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Whitwick & District U3A

Registered Charity No. 1181238

Wednesday, 19 February 2020

Wednesday, 19 Feb 2020

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Good afternoon. Welcome to Whitwick & District U3A.

May we remind you that the next general meeting and talk is this coming Friday. Further details are provided about these meetings below.

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.

Recent events

Walkers walking along canal tow-path
Intrepid walkers! 5 Milers Jan 2020. More pictures on their page
Members at tables in the decorated main hall
General Meeting, December 2019. More pictures on their page
Members seated in the sunshine
Ramblers on their lunchbreak, Februrary 2020. More pictures on their page

Click on an image above to enlarge

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Registration at General Meetings Please have your badges or cards ready on entering the hall. Members that attend General Meetings who have not got a new membership badge can order one from the membership desk the next time they attend.

Membership Renewal 2020-2021 All members should receive their membership renewal letters by the end of February; if you haven't received yours by then please contact the Membership Secretary mem underscore sec at whitwicku3a dot org dot uk. The March General Meeting will be the first time you will be able to renew your membership for the new membership year. If you are renewing by cash please bring along the correct change. If you are renewing by cheque please ensure your cheques are made out to 'Whitwick & District U3A' with your membership number on the back. Your cheques will not be presented to our bank until the 1st April or just after. Please remember to bring your letters if you have any changes to your contact details. To avoid queueing you can place your subscription(s) in a sealed envelope with your name or names if you are paying for more than one member printed on the envelope.

AGM 2020 This takes place on 15th May. The notice calling for nominations and resolutions is available in the Members' Area

Forthcoming Activities Items coming up soon. Show the next days

Date Group Event Where
TodayStrollersLed by Sue and IanDonisthorpe area
TodayArtThringstone Methodist Hall
TodayFun ChoirMeetingMethodist Hall, Thringstone
TodayCanastaHowe Court, Whitwick
TomorrowLunch ClubCharnwood Arms (Hungry Horse)Beveridge Lane
TomorrowDigital PhotographyVideoPad - a final lookThringstone Methodist Hall
TomorrowFrench - group 1Member's House
TomorrowMusic AppreciationCapriccio Ensemble QuintetEmmanuel Church, Loughborough
TomorrowBeginners BridgeMember's House
Fri Feb 21stFilmJudyCentury Theatre
Fri Feb 21stGeneral MeetingTalk - History of Palitoy & CascelloidBroomleys Church Hall
Mon Feb 24thSpanish - group 1Charles Booth Centre (Thringstone)
Mon Feb 24thShort Mat BowlsCoalville Bowls Clubhouse
Mon Feb 24thGermanWhitwick Methodist Church
Mon Feb 24thHistoryThringstone namesThringstone Methodist Hall
Mon Feb 24thCurlingCharles Booth Centre (Thringstone)
Tue Feb 25thSpanish - group 2Member's House
Tue Feb 25thSmartphoneCharles Booth Centre (Thringstone)
Tue Feb 25thNeedles and PinsMember's House
Tue Feb 25thCurry ClubThe Himalayan InnLoughborough
Tue Feb 25thFrench - group 2Charles Booth Centre (Thringstone)
Tue Feb 25thBridgeMember's House

New groups etc.

Discussion Do you enjoy having friends to talk with? Are you a good listener? You probably have your own points of view amassed over years of experience. Good conversation is as stimulating as black coffee and just as hard to sleep after! And, social interaction is very good for our well-being. So, have you thought about joining the Discussion Group? The group has been on a summer break but now is the time to re-form it. Dates and time are 'up for discussion' and maybe even the venue, too. If you are interested, please contact Lynne discussion at whitwicku3a dot org dot uk

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 with a maximum of three members to a course. Please contact: Richard, basics 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 from February event for 5milers and Ramblers, for the Christmas General Meeting, recent pictures from the Digital Photography Group, and pictures of the December events for Quiz group and Sunday Lunch.

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.


18th March - Leicester University - Public talks and demos for Brain Awareness Week. More details and booking info on their website

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

21 Feb 20 Speaker Bob Brechin - The history and products of Palitoy and Cascelloid. CHANGED
20 Mar 20 Speaker Sandy Leong - Black cats, new moons and ladders: Origins of superstitions
17 Apr 20 Speaker Alan Gray M.B.E. - 'You cannot be serious': Tales of a Wimbledon umpire 1988- 2012
15 May 20 AGM
19 June 20 Speaker Philip Caine - Barrow to Bahgdad and back : My career story
17 July 20 Speaker Andy Smith - John, Paul, George and me
21 Aug 20 Speaker Dr Victoria Strong - Life as a zoo vet
18 Sept 20 Speaker Mike Storr - Masters of Mirth
16 Oct 20 Speaker Kevin Reynolds - Dispelling the myths - an introduction to bats
20 Nov 20 Speaker Andy Smart - Their names will live on
18 Dec 20 Singer Natalie Nightingale
15 Jan 21 Speaker Paul Siddals - The history of the gas industry in Leicestershire

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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