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.

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

The 17th AGM of The Blackwater u3a was held virtually on May 5th 2021. The meeting was straightforward and all items of business, as set out on the forms you all received previously, were agreed with no dissention. There were 63 members voting. Your committee remains the same, the one change is that Peter Holmes has taken on the role of Vice Chairman. After the business we were entertained by John Hayes with some old favourites, from the screen I could see many of those present were singing along, all muted thankfully, supplemented with a brief chat about his musical career. He has been booked for next year's AGM, May 4th 2022, when we shall all be meeting in person at the WMCC."

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

Our latest quiz was on Wednesday 21st April. Around 40 members took part. The topics included Royalty, castles, anagrams and High Street shop names; interesting if a little challenging. Chairman Roger has promised to make next month's quiz a bit easier!

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

Topic - ‘HISTORY OF MARITIME MALDON’

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!!
geoffreypugh@btinternet.com

The meeting on Wednesday 7th April was well attended with 39 screens zoomed in. Sam was a very engaging speaker who answered many questions with excellent information and good humour. He gave his talk for free but would welcome donations for the royal Naval charity.

The monthly meeting was held on Wednesday 3rd March with a very professional and informative talk about the Lewes Bonfire Night. Over 60 people zoomed in to enjoy the meeting.

Our February monthly meeting took place at 2pm on Wednesday, 3rd February. The speaker was Dr. James Taylor and he spoke about "The Russell Coates art gallery and museum." The meeting was held via Zoom, it was enjoyable, informative and well attended.

Wednesday January 6th Meeting by Zoom.
The first online meeting was a great success with over 60 peole listening in. Everyone seemed very happy to participate and the talk by Alan Pamphilon entitled ‘The history of Chelmsford High St., 1860 to 1960' was fascinating.
Alan showed a series of photographs on a split screen with time for questions. There was an interesting exchange of reminiscences about pop groups playing in Chelmsford during the 1960s. BU3a members could recall Lindisfarne, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd and one past chairman remembered being removed from the stage!
A big thank you to all the people who organised it.

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