Our monthly meetings are held on the 2nd Friday of the month at 2pm in the Plantation Hall, Heybridge. We start with news and updates, usually followed by a talk by an external speaker for about an hour. Refreshments are then available and there is an opportunity to talk to other members, sign up for a visit or find out more about an interest group.

During 2019 we have had a variety of talks. To mention just a few, the lives and music of Del Shannon and Roy Orbinson, the Essex Regiment during World War One, a pictorial presentation of a day in the life of a Thames Tug. Deborah Hart demonstrated how to make a garden ornament out of willow. The Essex Search and Rescue Team gave us an interesting presentation on what they do and how they train their dogs.

Please see the Diary below for details of future talks


The Events Secretary organises a variety of visits and events, including coach trips to places of interest. Details and costs are publicised in the monthly News Sheet and booking sheets are available on the Events Secretary's table at monthly meetings. Full payment is required at the time of booking. If the trip later proves not to be viable, the money will be refunded in full. Should you need to cancel your place, the Pricing and Cancellation policy sets out the policy on refunds. To view the Policy, click on the link at the top right of the page.

Forthcoming visits are shown in the Diary below.

For further information, or to book a trip, please contact the Events Secretary using the Contacts tab above

Dates for your Diary
Fri Apr 24th Keith Lovell will be talking about History through Essex Public House Signs
Fri May 22nd The charity Remap Essex. Remap is a charity which produces aids and equipment for people with disabilities where there are no suitable alternatives. The service is free of charge and produced entirely by volunteers
Fri Jun 12th Ann Hardy will telling us about her time as a Theatrical Costumier
Fri Jul 10th Roger Dorking will be telling us about 'Tales from the Smithy'- humorous
Fri Aug 14th Ray Newman an expoliceman's talk is titled 'Finally Laid To Rest'-Essex'cold'cases.
Fri Sep 11th Denise Padfield will be giving us a photographic presentation on 'a trip on the Chelmer Blackwater Canal'
Tue Apr 21st Landguard Fort, Felixstowe
Guided tour of Landguard Fort in the morning. Visit Felixstowe museum in the afternoon
Home to Surrey County Cricket Club since 1845 and birthplace of The Ashes. See behind the scenes with this guided tour of the ground.
Cost: £30 per person
Mon Jun 15th Somerleyton House - details to follow
Thu Jul 16th SOME MOTHERS DO 'AVE 'EM - starring Joe Pasquale
Palace Theatre, Southend.
2.30 p.m matinee performance. Tickets £25.00 (coach costs tba)

Hilarious mishaps and DIY disasters are bringing the house down – quite literally! Betty has exciting news for Frank, but he’s preoccupied by possible newfound fame as a magician. With guests arriving for dinner and crossed wires all round, priceless misunderstandings are on the menu!
Fri Jul 31st Althorp House
Mon Aug 17th
→Fri Aug 21st
Monday 17th – Friday 21st August 2020
5 days, 4 nights £529.00 pp (no single supplement)

Join us on our short break to Edinburgh for a magnificent evening performance of the world-famous Tattoo. Stopping at Jorvik Viking Centre on the journey up to Scotland and Fountains Abbey on the return journey.
Price includes all coaching, entry tickets, 4 nights dinner/bed/breakfast, tickets to the Tattoo, luggage handling.

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