Newsletter October 2011

This month’s meeting – Tuesday 18th October

                  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 Angkor Wat.


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

November 15th Open Day

Come and see the range of our interest groups from displays and demonstrations!


December 20th Christmas / 5th Anniversary celebrations!!!


                                                        From our Chairman
I know that in this country we all have a great interest in the weather but I couldn’t let the spell of “Indian Summer” weather earlier this month pass by without comment. Wasn’t it wonderful? We even had a couple of the warmest October days on record! I know it’s not for long but it means a delay to turning on that central heating system for the Winter, with its ever increasing cost.
Those of you who were present at the September monthly meeting will know that we all enjoyed a very pleasant and, at times, very testing quiz from Clive. It all went too quickly and I, for one, could have done with another round! Thanks go to Clive and Joyce for a very enjoyable afternoon and now we have next year’s quiz to look forward to.
Another new feature at the September meeting was The Book Swap Table. At the rear of the hall we have placed a table where members can leave books, videos and DVDs that they no longer require and can take, free of charge, any deposited by others. We intend to make this an on-going facility at future monthly meetings and I would encourage all members to take part in this scheme, which, hopefully, will bring pleasure to all.
After we have had our Open Day and Christmas/Anniversary celebrations it will be time for the Annual General Meeting and the election of any new Committee members that are required. I know that one or two of the present incumbents would like to step down, so there will be a couple of vacancies. The duties are very light, involving a few hours of pleasurable, interesting work per month. If anyone is interested please let any member of the Committee know and we’ll be happy to tell you all about it .
Martin Crofts, Chairman


Our 5th Anniversary

Reminder –this autumn is our fifth anniversary

We are collecting digital images for a slide show at our December meeting

If you have any U3A related photographs (especially of our earlier years) please forward them to Stephen as soon as possible.


From our Secretary

U3A Diaries

Would those people who ordered U3A 2012 diaries, but not yet collected them,

please see Ros Holmes.  Alternatively, please phone 

her on 0116 279 6010 or email to arrange collection.


A reminder from our Treasurer

Cliff (full contact details on page 9) 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) are due by 31st October.  He is happy to receive your monies at this month’s meeting or as soon as possible.




                Walking Group visit to South Wales 20-23 September 2011

Fourteen members went on an Away Break near Cowbridge in South Wales, staying at Llantwit Major. Maureen Bullows led the walk to Nash Point lighthouse and Dunraven Castle Gardens at Southerndown.  Members of Cowbridge U3A guided us on walks around the historic town centre of Llantwit Major and to St. Fagans. We had a guided walk around the site of a Civil War battlefield and one of the prettiest cricket club grounds in the country.  After that, we went on to the National History Museum, starting at St. Fagans Castle (a fortified manor house) with delightful gardens.  Attached to that is a site where man old buildings have been rebuilt: a schoolroom, some slate farmhouses, shops, a church, a chapel, workmen's institute, and even a pre-fab, all in pleasant wooded surroundings.   Some of the group took the opportunity to visit Porthcawl, on a very blustery afternoon.  We finished our stay by a walk around Cardiff Bay across the Barrage.  All in all a most interesting and enjoyable visit, which gave us a delightful 'taster' introduction to the area.  Thanks again to Mike and Maureen Bullows who arranged the whole visit, and to Cowbridge U3A members for their guidance and company.  See photo on front page and more photos from the visit can be seen on the website, 
Ros Holmes
  Clive’s Big Quiz


Congratulations to the winning team at Clive’s Big Quiz  at our September monthly meeting

News from Interest Groups
New Groups:

1) 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 

Val Crofts (via Martin at the monthly meeting)

2) Flower Arranging Course

The group will meet in St Wilfrids Church Hall on 26 September and 17 October at 7pm. The meetings consist of demonstrations and a chance to do your own arrangement. For any further information please contact

Joyce Huntley  (via Clive at the monthly meeting)                                                                                                                


Existing Groups :


The date, I advised, in the last newsletter was incorrect. The correct date is below!.

We will start again on  the 1st November from 2.30 pm 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 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 . 

Clive & Joyce Huntley            




We began again by practising pen patterns and concertina books.  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: 25 October, 1, 8 and 22November, from 2-4pm.

