Welcome to the Stansted Mountfitchet U3A website
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If you want to know what we have been up to recently, click on our News page, or if you want to know what Events are coming up, there is a page for that too. We also have a Group Activities page where you can find out about all the different interest groups. You can contact us with any questions on the Contact page.
New Members are always welcome. You can email us on the Contact page or can download a membership form there too.
We are still looking for members to join the committee as we are at least two people short. There is only one committee meeting a month and without volunteers it is very difficult for the existing committee to fulfill all the expectations of members. You are very welcome to come along to a monthly committee meeting as an observer to see what we do and what a friendly bunch we are. That would not commit you to joining the committee. If you would like to check us out, please speak to any committee member at a general meeting or email Stansted U3A. We would love to see you come along. No previous experience necessary!
With over 300 members,'small but beautifully formed’ is probably one of the best ways to describe our U3A. Other adjectives include friendly, welcoming, lively, busy and expanding, just like the village. Our third Thursday monthly meetings are always well attended and the atmosphere is one similar to a large family coming together for a happy occasion.
As one of our members said" I moved up to Birchanger 7 years ago and joined the U3A in Stansted to get to know people. It was one of the best things I ever did. Great people, great fun, and great activities."
The University of the Third Age
Founded over 35 years ago, the UK U3A movement (based loosely on the French model) aims to encourage groups of people in their third age to come together and continue their enjoyment of learning in subjects of interest to them.
From the start, the guiding principles were to promote lifelong learning through self-help interest groups covering a wide range of topics and activities as chosen by their members.
The 'third age' is defined by a time in your life (not necessarily chronological) where you have the opportunity to undertake learning for its own sake. There is no minimum age, but a focus on people who are no longer in full-time employment or raising a family.
There are more than 1,000 U3As in the UK. To find out more about the national organisation go to the link for The Third Age Trust