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OPEN MEETING – Monday 16 March 2020

The Next Open Meeting on Monday 16 March 2020 – A talk by a member of the Great Ormond Street team on “Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital”. 2.30pm at the Bowling Club, Abbey Lane. Doors open 2:15 pm. Free to all U3A members.

Coronavirus Advice

We have received this information from The Third Age Trust – our national U3A organisation:

The Government and NHS have issued advice for members of the public following the confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK. Typical symptoms of coronavirus include fever and a cough that may progress to a severe pneumonia causing shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.

The UK Chief Medical Officers are advising anyone who has travelled to the UK from mainland China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau in the last 14 days and is experiencing cough or fever or shortness of breath, to stay indoors and call NHS 111, even if symptoms are mild.

More information about the virus, as well as symptoms and advice, is available to view at:

Or on the NHS England website at:


National U3A Day 3rd June 2020

National U3A Day – Wednesday 3rd June 2020

U3A’s across the country are being invited to mark the day by celebrating and showcasing what happens in their U3A, and hope that this will become an annual event.

This is an opportunity to showcase some of the amazing things we do, and also to challenge negative perceptions of older adults, bringing together all older members in our community showing how we are still dedicated to learning, staying active and having fun.

Saffron Walden U3A have hired Jubilee Gardens and the Bandstand for the day and we are planning a day of skills demonstrations, music and fun.

We will be contacting some groups to ask if they would like to demonstrate or perform on the Bandstand, and others can join in by being in the Gardens and engaging in their particular activity; eg  the Mah Jong group could bring a table and play in the gardens.

The aim of this event is to have fun and showcase what U3A is about, not particularly to get new members (although we might generate some interest, which is always good)

The Garden Rooms will be open for teas, and you could bring a picnic and make a day of it!

Most of all, please come along and support the event.

If you have any ideas for this day please contact Mary Curtis ( or Jim Dwyer (

Saffron Screen – Online

Your U3A Committee would like to promote our local not-for-profit independent community cinema. You can find out much information and view trailers about forthcoming films and live screenings, and book seats in advance on their website at


Some spaces still available:

  • Derbyshire 14th – 18th September £470 approx
  • Sandown, IOW, Festive, Turkey and Tinsel break. 20th – 23rd November £199 approx.

Interested? Contact Jean, 01799 513411 for further details.

Spaces available in Pilates

There are a number of spaces to be filled in the various Pilates groups.  For further information please contact our Activities Co-ordinator Mary Curtis – 01799 524 784 –

JUSTGYM Active Ageing Hour

Please note that this is not a U3A activity but we thought that it might be of interest to our members

“As we get older our bodies start to slow down and muscles start to lose their strength and stability. At JustGym we are here to help you keep fit and healthy.
A dedicated member of staff will be on hand to help with any questions you may have, demonstrate equipment, offer tips on exercises and show you ways to get started on your fitness journey.”

Tuesday and Thursday from 2-3pm at JustGym, Shire hill, Saffron Walden, CB11 3AQ   01799 510 766 or
£6 per visit or £25 unlimited monthly membership.

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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)