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Theatre Opportunity

Dear U3A Theatre Friends

I have been given the below fantastic offer for the play OSLO, which has just opened at The Harold Pinter Theatre.  

OSLO won Best Play at the 2017 Tony Awards on Broadway and after a short stop at The National in September has now transferred to The Harold Pinter theatre running until end of December.

The offer is valid  for individuals to book & pay on-line following the “book now” tab and offers Band A seats at £35 and Band B seats at £20 for Thursday Matinees.

Click on this link

I would be delighted it you could forward the offer on to U3A Theatre Group members, who you think may be interested.

Kind regards

Theresa Baker

Ambassador Theatre Group

Tel 01327 844263

Open Meetings

From September 2017  Open Meetings have a slightly different format to enable more  socialising. The doors will open at 2.15 pm and tea/coffee and biscuits will be available at 2.30 pm BEFORE the Speaker starts.   Every third Monday at the Bowls Club.

Can you help please?

We are now looking for people with knowledge and an interest in any subject (but especially computers, languages, mechanics, the arts etc) who would be interested in bringing together and leading a group of members in a friendly, yet informative, environment.

 If you believe that you could be one of these people, then please contact Ann Cousins on 01799 219072 or email for more information.

20% Discount at Cambridge University Press

For those of you who may be interested, Cambridge University Bookshop at 1-2 Trinity Street, Cambridge CB2 1SZ is offering a 20% discount to all U3A members. They stock CUP titles but their vast range of subjects ensures something for everyone. You can contact them on 01223 333 333, and remember to take your U3A card with you as proof of your membership.  

New Group – Rambling with Dogs

We are keen to launch this new group. So far we have 3 people who are interested.  Day and time still to be decided. If you are interested then please let Ann Cousins know – 01799 219 072 –

Tutors Required

We are looking for tutors for “Writing for Pleasure” and “Keep Fit for over 50`s”.  Please contact Ann Cousins if you or someone you know might be able to help – 01799 219 072  Thank you.

Registration and AGM

REGISTRATION and AGM – Monday 4th September 2017 at the Baptist Church. Saffron Walden.

Doors open for Registration at 1.00pm and the AGM starts at 2.30pm.  An opportunity to renew your membership and sign up to classes and activities. Refreshments available.

Annual Accounts 2016-2017 up to 31st July 2017 – Unadopted

Draft Minutes of AGM on 5th September 2016

AGM Agenda

  1. Chairman’s welcome
  2. Apologies for absence
  3. Minutes of the previous AGM ( Unapproved copy available on Saffron Walden U3A Website)
  4. Chairman’s report for the year ended 31 July 2017
  5. Treasurer’s report for the year ended 31 July 2017 and Adoption of Accounts
  6. Appointment of the Independent Examiner of Accounts
  7. Election of the Committee for 2017-2018
  • Under the terms of the Constitution, all the members of the Executive Committee, including those serving as Officers, will retire at the Annual General Meeting.
  • Non-officer members of the Executive Committee have a one-year term of office and may serve not more than three terms.
  • Officers other than the Treasurer have a one-year term of office and may serve not more than three terms in a particular Officer role.

Only current members are entitled to attend, vote and speak at the Meeting.

Click here to see a list of responsibilities of the various committee members.

Download this form  (pdf version) if you wish to join or to nominate someone to join the committee – at least 28 days before the AGM.

Membership renewal forms will be posted to all members in August and will also be available at Registration before the AGM and can be downloaded below.

Our annual Membership Fee for 2017-2018 will be £10 payable from September 2017. (A lower fee of £5 is payable for the summer term after Easter).

Click here to print an application form – please note that there are two pages to this form, one is for the Data Protection Act (DPA), and your application cannot be accepted unless this is completed and signed – which you can complete and send to the Membership Secretary.

We are registered with HM Revenue & Customs for Gift Aid. Members are encouraged to sign a Gift Aid form, if they are tax-payers, so we may reclaim tax on your subscriptions, to improve our finances for the benefit of us all.

Essex Association Study Day – Update

Hello everyone
Here is the latest update on the Study Day.
There are 3 weeks left to apply, please would you pass this info onto your members.

Essex Association Study Day

Tuesday 24th October at the Plume School, Maldon

There will be morning and afternoon sessions for people to choose from and the cost will be £5 for the whole day.
Deadline for applications is 2 September

The Study Day groups situation:

FULL groups
Art 2 (Water Colour), Beading, Computers 1           
Spaces in all the remaining groups although some are filling up 
Art 1 (Water Colour), Jazz Appreciation, Writing (am & pm), Art 3 (Acrylics), Patchwork, Philosophy, Trees, Hand Chimes (am & pm), Ukulele, Wine Tasting, Computers 2, Drama, Latin, Maths, History,  Country Dancing, Family History, First Aid, Five S’s of Fitness, History, Shared Learning Projects,      
History of Trains (am & pm)    

See here for more information about this study day

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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Saffron Walden U3A is looking for Tutors to take classes for beginners in Art, Bridge, Italian and French. Also is anyone interested in starting a Craft Group? Please contact Ann Cousins in both instances on 01799 219 072 or

Could all co-ordinators please advise Ann Cousins when classes are full and liaise with her regularly?