15th October 2021 - SHOEBOX APPEAL 2020

Help bring a child some joy at Christmas. Last year Newmarket U3A sent 23 shoeboxes to Romania. This year we would like to send 30.
Please can you help fill a shoebox. Ideas below of contents or more details on the website WWW.TEAMS4U.COM
If you require a shoebox contact Niddy or Tim.
Boxes can be returned by 30th Oct to Niddy, Tim or myself.


12th September 2021 - Mindfulness for Later Life Online Course

The Gatehouse Charity are delighted to be able to offer a fully funded online mindfulness course, run by a clinical psychologist, to anyone in the Suffolk area over 65.

Background and information on the course:

The Gatehouse Charity is running an online mindfulness course that is fully funded to support older adults (over 65) during the coronavirus epidemic. We are running our next online course in late September, but will be running courses throughout next year and beyond. 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 the topic of an all Parliamentary group in Westminster, which we were invited to attend before the pandemic.

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 during the coronavirus crisis, and beyond.
The course involves a weekly meeting via Zoom, with audio recordings of the practise and handouts to be downloaded.

We are running our next course in September so please apply as soon as possible as places are limited to 15. We will also run courses in January and May, so if you are unable to attend the September one please still apply, and we can keep your details on file for the next course.
We are also running online mindfulness courses for carers or former carers over 18 in Suffolk, so please feel free to share this information with anyone who may benefit.

Further details and a link to register interest can be found on the Gatehouse Charity website or click on the following link to apply:

For any other information please email

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



From: Brigita Brazauskiene
Subject: RE: Memory Errors Survey UPDATE

I am writing today to inform you that my 2020 online study of everyday memory errors is coming to an end. Even though we had planned to run this study till April this year, we have been very fortunate to obtain a significant number of responses and therefore will be closing this survey by the end of this month. The analysis of the data will be done over the next few months as there is quite a lot of data to analyse!

I would also like to take this opportunity and seek your assistance once more with my new online survey which is much shorter than the previous one. I have received many emails from volunteers in this online survey asking about or commenting on the lack of questions relating to different memory strategies people use in their day to day lives to aid their memory. Therefore, as with the survey about everyday memory errors, we have used the data collected via paper diaries on memory strategy use and created a new online survey about the use of memory strategies in healthy adults across the lifespan.

No matter how good a person’s memory is, they may still be relying on some memory strategies when carrying out their daily tasks (e.g., shopping lists, setting up reminders, mental imagery, etc.). These strategies may help people to remember something in the future (e.g., for remembering dental appointment next week one may add this to their calendar) or help to recall something from the past (e.g., to help recall the name of your former neighbour, one may go through an alphabet or use other types of strategies).

This new study aims to explore how frequently the different types of memory strategies are used in the general population of young, middle-aged and older adults. Also, we want to explore how different people view such strategy use by those in other age groups.

For your information, I have attached a document containing a brief project description and the link to the online survey (all can be copied and pasted as an advert). As before, you are more than welcome to look through the survey without the need to complete it (unless you want to).
Best Regards,

Brigita Brazauskiene
PhD Student
Department of Psychology, Sports and Geography
University of Hertfordshire
College Lane
Herts AL10 9AB
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0) 1707 285079
Mob : +44 (0) 7419 785988

Link to the online Memory Errors Survey


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 :


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