Hullbridge Essex


Forthcoming Events

Details of forthcoming trips are included below but also check our latest Newsletter for information about other trips being planned for the future.

Our aim is to make our trips as enjoyable and varied as possible, with consideration to learning, fun and friendship, whilst keeping the costs affordable.

Sometimes we have late cancellations, usually due to ill health, in which case you may receive a call if your name is on the waiting list. So do not give up if you think the list is full, you may still have a chance. It is sometimes worth calling me to check.

If you find that you are unable to keep a booking you have made, let me know, as it will free the place for someone else. Remember to write what you are paying for on the back of your cheques, and if you have them ready at the general meeting, it will speed things up.

Please make cheques payable to Hullbridge U3A, with details on reverse, to pay in at meeting.

Social Secretary: Pam Watson-Jones

Recent events

Alexandra Palace
The 6th January seems such a long time ago, when we had our tour of East Wing and restored Theatre at Alexandra Palace. This had taken some time to organize, as we were one of the very the first groups to visit.

Arriving to a warm welcome, we split into two and with two guides to each group we were shown around the East Wing and the restored Theatre. Much work had been undertaken with Heritage Grants and fund raising, walls have not been restored to its original furnishings as when first built, but sustained in a way that no more harm would come to the interior, to retain not restore and with new flooring, and new stage.

The theatre has a new stage, we tried the comfortable seating and were impressed with the great view with no obstruction from wherever you sat. You certainly felt you were going back in time, to how it must have felt years ago. This is certainly a venue that we will visit for a show.

Alexandra Palace is massive; it was built for the people, for their recreation. High up on the hill, it is surrounded by its own park, with amazing views all around. First opened in 1873 on Queen Victoria’s 54th Birthday it was destroyed 16 days later by a fire in the dome.Two years later, it was rebuilt even bigger than before, covering 7 acres.

Alexandra Palace has exhibition halls, a permanent ice rink, many live sports are held and filmed here. It is an icon of a building that gives so much to the people with more restoration work yet to come.

Radio was first broadcast from Alexandra Palace, and with further grants, work will start to refurbish this area, to make it into a museum. Look out for a further visit yet to be planned so that more of our U3A members can look around.
After coffee, we took a coach tour around Hampstead village, with a Blue Badge Guide on board, who pointed out interesting facts and places. Then a short walk and wander around Spitalfields Market before finishing at Happy Days for a meal before leaving for home.



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Dates for your Diary
Tue Jul 16th General meeting. Speaker to be confirmed.
Tue Sep 17th General Meeting. Speaker to be confirmed.
Tue Oct 15th Vic Botrill: Nursery Rhyme Detective.

Vic will give a talk on nursery rhymes and the hidden meanings and stories behind them.
Tue Nov 19th Danielle Barnett: My Career as a Singer/Songwriter.

Daniel has been working for twenty years as a singer and songwriter and will give us an insight into the world of show business.
Sat Jun 29th Visit to the. Village of Hemmington Abbots. £21.

Over 20 gardens will be open, some serving refreshments, and other events will be taking place. St Margaret’s Church will be decorated by the village Flower Guild.
Sun Jul 7th Sunday 7th July 2019. Visit to Hampton Court Garden Festival. £43.50.
There will be workshops, cookery demonstrations and show gardens open.
Thu Jul 25th Visit to the Big Cat Sanctuary on Thursday 25th July 2019. Cost £35.
Sat Sep 7th Saturday 7th September 2019. Visit to RHS Garden Wisley flower show. £15.
Mon Sep 30th Monday 30th September 2019 visit to Dover Castle. £15.

Visit Dover Castle and experience Operation Dynamo. A special guided tour takes you into the secret war-time tunnels deep inside the White cliffs of Dover.
Sat Dec 7th Visit to Rochester Dickensian Festival on Saturday 7th December, 2019. Cost £15.
Social Events
Tue Dec 17th Tuesday 17th December 2019. Keep this date free for our annual Christmas Party.
Details to follow.