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Art for Pleasure
 Group Contact: Rowan
 Venue: Leigh Community Centre
 Meets: First Friday each Month 1.30 -3.30pm
 Status: Spaces available. Please contact Rowan     Contact Me

Art for Pleasure is a relaxed friendly meeting for anyone who is interested in coming together to paint and draw using a variety of suitable materials. We improve our skills and knowledge through discussion, books, handouts etc.

Each meeting has a ‘theme’ which members can interpret in their own way.

LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU!

New members are very welcome
The group is suitable all levels of ability
The ‘themes’ are merely to provide some ideas
Members ideas and input is valued
Please contact me if you need more information or wish to join our group.

Art History
 Group Contact:
 Venue:
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Status:  Currently on Hold

This group is currently on hold.  If you, maybe along with another member, wish to get it going again then please contact the Groups Co-ordinator for more information.

BeeWalk
Group Contact: Richard Lytheer                                             News & Events
Meets: COVID-19 -- SUSPENDED
Venue: out in the fresh air
Status: Please register your interest by contacting me                         Contact Me

Bumblebees are in decline and conservation efforts  can be supported and enhanced by understanding the populations and distribution of the various species.  The Bumblebee Conservation Trust (BBCT) has developed a national surveying process which we plan to join.  This will involve a small group undertaking a self-selected monthly walk of a set route and identifying and recording all the bumblebees we see.

We are especially lucky that the Thames Gateway is home to two rare species, the 'brown-banded' and 'shrill' carder bees, both of which have been seen on Two Tree Island.

We'll arrange for members to be given training to help you identify the bees you see.

If you want to be part of this exciting piece of work, have the chance to learn more about bees plus get a little bit of exercise each month or if you just want to learn a little more about what's involved, then please contact Richard using the button above.

 

Book Group
Group Contact: Mary
Meets: 4th Thursday of each month 10.00 am
Venue: TruLeigh Scrumptious (opposite Leigh Library)
Status: Please register your interest by contacting me                 Contact Me

We are a small friendly group and we like to read a variety of books, ranging from classics to biographies to thrillers -- in fact anything goes! We take it in turns to come up with a list of books and decide between us which one we are going to read next, which seems to work well.

 

 

 

Bridge
Group Contact: David White                                                                News & Events
Meets: 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month 2 - 4 pm
Venue: Private House
Status: Please register your interest by contacting me                         Contact Me

Why play Bridge? Well in the words of the novelist W. Somerset Maugham “Bridge is the most entertaining and intelligent card game the wit of man has so far devised”.

As a social game, bridge is unparalleled and a great way to meet new people. Bridge is good for the mind – a mental workout that stimulates both halves of the brain in equal measure. Playing bridge develops both logical and lateral thinking, it helps short and long term memory among many benefits.

At the start of 2018, we were able to get a Bridge for Beginners group underway. After two years of learning and playing, the group acknowledge they are far from complete but decided they are no longer beginners so a name change to simply "Bridge" might better describe where they are.  If you want to join please contact the Group Leader to check level reached and see if it might fit with your standard of play.

Canasta 1
Group Contact: Anne
Meets: 1st Thursday each month 7.30 pm
Venue: Private House
Status: Please register your interest by contacting me                Contact Me

Leigh Estuary U3A Canasta Group has been going strong since November 2017 and meet at a members home on the first Thursday of the month. We have 12 members and we usually get 8-12 members attending. It is a very friendly group and although we did start with 2 or three beginners and a few who hadn't played for some time, everyone is of a reasonable ability now.

Bearing in mind that usually Canasta is played in fours, we do sometimes have to adapt to three-handed Canasta!

Of course we do have varying rules of Canasta within the group which is interesting but we ask that everyone plays the same as the majority and the people we have taught.

Canasta 2
Group Contact: Duncan Cooper                                        Contact Me
Meets: 1st and 3rd Friday 1.30 pm
Venue: Naval and Military Club, Royal Terrace, Southend
Status: Spaces available. Please contact me on 01702 712805

This group is now up and running and intended for those members who have played Canasta before. Please contact Duncan if you are interested in joining.

Some of the group playing at the Naval & Military Club - July 2019
Canasta for Improvers
Group Contact: Lynne Daughtrey
Meets: 1st and 3rd Monday in each month 2:00 - 4:00pm
Venue: Private House
Status: Please register your interest by contacting me                          Contact Me

Already play canasta and looking to improve then contact me using button above to see if spaces.

