This page was last updated 13-February-2018

 U3A in East Suffolk Newsletter   new

Members' articles, reports from groups and events, pictures, and stories. Produced 3 times a year and distributed to all members, by email when possible. To view an archive of past editions, click here.

 U3A in East Suffolk eBulletins  new

Short news bulletins, published monthly and distributed to members by email. To view an archive of past editions, click here. These are the most recent editions:

  • 13 February 2018: February Newsletter, 30th birthday, Felixstowe Campus Coordinator, Speaker Meetings, Groups updates. 
  • 19 January 2018: Felixstowe Campus Coordinator, 30th birthday, Speaker Meetings Groups updates, and more.
  • 13 December 2017: Speaker meetings, 30th birthday, Groups updates, and more. 

 We Would Very Much Appreciate Your Help   new

U3A in East Suffolk is a thriving organisation, one of the most active U3As in the country. As a self-help operation, we rely on a willing team of volunteers to keep things running smoothly. The work is interesting and sociable. Please click here to learn more.

 2017-2018 Handbook amendments and additions   

The 2017-2018 Handbook has been published and is posted to all subscribed members.

 New PO Box address 

All postal correspondence for the Membership Secretary should now be sent to this new address:
U3A East Suffolk Membership Secretary, PO Box 338, Woodbridge, IP12 9FB.
Please note that any correspondence sent to the Felixstowe PO Box (which closed in May 2017) will not be delivered to U3A, and may be returned by Royal Mail.
U3A membership forms have been revised with the new address and other details, and can be downloaded here. Please do not use earlier outdated forms.

 Celebration of 1,000 U3As   

The video recording of the Celebration of 1,000 U3As is now available to view on the U3A YouTube Channel, with contributions by Pam Jones, Baroness d'Souza, Canterbury U3A Choir, Eric Midwinter and Samantha Mauger. 

 Strategic Review 2016   

During the latter part of 2016, a thorough strategic review of the current status and future challenges for the U3A in East Suffolk was carried out by the committee, chaired by Peter Bye, with additional advice provided by past chairmen Michael Matthews, John Midwinter, and Leslie Stringer.

Members can access the Strategic Review 2016 by clicking here.

 Press coverage

East Anglian Daily Times, Tuesday 30 August 2016: "I knew nobody ... but that soon changed when I joined U3A" JANETTE ROBINSON only joined the U3A to keep her 80-year-old mother company. But it has changed her life... Click here to view© 2016 Archant Community Media Ltd.

 University of Suffolk in partnership with U3A in Suffolk

The University of Suffolk and U3A in Suffolk have committed to work together to promote lifelong learning. University of Suffolk will help U3A to continue to deliver excellent learning opportunities for their members, and will host an annual joint lecture which will be of interest to the whole community. In addition, the University has announced that they will welcome U3A members in various ways, including: access to online academic journals; academic collaborations; and sports and fitness classes. Read on …

 Derek Barbanell honoured at AGM   

At the 28th Annual General Meeting of U3A in East Suffolk, held on 13 June 2016, the Principal Guest was the HM Lord Lieutenant for Suffolk, Clare, Countess of Euston, who presented a lifetime achievement award to founder member Derek Barbanell. The citation address was delivered by Leslie Stringer, and can be read by clicking here.

 Local Transport

  • Connecting Communities is a transport service provided by Suffolk County Council designed to help people travel around the county of Suffolk who might not have access to a regular bus service. For more information, see our Contacts and Help webpage.

 External publicity 


 U3A in East Anglia 

 National U3A 

  • National events.
  • National U3A information.
  • National U3A website: There is much information about the U3A on the national website, including news and more comprehensive lists of upcoming events in different parts of the country. To access all of the information, you will need to enter the Members’ Area of the Third Age Trust website. (For this you will need to create a national member's account; this is quick and easy to do, just click on 'Create Account' on the Third Age Trust website homepage and follow the instructions.)
  • The Third Age Trust

 Other resources 

  • Resource Centre: The Resource Centre in the National Office of the Third Age Trust in Bromley has a collection of non-book material available for all U3A groups to borrow free of charge, except for the cost of return postage. There are DVDs, CDs, videos, slides and audiocassettes available in many subject areas. To access the online catalogue and other information click here.
  • OpenLearn: Access free learning from the Open University.
  • FutureLearn: Access free online courses from the Open University in partnership with more than 90 cultural and education institutions from around the world.