In October we are re-starting meetings and talks at Marlborough Rd Methodist Church and the One YMCA St Albans Community Gym at Highfield on our usual meeting days - 1st Wednesday and 3rd Tuesday of the month.

We hope also to be able to run them live on Zoom. Information on how to connect to Zoom meetings will be sent a few days in advance of each meeting. 

Event NameDateTimeDurationLocationCategoryVacancies
In the Footsteps of a Wedding Toastmaster by James Higgs 03 Nov 202114:002hMarlborough RdMeetings/TalksYes
AGM followed by a Musical Talk by Saffron Summerfield24 Nov 202114:002hMarlborough RdMeetings/TalksYes
Where do novelists get their ideas from? by Bobbie Darbyshire05 Jan 202214:002hMarlborough RdMeetings/TalksYes
A-Z of Cambridge: places, people, history by Sarah Doig15 Feb 202214:002hHighfieldMeetings/TalksYes
Ocean Liners 1800-1950: Dr James Taylor02 Mar 202214:002hMarlborough RdMeetings/TalksYes
Life with my Father, Eric Morecambe by Gail Stuart 04 May 202214:002hMarlborough RdMeetings/TalksYes
The Heritage of Gilbert and Sullivan by Bernard Lockett 05 Oct 202214:002hMarlborough RdMeetings/TalksYes

We usually meet twice a month except during Christmas, Easter and Summer holidays, although during the Covid-19 crisis we have booked meetings right through the Spring and Summer. Meeting dates are shown in the list of events above. If you are logged in you can see more information by simply clicking on the item that interests you.


Our face-to-face meetings, when we can resume them, are at two different venues:

Tuesday meetings are held at One YMCA St Albans Community Gym, Russett Drive, off Hill End Lane, St Albans, AL4 0DB. Turn off Hill End Lane into Russett Drive at the Spar Shop. Bus S1 from and back to town every 40 minutes with a 2-hour break between 11.10 and 13.10. There is car parking at the Sports Centre.

Wednesday meetings are held at Marlborough Road Methodist Church, Marlborough Rd, St Albans AL1 3XQ. This Bus Routes web page allows you to find routes and timetables for buses that stop in St Peter’s Street and Victoria Street. There is car parking at the Maltings Public Car Park, adjacent to the church.

At both venues, meetings open for registration at 2:00 pm (in the room adjoining the main hall at Highfield, in the church hall to the right-hand side of the lobby at Marlborough Road). The meetings start at 2:30pm when we sit down for announcements followed by a talk of about 45 minutes by a Guest Speaker. At Marlborough Rd the church has a T-Loop system for those who use hearing aids.

At each venue, Meeters and Greeters will welcome you and direct you to the registration area where you will find stalls with information about Groups, Trips, Events and U3A notices as well as a free Bookstall.  If you would like to be a Meeter and Greeter or to help with the Bookstall, please contact Sheila Laidlow.

At Marlborough Road, tea and coffee are served in the church hall after the talk. If you could help, please  contact our Refreshments Coordinator, Charlotte Thorp, who organises the refreshments rota.


Members attending the talks are encouraged to give feedback to the Speaker Secretary, who organises the talks, or to any member of the Executive Committee.  Suggestions for future speakers - including U3A members who would be interested in giving a talk on their 'specialist subject' - are also very welcome.

Membership Cards

Please remember to bring your membership card with you to the meetings as it saves time at registration. Also, please fill in the reverse with your Emergency Contact and Medical/Allergy details as these could prove useful to a paramedic called to an accident or a person taken ill. For the same reasons, please carry your card when attending every U3A activity. 


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