Announcements from other organisations

Courses and activities

All Saints’ October Fest

Some of our U3AC members have been working hard over the summer to organise a series five exciting and varied recitals every Sunday in October at All Saints’ Church on Jesus Lane.

The October Fest launches a project to welcome more visitors to the unique Painted Church and we hope you will show your support by attending as many of the concerts as you can. For more information about the recitals visit:

Another concert has just been announced for November 7; Peter Mallinson (Viola) and Matthias Wiesner (Viola) will open what it is hoped will become a regular concert on the first Sunday of every month.

If you would like to be kept in touch with future events please contact to join the mailing list.

Arthurs Shed

Would you like to meet new people and learn new skills? Why not visit us at Arthurs Shed! Arthurs Shed runs sessions free of charge to the local community on Card Making, Paper Crafts and Astronomy. We are always growing our offering and hope to add more sessions to our calendar over the coming months.

The Shed is a safe space and we are continuing with our covid 19 protection measures until at least 2022. You can read more about these on our webpage.

Head to or book now by calling 01223 675871 or emailing

Friends of Milton Road Library events this September:

A British mosque for the 21st century at Cambridge Central Mosque

Saturday, 2 October 2021 from 10:00 to 11:15

SOLD OUT – waiting list available

Details and tickets available via Eventbrite.

web address for link above:

A free Zoom event for OLLI@UGA “Aging and Longevity”

SIG members and others who are interested in aging and longevity issues

Monday, September 27 at 2 pm ET (7 pm BST)
(Registration required – see below)

Update on Aging and Longevity
With The Experts

Featured speaker is Dr. Kerstin Emerson, Clinical Associate Professor, Institute of Gerontology at The University of Georgia. Dr Emerson teaches graduate and undergraduate students about aging and focuses her research on loneliness. Dr. Emerson has presented her research findings at national and international conferences, and has given invited lectures on topics related to social networks, diversity and health within an aging population.

Additional comments provided by:

Dr. Dori Mintzer, psychologist, retirement coach, consultant, and popular speaker with Revolutionize Retirement in Massachusetts

Dr. Douglas Kleiber, Emeritus Professor of Counseling and Human Development Services, Psychology, and Gerontology at
The University of Georgia

For questions contact Dr. Peter Balsamo, moderator of the OLLI@UGA Aging and Longevity SIG (

HOW TO REGISTER: Please click HERE to register. Please register ASAP since enrollment is limited so everyone will have the opportunity to interact and ask questions.

Walk for Rowan

Join us and walk with friends to help raise vital funds for Rowan on Sunday 26 September 2021, 10.30am
at Jesus Green Lido, Chesterton Road, Cambridge CB4 3AX
1k and 5k routes. All welcome. Adults £5 per adult, children free.
Free entry if £20 or more raised in sponsorship.
For more information and to download your sponsorship form, please visit
or email
or call 01223 566027

Save the date – Thursday 14 October 2021 – U3AC Garden party with live music!

At: 1 The Pines, Fulbourn, CB21 5HZ (pls park on Cow Lane)
Your hosts: Gill and Peter Godber
Time:  Session 1: 11am – 1pm
OR   Session 2: 1.30pm – 3.30pm
An opportunity for a socially distanced meet-up over tea and cake, with live music, on World Sight Day!
Please reserve your place by email: – by 11 October 2021 – first come, first served.
All proceeds to CBM, the overseas disability charity, based in Cambridge.

Cambridge Town and Gown 10K

It’s that time of year again… the Cambridge Town and Gown 10K is back on Saturday 16 October 2021. This year we are joining with the Cambridge Half Marathon to form the Cambridge Festival of Running. Our 10K will take place on the Saturday, with the half marathon on the Sunday. It should be a really exciting weekend! You can sign up here.

We are pleased to announce that the Town and Gown series has raised over £2 million for Muscular Dystrophy UK. That is the equivalent of funding over 20 years of vital research into a muscle-wasting conditions, bringing us closer to effective treatments.

We would love to keep this momentum going and was wondering if there was any content I could send for you to email out or post on social? Alternatively we could send some posters to promote if that would be more effective.

Every year we also rely on the vital support of our volunteers who continue to make this event a success. If you or any friends and family would like to be part of our Town and Gown journey, why not sign up here today to confirm your availability.

HIAM Sports & Social Club, Putney Hill Rd. Prickwillow, Ely, Cambs. CB7 4UU

website:    Lovely dance floor. Great acoustics. Licensed bar. Level access. Raffle. Free Wifi. Ample free parking.

NB: evidence of vaccination (or exemption) is required for entry, so please bring either your vaccination card, or the NHS app on your phone.

