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Whitwick & District U3A

Registered Charity No. 1181238

Friday, 14 August 2020

Friday, 14 Aug 2020

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Good evening. 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.


Until there is a change in government advice, Whitwick & District U3A will continue to suspend all General Meetings and physical meetings of Interest Groups. Where possible groups will try to meet on a virtual basis.

Guidance for members Revised 17-5-20

A REMINDER. The method for storing Usernames for the Members Area changed at the end of July. If you have not logged in or reset your Username since the end of January, your Username will not be recognised from 1st August onward, and you will need to reset it. If you require assistance please contact the webmaster webmaster at whitwicku3a dot org dot uk

Updated 12-8-20 Striders present some more pictures from walks in 2019.

Updated 7-8-20 History group continues weekly in virtual mode - see their web page for the latest programme.

Updated 6-8-20 Leicestershire County Council has re-opened the Coalville Recycling and Waste Site. The sites at Lount and Shepshed are also open. Visits must be pre-booked.

NEW 5-8-20 Network Newsletter including an online study on everyday memory.

Updated 13-7-20 The Garden group has updated pictures from members' gardens, as well as a set of virtual Garden tours, including that of a member's garden

New 9-7-20 Festival of Archaeology Altough most events have been postponed until October, there is a series of six online talks on ULAS's best discoveries from Leicestershire. Running from July 14th to July 30th, and subsequently available until end August, details are available here.

Added 23-6-20 Third Age Trust have produced a video of Life in Lockdown covering U3A activities nationally, but there was a bit of input from our Discovering Dishes GL. You may have seen this if you get the National Newsletter

Updated 8-6-20 NW Leics are resuming Garden waste collections on a monthly basis from 28th April onward with details being supplied by letter to each household. Cardboard is being collected from 23rd June alternating with garden waste on recycling days.

Updated 14-4-20 A short summary of various methods of keeping in touch, additional info for protecting the use of Zoom

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

Added 1-4-20 Guides for appropriate settings provided by UK Safer Internet Centre for Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok and Roblox.

Added 1-4-20 Scam examples as found by the BBC

Added 31-3-20 Little Leaflet of Cyber Mistakes to help you keep safe on line

Added 20-3-20 Scam advice

As the situation changes we will update this information.

Recent events

Six members standing on or near play equipment - no bananas in sight!
A banana break?! Striders March2020. 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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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. Although present circumsatnces mean that you cannot renew at a General Meeting, you can renew by post or bank transfer - details are on your renewal form.

Updated Information

Recent pictures are posted from July 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

Third Age Trust AGM. Notification is hereby given of the 37th Annual General Meeting of TAT will be held at the East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham on 27th Aug 2020 commencing at 11.15 am. For further details please contact Wendy sec at whitwicku3a dot org dot uk

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

15 May 20 This should have been our AGM plus the Fun Choir. This is now scheduled for October, but may be virtual.
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
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 12-8-20