Waltham Abbey


From time to time news items and points of interest will be included.

If you have not already enrolled for 2019/20 year, please do so at the next WA U3A Meeting. Cost £12 for this year. Cash or cheque made payable to Waltham Abbey U3A. Membership cards to be shown at the door.



Received a phone call from BT, informing me that he was disconnecting me because of an unpaid bill.. He demanded payment immediately of £31.00 or it would be £ 118.00 to re-connect at a later date. The guy wasn't even fazed when I told him I was with Virgin Media, allegedly VM have to pay BT a percentage for line rental! I asked the guy's name - he gave me the very 'English' John Peacock with a very 'African' accent - & phone number -0800 0800 152. Obviously the fellow realized I didn't believe his story, so offered to demonstrate that he was from BT. I asked how & he told me to hang up & try phoning someone - he would disconnect my phone to prevent this. AND HE DID !! My phone was dead - no engaged tone, nothing - until he phoned me again. Very pleased with himself, he asked if that was enough proof that he was with BT. I asked how the payment was to be made & he said credit card, there & then. I said that I didn't know how he'd done it, but I had absolutely no intention of paying him, I didn't believe his name or that he worked for BT. He hung up. I dialed 1471 -number withheld I phoned his fictitious 0800 number - not recognized. So I phoned the police to let them know. I wasn't the first! It's only just started apparently, but it is escalating. Their advice was to let as many people as possible know of this scam. The fact that the phone does go off would probably convince some people it's real, so please make as many friends & family aware of this. How is it done? This is good but not that clever. He gave the wrong number - it should have been 0800 800 152 which takes you through to BT Business. The cutting off of the line is very simple, he stays on the line with the mute button on and you can't dial out - but he can hear you trying. (This is because the person who initiates a call is the one to terminate it). When you stop trying he cuts off and immediately calls back. You could almost be convinced! The sad thing is that it is so simple that it will certainly fool many. By the way this is not about getting the cash as this would not get past merchant services - it is all about getting the credit card details which include the security number, to be used for larger purchases. THIS IS A PHONE SCAM THAT IS GOING ROUND. PLEASE BE AWARE.


Sunday, 22 December 2019
I know December is a long time away, but Waltham Abbey Travel are going to the Carol Service at The Royal Albert Hall, leaving Waltham Abbey at 10am, to have time in London, before 2.30pm performance. Cost £75. If interested please place your name on list at Theatre Group table with Gill and Janet.


The following message was sent via the Essex Association of U3A's.
"Good afternoon, I work for Tracsis as a co-ordinator for the Essex area, we carry out work on behalf of the Department for Transport. We employ people on a casual basis between March - October (excluding school holidays) to carry out traffic counts at the roadside, usually sitting in their cars. The job would be of interest to anyone who has their own car and is looking for 2-3 days work a week. The majority of our team are retired people who enjoy meeting others and supplementing their pension. The counts run on weekdays only, from 07.00-19.00 with various shifts within this period, ie.e: 7-17; 9-19; 8-18; 7-19. Although the shifts are long a break of 1 hour is given after 2 hours working. The rate of pay is £8.78hr. If interested please contact Sheila Brooke - sbhobbs@talktalk.net"


The following message was sent via the East of England U3A Region. It was addressed to Joyce Woodham. Please reply to Yolande Richardson - yholande.richardson@essex-fire.gov.uk

"Dear Joyce, I would like to approach U3A members across Essex who might be interested in volunteering for the fire service. We are looking for Volunteers across Essex to help us make Essex safer through our Home Fire Safety Programme. In particular across Uttlesford and Harlow. The role involves giving residents fire safety advice, installing fire alarms and giving a crime prevention message. We are asking for at least 4 hours per week and ideally candidates that are able to drive. All mileage costs are reimbursed. For further information and application, please contact, volunteers@essex-fire.gov.uk"



Please is there a member who could help to set up speakers and screen, etc., on occasions if Harvey or Chris are absent for any reason. A willing volunteer would be most appreciated.


Members are reminded that their Waltham Abbey U3A membership card must be carried to all meetings and activities, and it would be appreciated if you put your ICE (In Case of Emergency) information on the reverse of your card. Our new 2019/20 cards will have a space already printed on the reverse.

You are also reminded that when you take part in group activities it is at your own risk and that you are fit to take part in such activities. When you renew your membership you will be required to complete this declaration.

Finally, there have been changes to the Data Protection Laws, and one of the things that will effect U3A's is taking photos. If you take photos you must have the person's permission and if you submit photos to be included in the Newsletter and website, the name of the person taking the photo will be included so the Newsletter Editor and Website operator will not be held responsible.

As numbers of members increase it is important that we offer members more activities and interest groups, either new ideas or a second group when numbers get too large. If you have any skills or interests you could share with other members, please speak to Gill Hoye our group co-ordinator. Remember no ideas are bad ideas as someone else may be interested and a new group could be formed.

Terry Hoye 07944 239 235


We advise that ALL U3A members carry a card in their purse/bag/wallet with the following details:
Name, U3A No, Home address, Date of Birth and Contact Name Telephone No.
Also any medical condition and current medication being taken, and any allergies.
Your co-operation is appreciated because you never know when it will be required.
Please update the card should you change your medication.


