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 address 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, 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, 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!

How lovely it was to see so many of our members at the Return to the Spotlight meeting last month. I really enjoyed watching the selection of John Astin’s videos and was astounded by the highly professional production and finish of them.

Our main meeting in May is the inaugural John Astin Legacy talk. We are using John’s legacy to the u3a to be able to book a more prestigious speaker for this annual event. Our first such speaker is Christine Walkden – a horticulturalist, plantswoman, broadcaster and author.

Christine is a past presenter on BBC’s Gardeners World and also appears on BBC Breakfast, GMTV, and The Paul O Grady Show and is the resident gardening expert for BBC 1’s The One Show.

In 2014 Christine presented a 15-part x 45 minutes daytime series called Glorious Gardens From Above shown on both BBC 1 and BBC 2, which won a Royal Television Society Award for the best Daytime Series. The series was also a finalist in the Garden Media Guilds Awards 2015 under the category of TV Broadcast of the Year.

It is the making of this series that Christine will be talking about, so whether you are interested in Gardening, the making of a TV series or hot air ballooning I am sure her talk will have something of interest for you!

I know that in the past many of you used to arrive at the Spotlight early in order to enjoy lunch at the café with friends ahead of our main meeting. Unfortunately, I don’t think the café at the Spotlight is serving food yet, but may I suggest an alternative?
Many of our members have told me how much they have enjoyed having lunch at the Jailbreak café at the old Hoddesdon Police Station which is conveniently close to the Spotlight. You can have the unique experience of having your lunch in an old jail cell whilst at the same time supporting the charity Teens Unite which helps those in their teens and early 20's who are fighting cancer.

I hope you have been collecting your plastic milk bottle tops. Bring them along to the meeting and give them to Rosemary Ryan. Our Secretary, Liz Trew, has also reminded me that you can bring along stamps and unwanted spectacles.

I know many of you have already renewed your membership, but if you are yet to do it you will find the renewal form on the LVU3A website at https://www.lvu3a.org.uk/memform2022.pdf

Just print it off and complete it, then follow the instructions on the form. If you haven’t got a printer, or access to the internet, just get in touch with me or our Membership Secretaries, Sara and David Pracy, and we can pop one in the post for you.

Glynis Evans

Learn                 Laugh                 Live


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

1. Monday 13th June - Mel Rees – “Much Ado About Something”. A light-hearted look at family life:-

2. Monday 11th July - Garden Party (outside, weather permitting) celebrating Lea Valley U3A's 30th birthday and The Queen's Platinum Jubilee. SAVE THE DATE! Details to follow:-

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

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

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

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

7. Monday 14th November – Alan Haines - “Baby Boomers - 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 with our new Groups Co-ordinator, Ros Maxey, on lvu3agroups@aol.com 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.

Look forward to hearing from you!


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 go on sale from our July main meeting. 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 is now up and running between 7 local U3As within the Agreement, namely Broxbourne, Buntingford, CheshuntHertford, Waltham Abbey, Ware, 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 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 U3A's 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 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’. These were reviewed and updated in 2022 to align with U3A's 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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