Great Glen U3A 2016

Great Glen U3A

Art Group

We begin again after the Summer Break on Thursdays 7th and 21st September. Please try to attend if you can.

Rachael Snashall  259 2830


Indoor bowls restarts on Tuesday 3rd October,10.00 a.m. till 12.00 at Market Harborough Leisure Centre.

Ann Spray         2810324

English Country Dancing

It's time to brush up your "Do-si-Dos”, and "Set and Turn Singles”!

After a break during July and August the English Country Dancing Group resumed its regular Tuesday afternoon meetings, 1.30 to 3.30 p.m., in the Youth Centre/Sports Hall on 5th September. We still have space for more people so we warmly invite any other members of the U3A who would like to try this fun and social activity to come along.

Country Dancing offers an afternoon of gentle exercise in good company. Most of our dances are conducted at walking pace, with occasional skipping so are not too vigorous. The dances are performed in specific formations of circles, squares and longways sets, and they span English Country, English Court (Playford), and American Square and Contra styles.  Some dances date back to the Stuart and Georgian/Regency periods, or even earlier, whilst others were written very recently.  The music we use ranges from classical (Handel, Purcell, Mozart, Bach, Strauss all wrote super dance tunes) to modern compositions, sometimes even jazz and swing; for the older country dances many tunes will be recognisable to anybody who enjoys traditional English folk music.

No previous experience is needed as all the dances are fully explained, the moves are walked through before setting them to music and the dances are called throughout.  Also, no special clothing is needed - just light-weight shoes or sandals and comfortable clothing suitable for gentle dancing. Nor do you need to come with a partner: singles of both sexes are welcomed, and we often change partners during the dances so that everybody is involved.  The only requirement is to be prepared to join in and enjoy yourself!

The start of the new dancing year sees a number of Barn Dances and Costume "Playford" Balls at various Folk Dance clubs in the near region, at which members of the group will be very welcome.   If we can get copies of the dancing programmes the group will practise some of the dances in case anybody does decide to attend.

Peter Meacock  279 2600

Evening Bridge

We are very pleased to have the company of members of a local bridge club which has had to close.  This is disappointing for them but should ensure that the GGU3A group is viable for the foreseeable future.  Any other bridge players who would like to join us will be made welcome.  Pairs are preferred but at present we also have a member who is looking for a partner.

Arrive 7.00 p.m. for a prompt start at 7.15 and finish about 10.00 p.m.-ish.  Tea or coffee is available and is included in the £1 contribution for the evening.  Prospective members please ring in advance.

John Lawson     2593421

Family History

We shall re-start on Wednesday 27th September at 9.30 a.m. in the Methodist Church Hall.  Anyone interested in genealogy is invited to come along to see if they like us and would wish to join.  We meet on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at 9.30 a.m.

Eric Orbell    259 2095

French Conversation

The group restarted on 6th September after the Summer break and will continue each Wednesday morning at 10.30 a.m.

Jim Picken     259 2007

Garden Visits

Our next meeting is on Friday 15th September when we shall be visiting Oak Tree House, North Road, South Kilworth (post code LE17 6DU).  When you reach North Kilworth via the A5199 and B5414 turn right and then left.  You will pass the golf club and reach a 40mph road sign after which there are houses on the left-hand side; Oak Tree is the last house.  If we all 'park prettily' there should be room on the drive for eight to ten cars, otherwise parking is on the road.  This garden is of formal design softened by cottage style planting with a stone circle and sculpture, large herbaceous borders, vegetable plots, pond and a shady area.  There are extensive collections in pots including perennial violas, trees chosen for attractive bark, many roses and almost 40 types of clematis.  The cost is £5 p.p. to include tea and cakes.  We shall meet at the Village Hall car park at 2.00 p.m. to give lifts to those without transport.  If you would like to come please let me know as soon as possible as I have to give numbers to the garden owner by Wednesday 13th.  Thank you.

REMINDER!  For those of you who are going to Winterbourne House and Gardens on 20th October see notice above under Outings.  Please make sure you are on time!

CHRISTMAS LUNCH.  Although we had an excellent meal and service last year at the Coach and Horses we have decided to source another venue for this year.  This is purely because our numbers have been gradually rising and we need a venue that can accommodate more than 22.  Therefore we are awaiting menus and prices from two public houses and when these are received and we have decided upon a satisfactory price, size of venue etc. we will let you have all the information.  In the meantime if you would like to come to the lunch please let me know.  Thank you.

Linda Hobart                 319 8095


The next session is on Monday 2nd October at 2.00 p.m. in the Methodist Hall.  The topic will be Queen Anne.

Peter Russell                271 0889

History of Art

At the next meeting on 13th September we shall be having members’ presentations on their favourite paintings.  We could do with more presentations, so if you are considering making one please let me know as soon as possible.  The meeting will take place as usual 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       07764 154374

Line Dancing

Line Dancing re-started on Thursday 7th September at 1.30 p.m. in the Sports Hall.  New members always 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

Military History

We shall re-start on Wednesday 4th October at 10.00 a.m. in the Methodist Church Hall.  This time we shall be concentrating on the British Civil Wars of the 1640s.  If this interests you then please come along for a taster on that day.  You will be very welcome.


In Military History this time we shall be giving talks etc. on the Civil Wars which took place in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales during the 1640s.  We hope to cover the reasons for the Wars, the consequences, the aftermath and the effect on the lives of the ordinary citizen.  What did a Musketeer wear?  What did he eat?  Where did a Cavalryman stable his horse?  Was Cromwell a goodie or a baddie?  We also hope to talk about the big well-known battles as well as the skirmishes which took place all over the country.

Stella will be presenting the first session which will be entitled “The Causes of the Wars”.  If this interests you then please come along to the Methodist Church Hall at 10.00 a.m. on Wednesday 4th October.

Eric Orbell    259 2095   

New Age Kurling
I’m pleased to say that we now have a second set of kurling stones and this means more members can play at the same time.   If you’ve not tried it then come and have a go – it provides gentle exercise and lots of fun.  The next sessions will be on Fridays 8th and 22nd September and 13th and 27th October at 10.00 a.m. in the Sports Centre (next to the Village Hall).

Peter Russell               271 0889


The first papercraft meeting following the summer break will take place on 18th September when we shall have a go at 'turn back' cards.  Nice and simple to ease us back in before the Christmas rush.  Please bring any blank cards with straight edges that you have, plus any double-sided papers and paper flowers.

Stella Orbell    259 2095

Quiz Group

The next meeting is on 25th September in the Main Hall of the Methodist Church.  New members will be very welcome.

Rachael Snashall  259 2830

Singing for Fun

Wednesday 20th September at 2:00 p.m.

Methodist Hall

ABBA and The Beatles

All Welcome

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


I got it wrong last month – swimming starts on Wednesday 13th September.  We shall be able to work off the holiday's added pounds and show off our sun tans, sum hopes!!  Looking forward to a good turnout.

David Brooke  259 2520

Table Top Games

Our next meetings are on 14th and 28th September (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.  Please contact the leader of the Group, if interested in joining.

Alan Mawby   2592599

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