Stansted Mountfitchet


OUR U3A IS STILL WELCOMING NEW MEMBERS DURING THE COVID-19 STAY AT HOME PERIOD. Check out which of our groups are still operating on the Groups page and find out how to join on the Contact page.

Hello and welcome to our Stansted Mountfitchet U3A website. This is where you can find out about our U3A, so you are in the right place.

During this time when we are all being asked to stay at home, our face to face meetings have been cancelled, but many of our groups are still going on using Social Media and telephones. Take a look at our News page to see what we have been getting up to.

We formed in 2009, so have been going for some time now and have over 300 members. We have a regular General Meeting on the 3rd Thursday of every month at St John’s Church Hall in Stansted. There is always free tea, coffee and biscuits at the meetings and members start arriving around 1.30 so they can chat to friends old and new and sign up for any trips, events or groups before the business of the meeting starts at 2pm. Business sounds a bit formal, what we really do is have short announcements about up- coming events; members can speak about something if they want and then we have a different guest speaker every month who will talk about things of interest. The talks are often humorous, but always informative. Prospective new members are always welcome to come along to these meetings to meet up with us and find out if they like what they see. Details of the next meeting are on the Events tab above.

We have a large number of different interest groups that members can join. These groups are run by members for members and cover a wide range of interests, hobbies and educational pursuits. Check them out by clicking on the Groups tab above and find the contact details for the Group Leader. They meet weekly, fortnightly or monthly and a few are ad hoc for special events. We are always keen to help members start new interest groups.

We run Trips and Holidays during the year and these are always popular with members. You can check these out on the Trips & Hols tab.

We do hope to see you again on our website or at a general meeting. If you want to join you can do so by downloading and completing the Membership Application Form on our Contact tab and either bring it along to a General Meeting or post it to the address shown on the form.

There are more than 1,000 U3As in the UK and we are proud to be one of them. Founded over 35 years ago, the UK U3A movement 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. Activities are run by members for members and all of our committee members, group leaders and helpers are volunteers.

To find out more about the national organisation go to the U3A tab above.

Stansted Mountfitchet University of the Third Age

Registered Charity Number 1148073