Great Glen


Learn Live Laugh

Is it for me?
No longer working full-time or raising a family? Now’s the time to make the most of life. u3a gives you the chance to develop your interests, make new friends and enjoy yourself. We have 300 members and nearly thirty interest groups. We are a friendly, self help organisation for those in the Great Glen, Oadby and surrounding areas.

What are u3a doing now?
How U3A members across the movement have been finding creative ways to keep learning and stay in touch with each other during these uncertain times. See video "what u3a are doing now".

Which groups are meeting this month?
Walking without stiles Table Tennis & Minibridge Evening Duplicate Bridge
History, Ukuleles, Line Dancing ,Music & Good Company, Book Group Thursday, Art, Carpet Bowls
English Country Dancing, Croquet, Writing for Pleasure ,Papercraft, Table Top Games

All our zoom meetings are free just ask the Group leader for an invitation. The Monthly meeting is via Zoom. Groups meeting via Zoom are:

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Zoom Book Group - Monday Zoom HistoryZoom Family HistoryMilitary History
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Zoom French for funZoom KurlingZoom Quiz Zoom Singing

What do you do?
Our aim is to provide continued learning, and the opportunity to make new friends, in a sociable environment. You can join a wide range of interest groups run by our members, and a monthly meeting with a visiting speaker. All members are sent our newsletter each month. See some recent edition at Newsletter.

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HistorySwimmingTable TennisEnglish Country Dancing
Family History 2022 start Line Dancing
Military History
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Evening Duplicate BridgePapercraftBook Group MondayFrench for fun
MinibridgeArtBook Group Thursday

These include educational, physical and social activities, but above all need to be FUN. We have no formal tuition and no qualifications are required. Groups function on a self-help basis. Members decide the group activities. Through the U3A we all develop skills, perfect a hobby or just enjoy the company of companions. Whether one wants to enjoy music because it sounds nice, or wants to delve into the life of the composer is decided by group members.

Already an u3a member?
We welcome members of adjoining u3as. For £5 you join as an Associate Member.

Where do we meet?
We meet mainly in the day-time at the Methodist Church, Oaks Road, Great Glen. Table Tennis, Swimming and Carpet Bowls meet at various Leisure Centres. Dancing groups & Ukuleles meet at a new venue: Burton Overy Village Hall. Carpet Bowls are meeting in Kibworth.

What do you charge?
All zoom meetings are free but normally...
We collect £1.50 at each meeting, however Swimming at the Leicester Grammar School Pool is £3. A few groups meet at other venues where you need to pay entrance charges/ join as an associate member or pay for your meal. Walking groups are free but you pay for refreshments.

We are affiliated to Network Leicestershire and the Third Age Trust, a UK organisation of over 1000 u3as, with more than 400,000 members. Our u3a page gives you a flavour of what is offered Nationally that you may join.

Can I attend a Taster Session?
Please phone a Group leader if there is something of interest. Please bring £1.50. You must join our u3a after attending one group and/or one monthly meeting.

Open Days
We hold an Open morning in the late Summer/early Autumn where groups put on a display. This will give you time to chat to the Group Leaders or join in some of the activities. Our last one was on 12th October 2021.

Open Day 2019 View in Village hallWheelbarrow Race Stall
Village Hall Open Day Wheelbarrow Race stall

What can you offer?
If you have a hobby you would like to share, let us know and we can help you share it with others as a one off or long-term series.

How do I join?
If you are interested in joining follow the details on the Join page.