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Covid-19 Update January 2021


Whilst in July restrictions were gradually being lifted and groups could find some ways to meet again, the Tier 4 clamp down for Suffolk means once again that ‘virtual’ meetings are becoming very much the norm. Several groups have been meeting this way from the start and as time goes by, others are being encouraged to try.


Our AGM was held virtually by the Committee as planned on 16th December. Members had been supplied with all the necessary documentation with voting done by email or post as appropriate. It is much appreciated that with the online/postal polling, between 70 and 80 responses were received for each resolution and election of members to the new Committee, which is rather more than would be at a normal AGM. You can find the Minutes of the  2020 AGM here


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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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