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New Hand Bell Ringing Group

Are you interested in Hand Bell Ringing? Trevor Reynolds, an enthusiastic, amateur
hand-bell ringer has offered to start up a group. If you are interested in joining, then
please contact Trevor on 01799 599414,

New Violin Group

Ann Worthing has kindly offered to run a violin group. If you are interested then please contact Ann Worthing  – or tel. no. 01799 550 328

Ann Says:

I see the group as a self help group for improvers.  I have only been learning the violin for two years and I am about Grade 2 level.  I did not learn music at all as a child and I have had to teach myself to read music.  

However playing simple pieces of classical music and also tunes that I know is extremely rewarding and it would be great to play with a group of likeminded people.  I am thinking the level would be about Grade 2 up to Grade 4.  I certainly don’t 
see myself as the leader of the group but would be happy to be the co-ordinator.  It would be good to have a leader and maybe there is someone out there who would do this.
I thought it might be possible to meet in people’s homes perhaps on a Wed morning once a fortnight?  I feel there might be an interest in this as I know a few people who struggle like me but who are, nevertheless, very keen players.
Maybe starting in the summer term would be possible?

New Drama Group

A new drama group is being formed as a spin off from the Play Reading Group, to meet at Fairycroft, every other Thursday 2pm from 2nd November  2017.

If you are interested in joining this group then please contact Gill Williamson of the Play Reading group – 01799 524 947 – More members needed to add to the 5 who have already joined.

Saffron Harmony Choir performing in the Saffron Song Fest

15 October 2017 at the Saffron Hall

Thanks to Lynne Howell for the above photo.

On 15th October 2017 Saffron Harmony Choir joined WI and Community Choirs from Essex and Cambridgeshire in a Gala Charity Concert.

Proceeds from this event will go to Associated Country Women of the World, a charity that supports women and their communities worldwide.

Philippa Croft and members of the WI in and around Saffron Walden arranged the day. The Concert was hosted by Tim Lihoreau Creative Director and Presenter of Classic FM ‘More Music at Breakfast’

Taking part were seven Choirs, over two hundred singers, ages ranging from four to ninety five, singing songs from musicales, folk, classical,  choral, popular and contemporary. Music by Irving Berlin, Bob Chilcott Anders, Howard Goodall, Ray Davis, Carly Simon, G.F Handel, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Rogers @ O Hammerstein, Take That,  Leonard Cohen, Toto and more.

The concert was a complete sell out.

Many thanks to Philippa for all the time she and her helpers spent making this day a very enjoyable and successful one.

Joan Shadbolt, Choir coordinator.

Natural History Group

Please let us know if you would like to join this new Natural History Group.

We are grateful to David Corke who is willing to run this group which might involve:

  • Indoor class-style sessions investigating different topics each time( maybe once a fortnight)
  • Visits to local nature reserves etc  to undertake biological recording work.
  • Physical wildlife conservation work at local nature reserves.
  • The above two outdoor sessions once a fortnight.

David has been an ecology lecturer at the University of East London for many years and has written “The nature of Essex” and “The butterflies of Essex” and has been an active member of the Essex Wildlife Trust and the Essex Field Club for over 50 years.

Latest from David

“If there is sufficient interest, I think we can start in January 2018, meeting once a month at the Bowls Club on a Friday when the Arts Appreciation class is not using it. There may also be occasional visits to local nature reserves etc.

To enable me to decide whether there is enough interest to get the group started, please could those interested (or who would like more information) contact me on”

Many thanks

David Corke

New Line Dancing Group needed

We have 14 on the waiting list for Line Dancing and so we would like to start a second group. Do you know anyone who would be willing to co-ordinate or lead this group?  If so please contact Ann Cousins –  01799 219 072 –

Christmas Tea

Christmas Tea will take place on Friday 15th December 2017 at Saffron Walden Golf Club. Arrive 3.00pm for a 3.30pm start. Tickets available at £10.60 from Pauline Palmer – 01799 502 560 –  The cost is slightly higher than last year due to additional items on the menu.  We hope that some of our U3A Ukulele group will be able to entertain us.  12 places still available.

New groups

The U3A is meant to be a self help group where members offer to run activities. It is gratifying to see that a number of members are willing to run new groups providing there is sufficient interest. 

If you are interested in joining any of these proposed new groups do let Ann Cousins know – 01799 219 072 –

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