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The Sudbury U3A

The University of the Third Age (U3A) originated in France in the early 1970ís, came to this country in 1982 and has been established in many centres with the Sudbury U3A starting in the late eighties. The U3A is a registered charity with the main aim to offer wide-ranging opportunities for education and leisure activities for retired, or semi-retired, people.


Everybody is able to benefit, either from following an old interest or from discovering something completely new. No educational qualifications are required from those wishing to join U3A, and there are no examinations. Members are simply committed to learning for its own sake, in an informal atmosphere, while at the same time being free to enjoy other groups, such as walking and table tennis, purely for pleasure. Although Sudbury is a small town but with Great Cornard, and many other lively neighbouring villages, U3A creates an association for the many people who believe that learning presents a challenge that helps keep our minds active whatever our age.


The Sudbury U3A hold a monthly meeting on the fourth Tuesday in the month at the Sudbury Rugby Club, Spicer Way, Great Cornard. CO10 0GB starting at 10 am. Here the whole membership gather to listen to an invited speaker and to exchange ideas. The formation of small groups of members who share an interest, which may be anything from architecture to silver-working, birdwatching, bridge, literature or gardening, and many others. The majority of the leaders of these groups are volunteers from members themselves and either meet in the memberís home or at a convenient venue, e.g. Quay Theatre (Art Appreciation) or the Institute Club in Station Road (French), on a weekly, fortnightly or monthly basis.


The annual fee is only £12 for each individual, payable in April. Although running expenses are not expected to be high, members do appreciate that incidentals such as stationery and postage will arise, and visiting speakers are paid a fee. If you wish to join us, together we should be able to enjoy a very interesting and rewarding association. For further membership details please contact me on (01787) 371842 or email g4ggc@talk21.com


For the whole list of information please click this Sudbury U3A webpage hyperlink or visit www.u3asites.org.uk/sudbury  


Mr M Marsh - Membership Secretary