There will be a monthly general meeting of the U3A at 2pm on the fourth Thursday of the month; guest speakers have been booked up until November 2014.

Committee members will always be on hand to ‘meet and greet’ and answer any queries.

Dates for your Diary
Thu Apr 24th 2014 Monthly Meeting - 2pm St Peter's Church Centre, Glenfield

Speaker - The Work of the Samaritans - Iris and Marlene
Thu May 22nd 2014 Monthly Meeting - 2pm St Peter's Church Centre, Glenfield

Speaker - Visually Impaired people on Holiday - Anne Halsey
Thu Jun 26th 2014 Monthly Meeting - 2pm St Peter's Church Centre, Glenfield

Speaker - Concordia Theatre, Hinckley - Judy Peakfield
Thu Sep 25th 2014 Monthly Meeting - 2pm St Peter's Church Centre, Glenfield

Speaker - Arctic Experience - Val Williams
Thu Oct 23rd 2014 Monthly Meeting - 2pm St Peter's Church Centre, Glenfield

Speaker - Stoney Cove Diving School - Margaret Baldwin
Thu Nov 27th 2014 Monthly Meeting - 2pm St Peter's Church Centre

Speaker - Farming and Wildlife - Andrew Parsons
Social Events
Sat Sep 13th 2014 Melbourne Festival Art & Architecture Trail - 10am x 6pm
Sun Sep 14th 2014 Melbourne Festival Art & Architecture Trail - 10am x 5pm
Mon Feb 2nd 2015 Mansfield U3A invite all U3A members to join them for a tenth year at Thoresby Hall, Nottinghamshire on Monday 2nd February to Friday 6th

Provisional Cost: A maximum cost £208 pp sharing in standard rooms; singles: £248(limited availability).
Final cost will be available around June. Prices for upgrades see Warner's website.

This break is available to all U3A members and friends are welcome to join in.

Four nights bed, breakfast, evening meal with a full programme of entertainment included.

To get a booking form and other useful things (including T&Cs) go to the link

If you want to come give me a ring on 01623 626991 or email

Terry Whitehead
Mansfield U3A
For details follow the link below.
Fri Oct 24th 2014 Regional Workshop
Constitution and Committees

Meadow Lane, Nottingham NG32 3HJ

More info to follow
Other Events
Wed Apr 23rd 2014 7pm - Oadby Library

Author M.C. Beaton (Agatha Raisin & Hamish Macbeth series) will be at the library.

£6 including refreshments.
Sat Apr 26th 2014 10am - 5pm 2014 Bus & Commercial Vehicle Rally
Venue:- Quorn & woodhouse Station (LE12 8AW)

This event is a joint iniative between the Great Central railway snd the Leicester Heritage Transport Trust

Free bus rides. Displays of buses and commercial vehicles. Free bus service to Stonehurst Farm, Mountsorrel. Stalls selling transport related items. Refreshments at Quorn station.

Please note, open to U3A members only.

Set amongst the beautiful Malvern Hills, the RHS Malvern Spring Festival is one with feeling. Meander round the stunning collection of Show Gardens. Lose yourself in the Floral Marquee and pick up tips from the experts all around, including the Allotment Theatre and the Plant Pavilions too. Once stocked up, find all the latest gardening gadgets and essentials in the vast array of tradestands. Deserving the strap line ‘the plants and people show’, the blossoming RHS Malvern Spring Festival brings together inspirational ideas, practical tips and a fantastic day out for gardeners and food lovers. (Promotional material from Festival organisers, but I understand it is one of the best festivals to visit)

Type Malvern Spring Show into your search box for more information.

To get in touch with Gail Nunn for a booking form please go to the CONTACT page and click on Chairman to send an email.
Thu Sep 11th 2014 Leicester Heritage Weekend
Fri Sep 12th 2014 Leicester Heritage Weekend
Sat Sep 13th 2014 Leicester Heritage Weekend
Sun Sep 14th 2014 Leicester Heritage Weekend
Fri Oct 10th 2014 Leicester & Rutland Network presents: 'U3A' at Snibston
10am x 5pm
Tickets £10.50 including afternoon tea.
Days Out
Wed May 14th 2014 A trip has been organised to a recording of the TV programme 'Pointless'

There are still 9 tickets available.
Provisional price is £25 but this will reduce to £18 if the 9 spare seats are taken.

For more information - please contact Carol Knill on 0116 2919464 or email via the Days Out group page.
Thu Jun 19th 2014 A trip to Hull has been suggested, and it has provisionally been booked for the 19/6/14 if enough members want to go.
The cost will be for the coach only as the planned visits to Street Life Museum and Wilberforce House are both free.

