Welcome To Great Dunmow




Wednesday 27 March at the Foakes Hall

This is an ‘open’ event, so NON-MEMBERS are welcome. Drop in anytime between 11 am and 4 pm, and bring a friend!

  • STALLS, DEMONSTRATIONS and HEALTH CHECKS from contributors promoting wellness and fitness

Programme of Talks and Demonstrations:

11.00 a.m.— Event Opens
11.10 a.m.Seated Exercise, run by our own U3A gentle exercise group
11.30 a.m.Nordic Walking Demonstration in the car park: just turn up!
11.30 a.m.Talk: Fire Safety, (smoke alarms and safe well visits) — Essex Fire Service
11.50 a.m.Talk: Fraud Prevention by the NatWest Fraud Team in conjunction with Essex Police
12.15 p.m.Healthy Eating Workshop*
1.30 p.m.Dementia Awareness workshop* — Alzheimer's Society

*Limited availability. Book early via email to avoid disappointment: click on >> Pat Kelly

CVSU The morning programme in the hall is repeated in the afternoon: Fire

2.40 p.m.Seated Exercise
3.00 p.m.Talk: Fire Safety
3.20 p.m.Talk: Fraud Prevention
4.00 p.m. — Event closes

STANDS: Alzheimer's Society - Essex Fire Service - Uttlesford CVSU - Friendship Group - NatWest Fraud Team - Healthy Eating - AGE UK Essex - Hearing Help Essex - Active with Parkinson's - Road Traffic Collision Reduction Team (with virtual-reality equipment) - Uttlesford Health & Well Being - U3A Outings - U3A Groups - U3A Membership - ACE NHS Health Checks

PLEASE NOTE: There will be LIMITED CAR PARKING, reserved for the disabled and exhibitors.
We appreciate your co-operation in this. Thank you.


A Note From the Chair

Hello friends,

The weather is wonderful and the sun is shining and it is good to be alive! It really looks as if spring is here already.

I hope that you enjoyed last month's excellent speaker Jane Barnes. I think that we will be making an outing to her ‘Dairy Classroom’ later this year!

Best wishes

John Versey
Dunmow U3A


Vice-Chair and Welfare Officer - Jane Tadman

Jane Tadman — Vice Chair & Welfare My role is to promote inclusiveness within Dunmow U3A. There are many different activities, outings and talks to choose from. If you know anyone who might like to join, please encourage them to come and give us a try. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet people and make new friends whilst at the same time taking part in an activity or attending one of our interesting talks at the monthly meetings.

Our next Open Day — five hours of demonstrations, talks and advice from lots of experts — would be a great occasion to bring along a friend for the first time. If you are coming to a meeting on your own, please contact me so I can arrange to meet you and introduce you to Dunmow U3A.

I can arrange for a card to be sent to any member who is unwell or bereaved. It would al-so be nice to celebrate significant birthdays. This, of course, does not preclude groups and individuals from doing the same.

You can contact me at >> Jane Tadman.


Dear U3A Members

YOU UCT minibus ARE THE PEOPLE whom Uttlesford Community Travel are trying to contact — you are retired/not in full-time employment and are keen to keep active and contribute to our community. UCT needs your help. Demand for their services is soaring, as funding for local bus services is progressively being axed. UCT provides services to the residents of Uttlesford who find it difficult to access normal public transport, to the over 60’s, the disabled and those who are rurally isolated.

They can take you shopping, to the hairdressers, to visit friends, garden centres, just about anywhere, as well as to all types of medical appointments. All Uttlesford Community Travel minibuses are wheelchair-accessible and all their drivers are fully trained and checked through the Disclosure and Barring Service. Most importantly, almost every person in their team is an unpaid volunteer.

They need male and female drivers both for their minibuses and, using your own car, to carry people to and from appointments at surgeries and hospitals. They also need staff to help with administration at their Dunmow office.

One half-day in the office, or one journey a week, would make a huge difference.

Please consider becoming a volunteer.


Dunmow U3A, launched October 2015, is one of the 1,035 U3As (June 2017) affiliated to the Third Age Trust across the UK, currently with over 424,000 members. U3As are self-help, self-managed, lifelong learning co-operatives for people in their third age and no longer in full time work. Eligibility is not determined by age, but by availability of time. U3As provide opportunities for members to share learning experiences by means of a wide range of interest groups conducive to learning and personal development. This allows pursuit of learning, not for qualifications, but for fun.


Can I Join?
Our University of the Third Age (U3A) is open to all in Great Dunmow and the surrounding area who are actively interested in helping each other by sharing their knowledge, skills, interests and experience. We have a yearly subscription of £13 per person. This subscription is a reduction from that charged last year and in common with many other U3A's there is now no reduction for members of other U3A's.

» Membership Application Form. — Click this link to open and print a Membership form for 2019/2020. Please complete the Gift Aid section (as applicable) and sign the form. At our monthly meetings new members can join and existing members can renew their membership. If you send the form to our Membership Secretary please enclose a stamped addressed envelope for the return of your membership cards. Click Membership Secretary to make contact via Email. [If you have a problem opening the PDF file, visit the » Hints/Tips page].