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 Sep 24th Monthly meeting starting at 2.00pm

Speaker Dr Tubbs and the subject is The Forger Tom Keeting

Groups Showcasing Jazz Appreciation and Water Colour Painting
Tue Oct 22nd Monthly meeting starting at 2.00pm

Speaker Carole Galbally

Groups Showcasing Weekenders and Family History
Tue Nov 26th Monthly meeting starting at 2.00pm

Pat Farrod will tell us about World trip on a Motor Bike

Group Showcasing Play Reading, Aviation (TBC)
Mon Dec 9th Christmas Meeting
Social Events
Sat Nov 23rd Annual Social Event at the Village Hall

We are pleased to announce Fox, Wiggle & Sass have been booked for this event.

Based in North Essex, Fox Wiggle and Sass are a live vocal harmony trio who travel the length and breadth of the UK to entertain with their eclectic, swinging feel good music. Their repertoire spans the decades with classic 1940's big band numbers, to their 'Modern Swing' set, giving you the chance to dance the night away.

The group have performed all over the UK for an incredible variety of events; from Vintage festivals to Corporate Award Ceremonies - not to mention the Christmas extravaganzas! The group provide all their own equipment for all performances, including PA, lights and background music for in between performances, should your event require it.

Further details will be updated in due course.
Art Appreciation
Thu Oct 10th Discussion topic

Modern Art
Thu Nov 14th Discussion topic

Modern Art
Bird Watching & Wildlife Group
Wed Oct 16th 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.

A short report and photo of the September visit is on our page.

Contact is Colin Martin.
Book Group
Mon Oct 21st The Book Group is meets on the THIRD MONDAY at 2-30 in the Small Hall of the Village Hall (door opposite the children’s play area).
The Group meets to review the book read the previous month and to collect their book for the month ahead.
The meeting lasts up to two hours with the essential refreshments.
Contact for the Group is Joan Martin.
Family History
Thu Sep 26th 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.
Contact is Colin Martin
Local History
Tue Oct 15th Oaklands Park Museum - organised by Jeane Bradshaw
Tue Nov 19th Silver Museum London - organised by Denise Fromling
Tue Dec 17th Planning meeting for 2020 - Aileen Langley
Tue Sep 24th Please meet at River car park, Marsh Farm Road 10.00 We will walk on river footpath via Eyotts Farm then cut through to bring us out near roundabout with Ferrers Road, we are then going to walk Albert Road, and Then go through to West Way, Hillcrest then Pertwee and on to Coffee Lounge.
Wed Sep 25th Organiser Fred Wendelken

This walk which is north west of Chelmsford on the way to Great Dunmow. The circular walk is approximately 4½ miles - fairly flat, taking in farmland, a little bit of road, plus pavements through the lovely village of Felsted. Best to wear long trousers, as there is one spot that has a lot of nettles close to the route.

We can park in the free car park next to the Church in Felsted (across the road from the Swan Public House, Station Rd, Felsted, CM6 3DG)
There are 2 pubs there, one does not serve food on Monday and the other never serves food, so Fred has suggested The White Hart at Little Waltham, CM3 3NY as a good option for lunch - as it's on our way back - about 5 mins drive from Felsted. On Mondays, there is a 2 for 1 offer on roast dinners so if you can find a partner who wants a roast, this is really good value. Their menu can be viewed on:
The manager asks if we could ring him before we set off to give him the numbers wanting to eat. It is a popular day, but he assures us he will fit us in - possibly we will be given our own room.

So if we could all meet at SWF Village Hall for car sharing at 09.45 as it can take up to 45 mins to drive there. Remember your U3A stickers/slips and please park by the hedge if leaving your car there.
Mon Oct 7th London City Walk - Guide Rob Dunn

All's fine with the Coffee Houses walk, so that's now confirmed for 7 October.

The walk will take about 90 minutes and a 2pm start would be ideal to avoid the City lunchtime crowds. However, if you'd prefer to start a little earlier that will be OK. We can agree the details nearer the time.

New prices for this year are:£9 p/p for 15 - 20 in the group. (Less than 15 will cost £10p/p).

As I will be away during the last week of September, please can you let me know as soon as possible, if you want to be added to the list for this walk. If there are still places when I return, I will open the walk up to other CV U3A members.

I will email those interested, more details and train times nearer the time.
Wed Oct 23rd TBC - Organiser Geoff Thompson
Wed Nov 27th TBC - Organiser Alan & Pat Birch
Wine Appreciation Group2
Fri Oct 11th Wine evening hosted by Marion
Fri Nov 8th Wine evening hosted Alan & Janice
Fri Dec 13th Wine evening hosted by John & Vera Acklaw