Lea Valley u3a


The Virtual U3A

The Virtual U3A (vU3a), which went live in January 2009, is an online-only U3A experience for those who are rendered isolated in some way by circumstances or geography and unable to play a full part in a terrestrial U3A. More information is available on the public website where one can also apply for membership.
Why not pay it a visit?
Virtual U3A Website

If you know anyone who might benefit, please pass the information on.

Exploring London Group 8

Walk around the Royal Parks.

Hoddesdon Heritage Weekend

June Crew's Good Friday Nature Walk
Hertford Heath

Dear Members,

Main Meetings of LVu3a recommenced at The Spotlight on 11th April 2022
Our National Office, the Third Age Trust ("TAT") issues monthly online newsletters full of great ideas on how to stay connected and involved. The TAT has asked committees to encourage members to sign up for the newsletter, which can be accessed from the link below:

Either click on the link (or type the website name into your address bar) and then scroll down to the foot of the main page. Under the heading Quick Links there is a heading "Newsletter Signup". Click on this and you are taken to a page where you can input your details and receive the newsletter.

I hope you find this helpful.
Glynis Evans, Chair



Our monthly newsletter has been produced as a downloadable (pdf) file, which should be compatible with any computer. It contains information covering meeting dates, forthcoming events, our Groups etc.

To view the latest edition please "click" on the link:- 


Please note that contact details (phone numbers, e-mail addresses etc) for Group Leaders and Committee Members are not shown in this on-line version of the Newsletter, as this is open to anyone with access to the internet, and we wish to protect this information.

Therefore members need to refer to the paper copy you may have collected at a meeting (or a copy may have been emailed to you direct, or posted to members not on email), as those versions contain personal contact information.

Anyone can use the club's email system to make contact with us - please refer to the left hand margin on the 'CONTACTS' page for details.



The Third Age Trust (TAT) has informed us about an initiative for all u3a members called Member Link. The aim is to ensure that every member in every u3a can still participate in u3a life. There is a link below to click on which will take you to a page about the scheme, where you can download and print a colour or black and white leaflet. It may give you some ideas for things to do. To go to the page, which is on the main u3a website, please "click" on the link:- 




We also have our own Facebook page which can be found by clicking on this link:-




One of our members, John Astin, produced another excellent video in December 2019 showing what happens at Lea Valley u3a. Sadly John passed away in March 2021.
The video includes comments from a few members who explain what joining us has meant to them, and an insight into what some of our groups get up to.

It is available to watch on YouTube.To view, please click on the link below:




Hello again!

It was lovely to see so many of you at our Celebratory 30th Birthday Garden Party on 11th July.

I had worried that it would be rather strange for a Garden Party to have the main part of the meeting inside in the auditorium, but it seemed to work well with everyone able to enjoy the Spotlight gardens at the start, if they wished, and then being able to escape from the heat for the main meeting.

I found Lee Rayner’s humorous poems about life in the pandemic hilarious and we are including one of them “News from a Bunker” in this Newsletter.

We aim to include more of Lee’s entertaining lockdown poetry in future editions of this newsletter. Lee also produced a Lea Valley u3a 30th Anniversary booklet, copies of which will be available from the Newsletter table at the Spotlight at our next meeting. Being a relatively new member of LVu3a, I really appreciated finding out about our history over the last 30 years.

From the feedback I got from many of our members, the musical interlude by Why Not? was much enjoyed and the cakes seemed to go down very well too!

We ran out of time to give out the answers to the History quiz compiled by the General History group so we are including both the quiz and the answers in this Newsletter so if you didn’t have a go at the meeting, you can try now. There was also a fun Spot the Baby quiz featuring current and past committee members and this is in the newsletter too.

This month our main meeting at the Spotlight features Roy Smart talking about “1936 – The Year of Three Kings”. I am sure that some of our members may be able to remember Wallis Simpson and the abdication crisis.

Please remember to bring any plastic bottle tops, stamps and unwanted spectacles along to our next meeting – we will still be having our officer’s tables as well as some tables for Groups.

I so look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the Spotlight on 8th August to hear all about 1936 – the Year of Three KingsThe speaker at our main meeting last month was Mel Rees. I got very enthusiastic feedback from many of our members who found his talk on “Much Ado About Something” highly entertaining, with many of his hilarious anecdotes striking home.

Glynis Evans

Learn                 Laugh                 Live


To see posters containing details of each event, please click on the appropriate link.

1. Monday 8th August - Roy Smart – “Wallis Simpson and the Abdication Crisis of 1936 – The Year of The Three Kings!”:-

2. Monday 12th September - Steve Dimmer – “Ooh Matron! A History of the ‘Carry On’ Films”

3. Monday 10th October – Howard Slater - “Francis Albert Sinatra – ‘Old Blue Eyes”

4. Monday 17th October –  Quiz - see below for details.

5. Monday 14th November – Alan Haines - “Baby Boomer Nostalgia Show - Part 2”


Are You Missing Your Line Dancing Sessions?

Good news - we now have a tutor for line dancing if there is sufficient support to run the classes again.

If you would be interested in joining a line dancing group, please get in touch as soon as possible.

We also need someone to volunteer to be the group leader, otherwise the classcannot go ahead. This could be two people sharing the role.

