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Art 2 – spaces available

Spaces available in Art 2 – 2-4pm on Friday afternoons at the Baptist Church – cost depends on how many are in the group – you are welcome to come along for a free trial to see what it is like. If interested then contact Mary Lewndon – 01799 526 463 –  See also our Art webpage.

Saffron Harmony – Carol Service

Carol Service – Tuesday 11th December 2018

A big thank you to Saffron Harmony and all those who supported them at the Carol Service on Tuesday 11th December at the Baptist Church. You will be pleased to know that £1,367.10 was raised in aid of Each Anglia Children’s Hospices.

Writing for Pleasure – New 2nd group

Due to the success of this group we will start a 2nd group in the new year – Jan 2019. 

We will meet every fortnight on Mondays from 10am until 12noon at the co-ordinator/tutor’s house in Saffron Walden, starting on Monday 7th January 2019

If you would like to join this group then please contact Jean Pattenden – 01799 501 046 –

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.

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.

Photography Group

This group is 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 are made particularly welcome and can expect encouragement and help. 

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.

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

“Pinter at the Pinter” – U3A Individual Offer

From 6th Sept 2018 we are welcoming a season of Twenty short plays by Harold Pinter to The Harold Pinter Theatre – the season is called “PINTER AT THE PINTER” and will be presented in repertoire by a company of world class creatives, many of whom were Harold Pinter’s friends and collaborators. The cast includes Keith Allen, Ron Cook,Phil Davis, Danny Dyer, Paapa Essiedu, Martin Freeman, Rupert Graves, Tamsin Greig, Jane Horrocks, Celia Imrie, Gary Kemp, John Macmillan, Emma Naomi, Tracy Ann Oberman, Abraham Popoola, John Simm, Maggie Steed, David Suchet, and Nicholas Woodeson.

I am delighted to announce that the production company is offering  a special £10 discount for Individual bookings from U3A members for a selection of Thursday & Saturday matinee dates in September & October.  The Offer is exclusively for on-line bookings using the below link.

U3A members are free to book for their preferred dates – just follow the link below and select the Band A seats (bright blue stalls or circle seats) for the matinee of their choice

For more information on The PINTER AT THE PINTER SEASON visit


U3A Saffron Harmony – Summer Concert

Music for a Summer Night – 14 July 2018

Saffon Harmony Choir, in their fifth Concert performed songs from West End shows, some Beach Boy music, songs by composer John Rutter, a couple of Italian songs and other old favourites.

The Ukulele Group delighted us with three sing-along songs.

The Concert raised £873-27 for charity, to be divided between East Anglia Air Ambulance and Saffron Walden Opportunity Playgroup.

Thank you all for your help and support.

Joan Shadbolt

Thanks to Paul Crawford for the above photos.