Meetings and Outings




General meetings are normally on the second Thursday of the month and commence at 2.00pm sharp, and take place in Christ Church, 164 New London Road, Chelmsford CM2 0AW. See the Monthly Meeting Location link for a map.

From September we are starting to meet again face to face , it is such a long time since we have had the chance to see members and friends and I am sure like a lot of us it will be exciting if a bit scary!!!

Rest assured we are following all Government guidelines for meeting in the hall with plenty of space for social distancing for those that want to, hand sanitisers will be in place and you can wear masks if you wish. But it will be so nice to see faces in real time and not via zoom.

We are hoping to be able to zoom the speakers in October and November, for those that will be unable to attend in person. However, we cannot guarantee this yet as we need to test the equipment at our new venue, so watch this space for more updates after our September meeting.

Our meetings will start from 1.30/1.45 with the speaker starting at 2pm. Tea and coffee will be availabletalks.

Sue Cunnington
Speaker Organiser

Dates for your Diary
September 2021
Tue Sep 28thMeetingArt Appreciation Group

Ashcan artists - an artistic movement in the United States during the late 19th-early 20th centurythat is best known for works portraying scenes of daily life in New York Rosanna Eckersley (a WEA lecturer)
Wed Sep 29thOutingThe Old Kent Coast.
We arrive at Faversham where we have coffee. We then drive on to Broadstairs. A town much loved by Dickens and home for many years to Ted Heath. There is time to wander around the town and get some lunch.

In the afternoon we will make our way to Sandwich where we visit Monty Don's Secret Garden (if this is closed we will go to the gardens of Walmer Castle.

After that we make our way to the fishing port of Deal for a blow along the coast before returning home.

The cost of this trip is: £50.
October 2021
Thu Oct 14thMeeting366 Days in Essex – Speaker is Andrew Summers
On 28th November (1910) Braintree and Bocking Rat Club held its first annual dinner to celebrate the numbers of rats caught and killed locally that year.
Sad, serious, quirky or perhaps those of great national significance ‘366 days In Essex’ gives details of one or more events through every day of the year in Essex including 29th Feb. You give us a date and we’ll give an answer.
November 2021
Thu Nov 11thMeeting"An Extraordinary Man': the life and times of Walter Guinness, Lord Moyne of Bury St Edmunds – Speaker is Adrian Tindall

Heir to a brewing fortune, war hero, politician, secret agent, explorer, anthropologist, friend of kings and statesmen, and a man whose tragic end shocked a nation. This illustrated talk will tell the remarkable story of the life and death of an extraordinary man.