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Outside Organisations

The following items from outside organisations may be of interest to U3AC members


FRIDAY 5th MAY from 6pm-8pm in our ELY store, our first of the year!!! 25% DISCOUNT across the store in the evening . FREE DEMONSTRATIONS by local artists

Ask questions, see the product first-hand and give it a try:

Professional Schminke Watercolour Paints, Copic Ciao Spirit Graphic Markers, Djeco Craft Kits

Have a chance to meet other local artists, talk to us about what you use, what you like in-store and where we can improve. We have tried to address points that have come up previously by introducing new canvases, increasing our range of watercolours and also our colour range of our Artist’s Acrylics and Oils. As always, we are open to hearing what you think and where we can progress as your local art supplier this year!

And whether you’re interested in seeing some artists at work or getting some shopping done, you won’t want to miss out!

Come enjoy some wine and nibbles with us and get involved! We look forward to seeing you there!

Matt Squance

Tindalls Ely

The Spiritual Significance of Mistakes –  An Evening Talk

“To err is human, to forgive divine” Alexander Pope

Everyone makes mistakes. When we resort to covering them up or blaming someone else in order to fool others we end up fooling ourselves, however mistakes bring powerful spiritual benefits – if we know how to see them.

This talk will explore the valuable lessons we can learn from our mistakes for spiritual growth and self-development.

Speaker: Geoff Marlow Geoff is a management consultant and coach who believes in the power of creativity to transform the way teams and organisations work, and in so doing helps great ideas flourish.

Tuesday 24th April at 7 – 8.15pm

Inner Space Meditation Centre, 6 King’s Parade, Cambridge CB2 1XJ   Tel: (01223) 464616

Spirituality in Daily Life 

‘Spirituality in Daily Life’ is a drop-in weekly session held on Thursday mornings.

Each week a practical subject is discussed from a fresh and spiritual perspective with like minded people. The session is held in the friendly and tranquil atmosphere of the Inner Space Meditation Centre on King’s Parade.

All welcome! Facilitated by Heather Kara.

Healthy mind, healthy life – Thursday 4th May

Discovering wealth within – Thursday 11th May

Living in happiness – Thursday 18th May

Revealing my purpose – Thursday 25th May

Inner Space Meditation Centre, 6 King’s Parade, Cambridge CB2 1XJ   Tel: (01223) 464616

The Augustinian Canons at Barnwell Priory: a talk by Dr Sarah Preston

Where: Milton Road Library, Ascham Road, Cambridge, CB4 2BD

When: Tuesday 25 April 2017

Time: 19:30

Price: Free to 2017 Members; £3.00 to non-members on-members (payable on the door)

About this event

The Priory of St Giles and St Andrew, Barnwell, was one of the earliest houses of Augustinian Canons in England. Although little remains of its buildings, its surviving manuscripts are an important source not just for Cambridge history but that of the entire order. This talk on the history of the Priory, both before and after the Reformation, places Barnwell in its proper significance in English history.

Space is limited and these talks are ticketed. Please apply to the Friends of Milton Road Library by email to
Tickets are free to current members of the Friends of Milton Road Library and £3 per person to non-members (payable on the door).




Be part of the public face of Cambridge Literary Festival and help us to welcome thousands of visitors to enjoy the foremost literary festival in the East of England! We are currently looking for stewards to help out with this year’s exciting Cambridge Literary Festival, which will take place: Tuesday 18 – Sunday 23 April.

Stewards are essential to the smooth running of the festival and they will work with a Head Steward and Artist Liaison to ensure that audiences fully enjoy the festival. Stewards’ tasks may include setting up venues, directing audiences, managing book-signing queues, distributing programmes, manning the Green Room and keeping venues tidy. In return, you can attend talks throughout the festival week for free.

Get in touch with Heather Stallard if you think you might be interested, by emailing

I am currently working on the BBC Series “Trust me, I’m a Doctor” where we try to get to the truth behind the health claims and as part of our upcoming series we are looking to do a study in the Cambridge investigating whether coconut oil really has benefits for our health or if it is all a fad!

