Be more active, make new friends, expand your skills.

The committee met today to discuss the best, and safest way forward for our members to protect from the corona virus.

We have decided to cancel the April and May lecture at the New Green Centre where a large number of us meet. The future meetings will be subject to further review.
If you know of a fellow member who is not on email it would be helpful if you would let them know.
The committee recommend that interest groups do not meet until the situation improves. This is a recommendation given in order that we do not expose the more vulnerable members to infection. The Prime Minister has advised us today to avoid any unnecessary  contact especially among those who are older and compromised in their health.
The Educational Visit to Woodbridge, Framlingham and Bedfield on 30th March and the Visit to the National Arboretum on 26th May has had to be cancelled.
Maureen and Linda will deal with re-funds as soon as possible.
The Committee recommends that theatre, garden and church visits should be cancelled.

Garden Visits- the Garden visits talk on 24th March at New Green is cancelled and also the visit to Bridge End Gardens on 22nd April
and the visit to Norfolk Lavender on 27th May are cancelled. Also could members let all friends who are not on email know.
Refunds will be given as soon as practical.
Many thanks Margaret Brackenbury

Blackbourne U3A is a community of people sharing knowledge and skills

Welcome to Blackbourne U3A.

U3A activities in the Blackbourne area (Thurston, Elmswell, Stanton and surrounding areas) 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. Our activities are wide and varied and include monthly lectures, many interest groups, educational and theatre visits. Members also receive regular 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 is £10.00 per annum, payable by Standing Order. Currently we have a full complement of over 600 members, with a waiting list, but we always do our best to offer places to new members as soon as possible.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Blackbourne U3A you can contact our Membership Secretary by following the link to our online application form and we will do our very best to offer you a place in the near future.


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Inger Petersen-Smith


Inger Petersen-Smith is stepping down from co-ordinating the BU3A book group after 14 years in the role. During that time Inger has organised the meetings, collected and distributed the books and liaised with Thurston library to great effect. Inger’s ideas and enthusiasm ensured that the book group discussions have always been lively and meaningful. She will be sorely missed. Thank you Inger for your inspiration and friendship.

The group will continue to meet on the 4 th Thursday of the month at 10.15 and anyone interested in joining us can contact Cathy Bacon at Enable JavaScript to view protected content. or text 07879205931


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Your U3A Needs You!

Notice is given to all Members that this years AGM will be held at the New Green Centre on Monday 2nd March at 10.00 am

A few of our Committee will have served their alloted time of 3 years and must, as our constition demands ,now stand down and replacements are needed

These posts must be filled !

If interested please conatct the Secretary who will give you more information and a nomination form alternativly a copy of is available via READ MORE  below with instructions


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New Canasta Group

The new Canasta  group is now up and running and more players would be very welcome , Liz would be will be really pleased to hear from you


Please contact her in the first instance with expressions of interest and she will be very pleased to pass on your details to the Group Convenor.


Liz Morgan, Interest Group Coordinator. Tel 01284 749819

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