Please contact Carol Knill for more information on 0116 2919464 or email via the Days Out group page.
Discussion Group
Thu May 8th 2014 Topic - Climate change Venue Jo
Thu Jun 12th 2014 Topic - Should we spend our children’s inheritance? Venue Pat/Gordon's

Review previous meetings
Film Club
Wed May 14th 2014 1030am - The Phoenix
May "Local Hero"

Contact Malcolm Gray
Wed Jun 11th 2014 1030am - The Phoenix
South Pacific

Contact Malcolm Gray
Wed Jul 9th 2014 1030am - The Phoenix
Annie Hall

Contact Malcolm Gray
Wed Aug 13th 2014 1030am - The Phoenix
Macbeth (Polanski's version)

Contact Malcolm Gray
Wed Sep 10th 2014 1030am - The Phoenix
All Quiet on the Western Front

Contact Malcolm Gray
Wed Oct 8th 2014 1030am - The Phoenix
Remains of the Day

Contact Malcolm Gray
Wed Nov 12th 2014 1030am - The Phoenix
Paths of Glory

Contact Malcolm Gray
Wed Dec 10th 2014 1030am - The Phoenix
Great Expectations

Contact Malcolm Gray
Wed May 7th 2014 Japanese Meditation Garden

Pure Land
North Clifton
Nr Newark
NG23 7AT
England, UK
01777 228567

Entrance fees
£6.00 adults
£5.00 OAPs, students, unemployed & disabled
£3.50 children (over 5 years)

For viewing the crystal garden
£1.00 in addition to the garden entry fee
Opening times
Open from the last weekend in March until the last weekend in October.
Refreshments and rice salad are served at our cafe.

Tuesday - Friday: 10:30am to 5:30pm
Fri May 9th 2014 Charlie Dimmock - A Passion for Gardens
7.30pm Friday 9th May 2014
Little Theatre, Dover St, Leicester LW1 6PW

Tickets £15.50
Box Office - 0116 2551302
Thu May 15th 2014 Jo Kitchen and Diane Stant have "volunteered" to allow us to visit their gardens in Birstall. From 2.00pm
Wed Jun 4th 2014 Whatton House and Gardens,
Long Whatton
LE12 5BG

The wife of the first Lord Crawshaw carried out much of the landscaping of the garden in the late 19th Century. Extending to 15 acres, it offers the visitor a haven of peace and tranquility through all the seasons of the year. A myriad of paths lead through the woodland garden, carpeted in spring by thousands of bulbs and wild flowers, while an abundance of flowering shrubs and ornamental trees catch the eye around the spacious lawns.

In the summer the old fashioned rose garden, with its extensive views towards Charnwood Forest, and the magnificent herbaceous border sheltered by the high brick wall of the working kitchen garden, provide a profusion of colour.

Other features of the garden include stone seats, ornaments, an ornate stone loggia, a bark summer-house and the “Bogey Hole”. In the Chinese Garden, the Terracotta Warriors stand guard, replicas of the famous Terracotta Army discovered in China after being buried for 2200 years.

The garden is now cared for by Lord and Lady Crawshaw, along with their Gardener, Roy Carr, rather less than the original staff of ten gardeners! However above all, the beauty and peaceful atmosphere of a bygone age make Whatton Gardens the ideal setting for a relaxing visit for all the family.

•The gardens are open from 1st March – 31st October, closed on Saturdays. Opening hours 11am – 4pm.

•Admission: £3.50 per adult, children free.

•Wheelchair access to all areas of the garden

•Teas will be available every Sunday from 19 May 2-4pm.

•Groups are welcomed by appointment and light refreshments can be available by prior arrangement.
Thu Jun 19th 2014 Plant Swap, bring and share evening, 7.00 pm at Marilyn and Alan's.
Wed Jul 2nd 2014


Kelmarsh Hall and Gardens,
NN6 9LY (for those using a sat nav, enter NN6 9LX).

Within the 18th century setting, the gardens that visitors see at Kelmarsh Hall today are largely inspired by Nancy Lancaster. She extended her interior style of shabby chic charm into the gardens and drafted in the garden designer of her day, the talented Norah Lindsay, to help. Around the Hall the landscape architect Geoffrey Jellicoe laid out a formal terrace and horse chestnut avenues leading down to the lake.

From the sophisticated pastels of the sunken garden through to the showier shades of the 30m long border, the garden leads you on a tour around the perimeter of a triangular walled garden. This secret heart is a relaxing space filled with traditional fruit and vegetables, cut flower beds and a restored vinery.

