Monthly Bulletin for
Report on the September Meeting
Our September speaker, ,Tony Boullemier having worked as a Fleet Street journalist, launched his own paper , The Northants Post in 1975. With a weekly circulation of 4000,000 copies, it could be deemed successful. Having sold this going concern to a leading publisher, he now works as a writer, with a special interest in history. His talk today was based on his second book entitled “The Little Book of Monarchs,” which was published last year.
His presentation, which was chronological from 1066, brought to light many gruesome and amusing facts about the succession of the monarchy. England was ruled by both enlightened and ruthless monarchs. Some insisted on a Catholic regime, whilst the Protestant faith was preferred by other rulers. The puritanism of Cromwell’s era was loathed and many rejoiced at his death. Many illegitimate royal children were an accepted part of court life, which must have worried rightful claimants to the throne, following the death of a monarch. Elizabeth 1, Queen Victoria and our present Queen Elizabeth 11 have been hailed as strong rulers bringing stability to the nation. We added our congratulations to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth 11, whose reign is not only record breaking in length, but outstanding in the dignity of Office and the dedication she has shown to carry out all duties of State.
We were impressed by the brisk sale of books at the culmination of Tony’s very interesting presentation. Chris Brady
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"Betrayal” by Helen Dunmore a novel set in Stalinist Russia. A well-researched novel depicting how sinister the regime had become under Stalin and how this affected the lives of everyone , turning them into spies leaving all in fear of betrayal to the authorities.
This is a follow up novel to “The Siege " a story set in the time of the siege of Leningrad, although it works as a stand-alone novel. A rather depressing tale but enjoyed as thought provoking read by all group members. Some even felt that there were recognisable elements of modern day Putin’s Russia.
ENGINEERING, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Talk by Will Brown of Radical Sportscars,
We had pretty much a full house of members and visitors at the OSS on the 17th Aug for a great talk by Will Brown, Marketing Executive of Radical Sports cars, based in Peterborough.
Will was hoping to bring along one of the road going versions of the latest model for us to peruse; however TOP GEAR Programme had sadly pulled rank and had the demonstrator to review for a forthcoming programme to be screened later in the year.
Will started his presentation by showing video extracts of televised and internet broadcast races of the Radical SR1 Cup UK's fastest and exciting novice racing championship now in it's 3rd year and for any U3A member who fancied being the next Lewis Hamilton and has around £40k to spend on their first years racing, this would have been the ideal opportunity to sign up .
These particular cars are powered by a 1300cc transverse 4 cylinder Suzuki engine of circa 200 bhp but the car only weighs 400kgs so the result is a "fairground ride" type performance.
Radical also contest 2 other race series with different models including one specifically designed for the Le Mans 24hr.
Will also surprised everyone by stating that "Radical are the largest manufacturing provider of dedicated Racing Cars in the world"......employing around 145 people, exporting to just about every country that has a race circuit and it's still in UK private hands...
Although Motorsport tends to get most exposure through F1, there is a huge supporting role by Companies manufacturing components for the sport all based in middle England with a prime example being Radical Cars who not only design/ manufacture the complete car but also manufacture components for the Gas and Oil Industry.
I have to thank Brian Poulter for organising this superb talk, and it is hoped that we can arrange a factory visit to Radical later next year
Note- Brian also Officiates at the Radical Race meetings in both UK and Europe and as such I have asked Brian if he could give the group an insight on the rights and wrong ways of running a motor racing meeting, date next yr as yet to be arranged.
Forthcoming ESTG Programme;
22nd October - ESTG Discussion on future programme for 2016, at OSS, 10:00 -11:00 NOTE this is now on the 22nd not 15th
please come along for a chat to decide what you want for next year, refreshments provided.....
19th November - Hook Norton Brewery for a 2:00 tour just a couple of places left on this one.
Price for this trip will be approx £19 inc admission, transport and drivers tip.
18th December - ESTG Christmas Lunch Ullesthorpe Court hotel, 3 course + coffee/tea and Mince pies.....£16:50 . has to be done!
Please let me know asap if you want to go to this as there are 20 places provisionally booked.
January TBC -Advanced Manufacturing Facility Coventry
17th March Morgan Cars Malvern 11:00 factory tour, currently this trip is full but as it is 5 month away things may change.
total cost to be advised but admission is £15....
