Newsletter August 2011


August 2011

This month’s meeting – Tuesday 16 August

 The Wheel of Life   Phil Redfearn

  A chance to reflect on how retirement affects your lifestyle and consider ways in

   which you can achieve a balanced lifestyle, taking into account health, 

      education, friends and family, finance, leisure etc.

Doors open at 1.45 p.m.          Kibworth Grammar School Hall

From the Chairman

Welcome back to you all after our July break from the hustle and bustle of U3A meetings and Committees. It is customary in U3A to skip the July monthly meeting and resume in August. It seems to me that most U3A members take their holidays any time between the middle of April and the end of September. The attraction of a holiday in the Spring and early Summer months is that such holidays are cheaper and there are fewer children around in both the UK and abroad. From mid-July onwards those with grandchildren are employed on school holiday babysitting duties and on family holidays. There is a case, therefore, for omitting monthly meetings from May to August, resuming in September. This is borne out by the lower attendance figures at these Summer meetings. I’m not advocating that we should adopt this system, as I know our monthly meetings mean a lot to so many people and there is a need to keep the momentum of U3A going, but I offer this as food for thought.

As I have said above, attendance figures have not been as high as in previous years and I am puzzled as to why this should be so. I am anxious to reverse this trend and wonder if we, as a Committee are giving the membership what you want. As you know, we have recently tinkered with the arrival and transit systems and this seems to have solved the problem. However, if there are any other ways in which you feel that our monthly meetings could be improved please speak to me or to any other member of the Committee and we will be pleased to discuss any proposals at our next Committee meeting. 

In the meantime, if any of you know of anybody who has recently retired or has just moved to the district, please bring them along to the next meeting to see what we can offer.

Martin Crofts, Chairman

Information from our Secretary

2012 Diaries have now arrived, and will be available for collection by those who ordered them at the monthly meeting; or arrange to collect from Ros Holmes by phoning 0116-279 6010

News from Interest Groups

New Group

Flower Arranging Course

This course is in progress and held at St Wilfrids Church . The next meeting is on Monday evening 22 August. Please contact Joyce Huntley for any further information

Joyce Huntley     0116 2792528


Existing Groups :


We will start again in October and details will be in the next newsletter. However in the mean time please let me know if you are interested.

Clive Huntley                           0116 279 2528

Book Club 

Lin Rowland 

Our August read was, " Cutting for Stone " by Abraham Verghese. Twin sons are born in a mission hospital in Ethiopia in the 1950's

- the illicit union between an Indian nun and a British doctor. They grow up in a country on the brink of revolution until a betrayal splits

them apart. The group enjoyed the book immensely and strongly recommend it.

 Lin Rowland     0116 279 2535 


(Duplicate) Bridge  

We would like more players to come to our "easy going" Duplicate Bridge sessions, which take place every Wednesday in St Wilfrid's Church Hall.  Start time 2pm prompt.  If you would like to come but do not have a partner please telephone me and I shall try to help.

John Ruddock   0116 279 2331


(Social) Bridge Group

This is a social bridge group where we try to learn something most weeks but our main aim is just to socialise and play rubber bridge. We welcome players of all levels and will help players from many years ago to update to ACOL bridge and help learners to improve.

We play Chicago about once a month. We play in the Lounge at the Grammar School Hall every Thursday 2.30 to 4.30 pm. Plenty of car parking. 

If there is sufficient interest we will run a beginners table for absolute beginners who have never played bridge before . Please contact us if you are interested.

Clive & Joyce Huntley            0116 279 2528


We are resuming our study of Italics, and capital letters with flourishes, on 2nd and 4th Tuesday afternoons, from 2-4pm.

More information from

Ros Holmes                    0116 279 6010

Computer Club

The Computer Club will resume on Tuesday 27th September at 2pm to 4pm at the Kibworth Old Grammar School. Cost will be £2. The format will be the same as the last sessions with prompt sheeted projects that you can get help in completing or alternatively you can get help with your queries. Bring your own laptop or use one of the U3A machines.

All are welcome but as the sessions are not formal "teach ins" they are not really suitable for complete beginners to computers. If you are a beginner please ring me so that you can learn the basics in a more formal way.

If you are interested in a formal courses please ring me. No courses are yet arranged so the choice and level will be chosen with regard to demand. As usual the courses would run on the first and second Tuesday of the month from 2 till 4pm starting in October.

