Welcome to BLACKWATER U3A [Maldon]


Our speaker for the October meeting was Brian Carline, on "Days of Dolly Blue and Izal" . Brian was born in the North, where life was tough, according to the talk. He moved down this way, since when his greatest achievement was as one half of a comedy double act, which came last on "New faces" in front of an audience of millions. His talk was very amusing, with good feedback from an audience slightly less than that for New Faces.
Many memories were roused, for instance,with mention of days at Jaywick, [ in its heyday ]. Brian also turned the tables on us by singing the first part of 60's adverts, leaving us to complete the "jingle" . We must all have been telly addicts, by the response.
It was a welcome change for both speaker and audience to see and hear without mute buttons and all the other inconveniences of Lockdown, etc. However, without zoom and other digital wonders, our u3a would have struggled to stay in touch, grateful thanks to everyone who made it possible.

John Hayes

Our speaker for 1st September was Peter Jones, on “What have the railways ever done for us?” Peter has visited us before, speaking on the Essex Earthquake, and Colchester’s “Jumbo” water tower.

1st September was our first meeting at the Community Centre since Lockdown, so numbers were limited, also masks had to be worn. Despite these factors, we enjoyed Peter’s talk, lovely to actually see people we’ve only seen on screen for ages.

Peter took us through a history of rail travel, how it transformed our lives since taking over from horse drawn coaches as a quicker method of getting from A to B. Dr Beeching was also mentioned, with a series of maps showing the growth and then the decline of the network.

Our next speaker, on 6th October, is Brian Carline, on “Days of Dolly Blue and Izal”, sure to bring back a few memories. The speaker for 3rd November is yet to be announced.

John Hayes

Please see details of the third competition by clicking the tab above.

From the The Flowers Arrangers Group - WE HAD AN EXCELLENT DISPLAY IN THE ST MARY'S CHURCH FLOWER FESTIVAL; THE OVERALL THEME WAS JOY WITH OUR CONTRIBUTION BEING "THE JOY OF CHILDREN'S LITERATURE". Please go to the groups page and click on the link for Flower arrangers to see the super photographs.

Our August meeting on Wednesday 4th August was hosted by Henry VII, a very entertaining character! Our zoom speaker for August was Tony Harris, who brought much-wed Henry VIII to life with a good humoured and entertaining romp through Henry’s history. He involved our members with questions, and some flattery of the Blackwater womenfolk! Tony came out of costume for a discussion and questions at the end of his talk. All that poor old Henry really wanted was an ‘Heir and a Spare’ but if he had got what he so wanted, we wouldn’t have heard such an amusing and lively talk.

Click on the link Where were You? to find all sorts of memories from 1966 when England won the world cup.

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

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.
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.

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

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