Wednesday 23rd September, The Bell Inn, Monks Kirby The five of us who went to The Bell had a thoroughly enjoyable evening. Those who hadn’t been there before were very taken with their surroundings – the old oak beams and the flagged floors. They were delighted with the food choices recommended (The Bell is noted for its Fish choices) and while they skipped the Starters all enjoyed a Dessert. Definitely somewhere to return.
Wednesday 28 October – Rossini (Ristorante Italiano), Hinckley Situated near Hinckley Leisure Centre. Viewed from the outside Rossini is deceptive – presenting as one narrow shop front. However, inside it is like Dr Who’s Tardis – surprisingly spacious! We have been several times now and have never been disappointed with either the food or the service. Still time to sign up.
Wednesday 15th November – Cheikhos, Church Street, Lutterworth
We haven’t been here as a Group before but it is nice and local as the evenings get darker. Friends who have eaten there recently speak highly of it.
24 September 2015
We discussed the refugee crisis, having first read an article about it, not surprisingly without being able to find a solution. We all agreed that something needed to be done quickly to halt the exploitation and loss of life. The next topic was exploring why many opera singers are rather stout. Finally we talked about meals at home and at the restaurant.
The next meeting will be on 22 October, when people are invited to bring a news item which may provoke discussion.
On one of the many unsettled days at the end of September, the Group took a trip up the motorway to NGS garden, Long Close Gardens in Woodhouse Eaves. We were welcomed by the owner, John Oakland who very kindly invited us inside the house to shelter from a shower which started just as we arrived! He explained that the gardens were initially created during the late 1920’s and early 30’s. However, they were neglected during the war years and became overgrown with brambles, nettles and weeds. Fortunately in 1949 it was rediscovered and lovingly developed by the then new owners, George and Marian Johnson, (John’s in-laws) who first opened it under the NGS scheme in 1954. The 5-acre garden has been described as ‘A garden for all seasons’ and although the best time to visit is the spring, it certainly did not disappoint; still plenty of colour and interest.
The Group then ‘took tea’ at the Bulls Head just down the road and the only downside of the afternoon was the lack of home-made cake!
Our last outdoor meeting this year will be an hour’s guided tour of Brocks Hill Country Park in Oadby on Tuesday 27th October. Within the park there is an arboretum, winter wood, community orchard, pond and wildlife areas. All the paths have a good surface and there is a café in the visitor centre for refreshments afterwards. Should the weather be inclement, the centre will give a presentation for us in the hall.
We will meet at Lutterworth Recreation Ground Car Park at 1.30 p.m. to share lifts aiming to arrive for the tour at 2.15 p.m. The Park is in Washbrook Lane, LE2 5JJ (behind the Leisure Centre). The cost will be £4.50 per person.
If you would like to come, please contact me as soon as possible on 01455 447888 or email email@example.com.
Tuesday 15th September – The Manor Farm Shop & Tea Room, Catthorpe. We always enjoy going here as much for the opportunity to buy produce from their Farm Shop as for the food on their Menu. The two men who ordered home-made pies were particularly pleased with their choices. Also on Tuesdays they always offer a Roast Dinner with a choice of meats.
Tuesday 20th October – Farndon Fields Farm Shop, Farndon Road, Market Harborough
This will be the first time we have gone as a Group since they opened the large Restaurant area. However, some of us have been under our own steam and been very impressed by the changes. Report next month.
Tuesday 17th November – The Glebe Garden Centre, Countesthorpe It must be nearly eighteen months since we were last there, so it will be interesting to see if they have made any changes.
14th September 2015
Is there a place in British society for faith schools?
A few facts – there are about 7,000 faith schools which is a third of state funded schools. They are mostly Church of England and Roman Catholic, but there are also Jewish, Muslim, Sikh and Hindu schools. All can give priority to pupils whose parents are of the correct religion and can discriminate against staff on the basis of religion. They are tax-payer funded. In 1997 Tony Blair promoted faith schools and provided money for them. China, France, the USA and Germany don’t have faith schools and in China and France academic outcomes are higher. Education levels are a predictor of GDP.
Some extremes are found in some of these schools. For example Muslim schools practicing gender segregation and teaching extremist views, as happened in some Birmingham schools recently in the news. Girls are made to wear full veils and there is no sex education. An advertisement by a Muslim boys’ school for a science teacher made it clear that women need not apply. Also a Jewish school tried to ban mothers from driving their children to school. Some Christian schools are teaching creationism as a science which is banned, but as reported in the Telegraph and from other sources dozens are still teaching it. Closer to home the situation in the Stormont parliament has highlighted the continuing divide in Northern Irish Society, and the gangs of men in Bradford and other areas who have been convicted of child abuse shows an erroneous attitude that white non-Muslims are of less value.
