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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 and later this year there will be a chance for Members to celebrate.

Watch this space for more details.

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Interest Group Convenors Lunch

Thursday 18th July 2019, 12.00 – 2.30pm, Cavendish Hall, Thurston.

This year our thank you to the Interest Group Convenors will be in July. A hot and cold buffet lunch, drink and tea or coffee will ...

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Your U3A Needs You!

We will need volunteers to take on the following posts:

  • Lectures Reporter
  • Web Site  Coordinator

For full details, read the full announcement.

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New German Conversation Group

There is a new German Coversation group starting up. If you'd like to improve your german language skills – whatever level you may be – please contact Lynda Heywood.