Covid-19 restrictions - Meetings will resume at Exning Road Social Club from September 2021.
Please watch this space for updates

EVENTS run for members include coach trips and social outings. Our trips and outings are open to all members with charges depending on costs.

SPEAKER MEETINGS are usually held monthly on the LAST MONDAY of the month at Exning Road Club starting at 2.30pm and are available for all members, and prospective members, at no charge.

Our speakers at the monthly meetings are carefully chosen to provide interesting and stimulating talks on a wide variety of interests and topics. We welcome any feedback on the speaker or the meeting in general. After the formal presentation there is always the opportunity to talk to the speaker individually and to chat with other members over a free cup of tea or coffee.

(Should we be unable to meet in person, we can still meet via Zoom. The invitation for Zoom meetings comes as an email to all members, with a link in the text. Tap on this and you get a dialogue to join the group. That's all you have to do.)

There are also Third Age Trust National Events, including quizzes, challenges, and projects. For more information click NATIONAL EVENTS, only open to u3a members.


As I write this one year on from taking over as speaker secretary I have been reflecting on how strange it all seemed at first, holding talks over Zoom. We quickly adapted to this strange new medium and I hope you have all enjoyed the various presentations. One of the advantages of Zoom is that we have been able to welcome speakers from all over the UK. A notable recent speaker, Mary Smith, came to us from Maidstone, Kent. Mary was the Head of a grammar school and she spoke about two remarkable discoveries from the school’s recent history. The first of these was the intact tunnels that sheltered the school girls and their teachers during air raids in the second World War. The second was a series of paintings by the art teacher during the war that depict life for the school during that period. Mary showed us a selection of these paintings that demonstrated in a humorous and detailed way how the school adapted to life underground.

If you are interested in seeing these fascinating pictures along with anecdotes from ex pupils of the school please consider buying Mary’s book “A Schoolgirl’s War” for £10 plus £2 p&p. Send a cheque to Mary Smith, 6 The Landway, Bearsted, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 4BD. Or contact Mary for her bank details:

As I write, at the start of September, we are hopeful that normal meetings at Exning Road Social Club will be resuming for our talk on 27th September. However please be aware that this may change at short notice dependent on the club’s situation and national guidelines. We will do our best to substitute with Zoom meetings but many of the speakers booked are not presenting in this way.
I am looking forward to meeting many of you in person.

Speaker Secretary, Trish Newell. (Tel: 01638 611023)

Dates for your Diary
Mon Sep 27th Geoffrey Kay will be presenting a talk on “Lady Liberty”.
This is the largely unknown story of the Statue of Liberty, why the French Nation gave it to the US and the man who led the planning and construction of installation in New York.
Mon Oct 25th We welcome back Eleanora Gardner who will be talking about “Ghosts, Demons and Witches of the Fens”.
Enter into a world of mystery, magic and superstition. Creatures of all shapes and sizes, demons and witches existed in the eerie, isolated Fens of East Anglia. Join Nora Gardner to hear their stories and the superstitions that abounded. Find out how Fen Folk protected themselves and hear some spooky tales that are still believed in today.
Mon Nov 29th Nigel MacKnight talks on “Adventures of a dyslexic author”.
Nigel is an author who will be describing how he has overcome the difficulty of dyslexia and gone on to a successful career in theatre, television, the movie industry and aviation. He will also be including anecdotes that illustrate some of the people he has worked with like Tommy Cooper, Steven Spielberg and Sebastian Coe.
Mon Dec 20th Toni Neobard and Kate Broad bring us their talk “For better or far worse”.
A light-hearted and quirky look at marriage and relationships through the eyes of the Victorians. What happened if you didn’t marry and what if you did but were not happy with your choice? A glimpse at bizarre goings-on showing wedded bliss wasn’t always so.
Toni and Kate have over 60 years experience of genealogical research and authors of two family history books.
Mon Jan 31st 2022 Peter Norman takes us on a tour of the pubs of Newmarket.
Mon Feb 28th 2022 Horry Parsons will be giving us an account of the building of the Millenium Tower, Bury St Edmunds Cathedral.
Horry was the construction team leader.
Mon Mar 28th 2022 David Smith is a retired fingerprint expert who worked for the Metropolitan Police for 40 years.
His talk covers the use of fingerprinting in crime scene investigations, the history of fingerprinting and recollections of his career.
Mon Apr 25th 2022 Dr Stephen Ashworth “Lasers – the light fantastic”.
All you wanted or needed to know about lasers. Stephen’s talk includes demonstrations of laser lights.
All those who had booked their tickets for 2020 have had an email or a phone call to say that the Thursford spectacular has been postponed and rolled over by them. Thus the new date is Tuesday 16th November 2021.
The coach company have agreed to this too. All timings will be the same and of course we will let you know as a reminder nearer the time, but it is something to look forward for next year.
Niddy Walpole