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 Oct 20th Renewals Event

St Peters Church Centre, Glenfield
Between 2.00-4.00pm.

A chance for you to socialize with friends over a free cup tea/coffee, browse books/jigsaws, view notice boards, buy tickets, cards/wrapping paper plus a number of Members Craft Stalls.

Primarily the afternoon is to renew membership away from Monthly Meetings. I hope most members will be able to pop along.
Renewal forms will be available to collect at the September meeting and on the web after that meeting.
If however you are unable to attend, the form can be posted back to me during October, including of course your cheque.
The new U3A year commences on the 1st November and hopefully you will all have your renewal to me by then.
This year no renewals will take place at Monthly meetings, but you may drop off your form plus cheque/monies in an envelope at the meeting and badges can then be collected at the next Monthly meeting.
If you require your badge to be posted back to yourself please include a stamped addressed envelope.
Everyone will be Full Members and pay £16 the exception being those who are members of other U3As (multiple members) who will pay £12.50
Angela Barbour (Membership Secretary)
Thu Oct 27th Monthly meeting - 2pm St Peter's Church Centre, Glenfield
Speaker - Rosie Woodland - Joyce Grenfell
Thu Nov 24th Monthly meeting - 2pm St Peter's Church Centre, Glenfield
Speaker - Kath Chalk - History of Storytelling

Doors open 1.45pm
Social Events
Fri Sep 30th Race Night News Flash

After a Stewards’ enquiry and a False Start the Race Meeting has been rescheduled and the meeting on September 30th postponed.
We are now under Starter’s Orders for The pre-Valentines Stakes on Friday February 10th.
Wed Oct 5th “The Four Seasons” A Year in the Flower Garden

10.00 am, Wednesday, 5th October 2016
Ratby Sports and Social Club
Desford Lane, Ratby LE6 0LF

Speaker Stuart Dixon Horticultural lecturer/writer/broadcaster

£5 includes tea/coffee and cake on arrival

All welcome - contact Susan West or Judith Harriman (gardening group 1 & 2 co-ordinators)
Sun Oct 23rd Quiz Night

Ratby sports club
Desford Rd
Ratby LE6 0LE

Tickets £5
Includes quiz, buffet, bar & a round of 'Last Man standing' or card bingo.

First prize = £36 - Second prize = £24
Max number per team 6 - if you are not in a team - teams will be made up on the night.

Contact - Gill Tapping -
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
Thu Oct 27th
→Sat Oct 29th
Groby Players - present ..

Two one-act plays featuring a light-hearted look at people and their interaction in different situations.

Doors open at 7pm - Curtain up at 7.30pm.
Groby Village Hall.

The audience area will be cafe style with tables and chairs.
Patrons are invited to bring their own refreshments to enjoy during the intervals.
(No other refreshments will be provided).

Tickets are £6 each and can be obtained from Dot Hollins
Tel: 0116 2877373 or Mobile: 07790 861033
Saturday 29th October 2016 7.30pm

Tickets £5.00 not suitable for children

Civic Centre, Kingsway, Braunstone Town, telephone 0116 2890045

An evening of songs written and performed by local musician, folk singer, poet and song writer Steve Cartwright, all about past Leicester people. This is supported by an exhibition of Victorian artefacts. We will be pleased to see you in appropriate dress for the Victorian period. Net proceeds to Braunstone Heritage Archive Group and the Mayor’s charity.
Wed Nov 2nd Bletchley Park Visit
A huge thank you to everyone who has shown interest in our Bletchley Park Visit.
Tickets will be on sale at the August Meeting.
Entry to Bletchley Park is £11.50 per person.
As the majority of members preferred to car share rather than go by coach, can you let me know if you are willing to be a driver and how many available spaces you have in your car.
It is expected drivers and passengers will make their own arrangements regarding travel costs.
If you have any queries contact Jo at or 07775160060
Fri Nov 18th

