Thorpe Bay

Notices as read out at Main Meeting

Thorpe Bay U3A Notices – August 2019

Good afternoon everybody and welcome to you all. We hope you will enjoy Paul Adamson, one of our own members, who will present his music today.


If you would like to take part in our Xmas Pantomime please contact Carole Jonas or Kevin Eason via the website

The games groups were due to play on Tuesday 27th August at Thorpe Bay Methodist Church, but please note that this meeting is cancelled as the Church has their children’s summer event taking place.

The following new groups are now advertising:

Spanish for Beginners
This group will learn together from books and audio resources

Bowls - Indoors
This group has now started. They will be meeting at Southend Bowls Club twice a month and will play on the indoor court, which is available all year around. All abilities welcome. If you would like to join please use the contact button on the website.

Ceroc and Modern Jive
This will be an opportunity for experienced dancers to meet together and dance. This group is not suitable for total beginners

French for Holidays
This group is ideal for those wishing to learn some basic French to make the most of trips to France

If you would like to join any of these new groups please contact Lesley Hayes via the website

November Meeting

The scheduled speaker Pam Jones, past U3A National Chairman, has had to cancel. In her place Barry Linton will be presenting a part of the Cybercrime Protection seminar that he has been running jointly with Essex Police for the past two years.

Here & There Outings

August 29 Deben Cruise Coach leaves at 8.30.
September 5 Wisley Flower Show Coach leaves at 9.00.
October 16 Hole Park Payment is now due.
November 28 Bluewater Shopping Payment due by September.
December 5 Kew Gardens Payment due by September. Both coaches full.
October 7-10 Bruges The trip is now closed. Details have been sent to everyone.
December 15/16 Thursford Trip now closed. Payment due by September.
September 22 Kentwell Hall, Long Melford With the Shoebury and Thorpe Bay U3A. Cost £32 pp. ask for details

See Shirley and Diane in the small lounge today.
Please make cheques payable to Thorpe Bay U3A. H&T can take one cheque now for multiple trips, but please mark your name and the events you are paying for clearly on the back of the cheque. Please put your completed cheques in the box on their table to avoid queuing.

Theatre Group Information for August 2019

We are still taking names for the following shows:-
The first show is a MENCAP production should be great fun.

A Fistful of Feathers Friday 15th November 2019 6.30pm Palace Theatre £7.50
Once, The Musical Wednesday 15th January 2020 2.30pm Cliffs Pavilion £28.00
Priscilla Queen of the Desert Wednesday 26th February 2020 2.30pm Cliffs Pavilion £28.40
We Will Rock You (2020) Wednesday 24th June 2020 2.30pm Cliffs Pavilion

Please can we have the final cheques for

Dangerous Obsession Thursday 17th October 2019 2.30pm Palace Theatre £18.40
We Will Rock You Wednesday 6th November 2019 2.30pm Cliffs Pavilion £28.00

Kay and Sandra are back in the Small Lounge at the Theatre Group table. Please see them after the meeting pay to pay for or book any of the shows. Please make cheques payable to Thorpe Bay U3A.

U3A Diaries

I am pleased to tell you that we are now taking orders for the 2020 U3A diary. Provided we are able to order in batches of five, which I am confident we will be able to do, the price will be £2.75 each.
Could you please email the Secretary, Janice Archery at if you would like to place an order. It would be very helpful if you could type your full name and membership number as email addresses do not always reflect the sender’s name.
If you prefer to sign up today, there is a form on the table with the Notices.

Claim a Power of Attorney refund
You can get part of your application fee back if you applied to register a power of attorney from 1 April 2013 to 31 March 2017. This applies to lasting powers of attorney (LPA) and enduring powers of attorney (EPA). You must claim your refund by 31 January 2021.
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The vU3A
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