U3A activities in the Blackbourne area (Thurston, Elmswell, Stanton etc) began in 1992 at the suggestion of the Suffolk Community Education Service. Initially the activities operated under the aegis of Bury St. Edmunds U3A but, in September 1994, Blackbourne U3A became a separate entity. In 2006 it affiliated to the Third Age Trust.
Blackbourne U3A has been supported from the outset by the Community Education Service and initial financial support was also received from Suffolk ACRE and St. Edmundsbury Borough Council. Activities being arranged for 2016/17 include monthly lectures, interest groups, educational visits and periodic newsletters.
The programme for lecture meetings and interest groups, together with membership cards/badges, are posted out to members in August each year. The cost of membership remains at £10 per annum, payable by Standing Order. Currently we have a full complement of 625 members, with a waiting list, but we always do our best to offer places to new members as soon as possible.
Please contact the Membership Secretary, Teri Carpenter 01359 408457, for any information regarding membership.
New Green Community Centre New Green Avenue Thurston Suffolk IP31 3TG
Monthly Meetings take place at New Green Community Centre at 10.00am on the first Monday of the Month
Tea/Coffee served from 9.00 - 9.45 am
Visitors £3 (limited to 3 visits per year), Members free