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 for members and £5 for non-members 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
March 2019
Fri Mar 29thBus Pass GroupColchester Roman City on market day.
April 2019
Mon Apr 1stPhilosophyKierkegaard, Lecture 1. Course Introduction: The Life and Work of Kierkegaard a a 'Socratic Task'.
Wed Apr 3rdArt House Films1.30pm, Free Church Hall, Stansted. The group will be discussing "A Bout de Souffle" (Breathless), a 1960 New Wave crime drama written and directed by Jean - Luc Godard.
Thu Apr 4thPoetry for PleasureLucky Dip -anything you would like to read
Wed Apr 10thBus Pass GroupBocking Gardens, Braintree, with the Town Market
Thu Apr 11thDay Trips & HolidaysEnjoy an afternoon of laughter with a Trip to Cambridge Art's Theatre to see Tom Stoppard's Rough Crossing at 2.30pm matinee performance. Cost, to include coach travel, £41. Early booking required to secure seats for this popular play. Now sold out. Contact Stansted U3A Trips
Sun Apr 14thConcerts and ClassicsConcert at Saffron Hall at 3pm and features the music of Nat King Cole played by the BBC Big Band with vocalist Atila.
THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED.
Mon Apr 15thPhilosophyKierkegaard Lecture 2, Kierkegaard, Matensen and Hegelianism.
Wed Apr 17thArt AppreciationVisit to the National Gallery. Joaquin Sorolla - Spanish Master of Light.
Thu Apr 18thMeetingMonthly Meeting, St John's Church Hall,1.15 for 2pm. Please note, St John's Road Area parking restrictions lifted for this event, 1pm to 4pm.
A welcome return visit from Sue Fishpool of Grove Cottage to speak about Mencap and the work of Grove Cottage.
Membership Renewal continues today
May 2019
Thu May 2ndPoetry for PleasurePoetry of or about the Indian sub-continent
Wed May 8thDay Trips & HolidaysCoach trip to Copped Hall, Epping. Price £24 to include a 3 hour tour of the house and gardens and refreshments (tea/coffee and homemade cakes and biscuits), cost of coach and the driver’s tip.
Leaving Stansted, old Barclays Bank, at 9am, returning to Stansted at approximately 2.15pm. Copped Hall is a fine Georgian mansion and has been under restoration by the Copped Hall Trust since 1995.
In the gardens are the partly excavated remains of the old Tudor Hall which once belonged to Henry VIII. The gardens also boast an impressive 4 acre walled garden, also under restoration

Booking starts at the general meeting on March 21st. Please make cheques payable to Stansted Mountfitchet U3A Social Account. After the meeting date, bookings will be taken on line by Jenny Wraith. Please note this trip may not be suitable for those with mobility issues as there are uneven surfaces and steps.
Wed May 15thArt AppreciationPresentation on Sculpture in the Environment.
Thu May 16thMeetingMonthly Meeting, St John's Church Hall,1.30 for 2pm. Please note, St John's Road Area parking restrictions lifted for this event, 1pm to 4pm.
Today is our Annual General Meeting. Details will be emailed to all members in advance. Please remember to bring your 2019 (yellow) Membership Card along.
Wed May 22ndBus Pass GroupHatfield House with a visit to the private gardens
Sat May 25thMeetingSaturday Seminar, Lawrence of Arabia: Excavating a Legend, with Dr Neil Faulkner FSA. Free Church Hall, 9.30 to 12.30. Come along and hear Neil, archeologist, historian and writer. For full details click on this link Lawrence of Arabia. Tickets £4.50 each from Ticket Source.
June 2019
Thu Jun 6thPoetry for PleasureFruit and vegetables
Mon Jun 10thPhilosophyKierkegaard Lecture 3, Kierkegaard's View of Socrates.
Wed Jun 12thBus Pass GroupRayleigh on market day.
Wed Jun 19thArt AppreciationVisit to Henry Moore Foundation. Henry Moore Drawings: The Art of Seeing.
Thu Jun 20thMeetingMonthly Meeting, St John's Church Hall,1.30 for 2pm. Please note, St John's Road Area parking restrictions lifted for this event, 1pm to 4pm.
Sylvia Keith will be giving a presentation on one of her many travels.
Mon Jun 24thPhilosophyKierkegaard Lecture 4, Kierkegaard, Heiberg and History
July 2019
Thu Jul 4thBus Pass GroupWalk from Ware to Hertford along the River Lee.
Mon Jul 8thPhilosophyKierkegaard Lecture 5, Kierkegaard, Moller and Schlegel
Mon Jul 15th
→Fri Jul 19th
Day Trips & HolidaysThis is a holiday being organised by Thorley U3A to Normandy. For details please click on Thorley Trip to Normandy.
Wed Jul 17thArt AppreciationPresentation on Street Art
Thu Jul 18thMeetingMonthly Meeting, St John's Church Hall,1.30 for 2pm. Please note, St John's Road Area parking restrictions lifted for this event, 1pm to 4pm.
James Taylor will be coming along to entertain us with The Brilliant British Humour in the Forgotten Art of the Picture Postcard.
Mon Jul 22ndPhilosophyKierkegaard Lecute 6, The Trip to Berlin and the Beginning of the Authorship
August 2019
Fri Aug 16thBus Pass GroupEpping-Ongar railway (steam train and vintage buses).
Wed Aug 21stArt AppreciationVisit to National Portrait Gallery. BP Portrait of the Year etc.
September 2019
Mon Sep 2ndBus Pass GroupTrip marker only EXACT DATE TO BE ADVISED. Paddle Ship Waverley, a trip on the paddle ship, possibly from Southend.
Mon Sep 2ndPhilosophyKierkegaard Lecture 7, The Development of the Pseudonymous Works
Mon Sep 9th
→Fri Sep 13th
Day Trips & HolidaysCoach holiday to West Sussex and Brighton, staying at the Royal Albion Hotel, opposite Brighton Pier, with trips to Arundel Castle, Bluebell Line, Borde Hill Gardens, Chichester and Winchester.
Booking starts at the February General Meeting.
For itinerary details, click on West Sussex and Brighton Holiday and for details on how to book and single supplement click on West Sussex Holiday details
Mon Sep 16thPhilosophyKierkegaard Lecture 8, The 2nd Half of the Authorship and the Attack on the Church.
Wed Sep 18thArt AppreciationMembers discuss their favourite portrait.
October 2019
Wed Oct 16thArt AppreciationVisit to Hatfield Forest - Forest Art
Thu Oct 24thBus Pass GroupWelwyn Roman Baths and shopping in Welwyn Garden City.
November 2019
Mon Nov 4thBus Pass GroupDate marker only. EXACT DATE TO BE ADVISED. Christmas lunch at the Cross Keys pub, Saffron Walden.
Wed Nov 20thArt AppreciationChristmas Social Lunch.