Stanford-Le-Hope & District

Events

Check this page for MEETINGS - OUTINGS - TRIPS.

PLEASE NOTE THAT WE ARE VERY SORRY TO ANNOUNCE THAT ALL OUR PLANNED EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES ARE CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. THIS INCLUDES GENERAL AND COMMITTEE MEETINGS
More information in the diary entry below
Anybody who has booked cancelled trips etc. should wait for Chris, Jean Graham or Carol to contact you with any refunds that may be due. Please do not phone them as they are working very hard to process these as soon as possible.
No more bookings for trips will be taken until the situation improves and we are confident that we may resume our activities.

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 Apr 9th Sorry but this meeting has been suspended. Deborah Brady - 'A Female in Fleet Street' My Life as a Former Photo Journalist
Thu May 14th Sorry but this meeting has been suspended. Mel Rees (Anthony Mann) - 'My Family and Other Setbacks' - Stories of Family life
Thu Jun 11th

AGM

We have move the AGM to September.

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

Thu Jul 9th This meeting has been suspended. Tony Diamond - 'The History of CHOCOLATE'
Thu Aug 13th Christine Beddle - 'The Essex Scrubber'
Thu Sep 10th

AGM

We have provisional scheduled this date for our AGM. Decisions on when we will open Nominations and Motions will be made when the current situation is more stable.

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
Thu Apr 2nd Advanced Genealogy
This Study Day has been postponed until further notice. As soon as it is safe to do so, this event will take place. Everyone booked for this Study Day will be contacted shortly by the Essex Association.

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
This course in fully booked
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
→Wed May 27th
Sorry but this event has been cancelled We will be in contact to advise a refund.
75th Anniversary VE Day afternoon tea dance.
1:30 to 4:30
Langdon Hills Golf Club
For more information see 75th VE Day Celebration
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
Other Events
Sun Apr 5th
→Fri Apr 24th
Brandenburg Choral Festival of London

With the current public health crisis we are very sorry to announce that all Brandenburg Choral Festival concerts up until April 25th are postponed. Any affected ticket holders are being refunded. This is a difficult and constantly evolving situation and our cancellations policy is being kept continuously under review: please check our website for updates.

Date : April 5th 2020
Time : 17:30-19:30
Location : Wellington Hotel 71 Vincent Square London SW1P 2PA

