Mainly For Men


Trip to Greene King Brewery at Bury St Edmunds – Wed 21st Sept 2016

Co-ordinator: John London – 01799 527 729 email:

We usually hold two meetings a term on the first Monday in the month. From October 2017 meetings will be held at Saffron Walden Bowling Club, Abbey Lane, Saffron Walden at 2.15 for a 2.30 pm start. A charge is made for every meeting to enable us to cover our overheads.

We occasionally arrange outside visits and social events.

Although the topics chosen are mainly for the interest of men, all U3A members are most welcome to attend.

Future Events

Meeting – Monday 5th March

A Talk by Malcolm Darroch “A Bridge in Time” The story of the Bailey Bridge – 2.15pm for 2.30pm at the Bowles Club, Abbey Lane.

Outing – Saturday 10th March 2018 .

Visit the  showroom and workshop of P&A Wood – Rolls-Royce and Bentley official heritage dealers – Saturday 10th March 2018 – 10 am – noon. Great Easton, Dunmow, Essex  CM6 2HD

OUTING to Bletchley Park – Thursday 17th May 2018

Full day – likely to be about £25 – 15 places available – Thursday 17th May 2018


Past Events

Following the recent talk by Mark Lewis on Lighthouses, our members may be interested in a series of photos I found on the internet re the construction of Beachy Head Lighthouse. The link is: Tony Treglown

Visit to the Secret Nuclear Bunker Trip – Tuesday 10th October 2017

Thanks to Tony Downing for these photos

Visit to Greene King Brewery 

On 21st September 2016 – Bury St Edmunds

Thanks to Tony Treglown and Tony Downing for these photos

List of Past and Future Meetings

Monday 4 June 2018 at 2.30pm – ‘Bitter Is The Wind Tonight’ – a talk about Vikings by Mrs Sandy Leong
Saturday 10th March 2018 –  10 am – noon – Visit to the  showroom and workshop of P&A Wood – Rolls-Royce and Bentley official heritage dealers – Great Easton, Dunmow, Essex 
Monday 5 March 2018 at 2.30pm – ‘A Bridge In Time, The story of the Bailey bridge’ – a talk by Malcolm Darroch
Monday 5th February 2018 at 2.30pm: ‘A Kick Up The 60s’ – a presentation by Alan Haines
Monday 8th January 2018  – New Year’s Lunch at the Coach and Horses, Newport
Monday 6th November 2017 2:30 pm – ‘Lighthouses’ a talk by Mark Lewis
Tuesday 10th October 2017 – Visit to Secret Nuclear Bunker at Kelvedon Hatch, Brentwood 
Monday 2nd October 2017 2:30 pm ‘200 Years of Milling’ – a talk by Mike Furlong
Thursday 27th July 2017 at 12.30 – Summer Lunch – at the Coach & Horses, Newport
Monday 5 June 2017 2:30 pm – ‘Victorian Ghost Hunters’ – a talk by Andrew Crome
Wednesday 3rd May and Wednesday 10th May 2017 – Visit to Wellcome Genome Campus.
Monday 3rd April 2017– ‘Building the Panama Canal’ – a talk by Richard Thomas.
Monday 6th March 2017 – ‘Patrick Campbell’ – a talk by Nick R Thomas.
Monday 6th February 2017: ‘Andes Plane Crash’ – a talk by John Guiver
Monday 9th January 2017  – New Year’s Lunch at the Coach and Horses Newport
Monday 7 November 2016 –  Sqdn Ldr Kevin Dalley: “History of the Pathfinder Force”
Monday 3 October 2016 – Peter Hesketh: “Circumnavigation of the World in Container Ships”
Wednesday 21st September 2016 – Visit to Greene King Brewery, Bury St Edmunds
Monday 4 July 2016 – Malcolm Osborne: “The US Airforce at Nuthampstead”
Monday 6 June 2016 – Rob Poole: “Railway Curiosities”
Monday 9th May 2016 – Lunch at the Coach and Horses Newport
Monday 4th  April 2016 – Nick Thomas – a talk about his life as a comedy script writer.
Monday 7 March 2016 – Bob Barton from the Scott Polar Institute: The sinking of the Endurance and Shackleton’s ill-fated expedition and the rescue attempt.
Monday 22nd February 2016 – Trip to Sandford Mill to experience the work of the Italian inventor Gugliemo Marconi
Monday 4 January 2016  – Lucy Allen, a film stuntwoman, on the: “Highs and Lows of a Stunt Woman” a talk and film.
Monday 2nd November 2015 – “Fraud and Forgeries”  – a talk by Tim Turner  – valuer and auctioneer.
Wednesday 7th October 2015 – Outing to Combined Military Services Museum in Maldon
Monday 5th October 2015 – The restoration of ‘President’, the only remaining steam narrow boat – a talk by David Powell.
Monday 6th July 2015- “WW2 Defences in Essex”. A talk by the Essex County Council archaeologist.
Wednesday 3rd June 2015 – OUTING to RAF Museum in Hendon.
Monday 2nd March 2015 – “Policing The River Thames”. The speaker spent 40 years in the metropolitan police, with 15 years in the river police.
Monday 2nd February 2015 – “The Ghan – The Last Frontier”. A talk about the Australia rail link that took 150 years to build and was finally completed in 2004.
Monday 1st December 2014 – “Isambard Kingdom Brunel”
Monday 6th October 2014 – The Story of Two Warrior Queens – The Ships – Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary.
Monday 2nd June 2014 – “The Chindits” – speaker Bill Smith.
Monday 7th May 2014 – “Talk on the History of the London Underground” by Tony Earle.
Monday 3rd February 2014 – “Behind The Footlights”
Monday 4th November 2013 – “Zeppelins Over Essex”


Taken by George Turner on our outing to the RAF Museum in Hendon


Thanks to Tony Treglown for this photograph of cockleshell boats taken on the visit to the Combined Military Services Museum. The top cockleshell in the photo is an original which went, but was not used, on the Cockleshell Hero raid on Bordeaux in December 1942.