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Whitwick & District U3A

Friday, 18 August 2017

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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

Gardens group BBQ & Plant swap, Aug 2017. More pictures here
Participants on the 3rd Memory Course held June/July 2017.
Ramblers at the top of Bardon Hill, August 2017. More pictures here

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EMAIL sent to or from various whitwicku3a.org.uk addresses has been one of a number of organisations caught up in an issue with Yahoo. The emails affected have been directly, or indirectly via WAD address, to members using Sky and Yahoo. This problem first showed to a limited extent on 8th Aug, but has taken some time to establish the cause. Working with our webhost, we are hopeful that the problem has now been overcome. (14/8/17)

If you have sent a message to or from a WAD address during this period to which you expected a reply, but have not had a reply, then you may wish to re-send the message. Do note that the nature of Yahoo's action was such that you would not have had a non-delivery report.

Forthcoming Activities Items coming up soon. Show the next days

Date Group Event Where More Info
TodayGeneral MeetingTalk - Big CatsBroomleys Church HallClick here
TomorrowMusic AppreciationOpen Air ConcertBradgate ParkClick here
Sun Aug 20thWAD extrasWoodstock in WhitwickHermitage Leisure CentreClick here
Mon Aug 21stStridersVanessa leadingWoodhouse Eaves areaClick here
Mon Aug 21stGermanThringstone Community CentreClick here
Mon Aug 21stCurling10.00 am to noonThringstone Community CentreClick here
Tue Aug 22ndSpanish BeginnersMember's HouseClick here
Tue Aug 22ndCurry ClubTaste of ThaiAshbyClick here
Tue Aug 22ndBridgeMember's HouseClick here
Tue Aug 22ndNeedles and PinsMember's HouseClick here
Wed Aug 23rdCanastaHowe Court , WhitwickClick here
Wed Aug 23rdQuiz GroupMember's HouseClick here
Thu Aug 24thFrench - group 1Member's HouseClick here
Thu Aug 24thSWANSJenny and Janet leadingBosworth Battlefield Centre, CadebyClick here

New groups etc.

Woodstock in Whitwick Can you help? Sunday 20th August at Hermitage Leisure Centre, Silver Street, LE67 5EU This is a Family Fun day in Whitwick from 10am until 5pm. The event has an admirable reputation for fundraising for local good causes and, over the last few years, has encouraged a friendly, community spirit. We will be taking our marquee along and hoping that U3A members will volunteer to be there in teams of two or three to talk to visitors and hand out information for an hour. It is a pleasant way to raise awareness of the benefits of U3A membership. Please contact Sue publicity at whitwicku3a dot org dot uk if you can help.

Congratulations to those who took part in the recent Confidence in Water course and who did so well. It is hoped that another short course will commence on Wednesday 4th October. It will run for six consecutive weeks, meeting at 12 midday at Whitwick Leisure Centre. The session should last for about an hour. Members with all different levels of ability are invited, but the course might benefit those who would like to overcome any particular difficulties or fears. Contact Joyce confidence at whitwicku3a dot org dot uk

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 August events for Strollers, Gardens, 5 Milers, and Ramblers, the July General Meeting, July events for Striders, Days Out, and June events for Curling, Picnic in the Park.

Also recently posted are pictures from the May meeting of the Digital Photography Group, and a description of July's walk by Striders.

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 has organised some special events at The Globe and relating to Wild life. More info here.

The Findings and Recommendations of the Working Group into the future Governance structure of the Third Age Trust are available here.

National events:

Summer Schools Information about the 2017 events, Royal Agricultural University 14-17 August, and Royal Agricultural University 11-14 September, can be found in this brochure .

Third Age Trust Conference & AGM will take place 29 - 31 August. Booking information can be found here.

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 Aug 17 Speaker Barbara Meyer - Big Cats
15 Sept 17 Speaker Professor Sarah Hainsworth: The work of a forensic engineer
20 Oct 17 Speaker Dr Julie Attard - Whitwick’s Big Dig
17 Nov 17 Speaker Peter Varden - Popular Music 1945-1951
15 Dec 17 Speaker Rosie Woodland - Joyce Grenfell
19 Jan 18 Speaker Peter Barratt - My suffragette great-grandmother Alice Hawkins

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

Please note that as an anti-spam measure e-mail addresses on this page are NOT links, but should be manually copied


Our U3A has been very fortunate to receive a grant from the Big Lottery Fund under the Awards for All scheme.
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