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 Aug 28th 2014 Monthly Meeting - 2pm St Peter's Church Centre, Glenfield

Speaker - Tea for Leaves, Talk and Demonstration - Clare and Andrew

Also Cream Tea - tickets now on sale - £2.50
Thu Sep 25th 2014 Monthly Meeting - 2pm St Peter's Church Centre, Glenfield

Speaker - Arctic Experience - Val Williams

++ Note - all members are asked to bring and buy cakes - proceeds to Macmillan ++
Thu Oct 23rd 2014 Monthly Meeting - 2pm St Peter's Church Centre, Glenfield

Speaker - Stoney Cove Diving School - Margaret Baldwin
Thu Nov 27th 2014 Monthly Meeting - 2pm St Peter's Church Centre

Speaker - Farming and Wildlife - Andrew Parsons
Thu Jan 22nd 2015 Monthly Meeting - 2pm St Peter's Church Centre, Glenfield

Speaker - Belly Dance: Exploding the Myths - Roxanne Dinsdale
Social Events
Sat Sep 13th 2014 Melbourne Festival Art & Architecture Trail - 10am x 6pm
Sun Sep 14th 2014 Melbourne Festival Art & Architecture Trail - 10am x 5pm
Wed Sep 17th 2014 "An Evening with Joe Swift"

I am contacting you on behalf of Leicestershire and Rutland Gardens Trust, as we thought that our Celebrity Lecture this year might be of interest to your members

It will take place on Wednesday 17th September at 7.30 p.m. and our speaker is the garden designer, TV presenter and writer, Joe Swift. Joe will talk candidly about his experiences of being a garden designer - turned TV gardener. Having presented Gardeners' World, the Chelsea Flower Show and most of the other RHS flower shows for 15 years, he has some great behind-the scenes stories and anecdotes. Joe will chart the gardening trends that have come and gone over the years, talk about his allotment and his 2012 Chelsea Gold Medal winning garden.

The lecture will be held at Leicester University, Ken Edwards Lecture Theatre 1, University Road. (A location map will be sent with tickets)

The cost of the lecture for guests is £15, which includes a glass of wine or soft drink.

Profits from this event will go to the Trust's educational programme: "Schools into Gardening", which awards small grants to schools and other bodies to encourage young people into gardening. This year, we are committed to making grants totalling £1400, including a £500 grant to Maplewell Hall Special Needs School of £500, so we are very keen to ensure that we have a full house in order to maximise our income.

To book, ring the Events Secretary on 0116-270-5711 or visit our website:

Kind regards

Sue Blaxland


Leicestershire and Rutland Gardens Trust
Sat Oct 4th 2014 Barn Dance
St Peter's Church Centre
Details tba
Wed Nov 5th 2014 Gardening Made Easy

Speaker - Mike Dunnett - M Hort (RHS)

As we grow older or have less time to garden we should consider the way we garden.
Mike has many techniques that can help to make 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 now on sale.
All members, family friends and local gardening groups welcome.
Cost - £5 (Includes refreshments - tea/coffee & cakes).

Doors open at 10am for refreshments prior to talk at 10.30am

Contact group leader, Susan West or email
Mon Feb 2nd 2015 Mansfield U3A invite all U3A members to join them for a tenth year at Thoresby Hall, Nottinghamshire on Monday 2nd February to Friday 6th

Provisional Cost: A maximum cost £208 pp sharing in standard rooms; singles: £248(limited availability).
Final cost will be available around June. Prices for upgrades see Warner's website.

This break is available to all U3A members and friends are welcome to join in.

Four nights bed, breakfast, evening meal with a full programme of entertainment included.

To get a booking form and other useful things (including T&Cs) go to the link

If you want to come give me a ring on 01623 626991 or email

Terry Whitehead
Mansfield U3A
For details follow the link below.
Fri Oct 3rd 2014 Sleep Memory Workshop.
Grantham Guildhall Arts Centre.
(download file for further information)
Fri Oct 24th 2014 Regional Workshop
Constitution and Committees

Meadow Lane, Nottingham NG32 3HJ

More info to follow
Other Events
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
Fri Oct 10th 2014 Leicester & Rutland Network presents: 'U3A' at Snibston
10am x 5pm
Tickets £10.50 including afternoon tea.
Card Making
Fri Aug 22nd 2014 Please note that there is no July meeting of the Card Making Group because of maintenance work at St Peter's Church Centre.

The next meeting will take place on Friday 22 August at 2pm.

