There are currently 34 groups available to members where places exist. The following alphabetical listing, written by group leaders, gives details of the aims of each group. The formation of new groups is encouraged and any member wishing to start one should approach the committee with his or her suggestion. Groups marked (F) are currently full and possibly have a waiting list. The majority have vacancies and are marked with a (V). Often a group may be full simply because the meeting place cannot accommodate any more people. A few groups, when faced with this situation, have moved to other venues which do incur a small additional cost. Many group leaders will supply refreshments at their meetings for which attending members may wish to make a small contribution towards their cost.
Group Leader:Terry Cook Venue: Burnham Museum
Day/Time/Frequency of Meeting: 3rd Friday/4.00 pm/Monthly (plus site digs on Saturday during the season)
Our own ‘Time Team’ will investigate the past and discover how we lived, and where, by unearthing our history, interpreting and identifying any finds in context.
Members will research present and future sites, excavate current digs and organise visits to museums, stately homes etc. There’s a role for everyone. No experience is necessary – only a desire to learn. We are a new and enthusiastic group always ready to welcome new members.
Join us and experience the thrill of literally uncovering our past and holding a piece of history. (V)
Group Leader: Members Venue: Burnham Museum
Day/Time/Frequency of Meeting: 2nd Friday/10.30-12 noon/Monthly
None of us in the group, as yet, has expert knowledge of Architecture but we are all very enthusiastic to know more about the subject. We are currently running the group with the minimum of effort, deciding by consensus the avenues that we wish to explore and discuss. We define Architecture in the widest possible terms to maximise that choice. (V)
Group Leader: Roland Halls Venue: Dengie Hundred Sports Centre
Day/Time/Frequency of Meeting: Tuesday/2.00-4.00 p.m./Weekly
When this group was formed many members had never played before whilst others had been playing for 20 years or more. Although it is a pleasure to win we are not aggressively competitive, just thoroughly enjoying the fun and exercise. You will need a racquet, a pair of suitable shoes and your energy. We have about 16 members at present but would welcome more. (V)
BIRD and WILDLIFE WATCHING
Group Leader: Joy Deacon and Lynda Ewers Venue: On location
Day/Time/Frequency of Meeting: 2nd Wednesday/on request/Monthly
We visit many locations with some being run by the Essex Wildlife Trust or the RSPB. Our objective is to encourage an interest in bird watching, wildlife and anything that inhabits a natural surrounding. We are not restricted for numbers by space but more from the size of bird hides, so at times the group has to split into smaller groups. We could accommodate a few more members’. (V)
Group Leader: Frances Harris Venue: Members’ Homes
Day/Time/Frequency of Meeting: 3rd Monday/4.00-5.30p.m./Monthly
We are the newest of the three book groups. Meeting in group members’ homes, we discuss a book chosen from a list which we review from time to time. There is much debate and discussion and plenty of laughter. (V)
Group Leader: Sheila Shuker & Mick Kilbride Venue: Group Leader’s home
Day/Time/Frequency of Meeting: Thursday/7.00-9.00 p.m./Weekly
We usually have a maximum of two tables. We meet weekly and frequently not all members attend. If they do we can usually put up one extra table. We do not play advanced bridge and we are prepared to teach beginners In fact we have taught some up to the point that they now beat us. It is a very pleasant social evening. (V)
Group Leader: Peter Finch Venue: King’s Hall
Day/Time/Frequency of Meeting: 2nd Monday/10.00-12.00 Noon/Fortnightly
The group consists of members with a wide range of photographic interest and knowledge from those just above the happy snapper level to those who like to spend serious time manipulating their pictures on the computer. We have a competitive spirit with regular competitions, but mainly we are there to help one another improve their photographic skills to the level they wish to obtain and to have an enjoyable morning’s meeting.
