Genome Science & Sports Fun Day – Sat 9th July

The Wellcome Genome Campus and South Cambridgeshire District Council are delighted to invite u3a members to our Science & Sports Fun Day!

What’s happening? Join us for a celebration of science and sport, and to welcome the Queen’s Baton Relay ahead of the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. On completion of its route, the baton will have travelled 90,000 miles and visited 72 nations and territories! There will be a range of local entertainment, locally‐sourced food and crafts, fairground rides and lots of science and sporting activities. A family fun run with races throughout the afternoon is available to book – so don’t forget your trainers! The event will take place on Saturday 9 July 2022 from 12:30pm to 7:30pm at the Wellcome Genome Campus, Saffron Walden, CB10 1SA.

Tickets: You can get your tickets by following the link: (select the ‘Community Group Tickets’ tab). A limited number of free tickets are available, 30 per community group are available.

Please book your tickets on Eventbrite by 6th July 2022.

Getting there: Accessible parking only is available at the Wellcome Genome Campus – blue badge holders will be required to display their badge. All other parking is available at the Babraham Research Campus and a free park and ride service for the 10 minute journey will be in operation every 20 to 30 minutes. The first bus will leave Babraham at 12:15pm and buses will run until the end of the event. Pedestrian access to the event is available for those within walking distance of the Campus.

Extra important information: Please note that no dogs are allowed, and members of the media plus a photographer will be capturing the event. If you do not wish to have your photograph taken at the event, please let a steward know on the day. This is an environmentally friendly event – please remember to bring your re‐usable water bottle to fill up during the day.

Communities Team at South Cambridgeshire District Council

Nature Through the Seasons – Talk by Roger Hance on 18 July

Our next Open Meeting is on Monday 18th July 2022 at the Bowling Club in Abbey Lane.

Our speaker will be wildlife photographer Roger Hance, and his illustrated talk is entitled Nature Through the Seasons – Part 1. Roger will be looking at some of the flora and fauna that can be found in the British Isles during spring and summer, including birds nesting in early spring, mammals coming out of hibernation, spring flowers appearing with the first insects, fox cubs, puffins and seabirds on the Farne Isles – and much more.

There will be the usual free raffle plus tea/coffee and biscuits. We look forward to seeing you there.

u3a Annual General Meeting

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Annual General Meeting of Saffron Walden U3A will be held at Saffron Walden Baptist Church on Monday 5th September 2022 at 2.30 pm, or at any adjournment thereof.

1. Chairman’s welcome
2. Apologies for absence
3. Minutes of the previous AGM – click here to view
4. Chairman’s report for the year ended 31 July 2022
5. Treasurer’s report for the year ended 31 July 2022 and Adoption of Accounts
6. Appointment of the Independent Examiner of Accounts
7. Election of the Committee for 2022-2023

• Under the terms of the Constitution, all the members of the Executive Committee, including those serving as Officers, will retire at the Annual General Meeting.
• All Officers and Non-officer members of the Executive Committee have a one-year term of office and may serve not more than six terms in the same role.
• No individual may serve more than a maximum of nine years in any combination of Officer roles or Non-Officer member, after which there must be a break of at least one calendar year.

8. Any other business at the discretion of the Chairman of the meeting.

Written nominations by a proposer and seconder will need to be sent to the Secretary at least 28 days before the AGM (i.e. by 8th August 2022).
Nomination forms are available here (pdf version

Only current members are entitled to attend, vote and speak at the Meeting.

Anthony Treglown, Secretary

Future of Bridge Group

Stella McSweeney will not be continuing in her role as coordinator of the Bridge Group. As no one has come forward to take over the task, the Bridge Group will unfortunately have to close. But if there is anyone out there who would like to become the Bridge coordinator then please contact anyone on the Committee.

Places available in Pilates 1,3 and 4

  • 3 places available in Pilates 3 at the Baptist Church on Mondays from 1.30 to 2.30 pm starting again on 6th May. Contact Ann Cousins – 01799 219 072 –
  • Spaces available in Pilate 8 which meets at the Baptist Church Upper Hall, Saffron Walden, on Tuesday mornings 11.30 am – 12.30 pm. Contact Chris Kerrison – 01799 516 586 –
  • 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 – 01799 521 696 –

Spaces available in Table Tennis

The table tennis group meets on Wednesday afternoons from 1.30 to 4.30 pm at Widdington Village Hall.

This term is 20th April to 20th July 2022.

We would like a few more people to join the group.

If you are in interested in joining please contact Ann Cousins-

See our Table Tennis group page here.

Visit to Columbine Hall, near Stowmarket on 3rd August

Visit to Columbine Hall, near Stowmarket on Wednesday 3rd August 2022.

Cost will be between £37 and £47 depending on numbers. The tour will be preceded by a trip to a local pub where you can purchase your own lunch or snack.

Enjoy a guided tour of this stunning house and gardens with afternoon tea and cakes. The medieval manor house rises straight from a spectacular moat. It sits in an acre of formal garden inside the moat (designed by Chelsea Gold Medal winner George Carter). Another 28 acres of orchards, woods, parkland and bog gardens are outside the moat. The gardens were featured in Gardens Illustrated and The English Garden (twice). The interior has been in World of Interiors and style books by Kevin McCloud, George Carter and Ros Byam Shaw.

Hew Stevenson and his late wife Leslie Geddes-Brown bought the manor house, which had been empty for seven years, in 1993, and, along with Melvyn Smith, have transformed the interior. They have filled the house with an eclectic collection including ancestral portraits and paintings by Angie Lewin, whose books Leslie helped to write, and an enormous estate map of 1741.

For further details and to book this wonderful trip, contact Jim Dwyer on 07531 115160 or email