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1st November 2017

Reference

Updated Constitution April 2017

The Consititution has been updated and amended taking into consideration the Revised Model Constitution issued by the Third Age Trust.   This was adopted by the membership at the 2017 AGM on 11 April, and has been accepted by the Charities Commission.  

 

1st November 2017

Reference

GLs' Meeting - Oct 2017

Minutes of this meeting can be downloaded by clicking on attachment below.

 

 

6th April 2017

General and reference

GLs' Meeting - April 2017

The minutes of this meeting held on 6 April 2017 in the Village Hall can be downloaded by clicking on the attachment below.


20th October 2016

general and reference

GLs' meeting - Oct 2016

The minutes of this meeting held on 20 October 2016 in the Village Hall can be downloaded by clicking on the attachment below.

 

 

23rd April 2016

general and reference

GLs' meeting - April 2016

Minutes of the meeting held on 23 April can be downloaded by clicking on the attachment below.

17th March 2016

General and reference

GL's Meeting Oct 2015

Minutes of the meeting held on 15 Oct 2015 can be downloaded by clicking on the attachment below.

17th February 2016

Newsletter

2016 Feb Mar

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NB  From now on Newsletters will appear just twice per year in June and December

13th January 2016

Pictures

Christmas Lunch 2015

The prize draw took place at the end of our annual Christmas Lunch held at Tastes Restaurant, Leicester College on Friday, 27 November.   The lucky winners from our 98 diners were:

First prize (£20 M&S giftcard):           Pat Whittaker

Second prize (£15 M&S giftcard):       Jenny Mills

Third prize (£10 M&S giftcard):   Valeen Blanchard

 

 

17th December 2015

Newsletter

2015/6 Dec Jan

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17th October 2015

Newsletter

2015 Oct Nov

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17th August 2015

Newsletter

2015 Aug Sept

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17th June 2015

Newsletter

2015 June July

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24th April 2015

General and Reference

GLs' Mtg - Minutes April 2015

Minutes of the meeting held on 23 April 2015 can be downloaded by clicking on the attachment below.

17th April 2015

Newsletter

2015 April and May

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10th April 2015

General and reference

First Aid

Click on the download below for the Third Age Trust's Advice Sheet on First Aid.   Useful for Committee and Group Leaders.

10th April 2015

General and reference

Data Protection

Click on the download below for the Third Age Trust's Advice Sheet on Data Protection.Breitling Replica Watches   Useful for Committee and Group Leaders.

10th April 2015

General and reference

Sorting Out Problems

Click on the download below for the Third Age Trust's Advice Sheet on Sorting Out Problems.   Useful for Committee and Group Leaders.

 

10th April 2015

General and Reference

Starting A New Group

If you are interested in starting up a new group, there's plenty of support available.  Contact the Groups Co-ordinator (details on About Us) or simply send an email via 'Contact Us' and we'll be in touch.  To get you started, download these notes of guidance.   See also the Group Leader's Handbook in this section for greater detail on particular aspects of a group leader's role.

6th April 2015

General and Reference

Group Leader's Handbook May 2012

Click on the link below to download the current Handbook.   Note that Expense Claim forms, and request form for Group Equipment are contained in the download.   

2nd April 2015

General and Reference

Expense Claim Form

If, as a Group Leader, you incur expenses which you feel should be reimbursed by the U3A, please download the form below, complete it and return (with receipts where applicable) to the Treasurer, or any Committee member.

2nd April 2015

General and reference

Group equipment Request Form

If you wish to request financial support for equipment/items for your Group, download the form below, complete it and hand to any committee member.   Your request will be considered at the next Committee meeting, and you will be advised accordingly.    It is important that you do not incur expenditure without the prior approval of the Committee!