Everyone felt that children should learn about all faiths and humanism too, and that it should be education not indoctrination. This would enable people to make up their own minds. All agreed it should be parents who educate their children in religion – or not. Concern was expressed about Madrassas where sometimes boys were influenced to stay pure and keep way from infidels
Several group members or their family members had attended or worked in faith schools either Catholic or C of E. All spoke very highly of them as they had not been restricted in what could be taught and did not attend mass if they weren’t Catholic, or attend assembly if they were Jewish, Catholic, Muslim or Hindu. It became apparent that people felt that the threat came mainly from Muslim schools. Interestingly the Muslim Council of Britain is also strongly against extremism being taught in schools.
We were reminded that in Britain education stemmed from churches and monks teaching from mediaeval times onwards. A teacher now working in Coventry has spoken of losing girls to Muslim schools, but that the girls are returning to the state school because they reject the narrow education being offered and feel that they will not be able to get the jobs they want.
So some would ban faith schools and some wouldn’t, but we do want very strong regulation of all schools. We were also very worried about free schools and private schools where there is no requirement to stick to the National Curriculum.
October meeting – The Human Rights Act
November meeting – English Devolution
December meeting – Xmas social
The theme for our latest meeting was a talk and presentation by John Haddon from the Lutterworth Photographic Society. John shared with us some very useful tips and hints to help us improve our photo taking skills. We also welcomed two new members at our new venue which will prove to be a much more versatile means of sharing our photographic efforts, particularly if we put into practice the ideas that John shared with us. Our next meeting will be in the Parlour Room of the Methodist Church on the 27th of November when our theme will be "People".
If you are interested in joining our group please do not hesitate to contact Mick
0116 247 8353
September's topic was "England and other Countries" and we read an interesting selection of poems from and about several countries. There was Philip Rush's "The Garden Party", funny, chaotic and Australian, an amusing Chinese poem on marriage and a lovely funny piece by Pam Ayres on the Panama Canal. Some poems were very descriptive: Rita Dove's "Notes from Tunisia" evocative of lemons and coffee and eucalyptus, Seamus Heaney's "Postscript" on breath taking Irish scenery, Alistair Elliot's "A Northern Morning" reminiscent of the rain and tea of Lancashire, William Cowley and Maura Dooley on Yorkshire, John Drinkwater on the Midlands, Matthew Arnold's "Dover Beach" where you can so clearly hear the flow and ebb of the tide, and a Chinese poem "The Rhapsody on the Western Capital" filled with colour, people and life . Other poems were sharp and cynical, an Aboriginal poet on the "benefits" of civilisation in "No More Boomerang" and D H Lawrence's "The American Eagle".
Nostalgia was also a theme, in Noel Coward's "On Leaving England for the First Time", and John Betjeman "The Small Towns of Ireland" . We listened to Blake's "Jerusalem", (the lesser known lines), and Joanne Limburg's "Barton in the Beans", a play on Leicestershire village names. W H Auden's "Refugee Blues" was hard hitting and topical, Shakespearean lines from Richard 11 "this sceptre isle...this realm, this England" was very beautiful, Dylan Thomas's "Do Not go Gently" ( into another country entirely), was very moving. We also managed a poem about house plants which was quite amusing if not entirely topical. But that's allowed.
Next month the theme is "Youth and Old Age" and the themes for November will be "Autumn and Birds"
Wednesday 2nd September – The Old Lion, Coventry Road, Harborough Magna Those who went said that the surroundings were good and that the food was tasty and well-presented but that our request for people to be served as they ordered and paid was largely ignored. The few who ordered from the Lite Bite Menu felt that the servings were rather too small.
Wednesday 7th October – The Red Lion, Gilmorton It is quite a while since we were last at The Red Lion. Report next month.
Wednesday 4th November – The Wharf at Welford A very popular venue with our U3A Groups – pleasant location, friendly welcome and stunning value for money!
