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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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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.

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.

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

“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.

Can you speak Italian?

Our tutor/co-ordinator for the Italian group is retiring at the end of this term and we desperately need someone to take this on please if this group if to continue.  If you are able to help or know someone who might be able to help please contact Mary Curtis – 01799 524 784