We have a couple of outings with our cameras in the year, our last one to Tollesbury was a great success. We are always looking for new members so why not give us a try. (V)
Group Leader: Sandra Scott Venue: Group Leader’s Home
Day/Time/Frequency of Meeting: Third Friday/10.30 a.m./Monthly
Group Leader: Derek Sutton Venue: Various eating establishments
Day/Time/Frequency of Meeting: 3rd Friday/12.30-2.30/Monthly
Members take turns each month to organise the venue. (V)
Group Leader: Greta Mills Venue: Group Leader’s home
Day/Time/Frequency of Meeting: 3rd Wednesday/10.30 a.m./Monthly
None of us are experts, but members have experience in different aspects, and are willing to share these with the group. Interest in Family History is more than just drawing up a family tree as knowledge of your ancestors’ lives and trades extends into social history. As we are a newly formed group our aims have yet to be decided. (F)
Group Leader: Pam Eastham Venue: Members’ homes
Day/Time/Frequency of Meeting: Thursday/10.00-11.30 a.m./Weekly
We read French articles and books together and translate them, sing French songs and listen to tapes. Usually one or two people read out pieces they have written about recent holidays or other events. This often leads to discussions. (F)
Group Leader: Sheila Austin Venue: Members’ homes
Day/Time/Frequency of Meeting: 3rd Wednesday/10.30 a.m.-12 noon/Monthly
This is mainly a discussion group. We learn from each other and I organise different gardening topics and occasionally a competition (just for fun – no prizes). Members are encouraged to bring cuttings of flowers and shrubs from their gardens to discuss. (F)
Group Leader: Mary Hyde Venue: Members’ homes
Day/Time/Frequency of Meeting: 4th Monday/2.30-4.30 p.m./Monthly
This new group will join together to view each others gardens and to exchange ideas on anything to do with gardening. The first meeting will take place on the 3rd Monday in February, the 16th, when the group will explore ideas and decide how the group should develop. Places in this new group have been taken up quickly. If you would like more details please contact the group leader. (F)
Group Leader: Jill Taylor Venue: Group Leader’s home
Day/Time/Frequency of Meeting: 1st Wednesday/7.30p.m./Monthly
This group aims to learn more about some of the less familiar parts of the world. We meet once a month and spend several months studying a particular region. Each member chooses one country in that region and finds out about its history, geology, exports, climate, politics, culture etc. At the meetings we share our newly gained knowledge and compare, contrast and discuss our group of neighbouring countries. (F)
Group Leader: Eileen Timmins Venue: Various eating establishments
Day/Time/Frequency of Meeting: 4th Friday/12 noon/Monthly
We circumnavigate hostelries in Burnham. Lifts can be arranged if any member needs transport. (V)
Group Leader: Jacqui Cousins Venue: Members’ homes
Day/Time/Frequency of Meeting: 2nd Tuesday/2.00-4.00 p.m./Monthly
The group meet to discuss a book chosen the previous month. The discussion is analytical and animated. Members pool their ideas of which books to read resulting in the enjoyment of a wide range of reading matter, which proves to be both stimulating and challenging to all. Members are also enthusiastic in supporting the annual Essex Book Festival. (F)
Group Leader: Phyllis Brame Venue: Group Leader’s home
Day/Time/Frequency of Meeting: 2nd Thursday/3-5 p.m/Monthly
The group meet to discuss a diverse selection of books chosen from a list of members’ choices, updated regularly. The discussions are lively with everyone giving opinions on the chosen book. (F)
Group Leader: Sandra Mills Venue: Village Hall
Day/Time/Frequency of Meeting: Tuesday/5.00-7.00p.m./Weekly
Our meetings are very light-hearted, so whether you are a complete beginner or have danced before you will enjoy it; we do have members available to teach the steps. The cost is £1.50 and we would welcome some new members. (F)
Group Leader: Terry Sims Venue: Members’ homes
Day/Time/frequency of Meeting: Friday/2-4 p.m./Weekly
There are 10 members in the group, which with their current arrangements makes it awkward and complicated to accommodate more players. Normally two tables are run and the meeting date and venue can be flexible according to Members’ wishes. For others wanting to play the group are willing to help setup a second group and give tuition if needed. There could even be some interaction between the groups. (F)
Group Leader: Peter Banham Venue: Group Leader’s Home
Day/Time/Frequency of Meeting: Last Wednesday/2.30 p.m./Monthly
Our Ancestry is a new, self-help, family history group. We meet on the last Wednesday of each month at the group leader’s home. We have a topic for open discussion each month, followed by individual questions on any family history related subject. Our aim is to share our knowledge for the benefit of us all, you never know where it will lead, that is the exciting thing about our family history!
Group Leader: Gwen Pocock Venue: Riverside Park
Day/Time/Frequency of Meeting: 1st and 3rd Wednesdays (Apr-Oct)/3.00 p.m./Fortnightly
Please note that the 2017 season will start on Wednesday the 5th April and will meet on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays thereafter until the end of October. NOTE there is a time alteration from last year and the group will meet at an earlier time of 3.00. (V)
Group Leader: Ruth Walsh Venue: Members’ homes
Day/Time/Frequency of Meetings: 2nd Monday/2.30 p.m./Monthly
We meet at members’ homes on the second Monday of the month, 2.30 to 4.30 p.m. when a subject is decided on for the following month. Chosen poems are read out and discussed, and we learn a little about the poet and his life. For further information, please ring Ruth Walsh on 01621 784348. (V)
Group Leader: Linda Baxhandall Venue: Group Leader’s Home
Day/Time/Frequency of Meetings: 1st and 3rd Monday/2.30 p.m./Fortnightly
The Recorder Player Group started in the Autumn of 2016. We meet on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month at 2.30pm in various members’ houses.
In the group there are complete novices (who are doing excellently), those who last played at Junior school and others who have continued to play. We have Descants, Trebles and a Tenor – as yet no Bass.
The music is mostly in parts and varies from Purcell and Handel to Abba, Beatles and tunes from shows but chosen to suit our range of abilities. Often the timing is the biggest problem.
