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Whitwick & District U3A

Sunday, 30 April 2017

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Good morning. 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

Days Out at Peterborough, Mar 2017. More pictures here
Summer Saunters at Sence Valley, Apr 2017. More pictures here
What has space done for us?, Feb 2017. More pictures here
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Monthly Update The May 2017 issue was emailed on 24th 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 our emails, there are some suggestions here.

Membership Renewal Please remember that if you have not renewed your membership runs out on 30th April. Whether you are renewing or not, it would be much appreciated if you could contact the Membership Secretary, mem_sec at whitwicku3a dot org dot uk, before then.

Our AGM will take place at 2pm on Friday 19th May 2017. Copies of the Agenda and reports have been issued by email on 25th April, or post and can also be found in the Members' Area.

Minor revisions have been made to the Data Protection Policy, the current version can be found in the Members' Area.

Forthcoming Activities Items coming up soon. Show the next days

Date Group Event Where More Info
Tue May 2nd5 milersLed by Owen & JennySmisbyClick here
Tue May 2ndBridgeMember's HouseClick here
Tue May 2ndFrench - group 2Thringstone Community CentreClick here
Tue May 2ndScrabbleMember's HouseClick here
Tue May 2ndSpanish BeginnersMember's HouseClick here
Wed May 3rdCanastaHowe Court , WhitwickClick here
Wed May 3rdFun ChoirFun ChoirMethodist Church Hall, ThringstoneClick here
Wed May 3rdConfidence in WaterHermitage Leisure CentreClick here
Wed May 3rdComputing RefreshersHousekeeping toolsMember's HouseClick here
Wed May 3rdArtThringstone Methodist HallClick here
Wed May 3rdSupper ClubDesfordClick here
Thu May 4thSummer SauntersConkers Discovery ParkClick here
Thu May 4thAfternoon TeaFrom 2.30pmCattows Farm, HeatherClick here
Thu May 4thFrench - group 1Member's HouseClick here
Thu May 4thPapercraftCards for menMember's HouseClick here
Thu May 4thDiscussion groupAre we too dependant on the NHS?Member's HouseClick here
Fri May 5thBoard GamesHowe Court , WhitwickClick here
Fri May 5thMuseum VisitsCharnwood MuseumLoughboroughClick here
Fri May 5thRamblersLed by PhryneMelbourneClick here

New groups etc.

The new Discussion Group has been formed and topics are already lined up for May and June.

There will be a meeting to find out about the next U3A Memory Course. This is a short course for members, prepared by U3A professionals and designed for older learners. If you want to know what memory is, where it is, how it works and what you can do if it fails, or to keep it healthy, then the memory course is for you. Come and find out everything you need to know: how long it is, how much it will cost, how it is delivered and much more - and make an informed decision on whether it's for you. The meeting will be held from 10.30 to 12noon on Monday 8th May at the Community Lounge of Howe Court on Howe Road Whitwick. For more information contact Lynne memory at whitwicku3a dot org dot uk

While the current Confidence in Water course is full, another may be organised if there is sufficient interest. 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 April events for Strollers, Curry Club, General Meetings, Confidence in Water, Summer Saunters, 5 Milers, March events for SWANS, and Days Out, and February events for Gardens, and 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 offers that may be of particular interest to the Family History group. See their page for details.

National events:

Summer Schools Information about the three 2017 events, Harper Adams University 17-20 July, Royal Agricultural University 14-17 August, and Royal Agricultural University 11-14 September, can be found in this brochure .

Third Age Trust AGM will take place 31 August. Preliminary 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.


Charnwood Roots Heritage Festival - 21st May. Preliminary info here (Although an invitation to book a stall, it outlines the events of the day)

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

19 May 17 AGM followed by a light-hearted music quiz provided by our own Juke Box Group
16 June 17 Speaker Ruth Coward - ‘Ark at our Peter.
21 July 17 Speaker Tim Coltman - William Coltman, VC
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

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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