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New Gym Fit – latest

Exciting news!

Our new Gym Fit class has started and we already have 2 classes on a Friday at JUST GYM, Westbrook House, Shirehill. Saffron Walden.  These sessions are currently full from members seeing the details on the website or responding from the information passed on by group coordinators, although spaces might well become available. But another session on a Wednesday morning might be possible in the future.

The class will be taken by Andrea, who is qualified in fitness for older people, and there will be opportunities in the future to use gym equipment if you’d like to. The class is in a large room with mats on the floor and any equipment needed for the class is provided. 

You do not have to be a member of the Gym to attend, this is a class dedicated to U3A members. Fees are £4 per session, pay as you go, direct to the gym.

I have visited the gym and spoken to Andrea, who showed me around, and I believe this is an exciting opportunity for U3A members to have excellent Keep Fit training. All the staff are very friendly and have extensive knowledge – and understanding of possible physical limitations – you are encouraged to have a free assessment before beginning the sessions.

If you are interested in joining this group, or would like more information, please contact :

Mary Curtis     maryfcurtis@live.co.uk    01799 524 784      07708 588 732

5 March 2019

Next Open Meeting 18 March

Andy Smith: singer, songwriter and instrumentalist. Come and meet Andy at the Saffron Walden U3A Open Meeting on Monday 18th March – doors open 2:15 pm.
Andy is a song-writing multi instrumentalist (guitar, mandolin,ukulele, banjo, tenor guitar, sitar, piano) and singer and gives talks to many U3As, Rotary Clubs, WIs and Lodges offering something a little bit different. He travels all over the country and his audience always enjoy themselves; his engagements are either through.
Click on the image on the right or see below for more information.

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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 –  maryelewendon10@icloud.com  See also our Art webpage.

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 – jepattenden82@icloud.com

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 pam.sherm47@gmail.com

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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 -maryfcurtis@live.co.uk

London Theatre – Drama Offer

Discounted tickets are available to U3A members, subject to a minimum number of tickets purchased (6-15 depending on production). Amongst others, included at present, are David Hare’s play “the Moderate Soprano”, Kneehigh Theatre Company’s brilliant production of Noel Coward’s “Brief Encounter” and, staged at County Hall, Agatha Christie’s “Witness for the Prosecution”.

For further information, please telephone Wendy Smith 01799 510 852.

PLEASE NOTE….THIS OFFER IS TICKET ONLY. NO TRANSPORT PROVIDED.

Shingles Vaccinations

“We are currently encouraging people of age 70, 71,72, 73, 74, 78 and 79 years to get their free shingles vaccination from their GP surgery. Shingles can be a painful illness, especially in those who are older or have a weakened immune system.”

Screening and Immunisation Coordinator, Public Health England/NHS England, Midlands and East (East)