Welcome to BLACKWATER U3A [Maldon]


We need new coordinators for the following groups, the present coordinators have done a great job so our thanks to them. Please contact the chairperson if you are happy to help out.
Geology & Geography
Local Theatres
Short Walks
Any help is greatly appreciated - please go to the Contact page.

Our July monthly zoom featured Peter Warne, who gave an excellent talk on 'Finding Wildlife in Epping Forest', accompanied by some of the best wildlife photographs seen by many of us. Peter took us on a virtual 'safari' from Connaught Water via the Wake Valley Pond, finishing at the Copped Hall Estate.
En route we saw pictures of Great Crested Grebe, various Dragonflies, an assortment of Fungi (don't eat the Destroying Angel, which attacks the liver, ending in death, hence its name!). At Copped Hall, in addition to the Fungi, there are Red Kite, Kestrel, and Sparrowhawk, also Fallow and Muntjac deer, and one solitary Red Deer. There are also Barn Owls, Tawny Owls and Little Owls, along with Foxes, Stoats and Weasels. Every creature or plant was beautifully photographed, accompanied by Peter's interesting and lively commentary. If you would like to see more of his work, Peter is showing ten photographs as part of an exhibition at Hyde Hall and details will be on their website in due course.

Our next talk, on August 4th by Zoom, is on Henry VIII. We understand that Henry himself will be present! The meeting features Tony Harris, zooming in as King Henry VIII

September 1st – it is hoped to hold the monthly meeting at West Maldon Community Centre but until we have clear guidance on Covid restrictions no speaker has been booked. Please check the website for the latest information.

Speaker Organiser, John Hayes 01621 843855

Click on the blue link on the right to see our facebook page

Please click the link on the right to view the details of a super trip to Weston Super Mare!

Table Tennis 1 group will start again on Monday 17th May at the usual time 9.15am

Geoff & Esther Pugh have announced the 2nd competition is now open to all members.


This will coincide with the Maritime UK History weekend in May.
They look forward to receiving your entries in the same categories and others by 30th June, preferably by email or other mutually agreed arrangement.
Good luck and have fun!!

Readers of this site are advised to click the link to our Latest Newsletter which holds the information about our groups and all other Blackwater U3A activities.

We are a friendly U3A group of about 240 members that meet in Maldon, Essex, UK. We hold a regular monthly meeting on the first Wednesday of the month at the West Maldon Community Centre, usually with a guest speaker. Each month, there is a lively programme of meetings, activities and visits coordinated by over thirty different interest groups. Any member can start a new interest group, so it's a great place to share your knowledge and experience with others.

Our U3A was formed in 2004, and is one of four groups in the Maldon area. Maldon U3A instigated the opening of the Blackwater U3A, and then, in turn, we kick-started both the Heybridge U3A in 2009 and the Limebrook U3A in 2011. These local developments reflect the growth of U3A groups nationally.

Beyond lockdown report
Chair of the Third Age Trust, Ian McCannah, has created a report based from U3A members' thoughts on how the U3A movement can move forward post lockdown.

We are a registered charity - Registration Number: 1113334