Stanford-Le-Hope & District

Events

Check this page for MEETINGS - OUTINGS - TRIPS.

MEETINGS
The monthly meeting takes place on the afternoon of the second Thursday of the month at The Springhouse, Sport and Function Suite, Springhouse Road, Corringham, SS17 8QT.

Doors open at 1.45pm and the meeting commences at 2:00pm. Please can members help us by not arriving at the Hall until 1.30pm which is the time from which we have the Hall officially booked. Committee Members and Speakers need time to set up the room to be able to deal with things such as the projector, attendance, membership and distribution of Newsletters.

Admittance to the General Meetings is by membership card only (insurance reasons) If you forget your card you will need to sign in with John Green, the membership Secretary.
Please also note we have a practice to prevent MOBILE PHONES sounding during our meetings. This is both disruptive and distracting to the person speaking to us and to other members close by. We would prefer you to turn OFF your phone but accept there are circumstances where it may be required to be on. In this case please ensure it is set to SILENT and it may be advantageous for you to seat yourself towards the rear of the hall.

Our General meetings will usually follow the format:
Please note that all timings are approximate and will depend upon prevailing events.

  • Tickets for trips, shows, events, the raffle, etc. will be on sale from 1:30pm until the start of the meeting.
  • The meeting starts at 2:00pm with a welcoming introduction from our Chairman and some notices.
  • We will have a tea break at 2.15pm
  • Tickets for the raffle will be on sale during the tea break.
  • Tickets for trips, shows, events, etc. will be on sale during the tea break and at the end of the meeting. Please see Buying and Selling Tickets for events
  • An Event Booking Form can be downloaded here. We have added a new pick up point.
  • The raffle will be drawn at the end of the tea break.
  • This is followed by a talk from an interesting guest speaker starting at 2.45pm.
  • Following the speaker at 3.45pm we will continue ticket sales if required and any other announcements.
  • The meeting formally ends at 4:00pm.

GUEST SPEAKERS

We are always interested to find new speakers for our General Meetings. If you have a presentation or talk that you think would be suitable for a General Meeting, or have any suggestions for other speakers and topics, please email via the CONTACT page or contact a committee member.

U3A Events Mailing List
To receive updates regarding U3A events direct to your email inbox, sign up to the events mailing list, link above. Your email address will only be used for this purpose, and never passed on to third parties. Please see also U3A Sponsored Events. If you have registered and are logging into the National U3A website

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TRAVELLING AND PARKING ADVICE

Travelling to Events by Rail
Some of our Interest Groups use the local rail company c2c to get to an event in say London. It is possible to pay for this trip in a number of ways We have listed what is available and how to get the best price for your ticket. See Rail Travel

Parking your car
If you park in Stanford-le-Hope or at the Springhouse club in Corringham please read our advice. See Parking your car!


Dates for your Diary
Meetings
Thu Mar 12th Arthur Brooks - Old Time Musicals - 'A Taste of Musical'
Thu Apr 9th Deborah Brady - 'A Female in Fleet Street' My Life as a Former Photo Journalist
Thu May 14th Mel Rees (Anthony Mann) - 'My Family and Other Setbacks' - Stories of Family life
Thu Jun 11th

AGM

followed by Sophie Biebuyck (Hearing Charity) - 'Hearing Help In Essex'- Talks on Living with Hearing Loss.

Thu Jul 9th Tony Diamond - 'The History of CHOCOLATE'
Thu Aug 13th Christine Beddle - 'The Essex Scrubber'
Thu Sep 10th Peter Batty - 'The Hidden Gems of Kent'
Thu Oct 8th Darren Lerigon (Modern Mint Gardening Club) - 'A Very British Garden'
Thu Nov 12th Martin Lloyd (Author) - Passports, Assassins, Traitors and Spies
Thu Dec 10th Open Meeting Details to follow
Study Days
Sun Mar 1st Geology
Sunday 1st March 2020 at Broomfield Village Hall, 158 Main Road, Chelmsford CM1 7AH
Start time 10.00 am
Cost of the day is £15.00 which includes lunch.

Prepare to have your mind stretched by geological time and take a tour of Britain through time-travel spectacles.
We shall look at rocks, fossils and minerals that help us to interpret the scenery and to work out what Britain was like in the past.
There will be illustrated talks and hands on activities.

