Newsletter November 2011

This month’s meeting – Tuesday 15th November

Our Open Day

Come and see the range of our interest groups from displays and demonstrations      ….and bring a friend!



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 for your diaries include


  December 20th          A Christmas / Our fifth birthday celebration!!!


   January 18th Pete and Tilly entertain us with music and poetry


Pithy lines from some of our group leaders to whet your appetite…

We never realised how haughty the Romans could be. How fortunes can be reversed in two thousand years! 

... a blizzard is raging outside and the “Stage Door Slasher” is on the prowl.....

Ella Fitzgerald once said,  "The only thing better than singing is more singing". 

....weekend in Scarborough.  I was so proud of my dancers. 

Now read on to find out more………


From our Chairman

As I mentioned in the last newsletter, it is now time to think about replacing those members of your Committee who wish to step down in January. As thing stand now there is a need to replace 3 or 4 members and it would be really useful if their replacements could be people who have not previously served on the Committee. Such people bring in new ideas and help to develop our U3A to keep it thriving. At the end of this newsletter you will find a nomination form for a member of the new Committee that will start at the end of the January meeting. It is preferable to nominate and get agreement for a candidate today and hand the form in to any member of the present Committee. There will be spare copies of the form available at the registration table. It would be very helpful if the nominee has an email address, as this makes the running of the Committee so much simpler and more efficient. If you cannot do this today, then please hand in the nomination form at, or before, the December meeting. I look forward to seeing some new blood on the Committee in the New Year.


Those of you who like quizzes will be pleased to hear that next year, in addition to the normal mini-quiz at the monthly meeting, there will be two major quizzes, when we devote the whole afternoon to a table quiz. Clive and I will be hosting one of these events each during the year and I’m sure we’ll all have an enjoyable time.


Following this month’s Open Day. Our next monthly meeting will be our 5th Birthday and Christmas Joint Celebration. There will be a celebration cake, and lots of demonstrations and activities which will be going on during the course of the afternoon, including Stephen’s much anticipated photographic show. Do come along and enjoy an afternoon of fun and fellowship.


Martin Crofts

A reminder from our Treasurer

Cliff  (full contact details on page 8) would like to remind members that K & D U3A annual subscriptions (£10 or £7.50 if you can provide proof that you are a paid up member of another U3A) were due by 31st October.  He is would like to receive your monies at this month’s meeting or as soon as possible.

Should you submit your subscriptions by post please enclose a SAE.


News from Interest Groups

New Groups:

Introduction to Family History

Having discovered the fascination of researching one’s family history I would be happy to help others get started.  If anyone is interested in following up on their previous research or wants to know how to begin please contact (at the monthly meeting):

Val Crofts                                   

Flower Arranging Course

We will be having a Christmas Meeting at 7pm on December 5th in St Wilfrids Church Hall. We hope to have a demonstration and a chance to do your own arrangement. For any further information please contact (at the monthly meeting):

Joyce Huntley                       


Existing Groups


We have started again but need a few more players.

Our next session is 6th December. from 2.30 to 4.30 pm at the Fleckney Sports Hall. Please note we welcome beginners and players from years ago who fancy trying their hand again. At whatever level you play, badminton is a good all round exercise that can be played at a pace that suits yourself.

Clive Huntley                           

Book Club

For further information please contact:

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 2 pm 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. Our beginners table has started and there is still room for a few more so please contact me if you would like to learn

Our Chicago winner last month was Audrey Harvey.

Clive & Joyce Huntley


Bridge Tip of the Month

If it’s your turn to open with a 4/4/4/1 hand with 12 or 13 points – PASS

If you have 14 points or more open 1C if you have a red singleton or open 1H if you have a black singleton

If partner responds in your singleton suit then you will have to risk a NT response

If your opponent opens with your singleton suit, then you have a good reason for a takeout double.

If your partner opens in one of your 4 suits then fine, if in your singleton, then again you will have to risk a NT response.

4/4/4/1 hands cause everybody problems



We will begin making Christmas cards, and later this year will look at illuminated capitals, and also be exploring colour in calligraphy by looking at writing with a brush.  Dates of forthcoming meetings: 22 November,

13 December, 2 - 4pm.

Ros Holmes                                       0116 279 6010


Computer Club

The Computer Club will run on 22nd November at the usual time (2 to 4pm at the Kibworth Grammar School Hall) before  taking a break due to holidays until February. Please come along and either bring your Laptop or use a Club machine. Cost is £2 per session.

