Good afternoon. 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.
New 6-7-20 A REMINDER. The method for storing Usernames for the Members Area will change 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 ssistance please contact the webmaster
COVID19 (CORONA VIRUS)
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
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, details are available here.
Updated 6-7-20 History group is operating weekly in virtual mode - see their web page for the latest programme.
New 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 22-6-20 Leicestershire County Council has re-opened the Lount Recycling and Waste Site and the Shepshed site is to re-open 25th June. Visits must be pre-booked. There is not a planned re-opening of the Coalville site.
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 26-5-20 Striders present a few pictures from individual walks.
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 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.
|A banana break?! Striders March2020. More pictures on their page|
|General Meeting, December 2019. More pictures on their page|
|Ramblers on their lunchbreak, Februrary 2020. More pictures on their page|
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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 . 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.
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
Regional Trustee Newsletter is available here.
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. A new date will be advised when known|
|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|
|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|
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| ||Our U3A received grants from the Big Lottery Fund in 2010 and 2013|