We are looking to hold of lots of volunteers in the Cambridge area to take part in a 4 week study over the summer and at the moment we are collecting names of people who may be interested.

Volunteers need to be 50 – 75, not have any major medical conditions or taking medication and happy to include an oil in their diet (coconut, olive or just butter – all provided by us). In the past we have found that U3AC members are often very keen to take part in things like this as it is generally a fun thing to do in the name of science and TV!

Anyone interested can either contact us via or via our website

The Centre for Cambridge Clinical Informatics ( is holding a public opinion workshop on how best to share patient medical records between healthcare providers, researchers, government bodies, and scientific industries. We will discuss data sharing with regards to developing new healthcare products, medications, and treatment methods. We aim to share the information we gather with policy makers and those involved in healthcare research to help support a community-formed policy on health data management.

We will discuss topics such as:

  • sharing data
  • selling data; and
  • the best methods of healthcare providers working with government, researchers, and scientific industries.

Everyone is welcome to attend this free event, particularly patients, and their families and carers. If you are interested in attending, I kindly request that you email me to confirm your place. I have also included our poster. The workshop will take place on Tuesday 16th May, from 18h00 to 20h30, in Hicks Room, University Centre, Granta Place, Mill Lane, Cambridge, CB2 1RU. We will compensate reasonable travel costs and provide light refreshments. University Centre is accessible for disabled persons. For more access information, please see:

Ballroom at HIAM Sports & Social Club, Putney Hill Road, Prickwillow,

ELY Cambs, CB7 4UU Phone 01353-688269 Website

Ballroom & Sequence dances with live music. Bar and Raffle at all dances.

All dances are 50/50 Ballroom & Sequence, except for the Umbrella Big Band dance in April .

Saturday night dances: 8-11 p.m. Members £5. Non-members £6.50. Pay at the door.

Tea dances: 2 til 5p.m. Members £4. Non-members £5.50 incl. tea/coffee/biscuits. Pay at the door.

For further information see the website or phone Veronica 07936-389-296
Saturday 22nd  Ballroom dance with the UMBRELLA BIG BAND

£10 for members. £12 for non-members.

Tickets from Veronica phone 07936-389-296 or 01353-721061


MAY 2017
Sunday 7th – Tea Dance: Chris Booth
Saturday 20th – David Ingley
Saturday 27th – Les Allitt


JUNE 2017
Sunday 4th – Tea Dance: David Last
Saturday 17th – Richard Keeling
Saturday 24th – Mark Spafford

CHOICES is looking for new trustees.

Cambridgeshire based charity CHOICES, has been supporting survivors of childhood sexual abuse for the past thirty years.

CHOICES, with a head office in Cambridge, is looking for additional Board Members in order to drive the charity forward, harnessing their current position to ensure that they remain at the forefront of the sector.

Interested applicants will need to have:
• An interest in mental health and counselling
• The capacity to commit to 10 meetings per year.
• The desire to become part of an active and dedicated team.
• The motivation to support and contribute to the charity’s plans for development.

We are particularly interested in receiving applications from people with a broad spectrum of interests and experience.

Training and support will be offered for those who have other relevant skills or knowledge but who may not have had previous experience of being a trustee. Trustee meetings are held monthly.

We believe that joining our board would be a rewarding and exciting experience, given the reputation that CHOICES has in the mental health voluntary sector.
For more information, contact Helen Hutchinson at or call 01954 211320.

Or to apply please email us with your CV, and a covering letter explaining why you would like to be a trustee.

Status: Current as at 22 February

Researchers from the University of Cambridge and University of North Carolina are conducting a study requiring focus group participants. As a voluntary focus group participant, all information you provide will be anonymized. Anonymized data may be used in publications or other forms of outreach.
As a thank you for your participation, you will receive £20 after the focus group.
The focus group will run from 5:10 to 6:40 pm on Monday, 27 February, and will be held in Seminar Room A of the Margaret Wileman Building at Hughes Hall:
Hughes Hall
Wollaston Road
Cambridge, CB1 2EW
Please sign up via the following form:
The first ten people to sign up will be selected to participate.
Thank you for your time and help. Please contact Rosemary Ostfeld at or +44 7722 501041 if you have any questions.

