14th August 2019
Local History group beat The Times Newspaper to a scoop! Our Local History group recently undertook some research around the history of a number of local villages. One village included Paglesham where it was discovered the remains of Charles Darwin’s ship, HMS Beagle, was buried deep in the Paglesham mud. Low and behold, today The Times reported on this same story but they were a month late – did our Local History group tip them off we wonder?
The Times story can be read here.
8th August 2019
Fancy a game of Petanque? The Thursday afternoon group could do with a few more members to join in the fun. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never played, it’s great fun learning. Please contact Victor if interested.
8th August 2019
Local Walks 2 have spaces and Janice would love to see a few more join up to the group. Their walks are not too energetic and they look to make them enjoyable rather than a hard hike. Please contact Janice if interested, they meet on the first Wednesday of each month.
6th August 2019
Fame for the Fashion and Fashion & Fabrics groups with a write up in the Leigh Times:
5th August 2019
3rd August 2019
2nd August 2019
Did you know that Iraq invaded Kuwait on this day in 1990? Or more importantly did you know there are spaces in the Tap Dancing group; I thought not. If interested (in joining the Tap Dancing group I mean) please contact Laura or Iris.
29th July 2019
Moira still has spaces on her Tuesday 19th November trip – QUEEN VICTORIA AND AFTERNOON TEA.
27th July 2019
Are you interested in our local history or more importantly the maritime life of Leigh from the fishing industry to boatbuilding to the modern day needs of tourism and heritage preservation? Then we have the opportunity to get involved in a very exciting oral history project about to kick off. For more details please see full details here or contact Jennifer Simpson to discuss.
17th July 2019
So that you are all aware, the new Committee, elected at the June AGM, is now in full swing. Details of who is on the Committee and their roles can be found via a link on the Contact page, 5th paragraph down, alternatively click here.
15th July 2019
There are several members wanting to join the fashion groups but sadly not enough room to accommodate so we are looking at getting a third group up and running. Ideally that third group could do with a few more members so if you are interested then please get in touch with the groups co-ordinator and get your name on the list. If you want an idea of what the two existing groups get up to then take a look at the groups page, click on Fashion or Fashion & Fabric and visit the News & Events linked on their pages.
10 July 2019
Fancy a convenient coach trip to London on Thursday 29th August 2019? Do some shopping, see the sights? The Theatre Group has a trip to the ballet that day and there are spare seats on the coach – so cadge a lift there (and back) at a bargain price to help fill the coach. Contact Trevor for details.
10 July 2019 – WHITE CHRISTMAS
28 June 2019
27 June 2019
Via the Theatre Group, we have been given the opportunity of an exclusive £27.50 Ticket Offer for U3A members to see Captain Corelli’s Mandolin at The Harold Pinter Theatre on Thursday 18th July matinee and stay after the production to meet members of the Cast. There’s no minimum number required to book so the offer can be booked by individual U3A members.
Members just need to give Theresa Baker (U3A Group Bookings at the Ambassador Theatre Group) a call on 01327 844 263 or email her on Theresabaker@theambassadors.com to book in seats. They would be delighted to see you there!
Alternatively contact Trevor (Group Contact for the Theatre Group) and he will assist you
20 June 2019
Following today’s AGM, we have a newly elected Committee to look after all those essential administrative matters that nobody really wants to take on and our thanks to each and everyone of them for taking on that mantle; without our volunteer Committee we would not have a U3A. Thanks also to those retiring Committee members and for all your hard work and efforts throughout the last year – so thank you Derek, Marilyn and Judy for everything you have done and achieved on our behalf.
The motion to amend our Constitution was also approved by the members, a copy of which can be found here.
8 – 15 June 2019
Ensure you take the opportunity to visit the Leigh Art Trail. For more information visit their official website – http://www.leigharttrail.com/
28 May 2019 – See Around Britain
We have been contacted by See Around Britain, a registered charity which has set up a website, www.seearoundbritain.com with the intention to provide photographic and detailed written information regarding a large variety of public venues throughout the UK. The information they provide gives a brief description, along with contact details, transport information and accessibility information so that potential visitors, including those with disabilities, can decide whether or not a venue is suitable for their particular needs.
The charity currently has a number of exciting volunteering opportunities available which they feel could be of potential interest to our members. In particular, they are looking for volunteers to write venue descriptions to accompany the backlog of photographs of various venues and/or submit photos or videos of new venues themselves, all of which can be done from home and online via their website. There are online video tutorials available to help volunteers, but they also provide additional support via email if needed.
