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Future Events

Friday 21st June 2024 Visit to Little Braxted Church and Kelvedon Hall Garden

We visit St Nicholas Church at 11.00am to view the highly decorated interior. After a break for lunch, the group will convene at 2.00pm at Kelvedon Hall to view the gardens. Home-made teas will be provided. Cost £12.50 for members and £14.50 for non-members. For details and a booking form please click here to download the flier.


Wednesday 17th July 2024 Visit to the Greek Orthodox Monastery, Tolleshunt Knights and the Church of St Mary the Virgin, Tollesbury

Our visits today provide a contrast between a relatively-recently established Monastery and an ancient church originally dating from 11th Century or earlier. The Friends last toured the monastery in 2010 when we saw the stunning iconography of the largest Orthodox Monastery in western Europe established in 1959 by Archimandrite Sophrony Sakharov and accommodating both monks and nuns. We will start there at 10.30 a.m. with refreshments. The tour should take about two hours. Our visit to St Mary’s will begin at 2.00 p.m. This quite charming listed church stands at the highest point and centre of the village and may originally date from the Anglo-Saxon period. For more details and a booking form please click here to download the flier.


Tea and Talks Autumn 2024

Monday 9th September   Cleopatras: Queens of Egypt   by Janet Brewer

Of all the Queens named Cleopatra, the last is most famous, but they all were very powerful women in their own right. Each Queen held absolute power, easily overshadowing their husbands or sons, and all proved to be shrewd and capable leaders.


Monday 14th October    Essex Rocks   by Ian and Ros Mercer

Geological processes continue - rocks fall into the sea, earthquakes shake the land, and rivers carry away mud, sand and pebbles into the sea. Ian and Ros have travelled around the world to catch sight of the many geological wonders from jade to gravel.


Monday 11th November    The Martello Towers of Essex   by Peter Jones

At the end of the eighteenth-century Britain is at war with France. Napoleon's army is threatening to invade having already made two attempts. All that is standing between us and the French is the Royal Navy and a long line of Martello Towers — this is their story.

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