There is a monthly general meeting of the U3A at 2.00pm on the fourth Thursday of the month; guest speakers have been booked up until November 2016.

'Preloved' books and jigsaws on sale for 50p and Jackie & Roy will be selling greetings cards & wrapping paper.
At Jackie & Roy's request all proceeds to be used for the good of the Glenfield U3A.

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

Dates for your Diary
Thu Jul 28th Monthly meeting - 2pm
Speaker - Mal Trott - A puppeteer

Doors open 1.45pm
Thu Aug 25th Monthly meeting - 2pm St Peter's Church Centre, Glenfield
Speaker - Andy Smith - Life in the Music

Doors open 1.45pm
Thu Sep 22nd Monthly meeting - 2pm St Peter's Church Centre, Glenfield
Speaker - Delia Bennett - Reflections on Rhyme

Doors open 1.45pm
Thu Oct 27th Monthly meeting - 2pm St Peter's Church Centre, Glenfield
Speaker - Rosie Woodland - Joyce Grenville
Thu Nov 24th Monthly meeting - 2pm St Peter's Church Centre, Glenfield
Speaker - Kath Chalk - History of Storytelling

Doors open 1.45pm
Thu Dec 15th Christmas Extravaganza - details tba
St Peter's Church Centre, 2.00 - 4.00 pm
Social Events
Wed Aug 3rd
→Sat Aug 20th
The National GILBERT & SULLIVAN Opera Company

See linked download
Sun Aug 7th Treasure Hunt (walking) - Thornton village.

Meet in the car park of the Thornton Community Centre, 175 Main St, Thornton, LE67 1AH at 2.30pm.

There will be a walking treasure hunt around the village followed by a buffet at the Thornton club (231 Main St,Thornton LE67 1AH).

The treasure hunt will set off from the Community centre - taking in parts of the village and the reservoir.

When the 50 clues have been answered - make your way to the Thornton Club for a buffet, bar and ???

Maximum numbers per team = 6 (If you are not part of a team of 6 - teams will be made up on the day).

Cost - £5 per person (includes buffet)

£42 cash prize to be shared amongst the winning team.

(Numbers limited - so if you are interested contact Gill Tapping - asap)
Sat Aug 13th Ratby's Annual Show takes place on Saturday 13th August at 2pm
Ratby Sports Club, Desford Lane, Ratby. LE6 0LE.

It is open to all and you don't have to live in Ratby to take part.

There are 100 classes to enter including vegetables, fruit, bread, wine, flowers, floral arrangements, cookery, preserves, poetry, photography, container plants, and handicrafts in fabric, wool, wood, metal, ceramic and embroidery.
Young people (under 16) are well catered for with classes for a miniature garden, photography, cupcakes, vegetable or fruit monster, a birthday card for the Queen (to be sent to Buckingham Palace after the event), and any other craft not specified.
Schedules are available to pick-up from the post office, library, and most businesses and shops around Ratby.
Refreshment available on the day and there will be a tombola. It's not the winning but the taking part that counts, although winning does help!
Please reply to Jane Rayne
Sat Sep 17th Melbourne Festival - 10am to 6pm

This festival is not to be missed - a superb day out.
A key event in the East Midlands Cultural Calendar featuring the best creative talent in the Midlands.
Over 70 homes,halls and gardens open to the public displaying works of art, photography, jewellery, crafts, live music and much more.
Refreshments available throughout the town.
Sun Sep 18th Melbourne Festival - 10am to 6pm

This festival is not to be missed - a superb day out.
A key event in the East Midlands Cultural Calendar featuring the best creative talent in the Midlands.
Over 70 homes,halls and gardens open to the public displaying works of art, photography, jewellery, crafts, live music and much more.
Refreshments available throughout the town.
Tue Sep 20th Leicestershire & Rutland Gardens Trust Annual Lecture 2016
Simon Gulliver National Trust Gardens Consultant

20th September 2016 at 7.30pm

Ken Edwards Lecture Theatre 2, Leicester University,
“Archives, potting sheds and databases: managing historic gardens in the 21st century”