LVu3a’s 15th FUN QUIZ – Mon 17th Oct 2022 1:30pm

Our quiz planned for 27th April 2020 was cancelled because of the pandemic.

Our (much delayed) next quiz will finally take place in October, at our usual venue (St Augustine’s, Broxbourne), so save the date!

Tickets will be on sale at our July main meeting, and each month thereafter. If you bought tickets for the April 2020 quiz you can either swap them for new ones, or get a refund. Don’t worry if you cannot find your old tickets, as we have a record of who bought them.

As before, the ticket price will be 2 for LVu3a members and 2.50 for non-members, including tea and cake. Tickets must be purchased (or reserved) in advance; they will not be available on the door.


Group Sharing Agreement

This arrangement includes 7 local u3as, namely Broxbourne, Buntingford, CheshuntHertford, Waltham Abbey, Ware, and Lea Valley.

The idea behind this is that where any of the other 6 
u3as have groups that are keen to increase their numbers, they can open the group to members of LVU3A, and you will be allowed to attend those groups without having to join the other u3a. Conversely, where we have groups that are struggling with low numbers, they can participate and open themselves up to members of the other 6 u3as.

It is very important to note is that members of our 
u3a can’t just see a group in another u3a newsletter and go along and join it. Only those groups which are struggling to be viable and which have agreed to open up to members from other participating u3as can be approached. 

1) Broxbourne
Please click on the link to go to the relevant page on Broxbourne 
u3a's Group Sharing page on their website:


2) Buntingford
Please click on the link to go to the relevant page on Buntingford u3a's Group Sharing page on their website:

Please note this link is currently in draft form awaiting updating, and does NOT show the Buntingford groups that are in this scheme:


3) Cheshunt
Please click on the link to go to the relevant page on Cheshunt u3a's Group Sharing page on their website:


4) Hertford & District
Please click on the link to go to the relevant page on Hertford & District u3a's Group Sharing page on their website:


5) Waltham Abbey
Please click on the link to go to the relevant page on Waltham Abbey u3a's Group Sharing page on their website:


6) Ware
Please click on the link to go to the relevant page on Ware u3a's Group Sharing page on their website:


The groups at Lea Valley U3A which have agreed to open up their groups to the other u3a's in this arrangement (as at March 2022) can be found by opening this link:

LVu3a Group Sharing

If you have a query about the scheme, please contact me.

Glynis Evans, Chair


Lea Valley u3a's Constitution

Under the recommendation of the Third Age Trust, many u3as amended their constitutions to facilitate new methods of voting and holding AGM's and SGM's (Special General Meetings) etc both during and after the pandemic, to ensure that they could operated legally without breaking any of their own 'rules'. Lea Valley u3a's constitution was updated in August 2021. It can be viewed by clicking on the link below:-


Lea Valley u3a's Privacy Policy

Lea Valley u3a treats members' privacy rights seriously.  The policy document in the link below sets out how we will deal with your ‘personal information’, that is information that could identify, or is related to the identity of, any Lea Valley u3a individual member.


Disputes (Complaints, Discipline and Grievances)

The u3a Central Office (ot Third Age Trust) provides guidance to branches should disputes occur. There are three documents published which give procedural guidance covering ‘Complaints’, ‘Disciplinary’, and ‘Grievance’. These were reviewed and updated in 2022 to align with u3as latest guidance.

You can view these by clicking on the links below:-

Complaints Procedure

Disciplinary Procedure

Grievance Procedure


Need help with your Computer, iPad etc?

Alan Paul is the webmaster at Ravenshead u3a, in Nottinghamshire.

He has produced a set of excellent ‘Computing Guides’ which he is happy to share via our website. These cover a broad spectrum of subjects including using iPads and Samsung tablets, Emails, Excel (spreadsheets), using Google, explanation of ‘Cloud’ storage, copying CD’s, address labels, managing photos etc.

At the bottom of his page he says that if you do not find what you want send him an email via that page and he will try to help.

You may be able to go straight to his page by clicking on the link below; failing this you can either copy and paste the line into the address bar at the top of your internet page, or type it in :-



Can you spare an hour or two a week to listen to children read in a local primary school? Schoolreaders is looking for more volunteers in Hertfordshire to carry out this important role. Reading time for many children at home and at school is often insufficient and one in four children are now leaving primary school unable to read to the required standard.

Please visit the website www.schoolreaders.org to join or call 01234 924111 for further information, or click on this link:


Broxbourne Arts Forum ("BArts")

Lea Valley u3a is affiliated to BArts, and one of our members is present at a table in the bar area at all monthly meetings, with leaflets and information.

BArts offers activities and events which are not usually provided by the Borough of Broxbourne's Leisure and Entertainments programme.

It also represents the arts interests of individuals and member groups and negotiates with the Borough, so that the arts community may enjoy greater recognition and leisure facilities on a par with the provision for sports.

For more information either come to the table at our main meetings or visit the BArts website at:



Lea Valley Discussion Group

This local society, founded in 1976, meets on Monday evenings usually twice a month at the Methodist Church Hall, Middlefield Road, Hoddesdon.

For more information and contact details please click on the link below:

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