Church Visits
Group Contact: Anne Owen                    News & Events
Meets: Various Days
Venue: Various
Status: Please register your interest by contacting me                                 Contact Me

VISITING ESSEX CHURCHES GROUP

This group is for people who are interested in church architecture and history and comparative religion. Members share organising the visits to places of worship. The group has visited many Essex churches of a variety of Christian denominations. We have also visited two synagogues, a mosque and a Sikh gurdwara along with Hindu and Buddhist temples.

March Visit by Penny & Brenda

Our March visit will be on Wednesday 11th March 2020 to the beautiful art nouveau church in Great Warley. The group will be offered coffee at 10:30am in the Church Hall and the visit lasts about 90 minutes. If anyone wants to book lunch at the near-by Thatcher's Arms Penny can do that for you. Penny and Brenda chose March as the daffodils & crocus's should be blooming in Miss Wilmott's Garden near-by. This is not to be missed if you have not visited it but is of course optional.  If you want more details please contact Penny direct by using this link.

Cinema Films
Group Contact: Pamela Waters                              News & Events
Meets: Various
Venue: Southend and Basildon Cinemas
Status: Spaces Available.  Please contact                Pamela

This group is now up and running and they enjoyed their first cinema outing to see Red Joan at the Odeon, Southend.

Next trip is to see 1917 - During World War I, two British soldiers -- Lance Cpl. Schofield and Lance Cpl. Blake -- receive seemingly impossible orders. In a race against time, they must cross over into enemy territory to deliver a message that could potentially save 1,600 of their fellow comrades.  The group will visit Basildon Cineworld Festival Leisure on Wednesday 15th January to see the 15.30 showing.  Contact Pamela for full info.

If you are interested in watching a film with like minded people then please make contact with Pamela  by using link above.

Classical Music Appreciation
Group Contact: John Hanks
Meets: last Thursday in each month @ 2:00pm
Venue:  private house
Status: Please register your interest by contacting me                              Contact Me

This group explores Classical Music together.  The group has restarted now with a new group leader so please contact John using button above if interested in joining.

Classics You Never Read
Group Contact: Kris Mee                                                                             News & Events
Venue:  Private House
Meets: 4th Friday each month - 10.30 am
Spaces: Please register your interest by contacting me                              Contact Me

This group is currently full but meetings have been temporarily suspended, although book reading continues. When the current situation improves we will resume meetings in a members home.  We take it in turns to choose the book and try to limit ourselves to those written before 1940 excluding War & Peace (too long), Virginia Woolf and James Joyce ('streams of consciousness' too baffling).

For a full list of books already read please click on the "News & Events" button above.
We had planned to discuss Nana by Emile Zola at our meeting on Friday 27 March 2020 but now postponed.  I suggest everyone continues to read through future planned books as below and we can discuss at a later date.
Future books to be read are (all dates subject to revision/update in due course):-
Gullivers Travels by Jonathan Swift to be discussed 24/4/2020
Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh to be discussed 22/5/2020
Lavengro by George Borrow to be discussed 26/6/2020
Howards End by EM Forster to be discussed 24/7/2020
Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser to be discussed 28/8/2020
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn to be discussed 25/9/2020
TBA to be discussed 23/10/2020
Goodbye Mr Chips by James Hilton to be discussed 27/11/2020
Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens to be discussed 22/1/2021
So get reading, stay well and enjoy.
Thanks Kris
Computer
Group Contact: Lorna Reeve - to email use link below or phone 01702 478102
Meets: By arrangement
Venue: Private House
Status: Please register your interest by contacting me                       Contact Me

Computer help is available for those with basic knowledge, and can be on your desktop computer or laptop.
For those members who would like to learn how to use their iPad or tablet, tuition is available when enough members show an interest. Contact me to be put on the waiting list for the next course.

Ravenshead U3A have kindly shared their useful computer guides. Click on the *Computer Help Guides* link here.

Contemporary Novels
Group Contact: Frances Devereaux (temporary leader)                                                                      Reading List
Meets: 2nd Wednesday each month 10 - 11.00 am
Venue: Leigh Community Centre
Status: Please register your interest by contacting me                              Contact Me

We have lively discussions (very loosely based on some discussion questions/issues that I email before the meeting). We usually get between 8 and 12 people attending. People often do a bit of research on issues that have interested the group so there is a bit of information sharing that goes on between sessions.

I hope people are enjoying themselves - I know I am - lovely group and very interesting discussions (and lots of laughs!)

