
October 2020
Fri Oct 2ndGardeningVisit to Bridge End Gardens & Springwell TBC
Mon Oct 5th
→Fri Oct 9th
HolidayCoach holiday to Weymouth and Dorset, including trips to Swanage Steam Railway, Corfe Castle, Dorchester and more. Cost is £390 pp. Some single rooms are included within that price, but once these have been booked there will be a single person supplement of £60. Click on Weymouth Holiday Itinerary for the full itinerary and Weymouth Holiday Details for full details. Booking starts at the General Meeting on February 20th. You can contact Nigel Johnson after this date to book.
Sat Oct 10thMeetingSaturday Morning Seminar. Venetian Art with Jo Brooks. More information to follow.
Wed Oct 14thArt AppreciationVisit to Sir John Soane’s Museum, London. Note change to 2nd Wednesday
Thu Oct 15thMeetingGeneral Meeting, St John's Church Hall, St John's Road, Stansted, 1.30 for 2pm.

Amanda Sutherland "Trends Of A Decade". Amanda will bring her travelling gift shop and sell items of her own design/making in preparation for Christmas. This is a return visit for Amanda. her items for sale were popular.

Please note that parking restrictions in the St John's Road area are lifted for this meeting (not Chapel Hill).
November 2020
Fri Nov 6thGardeningPlanning meeting for next year.
Wed Nov 18thArt AppreciationChristmas Social Lunch
Thu Nov 19thMeetingGeneral Meeting, St John's Church Hall, St John's Road, Stansted, 1.30 for 2pm.

Jane Gosling "Boom And Bust In Medieval Lavenham".

Please note that parking restrictions in the St John's Road area are lifted for this meeting (not Chapel Hill).
Sat Nov 21stMeetingSaturday Morning Seminar. Provisional date. The Kingdom of East Seaxe with Julian Wybrow.