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Ambling
Mon Aug 31st Please ignore the date. Sorry, Ambling has been suspended until further notice.
Bird Watching
Mon Aug 31st Please ignore the date. Sorry, Bird watching has been suspended until further notice.
Book Club
Mon Aug 31st Please ignore the date. Book Club meetings have been suspended until further notice.
Boules / Petanque - Wednesday
Mon Aug 31st Please ignore the date. Sorry, Boules Wednesday has been suspended until further notice.
Boules Petange - Friday
Mon Aug 31st Please ignore the date. Sorry, Boules Friday has been suspended until further notice.
Boules/Ṕetanque-Wednesday-pm
Mon Aug 31st Please ignore the date. Sorry, Boules Wednesday pm has been suspended until further notice.
British Sign Language
Mon Aug 31st Please ignore the date. Sorry, British Sign Language has been suspended until further notice.
Canasta
Mon Aug 31st Please ignore the date. Sorry, Canasta has been suspended until further notice.
Charity Craft
Mon Aug 31st Please ignore the date. Sorry, Charity Craft has been suspended until further notice.
Cribbage
Mon Aug 31st Please ignore the date. Cribbage meetings have been suspended until further notice.
Events Cinema
Mon Aug 31st Please ignore the date. Sorry, Events Cinema has been suspended until further notice.
Family History
Mon Aug 31st Please ignore the date. Family History meetings have been suspended until further notice.
Flower Arranging
Mon Aug 31st Please ignore the date. Sorry, Flower Arranging has been suspended until further notice.
Gallery Visits
Mon Aug 31st Please ignore the date. Sorry, Gallery Visits have been suspended until further notice.
Gardening group
Mon Aug 31st Please ignore the date. Sorry, Gardening has been suspended until further notice.
Golf
Mon Aug 31st Please ignore the date. Sorry, Golf has been suspended until further notice.
Holiday Travel
Mon Aug 31st Please ignore the date. Sorry, Holiday Travel has been suspended until further notice.
Language - French Conversation
Mon Aug 31st Please ignore the date. Sorry, French Conversation has been suspended until further notice.
Languages - Basic Italian
Mon Aug 31st Please ignore the date. Sorry, Basic Italian has been suspended until further notice.
Languages - Beginners Spanish
Mon Aug 31st Please ignore the date - Sadly the Spanish Group has been suspended until further notice
I will be in touch with the group as soon as we are able to reconvene. Chris
Mon Aug 31st Please ignore the date. Sorry, Beginners Spanish has been suspended until further notice.
Line Dancing
Mon Aug 31st Please ignore the date. Sorry, Line Dancing has been suspended until further notice.
Line Dancing 2
Mon Aug 31st Please ignore the date. Sorry, Line Dancing 2 has been suspended until further notice.
Local History
Mon Aug 31st Please ignore the date. Mixed Craft meetings have been suspended until further notice.
Local Research Projects
Mon Aug 31st Please ignore the date. Sorry, Local Research meetings have been suspended until further notice.
London Walks
Mon Aug 31st Please ignore the date. London Walks have been suspended until further notice.
Lunch & Chat
Mon Aug 31st Please ignore the date. Sorry, Lunch and Chat has been suspended until further notice.
Mixed Craft
Mon Aug 31st Please ignore the date. Mixed Craft meetings have been suspended until further notice.
Old British M/C and Car Enthusiasts
Mon Aug 31st Please ignore the date. Sorry, OB M/C and Car Enthusiasts has been suspended until further notice.
Photography
Mon Aug 31st Please ignore the date. Sorry, Photography has been suspended until further notice.
Places of Interest
Mon Aug 31st Please ignore the date. Sorry, Places of Interest has been suspended until further notice.
Play Reading
Mon Aug 31st Please ignore the date. Sorry, Play Reading has been suspended until further notice.
Quilting
Mon Aug 31st Please ignore the date. Sorry, Quilting has been suspended until further notice.
Quiz Night
Mon Aug 31st Please ignore the date. Quiz Nights have been suspended until further notice.
Rambling
Mon Aug 31st Please ignore the date - Sadly all rambles have been suspended until further notice.
I'll be in touch with the Group as soon as we are able to reconvene.
Scrabble
Mon Aug 31st Please ignore the date. Scrabble meetings have been suspended until further notice.
Singing for Fun
Mon Aug 31st Please ignore the date. Singing for Fun meetings have been suspended until further notice.
Sketching and Painting
Mon Aug 31st Please ignore the date. Sorry, Sketching & Painting has been suspended until further notice.
Sunday Singles
Mon Aug 31st Please ignore the date. Sorry, Sunday singles has been suspended until further notice. Please Telephone Group Leaders for more information.
Tea, CAKE and Play Reading
Mon Aug 31st Please ignore the date. Sorry, Tea, CAKE and Play Reading has been suspended until further notice.
Ten Pin Bowling
Mon Aug 31st Please ignore the date. Sorry, Ten Pin Bowling has been suspended until further notice.
Trips - Day and Theatre
Mon Apr 20th A Meadway Meander 20/04/20 ---- I'm sorry to say but this event has been cancelled
Refunds will be available at our next General meeting. If there is an urgency please contact us to arrange collection from the end of March.
Mon May 18th Leonardslee Gardens 18/05/20- I'm sorry but this trip has been Cancelled
Refunds will be available at our next General meeting. If there is an urgency please contact us to arrange collection from the end of March.
Tue Jun 30th Dover Castle
Dover Castle is a medieval castle perched on top of the White Cliffs overlooking the English Channel.
It was founded in the 11th century and has been described as the "The key to England" due to its defensive significance throughout history.
More recently it was used during the second world war as a hospital and a military command centre plus much more. Our visit includes entry to the Underground hospital which I'm sure will prove very interesting.
For lunch are two cafes and two picnic rooms on site and in case of sunshine an Ice Cream parlour.
Tickets for this trip will be available at the March General meeting from 1:30 at a bargain price of £20.00.
The Pick-Up Points will be as follows:-
Lampitts Hill 7:45
Springhouse 7:50
The Oak 8:00
Fri Jul 10th Kew Gardens----I'm sorry to say that this event has now had to be cancelled
Refunds will be available at our next General meeting. If there is an urgency please contact us to arrange collection from the end of March.
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 We will notify you when tickets are available
Mon Dec 7th
→Tue Dec 8th
Blenheim Palace at Christmas
Day 1:
Come with us and discover the magic of Christmas at Blenheim Palace.
See the State Rooms decorated for Christmas, walk the spectacular light trail through the festive gardens and soak up the atmosphere of the Christmas Market set against the backdrop of the Palace.
After the amazing day we will travel to our hotel for dinner
Day 2:
After breakfast we will visit Oxford The City of Dreaming Spires, is famous thoughout the world for it's University and history There are many places to purchase lunch and maybe do a little Christmas Shopping.
The cost of this 2 day break is £171.00 per person for a double or twin room and there is a £35.00 single room supplement.
Please click on the link for the booking form BlenheimPalaceBookingForm1
We will update this site when the tickets will be available
Ukulele
Mon Aug 31st Unfortunately for all Ukulele player all events have be suspended until further notice
Wine Appreciation
Mon Aug 31st Please ignore the date. Sorry, Wine Appreciation has been suspended until further notice.
Meetings of the Executive Committee
Mon Mar 30th 10:00 Welcome Club Cancelled
Mon Apr 27th 10:00 Welcome Club. Cancelled
Thu May 14th

09:30 to 10:30 Welcome Club. Cancelled [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