If you feel this would be of interest, they would be really grateful to hear from you (contact email address: firstname.lastname@example.org and/or email@example.com)
May 2019 – Hever Castle
17th May 2019 – Hadleigh Voices Community Choir
The Hadleigh Voices Community Choir are still seeking a retired person with musical knowledge to help them. The Choir practices at Hadleigh Fire station every other Wednesday, and the musical director does get paid. Commitment will be only a few hours each month. Please contact Evelyn at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are able to help or want more information.
16th May 2019 – Peter Jones
Peter gave a very entertaining talk at our May monthly meeting, full of fun and humour with a few “arhhhhhs” and one or two “hoorayyyys” thrown in. If you want to give feedback on Peter and his talk then please do so using this link. He mentioned his website and if you want to know more about Peter and his books then you can do so here.
Summer Lunch – Thursday 22 August 2019
Don’t forget our Summer “Strictly Come Dancing” Lunch – full details here
26 April 2019 – Saddlers Hall
Our U3A were given the opportunity of a guided tour around Saddlers Hall, London. A group travelled to Gutter Lane (near St. Pauls) and had a fabulous day out. A few photos from the visit are below:
23 April 2019
Enjoy looking at great photos then take a look at the various monthly submissions from the Photography group. Their latest photos can be viewed here.
23 April 2019
Whilst not a U3A group, if you have a baritone voice and interested in Barbershop Style then one of our members is hoping to find a couple of suitable singers to join Bob’s Barbershop Boys based in Leigh-on-Sea. If interested or you just want more information then please call John on 01702 479793.
23 April 2019
If Barbershop Style isn’t your thing (see above), but maybe you are a musical person with good musical knowledge that you want to use and share, then a choir based in Hadleigh called Hadleigh Voices Community Choir, are soon losing their musical director, and they are seeking a retired person with musical knowledge to see if they could come along and hopefully take the position on. The Choir practices at Hadleigh Fire station every other Wednesday, and the musical director does get paid. Please contact Evelyn at email@example.com if you are able to help or want more information.
18 April 2019
With the hot weather and Easter holiday period, you might expect numbers at our monthly speaker meeting to be down but no we had a good crowd turn out to hear Chris Truran talk on how fingerprinting and DNA developed in detecting crimes. He spoke of numerous infamous crimes with which he had been involved during his almost 40 years working for the Metropolitan Police as a Scenes of Crime Officer (SOCO). A well received and entertaining talk. If you were there and want to give your feedback please do so using this link.
3 April 2019
A busy time for the Ukulele group as they have given yet another performance to the Home Sweet Home Day Care at the Estuary Club, Leigh-on-Sea – photo here
27 March 2019
The Ukulele group gave a well received performance to members of the Jewish Community at Finchley Road Synagogue – see photo here.
21 March 2019
We were treated to some magic at our March monthly meeting – a couple of photos can be seen here.
12 March 2019
Make sure you check out a couple of new groups being set up. You’ll find details under the groups page (orange tabs at the top)
A reminder that renewal sessions have been set up at Leigh Community Centre for the following dates/times:
Tuesday 5th March – Room 1, 2.30pm to 4.30pm
Wednesday 13th March – Room 3, 10.00am to 12.00am
Tuesday 19th March – Room 3, 2.30pm to 4.30pm
Monday 25th March – Room 8, 10.00am to 12.00am.
Local Walks 2
After being on hold for a period, we are delighted to announce that Janice has agreed to get this group up and running once more. The first walk is planned for Wednesday April 3rd so get your name down quickly. If you want more information please go to GROUPS page or contact Janice direct HERE
LOST & FOUND
After last Thursdays’ meeting at Wesley Church, 21st Feb, a silver ear-ring was found and is now with a committee member. If you, or someone you know, has lost an ear-ring please get in touch with a committee member.
23 February 2019
- MINI BREAK 10-12th SEPTEMBER 2019 – click HERE for full details
23 February 2019
Renewal time is creeping up on us. You can renew well in advance by downloading the membership form on the Links & Downloads menu item (then top blue tab – click to open and download form by clicking on the Membership Form button). Subscriptions have had to be raised to £12 per annum to cover some rising costs but I am sure you will agree excellent value. It covers your “Third Age Matters” magazine, the monthly speaker meetings (and your cuppa of course) plus a lot more. Any questions over renewals please contact our Membership Secretary, Esther, by clicking here.