Keith Holyoake 0116  279 2079

Clive Huntley 0116  279 2528

Concert Band (New Group!)

The Concert Band has continued to meet over the summer and now has eight members, instruments include clarinet, saxophone, violin, horn, trombone and guitar. We are all very much beginners and are enjoying the challenge of learning to play together. We meet alternate Mondays at 3.30pm in members homes. For details contact

Barbara Hooley 0116 279 6458 

Craft Group

The Craft Group continues to meet throughout the Summer months in the downstairs room of the Methodist Church on every other Tuesday.  There is still room for more people. You may create whatever you wish from embroidery to silk painting. We finish with tea and biscuits and the conversation is excellent. The fee is two pounds per session. Thank you to Roger Garrett who continues to support the two groups of Painting and Craft

Liz Greenhalgh 0116 2402545

French Conversation

If you’d like to join a small group of people whose conversational French gets very rusty indeed if they don’t use it from time to time,  please ring

JohnWillcocks  0116 279 1085


31 August – CHANGE OF VENUE – Unfortunately the Artdejardin organisers have just informed us that the exhibition will be closed, so we have arranged to visit Geoff Smith’s NGS Garden at 2 Welford Road, Sibbertoft, LE16 9UJ, 6 miles SW of Market Harborough with its herbaceous beds, shrubs and 70 different clematis. Admission is £2.50. Tea, cake and biscuits are available for an extra £2. Please make your own way there for 2.30pm.

28 September – Coach Trip to Cannons Ashby NT House & Gardens leaving Kibworth Grammar School promptly at 12.30pm and returning from Cannons Ashby at 5pm. We can explore the romantic 16th century Elizabethan manor house, virtually unaltered since the 1700s; stroll round the formal garden, orchard and colourful borders dating back to Victorian times; and visit St. Mary’s Church, all that remains of the 12th century Augustinian Priory which lends its name to the house. There is a tea room on site. Admission: NT members Free (remember to bring your card with you); non-members £7.25; PLUS £6 coach fare per person. Please pay Mary by 20th August latest if you wish to come along.

Gail Goldie   0116 279 6882

Mary Franks   0116 279 3110  

German Conversation

We meet in members’ houses on the second and fourth Mondays in the month for informal chat on whatever subject occurs at the time. This group is now full

Elizabeth Willcocks                 0116 279 1085

Guitar Circle

The guitar circle is preparing for its next performance in the Autumn. Recently we have concentrated on fingerpicking styles and the blues. New players are still very welcome.

John Hooley                             0116 279 6458

Investment Group (New Group!)

Our main aim is to buy and sell stocks and shares with a social side to the experience.. We have now reached our maximum number so sadly we cannot take any new members at this time.  Please contact me if you want to be placed on a waiting list.

Clive Huntley 0116 279 2528 


Keep Fit (New Group!)

If you are interested in joining a Keep Fit class please contact

Pam Moody    0116 279 2817

Latin for Beginners

Having just worked through book one of the Cambridge Latin Course we are now having a break until September. We have had considerable pleasure using the first book and we are now looking forward to starting on the second book in the series, the first chapters of which feature the Romans in Britain, complaining bitterly about the rain and lack of sun!            

Norman Hallett  0116 279 2659

Line Dancing

Fancy trying something different? Perhaps you have tried it on holiday.  It’s easy, fun,

Good exercise and a good workout for the brain.  Come along just for a look or better

still – join us! Every Monday afternoon at 2pm in St Wilfrids Church Hall,

Val Crofts 0116 279 2218

Luncheon Club

This group meets on the second Wednesday of each month and samples a different restaurant each time.  Our next meeting will be on Wednesday September 14th at The Shires in Peatling Parva.  New members are welcome. If you would like to attend please contact

Gill Newnham 0116 279 2928

Beryl Tory 0116 279 2184

Pam Moody 0116 279 2817

Music Appreciation 

I’m sure we all love music.  I know the members of our friendly little group do.  We play our eclectic choices every first and third Thursday of the month and then enjoy chatting about what each piece means to us.  If anyone would like to join us please give me a ring

Martin Crofts 0116 279 221


The Painting Group continues to meet on every other Friday afternoon. We enjoy two hours of relaxed, creative art work. We have room for one or two more people. We meet in the downstairs room of the Methodist church rooms. The fee is two pounds per session with tea and biscuits thrown in. We learn from one another and produce some original and artistic pieces. For more information contact

Liz Greenhalgh 0116 240 2545

Play Reading

The Play Readers meet in the evening on the second Thursday in the month. We have been reading a selection of thrillers and our next mystery trip is “Cat’s Cradle” by Leslie Sands.