50-50 Ballroom & Sequence dances in September 2021

Saturday 25th – Ballroom & Sequence dance with Gary Cole 8-11p.m. £5.50 & £7.00.

And every Thursday 2-4:30 p.m: Alan & Val’s Tea Dance with CDs. £4 inc. tea/coffee/biscuits.

Literature Cambridge

Now offers Online Study Sessions on a range of great literary works, taught by leading scholars.
Online Study Sessions on Shakespeare, George Eliot, Dickens, Katherine Mansfield, Siegfried Sassoon, Toni Morrison, and more:

Virginia Woolf Season

Alliance Française Cambridge

We are still here – continuing to deliver the highest quality of French lessons through our online platform throughout this uncertain period!

Our courses are now available online, and the cultural team continues to carry out our activities, such as the book club. Keep your quarantine interesting and improve your French language skills!

The Alliance Française, offers a 10% reduction on our courses for every member of U3AC. Flexible, tailor-made and diversified, there is a course for everyone. Make the best out of this quarantine and join us online!
Virginie Friend

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We run a secondhand book stall on Cambridge market and started a website at the beginning of lockdown.  We sell carefully selected paperback books, mainly fiction, and offer £1 delivery in central Cambridge (free delivery for anyone shielding or isolating).  There is also the option to order books on the website and collect from the market at no extra cost.

We offer U3AC members 10% off their first order with us.  All you need to do is enter Bookish10 as a coupon code and 10% will be deducted at the checkout.

We are trying to reach people who may not have heard about us and who would like to support a local business.

Research Studies

Invitation to take part in a fresh fruit and vegetables waste study

Fresh fruit and vegetables waste has serious environmental, economic and natural resources impact. It is therefore important to understand how much fresh fruit and vegetables are thrown away in our homes over a relatively long interval of time.

We are looking for committed participants from UK households who could keep a log of their fresh fruit and vegetables waste for 7 months. Some participants could be asked to also keep a log of the fresh fruit and vegetables they purchase.

More information about the study is available at:

Participants will be paid £100 in the form of a voucher upon the completion of the study.

Current as at July 2021

Requests for volunteers

Independent Board Members to Conservators of the River Cam

Cambridge City Council is required to appoint four independent members to the Board of the Conservators of the River Cam for a three-year period starting 1 January 2022.

The Conservators of the River Cam are the Body Corporate who are the Navigation Authority responsible for maintaining the river between the Mill Pond and Bottisham Lock. This is an extremely busy and important stretch of river used by a variety of boat users adding to the energy of the historical city of Cambridge.

This a voluntary position working alongside Cambridge City and Cambridgeshire County Councillors, representatives from Cambridge University and the Environment Agency, board members are currently expected to attend four board meetings per year and could also serve on one or more of the sub-committees.

The role is very similar to a Trustee of a Charity; however, it is a Statutory (Legal) authority which holds legal responsibilities as contained in the Acts and Byelaws. A personal or commercial interest in the river will need to be declared as part of the application process.

Experience and or an awareness of Corporate/Charity Governance, some knowledge of one or more of the following Health and Safety, HR, Finance, UK GDPR, Landlord/landowner responsibilities and other relevant areas of compliance is essential. You must demonstrate an interest in, and/or have knowledge of, some aspect of the river and its use.

To request an information / application pack please contact Claire Tunnicliffe via email,

The closing date for receipt of applications is noon on 27 September 2021. Interviews will be held via Microsoft Teams.

For more information on the Conservators, its purpose and work see

Salary: Unremunerated
Location: Cambridge

Request for help: Virus tracking

St Thomas hospital and Kings College London are running a virus tracking system using crowdsourcing.
This uses a simple app on smartphones getting people to report their symptoms. They are particularly short of “more mature people”; they have 2,000,000 “kids”.

The initial form looks daunting but you will be hitting “no” most of the time.

The daily report only takes about a minute.
Pick it up at:

Talking Together

COPE (Cambridgeshire Older People’s Enterprise), a registered charity, has introduced a new programme. TALKING TOGETHER is a free, telephone based series of 45-minute, weekly discussion groups serving older adults.

We are seeking volunteer facilitators who are:

  1. Knowledgeable in a specific area through their professional association, as docents or resulting from long enjoyed personal pursuits.
  2. Available to lead a forty-five minute discussion for 6 weeks at an agreed upon time and day.
  3. Enjoy working with older adults.
  4. Feel comfortable using the telephone to communicate with the group.
  5. Excited by the challenge of working with a programme that requires both creativity and flexibility in its approach.

If you would like further information, or are interested in exploring a role as a facilitator, please contact Deborah Katznelson

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Ian Whybrow – a selection of poems written as part of a collection called Poetry with Legs.

Click HERE to view the poems.

More details can be found at