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Whitwick & District U3A


Thursday, 26 April 2018

Thursday, 26 Apr 2018

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Good afternoon. Welcome to Whitwick & District U3A.

May we remind you that the next general meeting and talk is next month. Further details are provided below.

What is U3A? It stands for University of the Third Age, but not in today's accepted meaning of the word. It is a community of people like yourself - third agers, people no longer in full-time employment. It is a non-political and non-religious organisation.

We take part in group activities, which are central to all U3As. We have over 40 such groups where we learn from each other and from direct experience, rather than being taught in a formal setting . There is no formal structure of assessment or awards. Any member can, and is encouraged to, form a new group within their own area of interest or expertise.

Our membership is drawn from North West Leicestershire, primarily from the Whitwick / Coalville area and other nearby towns and villages. Our general meetings are held on the 3rd Friday of the month at Broomleys Church Hall at 2.00 pm. You are most welcome to come along and find out more.

Recent events

A sight for the Garden Group at Chevin Brae, March 2018. More pictures here
Strollers, March 2018. More pictures here
Juke box, February 2018. More pictures here

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AGM 18th May 2018 Nominations for Officers and the committee, and resolutions should be submitted to the Secretary by 20th April 2018. More information, copies of the Agenda and Minutes of the 2017 AGM and reports from the Chair, Treasurer and Groups Co-ordinator are available in the Members' Area here.

An updated version (April 2018) of the Guide for Group Leaders is available in the Members' Area here.

Membership Renewal 2018-2019 If you have not yet renewed your membership please contact the Membership Secretary mem_sec at whitwicku3a dot org dot uk before the end of April, otherwise your membership will be suspended.

Monthly Update The May 2018 issue was emailed on 23rd April. If you have not received your copy, please first check your spam / bulkmail folder(s). If you still do not have it then you can find a copy here.

If you are having problems receiving any of our emails, please first check your spam/junk/bulkmail folders. If this fails, there are some other suggestions here. Users of Microsoft mail addresses (@hotmail, @live, @msn and @outlook) may find further suggestions here. Users of Google mail may find a suggestion here.

Forthcoming Activities Items coming up soon. Show the next days

Date Group Event Where More Info
TodaySWANSJohn and Beryl leadingNewtown LinfordClick here
TodayFrench - group 1Member's HouseClick here
TodayPlay ReadingMember's houseClick here
Mon Apr 30thSpanishCharles Booth Centre (Thringstone)Click here
Mon Apr 30thCurling10 am to noonThringstone Community CentreClick here
Mon Apr 30thHistoryTeam quizThringstone Methodist HallClick here
Mon Apr 30thGermanThringstone Community CentreClick here
Tue May 1st5 milersLed by Jenny & OwenTicknallClick here
Tue May 1stBridgeMember's houseClick here
Tue May 1stFrench - group 2Thringstone Community CentreClick here
Tue May 1stScrabbleMember's houseClick here
Wed May 2ndSupper ClubDonisthorpeClick here
Wed May 2ndArtThringstone Methodist HallClick here
Wed May 2ndCanastaHowe Court, WhitwickClick here
Wed May 2ndComputing RefreshersMail merge, incl labels & envelopesMember's houseClick here
Wed May 2ndFun ChoirChoir Work ShopThringstone Methodist Church HallClick here

New groups etc.

Computer Basics Short Courses If you think computers are not for you, you are not alone. If you think you're too old to use one you're not alone There are millions of people who feel the same way. Computers and the internet have become a part of everyday life - from staying in touch with family and friends and talking to the grandchildren whilst seeing them on the screen. (Much better than the phone). Sharing photos to booking holidays and browsing the shops in the comfort of your own home. We are running three short courses on computer basics, from how to switch on, using a keyboard and mouse to browsing the internet and sending Emails. The courses will run on a Tuesday afternoon. There will be a maximum of three members to a course. Please contact: Lynda, groups at whitwicku3a dot org dot uk, to register your interest.

Bridge for Beginners. We are considering forming a new group - if you are interested contact Les bridge at whitwicku3a dot org dot uk or Lynda groups at whitwicku3a dot org dot uk

Smart phone short course. It is currentlyanticipated that this will start in June.

For more information on the whole range of interest groups, including their meeting arrangements, please look at the Groups page.

Updated Information

Pictures are posted of the April General Meeting, April events for Curry Club, Strollers, 5 Milers, Garden Group, and Ramblers, March event for Days Out and February events for SWANS and Juke Box.

For a full list of recent updates see here, or you can choose to get notified by e-mail using the notify page in the members area.

Items of Interest

The Third Age Trust issue national newsletters. An archive of these is available here, or you can sign up to receive them directly here.

National events:

U3A Summer Schools will be held 23rd to 26th July and 11th to 14th September. Further details at summer-schools.u3a.org.uk

In Depth Study Groups - A chance to study in much greater depth than an interest group. If you have a computer you could link up with like-minded people across the UK.

Forthcoming monthly meetings (click on underlined dates for more detail)

18 May 18 AGM, then Speaker John Heal - Codes, Cyphers and Cryptography, from the Ancient Greeks to Online Banking
15 June 18 Speaker Bev Smith, CEO of NWLDC - Her career and latest development at the District Council
20 July 18 Speaker Steve Toone, Leics Trading Standards - Scams and how to avoid them
17 Aug 18 Our U3A's 10th Birthday
21 Sept 18 Speaker Dr Wendy Frear - Ann Hely, a Crimean War Nurse
19 Oct 18 Speaker David Bell - Leicestershire Ghosts and Legends
16 Nov 18 Speaker Dr John Sutton - The Commonwealth War Graves Commission
21 Dec 18 Speaker Kath Reynolds - 'Tis the Season to be Jolly

Pictures of some other previous talks are here, and for other information on previous talks and speakers, click here.

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Our U3A received grants from the Big Lottery Fund in 2010 and 2013
Page content updated 25-4-18