Newsletter for AUGUST & SEPTEMBER 2019

Margaret Jocelyn Chairman NOTES FROM THE CHAIRMAN

As I will be standing down at the AGM on 29 July, this will be my last Chairman’s report.

I would like to thank all the Committee members who have supported me during my tenure. Our first challenge was to find new venues once again, but hopefully this situation is stabilised now. My first event was in August 2017 when we celebrated Newmarket U3A’s 30th Birthday with a successful party at the Ellesmere Centre in Stetchworth. Our membership keeps increasing and we now have more interest groups. These include two groups held at Burwell Museum – French Conversation and Needlecraft - and Model Making at Exning Road Club. The annual subscription is still being kept at £10. We were granted Charity Status in April of this year after a good deal of hard work and a change to the Constitution.

In the past, when mentioning the U3A, we realised that a good number of people had never heard of the University of the Third Age. I hope that we are now getting the message out to more people, especially to those who may be interested. As well as doing various promotions we have produced a Year Book and the Camera Club’s displays in the library have brought a wider audience. Newmarket Memorial Hall have agreed to publicise our events.

A highlight of this year was the Summer coach outing to London for a tour of the Houses of Parliament.

I would like to wish the New Chairman all the best for a smooth running term of office.

Margaret Jocelyn 01638 615252

Click here for the Calendar for August 2019 and the Calendar for September 2019

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A message from the Burwell Allotment & Garden Group

This is for all U3A Newmarket members but particularly for the GARDEN INTEREST GROUP.

THE BAGS Annual show takes place in the Gardiner Memorial Hall, in Burwell, on Saturday 27 July

There is an expanded list of classes to enter because we will be awarding the RHS Banksian Medal for Best in Show (highest number of points awarded across the three flower, vegetable and fruit classes). It’s all free and you might well have gardeners who could do well in some of our classes. There will of course be cream teas, etc.

The timings for the Show are:
- on Friday evening 8pm-9pm only you can call at the Gardiner Memorial Hall and hand in entries (at your own risk); or you can simply take the necessary entry cards for the classes you want to enter, complete them at home and submit with your entries on Saturday morning;
- 9am-12noon, Saturday - registration and receipt of entries at the Gardiner Hall
- 12noon to 14.30 – Judging
- 14.30-16.30 - Show open to the public for viewing and cream teas
- 16.15 - Awards of medal and prizes
- 16.30 - Close of show
- 16.45 – Items not collected by 16.45 will be disposed of

For details of classes click BAGS 2019 Summer Show Classes

For the rules click BAGS Summer Show Rules 2019


The U3A Policy Statement regarding Vulnerable Adults.

The committee has been asked to bring this policy to your notice

“Everybody has different levels of vulnerability and each of us may be regarded as vulnerable at some time. All members who may be vulnerable have a right to protection from all types of harm or abuse”. In all our activities we will:

Value, listen and respect members who may be vulnerable.

Ensure that all members feel welcomed, respected and safe from abuse.

Recognise equality amongst people and relationships.

Do all we can to help members who may be vulnerable, to be and remain active contributors within the U3A and if they are or become unable to participate independently, encourage them to bring a companion/carer with them in order that they can continue to enjoy the benefits of U3A membership.

Ensure all members are aware of their responsibilities to protect vulnerable adults”.

Margaret Jocelyn 01638 615252



Held at Exning Rd Club at 2.30pm on the last Monday of the Month.

Monday 29 JulyAnnual General Meeting of Newmarket U3A at 2.30 pm at Exning Road Club The Agenda and a Nomination form for membership of the committee are available via the WELCOME PAGE or the LINKS page.

For minutes from the 2018 AGM, click on 2018 AGM Minutes

Monday 26 AugustNO meeting as it is a Bank Holiday
Monday23 SeptemberU3A member, Tim Young's talk "Three Score Years and Ten in Classrooms”. From the age of four Tim has spent his life in classrooms as pupil, trainee, teacher and headmaster. His talk charts the changes and developments in education over the last 70 years through his personal experiences.

Niddy on 01353 721144 or