An Improvers' Course will start on Tuesday 29th November and will run thereafter on the first and second Tuesdays of December, January, Feburary and March. This is a total of 9 sessions of 2 hours from 2pm till 4pm. The cost will be £24. The venue is yet to be decided but will either be the Kibworth  Grammar School Hall or the Fleckney Sports Hall depending on the numbers enrolling. Laptops will be available. Subjects covered will be the Desktop, Word Proccessing, Email, Internet, Basic Digital Photo Editing,  Purchasing on Line etc. Spreadsheets can be covered if the Group wishes. If you have not already booked please contact me at the Open Day or phone me.

Keith Holyoake                         0116  279 2079


Concert Band

Such was the enthusiasm to play carols for everyone at Christmas, the Concert Band decided to hold an extra practise. We continue to grow and improve thanks to the patience and encouragement of Faye and John. We now have eleven members and five different instruments. Our next meeting will be on Monday 28th November 2011, beginners welcome.

Barbara Hooley                         0116 279 6458

Craft Group

The Craft Group continues to thrive. We meet in the Methodist Church Rooms on a Tuesday afternoon.  Here are the dates for your diary:- 22nd Nov. and 13th Dec.(this one being the last for this year). We contribute £2 towards the room. Thank you to Roger who helps to organise this. We have room for one or two more people. We learn from one another and stop for tea and biscuits.  Members are busy knitting and sewing ready for our exhibition on 15th Nov. If you would like more information please feel free to contact me.

Liz Greenhalgh                          0116 240 2545


French Conversation

This is a group for people who know enough French to take part in ordinary conversations and would like the opportunity to do so more

often. We meet on the first and third Thursday morning of each month between ten-thirty and midday. For details of the next meeting please ring.

JohnWillcocks                          0116 279 1085



Last month our popular guest, Angela Holland from the Kibworth Garden Centre, entertained us with inspiring ideas for creating winter colour in our gardens, including planting up containers and tips on preserving perennials with an awesome chop! 

We are together again for the last time this year at our Members’ Only Christmas Meeting on 30 November at Kibworth Grammar School between 2.30 - 4.30pm. Many of us enjoyed visiting Vicki Tuffin’s delightful garden at Cedar Farm, and Vicki will be giving us a Christmas themed demonstration. Other highlights include a light-hearted prize quiz and a chance to pick each other’s brains during a question and answer session over a festive tea. Launched at the U3A Open Day, copies of our 2012 programme will also be available.

We reconvene in the New Year on 25 January at 2.30pm in KGS, when Gill Hadland, will be regaling us with her experiences of becoming Runner Up in the BBC’s Gardener of the Year 2009 Award.  Meantime Mary and I would like to thank you for all your support during the year and wish you a very Happy Christmas.

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 currently meets on the second and fourth Wednesday afternoons of the month.  Recently we have been working on Wildwood Flower and, as a change, a simple classical piece called Waltz in C by the 19th century guitar composer, Ferdinando Carulli.  John Hooley continues to lead the sessions.   Prospective new members are welcome at any time to attend a trial session. 

Trish Hunt        

Investment Club

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.

Clive Huntley                                   


Latin for Beginners

The Latin Group is now well into studying the second book of the Cambridge Latin series part of which deals with the Roman occupation of England. We never realised how haughty the Romans could be. How fortunes can be reversed in two thousand years! 

Norman Hallett                           0116 279 2659



Line Dancing

Every Monday afternoon at 2 pm in St Wilfrid’s Church Hall.  Come along and take a look at the fun we have!  Although some of us have been dancing for 5 years now, we are always happy to welcome and encourage beginners to the group. In October five of us joined 30 other dancers at a teaching weekend in Scarborough.  I was so proud of my dancers – they mastered all the new dances shown and joined in with all the old favourites.  We all enjoyed the exhausting weekend of two evenings of social dancing and two morning workshops!

Val Crofts                                    



Luncheon Club

Our Christmas meal will be at the Market Harborough Golf Club on Wednesday December 14th. The cost for the three course meal and coffee is £16. Please pay Gill by December 1st.

