Leigh Estuary



Our monthly meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday of the month at the Leigh Wesley Methodist Church, Elm Road, Leigh, SS9 1SJ.


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
August 2018
Thu Aug 16thSocialSummer 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
September 2018
Thu Sep 20thMeetingGraham 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.
October 2018
Thu Oct 18thMeetingChief Inspector Glen Westley- Talk to be announced
Essex Police District Commander for Castle Point and Rochford.
November 2018
Thu Nov 15thMeetingGeoffrey 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.
December 2018
Thu Dec 6thMeetingChristmas Meeting
January 2019
Thu Jan 17thMeetingNoel Kelleway - A History of Southend
How much do you know about our local area?
February 2019
Thu Feb 21stMeetingBob Harding-Jones - Can you help? I'm a Paramedic.
Sharing the lighter side of 26 years on the ambulance front line.
March 2019
Thu Mar 21stMeetingPaul 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.
April 2019
Thu Apr 18thMeetingChris 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.
May 2019
Thu May 16thMeetingPeter 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.
June 2019
Thu Jun 20thMeetingSpeaker to be confirmed
July 2019
Thu Jul 18thMeetingPeter 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.
August 2019
Thu Aug 15thMeetingSpeaker to be confirmed
September 2019
Thu Sep 19thMeetingJudith Hood - Discovering my gift as a Medium
October 2019
Thu Oct 17thMeetingSpeaker to be confirmed
November 2019
Thu Nov 21stMeetingAmanda 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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