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Whitwick & District U3A


Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Wednesday, 12 Dec 2018

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Good morning. Welcome to Whitwick & District U3A.

May we remind you that the next general meeting and talk is Friday week. 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

What has this got to do with Gardening? Aug 2018. More pictures here
5 Milers group, Oct 2018. More pictures here
Walking Holiday in the Cotswolds, Oct 2018. More pictures here

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Monthly Update The December 2018 / January 2019 issue was emailed on 23 November. 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 any of our emails, please first check your spam/junk/bulkmail folders. If this fails, there are some other suggestions here. Users of Microsoft mail addresses (@hotmail, @live, @msn and @outlook) may find further suggestions here. Users of Google mail may find a suggestion here.

Forthcoming Activities Items coming up soon. Show the next days

Date Group Event Where More Info
TodayConfidence in WaterHermitage Leisure CentreClick here
TodayFun ChoirPerformance: Dementia Village 2-4pmHolmfield Day Care CentreClick here
TodayCanastaHowe Court, WhitwickClick here
TomorrowGardensChristmas LunchBotcheston village HallClick here
TomorrowBeginners BridgeMember's HouseClick here
TomorrowFrench - group 1Member's HouseClick here
Fri Dec 14thTheatreNutcracker balletCentury theatreClick here
Fri Dec 14thCommitteeCharles Booth Centre (Thringstone)Click here
Mon Dec 17thShort Mat BowlsCoalville Bowls ClubhouseClick here
Mon Dec 17thCurlingCharles Booth Centre (Thringstone)Click here
Mon Dec 17thGermanCharles Booth Centre (Thringstone)Click here
Mon Dec 17thSpanishSpanishCharles Booth CentreClick here
Tue Dec 18thBridgeMember's HouseClick here
Tue Dec 18thDanceThringstone Social ClubClick here
Tue Dec 18thFrench - group 2Charles Booth Centre (Thringstone)Click here
Tue Dec 18thDiscovering DishesMember's houseClick here

New groups etc.

There are insufficient numbers to run a second Time to Remember Course in November. However, it is hoped to run one in Spring 2019.

Another six week Water Confidence class starts on Wednesday 7 th November at 12 noon at the Hermitage Leisure Centre at Whitwick. The class would benefit people who are perhaps a little nervous of being in water, and will aim to improve general confidence as well as stroke technique, breathing, floating, being under water, jumping in or attempting to go that extra distance eg a width or a length. The group leader will be in the water with you and not shouting from the poolside. A maximum of four people can be accommodated to ensure individual attention. Each session will last for about an hour and the cost will be £3.80 per session. If you have been on a previous course, you would be welcome to attend this one also. Why not come and take the plunge? It's fun !!!

Details for the 2019 Walking holiday in the Lake District are now on the Walking Holiday page, but hurry if you wish to join in.

Computer Basics Short Courses If you think computers are not for you, you are not alone.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.

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 December event for 5 Milers, November events for Days Out, Armistice Afternoon Tea Dance, Strollers, SWANS, Ramblers, Quiz group, and October events for Garden Group, Walking Holidays.

Information and dates for Days Out events in 2019 are now available.

Following the approval of the amendments at the Special General Meeting held Friday 16th November a copy of the current Constitution is available here.

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:

Autumn events There are events in Bristol, Cardiff, Manchester and of course London; details 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.

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

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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Our U3A received grants from the Big Lottery Fund in 2010 and 2013
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