Simon works with over 30 National Trust gardens across the Midlands and Lancashire and Cheshire on conservation, restoration, acquisitions and the day to day management of these significant historic landscapes. His talk will include some of the processes and conservation dilemmas they face, how they determine restoration works – or not, and how they balance visitor access, legislation and climate change whilst ensuring they act as good custodians. He will also share with us some of the projects they are working on in the Midlands.
Previously Simon worked for Birmingham Botanic Gardens for 10 years, the final few of which were as Plant Collections Manager and prior to this he worked for Plant Heritage, based at RHS Wisley, responsible for the National Plant Collections.
We are lucky to have Simon talking about his work with gardens, as we recognise the importance of the National Trust and its future. It is sure to be entertaining, informative and passionate.
Venue: Ken Edwards Lecture Theatre 2, Leicester University, University Road
(Location map will be sent with the tickets)
Cost: £10.00 (includes a glass of wine or soft drink.)
Profits from this event will go to the Trust’s “Schools into Gardening” scheme.
For more information or to book, ring the Events Secretary on 0116-270-5711
Fri Sep 30th RACE NIGHT - taking place at Birstall Golf Club, Station Road, Birstall, LE4 3BB

Friday, 30th September, 2016.

6.30pm : first race at 7.00pm

On the night, 8 races will be run (with a break in the middle for refreshments).

The races will be viewed on a large screen video projection system and high quality p.a. showing horse racing footage from various courses from the UK including both jump and flat races.

These recordings are chosen at random on the night, and betting - for those who wish to place a bet - can do so without it costing an arm and a leg, as the minimum bet is only 50p.

There will be a Master of Ceremony to guide us through the evening.

Bar available. Car parking on site.

Although a new venture for Glenfield U3A, Race Nights are both enjoyable and popular events, so a good night should be had by all.

Tickets priced at £10 per person (includes light refreshments).
Available from Jo Kitchen - or Tel: 07775 160060.

If more information is required then please contact Jo Kitchen (as above) or Jackie Spencer on 0116 2311296.
Tue Oct 25th The fourth annual celebrity event at Newtown Linford Gardening Club takes place on Tuesday October 25th.
This year our guest speaker will be Fergus Garrett.
Fergus is head gardener at Great Dixter, the garden originally created by Christopher Lloyd.
Christopher was one of the great innovators of his day and name is revered in gardening circles.
He appointed Fergus as his head gardener some years ago and the responsibility for maintaining and developing this famous garden now falls on his shoulders.
Fergus does very few speaking engagements in any one year and we are very proud that he has agreed to come to Newtown Linford this year.

We would like to invite some of your members to come and join us for the evening and hear this splendid speaker.

Tickets will cost £10 and they can be obtained for the secretary at 32 Groby Lane, Newtown Linford, Leicester LE6 0HH or by phone on 01530 242452 or by email on

We anticipate that this event will prove very popular and so we advise a prompt rely from anyone interested.

David Couling
Fri Nov 18th

60's Disco
7.30pm - Ratby sports club

Live music/buffet/bar.
Tickets - £10
** Numbers limited to 60 **

Contact - Lucy Gray -

Mon Nov 28th 40th Anniversary Thursford Christmas Show (Non U3A organised event)
Monday 28th November 2016
Cost is £59 per person, includes a 50 seater luxury coach to the show & entrance into the biggest Christmas extravaganza in England.
The tour of the Fantasy land building is optional at £5 each, payable at the door.
For more details please visit their website
We expect to leave Glenfield at 9.00am to arrive at Thursford around midday, leaving 2 hours to visit the shops and displays, have lunch etc with the show starting at 2pm, returning to Glenfield around 7.30pm.

Please contact U3A member Peter Knill (14 Granary Close, Glenfield LE3 8RY) 0116 2919464
Thu Aug 18th No meeting today.
(Next meeting in September)
Thu Sep 15th Craft group meeting
Discussion Group
Thu Aug 18th At Sheila's: picnic outside (weather permitting bring a chair & food?)
'The effects of the European Referendum on politics'
Thu Sep 15th At Sally's:
'Food - has modern food production contributed to allergies/intolerances? Can we learn from the foodstuff of other countries?'
Thu Oct 20th At Christiane's:
'What should we expect the NHS to provide in 21st century?'
Thu Nov 17th At Tesco/Pat & Gordon's:
'Christmas/other celebrations - what's the point?'
Sun Jan 1st Pat and Gordon have kindly invited us and partner/friend to:

