Programme of Meetings & Events


Monthly meetings will be held in

The Hall of The United Reformed Church

Ipswich Street,

Stowmarket IP14 1AD

(Unless Otherwise Indicated)

2.00 for 2.30 p.m.

On the third Wednesday

of the month

Follow the blue links for more information


18 October – Meeting

Tales from the Bench (Graham Higgins)
Graham has been a magistrate since 1988 initially in Cheshire and in Suffolk since 1992. The talk starts with our legal heritage, referring to the part played by Suffolk and Bury St Edmunds. He relates his talk to local events including some of his more unusual experiences on the bench. The talk finishes with a very brief outline of a case for the audience to decide how they would sentence the defendant.
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15 November – Meeting

Chocolate (Tony Diamond)
After a brief introduction to the history of Chocolate, Tony talks about the beliefs (factual and nonsensical), amazing myths and areas of ignorance surrounding chocolate.
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13 December (2nd Wed) – Event (The Mill, Stowmarket)

Stowmarket U3A Christmas Luncheon, click for details


17 January – Meeting

Confessions of a Church Crank (Roy Tricker)
Roy uses his wicked sense of humour to inform us about churches, including the story of the discussions, deals and wrangles leading up to the creation of Suffolk’s own diocese (and cathedral and bishop) in 1914. This hilarious talk includes some of the ‘closed’ material in the diocesan archives and should prove to be quite a revelation!

21 February – Meeting

OAP Gap Year (Lynn Ready and Marilyn)
Lynn and Marilyn share their story of how two widows, in 2012, backpacked around the world. They talk about some of the weird, fun and daft things that they did.

21 March – Meeting

Haughley Choir and “Pam Ayres”
This consist of themed songs, one or two solos, some humorous verses, including a rendition of Pam Ayres and finishes with a community singalong .

18 April – Acquainting Afternoon

A vintage afternoon tea which gives members an opportunity to relax and chat with friends.

16 May – Meeting (At The Mix, not URC Hall)

Fingerprinting (David Smith)
David Smith is a retired fingerprint expert who worked for the Metropolitan Police for 40 years. His talk covers the use of fingerprinting in crime scene investigation, the history of fingerprinting and recollections of his career.

20 June – Meeting

Trekking the World for Charity – £10 per mile (Ken Snow)
This is the tale of a pair of walking boots that ended their life on a rubbish heap in Vietnam. They rubbed soles with both celebrities and ordinary folk (just like our members). As well as making friends with people from all around the UK, Ken walked on every continent and many sub continents of the world.
The money raised benefited children of the UK through the charity which started out as “The Waifs and Strays”.

18 July – Summer Outing (1)

‘A day in Southend’, see Spring Newsletter for details.

26 July – Summer Outing (2)

‘Theatre Visit to Aldeburgh’, see Spring Newsletter for details.

15 August – Meeting (At The Mix, not URC Hall)

Truth about Climate Change (John Midwinter)
An exploration of just some of the evidence that relates to the probable irreversible change to climate of our planet.

19 September – AGM and Groups Showcase

Details to be announced shortly.

If you would like more information about any of the meetings and events above, please use the contact box below and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible..