Report on the November Meeting Report on the December meeting Christmas through the Ages
NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF WYCLIFFE LUTTERWORTH U3A
The Annual General Meeting of Wycliffe Lutterworth U3A will be held on Thursday 10th March 2016 at 10.30 am at the Methodist Church, Bitteswell Road, Lutterworth.
AGENDA Apologies Minutes of 2015 AGM Matters arising Chairman’s Report Treasurer’s Report Proposed New Constitution*(see note below) Election of Executive Committee Any other Business *New Constitution
The Third Age Trust has issued a new Model Constitution, which adds in further clauses to tighten up on good practice and good governance. The Committee has discussed and proposed a Draft New Constitution based on this model, which will be posted on the WLU3A website early in February. As it would be very expensive to print out 230 Copies of this 8 page document we ask that members access the website on www.wycliffelutterworthu3a.org to read and download a copy of the document prior to the meeting. Any members who cannot access the website and who would like a copy of this document should contact the Chairman, Jane Clark on 01455 554449 or email@example.com .
WOULD YOU LIKE TO BECOME MORE INVOLVED IN YOUR U3A?
All Executive Committee members are elected for a 12 month period, after which they must stand down. At the AGM they can either stand for re-election or not, as they wish, and other members of WLU3A can put themselves forward for election too. We would urge all members to think about becoming more involved, as it is the continual influx of new ideas and energy which helps an organisation to move forward. Anyone wishing to be proactive and make a contribution towards that aim would be most welcome. With about four Committee meetings a year, it is not an overly onerous task for any one individual and the Committee works well as a team, helping each other wherever necessary.
Several members of the present Committee are standing down in March 2016 and not putting themselves forward for re-election, so please come forward and talk to any member of the Committee if you have any queries. Without a functioning Executive Committee, this organisation would cease to exist, and we are sure you do not wish that to happen!
NOMINATION FORM FOR WLU3A EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
We wish to nominate (full name)………………………………………………….. Proposed by………………………………………………………… Signed………………………………………………… Seconded by………………………………………………………… Signed…………………………………………………
Agreement of the Nominee: (Signed) ………………………………………………………………………………… Date of Receipt by Chairman…………………………………………………………………………………………
PLEASE RETURN THIS FORM BY 29TH FEBRUARY 2016 TO: Jane Clark, 66 Greenacres Drive, Lutterworth, LE174TQ Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Written nominations for the Executive Committee shall be proposed and seconded on the form above, which should reach the Chairman by February 29th 2016. Consent of the Nominee MUST be obtained in advance of submission of this form. In the event of multiple nominations, a ballot will be held. If insufficient nominations are received the members present will be asked for nominations from the floor and a vote will be taken.
Report on the January Meeting
The Last Naval Hero --- Our Local Man Speaker: Roy Smart We should like to thank Roy for his fascinating and detailed presentation about the life of David Beatty. David Beatty was born out of wedlock in 1871 in Cheshire, but moved later to live in Rugby. He was groomed for the Navy, but proved to be a poor scholar, coming only 18th in his group. He attended the Royal naval College at Dartmouth from the age of 13...Throughout his life, he lived at a fast pace and responded well to pressure, using his good looks and sociability to promote his career. By the age of 27 he was promoted to Commander, having served on “The Duke of Edinburgh” in Malta. He met his soulmate, Ethel Tree at Compton Verney, who after an affair with Beatty, was divorced by her husband, Arthur. David and Ethel married secretly when David was 30, but society shunned them and his career faltered. During this period, he spent his time with horses, enjoying his wealthy wife’s passion for the Hunt and gambling. They bought several large houses, including one at Brooksby and another at Hanover Lodge in London. Ethel bought her own ship “The Sheila” but despite their wealth they were not accepted at Court, their presence being opposed by Charles Robert Spencer. After he threatened to leave the Navy, Beatty was accepted into Royal Circles, although during his two year absence from work, he courted Eugenie, who became his lover. Surviving an interview with Churchill, he again gained promotion to Commander of the Fleet. He took on Seymour as his aide de camp and signaller, but messages relayed by Flags were misinterpreted and Beatty lost many ships. His reputation was saved by his blockade of the North Sea, between Scotland and Dover. In May 1916, at the Battle of Jutland, Beatty was trapped by German ships. “The Queen Mary” and “Indefatigable” were blown up, leaving few survivors. This was blamed on the poor storage of arms, which had allowed the magazines to be ignited. On “Invincible” 126 were killed before the German ships slipped away under cover of darkness. Jellicoe decided not to pursue the German fleet and despite his mishandling of the situation, Beatty was promoted and given command of the great fleet. Great honours and titles were bestowed on Beatty, including a £100,000 thank you from Parliament. At 48, he became “Admiral of the Fleet”. By 1936, suffering from a heart condition, he died and was given a State Funeral. On March 16th he was buried in the crypt of St. Paul’s Cathedral A monument erected in 1948 can be seen alongside that of Jellicoe in Trafalgar Square.
