Meetings and Outings

This page shows meetings and outings that are open to ALL Chelmsford u3a Members

Information about Chelmsford u3a Summer Coach Trips is shown below and on the Summer Coach Trips Group page.


General meetings are normally on the second Wednesday of the month and commence at 2.00pm sharp, and take place in the Church of our saviour. Ashton Place. Chelmer village. Chelmsford CM2 6ST. See the Location link for a map.

From March 2021 the U3A committee have decided to stream two talks per month via Zoom. We hope this will go some way to compensate for missing our monthly get togethers. A list of the meeting we have booked until June 2021 are listed below.

The list also includes Interest Group meetings which are on Zoom and are open to all Chelmsford u3a members.

The Zoom invite will come out as usual via Mailchimp. We hope you will enjoy the speakers and look forward to “seeing” you all at the upcoming talks.

Sue Cunnington
Speaker Organiser

Dates for your Diary
July 2021
Mon Jul 26thLondon: the City & its peopleLondon the City and its People Group
The City of Ships, Past, Present & Future Speaker Peter Lawrence
Tue Jul 27thArt AppreciationPaintings from the Netherlands by Lawrence Dunn
Starting with the ‘Garden of Earthly Delights’ by Bosch, then work by Bruegel, the Dutch Golden Age and ending with Van Gogh.
Wed Jul 28thMeeting"1066 " The events of a tumultuous year in English history and what led to them. – Eddie Wood U3A Treasurer

Interest in history is something that afflicted me in later life. My views are drawn from many and diverse sources. Whether it be from watching television programmes, listening to radio programmes or reading books I have picked up many a snippet of what is alleged to have happened in, or leading up to, 1066. I am not constrained by adherence to the doctrine of any singular ‘authority’.

“To the victor the spoils” is a well-worn adage; I tend to think that getting to write up the story of the war is one of the spoils of victory. With tumultuous events, sketchy recording and competing versions of ‘the truth’, 1066 is the perfect year for a personal interpretation.
August 2021
Tue Aug 3rdLocal HistoryMedical History on the Doorstep by Richard Pusey
Wed Aug 18thSummer Coach TripsNorwich and Kirkstead Hall.

We arrive in Norwich in time for coffee(not included in the price) You are free to explore this lovely interesting city. Maybe visit the Cathedral or the castle with its adjoining Art Gallery or just wander around the shops.

In the afternoon we will make our way to Kirkstead Hall, an Invitation to view property. Kirkstead Hall is a Grade 1 Elizabethan House. It was built on a typical E shaped plan. The house is associated with witchcraft, symbols of which can be seen in the porch.

Afternoon tea including cake and fruit scones are included in the price.

The cost of the trip is : £40.
Mon Aug 23rdLondon: the City & its peopleSpeaker to be confirmed
Tue Aug 24thArt AppreciationAn Introduction to the Art of the Renaissance Lydia Goodson (a lecturer at Learning for Pleasure in Brentwood)
Thu Aug 26thGarden Group1 Whitehouse Cottages
Blue Mill Lane
Woodham Walter
Maldon CM9 6LR
Admission £6, including refreshments.
Fri Aug 27thBirdingRye Meads
September 2021
Tue Sep 7thLocal HistoryOuting to be arranged
Fri Sep 24thBirdingTBD
Mon Sep 27thLondon: the City & its peopleMembers Memories’ of Growing up in London
Tue Sep 28thArt AppreciationAshcan 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 29thMeetingThe 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.
Thu Sep 30thGarden GroupClunes House
Toot Hill
Ongar CM5 9SF
Admission £6, refreshments £3
October 2021
Tue Oct 5thLocal HistoryHow to read the English Country Church by Rev Dr. Nicholas Henderson
Fri Oct 22ndBirdingWallasea Island
November 2021
Tue Nov 2ndLocal HistoryColchester Cannibals by Philip Lyons
Fri Nov 26thBirdingRainham