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Group Programmes

All Day Walks    Convenor: Berry Cornell  01277 355823


This is a group which does walks which do not include lunch at a pub.  A picnic lunch is taken and stops are made during the day for coffee and tea.  The walks are led by various group members and are usually in Essex or London.   The walks are generally on the 2nd Monday of the month. We usually walk about 7 miles.



All Day Walks2    Convenor: Bob Smith  01245 261077 Email:


Walks will take place on the second Thursday of the month either fairly locally or in London. Everyone takes a turn in leading a walk but these donít have to be walked out in advance, and the only rule is nobody complains if we get lost!

Walks average from 5-8 miles and we take a picnic lunch. If we see places of interest on the way, and the group is in agreement, we stop and explore. We usually donít walk in December as itís such a busy month and January we often escape to the pub halfway through.



Ambling Group   Convenor: Tony Boniface 01245 266316


Venue: Various locations on the first Friday of the month.

Objective: Short walks with the main objective of looking at and learning about different places or subjects with a knowledgeable leader each time. 


Art Appreciation  Convenor: Brenda Kelly  01277 840621

We meet on the 4th Tuesday of each month (unless we have to change because of gallery day closures) at various times - full days or just afternoons.  We visit art galleries in London, Cambridge or elsewhere, sculpture gardens like Much Hadham or Harlow, or houses which have pictures on display - sometimes for a guided tour.  We meet in members' houses from time to time to discuss art or to talk about our future programme.  On occasions we have a visiting lecturer either in Chelmsford or Boreham.  We are a small friendly group - newcomers welcome.


Birding  Convenor: Derek Holroyd    

Administrator: Alan Alexander    01245 248030     07712818499  


Venue: Various sites in Essex and local counties.

We meet on the 4th Friday of every month at various times

depending on venue (see Programme). Objective: To encourage an interest in Bird Watching among  members.



Book Group  Convenor: Andy Moir  01245 440007


Venue: Chelmsford Library.  We meet on  the 3rd Monday  of each month at 2.30pm at Chelmsford Library.  We read and discuss a different book each month.



Bridge   Convenor: Colin Scofield 01245 460416


Venue: Various. We meet every Monday at 2pm for social

games of Bridge (playing and improving).



Bridge 3   Convenor: Mary Ubee         01245 608653   


Venue Friends Meeting House Rainsford Road. 

We meet  on the 2nd 3rd 4th and if there is one 5th Tuesday in the month at 2 30 pm until 5pm.   There is a small charge for the venue costs. The group is happy to welcome new members.  The group comprises learners and returners to Bridge.



Camera Club  Convenor:    Michael Bacon


The group meets on the second Monday of each month at 2pm and the venue is the Common Room at Galleywood Heritage Centre. Objective: To improve our photographic skills by using our cameras, showing and discussing results within the group. Considerable mutual help arises both during discussion and on outdoor meetings.  This group is hosted by  Baddow and Galleywood U3A and to attend the group you must pay them an affiliation fee of £6.



Chess     Convenor: Tony Boniface  01245 266316                                

Deputy: Cyril Bagshaw  01245 604141


Venue: Homes of members. We meet once a week on Mondays at 7.30pm to enjoy playing chess.



Church Visits  Convenor: Brian Greatrex    01245 258833


This group has been meeting monthly and has run for many

years.    Objective is to enjoy visiting the most architecturally

interesting churches in Essex and this object is likely to remain. We meet on 1st Wednesday at 10.30am (usually). 



City Centre Lunch Club   Convenor : Vivienne Lane 07931392300                                


We meet on the 4th Friday of the month at 12 for 12.30. A restaurant is chosen from those in the city centre and we aim for a reasonably priced set lunch menu.  The aim is that we can get there on our bus passes, we don't have to park and we can have a drink or two without worrying.