It is fun and enjoyable.
If you feel the urge to rekindle your youth, please feel free to join us. (V)
Contact Linda Baxandall 01621 782298
Group Leader: Dina Bott Venue: Group leader’s home
Day/Time/Frequency of Meetings: Thursday/2.00-4 p.m./Fortnightly
There is space for two tables of four. Would-be members should register in September priority being given to those of longest standing. Sometimes a member is absent so a place can be offered to a ‘reserve’. We play for enjoyment and are not competitive. (V)
Group Leader: Jill Taylor Venue: Various
Day/Time/Frequency of Meetings: 3rd and 4th Wednesdays/2.30 p.m.
Group Leader: Terry Cook Venue: Burnham Museum
Day/Time/Frequency of Meetings: 3rd Friday/2.30-4 p.m./Monthly
This Interest group meets at the Burnham Museum at the bottom of Coronation Road. Informally seated in a circle, the members chat about the historical topic chosen for that meeting. This is a social event with many opinions and sometimes memories of personal experiences. Each meeting is different in its topic but always the same in social enjoyment. (V)
Group Leader: Phil Bevan Venue: Dengie Hundred Sports Centre
Day/Time/Frequency of Meetings: Monday/2.30-4.30 p.m./Weekly
This is a drop-in group so you don’t need to commit to a term’s attendance, just drop in when it suits, although most members do seem to attend regularly. The group, though competitive, is ‘friendly’ competitive. We like to win but the main criteria are meeting like-minded friends, enjoying the exercise and the camaraderie. All abilities are welcome and we do have several good players that keep the rest of us striving to beat them (in the nicest possible way!). (V)
TABLE TENNIS 2
Group Leader: Roy Hutchins Venue: Dengie Hundred Sports Centre
Day/Time/Frequency of Meetings: Wednesday/2.30-4.30 p.m./Weekly
This is a drop-in group so you don’t need to commit to a term’s attendance, just drop in when it suits, although most members do seem to attend regularly. A small fee is payable at the start of each session. As with the Monday Group most games are doubles, but having a smaller membership there are opportunities for singles as well. Some Members attend the Monday Group so we also have several good players that keep the rest of us on our toes. (V)
Group Leader: Lynne Leech Venue: Madison Heights
Day/Time/Frequency of Meetings: Thursday/2.00-4.00 pm.//Fortnightly
The group meets at the Bowling Alley, Madison Heights, Maldon, costs £4.25 (as at October 2018) which includes 2 hours of bowling, shoe hire and refreshments. The group has a varied level of skill from beginners to experienced and everyone is welcome to come and join in. The games are played for fun although there is an element of competitiveness amongst the players. (V)
Group Leader: Jill Taylor Venue: Group Leader’s home
Day/Time/Frequency of Meetings: 4th Friday/10.30 a.m-12 noon//Monthly
This group started in February 2015 and is following the history of the development of classical music. We began with Gregorian plainchant and have progressed (June 2016) as far as Johann Sebastian Bach. Members bring their own cds to play and we make extensive use of YouTube, where we have found lectures by Howard Goodall and Leonard Bernstein as well as oodles of beautiful music. We have also watched lectures on dvd about the relationship between mathematics and music. The group is currently full and has a waiting list. (F)
Group Leader: Diane Caulkett Venue: The Countryside
Day/Time/Frequency of Meetings: 4th Tuesday/usually 10 a.m./Monthly
The monthly walks are open to all U3A members and there is no need to book in advance: just turn up on the day (but if you are coming a courtesy call to the leader would be appreciated). Walk lengths will vary, but are not likely to be too demanding – please check beforehand. Occasional longer walks may be organised. No experience of walking is necessary although stout footwear is adviseable. Participants should have a sufficient level of fitness to cope with the distance and with the occasional stile or rough section of path. After the walk lunch can be enjoyed by those who wish at a convenient pub or café. (F)
Group Leader: Lesley Thompson Venue: Group Leader’s Home
Day/Time/Frequency of Meetings: 3rd Monday/7.00 p.m./Monthly
Formed on the 2017 Open Day this group will have its first meeting on Monday 18th September 7.00 pm and will meet monthly thereafter on the 3rd Monday.
Lesley Thompson, a new member, is going to lead the group and can be contacted on 07895 873983.
Lesley wants to keep the group small at first and already there are three others who have joined the group and one who has expressed interest. Lesley has got plans underway on how she is going to proceed but if any member has expertise in this field perhaps they too could contact Lesley to give some guidance or perhaps a talk now, or at some future date, to the group (V)
Group Leader: Bev Abbott Venue: Group Leader’s Home
Day/Time/Frequency of Meetings: 4th Wednesday (Nov-Apr)/2.00-4.00 p.m./Monthly
Winter Readers will hold their meetings during the colder six months of the year – hence the name!
Book titles will be chosen from members recommendations, and each member will take it in turn to lead a session.