Covid-19 guidance – latest advice and Risk Check List for outdoor activities ADDED TO GROUP PAGE LINKS

National has guidance on setting up Zoom (phones and tablets) and Zoom (desktop). Both pdf files have security information at the bottom. Just click on the appropriate links at the top right.

Dear Fellow U3A Members


Firstly, I would like to remind you, if you are not already doing so, that you can keep abreast of National U3A updates, resources and advice via [Link at right]

Also, if you are not currently signed up to the National online newsletter I suggest you could also do this via [Link at right]

Back to our Sudbury U3A: Some members have questioned whether they should pay their subscription as we are unable to deliver what they are paying for, so I would like to clarify the position.

Each U3A needs to continue to pay their subscriptions to the Trust when they fall due. The Trust are unable to delay payment as they have to ensure the commitments to all the U3A charities are met. National Office are working from home to ensure they are still providing a full service to all members.

The insurers continue to provide cover for all members liabilities as well as providing cover for all trustees/committee members. It is a condition of the insurance that members annual membership subscriptions are paid.

If you currently subscribe to the Third Age Matters the April issue will be going out soon and that cost has already been incurred by the Trust.

I want to assure you that your committee here in Sudbury are also still working hard to keep our U3A alive throughout these difficult times. When our country and life in general starts to recover we want to be in a position to kick start our wonderful U3A!

Some of the committee are currently working on an online system which we as a committee could use to meet via video link - and in turn, your groups could do this too!

We want to continue with the bi-monthly Su3an - albeit in a different format - and we would like your help with this. We are already hearing great stories of how our groups are organising themselves to keep going, which is wonderful! Share your stories with your fellow members. Have you decided to become a master baker or to pick up those watercolour painting skills again; to finally read that pile of books by the bed (one on my "to do" list) or try a new form of exercise? Perhaps there could be a jokes section, a quiz section? The possibilities are endless.

We do hope the majority of our members will pay their subscriptions (already reduced this year) and indeed many of you already have, thank you. If there are any of you who do wish to opt out then we ask you to please let us know ASAP. Your membership will then be suspended until such times as you wish to rejoin, and we hope very much you will do that.

If you know a member who does not have the internet perhaps you could let them know the content of this message. As always, if you have any queries/concerns please do contact me or any committee member.

Keep safe and well and we hope to see you all soon!

Very best wishes

Anita (Floodgate)
On behalf of the Committee

New Group
Art and Chat, Facebook Messenger, internet group.
This is an art group, with a twist. A light hearted look at composition through doodling exercises, with a lot of chat as well.
Please express your interest by 14/04/20
Maximum number 10
Possible start date 20/04/20
To run each Monday and Wednesday from 10am for 45 minutes. Until lock down is lifted. Then reviewed.
Please contact Ruth at if you are interested in joining.

Please consider contributing to the running of our U3A by becoming a committee member.

National U3A Day planned 4th June now POSTPONED until later in the year. Further updates on this will follow ASAP.

Other notices:

The latest Su3an is now available on the Su3an page, via the Blue Link Tabs at the top of the Page.
Please note that your Membership has expired if your membership card is GREY

If you have any queries, difficulty with renewing etc please contact John Freeborn, Membership Secretary on: 01787 827315 or email:

The membership renewal application form, new membership and Gift Aid forms are on the CONTACT tab at the top of the page just click on the tab and then open the LINK you require.

If you would like to go on the National U3A mailing list for events - please see the Link on the right of this page.

Monthly Speakers Meetings

Every 4th Tuesday of the Month at Sudbury Rugby Union Football Club, Whittome Field, Spicer Way,Great Cornard. CO10 0GB.

The Direction Map is on the right of this page.


Group Notices

If you would like your Group to continue running using the Zoom video conferencing service. The suitability for your group, information as to how it works etc and you like some assistance please telephone Tony Lee on 01787 376434.

Despite having the equipment and venue for Carpet Bowls, no leader has come forward so sadly this group cannot be launched at the moment.

New groups which we hope to launch soon include:
Mahjong 2
Local History
German Foundation Course

Do you have a new idea for a group, or a one off study day? We are always willing to help share in
your ideas and plan for success so please speak to our Groups Coordinator,Jennie Leech, about your

Jennie will help to ensure your proposal is in line with the U3A objectives and the group is covered by
U3A insurance.