Classical Music   Convenor Colin Scofield 01245 460416


Venue 295 Springfield Road  on 3rd Wednesday at 2 15pm

We meet to enjoy Classical music on CDs chosen by the group



Creative Writing  Convenor: Margo Fuke    07427879181   


Venue 165 Wood Street at 2.30 last Wednesday of each month.  We aim to share our widely varying writing experiences (if any) and enhance our enjoyment, particularly but not exclusively, of fiction writing of all kinds. No prior knowledge is needed, just a willingness to contribute to discussions, and a love of words. 



Discussion Group   Convenor: Vivienne Lane 07931 392300


This is an informal discussion group and we all suggest topics which are discussed for approximately 10 minutes. We meet at the Central Library in Chelmsford on the second Friday of the month at 2pm and it lasts for approximately 1.5 hours. Coffee is usually served as well for a nominal charge. 


Family History  Convenor: Lesley Wood 01245 601359

Whether you are a complete novice or have been tracing your family tree for decades you are bound to benefit from joining our group. We have tutorials and talks, advice and problem solving sessions and love to share our success stories. We meet on the second Tuesday at 2.00pm in the Tower Room at The Millennium Centre, Great Baddow. 



French        Convenor:  Carole Dammous    01245 250849


Venue: Various  We meet on alternate Mondays at 2pm. We have professional help to increase our fluency and confidence. We use the magazine ďRendez-vousĒ to keep up with current affairs and modern language.



Garden Group    Convenor:  Chris Bellamy 01277 353481


The Garden Group usually meets on the 4th Thursday of the month. Outside visits during Spring and Summer might vary to suit the garden, but indoor meetings will always be on the 4th Thursday at the Boreham Village Hall. The newsletter will give up to date information on dates and times

International Dining Club   Convenor :  Jennie Cappin   01245 358629


Venue :  We meet on every third Monday in the month at 7.30pm.  Our aim is to have a meal together, at restaurants chosen by members.  We may visit Chinese, Indian, Thai or any other restaurant which appeals to the group.


Literature    Convenor: Debbie Cresswell 07809636823

Venue at the home of members.  We meet on the 3rd Thursday of each  month  at 2.15pm, to discuss all aspects of literature, both fiction and non-fiction, poetry, based on various themes.  Occasionally we invite a guest  speaker. New members welcome. 


Live Arts    Convenor: John Heathcote   01245 380766

Deputy: Berry Cornell 01277 355823


Objects: Visits arranged to London West End and occasionally to regional theatres by coach to enjoy  plays, musicals, concerts, opera and ballet. 



Local History  Convenor: Jane Humphreys 01245 259590

Secretary: Lesley Wood 01245 601359


Venue: Boreham Village Hall

Occasional outdoor visits from April to September.        We meet on 1st Tuesday of each month at 2.30pm to explore and enjoy the local history of the area.


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London: the City & its People  Convenor: Berry Cornell    01277 355823


A programme of outings and talks to increase our enjoyment and knowledge when visiting the capital. Group meets on 4th Monday in the month, times and venues vary as advised by Newsletter.



'love2read'  Convenor Pauline Horemans     01245 252599


Venue  Members homes. We meet on the 3rd Thursday at 2pm until 3 30pm.



Luncheon Club 2. Convenor: Harry Franklin 01245 475444


Venue: Pub or restaurant of  membersí choice.

We meet on the 4th Tuesday of the month at 12.30pm to enjoy the company of others and conversation with people with similarinterests, while enjoying different venues and food.



Luncheon Club 3   Convenor: Di Living 01245 441423


Venue: Various pubs/restaurants. We meet on the last Friday of the month at 12.30pm.



Mahjong Group.  Convenor Chris Paget  01245 474811


The group meets at 2pm on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month at members houses.



The Painting Group  Convenor: Cynthia Cronin  01245 461215


Venue: Boreham Village Hall every Tuesday   9.30am - 12.30pm



The Painting Group II Convenor: Peter Anderton  01245 441035 or 07773 074 105


Venue: Boreham Village Hall every Monday   9.30am - 12.30pm (except on Bank Holidays)

 The group is a mixture of beginners and improvers and we are looking to extend and grow our membership, as well as our skills and knowledge.