MURDER MYSTERY EVENING By enlisting the services of Guilty Party Productions, we have organised a Murder Mystery Dinner at Lutterworth Golf Club, to be held on Friday 4th March 2016 at 7 for 7.15 pm. Before the dinner the MC introduces both the context of the murder and the six suspects through a brief interrogation of each. From that point on, the diners are able to interrogate each suspect as and when they wish throughout the meal as the actors are “in character” throughout the evening. Between each course, a number of scripted conversations between the suspects are staged in order to reveal more clues for the diners. At the end of the meal, diners from each table are invited to declare” whodunit” and why. This interactive part of the evening is unfailingly amusing and memorable for the participants. When all tables have given their verdict the murderer is revealed as the cast give their own version of events. We hope to fill around 10 tables of six persons each and the cost will be £22 per head to include a three course dinner and coffee and the evening’s entertainment. There will be a sign-up sheet at January’s meeting but if you are unable to attend and would like to take part, please contact Jane Clark on 01455 554449. Payment should be made at the February monthly meeting (Thursday February 11th) Cheques should be made payable to “WYCLIFFE LUTTERWORTH U3A”We can promise you a very enjoyable evening !
GROUP REPORTS (in alphabetical order) SEE PAGE 25 For full list
INTEREST GROUP MEETING DAYS & TIMES
Please contact the co-ordinator to ask for further details if you would like to join a group. If you have an interest /hobby not covered by the existing options, why not think of joining with like-minded people to form a new group of your own. CONTACT INTEREST GROUP COORDINATOR, Nigel Bones (01455 209756) for assistance and advice.
ART APPRECIATION Co-ordinator Ursula.Kanetis 01455 553563
At the last meeting we continued with the complex topic: PHOTO - PORTRAITS. The selection and range of pictures we looked at and discussed was truly amazing. There were examples of the Constructionist Approach, mostly used in studio and social photography (happy families, romantic couple…) and of the Environmental Approach, when the sitter is at work or leisure and in social settings, hence historically and socially significant. Then we had the Candid Style, known through snapshots and the paparazzi, and finally the Creative Approach with all its digital manipulations possibilities.
In the second part of our session we collected ideas for the next monthly meetings.
Next meeting: 12.2.2016 “Newarke Houses Museum”, Leicester EVERYDAY DESIRES, Women in Magazines 1900-1950 Car sharing to be arranged individually ( 13.15 at Enderby P+R )
BOOK CHAT Co-ordinator Mick Curtis 01455 554504
Pat Barkers first novel "Union Street" was our latest read and it proved to be a breathtaking read for all our group. A gripping series of insights into the lives of the residents of a down at heel street in an indeterminate town in the north east of England.
The harsh realities of living with poverty, terminal illness and the consequences of unspeakable crimes seen through the eyes of the people of Union Street. How they dealt with some toe curling happenings in their lives and all our group agreed it was a worthwhile read and showed the best and worst side of human behaviour.
ENGINEERING, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY Co-ordinator Chris Ridley 01455 209920
This months vist was to Triumph Motorcycles at their new Factory in Hinckley.
Triumph Motorcycles do not normally give factory tours but with perseverance we managed to persuade them to allow us in albeit for a small "Chapter" of 12 engineers. The first impression on site outside the factory is one of how large the building appears and inside how organised the layout is. There are roughly 600 employees working at the Hinckley plant, turning out 200+bikes/week
As a total concern, Triumph manufacture 55,000 bike /year which includes a plant in Indonesia who make frames for the entire Triumph range. Indonesia also assemble the cheaper range of bikes (£5-10k price range) with items shipped from Hinckley. This gets over the 96% tax levied on imports of Cars and Bikes in Asia as the Indonesian plant only assemble - not manufacture!. Most of the work force are on a flexible shift system, although when we first entered the factory despatch area there seemed very few people working. However, our guide Richard Hudson explained that in some departments only one man is required to run that area and the main labour force is used on the actual Assembly Line itself which we saw later. It is obvious that a great deal of investment and time has been ploughed into the plant to get the efficiency and throughput of 40+ bikes per day, no more evident than in the engine line manufacture area where dedicated cells machine items, process treat, record all Data, sub-assemble and pressure test of the completed engine ready for the main assembly phase on the adjacent line.
