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First Meeting of Natural History Group

Hello to everyone who expressed an interest in the U3A natural history group. Our first meeting will be on Friday 27th April 2018 from 10.30 to noon at the Bowls Club (Abbey Lane) and will concentrate on our local speciality flower – the oxlip.
In preparation, I have made a short presentation which will be projected during the meeting. For the benefit of those who cannot get to the first meeting, or for those who are coming and would like a sneak preview, the presentation is online. Just visit
Oxlips are flowering right now, please get out for a walk in some local woods between now and our first meeting and enjoy them. If you find any, please bring a note of which wood(s) you visited and how common the oxlips seemed.
Please bring to the first meeting your current U3A membership card and £5 which will cover the costs of room rental for the group for a number of meetings, not just this one.
Looking forward to seeing you on the 27th.
David Corke

New and Potential 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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2 spaces available in Pilates 1

Pilates 1 classes are held at the Friends’ Meeting House at 1.00 pm on Thursdays during  term time, and last one hour.    At present this is an all female class and we have two vacancies.  Applicants must have some Pilates experience.

If interested please contact Hilary Price – 07825 292 467 –

Your Committee needs YOU

Our Constitution states that we can have up to twelve Committee Members/Trustees but we currently have nine which means that several of us have to take on more responsibilities. At the AGM there will also be additional vacancies

 We are looking to fill these to ease the load.

Requirements are, computer familiarity, common sense, numeracy, interest in SW U3A and our members, which number over 850, willingness  to attend monthly meetings and serve on working parties/sub committees as and when required.

If you are interested in joining us or would like to find out more, please either contact Alan Nicholls  01799 522260 – email or Janet Pearson 01799 540065 –  email or speak to any of the Committee.

Open Meetings 

Did you know that on the third Monday of every month (except August and December), there is an Open Meeting at the Bowls Club in Abbey Lane where interesting and entertaining talks are given by experts in their field? The meetings are scheduled for a 2.30pm start but doors open at 2:15 pm and refreshments are served at 2.30pm with the talk starting at about 2.45 pm. The poster below shows you the next 3 talks – hope to see you there. See our ‘What’s On’ page for future meetings.

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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.


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

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.

Concert Photos – 15 July 2017

Well what a good evening it was. The choir sang well. Isobel was brilliant the ukulele group was much appreciated some good poems and a lovely smiley audience.
And to top it all we will be able to present Accuro and the East Anglian Air Ambulance with £540 each.
A big thank you, to everybody that helped and supported us.
Joan Shadbolt

Thanks to Paul Crawford for the photos below:

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