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THEATRE GROUP THREE ANNUAL WEEKENDER
SEPTEMBER - Members of TG3 spent an enjoyable weekend in Oxford where they saw a play written by Moira Buffini, called "Handbagged" a tongue-in-cheek comedy about the meetings that took place between Margaret Thatcher, when she was Prime Minister, and The Queen. This, on the Friday evening, while on Saturday members were free to explore the ancient university town followed by a group dinner The Perch a restaurant outside the actual city centre. Two mini buses transported members to and from the restaurant and the hotel. (Report and pictures: Brian Leith)
JULY - No matter what the weather members of the Cynthia Knox's Croquet Group are happy to turn out for a session of this gentle but competitive game. Play takes place on the well-manicured courts at the Writtle Croquet Club that kindly hire out their facilities to members of Brentwood U3A once a month for an agreed sum. (Photos: Janis Owen)
JUNE - Once again Myra Bruce's pupils from her Painting and Drawing Group held a stunning exhibition of their work in the Gwendoline Lewis Room to coincide with the normal Brentwood U3A monthly meeting. Using a variety of materials, more than 50 pieces of work were on display and it was clear to see that there was a wealth of talent among the members that attend the Group sessions.
(Photos supplied by Alistair Fiddes)
APRIL - Members took part in an outing, organised by U3A National Office, to the Temple Church, near Fleet Street, on Tuesday, 28, to hear the Brandenburg Choral Singers perform Vivaldi Gloria. I am very pleased to say that Brentwood U3A was very well represented with 16 members attending, some of whom are pictured below. The concert, which was conducted by Robert Porter, was excellent with one or two of the pieces leaving some members feeling very emotional. During the interval we were served a choice of wine or a soft drink and invited, with members of other U3As, to walk around the Church, where we found the effigy of the First Earl of Essex, and/or read the posters on the walls depicting Templars who went to Gallipoli, many not returning. All who attended were in agreement that the afternoon had been truly wonderful.
(Report and photo: Maria Buckley)
ROYAL OPERA HOUSE PRODUCTION WORKSHOP
APRIL - On a high point in Purfleet, overlooking the Queen Elizabeth II Bridge is High House Production Park, where in a building as large as an aircraft hangar staff create the stage sets and backcloths that are used in the many productions staged in the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. It is difficult to accurately convey the dimensions of the work that is undertaken, but apart from the actual "painting" of the scenes on cloths some 60 metres wide and 40 metres high, vast areas are assigned to building the sets using carpentry and metalwork. Once completed the "sets" are transferred on to articulated lorries using heavy duty pulleys and lifting gear. The day commenced with coffee at 11.00 am and finished at 3.00 pm, with an hour's lunch break. Sixty members from several U3A branches were spilt into three groups, each of which was escorted around the vast site by two guides. All agreed it was a very interesting day. (Report and photos: Brian Leith)
THEATRE GROUP THREE ANNUAL DINNER
JANUARY - Members of Theatre Group Three enjoyed a three-course meal at the Italian restaurant, Cucina, The Street, High Ongar. On entering the restaurant, that had opened towards the latter part of last year, the first impression is how clean and bright the place is, with comfortable and new furnishings throughout. The Group was seated in a very pleasant room set away from the main restaurant area, but being a Tuesday evening there very few other diners. All agreed that the food was excellent and the price of £13.95 for three courses was very good value. Among the choice of six starters were: bruschetta, calamari, mussels; five mains included: lamb shank, pan fried salmon, chicken breast in white wine sauce, ravioli; and a choice of four deserts: tiramisu, pannacotta, mascarpone and choice of ice creams. THis could easily become a favourite among members.
(Report and Photos: Brian Leith)