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

Following the success of our Zoom events over the past few months, we intend to continue this format well into 2021.  We have enjoyed a variety of speakers and each talk is followed by  questions and debate.  Non alumni are welcome, and each event is creating an opportunity for members and friends to greet each other before the meeting.  New participants are always welcomed by contacting our Hon. Sec., Valerie Webb valeriewebb21@gmail.com.

Our Zoom meetings are held on Tuesdays evenings 7.30pm - 8.30 pm.

4 May.  After the Easter break we will resume our Zoom meetings with “How to remember the past” by  Professor Charles Fernyhough (Queens’), a psychologist and writer who has led research into memory, hearing voices, hallucinations and the role of verbal and non-verbal speech.  Part-time Professor at Durham University.

2 June.  Zoom talk.  Vicky Ford MP (Trinity) Unless she is whisked away to an urgent vote in The House of Commons, Mrs Ford will talk about “The Challenges of being a Children’s Minister”.

6 July.  Our summer outing to Layer Marney Tower.

No meeting in August.

7 September.  Zoom talk.  To be advised

Saturday 9 October.  If all restrictions are removed, we hope this will be our first face to face Lecture and Lunch event at the Chapter House, Chelmsford when our speaker will be the Dean of Chelmsford, Rev. Nicholas Henshall.  “Has the Church of England a future?”.

2 November. Zoom talk.   Herbert Chatters will give us a virtual tour of his gin distillery and there may be the opportunity to sample some of his products in time for Christmas!

7 December.  Zoom talk.  To be advised.

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)

Forthcoming events

Past events

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