New members welcome - beginners and more experienced card makers. Please contact Jenny Marriott.
Mon Sep 22nd 2014 Meet: Glenfield Library 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month, 3.00pm to 4.30pm
Mon Oct 13th 2014 Meet: Glenfield Library 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month, 3.00pm to 4.30pm
Mon Oct 27th 2014 Meet: Glenfield Library 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month, 3.00pm to 4.30pm
Mon Oct 27th 2014 Meet: Glenfield Library 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month, 3.00pm to 4.30pm
Mon Nov 10th 2014 Meet: Glenfield Library 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month, 3.00pm to 4.30pm
Mon Nov 24th 2014 Meet: Glenfield Library 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month, 3.00pm to 4.30pm
Mon Dec 8th 2014 Meet: Glenfield Library 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month, 3.00pm to 4.30pm
Days Out
Tue Aug 19th 2014 Trentham Gardens & Shops
Day Trip Tuesday 19th August

A coach is being booked for a visit to the spectacular Trentham Italian Gardens and shopping village with 60 timber lodges housing amazing Shops, Cafés and Restaurants.
Cost of coach £16 plus £7 Group rate entry to the gardens
Coach departs 9.00am & returns 4.00pm.
Please call Carol Knill 0116 2919464 to book your place. (£5 deposit - please pay by cash or cheque to “Glenfield U3A”).
Sat Dec 13th 2014 Thursford Christmas spectacular.

Please contact Carol Knill asap if you are interested in this super day out.
Or tel: 0116 2919464

There are only 20 tickets available.
Cost of £59 per person for the coach and show.
Film Club
Wed Aug 13th 2014 1030am - The Phoenix
“Paths of Glory”

The film was made in 1957 and directed by Stanley Kubrick. It stars Kirk Douglas, and is based on the book by Humphrey Cobb.
Running time is 88minutes.

The film does not set out to suggest that war is glorious, but highlights much that was corrupt and cynical about the First World War. In this respect it is an anti-war film.

The cost is £4.60 (Including a tea or coffee) and you may pay on the door.

This is a good film for members of a U3A History Group or Reading Group.

For more information contact Malcolm Gray - 0116 2714402
Wed Sep 10th 2014 1030am - The Phoenix
All Quiet on the Western Front

Contact Malcolm Gray
Wed Oct 8th 2014 1030am - The Phoenix
Remains of the Day

Contact Malcolm Gray
Wed Nov 12th 2014 1030am - The Phoenix
Paths of Glory

Contact Malcolm Gray
Wed Dec 10th 2014 1030am - The Phoenix
Great Expectations

Contact Malcolm Gray
Wed Aug 6th 2014 Melbourne Hall & Gardens

House Opening
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

Garden Visits
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.

Group Bookings
For Group bookings please call 01332 862502 or email us at
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Ticket Prices
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

Visitor Centre
The Visitor Centre and Tea Room open various times throughout the year.
For more information please call 01332 864224.
Wed Sep 3rd 2014 Meet 10.15am at Palmers Garden Centre, Narborough (next to police HQ)
Talk & refreshments (tea/cake) - £5 per person.
Contact Susan West - co-ordinator for more information
Wed Oct 1st 2014 Haddonstone Show Gardens

Haddonstone Limited,
The Forge House,
East Haddon,
Telephone: 01604 770711

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 See Social Events - Speaker Mike Dunnett at Ratby Sports Club
Wed Dec 3rd 2014 Christmas lunch
Thu Aug 14th 2014 The Newarke and Area.
Please note that this meeting will take place at the Sports Pavilion, Gynsills Lane.
Thu Sep 11th 2014 The September meeting will take the form of a visit to the Century Theatre at Snibston Discovery Park in Coalville.

See link on History 1 group page for more information
Thu Oct 9th 2014 The 1914 Christmas Truce - Peter Cousins
Thu Nov 13th 2014 2000 Years of English Coinage - Roy Spencer
Thu Dec 11th 2014 Leicester in the Age of the Trams - John Lessells
History 2
Tue Aug 5th 2014 Meet 1030am in the Town Hall Square for a 1.3 mile walk in the Newarke area, visiting some of the sites associated with the taking of Leicester in 1645.
Contact John Alton for more information.
Tue Aug 5th 2014 The Reservoir Inn, Thornton
Wed Aug 6th 2014 The Reservoir Inn, Thornton
Tue Sep 16th 2014 George Herringshaw will join us to give a fascinating insight to his career – “40 years as a Sports Photographer”.
Walk & Talk Group
Tue Aug 26th 2014 1.30pm Meet on Main St, Congerstone for a 4 mile circular walk around Congerstone and Shakerstone.
Mon Aug 11th 2014 Details tba
Walking 2
Wed Aug 20th 2014 Meet 10.15am at the Plough, Ratby
Walking 3
Mon Aug 4th 2014 Details tba
Mon Aug 18th 2014 Ratby Burroughs - details tba

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