Gill Newnham                                        0116 279 2928


Beryl Tory                                        0116 279 2184


Pam Moody                                        0116 279 2817


Music Appreciation

We are a friendly little house group, who all share an interest in varying types of music. We meet twice monthly to play and discuss music of a chosen subject. Recent selections have included music about transport, the weather, food and drink and moods. Future subjects will feature locations and a seasonal meeting. Unfortunately, this group is full at present but if you are interested please contact me. If there are enough people who show an interest, there may be scope for a second group.

Martin Crofts                       



The Art Group continues to meet on a Friday afternoon at 2 pm in the Methodist Church Rooms. We contribute £2 towards the cost of hiring the room. A big thank you to Roger who helps to sort out our venue. Here are the dates for your diary: Nov 11th and 18th, Dec 2nd and 9th. Details for next year's date will be shown in the following newsletter. We use many different methods and art materials to create original pieces. We are all learning from one another and the group is stimulating and friendly. Please come and look at some of our work in the U3A Exhibition to see if this group might suit you. We stop for tea and biscuits and even share the washing-up. This is an excellent place for finding out about local Art shows. For more detailed information contact me.

Liz Greenhalgh                  0116 240 2545


Play Reading

The Play Readers meet in the evening on the second Thursday in the month.

Our next read, “The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940” by John Bishop, transports us to an isolated mansion in Chappaqua, New York, a blizzard is raging outside and the “Stage Door Slasher” is on the prowl.

Rosanne Lane               



We meet on the first Wednesday morning of the month to look at the life and work of poets chosen by the members.  At our November meeting we really enjoyed reading the work of Edith Sitwell, an amazing woman whose poetry was thought provoking, sometimes amusing and always interesting.  Her use of the English language was quite unique!  In December we will be having our Christmas buffet whilst reading poems with a wintery theme.

Val Crofts                                        


Singing for Pleasure

Ella Fitzgerald once said,  "The only thing better than singing is more singing". " It’s great for the body and makes you feel happy".   The Singing for Pleasure group certainly agree with this and welcome anyone who would like to have fun singing to join us.

We sing a great variety of songs ably led by Faye Stringer.

We meet on the second and fourth Thursday of the month from 10 - 11.30am. in St Wilfrid's Hall.

Meriel Godfrey                            0116 259 8589


Sketch Club

We share a common interest in sketching and aim for a varied programme of activities at our meetings. We meet on the second and fourth Friday morning of each month between ten-thirty and midday. For details of the next meeting please ring

John Willcocks                         0116 279 1085



Swimming (with Great Glen U3A)

Wednesdays 14.15-15.15             Cost £2

Venue            Leicester Grammar School Swimming Pool

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

Clive Huntley                            0116 279 2528

John Smith                               0116 279 2129



T’ai Chi

We continue to meet weekly until December 6th. 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 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 279 2331



Walking Group

In October the group enjoyed a walk led by Alan and Marion from the Rose and Crown at Tilton on the Hill across field footpaths to a cutting on the nearby railway line which displayed for us a wondrous collection of fossils.  This was rounded off with an excellent lunch at the pub.  At the beginning of November David and Nicola led us on a short walk preparatory to a meeting at the King's Head, Smeeton Westerby to discuss future walks and organisation.  At the meeting, Ros Holmes, our Group Leader since inception five years ago, handed over her responsibilities to Mike.  He paid tribute to Ros's efforts in setting up the Group and encouraging its expansion from a few people to more than twenty, even though she is heavily involved in other matters inside and outside K&D U3A.

We intend to continue the pattern of walks, with a longer one (5-6 miles) on the first Friday of each month, a shorter one (3 miles) on the third Friday and "Further Afield" on fifth Fridays.  People wishing to take part in these walks should inform the walk leader not less than two days beforehand giving a contact phone number in case there has to be a late change in arrangements. 

Any member who would like to take part but is without transport please contact Mike or a group member.

We plan to have another Away Break for Walking Group Members, probably in September.

By the time you read this, another session about how to prepare for leading a walk, including Map Reading for the Terrified, will have taken place.  Other members wishing to take part in future, please contact Mike.