The main assembly Line is where the assembled frames and wheels, completed engine and bodywork are all brought together to produce what we all recognise as a motorcycle. All that remains after this is to fire it up, give it a points check and out to packing to await dispatch to a lucky customer via the agent........
Our excellent and knowledgeable guide Richard Hudson, has been working for Triumph for 17yrs, starting as a painter, rising to Head of Continual Improvement and our thanks go to him for his time spent answering our questions and explaining the processes so enthusiastically.
Note........we may be able to run another U3A visit later in the year when Triumph set up a Visitor Centre worth another trip.
Wednesday 27th January 2016 - Toro Latine, Lutterworth The four who went had a most enjoyable evening. Three opted for the Sticky Ribs and were given extra napkins and a finger bowl each! The fourth went for an apparently lighter option – a crispy, fluted, edible “bowl” filled with Chicken in a lovely sauce. A less sticky choice to bear in mind for our next visit. The food was definitely “finger-licking good”!
NOTE Rossini has now moved to “THE CRESCENT” in Hinckley
FRENCH CONVERSATION Co-ordinator Sue Hicks 01858 880273
28 January 2016
This was our first meeting since November, so we started by updating each other about our Christmas activities. Following a fairly large crossword puzzle, we read and translated an article about the Google DeepMind computer which has consistently beaten the current European champion player at Go, an ancient board game. In March the computer will play Lee Sedol, the current world champion in Seoul, so we await the result with interest.
Our next meeting will be on 25 February 2016.
Co-ordinator Sue Creeden 01455 557888
In January we were given a short but very interesting talk by Richard of the Bonsai Nursery in Lutterworth. Richard gave us a brief history of bonsai growing and explained that it is possible to bonsai any tree or shrub. They can be kept indoors (preferably somewhere cool and not in direct sunlight) or grown outdoors. He told us how to care for the trees and described the different methods used to shape them. He explained how to prune the roots, which should be done every 3-5 years, but demonstrating this would have been too messy for the talk. However, several members have shown an interest in visiting the Nursery in the summer to see other trees in full leaf and perhaps look at how to prune them. I will see if I can arrange this. We then all enjoyed a cuppa. Thank you to the team of members who helped serve and wash up.
Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 23rd February and will be a talk on ‘Early Spring Planting’ (plants you can start growing in March) by RichardBull, Horticulture Manager, at Woodlands Garden Centre, Ashby Road, Stapleton, Leics. LE9 8JE. The talk will start at 2.15 p.m. after which refreshments are available and or you can take time to browse the store. There is no charge for the talk but the Garden Centre’s chosen charity is the Teenage Cancer Trust and I will collect donations of say £2.00, or whatever you feel appropriate, on the day.
Those local to Lutterworth please meet at the Recreation Ground car park to share lifts at 1.30 p.m. Members from the villages please let me know if you require a lift and I will do my best to arrange it.
Tuesday 19th January 2016 – Palmers at Ullesthorpe – always a firm favourite – with choices to suit all appetites, plenty of space and the opportunity to buy your fruit and veg from the outlet on the same site. I had to miss this because of an appointment with my dentist but those who went enjoyed it.
Tuesday 16th February 2016 – The Manor Farm, Catthorpe – they usually have a choice of roasts at a special price on Tuesdays. Afterwards there is the opportunity to buy produce in the Farm Shop.
HISTORY GROUP **********NEW GROUP*********** Co-ordinator Viv Wellerz 01455 557136 Email (preferred method of contact) email@example.com
Details of the Group. The meeting time is the first Monday in the month, 2-4 pm. The venue is the Sue Froggatt room at the One Stop Shop. Viv is the 'leader' and Sheila Eggleton is her 'wingman'. (see Snail’s Pace Walking Group for her contact details)
The new History Group had its first meeting on January 4th at the One Stop Shop. Viv gave a presentation suggesting a wide variety of topics to consider and most of the meeting was devoted to discussing the possibilities. Viv and Sheila will be producing a programme from these ideas and we hope that everyone will play a part in contributing to the meetings at times.
After tea, Viv led the group in a brief examination of the Lutterworth Terrier, a survey of the land and streets of our little town, which was made in the first year of the reign of Henry VIII. Many people were surprised to see how so little has changed in the streets and the pattern of the settlement, although some of the names have changed over the past 500 years.