22 February 2019
Don’t forget to give your feedback on our speaker for this month’s meeting. You can do so by clicking here
22 February 2019
Please note that the dates for the planned Summer Lunch and the 2019 Christmas meeting have had to be changed due to availability of entertainment planned for both events – and I bet you thought February was far too early for even thinking about Christmas! (Please note that the dates for these meetings shown on your U3A calendar are therefore incorrect.)
- GUILDFORD AND WATTS GALLERY TRIP – SATURDAY 2ND MARCH
- Would you like to join us?
Jennifer and Ed (of Leigh-on-Sea U3A) will be travelling to take part in some of these Research Retreat Days at Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham, Surrey. Don’t let the title put you off, it’s just finding information from online resources. You just need to have basic computer ability (all instructions given) and have an interest in Social History.
It’s not a bad journey from Leigh to West Ham and the Jubilee line to Waterloo and then the short trip on the train out to Egham. The workshops don’t start until midday so there is plenty of time to get there. There are cafes on the campus for a midday snack.
The findings will contribute to free online learning courses. U3A has been involved in this project for the last 3 years and you can find more information at www.citizens800.org/u3a/
- 6th March 2019 – Peterloo Rediscovered
What was the official reaction to the Peterloo Massacre in August 1819? Join us as we examine copies of testimonies held at The National Archives and review contemporary newspaper accounts of this seminal event in our democratic heritage.
- 10th April 2019 – Chartism 1839
What was the response to the first mass Chartist petition presented to Parliament in 1839? Join us as we delve into contemporary newspaper archives and biographies of key figures to find out more.
- 8th May 2019 – The Great Unrest
The period 1910-1914 saw a wave of industrial action across Britain. In this Research Retreat we will look at one month in particular to map, using contemporary newspaper accounts, the scale of the challenge facing the government.
- 26th June 2019 – Peers vs the People
What was the press coverage like of the constitutional crisis that followed the House of Lords’ attempts to frustrate Lloyd George’s 1909 budget, dubbed ‘the People’s Budget’? Join us as we explore the newspaper archives.
- TBC July 2019 – The Home Rule Crisis
On 11th April 1912 the Third Home Rule Bill was introduced, promising to create devolved government for Ireland. A crisis followed, with opposition from the Lords and unionists. Join us as we examine how the crisis unfolded. More details to follow soon.
If interested or you want more information, please contact Jennifer using this link
- Not quite the 9 0’clock BBC news but we did get a mention in this month’s Leigh Times (even if we’ve all now forgotten Christmas). In case you missed it you can read the article here.
- There is now a page on the Essex Record Office, Sound Archive website all about the Listening Bench at the end of Southend Pier. Members of U3As in the Southend area took part in this Shared Learning project during 2018. Members who took part were from Hawkwell Village, Leigh Estuary, Leigh-on-Sea and Southend U3As. If you click on the link below you can then get to the list of recordings and just scroll down to find the recording given by the member. They are all very interesting memories and these are just sound bites. The full interviews contained much more and will be held for posterity by the Sound Archive. They will provide information on the history of Southend for future researchers. This was our second project and thanks to all the interviewees for helping us to update the bench. The team members who did the recordings were Audrey Stirling, Christine Major, Kate Broad and Jennifer Simpson.
- Despite a bit of a chill in the weather, we had a superb turn out at our January meeting when Noel Kelleway spoke to us about the History of Southend; an interesting topic with clearly a lot more to to be said than time allowed. Noel mentioned an amusing spoof song “Sometimes our Pier is on Fire” on You Tube that includes a number of old photos of the Southend area; if you want to take a look it can be found here.
- Judging by the size of the crowd gathered around Marilyn’s “Groups table” at the end of the meeting there is a lot of interest in groups; so will we be seeing new groups starting up or was it all interest in existing groups?
- We are looking for new group leaders to take over on Local Walks 2, Walking with Lunch and Serendipity … anyone willing to assist and help avoid these groups from closing down? Please contact Marilyn, Group Co-ordinator if you can help.
- Things are once again looking good for a Table Tennis group every Monday morning. A change of manager at the Megacentre Rayleigh (near Rayleigh Weir) means they are once again taking longer term bookings. If you are interested in joining this new group please contact group co-ordinator, Marilyn Abraham. Fingers crossed there will be enough interest to get this off the ground.
- It is also looking promising that we will get a second London Visits group running. We have a member willing to organise some trips and act as group contact. Again if interested in joining this group then please let Marilyn Abraham know.
- A very Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year to all our members.
- A Christmas Greeting was played to all our members at the December meeting; did you miss it? Then view it here.
- Our Great Group Christmas Outfit competition took place on December 6th at the Wesley Methodist Church. Members looked very festive in their Christmas clothing and even met Father Christmas, who had joined us to enjoy the event and turned out to be no other than our local MP Sir David Amess.
