Dunmow

Events 2019

Monthly meetings are held at 2.00pm on the Last Wednesday of each month at the E T Foakes Memorial Hall, Stortford Road, Dunmow. They will include a Speaker and news of 'What's On', the opportunity to meet our Group facilitators and to view suggestions for new interest Groups

Note - Event dates for Groups are provisional. Always make contact with the Group Leader to confirm an event is taking place as adverised.

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Dates for your Diary
April 2019
Wed Apr 24thMeetingGuest Speaker Fran Sandham: Solo Walk Across Africa. Meeting starts 2 pm at E T Foakes Hall, Dunmow.
Wed Apr 24thCycling includes Electric CyclingMeet at Priors Green Car Park, Takeley, to ride to Hatfield Broad Oak and Hatfield Forest. 9.30 a.m.
Thu Apr 25thGardenGarden Group visit to Birchanger Woods
Thu Apr 25thCroquet ClubPlaying at Gardens of Easton Lodge, Park Road, Little Easton
three sessions:
10am, 12:30pm and 5pm
Fri Apr 26thLuncheon ClubThe Luncheon Club will be meeting. Venue and Host to be announced.
Fri Apr 26thLuncheon ClubThe Luncheon Club will be Hosted by Jenny and John and will be on the 26 April 2019 at The Hare at Roxwell
Mon Apr 29thWalkingWalk around Clare and Clare Castle on the river Stour on the Suffolk border led by John Hardy.
Meet at the Dourdan carpark at 9:30am
Mon Apr 29thFamily History4.15 pm @ The Maltings
Non-conformist records & 1:1 help
Mon Apr 29thFlower Arranging1.30pm - 3.30pm. BANKS COURT. Dunmow
Tue Apr 30thWine AppreciationWines from East of Suez
Tue Apr 30thLine DancingPriors Green Little Canfield
May 2019
Wed May 1stCycling includes Electric Cycling9.30 a.m.Meet at Dourdon Pavilion to ride to Stebbing and Great Barfield. N.B This ride is slightly over 20 miles.
Thu May 2ndCroquet ClubPlaying at The Gardens of Easton Lodge, Park Street, Little Eason

10am, 12:30pm and 5pm
Tue May 7thLine DancingPriors Green Little Canfield
Tue May 7thLine DancingPriors Green Little Canfield
Thu May 9thCroquet ClubPlaying at The Gardens of Easton Lodge, Park Street, Little Eason

10am, 12:30pm and 5pm
Thu May 16thCreative WritingAngel & Harp Public House - 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm
Thu May 16thCroquet ClubPlaying at The Gardens of Easton Lodge, Park Street, Little Eason

10am, 12:30pm and 5pm
Fri May 17thGardenNational Flower Show at Hylands Park. See Garden page for details.
Mon May 20thFamily History4.15 pm @ The Maltings
Travel and overseas records & 1:1 help
Tue May 21stPhotography2.30 pm at The Community Hub
Topic - Transport In Motion
Wed May 22ndNature WalksNature walk at Aubrey Buxton Nature Reserve, Stansted.
Thu May 23rdCroquet ClubPlaying at The Gardens of Easton Lodge, Park Street, Little Eason

10am, 12:30pm and 5pm
Fri May 24thLuncheon ClubThe Luncheon Club will be hosted by Brenda and will be at the Nags Head Bishop Stortford.
Tue May 28thWine AppreciationMerlot versus Malbec!
Wed May 29thMeetingGuest Speaker Graham Bendell: The Life of a Gamekeeper. Meeting starts 2 pm at E T Foakes Hall, Dunmow.
Wed May 29thOutingsA Day Out in Norfolk — a repeat of one of last year's most popular Outings. SOLD OUT
Enjoy a cruise in the luxury paddle-boat Southern Comfort on the River Bure, from the village of Horning. On for lunch (or bring your own picnic) at the popular restaurant at Wroxham Barns craft centre. Then on to East Ruston Old Vicarage, a remarkable 32-acre garden with exuberant and innovative planting alongside more traditional formal design.
Coach will leave Don’s Coaches’ yard at 7:45 am (Flitch House 7:50, Takeley Four Ashes 8:00). Return to Dunmow about 7:30 pm.
Thu May 30thGardenVisit to Beeleigh Abbey Gardens. See Garden page for details.
Thu May 30thCroquet ClubPlaying at The Gardens of Easton Lodge, Park Street, Little Eason

10am, 12:30pm and 5pm
June 2019
Thu Jun 6thCroquet ClubPlaying at The Gardens of Easton Lodge, Park Street, Little Eason

10am, 12:30pm and 5pm
Thu Jun 13thCroquet ClubPlaying at The Gardens of Easton Lodge, Park Street, Little Eason