The next meeting will focus on Paleography and the group will be having a go at deciphering a 17th C. document. JAZZ EVENINGS Co-ordinator Jill Graham 01455 557117 email firstname.lastname@example.org
Venues found are The Piano Room – just up the road from Lutterworth - £10 for the Jazz and then buy your drinks at the Bar and – if you wish to eat – it costs £5 for a generous “Grazing Board”. Keep your eyes out for their adverts in “The Swift Flash” or google the site. Ben Holder at Dunchurch Village Hall If you google “Ben Holder and Jazz” – you should get his Website and what is on and also links to other Jazz Groups, There is also a regular First Friday Jazz Night in the Village Hall at Newbold Verdun. Friday Lunchtime Jazz at Foxton Locks.
January 11th 2016How do you solve the migrant crisis?
Solving the migrant crisis would just about be possible if all affected nations co-operated. Some hopes! In our opinion the UK and other EU governments have failed in their most important duty – the protection of their citizens. In the UK’s case the national trait of abiding by the rules and soft laws, such as the inability to enter a suspect’s home to confiscate a passport so the second ‘Jihadi John’ (Siddhartha Dhar) absconded, and giving asylum to the person who walked through the Channel Tunnel shows we don’t protect ourselves. Other Europeans don’t accept rules which they feel will harm them.
There appears to be about 12 million people on the move from Syria, Afghanistan, Eritrea, Kosovo and Pakistan, the largest movement since WWII. Germany took in 1.1m before the doors closed. Of these, in East Germany some cities now have more immigrants than natives. The Saudis are funding 200 mosques in Germany. Many people are still waiting to enter Europe in Turkey, Lebanon, Greece Italy and France. Hungary has accepted 1,450 per 100,000 head of population. News bulletins have covered the closing of borders in Denmark, Sweden and Macedonia.
We agree with David Cameron that the ‘kindest’ solution would be to set up well run camps with schools, health care etc. as close as possible to the countries from which people are fleeing or leaving. The most vulnerable would be screened and given asylum where appropriate. This would help to prevent economic migrants since the better society which they are seeking would be on their doorstep. Many professionals will be needed in their own countries when the Syrian war ends and, if and when Daesh (Isis) is defeated. The Schengen agreement should be over-turned and all borders strengthened. The UK Border Force should be greatly increased to cover all ports and air ports as well as patrol beaches such as those on the east coast where Breton fishermen have dropped people when the only 2 cutters which we have on patrol are away. We felt that for our protection we should have identity cards. This means that anyone who has destroyed or lost their identity could be separated and held until all those with papers had been processed. The exit system needs updating and over-stayers should be repatriated. .Another option would be for all members of the EU to provide the same level of benefits which would probably mean the lowest across Europe and act as a disincentive. Overseas aid to 3rd world countries should be increased by all 1st world countries.
Some countries’ needs for increases in working age populations, and businesses’ desire for cheaper labour should be considered. Australia has strict rules for immigration and applicants must bring required skills. They have recently deterred migrants by putting them on a separate island and refusing entry except via legal routes.
So, what do those seeking asylum think the rewards will be? Genuine refugees want safety for their families. For others finance seems to be the motivator. Speaking English and the health system are also an incentive.
Another complicating factor is that the Saudis are Sunni Muslims, but the oil fields they own are in Shia areas. We can only act on the things which we can change ourselves, and we should do that immediately! In the words of David Goodhart, director of Integration Hub, this is tough love.
February Topic – How is Jeremy Corbyn doing? March Topic – Should the Communications Data Bill (Snoopers’ Charter) pass into law
PHOTOGRAPHY GROUP Co-ordinator Mick Curtis 01455 554504
Lakes, Rivers & Canals were the subject for our presentation this month. We had images from all parts of the world to share and our new venue and resources meant we were able to enjoy each other’s efforts on a big screen. We also had a bonus of a power point presentation from Mike on the fundamentals of editing and enhancing our images with some very useful tips. Opinion is divided on how far to go with image manipulation but each to his own is probably a good rule of thumb.
Wednesday 6th January 2016 – The Olde Royal Oak in Bitteswell A very friendly, helpful landlady and – as I keep repeating – the best chips I have ever tasted. I hope it is the same Chef in January. About 22 of us went and they did a marvellous job of bringing the meals out. Only one or two had enough space left to have a dessert but managed it AND YES “The chips are still wonderful”!!
