EACH Christmas Service – Tuesday 19th December at 7pm at the Baptist Church

The EACH Christmas service will take place on Tuesday 19th December at 7pm at the Saffron Walden Baptist Church. Free entry and bucket collection on leaving. Come and sing some well known carols and hear the Saffron Harmony Choir with O Holy Night, the Sussex Carol, Close to you, and the Christmas Lullaby by John Rutter. The East Anglian Children’s hospice needs everyone’s support and the congregation includes family members of some using their services.


Next Open Meeting – Monday15th January 2024 – 2.30pm

Please remember there is no Open Meeting in December. Our next Open Meeting is on Monday 15th January 2024 at the Bowling Club in Abbey Lane. Doors open at 1:45 pm for a 2:30 pm start.

The talk is entitled: ‘Butterflies of Britain and Europe’ and will be given by Roger Gibbons.

Roger Gibbons lives on the south coast of France for most of the year and has done so for the past eight years. He is on a personal quest to see all 240 mainland species of butterfly and to date he has seen 221. He actively researches the Country’s butterflies of the PACA (Provence, Alps, Côte d’Azur) and submits his data to French national and regional databases of conservation bodies. Roger studies the ecology and regional variation of species within the PACA region and has a particular interest in the identification of Pyrgus (Grizzled Skippers), of which there are 14 species in France.

Roger is also a keen photographer and shares his butterfly images and knowledge on his own Butterflies of France website. His photos are widely published and he also gives presentations on European butterflies to UK conservation groups and various other groups, including U3As. He helped to organise the 2013 International EIG and Proserpine Conference on Butterfly Conservation in France. His in-depth knowledge and passion for butterflies combined with his easy going manner make him an ideal speaker.


Activities and Groups Taster Meeting Monday 22nd January 2024

Activities and Groups Taster Meeting  Monday 22nd January 2024  10:30 am until 1:30 pm Bowling Club, Abbey Lane

We would like to invite you to our SWu3a Activities and Groups Taster Meeting on Monday 22nd January 2024 at the Bowling Club in Abbey Lane from 10:30 am until 1:30 pm. The event is to enable new and existing members to come and meet the Committee and the Coordinators and get a taste of which groups new members may be interested in, and which groups existing members may also consider joining. Some members may wish to start a totally new group, all suggestions would be welcomed.

It is also an opportunity for Coordinators to show members what their group has to offer. If your group has no vacancies you are still encouraged to come along – everyone is welcome.

If you have friends or family who are thinking of joining the Saffron Walden u3a, please bring them along to sample what is on offer – they could also join on the day.

Refreshments will be available and we look forward to meeting and greeting you there.

Saffron Walden u3a Committee.

SPECIAL OFFER – PLAY ‘The Unfriend’ at the Wyndham Theatre London – Matinee


PLAY ‘The Unfriend’ at the Wyndham Theatre London with LEE MACK, SARAH ALEXANDER and FRANCES BARBER. Wed. 28th Feb 2024. Matinee

Tickets (Normally £77.50) OFFER £49.50 IF PAID BY 30TH OCT. Otherwise £59.50 by mid November. COACH

Pay Mid February

“Comic magic. Joyously funny – from Sherlock’s Steven Moffat.

A person often met on holiday who doesn’t understand that ‘’lets keep in touch’’ means ‘’goodbye’’. Sometimes a murderer. “

Contact Chris Duffy. 01799 520173 Mobile 07786 402776 email chrisduffy146@gmail.com

Planned Holidays

Two Holidays on offer

Torquay. Fancy Devon in Springtime? Double/twin rooms available Torquay 15-19th April 2024

Scotland. Fancy Scotland in the Autumn? A holiday in Aberfoyle – 8-14th September 2024 .

Further details on our Theatre and Travel page or contact Jean Little 01799 513 411 or little361@btinternet.com

u3a Christmas Buffet sold out

This year’s Christmas Buffet at the Saffron Walden Golf Club on Monday 11th December 2023 has proved very popular and has now SOLD OUT. We apologise to those members who have missed out.

For those members who have already booked, the price is the same as last year £15. You can pay by BACS using the following information: u3a Saffron Walden, Sort code 60 18 10, Account 16635183, reference ‘Christmas Buffet’ (please advise Jim Dwyer when you have done this by email, text or telephone). Alternatively you can make out a cheque to Saffron Walden u3a and send to Jim Dwyer (request address from him by email, text or telephone – jim_dwyer@btinternet.com or 07531 115160).


u3a Learning for Everyone

Make the most of being part of u3a by getting involved with the many free initiatives and
events offered across u3a. Expand your learning as an individual or get support to develop local interest groups. Expand your interests and expand your subject. Follow the links in this pdf.