Stanway in Colchester


Registered Charity No.1171008


The University of the Third Age (U3A) movement is a unique and exciting organisation which provides, through its U3As, life-enhancing and life-changing opportunities. Membership of a U3A is defined not by a particular age but by a period in life in which full time employment has ceased.

Members come together and learn together, not for qualifications but for its own reward: the sheer joy of discovery. Members share their skills and life experiences: the learners teach and the teachers learn, and there is no distinction between them. The U3A movement is supported by the Third Age Trust. There are local U3As all across the UK with well over 425,000 U3A members in more than 1,043 U3As run entirely by volunteers. They draw upon the knowledge, experience and skills of their own members to organise and provide interest groups in accordance with the wishes of the membership.


Stanway U3A (with Colchester U3A), serves the people of Colchester and its surrounding towns and villages. Stanway U3A has over 900 members. We are a lively and friendly group of people who wish to continue to learn and take up new interests and activities in spite of, or because of having reached the "Third Age" – the period when we are no longer in full time employment. Join us and you will enjoy access to:-

  • over 70 interest groups (go to GROUPS)
  • taster sessions and short term activities (go to GROUPS)
  • social events - mornings/afternoons (go to TALKS&TOURS)
  • visits to places of interest with guides and privileged access (go to TALKS&TOURS)
  • monthly lecture meetings with knowledgeable speakers (no meeting in August)(go to TALKS&TOURS)
  • monthly newsletter (go to MEMBERS AREA)
  • "Third Age Matters" magazine, published by the Third Age Trust (go to MEMBERS AREA)

Stanway U3A is managed through an appointed Executive Committee and a number of active Sub-committees - see the photo on this page for further details.


The new membership application form is valid from January 2019 and can be downloaded from the Links in the side panel on this page. We now have a dedicated telephone number for membership enquiries:- 07561 135235. This is following enquiries by potential new members who do not have access to a computer. For new members joining their membership will run until 30 April 2020.

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