Stanway in Colchester


Stanway u3a - Registered Charity No.1171008

Thank you for visiting our website, which we hope you will find interesting, informative and exciting, do have a look around at all our pages.

We appreciate that due to the COVID-19 restrictions members have been unable to attend our physical groups and meetings, however some of the groups are continuing by using Zoom and other social media/online facilities.

Our informative and entertaining monthly Newsletters are still being issued to members, and twice monthly speaker presentations are being hosted on Zoom for our members (see EVENTS page).

The signs are promising that from Spring 2021 we may be able to start a phased return to our normal activities.


All the information and forms needed for Stanway u3a membership are in this section.

Our membership year runs from 1st May each year for 12 months.

Existing members please note that if you do not renew your membership you will not be able to attend your usual groups or the monthly members speaker meetings, nor will you receive any more newsletters or Third Age Matters magazines. You will also not be covered by u3a insurances.

You can pay your membership fee online by Bank Transfer, you will find remittance details on the forms on this page.


Use the Membership New Application form which is valid from March 2021 to 30 April 2022.

If you are a new member joining before 1st May your membership will run from registration until 30 April the following year.


Please use the Membership Renewal form.

This year we ask that in addition to completing the Renewal form, you also complete a Gift Aid Declaration form, so that we can ensure the information submitted to HMRC is current and correct.


Use the Associate Member New Application form if you are a FULL MEMBER OF ANOTHER U3A (except Colchester with whom we have reciprocal arrangements). We are able to offer you new membership of Stanway u3a at a reduced rate as you will not be charged the Third Age Trust membership fee, or for the Third Age Matters magazine as this will be arranged through your primary U3A. You must provide evidence of your membership of another u3a.

Use the Associate Member Renewal form if you were already with us in 2020-21, you are also welcome to a reduced membership fee for 21-22.


All forms are provided in Word and PDF versions and can be downloaded from the Links in the side panel on this page, they state the current membership fees for 2021/22.

Word versions of the forms are editable so can be completed electronically. Those forms that require your signature(s) will need to be printed and signed then scanned back in to attach if submitting by email.

Email your completed forms to, or post them to the address on the forms.

For general membership enquiries please either call our dedicated telephone number 07561 135235 or use the Contact page to message our Membership Secretary.


The 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 - (go to EVENTS)
  • visits to places of interest with guides and privileged access (go to EVENTS)
  • monthly member meetings with knowledgeable and entertaining speakers (go to EVENTS)
  • 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.