Cambridge Society of Essex

Cambridge Society of Essex

  • Cambridge Society of Essex
  • Nov 2019. Female spies in WW2 lecture from Dr. Juliette Pattinson (centre) with Valerie Webb (left) and Caroline Beasley Murray
    Nov 2019. Female spies in WW2 lecture from Dr. Juliette Pattinson (centre) with Valerie Webb (left) and Caroline Beasley Murray
  • Summer Outing. Barge trip from Maldon. Our skipper told us about the Battle of Maldon
    Summer Outing. Barge trip from Maldon. Our skipper told us about the Battle of Maldon
  • Historic Essex Maps.  Lecture and Lunch
    Historic Essex Maps. Lecture and Lunch
  • Members’ Garden Party supporting RNLI
    Members’ Garden Party supporting RNLI

The Cambridge Society of Essex offers the warmest of welcomes to Cambridge alumni, their spouses and their friends, and indeed to anyone who enjoys our company! We have a wide range of life experiences and interests represented among us. Most of us are retired – but some are not. You can become a member of the Society even if you are not an alum of Cambridge.

Every year we put together a fascinating programme of lectures to stimulate ‘the little grey cells’, which are always followed by a really good meal. In addition, we put on a number of enjoyable socials.

To ensure that you do not miss out on what we have to offer, we invite you to become a member of the Cambridge. The current annual membership fee is just £22 (or £33 joint) and helps to cover our administration costs. enabling us to ensure that you are part of a great circle of friends

In addition to the regular reminders of events, members receive contact details of other members of the Society – subject, of course to GPDR regulations.  Members also get a small reduction in the cost of our lecture meetings. We think it is a good value for money.

Chair, Paul Beasley-Murray

Upcoming events update

On 1 September we held our second Zoom event when members and potential members were invited to join us at a Zoom event. It lasted approximately one hour and our speaker was HHJ Charlie Gratwicke, Resident Judge, The Honorary Recorder of Chelmsford, who spoke on Life as a Crown Court Judge.  His fascinating talk was well received and was followed by a variety of interesting questions from the participants who were able to enjoy a virtual alumni meeting in the comfort and safety of their own homes.

Our next two Zoom virtual meetings are as follows and we invite you to join us.  You may be a potential member of our Cambridge Society of Essex.  You do not have to be a Cambridge graduate.

6 Oct:       John Spence CBE, DL, Essex County Council Cabinet member, will reflect on The challenge of Adult Social Care in a pandemic.  Since May 2013 he has been County Councillor for Chelmer Division of Essex County Council. His current Cabinet portfolio is Health & Adult Social Care.

3 Nov:      Sonita Alleyne, OBE, FRA (Fellow of the Radio Academy), FRSA (Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of the Arts), has been Master of Jesus College, Cambridge, since Oct 2019.  Born in Barbados, after attending a comprehensive school in Leytonstone, she read Philosophy at Cambridge before becoming a journalist and broadcaster. She is the first woman and the first person of colour to lead Jesus College. 

Our meetings will begin at 7.30 pm. After welcomes and introductions, the speaker will give a 20 minute presentation. This will be followed by approximately 20 minutes devoted to answering questions.  If you would like to join us at an event please send an email to our Hon. Sec. Valerie Webb (click 'email group contacts' below).  Let us have your details and which session you would like to join.  There is no cost involved.   

You would be very welcome.

Primary Group Contact
Valerie Webb (Queens' College 1993)
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Chair
Paul Beasley-Murray (Jesus College 1963)
General Committee Member
Ian Bruce (Magdalene College 1959)
Honorary Secretary
Valerie Webb (Queens' College 1993)
Membership Secretary
Bea Aldrich (Lucy Cavendish College 1998)
Primary Group Contact
Valerie Webb (Queens' College 1993)
Treasurer
Peter Richards (St John's College 1969)

Past events

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