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 Sep 25th 2014 Monthly Meeting - 2pm St Peter's Church Centre, Glenfield

Speaker - Arctic Experience - Val Williams

++ Note - all members are asked to bring and buy cakes - proceeds to Macmillan ++
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
Thu Jan 22nd 2015 Monthly Meeting - 2pm St Peter's Church Centre, Glenfield

Speaker - Belly Dance: Exploding the Myths - Roxanne Dinsdale
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
Wed Sep 17th 2014 "An Evening with Joe Swift"

I am contacting you on behalf of Leicestershire and Rutland Gardens Trust, as we thought that our Celebrity Lecture this year might be of interest to your members

It will take place on Wednesday 17th September at 7.30 p.m. and our speaker is the garden designer, TV presenter and writer, Joe Swift. Joe will talk candidly about his experiences of being a garden designer - turned TV gardener. Having presented Gardeners' World, the Chelsea Flower Show and most of the other RHS flower shows for 15 years, he has some great behind-the scenes stories and anecdotes. Joe will chart the gardening trends that have come and gone over the years, talk about his allotment and his 2012 Chelsea Gold Medal winning garden.

The lecture will be held at Leicester University, Ken Edwards Lecture Theatre 1, University Road. (A location map will be sent with tickets)

The cost of the lecture for guests is £15, which includes a glass of wine or soft drink.

Profits from this event will go to the Trust's educational programme: "Schools into Gardening", which awards small grants to schools and other bodies to encourage young people into gardening. This year, we are committed to making grants totalling £1400, including a £500 grant to Maplewell Hall Special Needs School of £500, so we are very keen to ensure that we have a full house in order to maximise our income.

To book, ring the Events Secretary on 0116-270-5711 or visit our website:

Kind regards

Sue Blaxland


Leicestershire and Rutland Gardens Trust
Sat Oct 4th 2014 Barn Dance
St Peter's Church Centre
Details tba
Wed Nov 5th 2014 Gardening Made Easy

Speaker - Mike Dunnett - M Hort (RHS)

As we grow older or have less time to garden we should consider the way we garden.
Mike has many techniques that can help to make 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 now on sale.
All members, family friends and local gardening groups welcome.
Cost - £5 (Includes refreshments - tea/coffee & cakes).

Doors open at 10am for refreshments prior to talk at 10.30am

Contact group leader, Susan West or email
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 3rd 2014 Sleep Memory Workshop.
Grantham Guildhall Arts Centre.
(download file for further information)
Fri Oct 24th 2014 Regional Workshop
Constitution and Committees

Meadow Lane, Nottingham NG32 3HJ

More info to follow
Other Events
Sat Sep 6th 2014 7.30pm - Thornton Community Centre

The Markfield & Thornton Theatre group present a ghostly comedy by Norman Robbins.

'The Late Mrs Early'

Adults £5 .. Concessions £4

Tickets available at Norm's shop, Main St, Thornton
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.
Wed Oct 22nd 2014 Concordia Theatre, Hinckley.
Visit 2.00pm,Weds 22nd October

We have arranged a guided tour to see the backstage workings at the “Concordia Theatre”, Hinckley.

The tour will last approximately two hours and will appeal if you have an interest in theatre and performance or just want to see behind the scenes.

There is good access for those with limited mobility & refreshments are available.

Whilst there is no charge for the visit, a small donation would be in order, maybe £1 - £2 per person.

Please contact Gail Nunn for further information,
Tel 0116 2314895 or email
Art Appreciation
Wed Sep 24th 2014 The first meeting of the Art Appreciation group will be on the 24th September at 10am.
Members of the group will bring a piece of artwork to talk about to get us all started.
It could be something you like or even dislike or would like to find out more about, any reason really. Anything we can discuss.
The meeting will be at Sheila’s home address - 31 Falcon Road, Anstey LE7 7FY. I’ll be driving and am happy to give lifts (I live at the top of Western Park) – perhaps we could even car share if we are to meet in different houses, another thing to discuss at the meeting.
Christine Silvester
0116 299 1656 Mobile 07981 625 848
Mon Sep 22nd 2014 Meet: Glenfield Library 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month, 3.00pm to 4.30pm
Mon Oct 13th 2014 Meet: Glenfield Library 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month, 3.00pm to 4.30pm
Mon Oct 27th 2014 Meet: Glenfield Library 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month, 3.00pm to 4.30pm
Mon Oct 27th 2014 Meet: Glenfield Library 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month, 3.00pm to 4.30pm
Mon Nov 10th 2014 Meet: Glenfield Library 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month, 3.00pm to 4.30pm
Mon Nov 24th 2014 Meet: Glenfield Library 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month, 3.00pm to 4.30pm
Mon Dec 8th 2014 Meet: Glenfield Library 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month, 3.00pm to 4.30pm
Days Out
Sat Dec 13th 2014 Thursford Christmas spectacular.

Please contact Carol Knill asap if you are interested in this super day out.
Or tel: 0116 2919464

There are only 20 tickets available.
Cost of £59 per person for the coach and show.
Film Club
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 Sep 3rd 2014 Meet 10.15am at Palmers Garden Centre, Narborough (next to police HQ)
Talk & refreshments (tea/cake) - £5 per person.
Contact Susan West - co-ordinator for more information
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 See Social Events - Speaker Mike Dunnett at Ratby Sports Club
Wed Dec 3rd 2014 Christmas lunch
Thu Sep 11th 2014 The September meeting will take the form of a visit to the Century Theatre at Snibston Discovery Park in Coalville.

See link on History 1 group page for more information
Thu Oct 9th 2014 The 1914 Christmas Truce - Peter Cousins
Thu Nov 13th 2014 2000 Years of English Coinage - Roy Spencer
Thu Dec 11th 2014 Leicester in the Age of the Trams - John Lessells
Tue Sep 9th 2014 The Red Lion at Rothley
Wed Sep 10th 2014 The Red Lion at Rothley
Tue Sep 16th 2014 George Herringshaw will join us to give a fascinating insight to his career – “40 years as a Sports Photographer”.
Tue Sep 9th 2014 11am - Watermead Park (meet in the car park near the new Sainsburys)
Tue Sep 30th 2014 11am - Watermead Park (meet in the car park near the new Sainsburys)
Mon Sep 8th 2014 9.45am Frisby on the Wreake.
Lynda, Jan + Pete leading.
Lunch at the Flying Childers
Mon Sep 22nd 2014 9.45am meet at the Fieldhead, Markfield
Alan & Beryl leading.
Lunch at the Fieldhead
Fri Sep 12th 2014 Meet at 1.30pm - change of venue to 16 Faire Rd, Glenfield this month.

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