Note that bookings are done via the "Essex Association of U3A's" website. Click Essex Association of U3A\'s to go the CONTACT page. Use the button “Barbara Thomas – Study Days” on the CONTACT page.
Thu Apr 2nd Advanced Genealogy
Thursday 2nd April 2020 at St Cedds Hall,
Start time 9.30 am
The cost of the day will be £15.00 which includes lunch.

Toni Nobard is a genealogist with over 40 years experience in the field. She has had two books published on the subject and until recently had a business researching other people's family history.
Topics for the day:
Getting the most from the Census
Breaking down 'brick walls'
Dating old family photographs
Introduction to DNA for family history

Note that bookings are done via the "Essex Association of U3A's" website. Click Essex Association of U3A\'s to go the CONTACT page. Use the button “Barbara Thomas – Study Days” on the CONTACT page.
Mon May 11th The Study of Trees at the Arboretum
Monday 11th May 2020 at Marks Hall, Coggeshall, Essex, CO6 1TG.
Start time 10.30 am
The cost of the day is £10.00. (lunch NOT included - bring your own lunch)
Please note the Marks Hall will be closed to the public on this day.

The Arboretum forms an enviable collection of trees originating from every temperate area of the world and miles of leafy woodland walks to explore and enjoy.
The Senior Arborist will be taking you through the differing areas of the world's trees.
Please note that this day will be on uneven ground, it will also involve steps and grassed areas which may not be suitable for those with reduced mobility or wheelchair use.

For more information and on how to apply visit the Essex Association of U3A’s Website EVENTS page. Click Barbara Thomas to go the Contact page
Social Events
Thu May 7th 75th Anniversary VE Day afternoon tea dance.
1:30 to 4:30
Langdon Hills Golf Club
For more information see 75th VE Day Celebration

Ticket £24 on sale at the February and March General Meeting
Tue Jul 21st Mid-Summer Lunch with Neil Diamond Tribute
Ye Olde Plough House, Bulphan ...............12:30 for 1:00
For Menu choice please complete ThePloughLunch210720
Tickets £25.00 Available at the April and May General meetings
Thu Dec 17th U3A Christmas Lunch at Langdon Hill Golf Club. Reserve the date and more details later
Fri Dec 18th U3A Christmas Lunch at Langdon Hill Golf Club. Reserve the date and more details later
Ambling
Thu Feb 27th Spring will be in the air when we venture out on our amble on Thursday 27th February. We will be mooching about in Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (Mucking), Mucking Wharf Road, Stanford le Hope SS17 0RN. Come and join us for some fresh air and conversation as we amble our way round. Meet us in the car park up by the Visitor Centre at 10.30 am. Look forward to seeing you there!
Quiz Night
Fri Feb 21st U3A Quiz It is going to be on Friday 21st February 2020 in aid of a local scout group who are fundraising to rebuild their meeting hall in Herd Lane. More information later but please book the date.
Rambling
Thu Feb 20th Thorndon Park South and around the borders of the South Essex Golf Club
This is a very pleasant walk around the perimeters of the golf club and working our way via local farm land to Thorndon Park South with it's woods and lake. We pass several places where we can stop for refreshments and facilities if we desire.
We will meet in the car park beside the now closed Stoneyhills Bowls Club, Brentwood Road, CM13 3LW.
Driving along the A128 from the junction of the A127 towards Brentwood the turning is the first on your right.
This is where we will commence our walk at 10:30
Trips - Day and Theatre
Tue Mar 3rd Saffron Waldon and the Chocolate Lady ---- This trip has now SOLD OUT

(This trip is being offered on two different dates due to the numbers)
We will start our trip in the attractive town of Saffron Waldon where we can browse around the shops and small market which is held there every Tuesday.
For the second part of our trip we will make our way to Steeple Bumstead to visit Julie, The Chocolate Lady. You will see a detailed, light-hearted and entertaining demonstration of chocolate making skills, with tasters throughout the course of the demonstration. This will be followed by a cream tea (fresh scones with jam and freshly whipped cream) with tea or coffee.
Tickets will be available from 1:30 at the next General meeting.
The inclusive cost of this trip is £31.50


Pick - Up points and times:
Lampits Hill 9:30
Springhouse Club 9:35
The Oak 9:50

For more information please see The Chocolate Lady
Wed Mar 4th Dolly Parton 9 - 5 The Musical
On behalf of the SLH & District U3A Committee we now have an arrangement with Thurrock U3A where if our or their trips are under subscribed we shall advertise them If you interested in participating in the trip you should contact the person from Thurrock U3A Tina Smith who is responsible for organising the trip.
Any contract is between you and Thurrock U3A.
We will not sell these tickets at our Meetings.

