Stanway in Colchester

Talks & Tours

Lecture Meetings All members of the U3A are welcome to attend our Lecture Meetings, which feature a variety of speakers. Meetings are held on the second Friday of each month (no meeting in August) in Stanway Village Hall, Villa Road, Stanway starting at 2.15pm. Entrance and refreshments are free. The programme of speakers is advertised in the current Brochure, the February newsletter and in Dates for your Diary below. Alternative parking: The Evangelical Church on Chapel Road has kindly allowed us to park in their car park on Lecture days. Stanway U3A members also have access to Colchester U3A monthly talks, but do take your membership card with you. Use the link to Colchester U3A talks in the side panel.

Mini-Lecture Meetings Occasional meetings are held in much smaller local venues and are advertised at the monthly Lecture Meetings, in Newsletters and in Dates for your Diary below. Entrance is free, refreshments are not provided.


All Around the Town These events go to local places of interest, usually with a guide and privileged access. These trips are advertised at the monthly Lecture Meetings, in the Newsletters and in Dates for your Diary below.

Trips and Tours These trips go further afield and can be just for the day, or sometimes a three or four day mini-break. They are advertised at the monthly Lecture Meetings, in the Newsletters and in Dates for your Diary below.

Booking Form Click on the particular event Booking Form which is under Links at the side of this page.


New Members and Coffee Socials These social occasions are arranged in October, February, April and June to provide an opportunity for all Stanway U3A members to meet informally. They are advertised at the monthly Lecture Meetings, in the Newsletter and on the Noticeboard of the Welcome page on the website. All members are very welcome to attend. Please check Newsletter for exact dates, times and venues.

Group Leaders Business Buffet Once a year in August there is a ‘Thank You’ event for all Stanway U3A Group Leaders.

Dates for your Diary
October 2018
Mon Oct 29thMeetingNew Members Afternoon Tea - at Tollgate Hall (behind Stanway Village Hall) from 2pm to 4pm. A chance to meet members of our various committees, group leaders and other new members. Information, refreshments and raffle are on offer - just turn up on the day!
November 2018
Fri Nov 9thMeetingInstead of a Lecture Meeting in November we are hosting a Quiz Afternoon. Do come along - same time, same place - doors open at 1.45pm - the Quiz will start at 2.15pm at Stanway Village Hall, Villa Road, CO3 0RH
Wed Nov 21stOutingSizewell B Power Station, Leiston, Suffolk IP16 4UR from 13.00hours until 16.30hours.

Would you like to see for yourself how electricity is generated in a nuclear power station and find out more about nuclear power generation? Sizewell B is the UK’s only Pressurised Water Reactor (PWR) and also the most modern nuclear power station in the UK.

See details in the September Newsletter.
December 2018
Wed Dec 5thOutingSt Albans Christmas Market Our day trip will give you plenty of time to explore and enjoy all of the city's attraction, whether for historic interest or some festive retail therapy. Details and the booking form are in the October Newsletter. Open to non Stanway U3A members from 15 October
March 2019
Thu Mar 28thOutingAn afternoon of Old Tyme Music Hall entertainment to lift the spirits. The humour will be risqué in the best musical hall tradition. Including afternoon tea with sandwiches, pastries and tea/coffee.

Cost: £49 each including coach, show, afternoon tea and driver tip. Booking Form under Links at the side of this page. Open to Non-Stanway U3A members from 1 November. Booking closes 15 December.
April 2019
Thu Apr 11thStudy DayU3A North East Essex Cluster: Third workshop Study Day

Following successful Study Days held in 2016 and 2017, the Chairmen of the local U3As have agreed that the next study day will take place on Thursday 11th April 2019 at The Gilberd School, Colchester.

If you feel you would like to consider sharing your knowledge with others, then please contact the Stanway interim Co-ordinator through the 'Bluebird' link or contact the Cluster Group Project Co-Ordinator, details can be found on the downloadable documents.

Information for Members wishing to offer to run a Workshop' and Application to run a Workshop'. Closing date for applications to run a Workshop is 31 July 2018.

The full programme of workshops will be available on the dedicated page later in the year.

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