What we're about

WELCOME...

If you're single, aged 40-59, enjoy socialising, want to make new friends and fancy some great afternoons and evenings in and around Southend then why not join us. We're a friendly group of like minded people all in the same boat - wanting to get out more and have some fun!

OUR EVENTS...

We typically run two or three events every week. These include visits to the best bars and music venues (tribute acts, live bands, singers - most are free), evening meals, pub nights, party nights (70s, 80s etc), ten pin bowling, sunday cinema, our famous Saturday afternoon tour of Leigh's finest bars, walks, day trips to London (Covent Gdn, South Bank, River Cruise, Camden etc), We also organise weekends and holidays away (Torquay, Dublin, Majorca, Yarmouth, Benidorm, Bournemouth, Amsterdam and Norfolk broads in recent years).

HOSTED...

All our events are well organised, highly reliable and hosted so don't worry about coming on your own or for the first time - we'll often be able to meet you outside if you prefer. Once inside, we'll introduce you to the others and you'll be made to feel very welcome. Over 90% of people come along on their own - it's actually easier to get to know others that way

JOINING FEE...

We do all the hard work and make it happen, all you have to do is turn up and enjoy. If you like the club, appreciate our efforts and would like to come along to more events that we organise, there is a ONCE OFF joining fee of £15 payable after your third event.

We are all volunteers and freely give up our spare time. Your joining fee helps towards our ongoing running expenses and annual bills from meetup.com. If you are looking for a free group which implies the organisers must pay the bills themselves, then this group is not for you.

NO TIME TO LOSE...

Remember, life is not a rehearsal, so switch off the TV, get up from your sofa and enjoy a fab evening out with some lovely people instead. What have you got to lose?

PS: We are not a dating group, we are a social group for singles who want to make new friends by coming along to our events. New membership is only open to those in the Essex area who are happy to supply a good profile photo, are aged 40-59 and belong to less than 50 meetup groups.

Upcoming events (5+)

Wednesday Evening Social - Meal & Drinks @ Roebuck, Rayleigh (MAX 18 eating)

Why not join us for a sociable chat, a few drinks and a pub meal at The Roebuck in Rayleigh? It's Wetherspoons Chicken Night, and it'll cost you just £7.99 for one of their many chicken meals with a drink included. The normal pub menu is also available. NOTE: If the event is full, you're welcome to join us for a drink and chat from 9pm without an RSVP - but there may be no spare seats at the table. ▿ ✪ RSVP REQUIRED ✪ You must be a member of our group and RSVP before attending. Members can bring a guest as their +1 (who is also single, aged 40-59 and is a first timer). We are unable to include strangers, non-members or couples. Please click RSVP if you'd like to come along as it helps us know who to expect and you'll be kept up to date by email. If you later find you can't make it, please undo your RSVP asap - it's courteous, only takes a moment and could free up a space for someone else NOTE: Members who clock-up multiple no-shows or lastminute cancellations will gain a reputation for being unreliable and inconsiderate and may be deleted from the group. ▿ ✪ NEWER MEMBERS ✪ For newer members, don't worry about your first few visits as everyone is here to have a good time, make new friends and socialise so you're pretty much guaranteed to enjoy the evening. Look out for your hosts, John Cooper and Jan.B, from 7:30pm. If you don't know them, take a good look at their photos, come and say hello and they'll introduce you to the others. We'll do our best to look out for you based upon your profile picture (hope its a good one?). ▿ ✪ MEETING SPOT ✪ We'll meet at our usual spot inside - walk straight to the bar area and we'll be standing roughly by the middle of the bar. Your hosts will be standing there from 7:30pm ready to meet and greet everybody. For those eating, don't be late as we'll grab the right amount of tables and chairs at 7:45pm We look forward to meeting you...

Mike's Birthday Afternoon Drinks (and/or Late Lunch) @ Last Post

Wetherspoon (The Last Post)

All welcome to join me and a few others at any time during the afternoon for lunch and a few drinks from 1:30pm. It's my Birthday so whether you can pop-in for a quick one or stay for a few hours it'll be good to see you. We'll be at one of the tables in the square central part of The Last Post where all the tall tables are from 1:30pm. Newer members are very welcome. Just look out for us. ▿ ✪ RSVP REQUIRED ✪ You must be a member of our group and RSVP before attending. As usual, we are unable to include strangers or non-members. ▿ ✪ NEWER MEMBERS ✪ For newer members, don't worry about your first few visits as everyone is here to have a good time, make new friends and socialise so you're pretty much guaranteed to enjoy the afternoon. Mike and Pippa will be your hosts for this afternoon. If you don't know us, take a look at our photos, come and say hello and we'll introduce you to the others. We hope to see you there.

