Keep Fit & Gym Fit

Saffron Walden U3A, Keep Fit, Blue Charity Week

Thanks to Jess Grinyer for the above photo of our group in our ‘Blue Week’ for charity.

Keep Fit 

Group Co-ordinators: Helen Verity – 01799 550 408 – and  Lynda Sawkins – 01799 521 022 –

We meet on Wednesday mornings 11.10am to 12.10pm in the Baptist Church, Saffron Walden.

The group is led by Marlene Sharpe-Westwood.

Our activities involve strength training with bands, low impact exercise and dance movements to music. The class is informal and friendly. Some members like to socialise and replenish their calories after classes with beverages at a local pub!

We hold a charity event each year and this year it was a ‘Blue Week’ where everyone dressed in blue.  A total of £1,160 has been raised by different keep fit groups led by Marlene. The money raised was shared evenly and donated to The First Responders, Macmillan Nurses and Care Network Cambridge.

And finally a quote by Hugh Blair “Exercise is the chief source of improvement in our faculties” so come and join in and have fun and at the same time improve your fitness and flexibility! Contact Helen Verity above if you are interested in joining this activity.

Click here to find out about similar Exercise Classes run by Marlene Sharpe-Westwood in Cambridge & the surrounding area including Saffron Walden.

Gym Fit

Group Co-ordinator:  Ann Treglown  – 01799 516 707 –

There are currently four classes at Just Gym, Westbrook House, Shire Hill, Saffron Walden.  Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, these classes are reduced to 5 members in each, plus the trainer.  Sessions are held in a large space, well ventilated, with all precautions taken, and all members are given sanitiser and cloths to clean any equipment being used.

Tuesdays 10.00 to 10.30 – currently full

Tuesdays 10.30 to 11.00 – spaces available

Fridays 3.00 – 3.30 – currently full

Fridays 3.30 to 4.00 – spaces available

In addition, there is a class on Zoom on Wednesdays from 12.30 to 13.00

The classes are being taken by Michael, who specialises in group training, and are tailored for older people. There will be opportunities in the future to use gym equipment if you would like to. The class is in a large room with mats on the floor and any equipment needed for the class is provided.

You do not have to be a member of the Gym to attend, this is a class dedicated to U3A members. Fees are £6 per session, pay as you go, direct to the gym. Alternatively, you may set up a direct debit of £15 per month.

This is an exciting opportunity for U3A members to have excellent Keep Fit training. All the staff are very friendly and have extensive knowledge and understanding of possible physical limitations. You will have a free assessment before beginning the sessions.

Due to Covid-19, times and dates are subject to change. Contact the coordinator for further information.