Adult Education                                                               Click here for Adult Education home pageThe Adult Community College used to run courses in Wivenhoe but since 2005 these have been cut back dramatically. There are other groups which also run classes as well as private tutors. Check out the Adult Education home page which includes links to other relevant pages.Avenue PlaygroupSessions for 2.5 to 5 year old.  9.30 am to 2.45 pm – morning, afternoon or all day sessions available.
For more information or to arrange a visit please contact Jane or Marie on 01206 824594 / 07895180207 / 07709427138 or email avenueplaygroup@hotmail.comBadminton Club – See under  Marina Badminton ClubBellringers                                                                                  Occasional practice sessions at St Mary’s Church on Wednesdays, otherwise bellringing on request. New members are most welcome. No experience necessary. See the Bell Ringers page.
Contact:Adrienne Woodtel:01206 826411
Royal British Legion – Wivenhoe Branch                Click here for the Wivenhoe RBL home pageThe Royal British Legion exists “ To safeguard the welfare, interests and memory of those who are serving or have served in the Armed Forces and their dependents.”    Membership is open to all who wish to support our work. Welfare is available for all serving or ex-service personnel and their dependants. 

For information about current officers, branch meetings, the Poppy Appeal Organiser, Wivenhoe Women’s Section etc – click here

Churches Together                                                        Click here for the Churches Together page      For information about Churches Together, have a look at their home page or talk toVic Copus, Secretary of Churches Together on Tel: 01206 824528Colne Bank School of Dancing                   Click here for more about the School and their Gala ShowsAround 200 young people learning different forms of dance and dance routines. An annual show each year. Based at the Wivenhoe Centre in Phillip Road

Contact: Jenny Overton  tel:  01206 823178

Colne CalligraphersA group of people meeting regularly in the Wm Loveless Hall on Fridays between 11am and 1pm. Founder members previously part of the calligraphy tuition group from the Wivenhoe Centre in Phillip Road. New members welcome.  

For more details call:01206 271614 or 01206 210813

Colne Social Club                                                       Click here for more about the Colne Social Club   Offers members a chance to play snooker on full size table in Colne Social Club in Park Road. For details:

Contact:Tony Forsgatetel:01206 822019

Comedy Club – Funny Farm                                                             Click here for more informationCongregational SisterhoodPart of the Congregational ChurchFriends of St. Mary’s (FOSM)               Click here for FOSM homepageOn the FOSM homepage you can find a guide to St Mary’s Church, details of their very attractive gift items and other pages of interest. They also publish Wivenhoe News each quarter, which is well worth reading if you want to know more about all that is happening in Wivenhoe.   

Contact:Enid Hesloptel:01206 823018  

Jonathan Feedham Charity                           Click here for more info about Wivenhoe’s JF CharityThe Charity was merged with Mary Ann Sanford Almshouses on 1st January 2002 to form the Wivenhoe Housing Trust with the purpose of managing Wivenhoe’s 13 almshouses. The name Jonathan Feedham Charity has been retained by the Trustees however for a small ‘Relief in Need’ fund the Trustees have available to help Wivenhoe people in financial difficulties and in need of a helping hand. Small ‘charitable’ projects can also now be considered.  For more information, contact Cllr Peter Hill, Chairman of the Trustees, Toad Hall, 16 Colchester Road, Wivenhoe CO7 9EU or telephone 01206 823073 for a confidential conversation.  Jubilee Sailing Trust – Wivenhoe Contacts                      The JST’s first vessel, Lord Nelson, was built in Wivenhoe and launched in 1985. With her new sister ship the Tenacious, the JST provides adventure sailing for people aged 16 to 70+, including for people with physical disabilities.

Contact:Brian and Jan Sinclairtel:01206 823301 

Marina Badminton Club                                

Following a merger with Brightlingsea Badminton Club, the adult badminton club is now known as the Marina Badminton Club. Social badminton is played on a Monday night at Brightlingsea Sports Centre at Colne Community School. 4 courts! 8pm until 10pm. Just turn up if interested.  

Contact:John Woodrow,  tel:01206 303684Martial Arts Club                            Click here for the Martial Arts page in the Wivenhoe EncyclopediaSaturdays in the Wivenhoe Scout & Guide Hall. 11.00 – 12.00pm for Beginners and at 12.00 -1.00pm the Advanced group.