Mike's Birthday Party @ Grosvenor (with singer, DJ & a welcome drink on me)

And now it's my turn to have a Birthday celebration! All members are welcome - it really would be brilliant to see everyone, especially those who haven't been out for a while. So do join us and I'm sure we'll make it another night to remember - fun, friendship and good times. With my compliments, I've arranged a welcome drink (beer, bubbly or juice) for those arriving before 10pm and then Owen Vaughn will perform pop, party, motown and more (we went to his Frankie Valli tribute last November). Owen has been a professional vocalist for over 10 years and has performed all over the world and for a variety of holiday parks including Pontins, Haven and Park Resorts. Of course there will be a DJ after, so we can continue the party into the early hours. ▿ ✪ RSVP REQUIRED ✪ You must be a member of our group and RSVP before attending. Sorry, no guests this time except those I have personally invited. As usual, we are unable to include strangers and non-members. Please click RSVP if you'd like to come along as it helps us know who to expect and you'll be kept up to date by email. If you later find you can't make it, please undo your RSVP asap - it's courteous, only takes a moment and could free up a space for someone else NOTE: Members who clock-up multiple no-shows or lastminute cancellations will gain a reputation for being unreliable and inconsiderate and may be deleted from the club. ▿ ✪ NEWER MEMBERS ✪ For newer members, don't worry about your first few visits as everyone is here to have a good time, make new friends and socialise so you're pretty much guaranteed to enjoy the evening. Your hosts from 8:30pm will be Mike & Pippa, soon to be followed by John, Elle, Chrystalla and Martin. If you don't know us, take a good look at our photos, come and say hello (no matter what we're doing) and we'll introduce you to the others. Newer members should ideally arrive about 9pm. We'll do our best to look out for you based upon your profile picture (hope its a good one?). Due to poor phone reception inside, we will not be able to meet anyone outside on their arrival, you will have to meet us inside as described below. ▿ ✪ MEETING SPOT & TIME ✪ Keep walking straight ahead through the main door to the bar. We stand towards the right of the bar nearest to the stage and dancefloor. Your hosts will be there from 8:30pm ready to meet and greet everybody. Turn up soon after if you'd like to chat and get to know others because conversation and introductions can be difficult once the entertainment begins. ********************************************************* ✪ DRESS CODE and ENTRANCE ✪ As a bonus, this is a free entrance event thanks to the Grosvenor. So put on your smart outfits and let's have some fun. The Grosvenor is a stylish and intimate venue, where you can enjoy the thrill of gaming and much more. They have a choice of Poker tables, a range of Slot machines, Electronic Roulette and table games. There is a superb restaurant serving a great range of food, and a late-night bar with a fantastic selection of drinks. ▿ ✪ CAR PARK (REIMBURSED) ✪ The Royals (shopping centre) car park is right opposite the casino entrance. It's a well lit, modern, open, multi-storey building with 400 spaces. Grab a ticket at the barrier on entry, keep it with you and register it with the casino reception desk on arrival. When you leave, go to the casino cash desk and they will reimburse you. You then pay the machine in the car park to get an exit ticket for the barrier. Otherwise, up to 3 hours £2.80, up to 4 hours £4.50, up to 5 hours £5.50.

Ten Pin Bowling (new owners, still £3.50) - Spectators Welcome

Why not join us for another fun and sociable evening chatting and bowling at the Kursaal. Non-bowlers and spectators are also welcome - there's plenty of time to chat while people wait their turn. As a bonus, on Sunday evenings it's hopefully still only £3.50 per game! (includes 50p for our prize kitty). ▿ ✪ RSVP REQUIRED... You must be a member of our group and RSVP before attending. Members can bring a guest as their +1 (who is also single & aged 40-59 and is a first timer). We are unable to include strangers, non-members or couples Please click RSVP if you'd like to come along as it helps us know who to expect and you'll be kept up to date by email. If you later find you can't make it, please undo your RSVP asap - it's courteous, only takes a moment and could free up a space for someone else NOTE: Members who clock-up multiple no-shows or lastminute cancellations will gain a reputation for being unreliable and inconsiderate and may be deleted from the group. ▿ ✪ NEWER MEMBERS... For newer members, don't worry about your first few visits as everyone is here to have a good time, make new friends and socialise so you're pretty much guaranteed to enjoy the evening. Your host at 6pm will be Pippa. If you don't know her, take a look at her photo, come and say hello (no matter what she's doing) and she'll introduce you to the others. We'll do our best to look out for you based upon your profile picture (hope its a good one?). Due to poor phone reception inside, we will not be able to meet anyone outside on their arrival, you will have to meet us inside as described below. ▿ ✪ MEETING SPOT... Our meeting place will be in the bar area. We'll meet at 6pm sharp, collect everyone's £3.50 and we'll sort our lanes for a 6:15pm start. We look forward to meeting you...

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