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Next Open Meeting – Mon 15th Nov

Our next Open Meeting Monday 15th November 2021. Gary Matthews from the Gardens of Easton Lodge with an illustrated talk entitled: Saffron Walden ‘A History of Easton Lodge – the Countess and her Gardens’ at the Bowling Club, Abbey Lane. Meeting starts at 2.30pm with doors opening at 2:00 pm. Refreshments available.

Pilates vacancies

We are hoping to start a new Pilates group at Sewards End Village Hall on Wednesdays at 1.30pm from 3rd November 2021.  The tutor will be Jan Crawley, who has taught u3a members for the past few years.  If you are interested in joining this class then please contact Ann Treglown at

In addition there is a vacancy for Pilates 1. This will be at 1.00pm for one hour on Thursdays at the Friends’ Meeting House. Contact Hilary Price –

August 2021 Newsletter

Hello and welcome to our latest newsletter. We hope you are keeping safe and trust that the following news items are helpful and of interest to you: Annual General Meeting,
Membership Renewal, Joining New Classes, u3a Pop-up Day, Lunch Club starting up again, places available for New Outings, and some places available for the Eastbourne Holiday.

This latest Newsletter was recently emailed to all members and the web version can be downloaded here.

New Group – Exploring Churches

St Mary the Virgin Elsenham

Group Co-ordinator: Christine Hall – 01279 815 662 –

Jesus College Chapel

If you’re interested in history, art or architecture, then this may be the group for you!

East Anglia has a wealth of wonderful medieval churches – large and small. They provide a fascinating insight into the lives of our ancestors. Of course, there are more modern churches too, and over time some of these will be visited too. Each month from April to October, we will visit two churches on the second Friday morning of the month. The churches will be no more than one hour’s drive from Saffron Walden (and usually much nearer). Participants will need their own transport – some churches are in remote rural locations. As the group develops, then car-sharing and lifts may be possible (that will be for participants to organise themselves). The first visit will be at 10.30am, then we will drive to the second church (which will be in roughly the same geographical area). The length of visits will depend partly on the size of the church and the number of interesting features, partly on the participants’ interest in the church, and partly on the weather! Churches can be very cold, which is why there will be no visits from November to March. Please remember that church floors can often be uneven and there may be steps in some places. If you have any special access requirements please let the group co-ordinator know.

The group coordinator will provide a brief written introduction to each church which will be emailed in advance, but visits will be self-guided. Occasionally we may have a talk from someone at a church.

The longer-term plan will be to arrange an optional pub lunch following the second church visit. However, this will start some time in 2022 when we’re all a bit more relaxed about Covid. It would be great to have someone help to arrange these lunches – volunteer(s) please!

Kings College Chapel

Providing Covid regulations allow, our dates for visits in 2021 (before the winter break) will be:

Friday 13 August
Friday 10 September
Friday 8 October

Please email Christine Hall to express your interest in joining the group.

Christine Hall

June 2021

New Group – Landscape and Literature

Writers of prodigious talent have plied their trade while living in Hertfordshire, Essex and Cambridgeshire, and the landscape has influenced their work: George Orwell found inspiration for Animal Farm in the village of Wallington; E.M. Foster’s home Rook’s Nest in Old Stevenage is the model for Howard’s End; Berkhamstead is revealed as Greeneland, a place inhabited by many of Graham Greene’s exotic characters; and G.B. Shaw fantasises moving in with the village postmistress in Ayot St Lawrence in his play Village Wooing. Rupert Brooke probably suffered from homesickness in Berlin when writing of his beloved Grantchester in Berlin; and H G Wells wrote Mr Britling Sees It Through at Little Easton.

Read the books then visit the places that inspired some of the greatest literature of the last five hundred years in a series of walks around diverse and delightful corners of our region.

The walks will be by arrangement with participants. Please contact Alex Reeve at – 01799 522 818 for further details.