Archive | News



Photo by Brian Eastcott

Coronavirus Update

Due to the Coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic, we have closed classes and cancelled all events until further notice, please check with your co-ordinators. Get the latest National U3A advice and bulletins on the National U3A website – – 18 March 2020

Theatre and Travel trips.

Due to the Government warning with regards to Coronavirus the Theatre & Travel Group would like to advise  members that ALL Theatre trips and Outings are cancelled until further notice. All monies that have been paid for Theatre trips or Outings up to and including June, should be refunded in full but this could take time due to the volume of work the events are having to deal with. We are sure you understand this and will be patient.

With regards to the cancellation of the holiday to Ireland I am at the moment hoping to be able to transfer our deposit to the same week next year and, if possible, hope this meets with your approval. I will keep you informed.

Please also note the Theatre & Travel Meeting on the last Friday of each month is cancelled for the time being.

We ask that you all take care and look forward to seeing you as soon as is possible. We are still available if you wish to contact us

Chris Pauline/Jim & Jean. 

18 March 2020

National U3A Day 1st October 2020

National U3A Day – Thursday 1st October 2020

The decision has been made to postpone our first national U3A Day from 3 June 2020 to 1 October 2020 which is International Day of Older Persons. (June 3rd just falls within the estimated 12 weeks of advised social exclusion).

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 (

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.

Continue Reading →

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)