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Whitwick & District U3A

Registered Charity no EW64245

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Thursday, 18 Jan 2018

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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.

Recent events

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

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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
TodayScience Engineering TechnologyPostponed til FebClick here
TodayMusic AppreciationLoughborough Endowed SchoolsEmmanuel Church, LoughboroughClick here
TodayPapercraftPlanning meetingMember's HouseClick here
TodayFrench - group 1Member's HouseClick here
TomorrowGeneral MeetingTalk - My sufragette great-grandmotherBroomleys Church HallClick here
Mon Jan 22ndSpanishSpanish GroupThringstone Community CentreClick here
Mon Jan 22ndGermanThringstone Community CentreClick here
Mon Jan 22ndShort Mat Bowls2.00pm to 4.00pmCoalville Town Bowling ClubClick here
Tue Jan 23rdSpanish BeginnersMember's houseClick here
Tue Jan 23rdFrench - group 2Thringstone Community CentreClick here
Tue Jan 23rdNeedles and PinsMember's HouseClick here
Tue Jan 23rdCurry ClubBombay BistroIbstockClick here
Wed Jan 24thCanastaHowe Court, WhitwickClick here
Wed Jan 24thQuiz GroupMember's houseClick here
Wed Jan 24thFun ChoirChoir MeetingThringstone Methodist Church HallClick 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 reminisce at whitwicku3a dot org dot uk about it.

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 the December General Meeting, December events for 5 Milers, Ramblers, November events for Ramblers, Striders, SWANS, Days Out, and October's Walking Holiday.

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:

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

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 6-1-18