- Our independent judges introduced themselves and told us a bit about their businesses. One of the judges, Jackie, gave us a brief but most interesting guide to working in the costume department for the Royal Opera House and encouraged us all to visit their Thurrock premises. After viewing the 19 excellent outfit entries and talking to the entrants, they decided to award first prize to a fireplace and mantelpiece outfit made by several members of the craft group with second prize going to the Friday Table Tennis Group with their take on a tin of Quality Street, again the making of which was from the efforts of several members.
- We had a record attendance of just over 200 members at the meeting and everyone took place in selecting their favourite outfits where the Maths for Fun group took the honours with the superb “Mince Pi” entry modelled by Joyce and made by Richard, with second place going to the Fashion group with their outstanding take on a Christmas tree, modelled by Mandy and made by several members of the group.
- All the entries can be viewed here
- Southend Apple Day – Saturday 6th October, 11.00 – 14.00 Come along to St Laurence Orchard, Eastwoodbury Lane (opposite St Laurence Park), Southend-on-Sea, SS2 6UY. Free family event – open to all! Come celebrate our annual Apple Day at historic St Laurence Orchard!
- Apple tasting and pressing
- Apple peeling contest
- Apples and plants for sale
- Orchard tours
- Homemade cakes and apple treats
- Local groups (including SEEOG)
- Children’s arts and crafts
- Join us and embrace all things apple! More information: 01702 213134
- PROMS IN THE PARK Saturday 1st September. For more details please click the link on the right.
- There is a new shared learning project involving members of local U3A’s and The Heritage Centre, Leigh, in which they are transcribing documents about A VICTORIAN ANTIQUARIAN’S HISTORY OF LEIGH. If you are interested, please click this link.
- There is no speaker meeting at the church on Thursday 16th August as we will be at Saxon Hall for our Summer Lunch.
- Please don’t forget to come along to our AGM on Thursday 21st June. We will need a quorum of members to validate our proceedings. The AGM will be followed by our speaker and refreshments.
- Leigh-on-Sea U3A’s Gardens Group are organising a coach trip to Cambridge Botanic Gardens and Wimpole Hall on Wednesday 20th June, and have invited any Leigh Estuary members that are interested to join them. The price is £37 which includes coach and admission to both gardens. Pick-ups along the London Road, starting at Chalkwell Park at 9 am, to arrive in Cambridge at around 11 am. There is a good cafe for lunch at the gardens and the coach will be leaving at 1.30 to arrive at Wimpole Hall at 2 pm. The coach will be leaving Wimpole Hall at 4.30 pm for the return journey, arriving back in Leigh at approx 6.30 pm. Payment to be made by June 14th. If interested, contact Jennifer Simpson on 01702 712922.
- The tickets for our Summer Lunch have now gone on sale. You can buy an individual ticket, a table of 8 or a table of 12. The menu can be viewed from the link on the Events page. Tickets are available at a main meeting.
- If you haven’t renewed your membership by now, please do so at the next main meeting or by post as it is now overdue.
- The drop-in coffee and chat sessions, which were very successful last year, are continuing. Come along on the 4th Tuesday in the month to ‘The Snug’ in Truleigh Scrumptious Cafe, Broadway West, opposite Leigh Library, anytime between 10.30 and midday. Open to all members. The first meeting of the year is on Tuesday 23rd January.
- Want to know more about the Shared Learning Project – click to view and download more information.
- GREAT GROUP CHRISTMAS BAKE OFF
- What a fantastic time we all had viewing and eating cakes! The standard was incredible. Many thanks to all those who took part, helped or contributed in any way to make it a success. To view the many photos, click on this Great Group Christmas Bake Off link.
- Congratulations to the winners:
- Sue Wright – Play Reading 1 – Best sponge cake
- Margaret Dunley – Discussion Group – Best fruit cake
- Mike Dias – Ukulele – Best decorated cake
You can get a newsletter from the National Office of U3A by going to u3a.org.uk/email and signing up for news, events and regional updates straight to your mailbox. There is an advert in the latest edition of Third Age Matters magazine (TAM) on page 9.
- If you like the TAM and Sources magazines please can you send off the Reader Survey in TAM. This can be done online by post or by smart phone. This is very important as these magazines may be lost if U3A members don’t say they like receiving them. They let people know what the U3A is all about and give ideas and news of other U3As. It is important that everyone continues to get both magazines so that U3A members recognise they are part of a larger organisation.