RosanneLane 0116 279 2727


“Friends” by Emily Dickinson

They might not need me, but they might

I’ll let my head be just in sight;

A smile as small as mine might be

Precisely their necessity.

You don’t need to be an expert. Maybe you just like to listen? Perhaps you enjoy reading aloud? We meet on the first Wednesday of the month for an informal but often ‘informative’ morning of Poets and Poetry.  Interested? Ring Val to find out more.

Val Crofts 0116 279 2218  

Singing for Pleasure

The group continues to thrive under the inspired guidance of Faye Stringer.

The main aim is the enjoyment and fun of group singing whilst developing a knowledge of music. New members, especially a few more men, would be made very welcome. The group meets on the second and fourth Thursday of the month in St Wilfrid's Church Hall , 10am-11.30am.

The first meeting after the break is Thursday September 8th.

Meriel Godfrey       0116 259 8589

Sketch Club

After a short summer break the Sketch Club will be up and running again on Friday 23rd of September from 10.30 in the morning until midday, and on the second and fourth Friday of each month afterwards.

This meeting will be at my house and as well as the usual mix of activities I'd like us to consider what else we might do as the weather begins to get colder and the prospect of open-air sketching becomes less and less appealing.

Please bring something to draw on and something to draw with.

If you haven't been to a sketch club meeting before but think you might like to join us this autumn, please telephone

John Willcocks  0116 279 1085

Swimming (with Great Glen U3A) Wednesdays 14.15-15.15 Cost £2 

Venue Leicester Grammar School Swimming Pool

Swimming will continue throughout the school holidays and new members are always welcome. It is a condition of the Grammar School that all swimmers are members of Great Glen U3A. To find out how to join please ring David Brooke on 0116  259 2520.

You do not need to be a serious swimmer to join us. We have a wide variety of abilities from those who rapidly swim many lengths each week to those who just enjoy a splash around and a chat. All appreciate the excellent facilities at the Grammar School. Please contact David Brooke before coming for the first time.

David Brooke   0116 259 2520

Table Tennis

We meet every Friday 2.30 to 4.30 pm at the Kibworth Scout Hut. We welcome all levels of players from good players to people who have never played before or who have not played since school and who want to get some exercise, socialise and learn to play or improve table tennis. We have a break half way through for tea and biscuits and put the world to rights.We have some spare bats so why not come along and give it a try. Just turn up at the scout hut at 2.30 pm Fridays. 


We will restart on Friday 2 September

Clive Huntley 0116 279 2528

John Smith 0116 279 2129

T’ai Chi 

The Autumn term will begin on Tuesday20th September. T’ai Chi is a gentle form of exercise, which yields benefits from the early stages .All you need are comfortable shoes and clothing.  We meet weekly at Kibworth Village Hall from 11.30 a.m. to 1 p.m. We are fortunate to have a very experienced teacher. More information from :

Val Ruddock       0116 2792331  

Walking Group

Over the summer we have enjoyed walks around Kibworth, Houghton-on-the-Hill, Wadenhoe and Welford. We had good weather and dry conditions underfoot for all of them. Thanks to Pat Thomas, Derek and Edith Lenton, and Alan and Marion Brown for leading those walks.

The next walk is on Friday 19th August around Kilby (about 4.5 miles), being led by Derek Lenton and Alan Brown. Meet at the Dog and Gun at 10.15 for 10.30 start.

The following walk is on Friday 2nd September, around Lubenham, and will be led by Pat Thomas and Chris Taylor. Details to follow.

If you wish to go on either of these walks please tell the walk leaders or Ros Holmes.

Derek and Edith Lenton    0116 247 8319,

Alan and Marion Brown   0116 279 2559

We are planning a training session for potential walk leaders (map reading for the terrified!); anyone interested is welcome to find out more please contact 

Mike Bullows   01162598297 

Ros Holmes 0116 279 6010

If you would like to join any of our groups, please contact the relevant leader


Next deadline –Tuesday 13 September

Group Leaders – please email your entries to Barbara Pickering, 


If you have any pictures of YOUR group that could be published in a future edition please send them to the above email address.

Our monthly meetings take place in Kibworth Grammar School Hall, on the third Tuesday of the month, 1.45 - 3.45 p.m.

