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Events

The Events listed here are in Date order.

To view events listed by specific group (e.g. Wildlife, Outings, Monthly Meetings, etc.) click Display events by category on right hand side of this panel.


Dates for your Diary
January 2020
Tue Jan 28thMonthly MeetingsSubject: The Treasures of our Local Coast
Speaker: Graham Mee, RSPB
Graham is an RSPB expert with the SE Essex branch. He speaks with knowledge and enthusiasm about the bird life of the Essex Coast.
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February 2020
Tue Feb 25thMonthly MeetingsSubject: Haven Hospices
Speaker: Sally Bridger
Sally will be telling us all about the exciting new developments on the way with the new Hospice due to open next March 2020.
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March 2020
Thu Mar 12thOutingsOuting: Ely, Cambridgeshire
Status: Open for booking
Contact: Maria Kelly at Outings Organiser
Cost: £15 per person coach and gratuity only.
Last payment date: TBA
Pickup: TBA

Visit the old city of Ely, which gets its name from the 'Island of Eels' and Oliver Cromwell was its MP. You can visit his house, which is the tourist information centre.

Lots to see but the main attraction may be Ely Cathedral, which also houses the Gowns and Crowns exhibition open on our day plus a Stained Glass Museum. Tickets to visit the Cathedral range from £8 to £19pp depending what you include.
Cathedral tickets are NOT included in the U3A price.

Visit elycathedral.org to see information on the cathedral and possibly book tickets.
Visit visitely.org.uk for other information about what to see in Ely.
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Tue Mar 31stMonthly MeetingsSubject: Tutan Khamun's Egypt
Speaker: Janet Brewer
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April 2020
Tue Apr 28thMonthly MeetingsSubject: Passports, Assassins, Traitors and Spies
Speaker: Martin Lloyd
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May 2020
Tue May 5thGarden VisitsOuting: PASHLEY MANOR GARDENS
Status: Open for booking and payments - at Members meeting 28 January
Contact: Teresa Sergeant at Garden Visits
Cost: £24-50p per person includes coach, driver gratuity and entry to the Gardens/Tulip Festival
Non-refundable deposit of £10 required when booking
Last payment date: TBA
Pickup: TBA

Pashley Manor hosts a spectacular Tulip Festival. See this garden, on the border of Sussex and Kent, carpeted with over 35,000 tulips, creating stunning scenes for visitors to enjoy. Winners of sixty eight Chelsea Gold Medals, are on hand sharing their knowledge of these beautiful bulbs and to take orders from those inspired by the spectacle.

With a café serving locally sourced and homemade cakes, scones and light lunches. Pashley’s Tulip Festival makes a superb day out.

Visit: www.pashleymanorgardens.com for more information about the gardens.
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Tue May 26thMonthly MeetingsSubject: A Woman in Fleet Street
Speaker: Deborah Brady
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June 2020
Tue Jun 30thMonthly MeetingsSubject: The world of Art Deco
Speaker: Mark Lewis
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July 2020
Wed Jul 1stOutingsOuting: Thames Barge Cruise from Ipswich
Status: Advice only - NOT booking yet
Contact: Maria Kelly at Outings Organiser
Cost:TBA includes coach. gratuity, barge cruise and ploughman's lunch/fruit crumble.
Last payment date: TBA
Pickup: TBA

A 4 hour sailing on a Thames Barge including ploughman's lunch and fruit crumble.

Further details to be completed before booking opens.
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Tue Jul 28thMonthly MeetingsSubject: The History of Spoken English
Speaker: Charlie Haylock
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August 2020
Tue Aug 25thMonthly MeetingsSubject: The History of Chocolate
Speaker: Tony Diamond
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September 2020
Tue Sep 29thMonthly MeetingsSubject: Life in Prison (Governors viewpoint)
Speaker: Linsey Whitehouse
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October 2020
Tue Oct 27thMonthly MeetingsSubject: A peek behind the scenes (Ballet)
Speaker: Marion Pettet
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November 2020
Tue Nov 24thMonthly MeetingsSubject: Professional Wildlife Photographer
Speaker: Tom Way
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December 2020
Tue Dec 29thMonthly MeetingsNO MEETING
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