Wednesday Meetings, Weekends Away & Other Events
Wednesday 7th November
Pub Night – Chelmer Tavern
Join us for a drink from 8:30pm in the Chelmer Tavern, Dukes Lane, Springfield (just off New Dukes Way which you can get to from the roundabout on the A138 with the big footbridge over it, see map).
Please note the pub also does nice food, should anyone feel like turning up early for a bit of nosh.
Sunday 11th November
Thames Barrier visit and walk
The Thames Barrier has been described as the eighth wonder of the world. Learn about the River Thames, the flood threat and how the Barrier works. We have a talk and tour booked for 11am, which will take about an hour, after which Cress has offered to take us on a Thameside walk.
Please let Helen know if you are coming and meet at the Barrier entrance off Eastmoor Street at 10:45am at the latest. Cost will be about £5 each.
By car: The best way is via the M25, getting off at J2 (Canterbury) to join the A2 and then the A102 towards the Blackwall Tunnel. Take the A206 and follow the route shown by the map. Allow 50 minutes from the M25 at Thurrock to reach the Barrier car park, parking is £1.50. There is an overflow car park.
The car park shuts at 3.30pm but I have been told by staff that if we talk to Security before leaving on our walk we will be able to leave our cars there and they will let us out when we get back.
By public transport: The nearest train station is Charlton (a 15-minute walk away). Take the DLR to Greenwich and then the train to Charlton. Trains are every 30 minutes – check with National Rail for timings. Walk up Woolwich Rd to the Barrier as shown by the map. Check for rail engineering works before choosing this travel option.
Buses 177 or 180 go from Greenwich station to the Barrier. The 177 runs every 15 minutes on Sundays – take the bus in the direction of Thamesmead Town Centre and get off at the Woolwich Road/Charlton Lane stop. The journey takes about 20 minutes. The 180 runs every 20-25 minutes. Take the bus in the direction of Belvedere Industrial Area, getting off at the Woolwich Road/Charlton Lane stop. Journey time is about 20 minutes.
Alternatively, go to North Greenwich via the Jubilee Line from where the Barrier is a 40 minute walk away. Buses 161 or 472 run from North Greenwich to the Barrier. Both run every 15 minutes. Take the 161 in the direction of the Chislehurst War Memorial or the 472 in the direction of Thamesmead Town Centre. Get off at Woolwich Rd/Charlton Lane, journey time about 15 minutes.
As we are planning a walk straight after the visit, please be sure to bring sandwiches as refreshments can’t be guaranteed.
Wednesday 14th November
We will be trip planning for next Spring and organising Wednesday evenings for January. Everybody’s welcome.
Wednesday 21st November
Sun, sea & lots of sand. Fabulous scenery to share with you from one of the least densely populated countries and possibly the oldest desert on earth.
Wednesday 28th November
Bottoms up ! Do you like wine? Do you fancy trying something different, but not sure what to choose? During the evening we'll sample some popular wines. We'll compare colours, bouquets and of course their tastes. I'll show you how to navigate your wine department with more confidence. Exact cost will depend on the number of attendees, but is likely to be about £5 each. Please bring six glasses.
Please let Graham know if you are coming by 21st November, so he knows how much wine to buy.
Note: Unless otherwise stated, Wednesday events start at 8.30pm at the YMCA in Victoria Road, Chelmsford
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