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London Theatre – Drama Offer

Discounted tickets are available to U3A members, subject to a minimum number of tickets purchased (6-15 depending on production). Amongst others, included at present, are David Hare’s play “the Moderate Soprano”, Kneehigh Theatre Company’s brilliant production of Noel Coward’s “Brief Encounter” and, staged at County Hall, Agatha Christie’s “Witness for the Prosecution”.

For further information, please telephone Wendy Smith 01799 510 852.


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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Easter and Theatre and Travel

Be aware that the Good Friday (March 30th)  and Easter Monday (April 2nd)  bank holidays might affect a number or groups.

Theatre and Travel: Please note that the March meeting will take place a week earlier on 23rd March due to Good Friday being on 30th March, and there will be no meeting in April. 

Shingles Vaccinations

“We are currently encouraging people of age 70, 71,72, 73, 74, 78 and 79 years to get their free shingles vaccination from their GP surgery. Shingles can be a painful illness, especially in those who are older or have a weakened immune system.”

Screening and Immunisation Coordinator, Public Health England/NHS England, Midlands and East (East)

Ukulele Group – Busking

The Ukulele group busked  in King Street on Saturday 9th December, and collected for Support4Sight. It was freezing cold and it’s hard to play with frozen fingers, but we added to the general happy Christmas spirit in the town.  Mary Curtis

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?

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.