Philosophy and Religion   Convenor: Thelma Cleaver  01245 609610   

Deputy: Bill Brown  01245 474774


Our group has been in existence for twelve years. We have had the same membership for most of that time and have had to declare the group full. Now things have changed and it would be possible to absorb a few members. We are none of us experts in philosophy, and usually rely on input from acknowledged experts via lectures on DVDs and CDs, sometimes recorded from radio or television by ourselves, or borrowed and occasionally bought jointly. The experts never agree so we feel totally free to discuss and disagree as well. We meet on the first Monday of the month from 10am to 12noon at 147 Chignal Road  CM1 2JD



Philosophy 2  Convenor: Julia McClure  01245 420028  07941480240


We study philosophical ideas and history to gain knowledge and understanding of philosophy and philosophical thinking. We meet every 4th Thursday 11:00 to 12:30 at 22 Paradise Road, Writtle, CM1 3HP



Play reading    Convenor: Barbara Newton  01245 441268


Venue: Various. We meet on 2nd Thursday of each month at 2.15pm to read and discuss the whole spectrum of plays.



Poetry Appreciation   Convenor: Cyril Bagshaw   01245 604141  

Deputy: Tony Boniface   01245 266316


Venue: 28 Bishops Court Gardens, Springfield, monthly  2nd Tuesday at 2.15pm-4pm. Our aim is the appreciation of poetry, including membersí own work, through readings and discussion.



Quiz Group    Convenor: Vera Jones 07747 174339

We meet as and when there are quizzes.



Science Group    Convenor:  Chris Bellamy 01277 353481


Venue: Blessed Sacrament Church Hall in Melbourne Avenue, Chelmsford on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 2.15pm. Object of the group is to extend knowledge in scientific and other matters by means of talks, discussion and visits.




Scrabble Convenor: Rosemary Coughlan   01245  352985

Deputy Veronica OíSullivan    01245 420565


Venue: Quaker Meeting House.  The group meets on second and fourth Thursday of each month at 2pm to enjoy the board game and improve skills.



Short Walks    Convenor: Robert Lloyd 01245 466167


Venue: the 3rd Friday of the month at 10.15am at a pub in various locations in Essex for walks of 3 to 4 miles. We pre-order lunch where possible at the pub before setting off, aiming to return by 12.30pm. Because of limited space  at some pubs. membership has to be restricted and there is currently a waiting list.  However I routinely review the situation so a time will come when new members will be able to join us.                                



Spanish Conversation Group   

Convenor: Lindsay Whitehouse       0785 319 4093  01245 356363 


We meet on the third Wednesday of each month at 1030 to 1200 at membersí homes 



Ten-Pin Bowling    Convenors: Roger and Ruth Spall 01245 466486 


Takes place on 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month at 10.00am for 10.30am. Venue: The City Bowl CM1 1PD.  No restrictions on numbers. No commitment.  Friendly,  non-competitive group.   Phone for further details.



The Travel Group   Convenor  Philip Heady 01376 339292   


Venue  Christchurch  New London Road  Chelmsford

Regular meetings are held to discuss and plan short breaks and holidays within the UK and Europe. 



Walking Group  Convenor: Philip Heady  01376 339292


Venue Meets on 1st Tuesday and 3rd Friday of the month at 10 am

at various locations within Essex for walks of between 5/6 miles. we usually meet at a pub and pre order lunch before setting off, aiming to return by 1 pm. Occasionally we do a longer all day walk.



Various of our groups; Live Arts, London, the City and its People, Music Player s, Camera Club and Table Tennis are either shared with or hosted by other U3As.  To attend a  group which is hosted by  Baddow and Galleywood U3A you must pay them an affiliation fee of £6.


This page was last edited on 23rd January 2019