We have a general meeting to which all members are invited. It starts at 2.00pm on the first Wednesday of each month at the West Maldon Community Centre, Sunbury Way, Maldon, CM9 6YH.  In addition to a varied range of talks by invited speakers, the meetings provide an opportunity to meet with Group Coordinators and to sign-up for groups’ activities.  These meetings are also a valued social opportunity to meet with other members.

Members who are actively involved in setting up the hall (See: Meeting Rotas ) for these meetings can normally gain access about 30 minutes earlier at 1.30pm.  Meetings finish about 4.30pm – extra help is always welcome to tidy up, clearing away tables and chairs.

All members should sign-in on arrival.  An alphabetical list of current members’ names is provided at the signing-in table

Members leaving early must also sign-out – this is so we can account for members in the case of an emergency evacuation of the building.

Members should ensure that they are aware of fire exits and the procedures should an emergency occur.

A rota is arranged for members of each group who take turns to set out the chairs, serve refreshments, and to be Meeters & Greeters.  It is hoped that everyone will take their turn to support the smooth running of our meetings.

At about 2.30, following ‘business’ announcements, we have a speaker who usually finishes about 3.30 when tea and coffee is served.  Finding interesting speakers is always challenging so we do really welcome offers to speak from our own members – this is really in the spirit of the U3A movement.

Many of our Interest Groups advertise their forthcoming events and activities in the Linton Room or Jubilee Lounge at the main monthly meeting.  Sign-up sheets are provided with collecting boxes for any money that will be needed to fund events such as a theatre visits, coach trips to places of interest, etc.  Members have an opportunity to go round all the tables both before and after the speaker to choose what activities they would like to do.

Payment for activities by cheque is appreciated – made out to Blackwater U3A - Separate cheques for each event please.


Our monthly general meetings held at the West Maldon Community Centre feature a wide variety of guest speakers.  Meetings are on the first Wednesday of each month.  Doors now open at 2.00pm.


Monthly Meeting Programme
October 2017 The Work of the Herts & Essex Air Ambulance.
November 2017  Medieval Pilgramage - Its dangers, rewards and scandals - Clare Goodall
December 2017 Christmas Celebrations


Each month we ask members of our various Interest Groups to help with the smooth running of our Wednesday meetings.  Please see below for the Groups assigned to these important tasks over the next few months.  The Welcome Committee should be two or more members of the chosen groups who should arrive at about 1.30pm to receive their badges and any special instructions for the day. The doors should not open until 1.45pm.

There will be no charge for refreshments (Tea and Biscuits).

Rota for Refreshments and The Welcome Team
October 2017 Birwatching and Cribbage
November 2017 Computing and Cooking


The setting up team should check with Kathy on the layout of the hall and make sure that all tables are correctly positioned before the chairs are put out.  Please do not clear away the chairs until requested by a member of the committee.

Rota for Setting up and Clearing Away
October 2017 Walkers and Cards
November 2017 Wine Group and Writing