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



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We visited Hemingford Abbots at the end of June, a truly chocolate box village with thatched roofed properties, many villagers opened their gardens, and gave up much of their time for charity the day included entertainment provided by Morris Dancers, a band, classic cars, and a popular boat ride from one of the gardens that a few of us managed to book.

A much cooler day would have been preferable as we all found that regular resting in the shade with refreshments was a necessity it being the hottest day of the year. This also meant that there was not enough time to see all the gardens.
One exceptional garden had a number of circular flower beds, each with some sort of sculpture, the garden then widened into woods, we walked through the woods, that surprisingly lead to a large open grassed area flanked by the River Ouse, this property had its own landing stage with boat and lily pads, where we could also sit and enjoy the view of the river and fields beyond.

At the church we received a warm welcome by the female vicar . The church was beautifully decorated with flowers, and together with a lady harpist playing was both restful as well as a good meeting place to enjoy each other’s company, we left with a farewell by the male vicar.
The event was well organised by the local village people who were extremely helpful prior and during our visit. We could have enjoyed the day more, had it been much cooler.
Our visit to Hemingford Abbots will definitely be repeated in 2021 when with better planning we will also have more time there.

Hampton Court Flower Show, how lucky it was that the only rain we had was on the way there, yet again why do I have to mention the weather? maybe it’s because the last time we went, it rained all day. (as it has on some of our other trips!!).
This was the first year that there was music at the flower show, it gave a good ambiance, and nice for people to sit and listen to, whilst resting or picnicking,

Bargains were to be had from 4pm when plants were sold off, whether they were free standing or buried in the ground, most was for sale. It was interesting people watching , who were heavily laden with their bags and trolleys full of standard roses, large dahlia plants, grasses and much more were being transported back to their vehicles.
Leaving at 6pm gave us a more leisurely time to make our purchases and also meant we missed the heavy traffic when most people left, it was good to see that the boot of our coach was full of colourful plants. It was a satisfying day out, with plenty to see and buy.

N.B I have sent a report in to the organizers to say that it is too long a walk to and from the coach park to the show, and hope notice is taken for future years. Also that some of the marshalls on the gates, were not aware what gate they were on.

Dates for your Diary
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.
Fri Oct 18th Friday 18th October 2019 visit to Sizewell B Power Station Visitor Centre, Lewiston, Suffolk. £15.
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.