Our monthly meetings are held on the 1st Tuesday of the month at

Leigh Community Centre

71 – 73 Elm Road

Leigh-on-Sea  SS9 1SP.

PLEASE NOTE THAT DOORS ARE NOT OPEN UNTIL 2.00PM. Access to the hall is via the ground floor café so if you do arrive early stop and chat with friends over a cuppa in the café. 

Meetings will usually start with notices and any items of group news, followed by a guest speaker. Refreshments are available afterwards so members can chat to friends or maybe the speaker.

There is no charge for attendance and not only that but you can get a cuppa at the end all free of charge; so pretty good value.

There are small pay-and-display car parks in Elm Road (at rear of Leigh Community Centre/Police Station) and off North Street (east of the Wesley Methodist Church) but these do fill quickly. Parking on nearby streets is limited so please check local parking restrictions.

If you have any suggestions for speakers, please contact our Speaker Secretary by clicking the link.

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Dementia support

Leigh Wesley Methodist Church Elm Road, Leigh

A talk by Jenny Kwakwa, which will cover - Understanding the true picture of  dementia, living well with the opportunities available in 2022 and how we can support and value those living with this in our community. Jenny will provide a number of practical tips to avoid traumatic events, maintain well being and support the […]

Bernard Hetherington

Leigh Wesley Methodist Church Elm Road, Leigh

A stand in talk on the history of Leigh by Bernard

Making TV Commercials by Greg Fay

Greg Fay is a writer and creative currently represented by the prestigious Independent Talent Group. On leaving school with no significant qualifications bar an A in GCSE Religious Studies (and with the position of Pope already taken), he tried to turn a teenage love of clothes into a career by undertaking a YTS apprenticeship as […]

An insight into the History of Southend Pier by Iain Peel

Leigh Wesley Methodist Church Elm Road, Leigh

Hello, my name is Iain Peel. I have worked for Southend Council as a Resort Officer on Southend Pier for 13 years. My main duties are driving the trains and training staff on their operation as well as providing information for visitors and generally managing the public at the Pier Head and Main Entrance or […]

Summer Lunch at Saxon Hall

Saxon Hall Aviation Way, Southend, Essex

This year we celebrate not only the 40th Anniversary of the u3a movement in the UK but also the 10th Anniversary of Leigh Estuary u3a and our Summer Lunch celebrates both events so we hope as many members as possible join us for a three course meal and entertainment at Saxon Hall. Cost is £30 […]

3rd January 2023

Daryl Easlea. Southend Pop Music Scene.

Saucy Postcards by David White

Leigh Community Centre 71 – 73 Elm Road, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex

(Please take note of new venue and revised day/week for our monthly meetings going forward.) David will be giving an illustrated talk about about his collection of saucy postcards, giving us a glimpse into the world of randy nurses, henpecked husbands, nagging wives, bathing belles, innocent vicars and more.  The talk will look at the […]

‘Nature through the Seasons’

Leigh Community Centre 71 – 73 Elm Road, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex

  Roger Hance to deliver his talk 'Nature through the Seasons'. Roger did a Zoom for us during lockdown. He is a well known nature photographer (see https://rogerhancefrps.com).

Southend pop music

Leigh Community Centre 71 – 73 Elm Road, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex

Daryl Easlea Born between Rubber Soul and Revolver, Daryl Easlea was in music retail between 1979 and 1997, and left to belatedly take his degree in American History and International History at Keele, where he also ran the student radio station. He began writing professionally in 1999. After graduating in 2000, he became the deputy editor at Record Collector, […]

Making and Playing Guitars.

Leigh Community Centre 71 – 73 Elm Road, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex

7th February 2023 Speaker Iain Peel on Making and Playing Guitars You may remember me from the talk I gave last year about Southend Pier. Well I'm back to bore you again.This time about guitars and my experiences building them. I have been playing the guitar for over 50 years and I'm still not very […]

Southend Jazz Centre and the National Jazz Archives

Leigh Community Centre 71 – 73 Elm Road, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex

Digby Fairweather became a fulltime jazzman in 1977 after twelve years as a qualified librarian in Southend-on-Sea working night by exhausting night in everything from local soul and dance bands to avant-garde jazz ensembles in Southend and all over his home-county of Essex. In 1971 he formed his first ‘Half Dozen’ to play his preferred […]