Wednesday 2nd March – Lutterworth Golf Club – I have e-mailed Rebecca to check that they can accommodate us on that day. A very popular venue with a lot of local groups -pleasant location, friendly welcome and good value for money!
QUIZ GROUP Co-ordinator Joan Coiley 01455 558658
The Quiz Group welcomed in 2016 with a most enjoyable meeting. June set an interesting and informative variety of questions which, as usual, had the two teams delving deep into memory. And not always very deeply, as someone loudly laments that, “I should know that. I heard/read about that only recently”. Unusually, the final scores resulted in a dead heat. A most satisfactory outcome.
February 19th Walk: Historic Walk around Atherstone.
We will set out from the car park of Atherstone Red Lion Hotel, Long Street, Atherstone, Warwickshire CV9 1BB. (Tel 01827 715156) at 11.30a.m. Our walk will take us around the town centre and will take approx. 60-75minutes. Please be aware that it is Market Day on Friday and it would be helpful if we could car share so we do not monopolise the Hotel car park. The walk is all on hard standing so sturdy shoes will be sufficient. To get to Atherstone leave Lutterworth on the A5, via Magna Park, heading North. People who live in surrounding villages can join the A5 at High Cross or Smockington Hollows (coming via Sharnford). Follow the A5 toward Nuneaton, then Tamworth until you reach the B4116 Atherstone sign. This road will lead you into Long Street where you will find the Red Lion Hotel on your left. You need to turn left immediately before the Hotel as the car park is at the rear of the Hotel. Sadly this walk is already full. I do not feel we can have a group larger than the 27 who have already signed up for it, for unlike the Warwick walk where we had two guides for this one there is only me.
January Blue Badge Walk: Warwick
On Friday 15th January 28 Snail’s Pace Walkers undertook a historic walk around Warwick. Starting from the Information Centre on the corner of Jury Street and Castle Street we followed an interesting trail of historic buildings and our guide used a number of humorous anecdotes to enliven his talk. If like me you were not aware that Warwick had its own “great fire” in 1694 this explains why many of the buildings were built after this time. I cannot do justice to the tour in this brief article but would encourage members to visit Warwick themselves to explore areas like Mill Street which is an architectural gem with its beautiful 15th and 16th century buildings and its stunning view of Warwick Castle, now owned by a global entertainment company! Our walk also took us to view the Lord Leycester Hospital, beautiful 14th and 15th timber framed buildings which survived the fire. Sadly we did not have time to explore all of Warwick’s historical landmarks, perhaps another visit is in order. Sheila Eggleton
1st WEDNESDAY WALK GROUP Joint Co-ordinators: Roger Watmore 01455 552431 Julian Hargreaves 01455 557704
Date of walk: Wednesday 2nd March 2016 Walk organisers: Roger & Gill Watmore 01455 552431 Meeting Point: Coventry Road recreation ground Car Park at 9.20am to leave at 9.30am Start point and time: The Bradgate Arms Cropston LE77HG, to leave at 10am Directions to start: Take the M1 to junction 21A, A46 and take the, 3rd exit to Anstey. In Anstey turn right for Cropston, then at the cross roads in Cropston turn right into Station Road. The Bradgate Arms is on the right. Route and distance:-We walk by the reservoir to Newtown Linford, up to Old John to see the views, then down to Lady Jane Grey’s house, and back to The Bradgate Arms. In the approx. 6 mile walk one stile to cross. Lunch:-Choose from Two meals for the price of one or from the main menu, to be ordered before we start the walk. January Walk:-After a rather wet few months, a dry but misty day awaited the assembled 30 waterproofed hikers for our 5.9 mile amble from the Coach and Horses at Lubenham. Having climbed Mill Hill, the first third of the walk took us over rather damp, and in places long, wet grass with a couple of squelchy fields, until we arrived at the outskirts of Foxton, where we took the towpath to the locks. After a coffee stop outside Bridge 61, we climbed the incline plane, and after about a mile, joined the Laughton Road for our return to Lubenham for lunch. Only had 2 fallers, and arrived back with the same number we started with, so a qualified success. Mike Chapman.
2nd WEDNESDAY WALK GROUP Joint Co-ordinators: Julian Hargreaves 01455 557704 Mike Chapman 01455 209972
START POINT AND TIME. Roadside Parking. Shenton Village opposite Church, to leave at 10:00am.
