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.



In medieval times apparently, April was the most popular month to make pilgrimages. Perhaps folk, weary of fasting through Lent, felt like doing something active, exploring new horizons and meeting new people.

The U3A motto “Learn, Laugh, Live” encourages us to make a sort of pilgrimage. We can decide to get active by joining one of the many Walking Groups, Bird and Nature Watch, Exploring Photography, T’ai Chi, Keep Fit, Line Dancing, Carpet Bowls, Croquet, French Boules, Pilates, Tap, Ballet or Table Tennis.

Groups such as Exploring London, Heritage, Boys’ Toys, Art Appreciation, Food and Drink Appreciation, the new Garden Group, Antiques, Eating Round the World and many others, offer new experiences and encourage us to expand our horizons, while we can challenge our brains with Astronomy, Bridge, French, Cribbage, Scrabble, History, Mah Jong or Family History, among others.

Many of our groups, including Crafting, Creative Writing, Chinese Brush Painting, Sugarcraft, Painting, Play-reading, Flower Arranging and Reading for Pleasure allow us to access our creative side as well as giving us an opportunity to meet new people; whereas Pub Lunches are, above all, a social occasion, so vital when many members are on their own.

And, if our groups don’t encourage us to laugh and enjoy life, we are doing something wrong!

Spring is a time of new life, so why not use this time to go out and enjoy our countryside or try something new in one of our groups? Have a look at the back of this newsletter and see what groups we have – I haven’t been able to include them all here.

Mary Cole

Learn                 Laugh                 Live


We had a Christmas session on the 10th December.  We had both our groups together dancing to Christmas music provided by Cyndy.  Everyone came dressed very Christmassy in red and white.  They looked very festive. We did not only do line dancing, as Cyndy had us doing barn dances which gave us all a good laugh.

We then had a brilliant buffet made by Ann, one of our Group Leaders.  Excellent end to the year and well done to everyone who came and made it such a good morning.

Carol Farren (Joint Group Leader)

The group also
celebrated Halloween 2018 in style. Here are the scary members in the 'Improvers' group:

There are more photos of both events which you can see on the group's own page (see below for where you can view these).

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.

Come along and join us, keep fit and have a lot of fun! Cyndy, our tutor, makes the whole session fun and is very patient.

We have both 'Improvers' and '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.



Our Speaker Secretary Barbara Cordina has been working hard to secure the services of a wide variety of speakers until the end of 2019, which should be both informative and entertaining. You can read the full list by clicking on this link:-



NEW GROUPS FOR 2018 & 2019

We are delighted to announce that several new groups were launched in 2018, namely Art Appreciation, Astronomy, Ballet, Scrabble, Table Tennis, Tap DancingWalking Leisurely, and Food Appreciation. In early 2019 ‘Popular Music (mainly 60's/70's) and Bird and Nature Watch were also launched.

Please click on the "Groups" button in the top left margin for more information, or refer to the NEWSLETTER which can be viewed via the link at the top of this page.

There are other proposed new groups, namely Dog Walking, and Recorder Group.

We are always looking to set up new groups. 
A few current suggestions are:-  Quilting, Current Affairs, Wine Appreciation etc. There is no end to the range of 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.

Hoddesdon Library Chess Group will warmly welcome LVU3A members. They meet on Mondays from 10am until noon. Cost is 2.50 including tea/coffee, Contact information can be found in paper copies of the Newsletter, or editions emailed to members.  Alternatively contact us using the email in the margin on the 'CONTACTS' link.


quizimage.JPGLEA VALLEY U3A QUIZ - MONDAY 1st APRIL 1.30pm quizimage.JPG

The next LVU3A quiz will be held on the above date at the usual venue, St Augustine's Parish Centre, Broxbourne EN10 7AU, starting at 1.30 sharp. This is our 13th half-yearly event.

Ticket prices remain at 2 for Lea Valley U3A members, and 2.50 for non-members, which includes tea and cake. Tickets are on sale at our main meetings from January to March. Arrange your own teams on tables of 8, or just go along and join a table when you get there, and make some new friends.

At the past couple of quizzes we have had around 100 people, which is very close to capacity for the hall. We have previously allowed tickets to be sold on the door, but we would not wish to have to turn people away on the day. THEREFORE TICKETS MUST NOW BE PURCHASED (OR RESERVED) IN ADVANCE.


Food & Drink Appreciation Group

We have a limited number of free places on our next 2 visits and all are welcome to join us:-

Tuesday 9 April 12.00 - Talk on Turkish cuisine and lunch at Hunkar Sofrasi restaurant, Cheshunt. 

Friday 12 July 2.30 - Tiptree Fruit Farm tour and cream tea  10.00.

Please contact the Group Leaders for more details


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

You may also find more information regarding these groups by visiting the website of the U3A concerned; these can be found by clicking in the "LINKS" box at the top left corner of the margin on this page.

The groups in this arrangement are (as at Nov 2018):

1) Broxbourne
Heritage Group..............................Monthly outings

Ballroom Sequence Dancing......First Friday 1400hrs – 1600 hrs Wormley Community Centre.
Stamp Collecting..........................Tuesdays  10.30
Darts & More.....Includes Table Tennis, Dominoes, Card Games etc. At Waltham Abbey Community Centre, Mondays 18.00-20.00. 4 inc Tea/Coffee.

2) Buntingford
Guitar for Beginners..........Alternate Mons 14.00-16.00, Crown PH, Buntingford. Contact Bill Hooper.
Pilates.................................Fridays 12.30-13.30
Spanish for Improvers......Thurdays pm.

3) Cheshunt
Bolivia/Canasta........Mondays P.M.
Rummikub......Friday A.M.
Moderate Walks   A.M.

4) Hertford
Classical Concert Going....Monthly outings
Handbell Ringing............Fortnightly, Fridays 10.45 to Noon. Bengeo
Local Film & Theatre Group. 
Table Tennis................Wednesday 13.45 Wodson Park.
Wine Appreciation ........Second Thursday 19.45 Ware Priory

5) Waltham Abbey
German for Beginners....  2 groups First Friday & Third Monday both at 1400hrs
Local Amble................First Tuesday 10.00
Drama..........................Last Tuesday  1400hrs
Singing for Fun...........Thursday 13.30
Board Games.............Last Friday 1400hrs
Sunday Lunch .............First Sun, 12.30

6) Ware
Active Gardens...........2nd Wednesday 9.30 or 3rd Thursday 1400hrs
Ballroom Dancing.......Fridays 1400 hrs Must have partner
Choir.............................Fridays in term 10.45 to Noon
Computer Self Help....Third Thursday 1700 hrs
Cycling.........................Wednesday 9.45 3 group standards.
Dance Class ..............Wednesday 9.30
Geology.......................First Monday 9.30
Tai Chi.........................Tuesdays  1300hrs

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.


Disputes (Complaints, Discipline and Grievances)

The U3A (Central Office) provides guidance to branches should disputes occur. There are three documents published which give procedural guidance covering ‘Complaints’, ‘Disciplinary’, and ‘Grievance’.

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 :-


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:


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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