OUR MONTHLY MEETINGS ARE CHANGING TO LEIGH COMMUNITY CENTRE AS FROM 1ST NOVEMBER 2022 AND TO THE FIRST TUESDAY IN THE MONTH

MEETINGS COMMENCE AT 2.30. DOORS WILL OPEN AT 2.00.

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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October 2021

Southend United – April Smith

October 21, 2021 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Another survivor from last year.  April, from Southend UFC Community Education Trust, will tell us about the Shrimpers.  

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November 2021

Essex Plotlands – Gillian Darley

November 18, 2021 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Author and academic, Gillian will talk about the history of the Plotlands.  Her recent book ‘Excellent Essex’ has just come out in paperback, so perhaps she will sell and sign a few copies.  It is an excellent read about our fair county!  

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December 2021

The Makers Boutique by Amanda Sutherland

December 16, 2021 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Leigh Wesley Methodist Church, Elm Road
Leigh, SS9 1SJ United Kingdom
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Our fourth attempt to get Amanda to speak.  She will talk about her CREATIVE JOURNEY which she briefly describes as follows - ​An exciting Career journey through Film, Television and Theatrical costume design with an insight into running a successful accessories business. Amanda talks about her career journey working as an assistant costumier, a bridal wear consultant, a wardrobe assistant for West End shows and as a freelance designer. She tells us her "talks are informative and amusing as well…

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January 2022

The Beatles by Daryl Easlea

January 20 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Leigh Wesley Methodist Church, Elm Road
Leigh, SS9 1SJ United Kingdom
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Back by popular demand is local man Daryl, this time to talk to us about the Beatles.  Now we're sure you all remember them!

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February 2022

Ceramics

February 17 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Leigh Wesley Methodist Church, Elm Road
Leigh, SS9 1SJ United Kingdom
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Richard Baxter makes finely thrown porcelain in distinctively bright, bold and beautiful colours. He favours forms with simple clean profiles reminiscent of mid-century-modern Scandinavian ceramics. On each piece he varies the curves and applies the bands of bronze pigment to fit each form, so every pot is unique. If you love 'The Great Pottery Throwdown' then this is definitely for you.  Richard will talk about ceramics and his work.  

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March 2022

Afghanistan – what’s it about? a talk by Dr Nadir Biryia

March 17 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Leigh Wesley Methodist Church, Elm Road
Leigh, SS9 1SJ United Kingdom
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Nadir was born in Afghanistan (Kandahar) and came to the UK in the 1990s. He studied in Afghanistan, Russia, France and the UK gaining degrees in Medicine (MD), Computer Aided Design (BSc) and Capacity Building (MBA). He speaks several languages (English, Russian, French, Pashto, Dari, Farsi, Hindi and Urdu) and has worked as a trainer and examiner in these languages. He has worked with Mosques and charities helping them to build their capacity so that they can work and support…

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April 2022

Dementia support

April 21 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Leigh Wesley Methodist Church, Elm Road
Leigh, SS9 1SJ United Kingdom
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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 carers.

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May 2022

Bernard Hetherington

May 19 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Leigh Wesley Methodist Church, Elm Road
Leigh, SS9 1SJ United Kingdom
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A stand in talk on the history of Leigh by Bernard

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June 2022

Making TV Commercials by Greg Fay

June 16 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

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 a pattern cutter. When the apprenticeship was cut short by government cuts, he married his love of fashion with a passion for music and applied…

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July 2022

An insight into the History of Southend Pier by Iain Peel

July 21 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Leigh Wesley Methodist Church, Elm Road
Leigh, SS9 1SJ United Kingdom
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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 North Station as we call it. You will also find me helping out selling tickets as well as daily maintenance tasks. My background is in…

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August 2022

Summer Lunch at Saxon Hall

August 18 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Saxon Hall, Aviation Way
Southend, Essex SS2 6UN United Kingdom

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 a head and tickets are available either at one of the monthly speaker meetings or from our Events Manager, Maire Berry Time: 12:30 for 1:00pm…

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September 2022

Bodging and working with greenwood

September 15 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Leigh Wesley Methodist Church, Elm Road
Leigh, SS9 1SJ United Kingdom
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by David Stovell

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