5th November 2021 - SHOEBOX APPEAL 2021 UPDATE

Thank you to everyone who took the time and trouble to complete a shoebox, and to Niddy, Grace and Di for organising the distribution and collection.
For the second year, we have supported the Shoebox Charity, which provides boxes of gifts for those in this country and abroad who would otherwise not receive any gifts.


15th October 2021 - SHOEBOX APPEAL 2021

Shoebox Appealxxx 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.
~Grace Crump


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


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 :


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