It’s never too late to learn!

You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives.

Welcome to the Northchurch & Berkhamsted U3A website.

The Northchurch & Berkhamsted U3A offers an ideal opportunity for retired or semi-retired people to take part in various group activities, as well as the chance to enjoy regular outings to places of interest.

It’s also an excellent way of learning new skills and making new friends. Our membership is diverse and we’re a friendly bunch who always look forward to meeting newcomers. If any current or new member would like to form a new group and lead that group we would welcome that too.

We welcome new members and invite you to join us at our monthly meetings, which are held at the Northchurch Social Centre, Bell Lane, Northchurch, HP4 3RD.

Meetings, which include a visiting speaker and refreshments, are held on the first or second Tuesday of the month from 10am to 12 noon. Please come and join us.

Latest News

Thank you to Mike Barbakoff for his talk this month on the Enigma machine and Marian Rejewski, the Polish mathematician, who first broke Enigma code in 1932 and helped to enable the UK at start of WWII  in 1939. Our next meeting will meet at Northchurch Social Centre for a 10.00am start on Tuesday 6th August where we are looking forward to welcoming once again Andrew Baker who will be talking about “Understanding the mind and asperations of Vladimir Putin”.  We are regularly receiving new members each month to our friendly group,  so please come and join us for a fantastic morning and enjoy interesting talks from our visiting speakers and tea/coffee with a biscuit!  

Our walking group has released all the proposed dates for 2024. All proposed walks will be on Thursdays – 18th January, 22nd February, 21 March, 18th April, 23rd May, 20th June, 18th July, 19th September, 24th October and 21st November. If you would like to join any of these walks please contact the secretary details at bottom of page, who can give you the contact details for the walking group leader. 


What has Northchurch and Berkhamsted U3A given to me? Friends and the opportunity to do things I never imagined I would or could.


 Trips for 2024

  • Hever Castle – May 14th
  • Windsor – July 14th
  • Shuttleworth – 25th September

                                 2024 Meetings and Speakers

  • 16 January 2024 -“The Profumo Affair, 60 Years On” – Andrew Baker
  • 13 February 2024 – “Doin’ what comes nat’rally’ The  Life and Music of Irving Berlin” -Geoff Bowden
  • 12 March 2024 – “My Life in Music” – Andy Smith
  • 9 April 2024 – “Good Morning Lords and Ladies” – Barry Goodman
  • 7 May 2024 – “Big Brother- A producers guide to making 24hr reality television” – Paul Bullen
  • 4 June 2024 – “ The Life and Crimes of Eddie Chapman-Double Agent Zigzag” – Paul Barwick
  • 2 July 2024 – “The Women Codebreakers WW2 “ – Mike Barbakof
  • 6 August 2024 – “Understanding the Mind & Asperations of Vladimir Putin” – Andrew Baker
  • 10 September 2024 – “ People of Berkhamsted Castle” – Michael Long
  • 8 October 2024 – “ Good News, Bad News” – Bill Hamilton
  • 5 November 2024 -“The Rudolph Hess Cover Up”- Tony Eaton
  • 3 December 2024 – Christmas Party
  • 14 January 2025 – “ Ghana – A Butterflying Travelogue” Porter Bygate
  • 11 February 2025 – “ Midshires Search and Rescue Team Herts and Beds” – Tim Perkins
  • 11 March 2025 – “ The Changing Wildlife of the Chilterns” – John Tyler

Below are some examples of our past groups:

  • History
  • Social History
  • Knit ‘n Natter
  • Book Club
  • Quiz Group
  • Using an iPad

  • Just Sew (craft group)
  • Royal Flush, Canasta or Rummikub card groups
  • Walking
  • Art Appreciation
  • Memories

  • Scrabble [4 groups]
  • Theatre
  • Architecture
  • Beginners Genealogy
  • Social & Games
  • Health & Wellbeing

Being a member of Northchurch and Berkhamsted U3A for the past five years has made a big difference to my life in that it has given me the opportunity to make new friends with similar interests. I particularly enjoy playing Scrabble and cards. The monthly talks are interesting and varied and can be quite inspirational too. We have been on some excellent day trips and often have an official guide on these outings which means we get the most from our visits. If you are at all hesitant about whether to join us, just come along to a meeting and see what a friendly group of people we are.


Contact us

If you are interested in joining Northchurch & Berkhamsted U3A or have any questions you would like answered, please don’t hesitate to get in touch either by using the form below or sending an email to the secretary.