Contact:Alistair Thomson  tel:07988 710 824or e-mail:  

May Fair CommitteeThe May Fair committee has been disbanded and no further events are planned for the foreseeable future.                                                  Mercury Youth Theatre Wivenhoe                         Click here for Youth Theatre pageAs part of its community outreach programme, the Mercury Theatre runs a youth theatre based in Wivenhoe which meets each Thursday evening during term time.

Contact:Caroline Shaw at the Mercury Theatre on 01206 245503 or e-mail  

The National Trust in Wivenhoe                                                     Click here for their page With many members in Wivenhoe, Colchester has a National Trust Centre.  National Trust Centres are local groups run voluntarily by National Trust members.  They exist to support the work of the National Trust in preserving places of historic interest and natural beauty. 

Membership of the Centre is open to National Trust members. Membership gives you the opportunity of meeting other National Trust members as well as taking part in the extensive range of activities organised by the Centre.

Contact:Roy Murchie tel:  01206 822980 or e-mail:

TheNottage Maritime Institute                                        Click here for Nottage web siteThe ‘Nottage’ as most people simply refer to it is a fantastic place for learning about boat-building and nautical skills. It also houses a remarkable collection of memorabilia relating to the River Colne. It is usually open to visitors during the summer months, on Sundays. Go to their web-site for more details.
Richard Barnard tel:01206 823890
E-mail:                                             Click here for the poetrywivenhoe home page

Since 2007, “poetrywivenhoe” has been bringing quality poetry events to Wivenhoe each month.  “poetrywivenhoe” also supports local writers with a space to try out their work.  Most of the monthly events have an “open mic” space for new talent. 


Contact: Peter Kennedy tel 01206 822023 or Pam Job tel 01206 820836

Quay Quilters                                                                       Click here for the Quay Quilters pagesThe Quay Quilters meet in the Wm Loveless Hall every 2nd Monday of each month between 10.00 to 4pm or what ever times you want! Share ideas about patchwork and quilting. Occasional professional workshops. Annual membership is £5 and £2.50 per session charge to cover costs. Membership of around 60 people. No particular skill necessary. Contact Jane Brooks to see if any more members can be accommodated. Click here for further information about Quay Quilters and here for some photographs of their fantastic exhibitions held in 1999 and 2003. Look out for the 2007 Exhibition coming up soon in the William Loveless Hall

Contact:Jane Brookstel:01206 823905
The Queen’s Jubilee Youth Trust for Wivenhoe            Click here for the Youth Trust pagesThe Trust provides grants to help young people in Wivenhoe in various projects. For more details, click here  

Contact:Laurence Knoxtel:01206 826414

Queens Road Residents Association                            Click here for their own web siteThe aim of the Association is to unite residents in a common effort to protect and enhance the conservation area that comprises Queens Road and its immediate neighbourhood. Our objectives are ‘to bring pressure to bear to support the closure of Queens Road; to consider ways in which we can enhance our immediate neighbourhood; to foster a community spirit and set up a community support network’. Click here for reasons why QRRA want Queens Road closed.  

Contact:Pat Marsdentel:01206827880

The ShipYard Project  (disbanded 2002)                                                       This was a group of people who had a go at trying to acquire Cook’s Shipyard as community asset before it became a residential development site. Since disbanded, after the Shipyard was acquired by Lexden Restorations in 2002 and later sold to Taylor Woodrow.   St Mary’s Singers                                                                 Click here for Music at St Mary’s pageSt Mary’s Singers provides an opportunity for people who want to sing in a group for a few special events each year. If you think you might be interested, then call Graham Wadley, Director of Music, on tel: 01206 824036 St Mary’s Parent and Toddler Group – see Wivenhoe Parent and Toddler Group belowThe Monday ClubMeets at the Scout & Guide Hall on Monday’s between 1.15pm – 3.45 pm for people over 60 years of age (active only – no facilities for immobility). The cost is 50p each meeting, and the aim to provide social afternoons and get togethers – darts, cards, dominoes and bingo.