Ros Holmes                                       0116 279 6010


Computer Club

The Computer Club restarted on 27th Septmber attracting 9 members who followed project sheets to practice the basics of MS Windows programs. The next session will be on Tuesday October 25th. As usual the meeting will be at the Kibworth Old Grammar School at 2pm.The projects for this session (NOT compulsory) will feature emailing pictures, simple picture editing and photo albums. All are welcome--- bring your laptop or use one of the U3A's laptops.


An Improvers Course will start in December provided enough people are interested. Please phone if you are interested.

Keith Holyoake                         0116  279 2079



Concert Band

We are a small group of people who have played instruments in our childhood and feel we would like to begin again in our retirement. The next meeting  will be on Monday 31st October at 3.30pm when we will be starting on new pieces with a Christmas feel.

New member very welcome.

For more details please contact

Barbara Hooley                         0116 279 6458



Craft Group

The Craft Group is busy knitting and sewing, do come along and learn from other people. We meet in the Methodist Church Rooms on a Tuesday. Here are the dates for your diary. Please note that these dates are different from the last time: Oct. 11th and 25th.  Nov 8th and 22nd   Dec 13th. The 13th Dec is the last for the year unless this is revised. Watch for details in the next newsletter. We contribute £2 towards the room hire and we stop for tea and biscuits. We have room for one or two more people. Thank you to Roger who helps to organise this. For more details contact

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




Beautiful sunshine enhanced our enjoyment of the fascinating gardens, manor house and church at Cannons Ashby last month. We’re inside at Kibworth Grammar School for our next meeting between 2.30-4.30pm on 26 October when Angela Holland from the Kibworth Garden Centre will be advising us on Winter Colour and Interest for our gardens. Angela will answer questions and bring along topical plants for us to buy. Admission is £3 and as usual there will be a chance to socialise over tea/coffee and a biscuit.

Make a note in your diaries of our members’ only Christmas Meeting on 30 November, venue, time and admission as above. Highlights will include a Christmas themed demonstration by Vicki Tuffin, creator of Cedar Farm’s inspirational garden, which we visited last year; prize quiz; festive tea; and launch of our 2012 programme.

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 continued to meet over the summer on an ad hoc basis and will now return to its regular 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month.  We have continued practising fingerpicking styles and a varied repertoire of folk, blues, pop and rock and roll numbers.  Most recently we have played Apache, Angels Watching, Dark Eyed Sailor and St Louis Blues. Trish Hunt has taken over as the new Group Leader to help with admin but John Hooley continues to man the helm.   Prospective new members are welcome at any time to attend a trial session.  Please contact me if you are interested.

Trish Hunt         0116 2792136



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

We are now into book two of the Cambridge Latin Course and proceeding steadily. As we are now involved with a greater vocabulary and more extensive grammar our pace is set to match the wider aspects involved in learning a new language. Our meetings are always very enjoyable and we don't hesitate to laugh at ourselves.

Norman Hallett                               0116 279 2659



Line Dancing

Every Monday afternoon at 2pm in St Wilfrids 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.

Val Crofts                                      




Luncheon Club

On Wednesday November 9th we will be going to the Coach and Horses at Lubenham.  If you would like to attend please contact one of the people below, so that you can choose your meal.  Our Christmas lunch will be at the Golf Club in Market Harborough on Wednesday December 14th.  If you would like to attend please let Gill know.  The cost for a three course Christmas lunch and coffee will be £16.  Please book and 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 water, transport, the weather and food and drink. Future subjects will feature moods, clothes and locations. 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 thrive. We meet on  a Friday at 2 pm at the Methodist Church Rooms. We contribute £2 per session towards the room hire.  A big 'Thank You' to Roger Garratt who helps with this organisation. We have tea and biscuits and good conversation and we learn from one another. Here are the dates for your diary: Oct. 14th, 28th.  Nov: 11th and 18th.  Dec 2nd and 9th (the 9th of Dec. is the last Art for the Year unless you hear otherwise in the next Newsletter). We are busy getting our work framed for the U3A Open Day on 15th Nov. Do come along and see if this group would suit you. Everyone welcome. For more details contact

Liz Greenhalgh                  0116 240 2545



Play Reading

The Play Readers meet in the evening on the second Thursday in the month. Our next read is a comedy featuring the goings on at the Mount Home for Retired Theatricals, appropriately called “Old Actors Never die....they simply lose the Plot” by Lynn Brittney.