 

13th February 2015

Newsletters

2015 Feb/Mar

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13th January 2015

Pictures

Christmas Lunch 2014

100 people shared Christmas Lunch at Tastes Restaurant at Leicester College on 27 November 2014. Whilst some folks made their own way there, 45 went by coach. The cost included meals, transport where applicable, all tips for restaurant staff and coach driver, the prize draw and admin/copying costs.

1st prize (£20 M&S giftcard)              Linda Stokes

2nd prize (£15 M&S giftcard)              Beryl Lishman

3rd prize (£10 M&S giftcard)              Beryl Goodman

 

30th October 2014

General and reference

GLs' Mtg Minutes - 23 Oct 2014

Click below for minutes of the Group Leaders' Meeting held on 23 October 2014

 

9th August 2014

Newsletter

2014 June and July

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8th August 2014

Newsletter

2014 Apr/May

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6th August 2014

Newsletter

2014 Feb/Mar

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4th August 2014

Newsletter

2013/4 (Dec/Jan)

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27th April 2014

General and reference

GLs' Mtg Minutes - 24 April 2014

Click on the attachment to open the minutes of the Group Leaders' meeting held on 24 April 2014 at the Village Hall.

13th January 2014

Pictures

Christmas Lunch 2013

105 people shared Christmas Lunch at Tastes Restaurant at Leicester College on 28 Nov 2013. Whilst some folks made their own way there, 55 went by coach.  The cost included meals, transport where applicable, all tips for restaurant staff and coach driver, the prize draw and admin/copying costs.

 

 

 

2nd November 2013

General and reference

GLs' Mtg Minutes - 24 Oct 2013

The meeting was attended by 14 people, with apologies from 6 group leaders.   For the minutes, please click on attachment below.

10th October 2013

Newsletter

2013 Oct-Nov

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2nd September 2013

Newsletter

2013 Aug/Sept

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1st July 2013

Newsletter

2013 June/July

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26th April 2013

Newsletter

2013 Feb/March

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1st April 2013

Newsletter

2013 April/May

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25th February 2013

Newsletter

2012 (Dec) & 2013 (Jan)

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14th February 2013

Newsletter

2012 Oct/Nov

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6th December 2012

Pictures

U3A Christmas Lunch 2012

Seventy-seven people shared Christmas Lunch at Tastes Restaurant at Leicester College on 6 December 2012.   Whilst some folks made their own way there, 45 went by coach.   The cost included meals, transport where applicable, all tips for restaurant staff and coach driver, the prize draw and admin/copying costs.

First Prize (£20 M&S tokens) went to Margaret Darlaston, Second Prize (£15 M&S tokens) to Jenny Barradell and Third Prize (£10 M&S tokens) to Maureen Townsend.  We hope they enjoy spending them!

CLICK HERE to see pictures of the event

 

17th October 2012

Newsletter

2012 (Aug & Sept)

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10th August 2012

Newsletter

2012 (June & July)

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1st July 2012

Pictures

Great Days Out and Holidays!

The link below will let you see some collage pictures of some of the wonderful days out and holidays organised for us by Jenny over the past few years.  Somehow, she also seems to get the weather on our side as well!  Enjoy!

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(Hint:  When you get to the web album, click on Slideshow - near top left - to view the collages.  You can also view in full screen by hitting the F11 key on your keyboard.  If you want to see each picture for more time, hover your mouse over the lower edge of the pictures and a greyish toolbar will appear.  Just increase the time between changes to what you want - probably 5 seconds is about right.)

1st July 2012

Pictures

Cornwall holiday - April 2011

Many thanks again to Jenny who organised a superb week for 42 members in Cornwall, based near St Austell.  The weather was truly 'Jenny weather' and the sun shone on us most of the time!

The photos have been split up into the various days of our holiday.   If anyone has good photos of Eden Project, then contact June who can display them in a new album.   Also, if you'd prefer to see all photos from one link, then  let June know via the 'Contact Us' facility!   

