Great Glen U3A 2016

Great Glen U3A

Art Group

The next three meetings will be on 18th May, 1st June and 15th June. Bring along your usual materials.

Rachael Snashall   259 2830

Book Group

Our next meeting will be on Monday 15th May, when we shall be discussing “Bleeding Heart Square” by Andrew Taylor.

Liz Adams    271 6821

English Country Dancing

May Day has come and Morris dancers around the country have been out dancing at dawn to welcome in the summer - "Sumer is icomen' in, lhude sing cuccu!”  The English Country Dancing Group is also moving into summer mood with dances such as Bonny Cuckoo, The Mayflower and the classic Upon a Summer's Day, which dates back to at least 1651.  On 17th May, Group members who wish to attend the local Burton Overy Dancers folk dance club will also have the chance to do some Maypole Dancing - great fun and not just for children!

As many people will be away on holidays during the summer months, the Group plans to keep dancing until 27th June and then take a break for July and August.  We shall resume regular weekly dancing on Tuesday 5th September.  Even so, we shall be pleased to welcome any other U3A members who would like to come along to the last few sessions of this year.

Peter Meacock   279 2600

Evening Bridge

No meetings on 9th and 16th May.  There will be an extra meeting in July.

John Lawson    259 3421

Family History

We will continue to meet regularly until the 4th Wednesday in June when we will stop for me to have a rest!!

Eric Orbell     259 2095

French Conversation

Plus ça change!  Our Group Leader, Jeanne Pickard, has found it necessary to give up her leadership at last.  Jeanne has held this Group (in fact two groups for much of the time) together since the start of the Great Glen U3A.  Her cheerful personality has made learning and/or improving our French language a pleasure and the continuity of the Group has been evidence of this.  The Group wishes to place on record our gratitude for all her work.

The Group will continue to meet on Wednesday mornings with Jenny Hawley as our tutor, and other members carrying out the less intellectual duties.  Because of the nature of a conversation group we have to limit our numbers to 12, but there is at present one vacancy and we intend to operate a waiting list for anyone interested in joining.  Please contact me if you are interested.

Jim Picken     259 2035

Garden Visits

Our next meeting is a visit to The Plant Man, Park Hill, Braybrooke LE16 8LP.  Here you will find a vast variety of plants and shrubs at very reasonable prices.  Whether you are considering bedding plants or perennials, or prefer to wander round and look, you are sure to come home with "a little something!!  If you would like to come along, and did not put your name down at our last garden visit, please contact Margaret Wright, 0116 243 2550, and inform her.  Afterwards we shall be going to The Greenhouse at The Langton Garden Centre for refreshments.  We shall be meeting at 2.00 p.m. in the Great Glen Village Hall car park to give lifts to those who need one.

Linda Hobart       319 8095


The next meeting, on Monday 5th June, will be an outing to Ely Cathedral and Oliver Cromwell’s House.  The coach departs from the Village Hall at 8.40 a.m.  The 3rd July meeting will be back in the Methodist Hall.

Peter Russell        271 0889

History of Art

The next meeting will be on Wednesday 17th May, commencing at 10.00 a.m. in the Methodist Church Hall, when we will be taken on a visit to the Tate Gallery to look at the work of John Constable.   All members are welcome.

David Brooke      259 2520

(Indoor) Croquet

Tuesdays: No meetings on 9th and 16th May.

Thursdays: No meetings on 11th and 18th May.

John Lawson    259 3421

Learn French Together   NEW

A new French group for complete beginners.   An initial meeting for all interested members has been arranged for Tuesday 16th May at 10.00 a.m. in the Ruth Warner Room.  At present we envisage the group meeting on first and third Tuesdays.  If this is something of interest to you, please do let me know by email or phone.

Peter Russell                     271 0889

Learn Spanish Together   NEW

A new Spanish group for beginners has just started, meeting on the second and fourth Mondays of the month.  We have two Spanish speakers to help support the Group.  If you are interested, please come along - it is for complete beginners and you will be very welcome.

Val Barba              271 6505

Luncheon Club

There is a waiting list for anyone who may be interested in joining.  We meet at the Bell, Burton Overy, on the fourth Tuesday of the month, 12 o’clock for 12.30 p.m.  We alternate

each month between starter plus main and main plus dessert courses.  The food is of excellent quality and well presented.  You will find me at the monthly meeting, on the left as you enter the Village Hall, with the menu for the next lunch.  If you cannot attend the meeting, and live in the village, I will put a menu through your door.  I have sample menus for you to look at.  Do let me know if you are interested in joining us.  

Joyce Davies    259 3436

Military History

Now that we have fought the First World War it is time to start something else.  I should like to examine the English Civil War – something I know l very little about but hope to change that.  Next meeting June 7th which will be the last before our summer recess.

Eric Orbell    259 2095  

Mini Bridge

No meeting on Tuesday 9th May, but remember the AGM.

John Lawson      259 3421

New Age Kurling
The next 3 sessions are on 12th and 26th May and then 9th June at 10.00 a.m. at the Sports Centre.

Peter Russell        271 0889


Our next meetings will take place on 15th May, and 19th June.  Should there be a need to cancel I will inform you individually.  All meetings start at 2.00 p.m.

Stella Orbell    259 2095

Quiz Group

The next meeting is on Monday 22nd May, with questions set by Gill Burton.  Rachael Snashall will be in charge on Monday 26th June.  We are having a summer break in July and August.  So we return on 25th September, when David Green will be the question master.

Rachael Snashall   259 2830

Singing for Fun
A reminder that the next session for this year is provisionally scheduled for Wednesday 12th July at 2:00 p.m. at the Methodist Hall.  Come along and have a jolly good time!

Peter Russell              271 0889

Sunday Singles Lunch

We meet on the second Sunday of the month, single ladies and gentlemen, at 1.00 p.m.  The next venues are:  14th May The Bell, East Langton, 11th June – Queens Head, Saddington, 9th July – Leicestershire Golf Club; 13th August – The Bell East Langton.   

Judith Measom        279 1509


Please note there will be no swimming on 24th and 31st May.

David Brooke    259 2520

Almost all groups are currently able to accommodate new members.  Please contact the Group Leader (see your U3A programme card or the website for details) if you are interested.


Message to Group Leaders....

Please can group leaders send in their completed registers quarterly – end of March, June, Sept and Dec.

Blank registers are on the notice board in the church kitchen, or can be downloaded from this website on the Admin page.

Group News

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