Contact:Peter Howletttel:01206827259

Touchstone Folk Dance Club                                          We are Folk Dancers who do a wide variety of dancing from 17th Century Playford to Modern American Squares. We meet at the Wivenhoe Congregational Church Hall every Thursday, 8.00 -10.00 pm. Membership is £1.50 when you attend (which includes tea and biscuits). Guest Callers every week. Everyone is welcome and you will find a warm friendly atmosphere if you join us

For more details contact: John Terry tel: 01206 230490 

Trefoil– See under Wivenhoe Trefoil Club Sunday School                                                                            Meetings for children 10.30am Sundays at Methodist Church and Family Service at St Mary’s on 1st Sunday of each month at 10.30am. 

Contact:Marika Footringtel:01206 825310 or
                Jenny Pilgrim    
tel:01206 822687

U3A – University of the Third Age

Educational and social activities for people who have retired. Founded July 1985. Met originally at the University.  General meetings now take place at Highwoods Community Centre. Around 360 members overall. Self help groups meet various parts of Colchester Borough.

Groups which meet in Wivenhoe:
A Scottish Dancing group of approximately 16 people meets in the Wivenhoe Scout & Guide Hall each week, with a tutor, on Wednesday mornings. For more information contact Mrs Isabel Hook – tel: 01206 822458

Musical Appreciation. A tutored group of around 12 – 14 people meeting at the home of Jean Summers in Paddock Way, fortnightly on Friday afternoons. Focussing mainly on classical music of different types and periods. Contact Jean Summers – tel: 823659

Recorder Players
. A small group who meet on Tuesday afternoons, at the home of Jean Summers in Paddock Way, to play baroque and baroque style music. For more information contact Jean Summers – tel: 823659

Art History. A tutored group of people who’ve been meeting since 1992. Meeting 2nd Thursday in each month. Numbers limited and presently full. 

Conversational French and Intermediate French Study. Two groups meeting at the home of Mrs Joyce Batchelor in The Avenue each Friday morning. For more information contact Frank Burgess tel: 01206 855377

Bookworms. A group of people who meet on the 3rd Friday each month, in the afternoon, to consider and discuss a book chosen by the group. The group is often well subscribed. Contact Mrs Maureen Jones for more information on Tel: 824659  

WI                                                                                      The Wivenhoe WI closed at the end of 2002, after 83 years in Wivenhoe. However, the good news is that it was resurrected in October 2005. 

President: Mrs Morag Willis.  She can be contacted on:  01206 824612

Wivenhoe Allotment & Gardens Association             Click here for the WAGA home pageFor details about the show or how to join the WAGA  committee contact Mrs Diane Duffield Tel. 825329 or email Margaret Medler: margaret.medler@btopenworld.comWivenhoe & District Sporting Facilities Trust            Click here for the Broad Lane Sports Ground SectionThe Trust was established in 1995 to acquire the land and sports facilities at  Broad Lane Sports Ground. The principal objective of the Trustees is to develop it as a community sports ground for use by different sports clubs. 

Stephen Hodges (Chairman) tel:01206 824669
Wivenhoe Badminton Club – See under Marina Badminton Club

The Wivenhoe Badminton Club merged with the Brightlingsea Badminton Club in 2005 and is now known as the Marina Badminton Club.

Wivenhoe Bosom Pals                                                          Click here for the Bosom Pals page

We are a group of women and men who have undergone treatment for Breast Cancer including surgery.  Our aim is to provide emotional support and advice based on our experiences, but more importantly, to make friends with other sufferers and also giving support to the husbands/wives/partners/friends of those who have been diagnosed.   For more information  telephone 01206 826346

Wivenhoe Bowls Club                                                             

The Bowls Club is in Woodland Way.

Contact: Brian Dack Tel: 01206 793624Wivenhoe Bridge ClubTuesdays at 7.30pm in the William Loveless Hall (Wyvern Room). New members are welcome.

