Crouch Valley


All that is going on in our U3A can be found in the sections below. This information depends on the members keeping the webmaster informed of the activities of their groups and any changes to those arrangements. So please contact Don Wragg by using the Contact page and help keep this page up to date and useful.

Dates for your Diary
Tue Feb 25th Monthly Meeting starting at 2.00pm

James Taylor speaking about forgotten art of picture card 1840 to 1950's
Tue Mar 24th Monthly Meeting starting at 2.00pm

Arthur Brooks speaking about History of Music Hall Part 2
Tue Apr 28th Annual General Meeting starting at 2.00pm
Tue May 26th Monthly Meeting starting at 2.00pm

Saffron Summerfield speaking about Milton Keynes to Mississippi - Guitar Music
Tue Jun 23rd Monthly Meeting starting at 2.00pm

Keith Sargeant talking about Life of a Fireman Part 2
Tue Jul 28th Monthly Meeting starting at 2.00pm

Joani St Clare - Pilates Demonstartion
Social Events
Tue Mar 31st Quiz Night - It will be held in Champions Manor for a 7.30pm start

Each table to have a maximum of 6 people with a cost of £2.50 par person.
Sun May 24th Date provisionally set the Cream Tea at the Scout Hut.

Details to follow.
Sun Aug 2nd Date provisionally set for the summer Hog Roast at the Scout Hut

Price will be £8per person with full details to follow
Sat Nov 28th Dance - Village Hall

Details to follow but please place in your diaries
Wed Dec 16th Christmas Party - Village Hall
Bird Watching & Wildlife Group
Wed Feb 19th The Bird Watching Group makes visits to reserves on each third Wednesday of the month.
This usually takes place between the rush hours and we often call somewhere near to lunch after the walk.
The group receives an email a week before the visit to give details of the venue.

Contact is Colin Martin.
Family History
Thu Feb 27th The Family History Group meets in the upstairs back room of the Village Hall on the fourth Thursday of the month from 10 till 12.

We usually have a feature for the first part of the meeting, such as a presentation or talk by a member. Then a break for refreshment.
As we are able to access Wi-Fi, we then help each other with our research.
If you are not a member of the group but would like to find out about family history and how you get started, please come along and join us.

Notes for last year are on a sub page under ‘A brief look at the Family History Group’s activities in 2019’. Please go to the Family History Group page for this.

Contact is Colin Martin
Mon Mar 16th Beth Chatto Gardens

Organiser is Lesley Dearing,info to be circulated nearer the date.
Thu Apr 2nd Plant swap meeting. Ken & Teri Walker 2pm
Wed Apr 15th Worley Place Gardens

We have been here before but worth going back.
Thu May 21st Chippings Colchester.CO11 2UZ

A new garden for the group, organised by Sue Jacobs. Cost £4. Tea and cake will be extra.

This is a provisional date as it could be arranged for May 22nd. Details to follow.
Wed Jun 3rd Creaksea Manor.

£7 for a guided tour. Organised by, Sylvie LaBeau.

More information to follow.
Mon Jul 20th Hyde Hall RHS picnic in the garden and possible talk by one of the groundsmen.

To be organised by Lesley Dearing
Fri Aug 21st plant Swap meeting.

David Shea House possible BBQ 3PM
Tue Sep 8th Valentines Park

A new one for the group. Ray Burns to organise.
Jazz Appreciation
Wed Feb 19th Visit to the Belvedere to see the Mick Foster Quartet.
Mick is a local lad from Southend who plays Baritone Saxophone. We have seen him several times and he has always been excellent.
Wed Apr 1st This evening we’re going to the Belvedere to see Dave Browning’s Jazz Cats.
Dave is a pianist we have all seen several times and his band play the kind of 30s Dixieland jazz associated with Eddie Condon and Wild Bill Davidson. It should prove to be an exhilarating evening’s music.
Wed Apr 8th The Belvedere club is hosting Georgina Jackson’s Big Band this evening. She is an outstanding vocalist and has appeared at the club with other people’s bands in the past but tonight she will be there with her own. It’s an evening to look forward to.
Local History
Tue Mar 17th Mayor's Office, Chelmsford Organiser: Linda Denton
Tue Apr 21st RNIB HQ, London Organiser: Aileen Langley
Tue May 19th Eltham Palace Organisers: Lorraine Hayward & Wendy Rogers
Tue Jun 16th Chatham Dock Yard Organisers: Marion Taylor & Margaret Harrison
Tue Jul 21st Mersea Barrows & Radio Caroline Organiser: Aileen Langley
Tue Aug 18th Kelvedon Hatch Bunker Organiser: Sylvie Barnett
Tue Sep 15th Waltham Abbey & The Royal Gunpowder Mills

Organisers: Joyce Sach & David Shea
Tue Oct 20th Stansted Airport Organiser: Denise Fromling
Tue Nov 17th Geffrye Museum Organisers: Lynda & Ray Burns
Tue Dec 15th Planning Meeting at the Village Hall
Maldon & Dist Cluster Group
Wed May 13th Cyber Crime Presentation by Barry Linton, Thorpe Bay U3A and David Anthony of Essex Police

Maldon Town Hall, Market Hill, Maldon

If members are interested can you please contact the following person

Shirley Macro either by e-mail or telephone number 01621 854856.

Please give your name, a contact number or email, and their home U3A.

This is in order that a record of who is coming from where. I will prepare a register for the day.
Wed Feb 26th Peter Keens - Walk from Rodney pub in Little Baddow.
Wed Mar 25th Fred Wendleken - TBA
Mon Apr 6th Andy Hudson - Youngs End via Great Notley Country Park
Wed Apr 29th Ken & Terri Walker - TBA
Mon May 11th

Ford Street * River Colne - Rosemary & Dave Green

Wed May 27th Gt Stambridge - Cathy Howes & Jean Nifton
Mon Jun 8th TBA
Wed Jun 24th TBA - June & Julie
Mon Jul 13th TBA - Ian & Carole Robinson
Wed Jul 29th Stowmaries Airfield - Don Wragg
Mon Aug 10th TBA - Richard Bradshaw
Wed Aug 26th TBA - Jane & Dave Peachey
Mon Sep 14th Langham - Pat & Alan Birch
Wed Sep 30th East Mersea - Kath & John Gable
Mon Oct 12th TBA
Wed Oct 28th TBA - Geoff Thompson
Wed Nov 25th TBA
Wine Appreciation Group2
Fri Mar 13th Hosted by - John & Anne Rowland
Fri May 1st Hosted by - Marion Taylor
Fri Jun 12th Hosted by - Alan & Janice Pearson
Fri Jul 10th Hosted by - Cathy & Paul Howes
Fri Aug 14th Hosted by - Gill & Don Wragg
Fri Sep 11th Hosting TBA
Fri Oct 9th Hosted by - Sharon Victory
Fri Nov 13th Hosted by - John & Vera Acklaw
Fri Dec 11th Hosted by - Sue Jacobs - Christmas Special