Welcome to Thorley U3A


We are a self-help learning organisation for people in their 'third age’, mainly those who are retired and semi-retired. Our organisation is made up of independent groups run by their members, covering a multitude of interests from Art to Zumba. History, Cribbage, Gardening, Singing, Table Tennis, Languages and Walking are just a few of our lively groups. Everyone who is involved in running Thorley U3A is a volunteer – whether they are on the committee, run one of the groups, organise trips or help at our monthly meetings. Joining Thorley U3A is a great way to develop your interests and skills while making new friends and enjoying life.


Many of our groups are starting in-person meetings again. Please continue to follow all Government guidelines and remain vigilant about Covid risks when getting together.

When attending Thorley U3A meetings or activities, it is expected that all members will be fully vaccinated. If a member has not been vaccinated for health or other reasons, it is essential that they do a lateral flow test on the day of the meeting.

Anyone who tests positive, or who has any symptoms of Covid-19 should stay home. Symptoms are changing all the time, so please do not attend U3A meetings and activities if you feel at all unwell.


Subscriptions for the year to 1st September 2022 are £15.00.

This includes the costs of our monthly meetings, membership of the national U3A and the Beacon database, plus the Third Age Matters magazine that is posted to members five times a year.

Details of how to pay have been emailed to all members. If you have any queries, message our Membership Secretary via the Contact page on this website.


Monthly meetings take place on the first Monday of each month.

We have arranged for our meetings in January, February and March to take place at the Charis Centre, Water Lane, Bishop’s Stortford CM23 2JZ. Tickets will not be required for these meetings.

Meetings will also be transmitted via Zoom.

Monday January 10th

Annual General Meeting, followed by speaker.
Graham Cracker ‘Medical Detection and Medical Assistance Dogs’
All about the remarkable abilities of our canine friends to sniff out diseases to both save lives and help manage medical conditions.

Monday February 7th

Mark Lewis ‘Tying the Knot – The History & Folklore of English Marriage’
As we approach Valentine’s Day, Mark will take us into some of the most diverse and colourful customs of the oldest institution in human history – from Fleet Marriages to Rural Smock Weddings.