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Covid-19 Update July 2020
As previously reported, on 16th March (before the national lock down) the Committee took the decision (along with many other U3As) to suspend all speaker meetings and interest group activities until further notice. Notwithstanding this, several groups kept in contact, supporting each other via email or phone and several quickly found that it was possible to continue their activities on line using video conferencing software.
As restrictions are gradually being lifted, it may be possible to introduce some more activities under strict social distancing rules. The recent  Newsletter Summer 2020 (e version)
gives more details.
In the meantime, make sure you sign up to the National U3A Newsletter which will keep you informed about the ongoing situation.
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The U3A is a self-help organisation for people no longer in full time employment providing educational, creative and leisure opportunities in a friendly environment.  It consists of local U3As all over the UK, which are charities in their own right and are run entirely by volunteers.

Stowmarket U3A is affiliated to the Third Age Trust, the national organisation, which enables friendly links with neighbouring U3As. All local U3As are learning cooperatives which draw upon the knowledge, experience and skills of their own members to organise and provide interest groups in accordance with the wishes of the membership.

 The teachers learn and the learners teach” 

The U3A approach to learning is – learning for pleasure.  There is no accreditation or validation and there are no assessments or qualifications to be gained.

At the Stowmarket U3A, different speakers are invited each month to inform and entertain us on a wide range of subjects.


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  • Annual membership fee – £15.00
  • April to August – £7.50 
  • Joining September – £15.00 to include following year’s full subscription 
  • Paid up members of other U3As are always welcome at a reduced rate – £10.00 
  • Monthly Meetings – Members free, visitors – £3.00 (deducted from fee if you then join on the day)


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