2nd November UPDATE: Thank You to our wonderful members who donated a shoebox. ❤️❤️❤️❤️ 23 boxes in total have been made, and I shall be delivering them tomorrow.- Grace
14th October 2020 - SHOEBOX APPEAL 2020

As the U3A members are unable to help with the Charity Christmas cards this year, would any members like to help please with the Shoebox Appeal 2020 to provide Christmas gifts to vulnerable children and families for the Cheveley Group of Churches.

The boxes are sent to Belarus, Romania, Moldova, Bosnia.
We hope to send shoeboxes for either adult or child between ages of 8 - 11 years old.

The following are suggestions to put into a shoebox:-

Toothbrush/Toothpaste Hairbrush and comb facecloth and soap
Gloves and scarves
Sweets (no food)
Make up
Tea towels pegs washing up cloths
Bowls and cups.
No novels medicines or sharp objects are allowed.

Look at the national website as well

Please add a Christmas card and if possible wrap Christmas paper around the box.

I hope that you are able to help, Please if you are able to can you contact Grace Crump on 01638 730080 or email

Shoeboxes are required by the end of October, more details to follow but if you are able to fill a shoebox or donate items please contact Grace.

Boxes and items can be dropped off at Kath Gifkins at 9 Wyndham Way, Newmarket or I may be able to come and collect. The churches can supply shoe boxes which can be collected from the church porch at any of the churches.

thanks Grace


23rd July 2020. Help needed for a new online study on everyday memory in general population

- Do you know how good is your memory in everyday life?

- Can you tell us how often you forget to do things (e.g., make a phone call) or facts and episodes from your past?

- Do you know how good are people in other age groups, than yours, at these tasks?

Research team at the University of Hertfordshire (UK) invites you to take part in a new online survey that focuses on people’s everyday memory errors and their knowledge and beliefs about the frequency of these errors in different age groups.

The study can be completed from a laptop or mobile phone and takes about 30-40 minutes to complete. No identifiable information will be collected. This study has received ethical approval from the UH ethics committee. Protocol Number: LMS/PGT/UH//04180

The link to the survey can be accessed by clicking on the link below:
Memory Errors Survey


3rd July 2020. Mindfulness for Later Life Online Course

Background and information on the course:

The Gatehouse Charity are running an online mindfulness course that is fully funded by the Suffolk Community Foundation to support older adults during the coronavirus epidemic. We are running our next online course in September, and hope to run face to face courses later on in the year, guidelines pending.

The course has been run successfully in the NHS for several years in later life and stroke services. The course is based on the mindfulness-based stress reduction course developed by John Kabat Zin, but has been adapted for this population.

We have had really good feedback from participants, and we have found that it improves people’s attention and memory, as well as reducing loneliness, low mood, stress, anxiety and chronic pain. We have also worked with memory clinic patients, and it has improved memory functioning in people in the early stages of dementia, mild cognitive impairment or people suffering from carer stress. Mindfulness for later life was last year the topic of an all Parliamentary group in Westminster, which we were invited to attend.

There is a great deal of interest in mindfulness for later life, and so it is fantastic that we are able to offer it to older adults in Suffolk during the coronavirus crisis.

The places are free but limited and involves a weekly meeting via Zoom, with audio recordings of the practise and handouts to be downloaded.

To register your interest please complete the following short online survey: it

Further details are also on the Gatehouse Charity website



Although restrictions are slowly being lifted, there is no sign yet of situations existing where Newmarket U3A might schedule an indoor meeting of ten or more members. The current situation in which no groups are meeting face-to-face therefore continues. It is clear that the situation is continuing to ease and the Executive Committee will continue to monitor the advice from HM Government and The Third Age Trust, and make recommendations to the membership in the light of further advice.

However, informally we are aware that many members of U3A across the country are reluctant to take up the latest advice such as given for going shopping, and the executive Committee will take this into account when acting on official advice. Ultimately, it is for individuals to make their own decisions when they might return to traditional style meetings.

The Executive Committee will consider the matter formally on 20 July 2020, at the next Executive Committee meeting. Meanwhile, there is an opportunity for all members to make their opinions known to the Committee at a special, informal Zoom meeting on 29 June 2020. You will receive an official invitation to this meeting with the next E-NEWS.


16th March 2020 *** SPECIAL NOTICE ***
In the interests of the members and based on current advice, it is with regret that the Executive Committee of Newmarket U3A has decided to suspend all meetings, activities and events until further notice. The situation will be reviewed mid-June.

For further information, please contact group co-ordinators or committee members and also check the Newmarket U3A website and Facebook.

Please look after yourselves. If we can be of any help, do not hesitate to contact a member of the Executive Committee.


Self-Isolating? -Jane Bailey has kindly offered a number of good DVD movies including the whole series of Lonesome Dove which someone might like if they have a DVD player still. Happy to deliver within Newmarket. Contact: Mob No. 07715 501855 or by my email : bailey.jane @icloud .com


NOVEMBER 2020 TRIP TO THURSFORD SPECTACULAR POSTPONED - All those who had booked their tickets 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 to for next year.
Niddy Walpole

NB: Coach is full all seats booked now. Any cancellations will be offered to the reserves.

This was to be the Winter outing for a matinee performance in November 2020. For those of you who do not know about the Thursford Spectacular then just click onto this website address and see the details.

Tickets for this event, which is one of the largest in Europe, are highly sought after.
If you would be interested or would like further details could you let Niddy Walpole know via her email


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”.

Tim Young 01638 612216#