Contact:Rosemary Murchie: 01206 822980

Wivenhoe Carers Association                                                   This has been a group of people who were willing to help find answers to questions, particularly people looking after others. However, through lack of demand, in 2004, they ceased to meet.Wivenhoe Centre


Wivenhoe Community Association.See under Wivenhoe Engine Shed Trust (Reg Charity no. 292693)Formed 1985 to promote community facilities and activities in Wivenhoe.   In 2005, it changed its name to the Wivenhoe Engine Shed Trust. See new entry under Wivenhoe Engine Shed Trust.Wivenhoe Community Safety & Neighbourhood Watch Group                     Click here for their page Meetings in the Town Council offices.  Details on the NW Facebook page.Wivenhoe Cricket Club – see entry under Wivenhoe Town Cricket ClubWivenhoe Engine Shed Trust(Reg Charity no. 292693)          Click here for the Engine Shed pagesThe Engine Shed Trust (formerly the Wivenhoe Community Association) is the body responsible for raising the funds necessary to convert the derelict railway building in the Wivenhoe station car park into a Cultural Heritage Centre.  For more details go to the Engine Shed Project 

Contact:Peter Hill tel:01206 823073

Wivenhoe Ferry                                                                     Volunteers have been manning a small passenger ferry between Wivenhoe, Fingringhoe and Rowhedge each summer, at weekends, since 1992.  Become a volunteer?  See our website. Click here.Wivenhoe Film Club                                                     Click here for Film Club websiteWivenhoe Folk Club                                                                           Click here for Folk Club’s pagesMeets first Thursday of the month in The Greyhound, with occasional special Thursdays.

Contact:Denise tel:01206 827759

Wivenhoe Gilbert & Sullivan Society                                               Click here for home pageContact:Peter Cook  (Chairman) tel:01206 823120Wivenhoe Helping Hands                                                          Click here for Wivenhoe Helping Hands website – Click here.
 Wivenhoe Housing Trust                                                           Click here.Established 2002 as a new housing charity to manage the two sets of Wivenhoe almshouses and provide homes for Wivenhoe people. The trustees also manage the Jonathan Feedham Charity ‘Relief in Need’ fund for Wivenhoe people in financial distress.  

Contact:Cllr Peter Hill tel:01206 823073

Wivenhoe Jazz Club                     Meetings on the third Thursday of each month 8.30pm to 11pm at The Greyhound.

If you would like to be included on our information list please contact Peter Jezard:

Wivenhoe Judo Club                                                          

Based at Millfields Primary School
Tues 5.30pm to 6.45pm This lesson is for beginners aged 5 to  7 years.
Tues 6.45pm to 7.30pm This Lesson is for Juniors aged 8 years and over.
Tues 7.30pm to 9.00pm This Lesson is for more experienced Juniors
Fri 5.30pm to 7.00pm This lesson is open to all Juniors under 16, wanting extra training.
Friday 7.00pm to 8.30pm This lesson is for Seniors and older Juniors.
For more info, contact via e-mail:

Wivenhoe Junior Badminton Club

The Junior Badminton Club starts in September, when the schools go back. They play on a Thursday evening from 6.00pm to 7.00pm in the Wm Loveless Hall.

Contact:Lyn Pendletel:01206 822245Wivenhoe Ladies Group

Meetings in the Methodist Church on Wedensdays fortnightly start at 7.30 p.m.

Contact is GWEN COOK Tel: 01206 824095

Wivenhoe Library BOOKTALK GROUP                                    Meets at Wivenhoe Library once a month to talk about books over a cup of tea. A lot of and not just ‘literary’. An opportunity to explore new books and hear other people’s views on them.  

Contact:Gill Shrimpton, Library Manager tel:01206 823123

Wivenhoe Men’s GroupMeetings 8pm at the Horse & Groom on the first Tuesday of every other month. Fellowship, outings and activities.

Contact:Rev David Thomas tel:01206 825174

Wivenhoe News  

WivenhoeNewss the quarterly magazine, published independently, for and about Wivenhoe.  The magazine appears in spring, summer, autumn and winter, the copy deadline dates for each season being the first day of February, May, August and November respectively. To find out more about Wivenhoe News, click here.

Wivenhoe Montessori Children’s House                                            for web site, click here   Pre-school learning through play, observation, movement and exploration.
Sessions for 2.5 to 5 year olds 9.30 – 12.30 Monday to Friday.

