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

Doors open 1.45pm
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
Sat Sep 17th Jan Parris has arranged for a Backstage Tour of The Curve theatre for our members on Saturday 17th September at 11.30 am.

The cost of this is £5 per person and will last up to 1 1/4 hours. There is an option for an afternoon tea afterwards at 1pm at a cost of £9.95 per person.
We have to have a minimum of 10 people for this event to go ahead so we would appreciate it if you could let us know as soon as possible if you are interested in doing the tour on its own or if you would like the afternoon tea option as well.
Payment for this event is due by the next meeting on 25th August. (Please note that there is a flight of stairs to be negotiated during the tour).
For more information contact Jan Parris – email
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
Sun Sep 25th LOROS WALK
See poster for details
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
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 -

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
Other Events
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
Challenging Walks
Fri Sep 9th On the 9th we are off to Hartington for a 10-mile walk led by David Anderson.
Details to follow by email.
Fri Sep 16th On the 16th Andy Burnett is kindly leading us on a 10 miler in the Hoby, Asfordby area.
Details will follow in a couple of weeks.
Computers-Tablets-Smart Phones
Mon Sep 26th Glenfield Library - 2pm - 3.30pm
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 Sep 15th Craft group meeting
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 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.
Ethnic Eating 2
Tue Sep 13th We have booked Mumbai Inn for September 13th at 7:30pm.
It is Nepalese and Indian cuisine.
We have asked the restaurant to serve predominantly Nepalese dishes. The cost is £15 per head.

The restaurant is on the corner of De Montfort Street and London Road and was formerly The Tiffin.
We have to confirm numbers by 9th September.

Carole and Mick R
Film Club
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
Wed Sep 7th Belgrave Hall and Gardens, Church Road, Leicester, LE4 5PE

Meet at 11am.

Belgrave Hall is just off the Loughborough Road. There’s on-street parking, which if I remember correctly is fairly limited, close by the Hall. Hall and Gardens are fully accessible.

There’s also a drop-in session on the 7th between 11.00 and 1.00 on Plant Remedies in Leicester where you can explore common plant-based or natural treatments for common Victorian maladies, which sounds very interesting.

There is no charge for visiting the gardens or the Plant Remedies session.
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 Sep 7th Canons Ashby
Wed Oct 5th Donnington le Heath
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
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
Tue Sep 13th
→Wed Sep 14th
Meet at Copt Oak Narborough Tue or Wed 12.00 noon.
Natural History
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 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

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