Stanford-Le-Hope & District


Check this page for MEETINGS - OUTINGS - TRIPS.

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.

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

  • 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 and any other announcements.
  • The meeting formally ends at 4:00pm.


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.

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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
Thu Aug 8th Oliver Hill (CO-OP Estates) Tax, Care and Toy Boys
Thu Sep 12th Ian Keable Charles Dickens Conjuror - Told through one of his billboards
Thu Oct 10th Heather Simmons --'Daisy Bowlers' Returning Professional Singers
Thu Nov 14th Charlie Haylock Returning with a second talk on 'History of Surnames'
Thu Dec 12th Open Meeting Details to follow
Thu Jan 9th 2020 Tom Way Wildlife Photographer Returning with more stories and photos on 'AFRICAN IMAGERY'
Thu Feb 13th 2020 Peter Jones (Author) 'How I met Kylie Minogue'
Thu Mar 12th 2020 Arthur Brooks - Old Time Musicals - 'A Taste of Musical'
Thu Apr 9th 2020 Deborah Brady - 'A Female in Fleet Street' My Life as a Former Photo Journalist
Thu May 14th 2020 Mel Rees (Anthony Mann) - 'My Family and Other Setbacks' - Stories of Family life
Thu Jun 11th 2020


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

Thu Jul 9th 2020 Tony Diamond - 'The History of CHOCOLATE'
Thu Aug 13th 2020 Christine Beddle - 'The Essex Scrubber'
Thu Sep 10th 2020 Peter Batty - 'The Hidden Gems of Kent'
Thu Oct 8th 2020 Darren Lerigon (Modern Mint Gardening Club) - 'A Very British Garden'
Thu Nov 12th 2020 Martin Lloyd (Author) - Passports, Assassins, Traitors and Spies
Thu Dec 10th 2020 Open Meeting Details to follow
Thu Jul 25th Exercise, fresh air and chatting are good for you, so let's go to Westley Heights, High Road, Basildon SS16 6HU, for our July Amble and enjoy all of those things. We'll be going on Thursday 25th July, meeting in the car park at the later time of 11 am (Miller and Carter won't let us in before 12 noon). Hope you can join us, look forward to seeing you.
Gallery Visits
Sat Sep 21st Anthony Gormley 21st Sep – 3rd Dec Royal Academy

Please contact Jenny if interested
Fri Aug 9th Colchester- (parking to be decided).
Meet at the Springhouse at 10 o’c.
For more information please contact Jenny.
Fri Oct 11th Sheffield Park depending on autumn leaves.
Meet at the Springhouse at 10 o’c.
For more information please contact Jenny.
Fri Nov 8th Pre-Christmas dinner at Henry’s (RM15 4XJ ) in South Ockendon/ Aveley. A walk in Belhus woods (RM15 RXB) prior if the weather is good.
Meet at Belhus Woods car park around 10.30.
For more information please contact Jenny.
Fri Dec 13th Southbank: Meet at Stanford le Hope station for the 10.05 train.
For more information please contact Jenny
Thu Jul 18th July's ramble will be around the Three Chafford Gorges.
The Gorges are a surprising oasis in an otherwise urban environment as I'm sure that anyone who joins us will agree. There is a mixture of lakes, woodland and open spaces for us to enjoy.

We will meet in the car park of the Chafford Gorges Nature Reserve at 10:30 on Thursday 18th July
The address is : Drake Road, Chafford Hundred RM16 6RG.
As there is a Visitors Centre we'll be able to look forward to some refreshments once we've finished our walk.
Please contact Christine Gomm for further information
Sketching and Painting
Mon Aug 19th Rainham Marshes (RSPB), Purfleet. RM19 1SZ
Mon Sep 16th Coalhouse Fort, East Tilbury. RM18 8PB
Mon Oct 21st Hardie Park – review of the Sketching Season. SS17 0PB
Trips - Day and Theatre
Tue Aug 13th

There is a lot to see and do in Sandringham.
We will visit the house built in 1870, it has remained a private home for four generations of the British Monarchs. The house sits at the heart of the estate and is still regularly used by the Royal family.
There is also an Exhibition and transport museum with an extraordinary Royal Motor Car collection.
Sandringham is surrounded by 60 acres of glorious gardens with lawns, woodland and lake walks to discover.
For refreshments and eats there id a restaurant, a Terrace Coffee Shop Tea Room and an Ice Cream Kiosk.
The cost of this trip including Coach travel is £34.00 or if you are a RHS member £26.00.
The Coach Pick-Up Points are
Lampitts Hill 8:30, The Springhouse Club 8:35 and The Oak 8:45
**There are a few tickets still available from 1:30 pm at our June General meeting from Christine Gomm and Jean Jardine**

Tue Sep 24th Debbies Winery and Vineyard

This stunning vineyard is situated in Surrey, not too far from Dorking.
This trip has been organised by the Wine Appreciation Group.
It will include a morning tour of the Winery with a wine tasting experience and an afternoon
outdoor train tour of the Vineyard.
There are a couple of excellent places to eat on site for those that will be looking for refreshments.
The cost of this trip is a very reasonable £30.00
The Coach Pick up times will be as follows
Lampitts Hill 8.45
Springhouse 8.50
The Oak 9.00.
The tickets for this trip will be available from Christine Gomm or Jean Jardine
on a first come, first serve basis from 1:30 pm at our June General meeting.
Thu Sep 26th Harvest Afternoon Tea at Langdon Hills Golf Club- Tickets on sale at July General Meeting. 1pm to 3 pm. See Harvest Tea
Thu Oct 24th

Bombay Sapphire Gin Distillery

Enjoy the distillery experience.
We will be guided through the distillery by one of their hosts who will take us through the site explaining the processes and answering any questions.
Discover the 10 exotic botanicals which are infused into every drop of gin. You'll go behind the scenes of the still house and discover what makes Bombay Sapphire so exquisite.
We will then visit the Mill Bar to enjoy a complimentary drink suited to your own taste.
Soft drinks will also be available.

The cost of this trip is £43.00 per head. Cash or cheques payable to "U3A Social" please

Tickets will be on sale from 1:30 at the July General meeting from Christine Gomm or Jean Jardine.

Pick - Up points
Lampitts Hill 8:15
Springhouse Club 8:20
The Oak 8:30

Thu Dec 19th Christmas Lunch Date for 1st Christmas lunch at Langdon Hills Golf Club
Tickets on sale at September and October General Meetings
Fri Dec 20th Christmas Lunch Date for 2nd Christmas lunch at Langdon Hills Golf Club
Tickets on sale at September and October General Meetings