So far this year, the Contemporary Novels group have read:

January - 'Arthur and George' by Julian Barnes
February - 'Where My Heart Used to Beat' by Sebastian Faulks
March - 'The Little Red Chairs' by Edna O'Brien
April - 'Hagseed' by Margaret Atwood
May - 'The Poisonwood Bible' by Barbara Kingsolver
June - 'Notes from an Exhibition' by Patrick Gale
July - 'The Stranger's Child' by Alan Hollinghurst
August - 'Deaf Sentence' by David Lodge

To see the books that we have read since we started, please see the Reading List in link above.

Country Walks
Group Contact: Dave Rixon                                                    News & Events
Meets: Various days
Venue: Variable venues
Status: Currently Full                                                            Contact Me

We have decided to change our group name from vigorous walking to Country Walks as this better reflects what we do.

Apart from the name change everything else remains the same.

Click on News & Events above for details of our walks.

This group has proved very popular with members wanting to get out and exercise and although the group is currently full with some 50 members, if you are interested please let Dave know using the button above and he will add your name to the waiting list.  Then again, maybe time to start another walking group - if you want to get another group going do shout.

Craft
Group Contacts: Pat Lytheer and Amanda Archard                               News & Events
Meets: 2nd Tuesday each Month 2 - 4 pm
Venue: Leigh Community Centre
Status: Please register your interest by contacting us                     Contact Us

The Craft Group is a very friendly, informal group which welcomes members with an interest in any craft, whatever their level of ability.

In keeping with the spirit of the U3A, we are all willing to share our skills with each other. Although we generally work on our own individual projects, which include knitting, crochet, quilting, card making, embroidery etc, we also, on occasion, try a new skill as a group, led by one of our own members. Member-led sessions to date have covered Chicken Scratch, Quilting, Iris Folding, Gift bags and boxes.

We meet at Leigh Community Centre, from 2 - 4 pm on the second Tuesday of the month. To enjoy a sociable afternoon and maybe feel inspired to try a new skill, please contact the Group Organisers via  the link above.

Creative Writing 1
Group Contact: Lynda                                                                                          Examples
Meets: 1st Friday each Month 2.30 - 4.30 pm
Venue: Members' Homes
Status: Please register your interest by contacting me                                          Contact Me

Creative Writing for all abilities. Using memory and imagination and encouraging each other with our writing. For examples of our work click link above.

Please contact Lynda for details.

Creative Writing 2
Group Contact: on hold
Meets: on hold
Venue: on hold
Status: on hold looking for new group contact to take over its running                        Contact Me

Unfortunately this group has had to be placed on hold awaiting a new leader/group contact.  If you are willing to take over the reigns then please contact the groups Co-ordinator using the button above.

Cribbage and other Card Games
Group Contact: tba
Meets: 2nd & 4th Friday of the month 1:30 - 3:30pm
Venue: Naval & Military Club, Royal Terrace, Southend
Status: Please register your interest by contacting me                            Contact Me

This group needs someone to take it forward, if interested and willing to help please contact the groups co-ordinator.

 

NB: Days/times/location are not set in stone and can be changed to suit members if necessary.

Cryptic Crosswords
Group Contact: Pat Wickham
Meets: 3rd Monday each month 3 - 4 pm
Venue: Various, see below
Status: Spaces available, please get in touch with the Group Contact                 Contact Me

The Cryptic Crossword group aims to support members to improve their skills at completing Cryptic Crossword clues (i.e. those which are not just straight definitions).
Both those with existing skills and those who want to learn how to do crosswords of this type are welcome to join the group.

Group members bring along crosswords they are working on and blank crossword grids are provided for those who are beginning to learn.

More experienced members of the group support new learners.

We also have general discussion on the different types of clues and how they can be solved
Members are invited to nominate a Clue of the Month which they have found particularly clever, challenging or amusing!

The venue for the meetings is generally at cafes in the Leigh area. At present it is at the TruLeigh Scrumptious, (opposite Leigh Library), Broadway West.

Your Group Contact will e-mail members each month to confirm the meeting date and venue.

Please check with Pat before attending.

Current Affairs & General Discussion
Group Contact: Barry Freshwater
Meets: 3rd Monday of the month 10.00 - 12.00
Venue: Leigh Community Centre
Status: Please register your interest by contacting me                            Contact Me

A friendly group which encourages members to talk about any subjects that interest them. This creates added stimulus and variety in other areas besides our news reviews.

We are pretty full right now but please let me know if you are wanting to join us and I'll let you know once a space is available.