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


Our newsletter has been produced as a downloadable (pdf) file, which should be compatible with any computer. It contains information covering meeting dates, forthcoming events, all 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), 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 school summer holidays can be a refreshing time for U3A members; many of our groups take a summer break and welcome the chance to have a rest before starting again in September with renewed enthusiasm.

But for many of our members it is a time of some stress, as we are called on to do ‘grandparent duties’ to help out our families during the holiday season. Others find it can be a lonely time because many of our usual social activities have stopped.

I know that quite a few members of Lea Valley have been, or will be, helping in various Church-run Holiday Clubs during the holidays, a great chance for young and old(er) people to have fun together. Though by no means restful, working alongside children is a rewarding experience – on both sides, one hopes!

While you are hopefully enjoying a refreshing rest, you might like to consider some of the new groups that are starting up. Astronomy has had its first meeting, as you can read elsewhere; Table tennis has begun; talks are in progress to develop Food Appreciation as a group. I personally am hoping that the July meeting on a Beatles theme and the Singing Group’s performance of several Beatles songs may encourage people to form a group aimed at listening to, and appreciating, the music of the 60s and 70s.

However you are spending your summer, I hope that you find much to enjoy and I hope to welcome you back, membership renewed, in September.

Mary Cole

Learn                 Laugh                 Live


Lea Valley U3A Line Dancers celebrated Christmas and Halloween 2017 in style. You can see pictures by clicking on the link below:


Come along and join us, keep fit and have a lot of fun !!

If you have never tried Line Dancing before, come along and have a go.  It’s a good workout for your body and brain.  We are a very sociable and happy group.

Cyndy, our tutor, makes the whole session fun and is very patient with all of us.

We have both 'Improvers' and 'Absolute Beginners' sessions. Please go to the 'GROUPS' button in the top of the left margin, then visit our page for more details of when and where we meet.


MONDAY 15th OCTOBER 2018; 1.30 START

Our next quiz will be held as usual at St. Augustine’s Church Parish Centre, Broxbourne. EN10 7AU. Admission remains at 2 for LVU3A members (2.50 for non-members), which includes tea/coffee and cake.

Tickets are on sale at our main monthly meetings, and on the door on the day, subject to capacity of the venue.

Arrange you own team on a table (maximum 8) or just go along and join a table when you get there, and make some new friends. Come along and give it a try at this very popular event.



We are delighted to announce that two new groups launched in 2018, namely Scrabble and Art Appreciation.

Please click on th "Groups" button in the top left margin for more information.

There are several other new groups which nearly have sufficient numbers interested to start, namely ‘Astronomy’, ‘Food Appreciation’, ‘Table Tennis’, ‘Tap Dancing’, and ‘Visiting Churches’.

We are always looking to set up new groups. 
A few suggestions are:-  Quilting, Current Affairs, Wine Appreciation etc. There is no end to subjects which may interest others.

Please read the Newsletter for the latest information, or speak to our Group Co-ordinator Dennis Bruce.

Please help us to provide more for our members.


Group Sharing Agreement

This arrangement is now up and running between 7 local U3As within the Agreement, namely Broxbourne, Ware, Cheshunt, Buntingford, Waltham Abbey, Hertford and Lea Valley.

The idea behind this is that where any of these 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 up to 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. 

You will find a list of groups in the other 6 participating U3As that are open to new members, together with their contact details, on the Secretary’s Table in the foyer at main meetings. The list will be updated regularly.

The following Group Leaders at Lea Valley have agreed to open up their groups to the other U3A's in this arrangement (as at June 2018) :-


There are certain conditions that apply to this arrangement, and these will also be on the Secretary's Table. One of main conditions is that should the group become full from members of it's own U3A, you will either have to leave the group or become a full member of that U3A.

If you have a query about the scheme, please contact either Dennis Bruce or myself.

Mary Cole


Lea Valley U3A 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.


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 :-



We send our congratulations to Hoddesdon Library as they reach their 40th Anniversary.

Our Busy Fingers Group  made a Garden Tea Party display which was on show in the library from 3rd to 14th October, as part of their celebrations.

You can see pictures of the display by clicking on the links below:



The Third Age Trust issues a monthly national newsletter with news from the national office as well as from UK branches.

Visit the national  U3A website page (go to the 'Links' page in the the top left of the margin). Under "Other Websites" you will find the U3A National Website.

On the 'About' tab on the website you can view the Newsletter Archive. You may need to register on the site and set up a password to access all content.

You can also arrange to have their new Newsletters emailed to you each time they are published.



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:



We are looking for somebody to take over our National Trust group.  This involves organising visits to National Trust Properties.  Joan Ellis has run this group very successfully for many years but feels she needs to stand back for a while, for personal reasons, although she will be very willing to help whoever takes the group over.

These are very worthwhile visits for our members.  Please let me know if you would like more information about what is involved.  It would be a shame to see this group close because of lack of interest.

Please.contact our Group Co-ordinator Dennis Bruce or any committee member.


U3A Merchandise

By clicking on the link below you can see a poster displaying the available, and their (very reasonable!) prices.
Do stop by the Sales table in the Foyer.


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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