Ely & District


Following the end of most of the Covid restrictions, events are returning to normal. Please use this page to announce new events, including times and venues.

Events shown below as a General Meeting or Outing are open to all our members. Unless stated otherwise, the other events are specifically for members of the relevant group and you need to join the group in order to participate. Outings and some group events require booking. Click Outings for more information on booking trips.

The u3a's General Meetings are held usually on the first Tuesday of every month (except August) at 2.30pm, in the Countess Free Church, 10 Chapel Street, Ely. See the list below for details. New members and visitors are welcome (Visitor admission £2).

If your group has an event that you think should be shown here or you see an error or omission please send the details to Peter Lee via the Website button on the CONTACT page.

Dates for your Diary
May 2022
Thu May 26thGardens and PlantsGarden Group 2: Visit to Barcham Trees including talk and Tearoom
June 2022
Tue Jun 7thGeneral MeetingAGM
Entertainment by Tony Goodge and Guitars Plus
2.30 at the Countess Church
Wed Jun 8thPhotography'What do all these buttons and dials do?' Led by Nigel Puttergill. Judging the Food and Drink project competition. Witcham Village Hall 2.00 pm
Wed Jun 8thBird WatchingVisit to RSPB Titchwell
Thu Jun 9thHistory and Family HistoryHistory Group: Stuart Orme on ‘The World Turned Upside Down’ – the experience of the British Civil Wars, Ely Methodist Church, 2.30pm, £2 (NB this is the second Thursday)
Mon Jun 13thGardens and PlantsBotany. Visit to Lark Rise Farm, Barton. Countryside Restoration Trust.
Wed Jun 15thTransportRob Barter on the ‘Stour Valley Railway', Ely Methodist Church, 2.30pm (£2)
Mon Jun 20thArts and CraftsCard Craft. Iris folding. Witchford Playing Fields Association Hall, 2-4pm.
Tue Jun 21stOutingAudley End House (EH) including self guided tour and Saffron Walden Walking Trail available from Tourist Information Centre. Cost £35 . Please indicate if you are an English Heritage member.
Tue Jun 21stGardens and PlantsGarden Group 1. Visit to Dale Farm Dereham.
Thu Jun 30thGardens and PlantsGarden Group 2 - Visit to Hemingford Grey Manor
House & garden £9 Garden only £5
July 2022
Tue Jul 5thGeneral MeetingJamie Irons/James Cooke - Emmaus
At the Countess church
Thu Jul 7thOutingCaley Mill Lavender Farm and Holkham Hall. Cost £38.50 NOTE CHANGE OF DATE FROM 14/7
Thu Jul 7thHistory and Family HistoryHistory Group: Richard Davies from Cambourne & District u3a on 'Visible WWII Defences and other sights in Cambridgeshire', Ely Methodist Church, 2.30pm, £2
Wed Jul 13thPhotographyAll day visit to Henry Moore studio and garden. Meet by 11.00 am at Perry Green, Much Hadham SG10 6EE. Tour of garden, exhibition and (option) house, full details in May photo group newsletter. If you haven't already done so, please let Jackie Price know you want to be included.
Mon Jul 18thArts and CraftsCard Craft. Stamping. Witchford Playing Fields Association Hall, 2-4pm.
Tue Jul 19thGardens and PlantsGarden Group 1. Visit to Norfolk Lavender.
Wed Jul 20thTransportCharlie Barker on ‘Building Live Steam Models’, Ely Methodist Church, 2.30pm (£2)
Thu Jul 28thGardens and PlantsGarden Group 2 visit to Little Downham Wild Flower Meadow
August 2022
Thu Aug 4thHistory and Family HistoryHistory Group: Peter Lee on the 'History of Ukraine', continuing the story begun in his 2013 talk on the History of Europe's Eastern Borderlands, Ely Methodist Church, 2.30pm, £2
Wed Aug 10thPhotography'All Aboard' for a cruise on the Liberty Belle down the Great Ouse.
September 2022
Tue Sep 6thGeneral MeetingGraham Seddons - The Probation Service
Thu Sep 8th
→Mon Sep 12th
OutingHoliday to Cheshire and Salford based at 4 star Park Royal Hotel, Warrington. Details of visits and costs TBC. Fully booked with a waiting list.
Wed Sep 14thPhotographyWe welcome back Andy and Daphne Hanson to critique and judge the Summer project 'Four photos - One story'. Witcham Village Hall 2.00pm
October 2022
Tue Oct 4thOutingChatham Docks with optional 'Call the Midwife' tour. Cost £33 + £5 for the optional tour.
Wed Oct 12thPhotographyPresentation on High-key and Low-key photography to launch the autumn project - Ken Reader and Tony Pleasance. Witcham Village Hall 2.00
November 2022
Tue Nov 1stGeneral MeetingMike Wabe - Witches and Witch Hunting in East Anglia
At the Countess Church
Wed Nov 9thPhotographyLandscape photography, with guest speaker Ian Stacey. Witcham Village Hall 2.00 pm
December 2022
Tue Dec 6thGeneral MeetingMark Walsh - The Ukulele Sensation. The Finale. Star of the London Palladium, The Albert Hall and BBC Radio.
At the countess church
Wed Dec 14thPhotographySeasonal Social and judging the Autumn competition 'High key - Low key'. Witcham Village Hall 2.00pm