Be more active, make new friends, expand your skills

From your Chairman (22nd May 2020):

In line with Government advice, the Committee has taken the decision to continue with the cancellation of our monthly meetings at the New Green Centre and also face to face interest groups to protect our members, at least until September.
Our programme and members’ cards will be sent out once the health and science advisors say it is safe to meet again.
Please let Andrew Adams, our membership Secretary know of any changes of email address or details. In the meantime make sure you sign up to the National U3A newsletter and check our
BU3A newsletter on the website. If you know of a member who does not have internet access would you pass on any information at a safe distance or over the phone.
We are hoping to meet again as soon as it is safe to do so and look forward to the time when we can come together.
with best wishes from Peter Lester and all the committee 

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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