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 Jun 13th


Roger Dorking : Tales from the Smithy.
(His Father was a Ferrier in Witham)

Thu Jul 11th Michael Girllo : Returning for second visit - The day the Music died.
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 To be Confirmed
Thu Apr 9th 2020 To be Confirmed
Thu May 14th 2020 To be Confirmed
Thu Jun 11th 2020 AGM To be Confirmed
Thu Jul 9th 2020 To be Confirmed
Exec com mtg
Mon May 20th 09:30 @ Welcome club
Mon Jun 24th 09:30 @ Welcome club
Mon Jul 29th 09:30 @ Welcome club
Mon Aug 19th 09:30 @ Welcome club
Mon Sep 30th 09:30 @ Welcome club
Mon Oct 28th 09:30 @ Welcome club
Mon Nov 25th 09:30 @ Welcome club
Thu May 30th Come for a meander around Mucking, the venue for our May amble. With good company, panoramic views, bracing breezes and a cracking cafe, there's plenty to keep the ambling group happy. Join us on Thursday 30th May, in the car park up by the Visitor Centre, at 10.30 am at Thameside Nature Park (Mucking), Mucking Wharf Road, Stanford le Hope, SS17 0RN. Look forward to seeing you there.
Bird Watching
Fri Jun 28th Trip to the RSPB Minsmere
Why not join us for this fabulous trip to the RSPB Reserve at Minsmere.
Minsmere featured on BBC's Springwatch a number of times with some amazing discoveries.
Here you'll be able to discover for yourself some of the UK's wildlife with an impressive variety of birds.
The cost of this trip for RSPB members is £20.00 or for non-RSPB members £29.00.
Tickets will be sold with priority to the birdwatching Group from Friday 25th January's meeting at the Thameside Nature Park in Mucking.

Pick-up points
The Oak 8:00
The Springhouse Club 8:10
Lampitts Hill 8:15
Gallery Visits
Mon Jun 10th
→Sun Jun 30th
RA Summer Exhibition 10th June – 12th Aug Royal Academy

Please contact Jenny if interested.
Sat Sep 21st Anthony Gormley 21st Sep – 3rd Dec Royal Academy

Please contact Jenny if interested
Holiday Travel
Wed May 29th
→Wed Jun 5th

Holiday Travel Group

We are not taking any more bookings for this holiday

We are arranging a 7 night Cruise to the Norwegian Fjords on Board the C & M ship Columbus sailing from Tilbury on Wednesday 29th May 2019 and returning on Wednesday 5th June 2019 back to Tilbury.
For more information please see Cruise 2019

Please, if you have any questions, contact:
Carol Smith 07845 233640
Jean Jardine. 01375 679410 or 07551 9532211

Fri Jun 14th Hyde Hall: Meet at the Springhouse at 10 o’c.
For more information please contact Jenny
Fri Jul 12th The Gibberd Garden, Harlow: CM17 ONA.
Meet at the Springhouse at 9.30.
For more information please contact Jenny.
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 Jun 20th Benfleet Station to Leigh on Sea

We will meet outside the ticket office of Benfleet Railway Station on Thursday 21st June, commencing our walk at 10:50
For those wishing to travel by train we will meet at Stanford Le Hope Station at 10:20 to catch the 10:30 train. This train arrives in Benfleet at 10:42.
Alternatively. I understand that the station has good car parking.
The walk to Leigh passes over is a very pleasant walk indeed. You pass though fields with views of Hadleigh Castle which we will pass.
There are several nice pubs in Leigh where I'm hoping you will be able to join me for lunch. Once we've been fed and watered we'll head to Leigh-On -Sea station
and catch the train for our return home.
Sketching and Painting
Mon May 20th High House Production Park (Royal Opera House), Purfleet. RM19 1RJ
Mon Jun 17th Mucking Village
Mon Jul 15th Fobbing church and village SS17 9AP
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
Fri Jun 28th Minsmere (RSPB) - SOLD OUT
The RSPB reserve at Minsmere has long been a favourite of the BBC's Spring and Autumn watch where they have made some amazing discoveries of our British wildlife. Here you'll be able to find for yourself some of the UK's wildlife with a very impressive variety of Birds.
Southwold is a charming seaside town on the North Sea coast in Suffolk.
It boasts a beautiful sandy beach lined with the famous huts, it even has a pier and a lighthouse.
There are plenty of delightful restaurants, cafes and bars to chose from for lunch or refreshments.

The cost of this trip is £20.00 per head
If you wish to visit Minsmere as a non RSPB member there is an addition cost of £9.00 for entry.

Pick - UP times The Oak 8:00, The Springhouse Club 8:10, Lampitts Hill 8:15
Wed Jul 10th Maldon - Thames Barge Sunset Cruise - (SOLD OUT)
Having run this trip this very popular trip a few years ago we felt that it was time for a repeat visit.The Vintage Sailing Barge will sail at 6:30 from the Quayside for a two hour round trip passing Northey Island, Heybridge Basin, Mill Beach and back to Maldon.
The cost of this trip (Including Coach) is £37.00 You can bring your own packed supper or add a Ploughmans for £12.00 or a Smoked Fish Platter for £20.00.
When booking your place on this trip please can you also include any meal orders.
The Pick up point and times are as follows
The Oak 4:15
The Springhouse Club 4:30
Lampitts Hill 4:35
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.