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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A Peek Behind the Scenes by Marion Pettet

Zoom Meeting Your Home

Marion is a devoted fan of dance. Ballet was the passion of her life but along with the dreams of so many other aspiring ballerinas, ordinariness got in the way. A late return to classes rekindled her love for dance and led her into a world that she thought had passed her by. She became involved […]

Graphology – the secrets of handwriting Susan Ord

Yet another postponement from last year.  Susan will tell us what secrets handwriting tells about us – with practical demonstrations. Susan started studying graphology about 15 years ago, as something to take on later in life and she has found the revelation of a writer’s personality from their handwriting absolutely fascinating. Graphology can be used […]

Summer Lunch

Sorry but the Committee have decided that there will be no summer lunch this year.  Apologies to all members as we know this is a popular event. We are hoping things will very soon be back to normal and a face to face meeting will take place in September when it will also be our […]

Punch & Judy – Chris Gasper

This time with his clown’s hat. Professor Gasper will give us a look at the history of this ancient art form , illustrated with part of his show.  Oh yes he will and that’s the way to do it!  

Southend United – April Smith

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

Essex Plotlands – Gillian Darley

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!  

The Makers Boutique by Amanda Sutherland

Leigh Wesley Methodist Church Elm Road, Leigh

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 […]

The Beatles by Daryl Easlea

Leigh Wesley Methodist Church Elm Road, Leigh

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!


Leigh Wesley Methodist Church Elm Road, Leigh

  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 […]

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

Leigh Wesley Methodist Church Elm Road, Leigh

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 […]

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