SNAIL’S PACE WALKING GROUP
Friday 16th October
Our October walk is an easy, flat walk around Aylestone Meadows. It may be as well to wear boots although when I was last there a lot of the walk was on fairly hard ground and boardwalks. We will lunch at The Black Horse, Narrow Lane, Aylestone LE2 8NA Tel 0116 2837225. There is no parking at the pub but there is parking in Narrow Lane, a dead end and surrounding streets. The car park at the Meadows is very small. Directions from Lutterworth are: follow the A426 to Blaby, continue on the Blaby by-pass, still the A426, going straight over the first three roundabouts, at the fourth turn left (signposted Leicester/Glen Parva – still A426) Continue along this road through Glen Parva, there are a number of pedestrian crossings. You will come to the large intersection for the outer ring road (A563= Soar Valley Way/Glenhills Boulevard). Get into the middle lane approaching these lights for you need to continue ahead. Once over the lights you will be looking for Marsden Lane, on your left, immediately in front of an Enterprise garage. Be careful when turning into this lane for you will need to go across the bus lane. Follow Marsden Lane right until you see the farm shop. Try to park in one of the streets near here or to the right. To start our walk we will meet in Aylestone Meadows carpark which is under the railway bridge in front of the farm shop. I will have the food menu at the next U3A meeting. Food has to be ordered in advance.
Mandy led us on this delightful walk in lovely weather around the village and fields bordering Monks Kirby. It is not surprising given the rustic, old world charm of the village that it is a conservation area. We were all amused at the number of religious buildings in the village, ranging from the beautiful priory church of St Edith to the more recent but equally lovely Roman Catholic Church of St Joseph. A lovely anecdote was to discover that one of the eight bells at St Edith was cast in the 14th century and is still in use. There still exists the badly vandalised private chapel of the Denbigh family. Sadly stories that the chapel was haunted led to the desecration, including smashing the altar. At the time of the Reformation the Priory and surrounding land was gifted by Henry V111. Over time it changed hands a number of time eventually passing into the hands of Lord Feilding, later the Earl of Denbigh. At one time most of the houses in Monks Kirby were owned by the family including their large mansion house, Newnham Paddox. Sadly this building was demolished in 1952 following substantial water damage. The current Earl still lives on the estate in a much smaller dwelling surrounded by the beautiful grounds designed by Capability Brown. In recent years the Earl has opened up the grounds in spring for “Daffodil Sunday”, a charitable event to raise money for the local Churches. If it is open in 2016 I would recommend a visit the grounds are truly beautiful.
Dave Hunter took some lovely photos during our walk.
Here are 4 of them
Gravestone in Catholic church showing vandalism
Catholic church showing vandalism
SOCIAL EVENTS GROUP
Nigel Bones01455 209756;email, firstname.lastname@example.org
Following last year’s successful quiz evening, there will be a follow-up quiz on the evening of Thursday, November 26th ( Please note change of date due to Road closures in Lutterworth on Friday 27th) at the Lutterworth Golf Club. As last year, there is no need to put together a team as teams of six will be made up at random from those who put their names down (partners/pairs will be kept together if requested). This is to encourage mixing and meeting new people. Unfortunately, there is a slight difference from last year – the cost of the meal has gone up. I am therefore expecting the price of the evening to be £9 per head (including fish and chip supper), but could be a little bit less depending on numbers.
Please could you let me know if you would like to attend by either sending me an e-mail, or by adding your name and contact details to the list in the hall. Nigel
Eddie Hemsley01455 554564
This is very, very early notification that the Kilworth House summer
production for 2016 will be Leonard Bernstein's classic "West Side Story". A musical which I am sure will befamiliar to most of you through "Somewhere", "Maria", Jets, Sharks, Officer Krupke, and all that!!. A brief synopsis is attached.
I am giving you this advance information because the Box Office has notified me that with our status as a valued client I have once again been given the opportunity to reserve seats early (from the 5th October). However, final confirmation and payment will not be required until late January. propose, therefore, to reserve seats for the matinee performance on Sunday the 12th June but before doing so I would like to gauge the level of interest. If you could get back to me a.s.a.p. it would be much appreciated.
If you have any particular requirements regarding seating please let me know. The ticket price is £31
I know that to plan this far ahead is asking a lot but it does mean that I am able to secure the best choice of seats.
1st WEDNESDAY WALKING GROUPCo-ordinators
Roger Watmore 01455 552431
Julian Hargreaves 01455 557704
Date of walk: Wednesday 4th November 2015
Walk Organisers: Peter and Jill Betts 01455 556570
Meeting Point: Coventry Road recreation ground Car Park at 9.20am to leave at 9.30am
Directions to start: From the Magna Park roundabout on the A5 take the Pailton Road, then after a mile and a half turn left down Montilo Lane. Over the M6 then turn left at the crossroads and the Old Lion pub is on the left at the bend.
