Waltham Abbey


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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 260 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 approx. 10.30am. For 2022/23 it is £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 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 on the side of the pillar at the end of the computer section, where you can find information on Monthly meetings and 'STOP PRESS' news items.

Waltham Abbey Town Council have previously shown 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