These overlays of history contributed to the gardens listing by English Heritage as Grade II*, a garden of national significance. The gardens are also a RHS Partner Garden.

Seasonal highlights in the garden:

April: Daffodils and snake’s head fritillaries
Walled garden - Rhubarb & blossom on espaliered fruit trees
April/May: Tulips and alliums
May/June: Peonies
June: Roses
July: Double border – Cottage garden perennials
Walled garden – Sweet peas
July to Sept: Walled garden - Cut flower beds (including dahlias)
August to Sept: Long border

Group Visits

We welcome groups to Kelmarsh Hall and Gardens, where there is much to discover during a day's visit. Our experienced guides will outline the history of the 18th century house, which includes the Croome collection, and garden tours are available.

To discuss your requirements call 01604 686543 or email

Estate Tours:
Tours of the estate covering subjects such as woodland management, ecology and archaeology are available and are led by members of the estate management team. To discuss a tailor made tour of any area of the estate and its management contact the Estate Office.

Please note - groups of 12 or more visiting the Tea Room must pre-book their orders - view the group menu booking form.

Booking forms are on the website.

Wed Aug 6th 2014 Melbourne Hall & Gardens

House Opening
During August visits to Melbourne Hall are by guided tour only Tuesday-Saturday (Hall closed first 3 Mondays in August) and start from the front entrance every half hour from 2:15 - 4:15pm.

No guided tours in the Hall on Sundays or Bank Holiday Mondays.

During this time the Gardens are open between 1:30 - 5:30pm

Garden Visits
The Gardens are open on Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays during the months of April to September inclusive. Visting times: 1:30 - 5:30pm.
Also open whenever the Hall is open during August.

Group Bookings
For Group bookings please call 01332 862502 or email us at
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Ticket Prices
Hall & Gardens (August): Adults £6.60 - OAPs £5.50 - Children (5-15 yrs) £4.50
Hall (August): Adults £4.50 - OAPs £3.50 Children £3.00
Gardens: Adults £4.50 - OAPs £3.50 - Children £3.50

Visitor Centre
The Visitor Centre and Tea Room open various times throughout the year.
For more information please call 01332 864224.
Wed Sep 3rd 2014 TBA - possible talk at Palmers or Ullesthorpe Garden Centre
Wed Oct 1st 2014 Haddonstone Show Gardens

Haddonstone Limited,
The Forge House,
East Haddon,
Telephone: 01604 770711

At East Haddon in Northamptonshire, England, Haddonstone has beautiful show gardens and an interior showroom where many of the cast stone designs shown on this web site can be viewed in their proper setting.

The gardens and showroom are normally open to visitors from Monday to Friday - public holidays and Christmas period excepted - between the hours of 9am and 5pm when no appointment is necessary. Brown tourism signs guide visitors to the gardens from the A428. The show gardens also have occasional openings as part of the NGS charity scheme.
Wed Nov 5th 2014 10am - Meet at Ratby Sports Club

Speaker - Mike Dunnett - M Hort (RHS)

Topic - Gardening Made Easy
As we grow older or have less time to garden we should consider the way we garden. I have many techniques that can help to make your gardening easier and even more enjoyable. The talk covers topics like:
The best flowers to grow
•Keeping weeds under control
•Easy maintenance shrubs
•Good tools and bad tools
•Pain free gardening techniques

Tickets on sale soon to all members, family friends and local gardening groups
Cost - £5
(Free to Glenfield U3A gardening group members)
Contact group leader, Susan West, for details
Wed Dec 3rd 2014 Christmas lunch
Thu May 8th 2014 Meeting at Scout HQ 10.15. to 12 noon.

'Living in a Box : Leicester's Prefabs' Brian Johnson
Thu Jun 12th 2014 Guided Walk in Abbey Park with Barbara McAllen
Tue May 20th 2014 Tuesday May 20th - 2.00pm to 4.00pm Michael has arranged a group visit to Leicester College Photographic & Video Department, St Margarets Campus, Leicester for a tour by the head of department to see what today’s students are up to and how they may be able to help us. Details to follow.
Mon Apr 28th 2014 TBA
Mon Apr 28th 2014 Mkt Bosworth - details TBA
Mon May 12th 2014 TBA
Mon May 26th 2014 Stanton-under-Bardon - details TBA
Fri May 9th 2014 Gail will lead a discussion on Autobiography / Writing Memoirs, postponed from April meeting. This will be followed by Sci-Fi contributions from John and Trevor.
Meet at Sue's house.

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