The Rodings & Surrounding Area


Our Registered Charity Number is 1146315


U3A stands for the” University of the 3rd Age”, the time of our lives when we are no longer in full time employment.

The word "university" is used in its original sense of people coming together to share and pursue learning in all its forms. The wide range of knowledge and skills of our members provide an ample source of expertise and experience. Shared learning is the key to all our activities.

No formal qualifications are required, or given.

The Rodings and Surrounding Area U3A covers a large rural community. Within its boundaries are several villages which share the medieval name “Roothing or Roding”, hence our title. We were formed in June 2010. From small beginnings, we now have over 300 members, and over 30 Interest Groups up and running, with a few more waiting in the wings. When Interest Groups are full, we are eager to form second or third groups. They cover a wide range of topics, as can be seen from the GROUPS page of the website. In addition, each year we run a series of Study Days and Workshops.

We are part of the International U3A Movement which started in 1972 and is rapidly expanding, with approximately 250,000 members and nearly 1,000 branches throughout the UK. Last year over 43 new U3A branches applied for membership, reflecting the eagerness and enthusiasm for learning from those in the third age!


We meet on the first Tuesday of each month at The Room In The Rodings, Dunmow Road, Beauchamp Roding, CM5 0PF which is situated on the B184 two miles north of Fyfield. The doors open at 1.45p.m. and there is usually a visiting speaker at approximately 2.30p.m.

For this year's list of guest speakers please click on EVENTS.

Before the speaker begins, there is time to talk to our Group facilitators and browse through available information or to sign up for any groups or events you may wish to attend. And of course, there is time to enjoy meeting up with friends and chatting over a cup of tea or coffee. Visitors are most welcome to attend one monthly meeting free of charge. Click here to see our Our Policy on Visitors.

Group meetings are usually held during the day in members’ homes, unless specialist accommodation or more space is necessary. Some groups meet weekly, some fortnightly and some monthly.

These are no longer open to non-members. We have visited many places of interest including Lincoln Cathedral and Castle, Blickling Hall, RHS Wisley and Hatfield House. Recent theatre trips have been to see Crazy For You, 42nd Street and Brick Lane Music Hall.

We circulate a monthly Newsletter to keep everyone informed of developments within the organisation and to provide an opportunity for members to read about various group activities. To save cost, and mindful of environmental issues, copies of the newsletter are distributed by email. Printed copies are available to members without access to a computer.

The annual subscription is currently £10 for 2020/21. This allows members to attend all the Monthly Meetings and Group Meetings. There will be extra costs for rental if your Group meets in a village hall, rather than a member's home. We ask members to contribute a small fee for the refreshments provided at their group meetings.

Outings are not included in the subscription, and costs vary according to distance and destination.

U3As are self-financing, there is no direct funding. All income is raised via subscriptions and fundraising activities. In addition, we have been successful in obtaining certain grants for specific items of equipment and training.

Follow this link for a Membership Application Form & Notes Application Form

All Group Facilitators and Committee Members are volunteers and give their services freely.


Chair: Peter Brooks

Vice Chair: Ray Chalklen

Secretary: Louise Searl

Membership Secretary: Lynne Milligan

Treasurer: Steve Birkett

Trips Organiser: Ian Keast

Groups Co-ordinator: Helen Chaston

Groups and Study Days Finances: Elaine Pugh

Catering Co-ordinator: Heather Ransley

Study Days & Workshops Co-ordinator: Joan Tivendale

IT Guru: Chris Chant

Outings Finance: Vacant


Newsletter Editor: Naunton Pugh

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