Thorpe Bay

THE THORPE BAY U3A MONTHLY MEETING

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URGENT NOTICE - PLEASE READ

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ALL MEETINGS AT SHOEBURYNESS AND THORPE BAY BAPTIST CHURCH CANCELLED

We have been informed by STBBC they are closing the Church to all bookings. If you are in an Interest Group at STBBC from March 23rd onward you will not be able to enter the building. STBBC will inform us when these controls cease, and we will then contact all Group Leaders with the information.

GENERAL MEETINGS CANCELLED

Following our earlier decision to cancel the Monthly Meeting due to be held on Friday March 20th we have now also taken the decision to CANCEL THE MEETINGS SCHEDULED FOR FRIDAY APRIL 17TH and FRIDAY MAY 15TH.

We hope to have the Speakers; Sherlock Holmes, Tim Moorey and Mark Smith, visit us at a later date, once everything is back to normal.

Changes to the June and July meetings will be announced once we have sufficient information to make a rational and reasoned decision.

Please remember that if you have signs of an infection, or you are in a high-risk group due to poor immune system or treatment for other problems, you should self-isolate and not attend any of your regular meetings.

During the current medical situation it is requested by the Government that we do not leave the house except to buy Food or Medicines or for other urgent reasons.

To Group Leaders - If we are to follow the Government's advice you should not continue with your Groups even in your own home as it will entail individuals having to travel without good reason. You have the full support of the Committee to cancel any and all meetings. If you have to pay for a room that you do not use please contact the Committee to discuss the problem.

To U3A members - If you feel unwell please remain at home and follow the Government advice. Phone 111 or Contact 111.nhs.uk for further information. Do not attend your Doctors surgery.
You may be contacted by a Group Leader who is cancelling a meeting. They have the full support of the Committee to do so and we ask that you accept their decision.

If you wish to see the U3A National Office's statement please click on the "COVID-19" link on this page. The message will also give you a link to the .gov.uk website for the up to date recommendations.

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February 2019 - Patricia Volante and Rossi's, The Story of Southend's Favourite Ice-Cream

We were joined this month by a local author who described how Rossi's became an iconic feature of the Southend-on-Sea landscape. After arriving from Italy via the cold streets of Glasgow, Agostino Rossi visited Southend during a trip to London and stayed to sell his Ice-Cream "pokes" to the locals and the tourists. With the help of his typical Italian family he went on to establish a number of stores along the seafront and the High Street. There, in 1959, a young local girl wandered in looking for a job joined the sales team, married Agostino's son, Fernando, and eventually ended up on our stage to tell us all about the family and the sweet treat. Patricia described progress from making Ice-Cream in a bucket set into ice, onto specialist machinery for serving the delight directly into a cone, and eventually the setting up of the factory in Lucy Road.
The only down side to Patricia's talk was that we all wanted to rush out and sample the results of years of work taken to produce, what has been for a long time, "Southend's Favourite Ice-Cream"

January – Linda Scholes - I was Born in Them Tha' Hills

A return visit by Linda who was born in a remote part of the Cascade Mountains in the Pacific Northwest State of Washington. Her family story was rather different to most of us. Her great grandmother arrived as a young child from Denmark in the late 1800s and was indentured to a Quaker Family in Iowa. The farming skills she learnt in Denmark served her well. Later after she married a neighbouring farmers son then staked out a square mile land claim by the side of the newly built railway. Families were large and life was hard in a climate of searing hot summers and intensely cold winters and complete crop failures sometimes happened.

Moving on a generation Linda's grandfather had a parcel of the original land and with his own hands built the farmhouse and other buildings. There was no water on the land and he dug, without any mechanical aid, a trench 6 feet deep and 8 miles long and prepared the bound wooden pipes to carry the water to the farm.

Although the original descendants are now scattered and contact lost with many of them, Linda still goes back to the land to see her family. But the place is now very different. The old Farmhouse built by her grandfather is now a leisure venue and weddings take place there. And nearby there is a skiing facility.

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Essex U3A Association Study Days

A selection of one day 'Study Days' organised by the Essex U3A have been set up. Please click on the link on the right of this page to find more details. You can access the Essex U3A Association website using the link on the Links Page.
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All members who have provided us with a valid email address should receive by email the monthly Notices as well as the periodic e-Magazine, and documentation for subscription renewals and the AGM. If you are not receiving these emails please email the Membership Secretary by using the contact page on this website.

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Facebook
Our U3A has a lively Facebook group where members provide news, views and chat freely to other members. You will need to have your own Facebook account to be able to join and you will find us when you search Facebook for 'U3A Thorpe Bay'. This is a closed group for our members only so you will have to request to join on the Facebook page. The 'admins' of this group are Barry Linton, Anne Marcus and Kevin Eason.

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Book Table

A Book Table is set up at each meeting run by Marian Livermore. You may bring a book & swap it for a new one.

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Dates for your Diary
Meetings
Fri Apr 17th

Mark SmithVictoria Cross Story - Part 2 - CANCELLED
Fri May 15th

Tim MooreySecrets of a Crossword Setter
Fri Jun 19th

Christine BeedleThe Essex Scrubber
Outings
Fri Apr 24th Perrywoods Garden Centre - CANCELLED
Wed May 27th Hole Park, Kent - CANCELLED
Thu Jun 25th Sutton Hoo and Woodbridge
Wed Jul 15th Audley End Fully Booked. Reserve list only.
Holidays
Sun May 3rd Northumberland 3rd May - CANCELLED

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