The next few events will be

Friday 18th November - a shorter walk from the Dog and Gun at Keyham.  Walk leaders Pat Thomas                            0116  279 1524,      and

Chris Taylor                            0116 272 0590,

Friday 2nd December - a longer walk TBA - contact Mike

Friday 16th December  - a shorter walk and Christmas Lunch at the Rose and Crown, Tilton on the Hill. Contact

Stephen                                  077133 28028,

Mike Bullows    0116 259 8297




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





Next deadline –Tuesday 13 December

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.


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.  


Our Newsletter


Copies of this this Newsletter will be available :

1.     at the monthly meeting.

2.     from either Kibworth or Fleckney libraries, shortly after the meeting.

3.     by email if you have requested one (contact the secretary – details on page 8 if you would like an emailed copy and don’t forget to notify her of any change of email address)

4.     if you can’t get one by any of the above methods, 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




Wednesday 23rd November depart Kibworth 8.30 am from the Square for the 2 pm performance

Details of the day:- 

Leave Kibworth Square at 8.30am, there will be a break of 1 hour at Caithness Glass and the Jaegar outlet. Arrive at Thursford in time to shop or visit “Fantasy Land and Santa’s Magical Journey at Christmas”. Cost £4.

After the performance the coach will leave to return home via The Crown at Gayton for our meal booked for 6.30 pm.

We should be back in Kibworth between 10.30 pm and 11 pm    

Tickets will be distributed on the coach.  I will try to accommodate any request to sit with friends.   Please let me know by 17th November.


   Looking forward to 2012            

Theatre Suggestions:

De Montfort Hall      Calendar Girls        Wednesday February 22rd Matinee at 2.30 pm   Tickets £15.50

20 Tickets have been reserved.

Confirmation and payment by 25th November please.


Little Theatre     Gilbert & Sullivan  March 5th   £11   


Kilworth House  -  Me and My Girl    June/July Suggest  Saturday matinee  June 23rd 2012  Tickets  £22.  


Lists available at the meeting for all events. 


Visits suggested :-


Crich Transport Museum                                                            May


Bletchley Park National Codes Centre                                     June


Anglesey Abbey Cambridgeshire and/or Cambridge City              September


Hampton Court Palace.                                                 September


There are brochures at the Open Day and a list available to add your name for YOUR CHOICES. 


Any queries please contact:-  


Maureen Bullows.                        0116 259 8297  

Gill Newnham.                        0116 279 2928    


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



Outings reply slip


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



Here are all the people enjoying our October monthly meeting– do come and join us this month for more fun!





Existing committee members and any paid up members of K&DU3A may stand for election. Members so elected will take office at the conclusion of the January AGM.  The new committee at their first meeting – immediately following the conclusion of the AGM – will elect five members to serve as Chairman, Vice Chairmen (two), Secretary and Treasurer, respectively.

If you would like to know more about the work of the committee and/or like to discuss becoming a nominee, please contact any of the principal officers who will be delighted to talk to you.  Their contact details are in the newsletter.  It is our intention to transmit the nomination and voting forms to the majority of our membership through the newsletter, groups and at the meetings to try to involve all our members rather than just those that turn up at the AGM.  Nominations, duly agreed by the nominee, indicating a proposer & seconder (all of whom must be paid up members of the K&DU3A) shall be on the appropriate form (below) and returned either by 6pm on Monday 19th December 2011 to the Secretary, Ros Holmes,18 Main St, Kibworth Harcourt, LE8 0NQ, tel: 0116 279 26010 or handed to the Secretary at the meeting on Tuesday 20th  December 2010. 


 It is important that the prospective member is on e-mail as this is now a necessity to the efficient running of the committee.


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K&DU3A – Election of Committee Members for up to two years from January 2012




We wish to nominate (print full name)……………………………………….………………


as a member of the committee commencing January 2012


Signed…………………………..Proposer (print name)………………….............


Signed………………………….Seconder (print name)........... …………………..



*Consent of nominee(signed) ........... ………………………………………

*Note a verbal consent is acceptable for verification later


Nominations, proposed, seconded and with the consent of the nominee shall be delivered by 6pm on  Monday 19th December to the Secretary, K& D U3A, 18 Main St, Kibworth Harcourt, LE8 0NQ or handed in at the Tuesday 20th December Meeting.