Founded in 1999, hosting a wide variety of events, walks and talks Founded in 1999, hosting a wide variety of events, walks and talks

The Association was founded in 1999 and has a very active and wide-ranging programme of events. It is one of the most successful university retirement clubs in the UK. 

The Association Newsletter, called Renaissance, is sent to all members three times a year. It includes reports on past activities and information about future events. The latest issue can be viewed via the menu on the left hand side of this screen.

Monthly talks by visiting speakers, some from UEA, are held at the Costessey Centre, Longwater Lane, Norwich. Tea, coffee and biscuits follow the talks, providing time for meeting with former colleagues and friends.

Country walks are organized on a regular basis with a five-mile walk once a month and a shorter two and a half mile walk every two months. For most of the year the walks end at a pub for lunch but in summer a picnic is held in the middle of the walk.

Day trip coach outings are organized in the warmer months. Recent trips were a visit to Hampton Court Palace and gardens, and a blue badge tour of Kings Lynn.

Holidays are organized twice a year with a walking holiday in the autumn and a half board hotel holiday in early summer. Recent walking holidays have been based in Dolgellau in Snowdonia and Church Stretton in Shropshire. Recent early summer holidays have been in Guisborough in North Yorkshire and Dovedale.

The Art Group and Knit and Natter Group meet at the UEA Pavilion in Colney Lane. These are hands on groups, the former working on their own art with encouragement by a local artist, and the latter working on their own knitting and needlework while nattering.

The Book Group meets monthly in the Pavilion to discuss the book of the month chosen from a ballot of members' suggestions.

The Film Group views a film at Cinema City in Norwich, and meets afterwards in the café.

Games afternoons are held monthly in the Pavilion including card and board games, with outdoor croquet in the summer.

The Garden Group has a meeting every two months. There are talks in the winter, visits to local gardens and member’s gardens in the summer. An overnight visit was made to Waterperry Gardens, Waddesdon Manor and Woburn Abbey in 2017.

The History Group meets occasionally at an historic building in Norwich or Norfolk usually with a guide. Recent tours included NT Textile Conservation Studio and the Aylsham Heritage Centre.

The Luncheon Group meets regularly at different pubs and restaurants in Norwich and the surrounding area. 

The Music Group held private recitals by a soprano and by a flautist. Group bookings have been made to concerts at St Andrew Hall and to Salle Church.


The annual membership fee includes the Christmas Ploughman’s Lunch held at the Costessey Centre. This is a popular event attended by about 100 members.


Membership of the UEA Retirement Association is open to all retired employees of the University whether or not they are in receipt of a UEA or USS pension. Also eligible for membership are the spouses or partners of former employees and other retired persons who have had an association with the University. If you would like to join, please use the "How to Join" link on the menu on the left hand side of this screen.


The Executive Committee 16th May 2018.


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