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.
The type of topic we have had in the past include:
The Oldest Lifeboat
A talk from Frinton Museum about the history of the recently restored oldest surviving lifeboat, "James Stevens".
A Poacher's Story
A true story told about Joe Whistlecraft of Rickinghall in Suffolk
Riding for the Disabled
A talk about the way in which learning to ride can help disabled young people.
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.
A Cheese and Butter Making Demonstration
Demonstration by one of our members.
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 !
Members brought in items of interest as part of a talk by an auctioneer who has appeared on BBC antiques programmes.
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
Entertainment with a Christmas theme and Christmas food and drink
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.