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Saffron Harmony – Carol Concert

Carol Concert – Tuesday 11th December 2018

Saffron harmony will be performing as part of a Carol Concert in aid of Each Anglia Children’s Hospices on Tuesday 11th December 2018 at 7 pm at the Baptist Church in Saffron Walden. No ticket required but there will be a retiring collection.


Our U3A Christmas Tea will take place on Tuesday 11th December 2018, 3.00 for 3.30pm at the Saffron Suite Hotel. Cost £14 per head. Reservations and money to Brian Kerrison by 26th November,  at Open Meetings or 01799 516 586  or  Cheques payable to Saffron Walden U3A. There is a limit of 50 people so early booking advised.

Open Meetings 

Did you know that on the third Monday of every month (except August and December), there is an Open Meeting at the Bowls Club in Abbey Lane where interesting and entertaining talks are given by experts in their field? The meetings are scheduled for a 2.30pm start but doors open at 2:15 pm and refreshments are served at 2.30pm with the talk starting at about 2.45 pm. The poster below shows you the next 2 talks – hope to see you there. See our ‘What’s On’ page for future meetings.

Pam Sherman has very kindly volunteered to transport anybody within the Saffron Walden area who has difficulty getting to our popular Open Meetings. She can be contacted on 01799 530495 or email at

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Pilates update

The new Pilates group 8, which began in October, has made more spaces available. Our group meets at 11.30am  to 12.30pm in the upper hall of the Baptist Church, Saffron Walden. Beginners welcome, participation subject to completing a short health questionnaire, and not having too much trouble getting down to a mat on the floor and back! Bring your own exercise mat. We start next term on Tuesday 8th January. If interested, please contact co-ordinator  Richard Garvey–  01799 521 129 –
Will we get to group 9?  Times that could be considered for further Pilates classes are:
• on Tuesdays, perhaps before or just after Group 8, or later at a different location; 
• alternatively, either Thursday mornings or afternoons. 
If you are interested, please contact Mary Curtis (Activities & Venues Organiser) in the first instance. Mary Curtis – 01799 524 784 –
Tutor – Meryl Tyers 

Remembrance Day

Wreath laid on Remembrance Day by Vice Chairman Jim Dwyer at the town’s Memorial on behalf of Saffron Walden U3A commemorating the 100th anniversary of the ending of World War 1.

Renew your Membership

Please don’t forget to renew your membership if you want to continue to attend classes and open meetings, and to show your current membership card to your group co-ordinator.

Our annual Membership Fee for 2018-2019 is still only £10 payable and was due from September 2018. 

Click here to print an application form and click here to download a gift aid form. ( If you are a tax payer we can claim back 25p for each £1 of your subscription from HMRC so it is a great help to us if members are able to complete the gift aid form – thanks).

You can contact our Membership Secretary by post: Saffron Walden U3A, PO Box 248, Saffron Walden, CB10 9EU

Writing for Pleasure – 2nd group

Due to the success of this group we hope to start a second group but need a tutor.  If you think you might be able to help or know someone who might then please contact Diane Drury – 07870 900 852 –


Open Meetings Questionnaire

For those of you who were not able to attend our AGM on 3rd September there is a chance for you to complete the questionnaire to indicate your preferences for our Open Meetings. You can download the questionnaire as a pdf or as a Word document. You can either print it out and hand to a Committee member or forward it by email to

Your help will be much appreciated.

Thank you.

Registration for Activities and AGM on Monday 3rd September 2018

REGISTRATION and AGM – Monday 3rd September 2018 at the Baptist Church. Saffron Walden.

Doors open for Registration at 1.00pm and the AGM starts at 2.30pm. Refreshments available.

Click here to see a list of responsibilities of the various committee members.

Download this form  (pdf version) if you wish to join or to nominate someone to join the committee – at least 28 days before the AGM.

Membership renewal forms will be posted to all members in August and will also be available at Registration before the AGM and can be downloaded below.

Click here to print an application form and click here to download a gift aid form. ( If you are a tax payer we can claim back 25p for each £1 of your subscription from HMRC so it is a great help to us if members are able to complete the gift aid form – thanks).



  1. Chairman’s welcome
  2. Apologies for absence
  3. Minutes of the previous AGM (Draft Minutes of AGM 4th September 2017)
  4. Chairman’s report for the year ended 31 July 2018
  5. Treasurer’s report for the year ended 31 July 2018 and Adoption of Accounts (Annual Accounts 2017-2018 up to 31st July 2018)
  6. Appointment of the Independent Examiner of Accounts
  7. Amendment to replace the first paragraph of item 3, Charitable Purposes, in our Constitution with: “The advancement of education and, in particular, the education of older people and those who are retired from full time work by all means, including associated activities conducive to learning and personal development.” (Click here to see a copy of our present constitution)
  8. Election of the Committee for 2018-2019
  • 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.
  • Non-officer members of the Executive Committee have a one-year term of office and may serve not more than three terms.
  • Officers other than the Treasurer have a one-year term of office and may serve not more than three terms in a particular Officer role.
  1. Any other Business                                                                                          

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

Janet Pearson, Secretary

Minutes of AGMs and Accounts for previous years can be found on our Publications page.

Photography Group

This group is in the process of being reformed. There has been an active photography group running for a number of years but following recent retirements the opportunity has come to make changes.

The group will be open to all U3A members who have an interest in taking photos, whether it is with a simple ‘point and shoot’ camera or with the most expensive piece of kit available. Beginners will be made particularly welcome and can expect encouragement and help. 

If you would like to register your interest, give me a call or drop me an email. I look forward to hearing from you.

We generally meet on the second Monday of the month from 2.30 to 4.40pm at the Bowls Club in Abbey Lane, Saffron Walden.

There is a small charge each term for hiring our venue.

2 meetings are scheduled for the autumn term – Monday 8th October and Monday 12th November 2018.

More information on our Photography Group web page.

There are spaces available and if you are interested in joining this group please contact Tony as soon as possible.

Tony Treglown

01799 516707 or