We meet on the first Wednesday morning of the month to look at the life and work of poets chosen by the members.  Last month we were all very pleasantly surprised by the work of Simon Armitage of whom most of us had very little previous knowledge. This month we are reading the American poet Edna St Vincent Millay.  We are always willing to welcome new members to our group.  Why not pay us a visit to see if it is something you might enjoy.

Val Crofts                                                                                                                                                                                       


Singing for Pleasure

This enthusiastic group thoroughly enjoys tackling a variety of songs from traditional to well known classics and much in between, The idea is to have fun singing together and on the way extend our musical knowledge and ability.  Ably led by Faye Stringer we meet on the second and fourth Thursday of the month from 10 am to 11.30 am in St Wilfrid's hall.  If you would like to know more contact

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                           

John Smith                                                                                                                                                                           0116 279 2129


T’ai Chi

The Autumn term has now begun, we are having a break of two weeks and our next meeting is on Tuesday 25th October when we shall 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

Thanks to John and Jean West, who led an unusually hot walk near GreatOxendon on 30 September, and to Derek and Edith Lenton for a very scenic walk between Thurnby and Houghton on the Hill on 7 October.  See above for a report on an Away Break in South Wales.

Forthcoming walks:

Friday 21 October - meet at The Rose & Crown, Tilton on the Hill, at 10.15;about 3 miles.  Leaders: Alan and Marion Brown.

Friday 4 November - meet at King's Head, Smeeton Westerby, at 10.15, for ashort walk followed by a meeting to discuss past and future walks.  Order lunch prior to departure from the pub.  Leaders: Ros Holmes and MikeBullows.

Friday 18 November - Keyham.  Leaders: Pat Thomas and Chris Taylor.  Detailsto follow.Please tell the leaders, or Ros or Mike, beforehand if you intend to walk.

Ros Holmes                      0116 279 6010

Mike Bullows                    0116 259 8297

Alan & Marion Brown     0116 2792559



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




Next deadline –Tuesday 8 November

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.



 Further useful information for members
The following invitation has been sent to the U3A by David Moore Cultural services Officer, Leiestershire county Council: 

I would like to invite you to a Culture, Health and Wellbeing Conference on Monday 7th November 2011 from 10 am to 4.30 pm. This free Conference will take place at the Century Theatre at Snibston Discovery Museum in Coalville and will bring together key individuals working in the culture and health sectors. The aims of the Conference will be:


·        to show how cultural activities can benefit health and wellbeing;

·        to help shape the planning for a major 2012 Culture, Health and Wellbeing Festival and encourage engagement with it;

·        to share ideas of best practice across a range of health related cultural activities;

·        to help the process of networking between cultural practitioners and health professionals;

·        to offer strategic direction to this evolving area of work.

             To book your place at the conference could you please contact David Moore, or phone 0116 305 7331 giving details of name, position, organisation, email address and telephone number. Please book by Friday 21st October at the latest. Early booking is advised as places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.



Tickets have arrived for the Thursford Christmas Spectacular on Wednesday 23rd November, for the 2pm 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 in Christmas”. Cost £4  After the performance the coach will leave to return home via The Crown at Gayton for our meal booked for 6.30pm. We should be back in Kibworth between 10.30pm.and 11pm

Looking forward to 2012

We hope to have some brochures/leaflets on ideas for next year in time for the Open Meeting in November

Theatre Outings:-

De Montfort Hall

            Lord of the Dance   -   February 7th -9th       

            Calendar Girls    -    February  20th - 25th

Little Theatre

            Gilbert & Sullivan -  March 5th -10th     (Mon  £11  Tues-Sat £12.50)


Day visits already suggested

            Critch Transport Museum                        

            Bletchley Park National Codes Centre                                       

            Anglesey Abbey/Cambridge city centre                                    

            Hampton Court


Happy to receive other ideas .                              Any queries please contact :-

Maureen Bullows.                        0116 259 8297  

Gill Newnham.                        0116 279 2928    

Cheques preferred for all bookings should be 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: ______________________________

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