10am, 12:30pm and 5pm
Tue Jun 18thPhotography2.30 pm at The Community Hub
Topic - Non-mammalian Animals
Wed Jun 19thNature WalksNature walk at Marks Hall Arboretum
Thu Jun 20thCreative WritingAngel & Harp Public House - 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm
Thu Jun 20thCroquet ClubPlaying at The Gardens of Easton Lodge, Park Street, Little Eason

10am, 12:30pm and 5pm
Fri Jun 21stOutingsBlenheim Palace Flower Show
A chance to visit what is undoubtedly Britain's greatest palace, a jewel set in the Park created in the English landscape garden style by Lancelot 'Capability' Brown. The seventh Palace Flower Show will feature the Grand Floral Marquee celebrating the very best of gardening, home and lifestyle, with show gardens and the shopping village to explore, and talks and discussions led by the professionals.
Cost £30 (Show & Grounds only), or £38 (Palace, Show & Grounds)
Coach will leave Don’s Coaches’ yard at 8:00 am (Flitch House 8:05, Takeley Four Ashes 8:20). Return about 8:30 – 9:00 pm.
Mon Jun 24thFamily History4.15 pm @ The Maltings
Robert Parker – Talk: Early parish records – the Parish Chest.
Tue Jun 25thWine AppreciationWines to go with summer salads
Wed Jun 26thMeetingANNUAL GENERAL MEETING. Guest Speaker Tony Harris: Henry VIII, England's Favourite King. Hilarious in costume. Meeting starts 2 pm at E T Foakes Hall, Dunmow.
Thu Jun 27thGardenGarden Group visit to Wisley. Other U3A members welcome if there are spaces left after the Garden Group have priority.
Thu Jun 27thCroquet ClubPlaying at The Gardens of Easton Lodge, Park Street, Little Eason

10am, 12:30pm and 5pm
Fri Jun 28thLuncheon ClubThe Luncheon Club will be hosted by Tessa and Oliver at a venue to be confirmed.
July 2019
Wed Jul 3rdOutingsVAN GOGH at Tate Britain SOLD OUT
This major exhibition brings together 45 works by Vincent van Gogh to reveal how he was inspired by Britain and how he inspired British artists.
£39 Full details on the outings page.
Thu Jul 4thCroquet ClubPlaying at The Gardens of Easton Lodge, Park Street, Little Eason

10am, 12:30pm and 5pm
Wed Jul 10thOutingsGreat Gardens of Kent: Sissinghurst Castle and Great Comp Garden SOLD OUT
A visit to two of Southeast England’s most sensational gardens.
Vita Sackville-West's Sissinghurst Castle garden contains an internationally respected plant collection. The famous White Garden is considered the most renowned and most influential of all. After lunch in the castle’s restaurant, we will visit Great Comp Garden, an exceptionally beautiful 7-acre site surrounding an early 17th century manor.
Our coach will leave Don’s Coaches’ yard at 8:20 am, Flitch House at 8:30, Takeley Four Ashes at 8:45). Return to Dunmow about 6:30 – 7:00 pm.
Thu Jul 11thCroquet ClubPlaying at The Gardens of Easton Lodge, Park Street, Little Eason

10am, 12:30pm and 5pm
Tue Jul 16thPhotography2.30 pm at The Community Hub
Topic - On Holiday
Thu Jul 18thCroquet ClubPlaying at The Gardens of Easton Lodge, Park Street, Little Eason

10am, 12:30pm and 5pm
Mon Jul 22ndFamily History4.15 pm @ The Maltings
Court and Legal documents & 1:1 help
Wed Jul 24thNature WalksNature walk at RSPB Rye Meads
Thu Jul 25thCroquet ClubPlaying at The Gardens of Easton Lodge, Park Street, Little Eason

10am, 12:30pm and 5pm
Fri Jul 26thLuncheon ClubThe Luncheon Club will be meeting. Venue and Host to be announced.
Tue Jul 30thWine AppreciationWines from Eastern Europe
Wed Jul 31stMeetingGuest Speaker Colin Banks: Man of Hats (Humorous). Meeting starts 2 pm at E T Foakes Hall, Dunmow.
August 2019
Thu Aug 1stCroquet ClubPlaying at The Gardens of Easton Lodge, Park Street, Little Eason

10am, 12:30pm and 5pm
Thu Aug 8thCroquet ClubPlaying at The Gardens of Easton Lodge, Park Street, Little Eason

10am, 12:30pm and 5pm
Thu Aug 15thCroquet ClubPlaying at The Gardens of Easton Lodge, Park Street, Little Eason