REMEMBER, REMEMBER, Waltham Abbey U3A has an environmentally friendly ethos. Waltham Abbey Council have a no plastic policy, so Members are reminded that it would be appreciated if you could bring your own cup, or mug, for your refreshments at all future monthly meetings. Your co-operation will be appreciated.


Vernon, our former Chairman, has acquired a tail-ramped vehicle for his electric wheelchair, and is seeking to add to the number of volunteer drivers who are able to help. Anyone who is happy to join this pool, who is able to drive a manual vehicle and is over the age of 25, is welcome to contact Vernon on 07923 022 495, by text message in the first instance.

A commitment of two or three half days a year is all that is required, for which generous expenses will be given.


Please contact me if you are interested.

This group started again on Tuesday 9 October, 2018 and runs once a month through to May 2019. It will be in the Theydon Bois Village Hall on the second Tuesday afternoon, 2.45 - 4.15, following on from Keep Fit. As we will be in the Hall there won't be any limitation on numbers.

We will be covering Accident management, unconsciousness, CPR, heart attacks, bleeding, fractures, burns, choking, diabetes, asthma, seizures, anaphylactic shock, poisons and strokes. The eight sessions will be based on the British Red Cross General First Aid course (but we'll be doing a lot more than that course covers) - the sessions are intended for general interest only and won't be certificated. There will be opportunities for lots of questions and for you to have a go at some of the practical elements if you wish to.

There will be a charge of £1 per session to cover hire charges and expenses and I will be collecting the £8 for all of the sessions in October.

Please contact me to book a place.
Previous members are very welcome to join up again - you've probably forgotten a lot of what we did last time.

Doug Harryman (British Red Cross First Aid Trainer)
020 8508 3454 doug.harryman@talktalk.net


Seeking Musicians

There is an interest in starting a musical group in the East Herts Area with like minded enthusiasts. They are looking for members who have, in the past or still play, a musical instrument. The aim is to form a musical group. No intention of playing to others, it is just for fun. Currently there are just five playing saxophones and trumpet. If you are interested please contact Peter Harris, 01992 429297 or email: peterharris1@sky.com.


U3A Exhibitions and Study Days

U3A Head Office and Region do arrange the above activities from time to time for members, so if you would be interested in obtaining this information, please let me know so it can be forwarded on to you by email.

Finally, is there anyone in our U3A who could offer something new.

Terry Hoye - 07944 239 235 terryhoye@sky.com


From time to time films are shown in Waltham Abbey Town Hall. Please see Waltham Abbey Town Council on the links page.


"RODING VALLEY U3A is running a Shared Learning Project (SLP) with the Epping Forest Museum in Waltham Abbey and WA U3A members are welcome to join us.
We meet on the 4th Monday of the month at 10am at the museum when we will discuss the projects we are working on and museum staff will guide us in the skills we need.
If interested, please contact - janet.whitehouse7@gmail.com or 01992 812 503".


Roding Valley U3A is starting a Rummikub Group in January 2019 and the committee has agreed that this could be a shared group if needed. If interested please contact - janet.whitehouse7@gmail.com or 01992 812 503.


Science Talks, hosted by Roding Valley U3A at Theydon Bois village hall. The talks are open to all U3A members. Please bring your membership card and £1. For information contact Janet Whitehouse janet.whitehouse7@gmail.com or 01992 812 503.

The Science Talks resumed on Tuesday 15 January.

On Tuesday, 19 February, Doug continued with a talk on 'Enlargements, Graphs and Curves'.


Beginners Bridge - geraldstecker@hotmail.co.uk - 0208 501 4760. I shall be running a Roding Valley U3A Bridge Group for "Absolute Beginners" on Wednesday morning, starting 16 January 2019, 10am-12noon at Grange Farm, Chigwell. This is open to members from other U3A's. If you are interested in joining please contact me.


The item below refers to an SLP which two EF members were involved in originally but had to drop out, one for health reasons. See Third Age Matters, the directly mailed magazine.

U3A projects on display at EFDC museum

A group of members from Roding Valley, Waltham Abbey and Epping Forest U3As have been working with Epping Forest District Museum on a Shared Learning Project (SLP). This has involved the cataloguing of old maps, research on the Wood Green Nursery, the Epping Steam Sanitary Laundry. A report will be published in Sources.
These projects will be exhibited in 2019 in a new exhibition gallery at the museum and the exhibitions officer is keen to have more projects from U3A to display. If you would like to be involved in a new SLP or if you have a project that might be suitable for display please contact Janet Whitehouse (Roding Valley U3A) at janet.whitehouse7@gmail.com or 01992 812503.



I am writing to advise you of an event your Members may be interested in attending, a Grand Flower Festival at St Mary's, Saffron Walden on 23 - 26 August 2019, 10 - 6, Sunday 12-6.
However, it is not just the Flower Festival I'd like to draw your attention to. Saffron Walden is a fine Medieval market town with many independent shops, very good range of eating places
and places of historic interest such as Bridge End Gardens, The various mazes, the Museum and of course Audley End House; on Saturday there is a small but very traditional market.
The Flower Festival would be the "icing on the cake" of a day out in the town! If you would like more information do please let me know.

Chris Knight, fund raising organiser for St Mary's (chris@limes26.co.uk)


Please see attached details, and poster, of a trip to Oberammergau and surrounding areas which is being organised by Buntingford U3A's. If interested in joining Buntingford U3A on this trip, email Jean direct - jean.m.cook@btinternet.com - for the booking form and any further information.