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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 Mar 27th 2014||Monthly Meeting - 2pm St Peter's Church Centre, Glenfield|
Speaker - The Lure of the Seaside - Bob Gibson
|Thu Apr 24th 2014||Monthly Meeting - 2pm St Peter's Church Centre, Glenfield|
Speaker - The Work of the Samaritans - Sue Marriott
|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
|Tue Mar 18th 2014||Rainbows Childrens Hospice, based in Loughborough are advertising their forthcoming Celebrity Luncheon with guest speak, TV presenter Anne Davies.|
The luncheon is being held on March 18th in the The Premiership Suite at the Leicester Tigers Stadium on Aylestone Road in Leicester.
The tickets are £35 per person and will include a four course lunch.
There will also be an opportunity to purchase from unique stalls from 11.30 onwards before the luncheon begins at 12.30.
To purchase tickets please call Dana on 0800 952 1133 or book online at www.rainbows.co.uk/luncheon.
The cut off date for applying for tickets is February 18th.
I have attached a flyer in the hope you might be able to send it out to some of your members, in the meantime if you would like any more information about the luncheon please don't hestiate to contact me.
Beverley Bell - Volunteer Fundraiser - Rainbows - email@example.com
|Sat Mar 29th 2014||Craft Fair - St Peter's Church Hall|
10am x 3pm
Over 25 stalls selling unique, handcrafted items, plus a plant stall run by our own U3A gardening group.
+++ Volunteers required to help on the day +++
|Fri Apr 11th 2014||Skittles Night at Newbold Verdon.|
Cost £4.50 incl supper. Numbers limited, please apply soon.
Organiser: Angela Barbour. To contact Angela, please go to the CONTACT page and click on Membership application to send an email.
|Sat Sep 13th 2014||Melbourne Festival Art & Architecture Trail - 10am x 6pm |
|Sun Sep 14th 2014||Melbourne Festival Art & Architecture Trail - 10am x 5pm |
|Sat Apr 12th 2014||Leicester & Rutland Network|
Group Leaders Workshop (Bridge, Discussion, Family History, French, Music Appreciation, Photography, Travel, Walking)
Date: - Saturday 12 April 2014 from - 10.00am to 3pm
Venue: - Beauchamp College, Ridgeway, Oadby, Leicester LE2 5TP
Cost: £5 payable by delegates for lunch
See links for details
|Sun Mar 23rd 2014||Beaumanor History Fair March 23rd 2014, 10am – 4pm|
Theme 'Wartime Leicestershire', from the Roman Invasion, Wars of the Roses and Civil War to World Wars One and Two and the present day. Displays, mini-talks, local history group stalls, live World Wars music, genuine Enigma machine, cellars Air Raid Experience, outside tours to WW2 Secret Wireless Station huts, costume display and link-up with Quorn Great Central Railway. Mini-Talks advance booking online at http://www.lahs.org.uk
|Wed Apr 23rd 2014||7pm - Oadby Library|
Author M.C. Beaton (Agatha Raisin & Hamish Macbeth series) will be at the library.
£6 including refreshments.
|Fri May 9th 2014||CHARNWOOD GARDENING GROUP - MALVERN SPRING FESTIVAL|
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|
|Thu Mar 20th 2014||The next meeting will be 20th March at 19 Barbara Avenue Kirby Muxloe from 10 - 12 noon. We will be doing Trapunto (which is stuffed quilting) or ordinary quilting which can be made into a bag or cushion. The requirements are:-2/3 metre plain material for cushion or bag plus cotton to match.The bag will also need 1/2 metre lining fabric and 1/2 metre of wadding.Zip for cushion (depends on which pattern you choose as to size)which can be purchased later.Usual sewing accessories e.g. needles, scissors etc.I recommend a light coloured cotton/polyester cotton fabric. Mary|
|Thu Mar 13th 2014||Topic - Humour-Fun or offence. Venue Anne|
|Thu Apr 10th 2014||Topic - Immigration-Good or Bad. Venue Sheila|
|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
|Wed Mar 12th 2014||Here is a message from Malcolm Grey about the films in February |
U3A Film Group
The next two films at Phoenix Square in Leicester are British film
classics, so please put these dates aside :-
Weds 12th Feb "A Matter of Life and Death"
Wed 12th March "This Happy Breed"
Both films start at 10.30.
"A Matter of Life and Death" looks back not at World War 1 but to May
1945 and a Lancaster Bomber over the English Channel. It stars David
Niven, Raymond Massey and Kim Hunter. The film lasts 90 mins.
Please support these two films, and feel free to bring friends,
even nonU3A members.
Both films should be of interest to any U3A History Group.
Cost £4.60 including tea or coffee
For further details
Malcolm Gray 0116 2714402 or(new email address)firstname.lastname@example.org
|Wed Apr 2nd 2014||10am - Bluebell Arboretum|
Ashby de la Zouch,
Beautiful 9-acre woodland garden with a large collection of rare trees and shrubs. Interest throughout the year with spring flowers, cool leafy areas in summer and sensational autumn colour. Many information posters describing the more obscure plants. Bring wellingtons in wet weather. Adjacent specialist tree and shrub nursery. Please be aware this is not a wood full of bluebells, despite the name
The woodland garden is fully labelled and the staff can answer questions or talk at length about any of the trees or shrubs on display.
|Wed May 7th 2014||Japanese Meditation Garden|
£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
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
|Wed Jun 4th 2014||Whatton House and Gardens, |
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.
|Wed Jul 2nd 2014|
Kelmarsh Hall and Gardens,
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
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 email@example.com.
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|
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
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.
For Group bookings please call 01332 862502 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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|
The Forge House,
Telephone: 01604 770711 e-mail:email@example.com
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 .......... Contact group leader, Susan West, for details
|Wed Dec 3rd 2014||Christmas lunch|
|Thu Mar 13th 2014||10.15am venue Scout HQ, Glenfield|
Christine Whitfield will tell us about 'Attila the Hun'.
|Thu Apr 10th 2014||Meeting at Scout HQ 10.15. to 12 noon.|
'John Theophilus Desaguliers (1683-1744) : Huguenot, Natural Philosopher, Engineer, and Freemason' - Audrey Carpenter
|Thu May 8th 2014||Meeting at Scout HQ 10.15. to 12 noon.|
'Living in a Box : Leicester's Prefabs' Brian Johnson
|Thu May 8th 2014||Guided Walk in Abbey Park with Barbara McAllen|
|Tue Mar 18th 2014||Just to confirm our next photo challenge is to be creative with Depth of Field, using aperture settings (or the pre-set modes on your camera e.g. Landscape for small aperture, portaits, sport, macro for large aperture).|
Possibilities we discussed were:
- to use a Wide Aperture (small f number) to throw the background out of focus – easiest to demonstrate with a close up subject such as a flower
- to use a Small Aperture (large f number) to give sharp focus from near to far – easiest to demonstrate with some strong foreground subject interest & a perhaps a panoramic view.
I look forward to seeing you at our next meeting on Tuesday 18 March, 2.00pm – please let me know if you plan to come as the group numbers are increasing & I may have to arrange an alternative venue.
|Mon Mar 10th 2014||TBA|
|Mon Mar 24th 2014||TBA|