2017 Events

Saturday 29 July - Visit to a Modern, Diversified, Family Farming Business

1.45pm at the free Uttlesford District Council Car Park in London Road to share cars and receive directions to Symond’s Farm, Risby, Bury St Edmunds

The farmer, George Gittus, will start with a chat in their boardroom to set the scene and give bit of history about the farm and how it has changed. He’ll explain the things we will be seeing then we will go out on the farm to see how they have diversified, including the anaerobic digester which produces enough renewable electricity to supply 2,000 homes, the indoor pig finishing unit, the business park they have created out of redundant farm buildings, landscaping and planting done around the farm and probably also the combine harvester working and grain handling. Numbers will be limited to 20 so book early with Chris Knight on 01799 500502 or email chrisjk@ntlworld.com

Tuesday 12 September - Visit to St Mark’s College, Audley End

7.15pm at the Common Car Park to share cars or 7.30pm at the College at Audley End Village CB11 4JD

The foundations of the chapel at St Mark’s - the oldest part of the buildings - were laid in 1258 as the infirmary (hospital) for the Benedictine monks of Walden Abbey, which was on the present site of Audley End House. Today the College is available to youth, school and adult groups for residential stays, day conferences and retreats. This is a chance to find out more about the College’s history and its current activities from the Director, Reverend Peter Hillman. Light refreshments will be provided. Numbers will be limited to 20 - £1.50 per person. Reserve your place with Peter Riding on 01799 502355 or peter@riding.co.uk

Monday 9 October - Annual General Meeting and Talk

7.30pm start - Court Room, Town Hall, Saffron Walden

Please come to this important meeting. If you would like to be nominated for election to the Board, please let Peter Riding know in advance on 01799 502355 or email peter@riding.co.uk. The AGM will be followed by a talk by Trevor Osbourn, who is the vice-chairman of Saffron Walden U3A - University of the Third Age. He will talk briefly on the founding of the national movement and its ideals, and then specifically about Saffron Walden U3A and the varied activities its members are engaged in. No need to book in advance

Sunday 19 November - Visit to the Saffron Walden Alms Houses

3pm - Meet at the Alms Houses Chapel off Abbey Lane

The visit will include a talk by Trustees on the history of the Saffron Walden Alms Houses, how things work today, tea and coffee and a chance to meet some of the residents and see some of the accommodation. Members are asked either to walk or park in Swan Meadow as there is very limited onsite parking.  You can access the Alms Houses from either Abbey Lane or Park Lane. Numbers will be limited to 20 so please book in advance with Peter Riding on 01799 502355 or peter@riding.co.uk


NOTE: The Initiative contact for suggesting other member events or community projects is Peter Riding on 01799 502355 or peter@riding.co.uk