Community Groups

1st Mersea Guides
The Old Fire Station, Scout Hut, Melrose Road, West Mersea, CO5 8JA
10 to 14 years old.
Email: merseaguides@gmail.com 
Tel: 0207 834 6242
Website: guides 


1st Mersea Brownies
Mersea Island School, Barfield Road, West Mersea, CO5 8QX.
7 to 10 years old.
Email: merseaguides@gmail.com 
Tel: 0207 834 6242
Website: brownies 

1st Mersea Rainbows
St Johns Hall, Melrose Road, West Mersea, CO5 8JB.
5 to 7 years old.
Email: merseaguides@gmail.com 
Tel: 0207 834 6242
Website: rainbows

Al-Anon Family Groups
A support group for those affected by someone else's drinking or whose lives are affected by drinking in any way.
Tel: 0207 403 0888
Website: al-anonuk 

Alzheimers Group
A support group for people with dementia and their carers and also for past carers.
Tel: 01206 573708
Email: colchester@alzheimers.org.uk 
Website: alzheimers 

Blind Spot 
Club for the visually impaired.
Tel: 01206 385854

Booktalk
Mersea Library (back door), 13 High Street, West Mersea, CO5 8QA.
Book club. 2nd Wednesday in the month, 10am to 11pm.
Tel: 01206 382806 

Club 74
A friendly small Entertainments Club who meet every other Wednesday afternoon at Harrison Court, Barfield Road, West Mersea.
They have their own community bus which will enable people who live on Mersea Island to be transported from their own home to the club meetings if required.
They have a varied programme which everyone enjoys including outings.
New members welcome, so why not join them now! Please telephone Christine for further information. 
Tel: 01206 385869

Dynamite Drama Company
Youth entertainment, film, drama and performing arts.
Tel: 01026 384882 or 07547096913

Film Club
Held on the first Saturday of each month, the film club offers people of all ages the opportunity to watch recently released films on the big screen, free of charge. The film starts at or soon after 10.30am and all films have a U or PG rating. 
Website: MerseaFreeChurch/Film 

Guardian Angels
Guardian Angels provide befriending, transport to appointments, sitting services to give the carer a break and shopping. All services are free, available on Mersea Island only, and provided by unpaid volunteers. Donations are requested and any remaining money at the end of the year is donated to charity.
Tel: 07961 322923 between 8am and 6pm.

Heartwatch - First Responders
Tel: 07974 661829

Mersea Community Support
St John Hall, Melrose Road, West Mersea, CO5 8JB.
Improving the conditions of life of the local community and individual residents through social welfare, and the provision of personal equipment (i.e., wheelchairs, commodes, walking frames, back rests, toilet frames and much more).
Community Coffee Club every Saturday, 10am to 12pm.
Tel: 01206 382179

Mersea Island Allotment Leisure Gardeners Assocation (MIALGA)
The Town Council and Mersea Island Allotment and Leisure Gardeners Association have a joint Management Agreement. All allotment holders must be members of MIALGA who administrate the allotment site in liaison with West Mersea Town Council. For full details and costings please email the Chairman David Curry at odessa10@btinternet.com

Mersea Island Art Group
Tel: 01206 382300

Mersea Island Bosom Pals
Tel: 01206 382907 or 07590 046261

Mersea Island Conservative Association
Tel: 01206 385361 
Website: conservatives 

Mersea Island Film Society
Started in the autumn of 2008. A free film was shown at the MICA and 100 members joined on the night, you could say it was up and running and an instant success.
They started a full film programme from January 2009. A Lottery Grant was obtained and was used to purchase a new special projector and sound system for the benefit of the member's enjoyment. The back wall of the MICA stage is used for the screen. During 2015 they had the wall re-skimmed and then professionally painted with special screen paint, giving excellent picture quality.
The Society is run by volunteers and a committee is elected each year at the AGM. Films are chosen by the members in the Autumn for the following year. 
The membership is limited to 240 and is full. The regular film turnout is about 120-160 which is just about comfortable for everyone.
Their success does mean that anyone wishing to join has to go on a waiting list. 
Tel: 01206 384232
Website: mifs 

Mersea Island Horticultural Society
Tel: 01026 384727
Website: horticultural

Mersea Island Lifeboat Guild
Tel: 01206 382921
Website: lifeboatguild 

Mersea Island Lions Club
Tel: 01206 385822
Website: mersealions or mersealionstransportshow

