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Members of Brentwood U3A have been extremely fortunate to have had the opportunity to take part in a whole host of outings and activities arranged by Annette Dwyer-Joyce in the role of Social Secretary from 1996-2012, a post occupied by Maria Buckley until 2016 and from 2017 to May 2020 by our then Chairman, Brian Leith.

Listed below are some of the interesting places that have been visited plus the broad range of social activities that members have enjoyed. There are reports and pictures of many of those listed below, and it is an indication of the popularity of these functions, that they have been so well attended.


(I have probably missed some - let the Website Manager know if you recall any that should be included)

Back-stage tour of the Royal Opera House (Covent Garden)
Battersea Dog’s Home
BBC Broadcasting House
BBC Television Centre (Shepherds Bush)
Bletchley (home of the code- breaking Enigma)
Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace gardens
Clarence House
Colchester - Blue Badge tour
College of Arms (tour and talk)
Constable Country - conducted coach tour
Drapers’ Hall
Drury Lane Theatre
Eltham Palace (twice)

Eton College

Frogmore House, Grounds and Mausoleum
Garrick Club
Handel's Museum (including a recital on a harpsichord)

Harwich Old Town
Highgrove Gardens (the home of Prince Charles)
Kensington Palace (twice)
Lord Chancellor’s Office
Lord’s Cricket Ground
Lullingstone Castle (the World Garden)
Meteorological Office (Bracknell)
National Maritime Museum (Greenwich)
No. 1 London, the Duke of Wellington’s residence (twice)
Olympic Stadium (coach tour of site before completion)
Palace of Westminster

Royal College of Surgeons
Royal College of Surgeons (twice)
Somerset House
Spencer House

St Pancras Station (first time in a poor state)
St Pancras Station (second time having been refurbished)
St Paul’s Cathedral
The Mansion House
Top of the bell tower housing Big Ben (in time to witness the chimes at midday!)
Tower Bridge & inner workings (twice)
Wellington Arch
Whitechapel Bell Foundry
Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Club


(As above - let the Website Manager know if you recall any that should be included)

Candlelight Supper at The Pipe of Port (Southend)
Christmas Lunch at the Froize
Churchill's War Rooms

Docklands Museum
Flatford Mill
Hindu Temple (largest in Europe)
Horse Guards Museum
House of St Barnabas (Victorian women’s refuge)
Lancing College (Sussex)

Layer Marney Tower 2012 (lunch to celebrate 20th year)

London Eye

London’s Regents Canal including pie and mash on narrow boat (twice and it rained both times)
Lunch Cruise on Thames Barge (out of Maldon)
Millenium Dome
Queen’s Gallery (Buckingham Palace)
River Trip to the Thames Barrier

RNLI Headuarters on the Thames
Royal Naval College for Lunch (Greenwich)
Shoreham Airport (Britain’s oldest licensed airport)

Stow Maries WWI Aerodrome

The Banqueting House
The Barbican (to listen to the London Symphony Orchestra rehearse)
Theatre Museum at Covent Garden (now closed)
Thursford Christmas Spectacular (Norfolk)
Victoria and Albert Museum
Victorian Pantomime (Players Theatre, London)
Windsor Castle


There have been many "fun" evenings mainly at the Shenfield Parish Hall, all of which were accompanied by very tasty, prepared suppers. Among these have been Quiz Nights, New Year’s Dinners, Murder Mystery Evenings, Domino Challenges, Call My Bluff style quizzes, Crazy Whist, Beetle Drives and Bingo; and out and about: Car Treasure Hunts, Walking Treasure Hunts, three Opera in the Gardens events and the Annual "Pilgrimage" to Southwold Theatre.

Please send details (and photos) of your activities or outings to the Website Manager at

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