DIRECTIONS TO START. Access A5 north towards Atherstone. After approx 12 miles turn right onto A444 towards Twycross. Take first right (signposted Battlefield) and after approx 2 miles, take 2nd left signposted Shenton. Drive through village and turn right over bridge to church on left. (Post Code for Shenton Village is CV13 6BZ)
ROUTE AND DISTANCE. Parkland, canal towpath, woodland, battlefield, railway line and nature reserve. Distance 4.75 miles.
January Walk 14 of us set off in the sunshine from Bouskell Park in Blaby for our shorter walk of the month. Inevitably we encountered some muddy bits but nothing we couldn't get through and with the variety of woodland, meadow, tarmac paths and canal towpath everyone agreed it was an interesting walk completed in a couple of hours. So anyone who wants to join us on these shorter walks between 4 and 5 miles long is very welcome and then of course you have the rest of the day free. Also anyone who wants to lead people on one of their favourite walks with no hassle of organising a pub, please contact either Mike Chapman or myself Julian Hargreaves on the numbers above. Julian
4th WEDNESDAY WALKING GROUP Co-ordinators: Sue & Peter Creeden 01455 557888 Wednesday 24 February 2016 Walk Organisers: Peter & Irene Moore. Tel:- 01455 552594 Meeting Point and Time:- Lutterworth Recreation Ground car park at 9.20am to leave at 9.25am. Start Point and Time:- The Bulls Head, Brinklow. CV23 0NE. Leave at 10.00am.Toilets are available. Directions to the Start:-. Drive to the A5 roundabout at Magna Park. Take the second exit to Pailton and then on to the T junction at Brinklow. Turn right towards Coventry. The Bulls Head is very quickly on the right. The car park entrance is just after the pub. Please park at the rear. Route and Distance:-. :-This is a New Walk .The route, uses mostly field paths, but includes some quiet roads and passes over pasture land the railway and the canal and then on into Stretton under Fosse. We then go onto Newbold Revel and under Brinklow Arches to access the *secret tunnel* onto the canal towpath and then return to Brinklow. There are two fields that may be soggy going, should it dare to rain! Distance 6 miles.THERE ARE NO STILES, None at all. Perhaps we can now be finally & fully be forgiven for the 23 stiles walk. What do you say Tony Cooke ???KEEP IT LOCAL. Lunch Arrangements:- Good varied lunchtime menu starting at £5.00p. We will order before leaving. Peter and Irene Moore.
January 2016 Walk Report The winter`s weather continued its unpredictable nature. We weren`t sure what we were going to get but it turned out to be reasonably OK on the day. It was dry, that’s a bonus, and rather breezy. It was good enough for 19 of us to come out of hibernation and enjoy an easy 5 mile walk in open countryside around Wolvey. We took our coffee break in the shelter of a barn courtesy of a kindly farmer. Peter Moore was privileged to be seated on a plastic chair to eat his cold toast marmalade sandwiches. In fact with his woollen hat on he reminded me a bit of Paddington Bear. The feature of the return to Wolvey was the strong crosswind but we didn`t lose anyone. Most stayed for a pleasant lunch at the Bulls Head. Peter Creeden
JOINT WYCLIFFE LUTTERWORTH And LUTTERWORTH U3A GROUPS And groups open to WLU3A members
TUESDAY WALKING GROUP Co-ordinator: Gordon Jones (Lutterworth U3A) 01455 556192
Date of Walk: Tuesday 16th February 2016. Coordinator: Gordon Jones. Tel. 01455 556192 Walk Organizer: Brian Thorp, 01455 209584 Meeting Point: Coventry Road Recreation Ground Meeting Time: 9.25 to leave at 9.30 Start Point: The Old Thatch Inn, Stanton under Bardon Route and distance: About 6 miles of field paths, tracks and a bit of road. Lunch: Lunch will be at the Old Thatch Inn. Route to Start: M1 north to J22, A511 toward Coalville, left at the first island into Stanton Lane, second right into Main Street Stanton under Bardon. The Old Thatch is down Main Street. Return Mileage: 40
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These are held on the second Thursday of each month at the Methodist Church Hall. Between 10am and 10.30 coffee and tea will be served. Members will have a chance to meet friends old and new. Group co-ordinators will be available to answer any queries.
Copies of the current Bulletin are available, but if you are unable to make the meeting copies will be available in Lutterworth and Broughton Astley Libraries, and in Lutterworth Town Council Offices (opposite the church we meet in). Alternatively, you can view the Bulletin online via the website www.wycliffelutterworthu3a.org The speaker will commence at 10.30 for approximately 45 mins.
February 11th: A Cycle Odyssey across America – Fran Brady