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Whitwick & District U3A

Registered Charity no EW64245

Monday, 19 February 2018

Monday, 19 Feb 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

Strollers pausing at Congerstone, Jan 2018 More pictures here
Some of the Striders group, Nov 2017. More pictures here
Ramblers and Striders joint walk, December 2017. More pictures here

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Good News! 4 day excursion to North East based in Newastle will be going ahead as advertised in May 2018. Thank you to all those members who have signed up so far. There are places available and full details are shown on the Days Out page.

Forthcoming Activities Items coming up soon. Show the next days

Date Group Event Where More Info
TodayShort Mat Bowls2.00pm to 4.00pmCoalville Town Bowling ClubClick here
TodayCurling10 am to noonThringstone Community CentreClick here
TodayFamily HistoryCoalville LibraryClick here
TodaySpanishThringstone Community CentreClick here
TodayStridersLed by BrianWoodhouse EavesClick here
TodayGermanThringstone Community CentreClick here
TomorrowDanceThringstone Social ClubClick here
TomorrowBridgeMember's HouseClick here
TomorrowDiscovering DishesMember's houseClick here
TomorrowTheatreAllo Allo - til 24thLoughborough Town HallClick here
TomorrowFrench - group 2Thringstone Community CentreClick here
TomorrowSpanish BeginnersMember's HouseClick here
Wed Feb 21stFun ChoirChoir MeetingThringstone Methodist Church HallClick here
Wed Feb 21stStrollersLed by Ian & SueWillesley areaClick here
Wed Feb 21stArtThringstone Methodist HallClick here
Wed Feb 21stCanastaHowe Court, WhitwickClick here
Thu Feb 22ndPlay ReadingMember's houseClick here
Thu Feb 22ndSWANSDavid Harms leadingGrace Dieu woods, ThringstoneClick here
Thu Feb 22ndFrench - group 1Member's HouseClick here

New groups etc.

Is your guitar tucked away and hardly used? Are you looking for an opportunity to play again? Do you just need someone to start a Group to get you playing again? This could be the good news you are waiting for. One of our members would like to start a Guitar Group and needs you to join too. All you need is enthusiasm - and a guitar. If you're interested, please contact Lynda groups 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 February events for Ramblers, the January General Meeting, January events for Ramblers, SWANS, Strollers, Curry Club, the December General Meeting and December events for 5 Milers.

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. Booking opens 16th February. 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.


Sat 24th Feb, 7.30 pm, Giocoso String Quartet will be performing works by Haydn and Beethoven at the Charles Booth Centre (formerly Thringstone Community Centre). Tickats £9.50 available at the Centre.

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

16 Feb 18 Pete Russell - Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity
16 Mar 18 Speaker Sandy Leong - Mad as a Hatter, Origins & Meanings of Sayings
20 Apr 18 Speaker Andy Smith - My Life in Music
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.

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

Our U3A received grants from the Big Lottery Fund in 2010 and 2013
Page content updated 19-2-18