Waltham Abbey


Welcome to our website, and please follow local lockdown restrictions until further notice.

No longer working full-time, you now have the opportunity to try something new. Stay mentally and physically active! Meet new friends! Have fun!

Message from your Chair, Helen Wilson, and your committee - Please take good care, stay safe and we are already thinking about what we can do when we are able to meet again as a U3A. We expect that some groups will be able to start up before we can have a large monthly general meeting.
We all need to have the opportunity to talk, and think of others who we can keep in touch with.


Waltham Abbey is situated in West Essex, bordering on Hertfordshire and Greater London. It is near to Epping Forest and yet only about 26 miles from the centre of London. The Meridian Line runs through the heart of the town. The current population of Waltham Abbey is about 20,000.

Waltham Abbey is a Charter Market Town holding small markets on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

The University of the Third Age (U3A) movement is a unique and exciting organisation which provides, through its U3A's, life-enhancing and life-changing opportunities. Retired and semi-retired people come together and learn together, not for qualifications but for its own reward: the sheer joy of discovery! U3A's are for the advancement of education and in particular the education of more senior people and are conducive to the learning and personal development of those who are retired from full time work.

The U3A of Waltham Abbey and surrounding areas held its inaugural meeting in November 2014. It presently has over 350 fully paid up members. Monthly meetings are held in the Town Hall in Highbridge Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1DE on the second Tuesday of each month. Doors open at 10am and speaker/meeting starts at 10.45am. For 2021/22 it will be £10 to join for the year. Please bring your Membership Card with you to all U3A activities. Visitors are welcome to the monthly General Meetings with the exception of the AGM and any other U3A Meeting that may specify Full Members only. A Temporary Membership of £2 is charged to visitors and a dated Temporary Membership Card will be issued. This confers all the advantages of Waltham Abbey U3A membership, including insurance, until expiry on the day before the next U3A Meeting. Members' and Temporary Members' details will not be shared with or passed to any third party.

As you are aware, it is important that you bring your current membership card, 2021/22, to the monthly meeting as you will be checked in at the door. The group facilitators have also been asked that you show your card at group meetings. Your membership card only lasts for the period stated on the card, and if it is not current your group leader has the right to ask you to leave the group.

Waltham Abbey U3A Information Point: In the Library in Sun Street, Waltham Abbey (Closed on Thursdays), located behind the pillar at the end of the computer section, where you can find information on Monthly meetings and 'STOP PRESS' news items.

NEWS - Will be updated when Government restrictions are lifted.

Waltham Abbey Town Council have been showing films in the Town Hall and have asked if the U3A would like to help by choosing the films and when they are to be shown. U3A member, Sheila Baccarini, has agreed to take on the role as our representative to choose the films. If you have any ideas of films you would like them to screen, please contact Sheila on 01992 714 184.

Waltham Abbey U3A Registered Charity No. 1173927