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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)

Ukulele Group – Busking

The Ukulele group busked  in King Street on Saturday 9th December, and collected for Support4Sight. It was freezing cold and it’s hard to play with frozen fingers, but we added to the general happy Christmas spirit in the town.  Mary Curtis

Saffron Harmony Choir performing in the Saffron Song Fest

15 October 2017 at the Saffron Hall

Thanks to Lynne Howell for the above photo.

On 15th October 2017 Saffron Harmony Choir joined WI and Community Choirs from Essex and Cambridgeshire in a Gala Charity Concert.

Proceeds from this event will go to Associated Country Women of the World, a charity that supports women and their communities worldwide.

Philippa Croft and members of the WI in and around Saffron Walden arranged the day. The Concert was hosted by Tim Lihoreau Creative Director and Presenter of Classic FM ‘More Music at Breakfast’

Taking part were seven Choirs, over two hundred singers, ages ranging from four to ninety five, singing songs from musicales, folk, classical,  choral, popular and contemporary. Music by Irving Berlin, Bob Chilcott Anders, Howard Goodall, Ray Davis, Carly Simon, G.F Handel, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Rogers @ O Hammerstein, Take That,  Leonard Cohen, Toto and more.

The concert was a complete sell out.

Many thanks to Philippa for all the time she and her helpers spent making this day a very enjoyable and successful one.

Joan Shadbolt, Choir coordinator.

Concert Photos – 15 July 2017

Well what a good evening it was. The choir sang well. Isobel was brilliant the ukulele group was much appreciated some good poems and a lovely smiley audience.
And to top it all we will be able to present Accuro and the East Anglian Air Ambulance with £540 each.
A big thank you, to everybody that helped and supported us.
Joan Shadbolt

Thanks to Paul Crawford for the photos below:

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Co-ordinators’ Lunch

A big thank you to all the co-ordinators who put so much effort into running our many classes and activities. Saffron Hotel – 18 May 2017

Saffron Harmony – Christmas Carol Concert


Our U3A Saffron Harmony’s Christmas Carol Concert in aid of The East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices  was held on the evening of 15th December 2016 at the Baptist Church and raised £1,165.


Thanks to Paul Crawford for the photos – click to enlarge.

Welcome to our new Website

Our new website went live on Thursday 19th March 2015.  Our website address will be as it was in the past

We do hope you will find our new Saffron Walden U3A website more interesting and easier to use.

It will give us greater flexibility to incorporate photos of events and each group now has its own page which we would like to see develop further. So please can we have news and photos to go on these group pages. If you see blue text then that means there is a link you can click on to see more.

There is a handy bar on the right of every page which gives you the opportunity to look at the latest Update magazine (see the Publications page for past copies) or to see a few of the latest news items and some of the next forthcoming events. The full list of these can be found on the News and What’s On pages.

You can now see photos of the committee members. Regarding photos, we will aim to ensure that if your photo appears on the website, that it is with your approval. If this is not the case then do let us know and it can be removed straightaway. Click here to see our guidelines about this.

There are 2 password protected pages: One for the Committee to use for items such as minutes of committee meetings and one for the Group Co-ordinators. We hope to include information from the Co-ordinators’ Handbook in this section.

It will take time for this new website to develop to its full potential and we would welcome any feedback that you feel might be useful.

I am grateful for the advice given to me by our Chair Sue Barton and Update Editor Jessica Jackson over the past few months. This website would also not have been possible without the help of Rosemarie Gant from  – a web design company based in Ashdon that converted our design into this functioning website.

Thank you

Martin Hugall

U3A Website Manager