Status: Current as at 20 February

All Ages Dance
10.30 to 12.00  generally on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month at St Paul’s Primary School, Coronation Street, Cambridge, CB21HJ
Our friendly 5 Rhythms dance session for everyone, whatever age or ability continues in 2017. Designed as an affordable and inclusive dance activity led by trusted Cambsdance teachers. We welcome all ages, babies to 100 years, or more.
5Rhythms is a form of dance that anyone can do whatever their age, shape, mobility, gender or fitness level. You will be guided with music and the teacher’s suggestions to support your body, this can include playful movement and connecting to others, as well as dancing solo. Or tapping your toes while sitting in a chair. No prior knowledge is needed.
For further information see or email

Status: Current as at 20 February

CirculART 2017 – artist applications now open
This year, Cambridge Carbon Footprint is hosting the second edition of CirculART. CirculART is a project in which the work of local artists who work with repurposed materials is showcased in the windows of Cambridge’s finest charity shops.

For 3 weeks from the 8th of June 2017, the public will be able to pick up a CirculART Trail map from participating shops and other select locations around Cambridge. Using the printed trail map or its online version members of the public can follow the CirculART trail, visiting charity shops around Cambridge and enjoying beautiful artworks, all made by recycling, re-purposing and reclaiming. In the 2016 edition there were 20 artists and charity shops involved.

For the 2017 edition we are looking for new artists to get involved in this project. The artist application form is now live. Applications will close on the 6th March. It would be great if you could send this message through to anyone within your organisation or network that it might be of interest to. The link to the application form is:

Endellion String Quartet’s concerts at West Road Concert Hall (11 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DP) between March and May, kindly sponsored by Lark Insurance.  One exciting addition to the Series is Laura van der Heijden as the guest cellist in 26th April’s concert.  She won the 2012 BBC Young Musician of the Year and will be joining (some of!) the Quartet for Arensky’s stirring String Quartet No. 2. And the wonderful Guy Johnston will be the guest cellist on 24th May for Schubert’s sublime String Quintet for Two Cellos.

Do join us, if you can, for the last four concerts in the season:  they are guaranteed to send you home humming or send tingles down your spine! (Book online at: are just £6 for students!)

Wanting to walk?
We are a small friendly walking group of about 15 members who are looking to welcome a few more members.   We walk 5 miles weekly on Tuesdays during 3 terms, starting within 20 miles of Cambridge.  We meet at a pub to order lunch before walking at 10.00, and aim to be back by 12.30-13.00. Members are encouraged to act as deputy leader about once a term; walks are provided. Communication is by email.  Do be in touch if you would like to try us out.  Contact: John & Jean Harding, email or Peter Friend,

Status: Current as at 1 February

Under Fives Roundabout preschool and toddler group in North Cambridge is seeking a Treasurer to sit on its committee. This is an exciting opportunity to play an integral part in setting the strategic direction of the organisation. The role of the Treasurer is to maintain an overview of Under Fives Roundabout’s affairs, ensuring its viability and that proper financial records and procedures are maintained.  This is a voluntary, unremunerated role, which would suit someone with previous accountancy experience/knowledge or currently studying/qualifying to become an accountant. For more information please read the job description provided or contact Sam Capes, Manager at Under Fives Roundabout, at To apply, please contact Sam Capes as above, stating why you would like the role and your suitability. For more information regarding the organisation, please look at our website:

Status: Current as at 27 January

Volunteering Opportunities at Cambridge Re-Use

Cambridge Re-Use is a well-established charity that helps individuals and families that are struggling financially to buy household goods and furniture at a low cost. We rely on a team of 30 volunteers to help deliver our service.
We have volunteers in many different roles from, receptionists, van crew, van drivers, to Pat testing, data entry, marketing, fundraising, social media, research projects and more.
We offer a warm friendly family atmosphere, lunch and travel expenses, a 25% discount on furniture and lots of tea, coffee and biscuits.
We are currently recruiting new volunteers for various roles within our team. For further information and an application form please contact Cara (Manager) on 01223 414554 or email

Status: Current as at 26 January

Let’s talk about ageing and car driving!