10am, 12:30pm and 5pm
Sat Aug 17thOutingsThe Shuttleworth ‘Flying Proms’ at Old Warden Aerodrome
Visit one of the most prestigious aeronautical and automotive museums in the world, with around 40 airworthy old planes dating from both World Wars and earlier.
The 22nd Flying Proms blends exquisite flying in display sequences with classical music played live by the National Symphony Orchestra in a familiar 'Last Night of the Proms' programme, ending with a firework display.
Stroll around the Swiss Garden and visit Shuttleworth House, which will be open for viewing and refreshments.
Cost £57
Coach will leave Don’s Coaches’ yard at 12:30 pm (Flitch House 12:35, Takeley Four Ashes 12:50). Return to Dunmow between 11:30 pm and midnight.
Mon Aug 19thFamily History4.15 pm @ The Maltings
Websites & 1:1 help
Tue Aug 20thPhotography2.30 pm at The Community Hub
Topic - Macro
Thu Aug 22ndCroquet ClubPlaying at The Gardens of Easton Lodge, Park Street, Little Eason

10am, 12:30pm and 5pm
Tue Aug 27thWine AppreciationCab Sav revisited!
Thu Aug 29thCroquet ClubPlaying at The Gardens of Easton Lodge, Park Street, Little Eason

10am, 12:30pm and 5pm
Fri Aug 30thLuncheon ClubThe Luncheon Club will be meeting. Venue and Host to be announced.
September 2019
Thu Sep 5thCroquet ClubPlaying at The Gardens of Easton Lodge, Park Street, Little Eason

10am, 12:30pm and 5pm
Thu Sep 12thCroquet ClubPlaying at The Gardens of Easton Lodge, Park Street, Little Eason

10am, 12:30pm and 5pm
Tue Sep 17thOutingsFarmer Barnes' Dairy
Those of you who were at the last U3A monthly meeting will remember meeting Jane Barnes from Farmer Barnes’ Dairy. During her fascinating talk she invited us to come to the dairy for a conducted tour. And that is precisely what we intend to do.

Leaving Dunmow at 8.45 we should be in the Melton Mowbray area by 10.30 to 11 am. There we will go to Gates Garden Centre (well known to many) where it will be possible to get lunch and enjoy a good look round. At 2pm we move on to the dairy for our tour, led by Jane herself. We aim to leave the dairy by 5pm, returning to Dunmow by 7.30 to 8 pm - traffic permitting as always. The cost will be £38 each.
Tue Sep 17thPhotography2.30 pm at The Community Hub
Topic - Inspired Photography
Thu Sep 19thCroquet ClubPlaying at The Gardens of Easton Lodge, Park Street, Little Eason

10am, 12:30pm and 5pm
Wed Sep 25thMeetingGuest Speaker Nick Barratt: Behind the Senes at “Who Do You Think You Are?” Meeting starts 2 pm at E T Foakes Hall, Dunmow.
Wed Sep 25thFamily HistoryJoint Meeting With U3A
2.00 pm @ The Foakes Hall
Nick Barratt – Talk: Behind the scenes of the BBC TV programme “Who do you think you are?
Thu Sep 26thCroquet ClubPlaying at The Gardens of Easton Lodge, Park Street, Little Eason

10am, 12:30pm and 5pm
Fri Sep 27thLuncheon ClubThe Luncheon Club will be meeting. Venue and Host to be announced.
Fri Sep 27thLuncheon ClubThe Luncheon Club will be meeting. Venue and Host to be announced.
October 2019
Tue Oct 1stOutingsThe Autumn and Winter outings programme is under development.
Full details will follow soon - so please - WATCH THIS SPACE.
Thu Oct 3rdCroquet ClubPlaying at The Gardens of Easton Lodge, Park Street, Little Eason

10am, 12:30pm and 5pm
Thu Oct 10thCroquet ClubPlaying at The Gardens of Easton Lodge, Park Street, Little Eason
10am, 12:30pm and 5pm
This will be the last Club day of the season and will be resumed after Easter next year.
Mon Oct 14thFamily History4.15 pm @ The Maltings
Recording your family history & 1:1 help
Tue Oct 15thPhotography2.30 pm at The Community Hub
Fri Oct 25thLuncheon ClubThe Luncheon Club will be meeting. Venue and Host to be announced.
Fri Oct 25thLuncheon ClubThe Luncheon Club will be meeting. Venue and Host to be announced.
Wed Oct 30thMeetingGuest Speaker Peter Layzell: My Life as a Rural Sergeant. Meeting starts 2 pm at E T Foakes Hall, Dunmow.
November 2019
Mon Nov 11thFamily History4.15 pm @ The Maltings
Robert Parker – Talk: Wills pre-1858.
Tue Nov 19thPhotography2.30 pm at The Community Hub
Wed Nov 27thMeetingRock Choir performance. Meeting starts at 2 pm, ET Foakes Hall, Dunmow.
Fri Nov 29thLuncheon ClubThe Luncheon Club will be meeting. Venue and Host to be announced.
December 2019
Tue Dec 17thPhotography2.30 pm at The Community Hub
Fri Dec 27thLuncheon ClubTime off for Good behaviour.