Mersea Island Mermaids
WI Hall, Kingsland Road, West Mersea, CO5 8RB.
1st Thursday of the month, 7.30pm to 9.30pm.
Ladies fun and friendship group.
Tel: 01206 683336

Mersea Island Museum
Tel: 01206 383372
Website: merseamuseum 

Mersea Island Photographic Society 
Tel: 01206 384223
Website: photographic 

Mersea Island Players
Performing arts.
Tel: 01206 382799
Website: mipsdrama 

Mersea Island Scout Group
The Old Fire Station, Melrose Road, West Mersea, CO5 8JA.
Beavers; 6 to 8 years old - Tel: 01206 384180
Cubs; 8 to 10.5 years old - Tel: 01206 384428
Scouts; 10.5 to 14 years old - Tel: 07812 045288
Explorers; 14 to 18 years old - Tel: 07940 547582
Website: scoutgroup 

Mersea Island Sea Scouts
Sea Scout Hut, The Lane, West Mersea, CO5 8NT.
Tel: 01206 384428 or 07852 930289

Mersea Island Twinning Association
Tel: 01206 383054

Mersea Island Wildlife Forum
Tel: 01206 384341

Mersea Island Young Players
Children's drama group.
Tel: 01206 382799
Website: miyps 

Mersea Ladies' Luncheon Club
Meet for lunch at The West Mersea Yacht Club on Thursdays every other month, the meals are always delicious. The Speakers Secretary arranges a varied programme of speakers to follow the lunch.
New members welcome to join, if you are new to the island it would be a great opportunity to meet people and find out more about life on Mersea Island.
Tel: 01206 385869

Mersea School of Music
Mr James.
Email: merseamusic@btinternet.com 
Tel: 01206 382567

Monday Lunch Club
MICA Centre, 38a High Street, West Mersea, CO5 8QA.
Held weekly. Must be over 75 years of age and living alone or in sheltered accommodation.
Cost: £8.00 per Monday.
No availability at the present time, however a waiting list is available.
Time: 10.30am to 2pm. Tea/coffee and biscuits at 11am, hot two course lunch and fresh juice served at 12.30pm, followed by afternoon tea/coffee.
During the morning: Quiz, cards/board games, and book loan service provided. Occasional speakers/presentations. Regular hairdresser/nail service arranged and available at reasonable prices. Eggs, preserves and birthday/occasion cards on sale. Raffle.
Tel: 01206 383751

Mersea Harbour Protection Trust
Mersea Harbour is under threat from erosion by storm wave action. Within 20-30 years it could become unviable for moorings, oyster layings, wildlife habitat and many commercial and leisure marine activities. The jetty could be lost within 10 years.
Since central government can no longer fund the essential work to save our harbour, the Mersea Harbour Protection Trust has been set up as a charity to arrange to reinforce the protecting islands and headlands with around 200,000 tons of suitable sand and gravel from a dredging programme off Harwich Harbour. It is funded and supported by contributions from members of the trust, local charities, Essex County Council, Environment Agency and others including RSPB and Essex Wildlife Trust. 
Tel: 01206 382843
Website: savemerseaharbour 

Mersea Island Mothers' Union
Parish Church Hall, St Peter and St Paul Church, High Street, West Mersea, CO5 8QD.
Church of England based organisation, started in England in 1876. Now worldwide with over 4 million members. The aim is to support and promote marriage and family life. The work overseas involves training in health and education, and practical and financial support in times of adversity, such as droughts and disasters. Membership is open to all - not just mothers, and they have many male members!
3rd Friday of the month, 2.30pm. Speakers on a variety of subjects, not all religion based. Details and a programme of events is posted in the Church porch.
All visitors are welcome to meetings - no commitment necessary. Enjoy a cup of tea and a chat, and listen to the speaker.
Email: davidbridgetsmith@gmail.com 
Tel: 01206 383166

