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Whitwick & District U3A

 

Friday, 22 June 2018

Friday, 22 Jun 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

Some the Garden Group at John's Garden, May 2018. More pictures here
Our stand at the Charles Booth Centre relaunch, May 2018. More pictures here
Days Out at the Angel of the North, May 2018. More pictures here

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AGM 18th May 2018 The results of the elections to Officers and the Committee 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 as your membership will have been suspended.

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Forthcoming Activities Items coming up soon. Show the next days

Date Group Event Where More Info
Sun Jun 24thWAD extrasPicnic in the ParkCoalvilleClick here
Mon Jun 25thHistoryHistorical walkCastle DoningtonClick here
Mon Jun 25thCurling10 am to noonThringstone Community CentreClick here
Mon Jun 25thSpanishThringstone Community CentreClick here
Mon Jun 25thGermanThringstone Community CentreClick here
Tue Jun 26thCurry ClubHarrisons SpiceRatbyClick here
Tue Jun 26thBridgeMember's HouseClick here
Tue Jun 26thFrench - group 2Thringstone Community CentreClick here
Tue Jun 26thNeedles and PinsMember's HouseClick here
Tue Jun 26thSpanish BeginnersMember's HouseClick here
Wed Jun 27thQuiz GroupMember's houseClick here
Wed Jun 27thCanastaHowe Court, WhitwickClick here
Wed Jun 27thFun ChoirChoirThringstone Methodist HallClick here
Thu Jun 28thFrench - group 1Member's HouseClick here
Thu Jun 28thPlay ReadingMember's houseClick here
Thu Jun 28thSWANSt.b.a.t.b.a.Click 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.

Smart phone short course. Our apologies for the delay in starting this course. It is now on track to begin in July. If you have expressed an interst in this you will be contacted shortly with dates and venue.

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 U3A at the Charles Booth Centre Launch Event, June events for Days Out, Ramblers, May events for Ramblers, Time to Remember, SWANS, Curry Club, Strollers, 5 Milers, Board Games, Garden Group, Summer Saunters, and the April General Meeting.

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.

Non-U3A:

Festival of Archaeology will be held 14th to 29th July. Further details at Leicestershire Fieldworkers

Leicestershire Green Plaques scheme. There are six commemorative plaques to award and the last day to vote is Monday 30 July. Voting online for up to 6 of your favourites couldn't be easier.

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

20 July 18 Speaker Tom Newton, Leics Trading Standards - Scams and how to avoid them
17 Aug 18 Our U3A's 10th Birthday- Note this will be ticket only
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
18 Jan 19 Speaker Peter Varden - The History of the 78 Record - Part 3
15 Feb 19 Speaker Barbara Meyer - Wildlife of Sherwood Forest
15 Mar 19 Speaker David Templeman - Lady Arbella Stuart - The Queen That Never Was
12 Apr 19 Speaker Celia Sanger - Calke Abbey Revealed - A Family Story   N.B. 2nd Friday of Month
17 May 19 AGM, then Speaker Lynne Cox - How to keep your memory healthy
21 June 19 Speaker Matthew Eames - Love Food Hate Waste
19 July 19 Speaker Ernest Miller - Robert Bakewell at Dishley Grange
16 Aug 19 Speaker Co-op Estate Planning - Tax, Care and Toy Boys
20 Sept 19 Speaker Peter Gee-Pemberton - The Air Ambulance Service
18 Oct 19 Speaker Maria Hanson MBE - Me & Dee Charity
15 Nov 19 Performers Fool's Gold Acoustic - Beat The Drum
20 Dec 19 Speaker John Whitehead - A Right Royal Christmas

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

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