Covid-19: With the ever changing rules and guidance it is difficult to advise on what is and what is not possible for our groups at any one time. Notwithstanding this, several groups have kept in contact, supporting each other via email or phone and several have established regular meetings on line using video conferencing software – understanding though, that for others this may not be feasible. Please keep in contact with your leader/convenor (printable list below) and if you haven’t already done so, subscribe to the monthly  U3A National Newsletter for regular updates.

Download a printable schedule, contact details included

Group Leaders/Convenors >>>

Activity Groups & Convenors


(For more information, please click the blue links below)


Art Appreciation (SAAG)


Tony Taylor

Monthly, agreed Tuesday, 9.30 am

Book Club


Sylvia Downs

Last Monday, 2.00-4.00pm

Bridge Intermediate/Improvers


Carol Gibson

Weekly: Fridays 2.00pm

Canasta (1)


Hazel Burl

Weekly Wed 9.30-11.30am

Canasta (2)


Carol Gibson

Weekly,Tuesday 2.00-4.00pm

Computing & Technology


Peter Dakeyne

Quarterly meetings and on-line forum

Discussion Group


David Warner

2nd Tuesday at 10.00am

French Conversation (1)


Andrea Burton

2nd & 4th Tuesday mornings

French Conversation (2)


Neville Cox

Alternate Wednesdays, 10.00am

Gardens & Things


Stewart Dorward

3rd Thursday at 9.30am (Combs)



Linda Reynolds, David Loades

1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 2.00pm



Melanie Westenra-Hartley

2nd Thursday, 2.00pm

Lunch Club (1)



2nd Thursday, 12.30pm

Lunch Club (2)


Bryan Hilton

4th Wednesday, 12.30pm

Lunch Club (3)


New convenor required

4th Thursday, 12.30pm

Lunch Club (Sunday)


Andrea Burton

By arrangement



Group closed, but –

follow link to see contributions.

Music – Classical


Ian Hooper

4th Tuesday at 10.00am

Myths, Legends, Story Telling


Philip Weir

1st Monday at 2.15pm

Painting for Pleasure


Nina Rouse

2nd, 4th Fridays, 10am to 12 noon



Kate Riddleston

3rd Monday, 2pm



Peter Dakeyne

3rd Tuesday, 2.00pm

Play Reading (1) & (2)


Maureen Wingham-Eaton

2nd Mon (1), 4th Mon (2), 10.00am



Jenifer Adams

2nd & 4th Thursdays at 2.00pm



Melanie Westenra-Hartley

4th Thursday, 2.00pm

Scrabble Playing Groups


Contact Groups Coordinator

By Arrangement

Singing Group


Hilary Foster

1st & 3rd Thursdays at 2.00pm

Table Tennis


Peter Dakeyne

Alternate Mondays, 2.00pm – 3.30pm

Theatre Outings


New convenor required

By arrangement

Town & Village History


Unfortunately, this group is now closed. Click the link above to see visits over recent years.

Walk and Talk


Phil Webb, Keith Shelton

1st and 3rd Fridays at 9.30am

Depending on your particular interest, there is plenty of scope for other groups to be started. If you would like to be involved in something new please contact any Committee member, who will be only too pleased to help. Also for this, or more information on the Groups above, please send a message via the box at the bottom of the page..

Please note, you do have to be a member of Stowmarket U3A before you can join any of these groups..

Useful documents by the Third Age Trust for Group Convenors, updated 2017

Group Convenors (TAT 2017)

Interest Groups (TAT 2017)