Forthcoming meetings include

September 20th Clive’s Quiz

October 18th  Vietnam Prof Sue Ablett

A talk about the wonders of the orient with all that Vietnam has to offer – temples, stunning scenery, delightful people, the Vietnam war. Finishing off in Cambodia with a floating village and a visit to the amazing temples of Angkar Wat. 

November Open Day

December Christmas/5th Birthday celebrations

Our 5th Anniversary

Reminder –this autumn is our fifth anniversary

We are collecting digital images for a slide show.

If you have any U3A related photographs please forward them to Stephen

Further information regarding the National U3A,

 obtaining our Newsletter or joining us

Lifelong Learning

The Virtual U3A (vU3a), which went live in January 2009, is an online-only U3A, affiliated to the Third Age Trust. One of its principal aims is to provide the U3A experience for those who are rendered isolated in some way by circumstances or geography and unable to play a full part in a terrestrial U3A. More information is available on the public website HYPERLINK "" where one can also apply for membership. Why not pay it a visit? And if you know of anyone who might benefit, please pass the information on.

The vU3A already has an active membership but is currently seeking to increase this with the hope of expanding the range of activity groups now in operation.

 vU3A is in no way intended as an alternative to or competition for Kibworth & District U3A or any others. It has a unique goal, and is intended to serve very specific needs.


Additionally, there are lots of learning opportunities for adults on the BBC’s Learning website: HYPERLINK ""  Have a look for yourself, if you haven’t  already done so there is an amazing range of materials for self-guided learning there. 

The national U3A magazine is sent out three times a year; to find out about what’s going on in between times, see the website: for on-line courses and further information. 

Our Newsletter will be ready for collection at the monthly meeting, or, if you are not able to go in person, will be available from either Kibworth or Fleckney libraries, as soon as possible after the meeting. An email copy will be sent to you instead of a printed copy, if you have requested one. If 

you wish to receive the Newsletter, but can’t get to one of these libraries to collect one in person, or receive it by email, the Secretary is willing to send out a copy by post on receipt of a large s.a.e.  Please send your envelope to: Ros Holmes, 18 Main St, Kibworth, LE8 0NQ

How to join K&DU3A

Joining could not be easier, provided that you are over 50 and no longer in full-time employment.  Please contact our membership secretary Cliff Hollingsworth, 20 Springfield Crescent, Kibworth,  LE8 0LH  Tel: 0116 279 2025 giving name, address and telephone number.  Subscriptions: cheques payable to K&DU3A.   

Useful contacts:

Chairman: Martin Crofts 0116 279 2218 

Vice-Chairman: Anne Bailey 0116 279 2089 

Newsletter Editor: Barbara Pickering 0116 279 3590 

Treasurer: Cliff Hollingsworth 0116 279 2025 

Secretary: Ros Holmes 0116 279 6010 

Minutes Secretary: Mike Barber 0116 279 0063 

Speaker Finder: Pam Moody 0116 279 2817 

Publicity: Gail Goldie 0116 279 6882 

Group Co-ordinator: Barbara Hooley 0116 279 6458 

Committee member: Clive Huntley 0116 279 2528 


Kilworth House - Saturday June 18th. The performance of Gilbert & Sullivan's

'Pirates of Penzance' was enjoyed by everyone.

We were all for prepared for a wet afternoon, but luckily the sun shone on

the righteous!  Thank you all for your support.

 Worcester Our planned visit on Wednesday 7th September  has been cancelled

Thursford. The date is Wednesday 23rd November  2011

All the places taken have been confirmed. There is still 1 spare seat.

Now is the time to pay your dues.

The balance outstanding is £38 per person, due please, no later than Tuesday

13th September.

Full payment covers the cost of the coach, ticket for the performance and

the meal at The Crown Inn, Gayton.

There will be a coffee break at Caithness Crystal and the Jaeger outlet

about 10.45am.

Leaving Kibworth, subject to confirmation  will be at 8.30am.

Any other refreshment will be up to each individual.

Any queries please contact

Cheques prefered for all bookings made payable to K & D U3A Outings



To: Gill Newnham, 6 Birdie Close, Kibworth, LE8 0PW  

I wish to book ______ place(s) on the outing to  _______________________________________

and enclose the sum of £ ______

Cheques should be made payable to: K&D U3A Outings 

Name: ________________________________ Tel: ______________________________ 

Please print clearly 


K &D U3A