SPEAKERS' MEETINGS are held on the first Friday afternoon of each month at 2.00pm in the Parish Hall. These are fairly informal occasions with an invited speaker.

Some of the topics we have had recently include:

The story of Chocolate. A highly informative talk with details of the history of chocolate as well as current information with many older brands bringing back happy memories.

Lepra. This worldwide charity is based in Colchester and our speaker gave an excellent overview of their work with examples from overseas. I suspect that we all learnt a great deal about a disease that most of us know about mainly from biblical references.

A Poacher's Story
A true story told about Joe Whistlecraft of Rickinghall in Suffolk

Colchester Night Shelter. We learnt a lot about the night shelter, who uses it, how it is funded and the wider work done their that most of us were unaware of.

What Happens to Your Recycling?
A talk by a representative of Tendring DC on what happens to our rubbish and recyclable items when they have been collected.

The Great Escape, The Brightlingsea Connection
A talk by a member about his father’s wartime experiences.

These are held on the third Friday of each month. These have a very varied content such as : Poetry and Prose afternoons; the Photographic Group have put on an exhibition; we had a debate on 'Arts and Crafts'; shown films; had Quizzes, an Archive Film afternoon featuring films of local historical interest, held a 50's & 60's afternoon - and so on. Anything goes !

Antiques Afternoon
Members brought in items of interest as part of a talk by an auctioneer who has appeared on BBC antiques programmes.

The pioneer clothing group launched their book which gives the full story of the pioneer and how the clothing project reproduced examples of items worn by the oyster fishermen of the past. Many of the photos were taken by the U3A photographer group who also modelled some of the items. An excellent project with a book now available to buy.

Our "Bring and Share" Summer Buffet
Held in a member's garden giving an opportunity for members to meet and eat and chat!

Games on the Green!
An afternoon outdoors playing games on the local green fun afternoon on (Hurst Green)with "The Rosebud" close at hand for refreshment and shelter from the rain

Christmas Cracker
Entertainment with a Christmas theme and Christmas food and drink

Strawberry Tea
Using strawberries fresh from a local farm.

Trips have been run to local places of interest and entertainment such as,

The restored Redoubt Fort in Harwich

A Trip to Ipswich - by Lifeboat!
Having enjoyed the talk about the world’s oldest surviving lifeboat, the ‘James Stevens’, some members leapt at the chance for a trip aboard her from Titchmarsh Marina to Ipswich for the annual Festival of the Sea

An annual trip to the Pantomime in Colchester is organised, usually in January. This time it is "Snow White".


Christmas Tree Festival
This is a local event where many individuals and organisations put up a decorated tree (with an individual theme) in the local All Saints Church as part of a fund raising activity. Brightlingsea U3A enters this every year to publicise the U3A and as part of joining-in in local activities.