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Whitwick & District U3A

Registered Charity No. 1181238

Saturday, 15 May 2021

Saturday, 15 May 2021

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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.


This will be held via Zoom on May 21st. The relevant reports and Agenda can be found via the Member's Area. All members should have received a copy of these and voting information either by post or by email. If you have not received your copy please contact the Secretary sec at whitwicku3a dot org dot uk


Following government guidance and advice from the Third Age Trust, Whitwick & District U3A have suspended physical General Meetings until further notice. However, meetings will take place via Zoom.

Physical meetings of most Interest Groups are also suspended, but a number do meet on a virtual basis or are otherwise active, see individual group pages. Among these are: Computing Refreshers, Digital Photography, French Group 1, French Group 2, Fun with Words , German, History, Spanish Group 1, Quiz Group.

NEW Outdoor activities are resuming; from 29th March the History group , from 19th April Striders, from 6 May Summer Saunters, from 7 May Ramblers and 1 June for 5milers. Participants should complete a personal risk assessment - this does not need to be shared with the Group Leader.

NEW Various items of information including a video of the March GM talk on Cyber-awareness, Fraud and Scams can be found via this page.

Help for those in Isolation / vulnerable in Whitwick

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

Recent events

7 members taking a break
Ramblers, May 2021. 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 'reflective' 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
Mon May 17thStriders9 miles, led by VanessaStart at Markfield
Tue May 18thFrench - group 2Zoom
Tue May 18thSpanish - group 1Zoom
Wed May 19thStrollersMountsorrel
Thu May 20thFrench - group 1Zoom
Fri May 21stGeneral MeetingAGM then Talk - Lifestyle medicineZoom
Mon May 24thHistoryHistory walkFormer Swannington
Tue May 25thFrench - group 2Zoom
Tue May 25thSpanish - group 1Zoom
Thu May 27thFrench - group 1Zoom
Fri May 28thRamblersLed by Joycetba

Updated Information

Recent pictures are posted from February for the Digital Photography Group and November for Ramblers.

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 as physical meetings when the restrictions relating to Covid 19 are relaxed

19 Mar 21 Speaker Samantha Hancock - Cyber-awareness, Fraud and Scams
16 Apr 21 Speaker Kath Reynolds - Didn't We Have a Lovely Time?
21 May 21 AGM then Speaker Sue Garside - Lifestyle medicine - to be held on Zoom
18 Jun 21 Speaker Elaine Clifford - Hearing matters - to be held on Zoom
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 8-5-21