Click for Cotehele photos

Click for Lanhydrock photos

Click for Lost Gardens of Heligan, Mevagissey & Fowey photos

Click for St Ives and Trebah photos

Click for Trelissick and Falmouth photos

Click for Padstow, Tintagel and Jamaica Inn photos

Click for Charlestown and Truro photos

(Tip:  Photo albums will show in a NEW window (tab) opened automatically by your browser.   When you've seen the photos, close ONLY the new tab to return to this website and continue browsing.  If you close your browser completely, you'll have to start again.)

 

1st July 2012

Pictures

Paris Trip Report & Pics

The U3A visit to Paris (1-5 May) organised by Jenny was a huge success, in spite of a last-minute hiccup when East Midlands trains decided to hold a strike on the day of our departure!  So Jenny organised for Robinson's coaches to take us down to St Pancras International, instead of dropping us at London Road station.  We arrived in good time for a bite to eat before boarding the Eurostar service direct to Gare du Nord in Paris.  After an excellent journey we made our way to the Ibis hotel, conveniently situated close to the Gare de l'Est, and settled into our rooms.

On the first morning, we enjoyed a guided coach tour of the main tourist sites of Paris, which enabled us to get our bearings, as well as an insight into the sheer volume of traffic in the city!  This was followed by a one-hour river cruise, leaving the rest of our time to spend according to our own preferences.

Among the many places enjoyed by group members were l'Arc de Triomphe and the Champs Elysées, the Eiffel tower and the Trocadero, Notre Dame cathedral, Saint Chappelle, the Tuileries gardens and Place de la Concorde, the Pigalle and Montmartre districts and Sacré Cœur, as well as several of the various museums and galleries.   We enjoyed sampling the local wines and food at the various local restaurants for our evening meals - and then spent a lot of time walking off those calories!

Before departure, Barry had provided a mine of information on the local travel tickets and he also led a small party to the extravagant Palace of Versailles on Friday.   The weather that day was mixed, but the rain generally held off long enough for us to enjoy the elegant gardens as well as a tour of the sumptuous inside of the Palace before making our way back to Paris.

Our return journey went without a hitch and we returned safely to Countesthorpe, many of us feeling rather exhausted but with lots of wonderful Parisian memories and pictures.   Many thanks to Jenny for organising it all, and to Barry for his support as well.

Click here to see some of our pictures

1st July 2012

Pictures

Jubilee Tea -3 June 2012

On 3rd June, we celebrated Queen Elizabeth II's diamond jubilee with a tea in Countesthorpe Village Hall.  Gaily decorated with bunting the hall held 10 round tables, each with a lovely red/white/blue floral decoration produced by the Flower Arranging group.

Proceedings began with all three verses of the National Anthem - words thoughtfully provided by Barry!  Afterwards around 70 people enjoyed open bridge rolls, scones with jam and cream, and a wide variety of cakes.   Kitchen helpers were kept busy supplying tea and coffee to wash it all down.  Lots of lovely U3A chatter and friendship was in evidence!

Around £200 was raised from ticket sales, and this has been divided between LOROS and Rainbows local charities.

Click HERE to see pictures of a happy afternoon!

1st July 2012

General and reference

Kaleidoscope

Following the success of their first book of creative writing, members of the group decided to produce a second miscellany - Kaleidoscope.    We hope you will enjoy this one, too.

This booklet is on sale at £1, and copies are available from June Hawkins.   Here is a simple PDF version.  Click on the attachment below.

1st July 2012

Pictures

Wengen 2012

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11th June 2012

Newsletter

2012 (April & May)

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9th April 2012

Newsletter

2012 (Feb & Mar)

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17th February 2012

Newsletter

2011 (Dec) & 2012 (Jan)

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7th December 2011

Newsletter

2011 (Oct & Nov)

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11th October 2011

Newsletter

2011 (Aug & Sept)

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11th August 2011

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2011 (May/June/July)

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17th May 2011

General and reference

Shirley stands down as GL for Archaeology

Following the formalities of the AGM in 2011, Ursula Wild (Chairperson) presented Shirley Taylor with a card, some garden vouchers and a framed certificate with our sincere thanks and in recognition of all her hard work since 1998.   Not only has Shirley been Group Leader for Archaeology since that time, but she and husband Michael were founder members of our U3A.

