Maldon & District U3A

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Monthly Meetings       Maldon & District U3A Information.
Current 2014 Newsletters           Past Meetings
Social Activities           Past Social Events
Outings                    Past Outings & Visits
Activity Groups             Meeting Place Directions
Committee           Links & Contact

Latest Changes
24th October 2014 Added the September Newsletter.   Updated the Committee and Home Page.


The Maldon & District U3A was launched in May 1998 and has flourished into an enthusiastic group of some 400 members.   There are currently vacancies so If you would like to join then please contact the Membership Secretary, Alan Clarke, 01621 828093 or Email at:

They have a meeting with a guest speaker usually on the 3rd Monday of each month, now in the Wickham Bishops Village Hall, see the link to "Meeting Place Directions", above.

The doors open at 1.30pm for a 1.45pm start.

There are about 40 activity groups available which are held in Members’ houses, various halls and rooms in Maldon. They are all self-regulating and self-funding and their aim is to provide a forum for informed discussion, to develop a practical skill or enjoy a leisure activity in the company of others.

Members are encouraged to form new groups on whatever subject that takes their fancy.
They must provide their own co-ordinator and venue etc.

Membership is £19.00 for the year, 1st May 2014 - 30th April 2015.

You may down-load an A4 PDF version of the Application Form by clicking here

An excellent Newsletter is published each month, sent to those who are on E-Mail, given to Members who attend the Monthly Meeting or otherwise it is posted to their home.   That is service!

Monthly Meetings at Wickham Bishops Village Hall

The doors open at 1.30pm for a 1.45pm start.

Wickham Bishops Village Hall
Wickham Bishops Village Hall taken before June 2012.

Wickham Bishops Village Hall
Wickham Bishops Village Hall taken June 2012 when 2 stacks of Solar Panels appeared.
Note the queue before 1.30pm.

Monthly Monday Meetings

3rd Monday in the Month "Maldon U3A meet in the Village Hall at Wickham Bishops"
Monday, 18th August 2014. "Behind the Scenes at Buckingham Palace.
By Tom Corby

Monday, 15th September 2014. "The Early Life of Frank Sinatra in Words and Music.
By David Patrick

Monday, 20th October 2014. "History of Marconi.
By Peter Turrell, MBE

Monday, 17th November 2014. "Songs 1925 to 1975’ (from Gershwin, Berlin, Porter to Manilow, Diamond with many others in between)
By Terry Duffy

Monday, 15th December 2014. "The Holly and the Ivy"
A celebration of the Winter Festival in Speech and Song.

By Mac Theatre
These husband and wife artistes have a breadth of experience in TV, film and theatrical roles.

Photograph and Report of the June AGM Meeting - 2014

Chairman, Malcolm opened the 16th Maldon & District AGM and welcomed everybody and conducted the AGM.

Chairman Malcolm Case.
Chairman Mr Malcolm Case.
Photo by John Bowen

AGM Top Table.
AGM Top Table - Glenna Wilkins, Pat Riddell, Malcolm Case and Martin Cook.

Members at the AGM.

AGM Top Table.
Marrie Webster serving the strawberries and cream.

Photograph and Report of the May 2014 Meeting

Nick R Thomas gave an interesting talk on his life as a Freelance Scriptwriter.   He had travelled all the way from Bournemouth by train and his talk was well illustrated with stories over the past 35 years.

Nick R Thomas
Nick Thomas
Photo by John Bowen

Photographs and Report of the March 2014 Meeting

Mr. Martyn Lockwood gave an interesting talk on the assasins of the early eighteenth century.

Wickham Bishops Village Hall
Mr Lockwood.
Photo by David Bolwell

In those days arsenic was freely available at the local chemists and was even recommended to the ladies to improve their complexion.

Having no taste and only detectable (in those days) by a complex autopsy it was a favourite means of getting rid of ones adversaries.   Essex had a notorious reputation for killers in that period.

Wickham Bishops Village Hall
The Guardian, March 22, 1851.
Photo by David Bolwell
Eventually the sale of arsenic to the general public was banned.

Report and photos by David Bolwell.

Photographs and Report of the 2014 January Meeting

Whilst the Co-ordinators were updating the meeting about the next activities the microphone stand collapsed but was caught by John who followed it to the floor.
To the amusement of the meeting he updated the activities of the Music Appreciation Group while still on the floor.

Wickham Bishops Village Hall
John Skuse updating the meeting about Music Appreciation group.

After a short break William Tyler presented his talk about Scotland's Referendum on 18th September 2014.   He produced a thought provoking discussion on many pionts of why Scotland may want to separate from England.

Wickham Bishops Village Hall
William Tyler in full flow!

The Scottish argument being led by First Minister, Alex Salmon who with the SNP has pinned high hopes on the "Yes" Vote.
William felt that at this time the vote will be "No" but wished to come back in 100 years to see what really happened.

He was thanked by the Chairman for providing such a thought provoking discussion and answering the many questions with such authority.

Social Activities, Outings and Events

This list will be updated soon to be especially useful for the organizers of other events so that we don't clash.
Please give your fullest support, these events are for fun and are not to raise funds.
If you have any suggestions for other events please let any of the Social Committee know.

Further details, lists and tickets will be available closer to the date.

Date Activity
2014 Events  
Monday 28th July 2014 Guided Walk from Dedham to Flatford - Local History Group.
Tuesday 12th August 2014 Wine Tasting in Kent—Wine Group 3.
Wednesday 20th August 2014 Thames North Bank Walk, - London Walks.
Tuesday 9th September 2014 Visit to British Museum - Egyptology.
9th and 10th September 2014 U3A AGM and Conference, Cirencester.
Monday 22nd September 2014 The White Cliffs and Walmer Castle - Local History Group.
Wednesday 24th September 2014 Theatre Group - ‘The 39 Steps'.
Thursday 25th September 2014 Barn Dance at Mundon Villagfe Hall.
Thursday 2nd October 2014 Watts Gallery, Guildford.
Wednesday 15th October 2014 Searching Alleyways of the City of London - London Walks.
Friday 17th October 2014 Beetle Drive - Social Committee.
Tuesday 28th October 2014 Study Day, Plume School, Maldon.
Monday 3rd November 2014 Visit to Trinity House - Maritime.
Thursday 20 November 2014 "Call my Wine Bluff" - Social Committee.
Wednesday 26th November 2014 “White Christmas” - Theatre visit.
Friday 12th December 2014 “The Sixteen at Christmas” - Theatre visit.
Please Note The above events may change - consult the Monthly Magazine and your Group Leaders.

Activity Groups

Click on those underlined to see more details.
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Bird Watching, (the feathered variety!)
Botany Group
Elizabethan Age
Family History
French Conversation
German conversation and culture
Local History
Just Jazz
London Walks & Talks
    Luncheon Club
Musical Appreciation
New Friends
General Outings
Petanque (Boule)
Scottish Country Dancing
Sing For Pleasure
Table Tennis
TenPin Bowling
Wine Groups 1-2-3 and 4
Writing for Fun

Group Contact Telephone number 01245 225657

Booklet is available from the Group Contact with full details of venue and times etc.

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