Blackwater

Welcome to BLACKWATER U3A [Maldon]

WE WILL BE POSTING UPDATES TO THIS SITE TO LET ALL MEMBERS KNOW ABOUT CHANGES, AND WILL BE EMAILING MEMBERS ABOUT DEVELOPMENTS.

June 1st – Queen’s Jubilee Tea Party [see notice in April Newsletter]

This meeting falls at the start of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations and your committee has decided to hold a RIGHT ROYAL TEA PARTY!
Apart from the obvious requirements of tea and cakes we will have..

A royal quiz
Musical entertainment (yet to be confirmed)
Dramatic entertainment (courtesy of our Play Reading Group)
And a crown competition. The idea is to design, make and WEAR your crown for the afternoon. There might even be a prize for the most elaborate one.

Please put the date, Wednesday 1st June, into your diaries now and start designing your headgear.

Future meetings

6th July – “Man of Hats” – Colin Banks

3rd August – t.b.c.

7th September – Prof. Jules Pretty O.B.E., Chair of Essex Climate Action Commission, President of Essex Wildlife Trust, among many other titles, too many to list here, and a published Author.

Wishing everybody Good Health, John Hayes – Speaker Organiser.

The Annual general meeting was well attended and included a super selection of displays and home made cakes. The room was full of chat and smiles. Please see pictures on the right.
More details to follow in due course.

Cyber Crime Seminar
Thursday, 16th June 2022, 9.30am to 12.30pm, West Maldon Community Centre
Many of us now use on-line banking, emails, credit cards and have a mobile phone and can, if we’re not careful, become victims of cyber crime. You may have heard reports in the press or seen news items on the television about different scams and tricks used. To help explain how we may be affected by these, Barry Linton of Thorpe Bay u3a and David Gibb, Head of Protection and Prevention for Essex and Kent Serious Crime Directorate Police, will be visiting us once again with a presentation showcasing the various methods criminals use and how we can protect ourselves.
This is a joint venture with other u3as in the Maldon area and, therefore, places are limited. If you would like to be a member of the audience for this informative contact: Peter Harden on 01621 858506 or email peterharden@scampthecat.plus.com to book a place. There is no charge for this seminar but please don’t delay as seats are likely to go quickly.

DON'T MISS THE INFORMATION ABOUT THE TRIP TO BROOKLANDS IN JUNE! Click the blue link on the right.

"The u3a movement is run by volunteers with the exception of a few paid personnel at head office. Blackwater u3a, like all the other u3a's is run by the members for the members. The whole ethos of the movement is of self help and mutual aid and every member has a part to play in the running of our u3a. People join the movement for many reasons not just "education and personal development" although these were part of the original concept but also to meet people and combat loneliness. What ever your reasons for joining u3a there is still an onus "to do your bit", I am convinced there are very few members who have nothing to offer. If we are to continue to offer a full programme we need your help! There are three committee members "retiring" this May after many years service who have to be replaced. If we want to continue with Social Events, craft competition, quizzes we need a volunteer or volunteers to organise them, these roles can be done individually or as a group of like minded individuals."

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
Social
Whist
Any help is greatly appreciated - please go to the Contact page.

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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.

We are a registered charity - Registration Number: 1113334

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