Maldon Life Article Feb 2015

With the weather getting colder it’s probably a good time to get any jobs done indoors making the most of keeping yourself in the warm.  Unless of course you’ve got somewhere else warm and interesting to go to;  Where parking your car is simple, free and close to the building you need. Where you are joined by people you know, doing something you are all interested in.  Yes I’m talking about the West Maldon Community centre.  Where else?

John our Bookings Manager informed me recently about not one, but three new user groups at the centre. The first two are part of The Maldon and District U3A group so to join either of these groups you would firstly need membership of the U3A and of course each group does have a member limit.  However if conditions are met and you are interested in “Geology” then you will be pleased to note that Enid Hill has started a new group specifically so that this subject can be explored.  Clearly it’s a vast undertaking, currently the group has around 11 members, all enthusiastic amateurs, so there are at least a couple of spaces available. Meeting on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month at 2pm in the Jubilee Lounge they have to date watched BBC videos on the subject, looked at the chronological history of rocks and the Earth. They have visited the Sedgewick Museum in Cambridge to investigate fossils and will shortly be having a talk by a speaker on the Geology of Essex amongst other things. Wow and they only started up recently. 

Enid would particularly like to hear from you if you are an expert on, or have some experience in Geology, which you are willing to share and to help direct the group forwards. Please contact Enid on 01621 891618 for any queries or to discuss joining the group. She will be delighted to hear from you.

Our next group is run by Judith Johnston and is the study of “British Architecture”. Meeting on the 2nd Friday each month in the Jubilee Lounge at 2.30pm for 2 hours this group look at all the various styles of “British” architecture through the ages.  It’s another vast subject but one that allows for trips out in warmer weather to see firsthand, all the various building styles. They are shortly to have a talk on Saxon Architecture. There are approximately two member spaces left, so if you are interested in joining the group or just need information, kindly contact Judith on 01245 223662.

Our final new client today is Lodewyk pronounced “ lerdervik” Pretor. A South African artist having taught Art in the UK for over 25 years. As a full time artist and sculptor, experienced in all Mediums,  Lodewyk’s  classes on Thursday evenings 7 – 9pm in the Jubilee Lounge are for those looking to improve their skills in drawing, using pencil, pastel, pen and ink and charcoal; or  painting using Acrylics ,Watercolour and Mixed Media.  Learn about Composition Perspective and Colour, try a fresh approach to art.  All abilities welcome and Lodewyk gives demos in all media.  Lodewyk is currently offering a free first class to experience what he teaches, with further classes from £10, less if paid in advance. He will be delighted to see you .

For more information visit his website: www.  with his gallery of really interesting work   or Facebook:  Lodewyk’s Art School  Contact by phone on 07966 463156


One of our other regular clients “ The Patricia Kirkland school of Dance” will be holding a show for her dancersaged from 3 upwards on Friday 13th and 14th March 2015 at the Maldon Town Hall.

The first half of the performance will see “The Sleeping Beauty” ballet performed by the dance troop and  will be followed byDivertissements (a mixture of other style dances) in the second half.  With enchanting music and beautiful dancing this is one, not to be missed. Tickets at only £7 represent an unbeatable price for ballet so any ballet fans make sure you put this in your diary. Tickets go on sale on 14th February 201.5 Contact Trish on 01621 857648 to reserve, don’t miss out.

Staff at the centre are now wearing staff identitybadges so that they are easily recognisable. Here are some of the caretaking team including Gordon, Facilities Manager who was key in their introduction.

Last but certainly not least, we will shortly be holding another family film afternoon. The film and exact date are yet to be confirmed but it should be in February. Keep an eye on the website. for details and to ensure you don’t miss out.