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Bury St Edmunds group was founded in 1967, in the early days of the organisation, and has been continually active since then. The group averages around 20 members and meets on alternate Wednesdays. Whilst some meetings are held virtually on Zoom, we do try to meet in members’ homes in the evening, unless the programme shows a different time or location. In the past 2 years though, with ever-changing COVID restrictions, meetings have sometimes been moved to daytime, in an airy public place, garden, or replaced with a walk.

We plan our programme twice a year, when members suggest and agree on a wide variety of topics and activities for meetings over the following six months.

For example, you might find us:
-Discussing our choice of entries for a Museum of Curiosities.
-Looking at a country such as Spain, its history and culture – and tucking into delicious examples of its food, brought along by members.
-Choosing a local folk tale to discover, the history of a tunnel, or maybe anything of a chosen colour. Possibly something about hats, women in sport, a redundant occupation to investigate and talk about. Anything really.
-Enjoying a walk which suits everyone. Quite often with a coffee/tea and cake stop somewhere along the way.
-At the theatre or out for a meal.
-Thoroughly enjoying some silliness, acting out a Christmas pantomime or playing games.

The possibilities are endless, and suggestions for events are always welcome.

We schedule in daytime walks between meetings, and also have a Book Group consisting of around eight of our members, which meets roughly every six weeks between normal group meetings to discuss a chosen book. All members are most welcome to join tis group.

Upcoming events at Bury St Edmunds

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A ‘Sliding Doors’ Moment

2 Feb 2022

Was there a memorable moment in your life where you could have chosen togo either way – and did you…

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Snowdrops at Fuller’s Mill

9 Feb 2022

Snowdrops at Fuller’s Mill – opens at 11am, so we’ll meet in the car park at 10.45am. Car share if…

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Zoom meeting, BURY ST EDMUNDS group

Windows – in Arts, Crafts, Design, Literature, Music and more.

16 Feb 2022

A look at how windows feature and are used in these and many other contexts. See what we can come…

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Apex Café, BURY ST EDMUNDS group

BOOK GROUP – ‘The Mercies’

25 Feb 2022

Meet in the Apex Café at 2pm to discuss ‘The Mercies’ by Kiran Millwood Hargrave. The storm comes in like…

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Nowton Park, BURY ST EDMUNDS group

Nowton Park – a short walk followed by coffee/tea in the café.

4 Mar 2022

Meet at 11am in the car park. Val is organising. Please contact her for details.

Spring Meal.

9 Mar 2022

Lunch or evening, and venue to be confirmed. Val is organising.

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At Carole's, BURY ST EDMUNDS group

Climate Change / The Weather / Water in the World.

23 Mar 2022

On ‘World Meteorological Day’ we’ll discuss how climate and the weather are changing globally, the effects this has, and what…

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Zoom meeting, BURY ST EDMUNDS group


6 Apr 2022

What is ‘eccentricity’ and how do we perceive it? Choose someone to talk about.A Zoom meeting, led by Ute, starting…

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At Lynne's, BURY ST EDMUNDS group

Planning Meeting.

20 Apr 2022

Time to plan ahead and come up with interesting ideas for meetings through the summer and into autumn 2022..What would…

Women Gardeners – and Plant Swap opportunity.

4 May 2022

There are plenty to choose from, both past and present.An afternoon meeting at Jan’s, starting at 2.30pm – hopefully in…

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Zoom meeting, BURY ST EDMUNDS group

Guilty Pleasures – what is yours?

18 May 2022

We all have one or two…. 😉This is a chance to discover more about each other! Zoom meeting, led by…

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At Margaret's, BURY ST EDMUNDS group

Hearing Dogs for Deaf People: the charity and its work.

8 Jun 2022

Our speaker, Margo Harrison, will tell us about her own experiences and her involvement with the charity ‘Hearing Dogs for…


Bury St Edmunds Book Group - books read since 1997