Great Glen U3A 2016

Great Glen U3A

Art Group

We are taking a break through July and August, so our next meeting will be on 7th September.

Rachael Snashall   259 2830

English Country Dancing

The English Country Dancing Group is taking a break through July and August.  We shall resume our regular weekly meetings on Tuesday 5th September 1.30 to 3.30 p.m. in the Sports Hall.  New members are always welcome.  No previous experience is needed as all the dances are explained and walked through before setting them to music.  Nor do you need to come with a partner; singles of both sexes are welcomed.

Peter Meacock   279 2600

Evening Bridge

Anyone interested in playing Duplicate Bridge on Tuesday evenings 19.00 till 22.00-ish will be made welcome in ideal conditions.  Tea or coffee is included in the £1 sessional fee.  Prospective members please ring in advance …

John Lawson    2593421

Family History

No meetings until September.

Eric Orbell     259 2095

French Conversation

The Group is en vacances till 6th September.

Jim Picken  

Garden Visits

Our next meeting is Friday 18th August when we shall visit Green Wicket Farm, Ullesthorpe Road, Bitteswell, LE17 4LR.   Created in 2008 on a working farm with clay soil and very exposed but beginning to look established.  Many unusual hardy plants and old favourites have been used to provide a long season of colour and interest.  Anemone, iris, sedums and salvias are of particular interest, formal ponds, water feature and some gravel paths.  The garden is situated behind Bitteswell Cricket Club where parking is available subject to weather conditions.  The cost is £5 per person to include tea and cakes.  We will meet at 2.00 p.m. in the Village Hall car park to share lifts. Should you wish to go please contact Joanna (0116 259 2429) and inform her if you are going straight there or if you need a lift.  Thank you.


This meeting is now on Friday 20th October and my apologies for not providing this new date in the July Newsletter.  We have decided to visit Winterbourne House and Gardens which are owned by the University of Birmingham, as there may be little or no shelter at Westonbirt Arboretum should it rain.  We are going by coach which will leave Great Glen Village Hall car park at 9.15 a.m.  The Arts and Crafts inspired garden features a Japanese Bridge, Tea House and pergola.  The house is an example of a 20th century suburban villa with beautifully decorated exhibition rooms offering an insight into the Edwardian lifestyle.  There is a small tearoom offering snacks and hot drinks, a shop, a small art gallery and a bookshop.  The Barber Institute Art Gallery is 2/3 minutes’ walk away, should you wish to visit.  We shall leave Winterbourne at 3.30 p.m.  The cost is £16 p.p.  Please inform Pat Tate (0116 2591001) as soon as possible if you would like to come.  Pat will be collecting payment at the September U3A meeting but would appreciate payment prior to this if possible.

Linda Hobart                319 8095


There is no meeting in August.  The next meeting is on Monday 4th September at 2.00 p.m. in the Methodist Hall.

Peter Russell                 271 0889

History of Art

Our next meeting is on Wednesday 16th August, when Ann Spray will be talking to us about her ancestor Edward Seago.  The meeting will be held in the Methodist Hall commencing at 10.00 a.m. All members are welcome.

David Brooke    259 2520

Learn French Together

The new French group for complete beginners.   The Group meets on first and third Tuesdays at 10.00 a.m. in the Ruth Warner Room.

Marie-Christine Grenham         07764154374

Line Dancing

Line Dancing will re-start on Thursday 7th September at 1.30 p.m. in the Sports Hall.  New members will, as usual, be made very welcome.  No experience is needed, line dancing is very easy to pick up, and we are all beginners.  Come along and give it a try, gentle exercise to varied music, and lots of laughs as well.

Jackie Jordan    259 9199

Luncheon Club

Our next lunch is on Tuesday 22nd August.  I shall be at the monthly meeting on Tuesday 8th with the menu as usual.  If you are not at the meeting, and do not live in Great Glen, please telephone me for your menu choice by Monday 14th.  I shall deliver menus around Great Glen as usual.  If you know that you are unable to join us on 22nd August I should appreciate a phone call.

Joyce Davies     259 3436

Military History

No more meetings until September.

Eric Orbell    259 2095   

New Age Kurling
There is no meeting in August.  The next session will be on Friday 8th September at 10.00 a.m. at the Sports Centre.

Peter Russell           271 0889


We re-start on Monday 18th September at 2.00 p.m.  If you would like to join us please ring me.  No experience needed.

Stella Orbell    259 2095

Quiz Group

Our next meeting is on September 25th when David Green will be the question master.  Please note we do not have meetings during July and August.

Rachael Snashall   259 2830

Singing for Fun
The next session for this year is on Wednesday 20th September at 2.00 p.m. at the Methodist Hall with Catriona and Jenny.  We’ll be basing the programme on the suggestions received from the July meeting.

Peter Russell             271 0889

Sunday Singles Lunch

Sunday Singles are going to be using a fixed venue for the remainder of the year.  We are meeting at the Leicestershire Golf Club on the second Sunday of each month.   

Judith Measom        279 1509


We start swimming again on Wednesday 27th September.

David Brooke    259 2520

Table Tennis

We shall as usual break for the month of August (restart on 4th September).  There is still a short waiting list, but we’ll contact those on it when a place becomes available.

Janet Freestone   259 2803

Table Top Games

Our next meetings are on 10th and 24th August (1.55 for 2.00 p.m. start) at the Methodist Church.  Come and give us a try.  Newcomers are always welcome.  Please phone beforehand so we know to expect you.

Helen Edwards  212 7547  Gillian Farrar  270 8375

Ukulele Group

We meet on the first and third Mondays of the month in the Ruth Warner room at 10.00 a.m.  There will be no meetings during August and so our next meeting is on the 4th September.  Group members were given plenty of homework to practise during the holiday.  Please contact the leader of the Group, if interested in joining, to find out which chords to master.

Alan Mawby   259 2599

Please contact the Group Leader (see your U3A programme card or the website for details) if you are interested in joining any Group.


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