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Whitwick & District U3A

Registered Charity No. 1181238

Monday, 30 November 2020

Monday, 30 Nov 2020

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Good morning. Welcome to Whitwick & District U3A.

What is U3A? U3As exist to provide a forum in which retired and semi-retired people can get involved in helping to create, join and run a wide variety of activities which improve their knowledge and skills, enhance their physical and mental wellbeing and keep them socially connected in a friendly and informal environment. It is a non-political and non-religious organisation.

Central to this are interest groups of which we have over 40. In these 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.


Following government guidance and advice from the Third Age Trust, Whitwick & District U3A have suspended all General Meetings until further notice. Most physical meetings of Interest Groups are also suspended, and those groups that can do so are encouraged to meet on a virtual basis, see individual group pages.

Additional guidance for members and Group Leaders Revised 29-9-20.

NEW 7-11-20 A new group, Fun with Words, is starting.

Are you confounded with crosswords, summed out with Sudoku, jaded by jigsaws or tired of tv? If any, or all, of these apply to you, then you need Fun with Words. This new group wishes to get you writing to lift your spirits and give you a new interest.
Not sure about writing? If you read, then you can let your reading inspire you. You always have a point of view you can express. You have ideas which you can write in multiple ways: a poem; a play; a story; a letter; a piece of prose...
While we still can't meet, we can share our thoughts and ideas by email or a Zoom meeting to keep in touch.
For more information, contact : Lynda Hall at fun1 at whitwicku3a dot org dot ukor Lynne Cox at fun2 at whitwicku3a dot org dot uk

2020 AGM Updated 13-11-20
The AGM was held online by Zoom at 2.00pm Friday 16th October 2020. The minutes of the meeting is available here.Copies of reports and accounts can be found in the Members' Area. All resolutions and elections were passed nem con. The members of the new Committee are listed here with further details in the Members Area

Roundup covering what is currently happening in our U3A, was emailed on 16th 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.

NEW 1-11-20 Ramblers group is starting outside activities - see their web page for the latest programme.

NEW 23-10-20 Stollers group is starting outside activities - see their web page for the latest programme.

NEW 24-9-20 Striders group is starting outside activities - see their web page for the latest programme.

Updated 15-9-20 History group continues weekly in virtual mode, and is starting outside activities - see their web page for the latest programme.

NEW 10-9-20 Computing Refreshers resume on Zoom starting Oct 7th- see their web page for the autumn programme.

NEW 28-8-20 Details of an April 2021 Walking Holiday for which there are places available.

Added 3-4-20 Help for those in Isolation / vulnerable in Whitwick

Guides for online security and related topics can be found on the links page

As the situation changes we will update this information.

Recent events

4 members getting ready to walk
Getting ready to walk. Ramblers, Nov 2020. More pictures on their page
Members at tables in the decorated main hall
General Meeting, December 2019. More pictures on their page
Duck and its relection in water
A 'relfective' shot from the Digital Photography group, Sep 2020. More pictures on their page

Click on an image above to enlarge

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Forthcoming Activities Items coming up soon. Show the next days

Date Group Event Where
Wed Dec 2ndStrollersSuspendedCoton-in-the-Elms
Wed Dec 2ndComputing RefreshersCapturing website infoZoom
Fri Dec 4thRamblersLed by Tony Rtba
Mon Dec 21stStriderstba

Updated Information

Recent pictures are posted from November for Ramblers, from October for the Digital Photography Group and from March 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

Regional Trustee Newsletter is available here.

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)

These will only resume when the restrictions relating to Covid 19 are relaxed - so these are what we hope will take place

18 Dec 20 Singer Natalie Nightingale
15 Jan 21 Speaker Paul Siddals - The history of the gas industry in Leicestershire
19 Feb 21 Speaker Stuart Warburton - 100 years of cycling
19 Mar 21 Speaker Samantha Hancock - Cyber-awareness, Fraud and Scams
16 Apr 21 Speaker Bharat Patel - Behind the headlines
21 May 21 AGM then Speaker Sue Garside - Lifestyle medicine
18 Jun 21 Speaker Elaine Clifford - Hearing matters
16 Jul 21 Speaker Helen Reid - A fair cop: A history of British policewomen
20 Aug 21 Speaker Dr Iain Hambling - T G Green & Co Pottery
17 Sep 21 Speaker Alan Gray M.B.E. - 'You cannot be serious': Tales of a Wimbledon umpire 1988- 2012
15 Oct 21 Speaker John Whitehead - Churchill
19 Nov 21 Speaker Sandy Leong - Black cats, new moons and ladders: Origins of superstitions
17 Dec 21 Performance Fool's Gold Christmas Show

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 19-11-20