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Whitwick & District U3A

Registered Charity No. 1181238

Friday, 19 April 2019

Friday, 19 Apr 2019

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Good morning. 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

Ramblers and a horse, Apr 2019. More pictures here
Our chairman thanking the volunteers at an Afternoon Tea, Mar 2019. More pictures here
General Meeting, Mar 2019. More pictures here

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Registration at General Meetings We will be using the new registration system from the March General meeting so please have your badges or cards ready on entering the hall. All members should now have their membership cards and those 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 2019-2020 Renewal should be made by the end of April; if you haven't yet done so please contact the Membership Secretary, mem underscore sec at whitwicku3a dot org dot uk. Please ensure your cheques are made out to 'Whitwick & District U3A' with your membership number on the back. Please remember to enclose your letter if you have any changes to your contact details.

AGM May 2019 The notice of the AGM and Committee elections has been sent to all members. A copy can also be found through the Members' Area here.

Forthcoming Activities Items coming up soon. Show the next days

Date Group Event Where More Info
Tue Apr 23rdSpanish BeginnersMember's HouseClick here
Tue Apr 23rdNeedles and PinsMember's houseClick here
Tue Apr 23rdFrench - group 2Charles Booth Centre (Thringstone)Click here
Tue Apr 23rdBridgeMember's HouseClick here
Tue Apr 23rdCurry ClubSonny's Street FoodLoughboroughClick here
Wed Apr 24thQuiz GroupMember's houseClick here
Wed Apr 24thCanastaHowe Court, WhitwickClick here
Thu Apr 25thPapercraft9.30 amThringstone Methodist HallClick here
Thu Apr 25thBeginners BridgeMember's HouseClick here
Thu Apr 25thFrench - group 1Member's HouseClick here
Thu Apr 25thSWANSJohn and Beryl to leadBradgate ParkClick here

New groups etc.

A second Time to Remember Course is now planned for the Autumn. If you are interested then email Lynne, reminisce 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. 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 April events for Strollers, Days Out, Ramblers, March Volunteers' Tea, General Meeting, March events for 5 Milers, Ramblers, Summer Saunters, Gardens and SWANS.

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:

Summer Schools 2019 Booking is now open, for details see the Third Age Trust website.

Third Age Trust 36th AGM will be held at The East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham on Thursday 29th August 2019. If you are interested in attending this event to represent Whitwick & District U3A, please contact Wendy at sec at whitwicku3a dot org dot 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.

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

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
17 Jan 20 Speaker Delia Bennett - Reflections in Rhyme
21 Feb 20 Speaker Stuart Warburton - 100 years of cycling
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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