New Year's Day party which will take place during the day, maybe as a lunch or tea get-together.
Film Club
Wed Aug 10th 10.30am - Phoenix Cinema
See Film group page for details
Wed Sep 14th 10.30am - Phoenix Cinema
See Film group page for details
Wed Oct 12th 10.30am - Phoenix Cinema
See Film group page for details
Wed Nov 9th 10.30am - Phoenix Cinema
See Film group page for details
Wed Dec 14th 10.30am - Phoenix Cinema
See Film group page for details
Folk Music Appreciation
Fri Aug 19th Moira Furnace Folk Festival
Sat Aug 20th Moira Furnace Folk Festival
Sun Aug 21st Moira Furnace Folk Festival
Thu Aug 4th

Cottesbrooke, NN6 8PF
** note change of time and day **

Wed Sep 7th Donington-le-Heath
Wed Oct 5th The Four seasons, a Year in the Flower garden - a talk by speaker Stuart Dixon.
Wed Nov 2nd Planning meeting for 2017.
10am Ratby Sports club.
Wed Dec 7th Christmas lunch
Gardening group 2
Wed Aug 3rd Melbourne Hall
Wed Sep 7th Canons Ashby
Wed Oct 5th Donnington le Heath
Fri Aug 5th No meeting in August
Fri Sep 2nd Visit to Bradgate Park with a guided tour to look at the history of the park.
Fri Oct 7th Leicestershire and Rutland Murders David Bell
10.15am - Park House, Stamford St, Glenfield
Fri Nov 4th ‘This old thing?’ (more details nearer the time)
10.15am Park House, Stamford St, Glenfield
Fri Dec 2nd The Charnwood Roots Project Julia Attard
10.15am Park House, Stamford St, Glenfield
Lazy Days and Sundays
Sun Aug 14th Sue and Brian Pettigrew will be holding a garden party, sharing food, starting at 13-00.
Address and further details to follow.
Sat Aug 20th
→Sun Aug 21st
Moira Folk Festival.
George Lange will lead a this event.
More details to follow.
Thu Aug 25th A day at the races - has been suggested.
Leicester races meeting on Thursday 25 August would a good one to go to, the first race is 1.50pm and last 4.55pm.
Entry price £15 and I think a race card is about £3.

To be organised by Dot & Bette.

Contact: Dot Heron -
Sat Sep 17th
→Sun Sep 18th
Melbourne Arts Festival.
Gill Tapping will lead this one.
Sun Sep 25th Lunch at Kirby Muxloe Golf Club, we were served a lovely meal when we went last year, and I am sure they will not let us down this year.
Lunch is booked for 13-00, its three courses for £14-95, and I understand that there will be a vegetarian option.
Contact Shirley King
Natural History
Fri Aug 12th Diamond Jubilee Wood, Normanton
Tue Aug 23rd Charnwood Lodge
Mon Sep 19th Cossington Meadows
Thu Oct 20th Calke Park
Tue Nov 15th Watermead North
Mon Dec 12th Swithland Reservoir
Theatre & Cultural Outings
Tue Aug 16th Midsummer Night's Dream
Tue 16 Aug 2016 - 6:30pm - Ashby de la Zouch Castle Suitable for all ages.

Join us for a Chapterhouse outdoor theatre production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Please bring a picnic blanket or low back chair to watch the performance - and be prepared for the British weather! Enjoy Shakespeare’s best-loved romantic comedy. Let yourself be whisked away on a thrilling journey to the most magical of forests and meet star-crossed lovers, playful fairies and hilarious travelling players. Beautifully designed Elizabethan costumes, a wonderful new musical score and enchanting woodland creatures make this an evening of unmissable summer garden theatre at Ashby de la Zouch Castle.

Adults £15
Concession £10 for 60 and Over
Groups of 11 or more - 15% discount

Please contact Jan Parris to book on 07837 713520 or email at
Tue Aug 16th Curve - Sister Act - £22
Tue Aug 30th Curve - Footloose - £24
Wed Sep 7th Kilworth Theatre Thoroughly Modern Millie - Matinee. £31
Wed Sep 21st Curve - Million Dollar Quartet - £20 (booking by 26th May)
Thu Oct 13th Curve - The Importance of Being Earnest - £16
Wed Oct 19th Curve - Pride and Prejudice - £24
Mon Nov 7th Concordia Theatre Singing in the Rain - £9
Thu Dec 1st Kilworth Orangerie Christmas meal with Rat Pack entertainment - £60
Thu Dec 15th Concordia Theatre- Miracle on 34th Street - £10
Tue Jan 10th Curve - Grease - £23.50
Fri Aug 12th 2.00 pm at Glenfield Library. Please bring your contributions to share. Update on Anthology, and hopefully report back from members' attendance at Writers' Course.

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