The Pavilion
King George V Playing Field
Essex CO7 9AX

For information or to arrange a visit or trial session telephone Johanne Cousins on 01206 827126

Wivenhoe Ocean Racing Club (WORC)                                        The principal aim of WORC and its members is to have fun through various social events organised throughout the year as well as through a regular social lunch-time once a month at the bar upstairs in the British Legion Hall on the Quay. It is also dedicated to support the Wivenhoe Branch of the Royal British Legion. Members of WORC are encouraged to also become members of the RBL so that Wivenhoe will continue to have a branch of RBL here in Wivenhoe for a long time into the future, and thereby supporting the very good work of the RBL. For membership enquiries, please contact the Secretary – see below: 

Secretary: Martyn Carrick  tel:01206 823090  e-mail:  

Wivenhoe Old Quay Residents’ Association (WOQRA)                         The principal aim of the Association is to promote the interests of the residents and freeholders of the Persimmon estate of the Wivenhoe Old Quay.

Chairman: Aulay Mackenzie, 10 West Quay, Wivenhoe  tel: 01206 828276  e-mail: 

Wivenhoe Open Air Shakespeare Company            A talented bunch of people able to transform a variety of spaces around Wivenhoe into enchanting settings in which to perform Shakespeare’s plays. Main show in June or July. Workshops in the Autumn and Spring, open to all. Occasional “Pop-Up Shakespeare” events at random.

Contact:Sheila Foster tel:01206 823058

Wivenhoe Oral History Project                                            Click here for their home pageaunched in 2004, the project team, led by Paul Thompson set out to capture the memories of a great many Wivenhoe people and publish a book of their interviews. They achieved their objective at the end of 2006 having interviewed 190 people. A book and DVD were published. For more details about the Project, where to get the book and DVD (Sea Change: Wivenhoe Remembered) and to read some of the transcripts of those interviews, go to the Oral History section in the Wivenhoe Encyclopedia – see link above.    

Contact:Brenda Corti tel:01206 824644

Wivenhoe Over 60s Club                                               Meets alternate Fridays from 2.30pm to 4.30 pm in the Wm Loveless Hall. Outings, lunches and other activities arranged.

Contact:Doug Stockwell, (Chairman) tel:01206 824603

Wivenhoe Pantomime Group                                   Click here for home page

Contact:Lynda Edwardson tel: 01206 822493 or  Sheila Foster 823058

Wivenhoe Toddler Group (formerly Parent & Toddler Group)Wivenhoe Scout and Guide Hall – Tuesdays – 10 am to 12 noon.  Click here for more information.Wivenhoe Players                                                              The Wivenhoe Players were active in Wivenhoe with play readings and a show nearly every year until 2007 but then folded, 40 years after being formed in 1968.  Wivenhoe Playreading Group We meet monthly  at 7.00 pm in Lower Wivenhoe,and range widely in our choice from ancient Greece to contemporary theatre. Any age or sex welcomed. Experience not essential but helpful. Telephone 01206 826150 for info or a trial run.Wivenhoe Photographic GroupThe Wivenhoe Photography Group meets fortnightly to undertake photoshoots agreed by the group.  Click here for more.Wivenhoe Pre-schoolCongregational Church Hall. Ages 2 1/2 – 5 years. Opening hours 09.30 – 12.00 Mon – Fri during term time with lunch club available for older children. OFSTED inspected.

Contact: Julie Duce tel: 07981 942312 

Wivenhoe Sailing Club                                                             Click here for the Sailing Club’s web siteThe Club offers an active programme of activity off and on the water. Dinghy racing on many Sundays throughout the summer. Cruiser rallies for those with bigger boats.

Contact:Alan Tyne (Secretary) tel:01206 822001 

Wivenhoe Sailing Club Cadets                                              Click here for Wivenhoe Sailing Club web siteThe Sailing Club has an active cadet section and new members are welcomed. 

Contact:  Ann Vickers  tel:  01206 825320

Wivenhoe Scout & Guide Association                           Click here for more information

Units comprising Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorer Scouts, Rainbow Guides, Brownies, Guides. 10 Units 
and around 170 youngsters.
Enquiries about: 
contact Joint DistrictCommissioners Carole Boyd tel: 01206 822899 or Vanessa Reed tel: 01206 825334
Scoutscontact Acting Group Scout Leader 
Karl Douzier 01206 823164

Hiring the Scout & Guide Hallcontact Charlotte  Tel 01206 823066  

Wivenhoe Short Mat BowlsTwo sessions a week in the Wivenhoe Centre in Phillip Road.

