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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.

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 each month at various times.  We visit art galleries, sculpture gardens or houses  sometimes for a guided tour .  Occasional meetings in members' houses to discuss aspects of art or to thrash out our future programme.  On occasions we have a visiting lecturer or visit Gainsborough's House in Sudbury to hear a lecture.


2018 Programme


Birding  Convenor: Derek Holroyd       01245 474972


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. 

Our 2018 Programme


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 particular book each month.


Our 2018 Programme


For reviews of the books that we have read see

  Book Reviews


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 £8.

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 3rd Wednesday at 10.30am (usually).

2018 Visits Programme


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 Scolfield 01245 460416

Venue members home 3rd Wednesday at 2 15pm

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


Creative Writing  Convenor: Margo Fuke    079633693       01245 358255                    

 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. 

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 "rendez-vous" to keep up with current affairs and modern language.

Gardens 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


 Genealogy  Convenor: Lesley Wood 01245 601359

At our group you will find lots of advice to help you start on your path to discovering your familyís past.  We meet on the second  Tuesday at 2pm. Please contact Lesley for the venue details. 


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 07809 636823


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, concerts, opera and ballet.


The group is currently closed to new members


Local History     Convenor: Pam Joughin      01245 467655                       


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.


Click here four July to December 2018 Programme v2


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.


Click here for the 2018 Programme


'love2read'  Convenor Pauline Horeman     01245 252599

Venue: Members home.

We meet on the third Thursday of the month from 2.00 to 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 similar interests, 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 morning  9.30am - 12.30pm



Philosophy and Religion   Convenor: Thelma Cleaver           01245 609610

                                                  Deputy: Bill Brown                         01245 474774  

Venue  147 Chignal Road    The group has been running  since 2006 and is full.



Philosophy 2    Convenor:  Julia McClure 01245 420028


We will 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: We meet in one another's homes on 2nd Thursday of each month at 2.15pm to read and discuss whole spectrum of plays. At present our group is complete and cannot take new members.

Poetry Appreciation   Convenor: Cyril Bagshaw   01245 604141

                                                Deputy: Tony Boniface                 01245 266316  

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


Tony Reading two of his poems


Quiz Group    Convenor:  Vera Jones  tel no. 07747 174339  

We meet as and when there are quizzes.

Science Group    Convenor:  Chris Bellamy  tel no. 0127 7353481  


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. There is always room for new members. 

2018 Programme:


Scrabble       Convenor: Rosemary Coughlan      01245  352985

                                Deputy Audrey Ward                        01245 256317  

Venue: various.   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 table limits 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

We meet on the third Wednesday of each month at 1030 am for about 2 hours.  Members take it in turn to host.  We focus on simple conversation with a particular theme each month.  We are committed to helping each other improve speaking and listening skills.  Convenor Lindsay Whitehouse email or telephone 01245 356363 or 0785 319 4093

Espero a ver ustedes pronto

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

Takes place on 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month at 10am for 10.30am

Venue: The City Bowl CM1 1PD.

No restrictions on numbers. No commitment.  Friendly,  non-competitive group.   Phone for further details.

Travel Group    Acting Convenors: 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


For more details see the Travel Group webpage


Walking Group   Convenor: Philip Heady  01376 339292  


Venue: Meets on 1st Tuesday and 3rd Friday of the month at 10am in various locations in  Essex, generally within 10 to 12 miles of Chelmsford, for walks of around 5 miles or less.  We usually meet at a pub and pre-order lunch before setting off, aiming to return before 1pm.  

Various of our groups; Live Arts, London, the City and its People, Music Player s, Photography, Table Tennis and Spanish 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 £8.


This page was last edited on 8th February 2018