- The Leigh Society have produced a calendar which contains many photographs taken by members of our own Photography Group. Jennifer Simpson will be selling these for £5 each at the next speaker meeting on the 16th November at Wesley Methodist Church. Please visit her on her Clay Modelling group table. All sales will go to support the running of the Heritage Centre in Old Leigh.
- Barbara Zybutz has taken on the role of Almoner for our U3A. Please click on the link on the right of this page or the Contacts page to find out more.
- If you haven’t already booked your place for next year’s holiday to Warwickshire, then please have a look at what’s on offer. Just click on the itinerary link on the Travel Group page or contact Lorna Reeve at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more details. Deadline for booking is 31st December.
- The speaker meeting this month generated some very positive comments about the new venue from our members. We also received the following message from Alan, the Property and Lettings Coordinator at Wesley Methodist Church:
“Just thought I’d drop you a line to say that U3A’s hire of the church was mentioned at last night’s Church Council meeting, as an example of how well things can work! We were delighted by the way it went, a testament to the planning which your team put into it, and it was so nice to see so many new faces in the space, helping us to fulfil our ambition to provide a place used not only for worship but for the wider community to enjoy and benefit from.”
- CHRISTMAS EVENT
- It was announced at the Group Contacts Meeting recently that there will be a special event at our Christmas meeting on Thursday 7th December. We are having a Great Group Christmas Bake Off. If you would like to take part by baking a cake to represent your group, then please speak to your Group Contact, who will have all of the details or email email@example.com
- Please note that our monthly speaker meetings will be held at the Wesley Methodist Church from the September meeting onwards.
- Any gardeners out there? Please see the link on the right entitled Southend in Transition for details of local events you might be interested in. For full access to the document, click on ‘Enable Editing’ at the top. To open a link to a relevant webpage (text in blue) hold down the control key (ctrl) on your keyboard and left click your mouse button on the blue text.
- Group News: London Visit group 1 has vacancies. Please leave a message for Linda Butler on the group page if you would like to join.
- Visiting Gardens 2 is a recently formed group but is not up and running yet. The group is planning to meet at the beginning of 2018 to plan garden visits for the year. Please leave a message for Barbara Hull on her group page if you are interested in joining them.
- Please be quick to book your places on the U3A Study Day at Maldon on Tuesday 24th October, as places are filling up fast. You will have received full details and the booking form by email or post at the end of June.
- IMPORTANT NEWS It was announced at the monthly speaker meeting this month that we will be moving over the road to the Wesley Methodist Church for our speaker meetings, starting on September 21st. The meeting at the Leigh Community Centre on August 17th will be the last one at that venue. Please make a note in your diaries.
- Marilyn Abraham has set up drop-in coffee and chat sessions, which will be held on the 4th Tuesday in the month at The Snug, TruLeigh Scrumptious Cafe, Broadway West, opposite Leigh Library. Drop in anytime between 10.30 and midday. Open to all members. The dates are: August 22nd, September 26th, October 24th and November 28th. This will continue after these dates if supported by members.
- The following new groups have been suggested: Talk Sport, Book Group 2, Quiz, Bridge for Beginners (needs someone with an understanding of bridge to help take this idea forward) and Visiting Gardens 2. Anyone interested in joining a new group, please contact the Group Coordinator, Marilyn Abraham via the Group Enquiries email link on the Contacts page or on 07947 023803.
- The following existing groups have vacancies: Art for Pleasure and Marine Forum.
- Members Interested?
- Terry Steel’s Astor Big Band and singers, together with our guests, the Leigh Operatic & Dramatic Society, present ‘Miller Plays the Musicals’ at the Palace Theatre, Southend on Sept 23nd 2017 at 3 pm. This show is our tribute to Glenn Miller and other great big bands, and to their singers like Frank Sinatra and the Andrews Sisters. Plus, songs from musicals, old and new, presented in the big band style. All our profits, and a collection at this performance, go to the Royal British Legion to support their work with PTSD sufferers. Tickets are available via the website https://southendtheatres.org.uk/Online/tickets-miller-plays-the-musicals-southend-2017 or Box Office Tel: 01702 351135
- Jennifer Simpson is re-launching the Clay Modelling Group. Please visit the groups page and open Clay Modelling tab to find out more.
- Please take a look at the stunning photos taken by the Photography Group. Follow the link via their “News & Events” button under the Photography tab on the groups page to view their many beautiful photographs.
- The Gilbert and Sullivan Group is under way and has a limited amount of vacancies for anyone that is interested. Please make contact via the groups page and Gilbert & Sullivan tab.