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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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Blackbourne U3A 25th Anniversary

This year is the 25th Anniversary of your Blackbourne U3A. On the 2nd December our speaker will be the ever popular Charlie Haylock. After his talk members are invited to stay behind, chat with Charlie, and enjoy liquid refreshments and canapés. Tickets can be ...

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Your U3A Needs You!

We will need volunteers to take on the following posts:

  • Membership Secretary
  • Lectures Secretary

For full details, read the full announcement.

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New Bridge Group

There is a new Bridge Group starting up. 


The Music Group -Listening and Learning  has 2 vacancies and new members would be made very welcome. 

If you are interested in either of the above please contact Elizabeth Morgan for more information on Enable JavaScript to view protected content.

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Interest Groups Exhibition

This will be held at the New Green Centre on Monday, 20th January and is free to all members. Come along and meet your convenors and see what your U3A has to offer you. Times: New members only: 10am – 10:30am; then 10:30 – 12:00 for all members.