When growing older, especially car driving can be an important factor for an independent, social life.

The online questionnaire “Older People and Night Driving” is about your insights. This student project is about what kind of experiences older people (age: 60 years and older) have and how future research could improve the driving situation for older people.

It doesn’t matter if you

•          already stopped driving or

•          still drive,

tell your story by filling out the following survey.


More information: Online Questionnaire

Please notice that this study is completely anonymous.


If you have any questions, please contact Elisabeth Stein via or visit our Facebook Page.

Status: Current as at 17 January

Are you passionate about making sure every person has an equal voice, has rights that are upheld and has greater control of their own life?

Total Voice Cambridgeshire and Peterborough’s volunteer programme needs you!

If you have experience of or interest in:

  • disability (including learning disability, autism and sensory impairments),
  • mental health issues,
  • equality and rights
  • speaking out for the young, people with a disability, or older people.

Then we would love you to hear from you.

Just email us at, call 01223 5558 or visit us (until summer 2017*) at Mount Pleasant House, Mount Pleasant, Cambridge, CB3 0RN.

*Please note from summer 2017 our Cambridge office will be moving to elsewhere in Cambridgeshire, our email address will remain the same*

Status: Current as at 17 January

Literature Cambridge and Stapleford Granary present dynamic one-day and half-day courses on great literature. The courses are taught by leading Cambridge academics.


Sat. 29 April 2-6 pm. Reading Pride and Prejudice. With Fred Parker and Anne Toner.

Sat. 13 May 2-6 pm. Creative Writing. With Susan Sellers.

Sun. 11 June. Reading The Waste Land. With Michael Hrebeniak and Sarah Cain

All courses are held at Stapleford Granary. Book via their website (under Events):


The Cambridge Roar’s Afternoon Tea: Friday 30th June 2017, £20 per person

The perfect afternoon out, a heavenly Afternoon Tea, this event is in aid of The Arthur Rank Hospice Charity, Cambridge United Community Trust and East Anglian Air Ambulance, raising funds to allow these charities to continue to do their fantastic work.

Guests will enjoy a leisurely afternoon, with the chance to browse an array of beautiful items from our pop up shops (champagne in hand), catch-up with friends over scones and jam, and relax with a scrumptious sweet, all accompanied by live entertainment in our purpose-built marquee (perfect on a beautiful sunny day).

As ever it’s all about raising funds for our three worthy charities so it’s not just a lovely day out, it’s all for a good cause!

For more information about the event, and to book tickets please visit or call the Roar Team on 01223 293 383.


Every Thursday at Kelsey Kerridge 10-12am

A smaller indoor version of tennis with a junior racquet and soft balls.

Come and join our friendly informal group. The game is easy to pick up and great for anyone who has ever played tennis, easy for beginners to learn and ideal for the older player.  Come and have a try at any session. Bat and balls will be provided. You can play for 2 hours or any part of that time and we are there every week (not just term time)

Interested? Ring 01223 352537 and speak to BarbaraAnn Patterson or email for further details or just turn up any Thursday morning. The charge is £3 per session.

Status: Current as at 20 December


A new programme for homebound older people

University of Cambridge Museums are working in partnership with local organisation Care Network Cambridgeshire on a new programme for homebound older people called Chatterboxes.
Chatterboxes are resources and activities created by artists and inspired by the collections of the University of Cambridge Museums.  The activities are delivered by a team of trained volunteers and Chatterbox sessions can take place in people’s homes, their local community centre or wherever they feel comfortable.
If you would like further information about Chatterboxes or if you know or care for someone who would like to receive a visit from a Chatterbox volunteer please contact Karen Thomas, Community Officer at Kettle’s Yard:
Email Call 01223 748100 Or have a look at our blog about the project.

