Leicester

How Hard Can It Be

Convenor: Sue Howard

When: 1st Friday of the month at 10am Monthly Planning Meetings
Venue: varies
Activities: Monthly at different times

Have you ever wanted to do something but haven't yet because you're not sure about it, or would prefer to do it with someone else? If so, this is the group for you! Our aim is to have fun whilst challenging ourselves and/or doing something we've sometimes never done before.
When we started in the Autumn of 2018 we made a list of our ideas which we continue update monthly (see the link to the right called Suggested Activities), everything and anything is considered so bring your ideas! We've agreed that if two people want to do it then it can go ahead.
There's no obligation to take part and of course there will be times when you're unable to, but we aim to do something each month; this will obviously depend on the time the activity is available and is in addition to our monthly Planning/Get Together meetings on the 1st Friday of the month.
To make it equitable we each choose a proposed activity to research and bring back to the group. An email/WhatsApp message is then circulated to everyone that includes alternative dates with a cut-off date for expression of interest. The most popular date is then chosen from those offered. Planning and booking is done well ahead of the activity and you will need to pay any up-front costs by the agreed date to be included on the final booking. An important rule is that if you commit to an activity then you must pay.
We started off in 2018 by some of us trying Nordic Walking and Litter Picking along the Canal together with the Riverboat Trust. We went Roller Skating (click the link to see one of us) and with the help of another u3a member we each made a Christmas table decoration in December (see photos). So as you can see it's not all high octane. We try to balance our activities.
Last year we started off in January with some of us joining the Over 50s Dance group at Curve; February was trampolining at Boost in the city centre. March was Indoor Bowling, April, Willow Weaving in Knighton Park, May a Roman Walk around Leicester and in June, canoeing, as the weather improved. It was beautifully tranquil on the River Soar.
The summer saw us having some tennis coaching followed by a day out in Stratford on Avon; we went boating on the river followed by lunch. As the weather turned cooler we visited Hackspace in Leicester tp find out how to upcycle and restore broken items with their help. November saw us on the Climbing Wall at Parklands (see photo & video!) We had a Bring & Share Xmas lunch in December after first making wreaths with natural fabrics and materials.
January that year saw us having lunch out at Taste restaurant and trying the 50+ activity session at Aylestone Leisure Centre where we played Badminton. Then lockdown struck and we kept in touch via our WhatsApp group and Zoom, meeting when allowed to do a couple of local walks.
Since getting back together again after Covid we've managed to pick wild fruit, followed self guided walks around both Leicester & Coventry, and recently had a few days break on the south coast where amongst other things such as walking the Downs & cliffs two of us did the Brighton Zip Wire along the beach. We've got Mosaics & Tie Dying planned before the Autumn as well as a day trip to Stratford on Avon.
We'd love to have you along! Come and meet us and perhaps do something you've always wanted to do...

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