Maldon & District U3A

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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 here:   Maldon U3A Membership Secretary

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 £20.00 for the year, 1st May 2015 - 30th April 2016.

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.

February Monthly Meeting.

The Meeting started off directly with the introduction of Mr Bob Milme who would present "Forensic work in the Police Force"

In introducing himself he said he was until he retired in 2008, the Head of Forensics at New Scotland Yard, so we knew we were in for an interesting afternoon.

February Mtg
How Science came to Scotland Yard.

Bob traced the history of Forensic Science starting with the 1700s when the medical profession started to cut up dead people to try and understand how the human body worked.   He then decribed in detail the many scientists and statiticians who year by year contributed to the eventual setting up of a Forensic Laboratory.

Finger printing was a major step forward but it took time for the Police Force to realise its potential.

As the presentation continued Bob explained a number of well know cases including the Al Capone organised massacre in America and details about Jack The Ripper in London.

He also told the story of Dr Crippen who was alleged to have murdered his Wife.

February Mtg
Copy from the Weekly Dispatch about Dr Crippen.

He was caught by Inspector Dews who caught a faster ship - the RMS Laurentic to Canada and arrested both Dr Crippen and Miss Le Neve on the RMS Montrose at Father Point in the middle of the St Lawence River.

February Mtg
Copy from a newspaper of the chase.

February Mtg
Photograph of Dr Crippen being led down the gangplank.
Bob comfirmed the leading Policeman seems to be carrying a shotgun.

Dr Crippen was found guilty of murder and hung but Miss Le Neve was not prosecuted.   Amazingly DNA examination now shows that the body under No 39 was not that of his wife but of a male!

Bob concluded by telling of how Profiling can assist in tracking criminals with examples.

February Mtg
How Science came to Scotland Yard.

Thank you Bob for an interesting afternoon.

January Monthly Meeting

A large audience assembled in the hall at Wickham Bishops to see and listen to Magic Circle Member Paul Clancy as he entertained us for over an hour.

Paul started by telling us the background to Magic and how the Magic Circle came into being.   He also told us of some of the well known persons who were Members including Prince Charles who joined in 1974 with the assistance of the late Lord Mountbatten - who was also a Member.

He said he did not use animals or birds as they took a lot of looking after - he prefered close-up-magic.

Starting with Magic at the age of 13 he said he was soon bitten by Magic up to the age when he became a Police Constable when the Magic took a bit of a back drop.   However once he had retired he found he had the time and interest to pursue it with more vigor.

January Mtg
Paul Clancy introducing the Art of Magic.

Having set the scene Paul then showed he was "Top of his Art" in the way he got people on the stage to assist him with unbelievable acts of Magic.

January Mtg
Paul Clancy with Dorathy Denmark who sportingly assisted with a trick.

Pieces of rope appeared whole - cut-up into pieces and then by "Magic" stuck themselves back to one length!

January Mtg
Paul Clancy with a number of coloured building bricks which appeared upside down - followed a sequence etc.

His final act was with a series of hankerchiefs which appeared - disappeared and even changed colour.

Thank you the U3A Committee and for Paul who left us in a trance!

January 2015 - Magic Evening in Maldon Town Hall.

As if by Magic the Social Committee arranged an Evening of Magic on January 28th when 10 Magicians turned out in the cold to entertain us.

Ron Aldi was the Compare for the evening and told us a bit about who they were and where they were from.   He then allocated one Magician to each table.

As every table had a different Magician I can only comment on what happened on my table - until others contribute their experiences.

Alan was first to us on Table 8 and he was great with a pack of cards.   He could make a chosen card appear in the most unusuaul places - disappear - again - how do they do it?

January Evening of Magic January Evening of Magic
Alan with his cards.   Mike is choosing a card.

January Evening of Magic
How did he know that? The cards in the hands of Carol.

A stage act involved Mary Bird sportingly agreed to be on stage along side another U3A Member who was the musical director.   It was more a game of confusion than magic but had everyone on their seats.

January Evening of Magic
The "Musician", left, Richard centre and Mary right.

When the act finally completed a good round of applause was justified.

A break was introduced when a very nice Ploughmans Meal was served by the Social Committee.

Afterwards Ron Aldi appeared at our table with a variation of the spivs "3 Card Trick" - no wonder the American Tourists are fleeced in London.   There was no way we could work out which card was next!

January Evening of Magic

January Evening of Magic
Ron Aldi with a small jug which could hide balls - produce balls and at the end even produce a huge green monster ball - there was NO-WAY that fitted into the jug - but it did.

Next was the turn of David on the stage to do a Spelling Test from the front to the back of the hall - an 8 letter word was chosen by a U3A Member while David at the front prompted for letters which made up the word - after 10 minutes of chearful banter the result was "Muffings" and so David did not have to hang himself - the rope was designed to break anyway!

January Evening of Magic
David on the stool about to hang himself!

Richard from Rayleigh was last on and confused everyone with his "New Trick from America".
He finished off his act by showing everyone how a red handkerchief turns into a white one and back again and to finish- a bi-coloured one!

January Evening of Magic
The Magician taking a Bow - very well done.

Thanks to the Social Committee for a great evening of food - company and Magic.

John Bowen.

Future Monthly Meetings

3rd Monday in the Month "Maldon U3A meet in the Village Hall at Wickham Bishops"
Monday, 16th February 2015. "Forensic work in the Police Force"
By Bob Milne, Former Head of Forensics at New Scotland Yard.
Bob will talk about his fascinating work and close involvement in the development of forensic methods and processes. He has many interesting anecdotes and stories about famous cases too.

Monday, 16th March 2015. "History of the Canals’
By Pauline Dickinson.
Pauline talks about the culture, traditions and life on the canals.

Monday, 20th April 2015. "The Man Who Discovered Beatrix Potter’
By Andrew Wiltshire.
Andrew will talk about his family connections to Leslie Linder, the man who ‘discovered’ Beatrix Potter by spending nine years breaking the code she used in her private journal.

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
2015 Event
Monday 2nd March 2015 Trip to Shell Haven & London Gateway - Maritime.
Wednesday 18th March 2015 Talk on Bethnal Green - London Walks & Talks.
Friday 27th March 2015 Afternoon Social Event.
Wednesday 15th April Talk on Bethnal Green - London Walks & Talks.
27th to 29th April Flanders - Lest we Forget - Local History Group.
24th to 27th May 4 Day trip to Liverpool -"The Three Queens" - Martime.
Thursday, 11th June Visit to the British Library and Temple Church - Plantagenet.
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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