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.

Many of you will know that we have started meeting face to face at the hall and it has been so nice to meet members again and welcome some new members.
However, we do understand that some of our members still feel a little uneasy about meeting, so where possible we are hoping to be able to "zoom" the speakers talks for those that don't wish to or unable to attend in person

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.

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

Sue Cunnington
Speaker Organiser

Dates for your Diary
June 2022
Wed Jun 1stSocialu3a 40th Anniversary and Queen’s Platinum Jubilee event
Wed 1st June from 12.00 - 16:00

Plans have been developing for our celebratory event on Wednesday 1st June at Galleywood Common. We are very pleased to announce that the Mayor and Deputy Mayor will be honouring us with a visit! I can also reveal that we have booked a speaker Paul Robbins to talk to us about H.M. the Queen. Paul gave us a couple of brilliant historical talks last year, one about the 1950s and the other about the East End and Cockney Rhyming slang. Paul’s talk will begin at 2.00 p.m. so be sure to be there. There is also a possibility that a community choir may perform for us, we will keep you posted.

Bring-your-own picnic at Galleywood Common with tea and cakes available via the Heritage Centre.
Thu Jun 9thMeetingDo join us for our all members monthly meeting at Christchurch on Thursday 9th June 2022, starting at 2pm, doors open from 1.30pm

This months talk is by the author Helen E Field - "Confessions of A Mystery Shopper!"

Helen talks about the arcane world of mystery shopping, from spilling the beans on which hospitality and leisure organisations commission mystery assignments, to how the programmes are designed, as well as hilarious anecdotes about things that have happened in real life during mystery customer assignments.
The talk is eye opening, insightful but above all very funny!

Helen E Field is a 59yr old self-published author of two comedy books: The Mystery Shopper & The Hot Tub and The Hapless Husband & His Curious Wife. She also writes bespoke poetry for milestone occasions and in addition has published a range of greetings cards based around funny poems.

Look forward to seeing you all there.
Wed Jun 22ndOutingCambridge and Island House Godmanchester.

A morning in Cambridge to do your own thing. Visit a College, the Botanical Gardens,the Fitzwilliam Museum, a walk along the river , a punt on the river or shopping.

In the afternoon we visit an Invitation to View property-Island House Grade 11 !8thC Georgian House..We have a guided tour followed by afternoon tea.

Price including gratuities and afternoon tea- £42 pp. Pick ups- Pick ups- Eves Corner Danbury 8.30, Asda 8.45, Writtle 9.00.
July 2022
Thu Jul 14thMeetingOur monthly all members meeting at Christchurch on Thursday 14th July 2022 starting at 2pm, doors open from 1.30pm

Our speaker will be Ray Clark Radio Presenter and Author
his talk entitled


Ray tells the story, with anecdotes and photographs of his 30+ year radio career… and how it came about. Includes stories from his time on pirate, commercial, U.S and BBC radio.
August 2022
Thu Aug 11thMeetingOur all members meeting in August at Christchurch from 2pm will be a "Summer Social"

More details to follow
September 2022
Thu Sep 8thMeetingDo join us for our monthly all members meeting at Christchurch on Thursday 8th September 2022 from 2pm, doors open from 1.30pm.

This month our speaker will be
Armed with an extensive range of memorabilia Steve takes you on a whistle-stop journey through the reign of three monarchs. Hold on to your crown and sceptre as he isn’t hanging around!

Steve started his career as a formally trained jeweller gaining The Retail Jewellers Diploma and subsequently went on to run & own his own jewellery business Elizabeth Grace for over 25 years.
He is an experienced Fine Art valuer and auctioneer having run a number of provincial sales rooms across Essex for nearly 20 years. He is also a member of a well renowned Titanic Historical Society, affectionately known as a 'Titanorak' and have been used by a number of TV production companies as a 'go-to' expert. 
Since then he has had the pleasure of speaking at over 300 engagements. His aim with all his talks is to entertain, inform but not lecture the audience. 
Thu Sep 15thOutingRomney Marsh and Hythe

This is a City and Village Tour. We meet our Blue Badge Guide at Ashford where you can purchase coffee. We then have a guided tour of Romney Marsh visiting one of the medieval churches. We stop for a fish and chip lunch at the Pilot Inn. In the afternoon we drive to Historic Hythe with its charming High Street and individual shops..

Price including gratuities and Fish and Chip lunch - £50pp. Pick ups Pick ups- Eves Corner Danbury 8.00, Asda 8.15, Writtle 8.30.