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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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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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The Book Group and the Music Group -Listening and Learning  have  vacancies and new members would be made very welcome.

Please contact the relevant Conveners for more information.

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Interest Groups Exhibition


This will be held on the 20th January 2020 in the Main Hall at Thurston New Green. 10am start for New Members then 10.30am to 12.30 for current Members. 

There will be free tea and coffee available and Pastries!! 

Do not be shy in choosing your favourite!


Group Convenors and indeed some members of the groups, will be present to answer any questions you may have about a particular Group. 

New Members will be given the first half an hour to find out about the groups we have in BU3A and to join any in which they are interested. There are vacancies in some Groups.

Then all other Members are welcome, so do come and join us, we will love to see you - if only to share a cup of coffee..... and that pastry!