Stanway in Colchester


Members of the Stanway in Colchester U3A are urged to go to the Members Area page and read documents relating to the new Third Age Trust National Office Advice relating to Constitutional and Financial Matters


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 its national organisation, the Third Age Trust. There are local U3As all across the UK, and in many other countries, which are 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, and is one of over 900 individual U3As in the UK with over 340,000 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:-

  • around 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)
  • lecture meetings with knowledgeable speakers (except August) (go to Talks&Tours)
  • monthly Newsletter (except January)(go to Members Area)
  • "Third Age Matters" and “Sources” magazines, published by the Third Age Trust (go to Members Area)


Membership subscriptions for 2017/18 are now being accepted for the year 1 September 2017 to 31 August 2018. The rate for members who are willing to receive newsletters by email is £11 for individuals and £20 for couples. The rate for members who wish to receive newsletters by post is £16 for individuals and £25 for couples at the same address. The application form for 2017/18 can be downloaded from Links in the side panel and was accompanied with the July newsletter.

Any new members who wish to join Stanway U3A between 1 May and 31 August can do so and will not need to renew their membership until 31 August the following year. Please use the Contact button at the top of this page to send a message to the Membership Secretary.

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