60's Disco
7.30pm - Ratby sports club

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

Contact - Lucy Gray -

Sat Nov 26th
→Sun Nov 27th
Groby Sings - Goes Technicolour
Featuring Songs from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Performances at Groby Community College sports hall.
7.30pm Saturday 26th November
3pm Sunday 27th November

For more information contact Helen Hayes - 07867 963328
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 Dec 15th Christmas Extravaganza - details tba
St Peter's Church Centre, 2.00 - 4.00 pm
Fri Feb 10th Race Night News Flash

After a Stewards’ Enquiry and a False Start the Race Meeting has been rescheduled and the meeting on September 30th postponed.
We are now under Starter’s Orders for The Pre-Valentines Stakes on Friday February 10th.
As before the venue is Birstall Golf Club, Station Road, Birstall, LE4 3BB. There is free parking on site.
The Bar will be open from 6.30pm and the first race is 7pm.
Entry fee is £10 per person (this includes light refreshments during the evening).
Tickets will be available from the October monthly meeting on Thursday 27th.
If you have already purchased tickets for September’s Race Night, monies can be refunded or transferred across to February 10th at the next meeting on August 25th.
If you require more details contact either
Jo – tel: 07775160060
Jackie 0116 2311296
Sat Mar 11th Folk Night & Ceilidh
Thornton Community Centre

Govannen - one of the best Celtic music bands in the UK, blending jigs & reels with traditional & contemporary Irish songs, have been booked for the evening.

Tickets will be limited.
Further information to follow.

Interested parties who wish to reserve tickets please contact Gill Tapping -
Other Events
Sun Oct 9th
→Thu Oct 13th
The Secret Wild

An exhibition by around 50 local artists to celebrate 60 years of wildlife conservation in Leicestershire & Rutland.

October 9th – 14th

Free admission

The Guildhall, Guildhall Lane, Leicester LE1 5FQ
11 am – 4.30 pm daily
(11 am – 1 pm Friday)

Artworks are for sale & inspired by LRWT’s 33 nature reserves.

Discover what’s special about these wild places, the unexpected views,
amazing species and how we all interact with the wild - as visitors,
conservationists or volunteers.
Tue Nov 22nd A celebration of 1,000 U3As
To mark reaching the milestone of 1,000 U3As, a special event is being held on the 22nd November at Friends House, London.

Eric Midwinter (founder of the U3A movement) and Baroness Frances d'Souza (Speaker of the House of Lords) will be addressing the hall.

Tickets cost just £5, and are available now via Eventbrite.

To book visit
Computers-Tablets-Smart Phones
Mon Oct 10th Glenfield Library - 2pm - 3.30pm
Mon Oct 24th Glenfield Library - 2pm - 3.30pm
Mon Nov 14th Glenfield Library - 2pm - 3.30pm
Mon Nov 28th Glenfield Library - 2pm - 3.30pm
Mon Dec 12th Glenfield Library - 2pm - 3.30pm
Thu Oct 6th Cycling is great fun and a good way to exercise, but not everyone is confident on the road.
June & Heather are organising a fun ride for members on Thursday 6th October.
Meeting 10.30 at the Meadow Lane Car Park, Birstall for a ride around Water Mead Country park.

(It may become a regular feature if there is enough interest).

Contact June Randall: 0116 2394921
Discussion Group
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 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
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 Oct 5th Donnington le Heath
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
Tue Oct 11th
→Wed Oct 12th
The next Lunch Group meeting is at the Queen Victoria, High Street, Syston on the 2nd Tuesday and Wednesday of October.
Contact Peter Knill
Natural History
Wed Oct 26th Calke Park
Tue Nov 15th Watermead North
Mon Dec 12th Swithland Reservoir
Theatre & Cultural Outings
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 Grease - The Curve
Tickets available for the performance of Grease on Tuesday 10th January 2017.
The cost is £26.50 per person.

Please make your cheques out to Glenfield U3A at the latest by Thursday 22nd September at the next U3A meeting.
If you are unable to attend the monthly meeting you can forward the cheques Jan Parris at her home address (email for address).

Jan Parris

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