Good morning. Welcome to Whitwick & District U3A.
May we remind you that the next general meeting and talk is tomorrow. 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.
|History group at the former New Lount Colliery Sep 2017. More pictures here|
|Some of the Striders group, Nov 2017. More pictures here|
|Ramblers and Striders joint walk, December 2017. More pictures here|
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.
|Today||Science Engineering Technology||Postponed til Feb||Click here|
|Today||Music Appreciation||Loughborough Endowed Schools||Emmanuel Church, Loughborough||Click here|
|Today||Papercraft||Planning meeting||Member's House||Click here|
|Today||French - group 1||Member's House||Click here|
|Tomorrow||General Meeting||Talk - My sufragette great-grandmother||Broomleys Church Hall||Click here|
|Mon Jan 22nd||Spanish||Spanish Group||Thringstone Community Centre||Click here|
|Mon Jan 22nd||German||Thringstone Community Centre||Click here|
|Mon Jan 22nd||Short Mat Bowls||2.00pm to 4.00pm||Coalville Town Bowling Club||Click here|
|Tue Jan 23rd||Spanish Beginners||Member's house||Click here|
|Tue Jan 23rd||French - group 2||Thringstone Community Centre||Click here|
|Tue Jan 23rd||Needles and Pins||Member's House||Click here|
|Tue Jan 23rd||Curry Club||Bombay Bistro||Ibstock||Click here|
|Wed Jan 24th||Canasta||Howe Court, Whitwick||Click here|
|Wed Jan 24th||Quiz Group||Member's house||Click here|
|Wed Jan 24th||Fun Choir||Choir Meeting||Thringstone Methodist Church Hall||Click here|
New groups etc.
Science, Engineering and Technology (S.E.T.) This group has recently re-formed and will be meeting during the afternoon of the 3rd. Thursday each month. The first meeting will be on Thursday 15 February 2018. For this meeting, members will have researched their own choice of topic on Time and will be reporting their findings back to the group.
Walking Holiday 2018 Bourton on the Water - a provisional booking has been made - more details on the group page .
Reminiscence Group Those of you who have done the Memory Course, or who have heard about it, will know how important to mental health it is to keep the memory active. As an off-shoot of this we are thinking of introducing a new activity – reminiscing about our past – a sort of living or oral history; looking at how things have changed and how these changes have formed and informed us. A ten-week programme or group activity is envisaged, looking at how we grew up, played, holidayed, learned, developed and were entertained. It is possible we will be able to make some sort of record of what we find and share. If you are interested in being part of this or want to know more about it and how it will work, then please sign up – you don’t need to have done the Memory Course - and ask either Wendy Mills or Lynne Cox about it.
For more information on the whole range of interest groups, including their meeting arrangements, please look at the Groups page.
Items of Interest
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)
|19 Jan 18||Speaker Peter Barratt - My suffragette great-grandmother Alice Hawkins|
|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|
|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|
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|