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 Facilitator to confirm an event is taking place as adverised.
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|Dates for your Diary|
|Mon Dec 17th||Flower Arranging||Christmas Social|
The Hub. Dunmow. 1.30pm
|Tue Dec 18th||Cycling includes Electric Cycling||Please note change of day to a Tuesday this time and a later start. Canfield, Broxted circuit. Meet at 11 a.m. at Tesco. Please note there will be a light lunch pub stop to celebrate Christmas rather than just coffee this time.|
|Tue Dec 18th||Line Dancing||cancelled|
|Tue Dec 18th||Photography||2.30 pm at The Community Hub|
Topic - World War I - 100Years
|Tue Dec 25th||Line Dancing||Merry Christmas|
|Fri Dec 28th||Luncheon Club||Your Place -Happy Christmas.|
|Tue Jan 8th||Line Dancing||Start of the New Year Dancing|
|Tue Jan 15th||Line Dancing||Priors Green Little Canfield|
|Tue Jan 15th||Line Dancing||Priors Green Little Canfield|
|Wed Jan 16th||Outings||Take a trip to London to Trafalgar Square and the National Galleries, Leicester Square, Piccadilly or South Bank – you choose. EXTRA SEATS NOW AVAILABLE - BUT HURRY!|
This outing allows you to create your own itinerary. For example:
The National Gallery which is free to visit or you could take in the Courtauld Impressionists: From Manet to Cézanne for just £7.50. There is also the Mantegna and Bellini exhibition which costs £14 (or £12 if you pre-book on line).
The National Portrait Gallery is also free of charge unless you want to see the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize which is £3.50 for concessions. Or alternatively go to see the Gainsborough’s family album exhibition for £12.50.
Also in the area around Trafalgar Square: Stroll up to Leicester Square and along to Piccadilly. Visit Fortnum and Mason’s for a pack of the Queen’s blend of tea then through the Burlington Arcade and on to Regent Street.
Alternatively, walk down to the Thames and cross the Golden Jubilee bridges to Southbank for restaurants, the ‘Eye’ and London Aquarium.
The coach will leave Dunmow at 9am from Don’s, 9.05 from Flitch House and 9.20 from Takeley. We should arrive in the Trafalgar Square area by 11.00. This will give you over 4 hours before we meet again at the coach stop to leave at 3.30pm, arriving back in Dunmow at around 5.30/6pm (traffic permitting).
The cost of the coach journey is just £17 per person.
|Thu Jan 17th||Garden||Garden Group visit to Hyde Hall Winter garden. See Garden page for details.|
|Mon Jan 28th||Family History||4.15 pm @ The Maltings|
Tracing Scottish and Irish Ancestors & 1:1 help
|Wed Jan 30th||Meeting||Guest Speaker Fiona Fraser-Thomson: God Made Mauritius — History of Wildlife, Flora and Fauna. A snapshot. Meeting starts 2 pm at E T Foakes Hall, Dunmow.|
|Sun Feb 3rd||Outings||‘TOTEM’ — Cirque du Soleil, at the Royal Abert Hall|
If you have never seen Cirque du Soleil before then prepare to be amazed. If you have seen them before then you already know that this will be a night to remember. The show is a stunning synthesis of high-calibre circus skills and styles from around the world, performed to continuous live music, with performers rather than stagehands changing the props. See Outings page for full details.
Cost £75. The coach will leave Don's Coaches' depot at 5:00 pm, the Flitch House at 5:05 pm and Takeley Four Ashes at 5:15 pm. Back in Dunmow around 11:30 pm. Payment by 11 January.
|Thu Feb 14th||Garden||Visit to Horksley Hall. See Garden page for details.|
|Mon Feb 25th||Family History||4.15 pm @ The Maltings|
Pat & Steve Schorah – Talk: First World War.
& 1:1 help
|Wed Feb 27th||Meeting||Guest Speaker June Barnes: Tales from a Dairy Farmer's Wife. Meeting starts 2 pm at E T Foakes Hall, Dunmow.|
|Mon Mar 4th||Outings||Monday 4th March: A Day Out At The Museums Of South Kensington.|
How long has it been since you last visited the museums at South Kensington?
In my teens, I used to go with my friends every few months, particularly to the Science and Natural History museums. Then again with my own children and now grandchildren want to visit them. But sometimes the years go by and suddenly you realise that it has been ages since walking through the V & A and what about the Geological museum – has it changed?
If, like me, you think it might be time to reacquaint yourself with one or more of the wonderful museums in South Ken., then this is the day out for you and for just £17 per person.
We will leave Dunmow at 9.00 am to arrive around 11.00 am, which will give us four and a half hours to explore, before catching the coach at 3.30 pm for the journey home. We hope to arrive back at around 5.30 pm – traffic permitting.
(Pick ups as usual at Don’s (9.00 am) Flitch House (9.05 am) and Takeley (9.20).
|Mon Mar 25th||Family History||4.15 pm @ The Maltings|
Robert Parker – Talk: Newspapers and Directories.
|Wed Apr 24th||Meeting||Guest Speaker Fran Sandham: Solo Walk Across Africa. Meeting starts 2 pm at E T Foakes Hall, Dunmow.|
|Mon Apr 29th||Family History||4.15 pm @ The Maltings|
Non-conformist records & 1:1 help
|Mon May 20th||Family History||4.15 pm @ The Maltings|
Travel and overseas records & 1:1 help
|Wed May 29th||Meeting||Guest Speaker Graham Bendell: The Life of a Gamekeeper. Meeting starts 2 pm at E T Foakes Hall, Dunmow.|
|Mon Jun 24th||Family History||4.15 pm @ The Maltings|
Robert Parker – Talk: Early parish records – the Parish Chest.
|Wed Jun 26th||Meeting||ANNUAL 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.|
|Mon Jul 22nd||Family History||4.15 pm @ The Maltings|
Court and Legal documents & 1:1 help
|Wed Jul 31st||Meeting||Guest Speaker Colin Banks: Man of Hats (Humorous). Meeting starts 2 pm at E T Foakes Hall, Dunmow.|
|Mon Aug 19th||Family History||4.15 pm @ The Maltings|
Websites & 1:1 help
|Wed Sep 25th||Meeting||Guest 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 25th||Family History||Joint 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?
|Mon Oct 14th||Family History||4.15 pm @ The Maltings|
Recording your family history & 1:1 help
|Mon Nov 11th||Family History||4.15 pm @ The Maltings|
Robert Parker – Talk: Wills pre-1858.
|Wed Nov 27th||Meeting||Rock Choir performance. Meeting starts at 2 pm, ET Foakes Hall, Dunmow.|