Contact:Peter Howletttel:01206827259

The Wivenhoe Society                                                              Click here for Wivsoc website

An amenity group working to make Wivenhoe an even better place to work, rest and play!  Visit our home page to find out more.

Contact:Helen Evans (Secretary) tel:07806 947 590

Wivenhoe St John                                                                After nearly 60 years existence in Wivenhoe sadly, on 31st March 2006, the remaining members of the St John Ambulance Combined Division at Wivenhoe met for the last time. Wivenhoe Tennis Club     Click here for the Tennis Club web site                   Based at Broad Lane Sports Ground from 2001. 4 floodlight courts. Local league tennis. Club sessions Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6.30 pm, Sunday afternoons from 4 pm and Friday mornings from 9.30am.  There are regular Junior Play sessions organised by James Bird our club coach. His contact details are available on the club web site.  Public access to the courts is available via the Premier Convenience Store at The Cross, Wivenhoe.
Contact: Ginny Scott tel: 01206 825964Wivenhoe Town Cricket Club            

The Cricket Club is off Rectory Road. The Club offers a friendly and social environment, and an opportunity to watch or play some good cricket. The Club has a ladies team too, plus an active junior teams.

Contact:RichardWilby   tel:07747110661 Wivenhoe Town Football Club                                                     Click here for WTFC page

Senior League football matches at Broad Lane Sports Ground (playing in the Ryman 1st Division for the 2002/03 season). Click here for fixture list and Club history. details Also joint University & Wivenhoe Town team playing in the 1st Division of the Border League and an Under-18s team.

Contact:Mike Boyle tel:01206  573223Wivenhoe Town Regatta Association                                      Click here for home page

This Association was formed in 2002 to run an Annual Regatta but the Association folded in 2005 and it no longer exists. In 2006, the Nottage Maritime Institute agreed to organise the Regatta in the future.

Wivenoe Youth Club (The Hub) – clickhere. Contact: Bill Heslop tel: 01206 823018Wivenhoe Wordsmiths                                                     A public speaking club presently building a membership in Wivenhoe. This group is a member of Toastmasters International, a world wide organisation designed to enhance both communication and leadership skills. Meetings are currently organised by members of Camulodunum Speakers Club which has operated in Colchester for over 21 years. Wivenhoe Wordsmiths are meeting at the British Legion Hall on 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month at 7.30 pm, finishing at 10.00pm.
Further information on or from Bob Finch on 01206 869202
Wivenhoe Youth Football Club                                                     

Wivenhoe Youth FC run coaching and teams for 8 yr – 16 olds on their 4 pitches at Broad Lane Sports Ground.  

Contact:Caroline Short – Chairman –tel:01206 822084
Kevin Hall (under 11’s)
Wivenhoe Youth Theatre                                    Members of the Youth Theatre group are aged between 12 and 21. Each year the group performs a play at the Wivenhoe Centre.  The play is organised, rehearsed and performed during August. People are also required who would like to assist back stage in various capacities. If you are interested in getting involved, then contact Hilary Lazell.        

Contact:Hilary Lazelltel:01206 826432

W.O.D. Association                                                            Approx 50 members interested in sailing and preserving the local Wivenhoe One Design class, based at Wivenhoe Sailing Club. The Wivenhoe One Design’s were designed by local doctor, Dr Walter Radcliffe, in 1935.

Contact:Richard Barretttel:01206 728059

Workers Educational Association (WEA) Wivenhoe BranchClick here for WEA home pageLecture courses run in the Autumn and Spring. The Autumn course is entitled ‘Essex Coastal Trade’. Click here for more details about the course and enrolment etc.  

Contact:Enid Heslop tel:01206 823018

Wyvenford Trefoil GuildThe Trefoil Guild exists to provide friendship through a range of activities. It aims to maintain a close link with Guiding and to support local units. Trefoil Guild is open to all who are, or have been members of the Guiding movement, as a Brownie or upwards.  Occasional outings and a monthly meeting, often with a guest speaker.  

Meetings at the Scout and Guide Hall at 8 pm on the 3rd Wednesday of each month, except August and December.

Contact:Chris(tine) Thomastel:01206 823092