Many thanks, Shirley, for all the wonderful trips, and no doubt you will be organising the odd one or two in the future as well - once you've had a well-deserved break.

10th May 2011

Newsletter

2011 (Mar & Apr)

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17th April 2011

Early Days of Our U3A

Ruth Westley's Recollections

"There's something called the University of the Third Age, and John Slipper at the College has put a piece in The Herald asking if anyone is interested.  There's a meeting."  Thus spoke Dorothy Elgar to me one day in the summer of 1998, or was it '99.  Dorothy was keen to go but I, newly retired from . . .

Now click on the attachment to read the rest of Ruth's story

 

22nd March 2011

Early Days of Our U3A

Remembering the Beginnings of Countesthorpe U3A by Vicky Armstrong

After the initial, very exclusive, meeting a few more people were drawn into the fold, myself included.  This second cohort organised a general meeting at the beginning of November 1999.  40 people attended and . . .

 

To read Vicky's full story, click on the attachment

20th March 2011

Early Days of Our U3A

Beginnings of the Travel Group - Jenny Mills

In August 2000, after 25 years at the Wigston College (now South Leicestershire) I retired from my 'day job' - Section Manager with responsibility for secretarial courses.  This was a very demanding and time-consuming position which took most of my time and energy.  It seemed as if I could not appear anywhere without staff or sometimes students, requiring answers or views on a myriad of questions.  I must admit I had not thought much about retirement and . . .

Click the attachment to read all of Jenny's story

17th March 2011

Early Days of Our U3A

"My" Groups by John Armstrong

I started a few of the early groups myself which, oddly enough, seem to have attracted mainly men.  Also oddly enough, they seem to have a lot to do with . . .

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17th March 2011

Early Days of Our U3A

The Creation of Countesthorpe U3A by John Armstrong

I recall an advert that appeared in the Herald in late summer 1999, seeking people interested in forming a U3A in Countesthorpe.  The idea of the U3A as a learning organisation, aimed at daytime activities for the more senior folk in the village, appealed to me greatly.  At the start it seemed to me to be a blank canvas . . .

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17th March 2011

Early Days of Our U3A

Dorothy Elgar's Archive Entry

When John Slipper, Vice-Principal at Countesthorpe College, put a notice in The Herald about forming a U3A in Countesthorpe I was very interested.  I had already heard about it from . . .

Now click on the attachment to read the rest of Dorothy's reflection

17th August 2010

Pictures

Annual Outing 2010 (Shugborough)

Two coachloads of happy U3A members descended on the Shugborough Estate on 17 August 2010.  With the weather set fair, they enjoyed exploring the grounds of this complete working historic estate.  Entering via the impressive kitchen garden, we visited the  craft workshops before exploring the working farm.  The mansion offered us a glimpse into another world, rounded off by meandering in the tranquil grounds.

Click > photos of Shugborough Estate

11th May 2010

General and Reference

Flights of Fancy

To ccelebrate our tenth anniversary in 2010, each member of the Creative Writing Group contributed a piece of work which was published as a miscellany, entitled 'Flights of Fancy'.  A copy of this booklet was distributed to every member in 2010.   A few spare copies may be available - ask June

 

14th July 2009

Pictures

U3A Open Day

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15th July 2003

Pictures

Annual Outing - 2003

This year's annual outing was to the National Stud at Newmarket, the 'headquarters' of British horse racing. The National Stud is the showcase for British Thoroughbred breeding.  It comprises over 500 acres of prime pasturelandand its facilities include accommodation for eight stallions and up to 200 mares in nine separate yards.