Status: Current as at 20 December

The Great Balsham Boundary Walk 2017 Sunday 10th September

Starting at 1000hrs

In Sept. 2015 a walk was organised around the parish boundary of Balsham utilising the Fleam Dyke, Roman Road, footpaths and access granted by local farmers along field boundaries etc. It proved very popular and is being repeated in Sept 2017 and provides an opportunity to walk over land not normally accessible and also visit the highest point in the
county !
I am contacting various walking groups in and around Cambridge to see if their members would be interested in helping us in Beating our Bounds in total or part!
The full distance is just over 14 miles but a shorter route is available with virtually all the walk being off road. Marshals with safety radios are located at all road crossing points.
Start and finish is the Church Institute with refreshments and plenty of car parking space.
Dogs on leads are very welcome to walk as well!
As the walk is to help fund our new Book: BALSHAM 1617-2017 A VILLAGE STORY IN MAPS
and to support a new community room and toilets for our 13th c. Church we ask any participating walker for a minimum contribution of £5 please !
Details of the Balsham 1617 Map Group can be found on
I would be delighted if you were able to publicise or include this walk in your 2017 events calendar and join us for a great day’s walking in the highlands of the county! Any questions
please contact me but if not please register your interest on Dick Paden

Status: Current as at 20 December

Transforming Lives

Transforming Lives is a new approach to social care for adults in Cambridgeshire, which focuses on what people can do rather than what they can’t do. It enables people to live independently, be supported in a way that works for them, and ultimately to continue to live – to the fullest extent possible – healthy, fulfilled, socially engaged and independent lives.

The County Council produces a regular Briefing to keep people up-to-speed with the work taking place around the Transforming Lives approach, and these are available to download from the Council’s website.

Weblink to the newsletters is:

Status: Current as at 20 December

Age UK Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Visiting Scheme

Volunteers needed to visit in Cambridge & South Cambs.
The Age UK Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Visiting Scheme offers support to those people who find themselves isolated & lonely in later life.
We have a waiting list of clients in the Cambridge & South Cambs areas and would welcome the involvement of volunteers to assist our work in helping these older people.
Volunteers have such an important role in helping to support and enhance the life of another in so many of ways and they in turn receive immense satisfaction and fulfillment in the role they undertake.
Each volunteer can make such a difference by visiting someone once a week for an hour. It could be for a chat, cup of tea, game of cards or perhaps a trip out.
Dee Potter, our Volunteer Organiser, is keen to hear from any person who would like to know more about this opportunity.
If you have some time available & the inclination to help in our organisation then Dee would welcome your call on 01354 691898 or email

Status: Current as at 23 November.

Learn English Cambridge

Looking for retired teachers for paid 1:1 and small group English classes in Cambridge

Would you enjoy a few hours of paid 1:1 / small group teaching a week?
Are you a retired lecturer, teacher or English language teacher?
Do you have wisdom and experience that you would enjoy sharing with others?
Do you enjoy exchanging ideas with people from Cambridge’s international community?
If so we are looking for you!
Acting as a learning facility and forum between Cambridge residents and English language students, Learn English Cambridge has been established to meet the 1:1 and small group language learning needs in Cambridge while also building bridges to the local community.
When there is a rich and stimulating environment of ideas and experience, learning can be natural and fun. For higher levels of English, classes based on topics of mutual interest between the teacher and student make for an authentic conversation exchange. For lower levels, lessons can be facilitated by those with experience in guiding the language learning process. All teachers are professionally support with training and resources.
If you are interested to be a part of an experienced team in a friendly atmosphere with people who want to learn then get in touch!
If you would like further information please email: or call us on 07716430931 and ask for Sarah.

Status: Current as at 3 November.


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