Dolly Parton 9 - 5 The Musical
Wednesday 4th March 2020
Matinee
Savoy Theatre
Cost £74

The cost of £74 includes ticket in the Royal Circle, two course lunch, and coach travel.
Please be aware that there are a few steps to negotiate, but should not be impossible for anyone with a mobility problem.

Pick Ups
Gordon Road, Corringham 9.15am
The Oak, Grays 9.30am

If interested please contact Tina Smith
Tue Mar 17th Saffron Waldon and the Chocolate Lady ---- This trip has now SOLD OUT

(This trip is being offered on two different dates due to the numbers)
We will start our trip in the attractive town of Saffron Waldon where we can browse around the shops and small market which is held there every Tuesday.
For the second part of our trip we will make our way to Steeple Bumstead to visit Julie, The Chocolate Lady. You will see a detailed, light-hearted and entertaining demonstration of chocolate making skills, with tasters throughout the course of the demonstration. This will be followed by a cream tea (fresh scones with jam and freshly whipped cream) with tea or coffee.
Tickets will be available from 1:30 at the next General meeting
The inclusive cost of this trip is £31.50


Pick - Up points and times:
Lampits Hill 9:30
Springhouse Club 9:35
The Oak 9:50

For more information please see The Chocolate Lady
Mon Apr 20th A Meadway Meander ----I'm sorry to disappoint but this event is now SOLD OUT
River Medway Lunch Cruise on the Kentish Lady
The Kentish Lady will leave Maidstone and take a 3 hour cruise upriver through Farleigh Lock and onwards under several bridges turning at Teston Lock for the return journey.
We will be able to enjoy Fish and Chips on board whilst listening to the commentary along the way.
If we are lucky we will be able to see plenty of wildlife such as kingfishers, herons, swans, cormorants, geese and ducks.
The Kentish Lady has wheelchair access and has excellent facilities including washrooms, heating and a fully licenced bar.
Prior to boarding the Kentish Lady we will visit the Maidstone Museum where we will have a guide to show us around. This fascinating museum has been described as a small version of some of the major London museums. There will also be an opportunity to get a tea or coffee and use the museum's washrooms before leaving for our cruise.
The £50.00 cost of this trip is all inclusive of our travel by Luxury Coach and our cruise meal.
Pick-Up Points
Lampitts Hill 9:00
Springhouse Club 9:10
The Oak 9:30
Mon May 18th Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens (near Horsham)

Join us on this trip to enjoy the beautiful landscaped Grade I listed gardens, first planted in 1801. See the outstanding spring displays of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias, magnolias and bluebells.
The trip includes a Garden Guide to give us a tour of the gardens or of course you are free to explore in any way you prefer.

Restoration of the gardens which had sadly fallen into neglect began when the present owner acquired the estate in 2017. The gardens were closed whilst her dedicated team set about restoring the gardens to their former glory. They reopened in March 2019 to much aplomb.
You can enjoy the popular walking trails at and discover the historic beauty of the restored estate.

Unfortunately, only food or drink purchased on these premises is allowed in the garden but the cafés offer a wide range of self-service refreshments, a selection of hot and cold beverages, light lunches, cakes, and pastries. Vegan and gluten-free diets are catered for in our cafés.
Tickets will be on sale at the February General Meeting for a fully inclusive price of £30.00

Pick Up Points and Times
Lampitts Hill 9:15
Springhouse Club 9:20
The Oak 9:30
Meetings of the Executive Committee
Mon Feb 24th 10:00 Welcome Club
Mon Mar 30th 10:00 Welcome Club
Mon Apr 27th 10:00 Welcome Club
Thu May 14th

09:30 to 10:30 Welcome Club [Note date and time change]

Mon Jun 29th 10:00 Welcome Club
Mon Jul 27th 10:00 Welcome Club
Mon Aug 31st 10:00 Welcome Club
Mon Sep 28th 10:00 Welcome Club
Mon Oct 26th 10:00 Welcome Club
Mon Nov 30th 10:00 Welcome Club