Neighbourhood Watch
The Neighbourhood Watch Chairman, Peter Rudlin, has run the group for 15 years following on from 10 years by Don Butlin. The aim of the scheme is to be able to guard against crime through being aware of recent criminal activity near to where you live, to build a two way communication with the Police, knowing your Area Co-ordinator who can collate and distribute information about criminal activity as well as how to be more secure in and around the home, potentially obtaining a reduction in the cost of your contents insurance depending which insurer you use and having access to crime prevention equipment that at an affordable cost can bring increased security and peace of mind and help and reassure those who live in fear of crime, such as the elderly or handicapped and those that live alone or feel isolated.
There is a NW Committee that meets a few times a year to discuss local issues and often has a visiting speaker of interest. We aim to recruit new Co-ordinators in streets where there is not already one. We send emails out about meetings and anything which needs action.
We aim to encourage neighbourliness and closer community life and anyone who is interested in joining should contact Peter Rudlin.
Email: peterrudlin@talktalk.net
Tel: 01206 385700
Website: neighbourhoodwatch

Packing Shed Trust
Tel: 01206 385123
Website: packingshed 

Patient Participation Group (PPG)
The aim of the group is to represent patients within the Mersea Medical Practice area, and to influence local policy in the Colchester area to ensure that Mersea's patients are represented in decisions made about health services they use.
Tel: 01206 382563

Probus Club of Mersea Island
MICA Centre, 38a High Street, West Mersea, CO5 8QA.
1st Friday of the month, new members welcome.
Email: dennisread1@btinternet.com 
Tel: 01026 384568

Refresh Mersea
A voluntary group of people who have come together to 'refresh' parts of Mersea Town.
It was started in Spring 2014 and with the help of a generous grant from the Borough Council Community Initiative Fund. Initially the group concentrated on the centre of the town around the library. The colour of the library was repainted, changing from Black to Duck Egg Blue, which has been well received. The noticeboards were refurbished/renewed and a town map added. The bus shelter was covered with cladding and a new oak seat and back rest installed. Additional flower planters were added to the area.
During Spring 2015 a large number of planters were placed from the Parish Church along the High Street to Tesco's. They were filled with bright red geraniums to make a splendid ribbon of colour throughout the town.
You do not have to be a gardening guru to help, from watering plants to deadheading, anything you can do is really appreciated. 
For more information please get in touch.
Email: lmullins1@outlook.com 
Tel: 07808 402177

RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution)
Tel: 01206 382874
Website: lifeboat 

Rotary Club of Mersea Island
Tel: 01206 382491, 01206 215555 or 07766 884400
Website: rotary 

Royal British Legion (Mersea Branch)
Tel: 01206 382765
Website: britishlegion 

Royal British Legion (Women's Section)
Tel: 01206 382605
Website: britishlegion 

Strood Women's Institute
MICA Centre, 38a High Street, West Mersea, CO5 8QA.
3rd Wednesday of the month, 7pm to 10pm.
Tel: 01206 381623

The Catherine Bullen Foundation
Registered Charity No: 1110516
Aims: 'The relief of poverty, sickness and distress and the preservation of health in rural Namibia, by the funding of community based projects including the provision of fresh water supplies, medical and educational facilities and such other facilities as the trustees shall deem necessary with the object of improving the conditions of life of those persons who may have need of such facilities.'
Donations welcome - 15 Colchester Road, West Mersea, CO5 8RS.
Email: info@namibia-aid.org.uk 
Tel: 01206 383368
Website: namibia-aid 

The Friends of West Mersea Parish Church
Tel: 01206 383222 - Thursday 10am to 12pm.
Website: fwmpc 

The Mersea Island Society
Tel: 01206 381696
Website: misociety 

Tuesday Fellowship
A vibrant group on Tuesday afternoons aimed mainly at senior citizens, where people meet for a social time followed by an inspirational speaker. The group starts at 2.15pm at the Free Church, Mill Road. Transport can be arranged if they contact the church.
Website: MerseaFreeChurch/TuesdayFellowship 

W.E.A. (Workers' Educational Association)
A voluntary educational charity run by its members for the benefit of interested adults from all backgrounds. Mersea branch provides friendly, informal and enjoyable courses at the MICA Centre on a wide range of subjects with expert tutors.
Tel: 01206 382806

West Mersea & District Flower Club
Tel: 01206 386338

West Mersea Women's Institute
WI Hall, Kingsland Road, West Mersea, CO5 8RB.
2nd Friday of the month, 2pm to 4pm. New members welcome.
Email: miriam@timicomail.co.uk 
Tel: 01206 384349

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