Events 2018

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
December 2018
Mon Dec 17thFlower ArrangingChristmas Social
The Hub. Dunmow. 1.30pm
Tue Dec 18thCycling includes Electric CyclingPlease 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 18thLine Dancingcancelled
Tue Dec 18thPhotography2.30 pm at The Community Hub
Topic - World War I - 100Years
Tue Dec 25thLine DancingMerry Christmas
Fri Dec 28thLuncheon ClubYour Place -Happy Christmas.
January 2019
Tue Jan 8thLine DancingStart of the New Year Dancing
Tue Jan 15thLine DancingPriors Green Little Canfield
Tue Jan 15thLine DancingPriors Green Little Canfield
Wed Jan 16thOutingsTake 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 17thGardenGarden Group visit to Hyde Hall Winter garden. See Garden page for details.
Mon Jan 28thFamily History4.15 pm @ The Maltings
Tracing Scottish and Irish Ancestors & 1:1 help
Wed Jan 30thMeetingGuest 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.
February 2019
Sun Feb 3rdOutingsTOTEM’ — 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 14thGardenVisit to Horksley Hall. See Garden page for details.
Mon Feb 25thFamily History4.15 pm @ The Maltings
Pat & Steve Schorah – Talk: First World War.
& 1:1 help
Wed Feb 27thMeetingGuest Speaker June Barnes: Tales from a Dairy Farmer's Wife. Meeting starts 2 pm at E T Foakes Hall, Dunmow.
March 2019
Mon Mar 4thOutingsMonday 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 25thFamily History4.15 pm @ The Maltings
Robert Parker – Talk: Newspapers and Directories.
April 2019
Wed Apr 24thMeetingGuest Speaker Fran Sandham: Solo Walk Across Africa. Meeting starts 2 pm at E T Foakes Hall, Dunmow.
Mon Apr 29thFamily History4.15 pm @ The Maltings
Non-conformist records & 1:1 help
May 2019
Mon May 20thFamily History4.15 pm @ The Maltings
Travel and overseas records & 1:1 help
Wed May 29thMeetingGuest Speaker Graham Bendell: The Life of a Gamekeeper. Meeting starts 2 pm at E T Foakes Hall, Dunmow.
June 2019
Mon Jun 24thFamily History4.15 pm @ The Maltings
Robert Parker – Talk: Early parish records – the Parish Chest.
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.
July 2019
Mon Jul 22ndFamily History4.15 pm @ The Maltings
Court and Legal documents & 1:1 help
Wed Jul 31stMeetingGuest Speaker Colin Banks: Man of Hats (Humorous). Meeting starts 2 pm at E T Foakes Hall, Dunmow.
August 2019
Mon Aug 19thFamily History4.15 pm @ The Maltings
Websites & 1:1 help
September 2019
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?
October 2019
Mon Oct 14thFamily History4.15 pm @ The Maltings
Recording your family history & 1:1 help
November 2019
Mon Nov 11thFamily History4.15 pm @ The Maltings
Robert Parker – Talk: Wills pre-1858.
Wed Nov 27thMeetingRock Choir performance. Meeting starts at 2 pm, ET Foakes Hall, Dunmow.