|MEETINGS COMMENCE AT 2.30. DOORS WILL OPEN AT 2.00.|
Our monthly meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday of the month at the Leigh Wesley Methodist Church, Elm Road, Leigh, SS9 1SJ.
PLEASE NOTE THAT DOORS ARE NOT OPEN UNTIL 2.00PM. AS SPACE FOR QUEUEING IS LIMITED, PLEASE DO NOT ARRIVE TOO EARLY.
Meetings will usually start with notices and items of group news, followed by a guest speaker. Refreshments are available afterwards so members can chat to friends or maybe the speaker.
There is no charge for attendance but please bring your Leigh Estuary U3A card to verify your membership
There is a small pay-and-display car park in Elm Road but this does fill quickly. Parking on nearby main shopping streets is limited to two hours.
If you have any suggestions for speakers, please contact our %Speaker Finder% by clicking the link.
|Dates for your Diary|
|Thu Aug 16th||Social||Summer Lunch at Saxon Hall, Aviation Way, Southend|
Tickets on sale from April onwards
£25 for a 3 course lunch with tea/coffee
Click the link on the right to view the menu
|Thu Sep 20th||Meeting||Graham Mee - RSPB |
Graham has been a volunteer for the RSPB for more than forty years and has been the Group Leader of the South East Essex RSPB Local Group for the last fourteen. After a career in Air Traffic at Southend and a spell in IT he has now retired and concentrates on his main hobby of wildlife photography. Graham is a member of our photography group and has been recommended by them as a very interesting and informative speaker.
|Thu Oct 18th||Meeting||Chief Inspector Glen Westley- Talk to be announced|
Essex Police District Commander for Castle Point and Rochford.
|Thu Nov 15th||Meeting||Geoffrey Tyack - The Victorian Buildings of London|
Geoffrey Tyack grew up in London, where he first developed an interested in the history of architecture by exploring the city’s buildings, and he went on to read history at St John’s College, Oxford, and to gain a PhD from the University of London. He has taught architectural history and the history of urban planning for many years, both in Britain and the United States. He is an emeritus Fellow of Kellogg College in the University of Oxford, a Fellow the Society of Antiquaries and of the Royal Historical Society, and a council member of the London Topographical Society. His books include Sir James Pennethorne and the Making of Victorian London (1992) and John Nash: Architect of the Picturesque (2013). He is editor of the Georgian Group Journal and is currently writing a book on the history of the British urban landscape.
|Thu Dec 6th||Meeting||Christmas Meeting|
|Thu Jan 17th||Meeting||Noel Kelleway - A History of Southend|
How much do you know about our local area?
|Thu Feb 21st||Meeting||Bob Harding-Jones - Can you help? I'm a Paramedic.|
Sharing the lighter side of 26 years on the ambulance front line.
|Thu Mar 21st||Meeting||Paul Clancy - The Art of Magic|
Paul will be telling us about the history of magic, The Magic Circle and a little about his background, which will then be followed by a cabaret show demonstrating the Art of Magic.
|Thu Apr 18th||Meeting||Chris Truran - DABS and DNA detects criminals|
Chris joined the Metropolitan Police on 6th March 1975. He trained as a scene of crime officer (SOCO) and worked in Central, North and North West London. During his 38 years he examined over 25,000 crime scenes ranging from shop-lifting to murder. When he started examining crime scenes DNA was in its embryonic stage.
Chris's talk covers the development of fingerprints from the first burglar being
arrested using fingerprints, to the development and use of DNA in 1984. He will also cover the Tsunami, Locherbie, James Hanratty and the Brighton Bombing.
|Thu May 16th||Meeting||Peter Jones - How I met Kylie Minogue|
'How I met Kylie Minogue' tells the story of what happened after I’d written my 'How To' books, how I came to write my first novel, and how Kylie broke down outside my house and needed to use my telephone – or would have done if there was any justice in this universe.
|Thu Jun 20th||Meeting||Speaker to be confirmed|
|Thu Jul 18th||Meeting||Peter Turrell - The History of Marconi|
Peter's talk covers the early days of Guglielmo Marconi coming to the UK in the late 1800's and setting up his first wireless factory in Chelmsford. His talk continues right through to the early 2000's and the modern equipment, until Peter retired from the Marconi organisation. During his career Peter was Overseas Director and in his last years Publicity Director for Marconi Communication Systems.
|Thu Aug 15th||Meeting||Speaker to be confirmed|
|Thu Sep 19th||Meeting||Judith Hood - Discovering my gift as a Medium|
|Thu Oct 17th||Meeting||Speaker to be confirmed|
|Thu Nov 21st||Meeting||Amanda Sutherland - My Creative Journey|
An exciting journey through a career in fashion design, film, TV and theatre costume. Amanda created her unique business empire consisting of bridal fascinators, vintage styling and eco accessories. Be amazed by the possibilities of using recycled materials to create stunning works of art.
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