Christmas Tea 2019

Book early for this year’s Christmas Tea, to be held at the Bowling Club in Abbey Lane on Monday 16th December at 3:00 pm. The cost is £10 per head, so contact Jim Dwyer on 07531 115 160 or

Our caterer will be providing everything that you’d expect from a Christmas Tea – so come along and enjoy.

Stansted U3A outing to Sandringham House 1 July 2019

Stansted Mountfitchet U3A outing to Sandringham House, gardens and park, Norfolk on Monday 1 July 2019

Stansted U3A have arranged an outing by coach as above and have several places available and have opened this up to our members.

Costs: under 59 £30.50, seniors (60+) £26, RHS members (must have valid card with them) £18.
They will be leaving Stansted (old Barclays Bank) at 8am and leaving Sandringham by 4.30pm.
For more information please contact Jennifer Wraith –

U3A Summer Concert Sat 29th June 2019

The Saffron Walden U3A Harmony Choir is having it’s summer concert this year on Saturday 29th June at the Baptist Church in Saffron Walden. Doors open at 7:00pm for a 7:30 pm start. The selection of music is excellent and includes songs from West Side Story, a Rodgers and Hammerstein medley with excerpts from their most famous films plus many other popular gems. The ukulele group will also be performing and there will be refreshments served during the interval.

Tickets are £8 (£4 for under 16s) and all profits will be going to two local charities – Support 4 Sight and the League of Friends Radwinter Road Hospital. Tickets are available at the Tourist Information Centre and Support for Sight or you can contact Jim Dwyer on 07531 115160 or

Committee Recruitment

We are fast approaching the AGM and the requirement to choose our committee.

This year we are particularly aware that over the next couple of years a number of current committee members will have completed their three year term. We need to look forward and try to plan to have members who can fill those vacancies as they arise, therefore ensuring that we have an experienced group when current members leave.

What does it require to become a good committee member? The list of qualities is not specifically defined, but the essential requirements include:

Be reliable, be a team player, have good social skills, be proficient with computers, be able to attend monthly committee meetings, make a positive contribution to the business of Saffron Walden U3A and not be afraid to “get your hands dirty”. Above all you need commitment to our organisation and to our 900 members.

Still interested?  If so, in the first instance you should contact Tony Treglown (Secretary) 01799 516707 to find out more.

Would Attending Committee as an Observer Help to Make Up Your Mind?

There are two Committee meetings remaining in this academic year, on Monday 17th June and Monday 15th July, both 10.30 am at the Bowling Club.

If you are considering joining the committee, why not come and sit-in at one of the meetings as an observer to see what it’s all about? Please speak to Tony Treglown (Secretary) on 01799 516707 beforehand to make the arrangements.

Membership Applications 2019 – 2020

Membership application forms for 2019-2020 were distributed early with the summer edition of Update, as there will not be another edition until after this year’s AGM.

A number of members have sent in completed renewal forms with their annual subscription before the suggested date of 1st August. As a result there have been enquiries about new membership cards and payments.

The Membership Secretary will deal with all renewals and issue cards in due course. The Treasurer will bank cheques after 1st August when our new financial year begins.

Any further questions should be addressed to the Membership Secretary – John Trueman (contact details on the Committee page).

Thank you

Visit to Knepp Castle Estate – Fri 20 Sept

This Natural History outing is not an official U3A outing but any U3A member would be most welcome.

Re-Wilding – Visit to Knepp Castle Estate – Friday September 20th 2019

You may have read about Re-Wilding – converting a large area of countryside into a self-regulating habitat dominated by large grazing animals. In other words, creating a habitat as close as possible to that in which our ancestors lived about 7000 years ago.

The leading light is in this work is Isabella Tree – the author of “Wilding” – which describes the hugely successful re-wilding project at Knepp Castle Estate in West Sussex.

If you wish to know more about the Knepp re-wilding project visit their website:

At the request of the Saffron Walden U3A Natural History Group I have booked a visit to Knepp for Friday 20th September – depart SW 9.30 arrive back 19.30

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JUSTGYM Active Ageing Hour

Please note that this is not a U3A activity but we thought that it might be of interest to our members

“As we get older our bodies start to slow down and muscles start to lose their strength and stability. At JustGym we are here to help you keep fit and healthy.
A dedicated member of staff will be on hand to help with any questions you may have, demonstrate equipment, offer tips on exercises and show you ways to get started on your fitness journey.”

Tuesday and Thursday from 2-3pm at JustGym, Shire hill, Saffron Walden, CB11 3AQ   01799 510 766 or
£6 per visit or £25 unlimited monthly membership.

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Notice of Annual General Meeting of the U3A – 2nd Sept 2019

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Annual General Meeting of Saffron Walden U3A will be held at Saffron Walden Baptist Church  on Monday 2nd September 2019 at 2.30 pm, or at any adjournment thereof.


  1. Chairman’s welcome
  2. Apologies for absence
  3. Minutes of the previous AGM 3rd Sept 2018 ( Unapproved copy available here)
  4. Chairman’s report for the year ended 31 July 2019
  5. Treasurer’s report for the year ended 31 July 2019 and Adoption of Accounts

(Draft Accounts will be posted here late August – only a very limited number of  hard copies available on day)

  1. Appointment of the Independent Examiner of Accounts
  2. Election of the Committee for 2019-2020
  • 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.

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

Pauline Palmer, Secretary


Written nominations by a proposer and seconder will need to be sent to the Secretary at least 28 days before the AGM (i.e. by 4th August 2019).  

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

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

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