Route and distance: Starting from the pub at 10.00 we go via fields through Easenhall, over the railway, over the canal and continue to Little Lawford. We now head north to the canal taking to the towpath we continue to a bridle path, which we follow back to Harborough Magna. There are a few stiles but mainly hand gates. The walk is 6 miles long but if the weather prevails we can reduce it on the day. The walking is mixed arable and grass so in November it could be mucky.
Lunch: Toilet facilities are available and food can be ordered pre walk, a good selection of 'Light Bites' and range of main meals. A special available is the '2 for 1' deal on Pizzas.
Fortunately it was a dry morning after heavy overnight rain as 34 walkers set off along the Ullesthorpe golf course footpath, avoiding low flying golf balls. We then trekked along the old railway line with its badger setts and wild flowers, arriving just outside Leire. After crossing several muddy fields and stiles we arrived at the Scout Camp where we enjoyed a coffee break. We then proceeded towards Claybrooke Water Mill where a walker's dog disturbed a flock of wild ducks causing them to take flight. After emerging on the road near the Church in Claybrooke Parva, we took to the fields and rolling hills of Ullesthorpe, arriving a little breathless after the final steep hill at Manor Farm with its noisy but friendly pigs. We had an excellent meal at the Chequers Country Inn, which had only recently re-opened after being closed for almost a year. Some of us were delighted to find that the beer served there is only £2.65 a pint!
2nd WEDNESDAY WALK GROUP ******* NEW GROUP
Julian Hargreaves 01455 557704
Mike Chapman 01455 209972
Date of Walks - 14th October and 11th November 2015
Meeting point and time:- Lutterworth Recreation Ground car park at 9.20am to leave at 9.30am.
Several people have suggested another walk group that does not include a pub and bit shorter walks. The plan is to do between 4 to 5 miles and just have coffee so we would be back home late morning leaving the rest of the day free to do other things.
So we thought we would try it and doing it the 2nd Wednesday of the month means there is now a walk every week of the month ( for those that want it) but also maybe reduce the numbers a bit on some of the other walks.
Meet in Elkington for a 4 mile walk where we can stop on Honey Hill for coffee. Leave Lutterworth on the Market Harborough Road to Walcote and turn off right to South Kilworth. In South Kilworth turn right and after a mile bear left to Stanford. By Stanford Church turn left and after going over the old level crossing turn left again. Follow the road and after going over the A14 turn right for Elkington. Find somewhere to park in the hamlet and meet on the corner.
Date: Wednesday 11th November 2015
Walk organisers: Mike and Lesley Chapman 01455 209972
Meeting Point: Lutterworth Recreation Ground car park at 9.20am to leave at 9.30am
Start Point and Time: Fosse Meadows Country Park, Fosse Way, nr Sharnford LE10 3AS. Leave at 10am.
Directions to start: From Lutterworth go through Bitteswell to Ashby Parva, then through Ashby Parva to the T-junction in Frolesworth. Turn left, then continue through Frolesworth until you see the sign for Fosse Meadows on your left. Park in the first car park.
Route and Distance: We walk along the old Fosse Way to High Cross, then over the fields to Claybrooke Magna, following the footpaths back to Fosse Meadows – about 4.6 miles. There are a few stiles along the way. Round trip from Lutterworth 13 miles.
4th WEDNESDAY WALKING GROUPCo-ordinators
Sue & Peter Creeden
Wednesday 28 October 2015
Walk Organisers:- : Mike and Lesley Chapman Tel: 01455 209972
Meeting Point and Time:- Lutterworth Recreation Ground car park at 9.20am to leave at 9.30am.
Start Point and Time:- The General Elliot in Willoughby Waterleys. Postcode LE8 6UF.
Starting at 10 am. The pub will NOT be open for use of the loos before we leave.
Directions to the Start:-. From Lutterworth take the A426 north to the Dunton Bassett crossroads. Turn right at the traffic lights passing through Ashby Magna into Willoughby Waterleys. The pub is on the left side of the main street. There is no car park but plenty of parking on the main road outside. Return mileage from Lutterworth is approx 16miles.
Route and Distance:-. This is a circular route through Peatling Parva, Bruntingthorpe and Peatling Magna using field paths and village lanes back to Willoughby. There are a few stiles. The distance is approximately 6.5miles
Lunch Arrangements: Lunch is a choice of cottage pie, chips and peas, or a vegetarian option and will be approx £6 per head.
September 2015 Walk Report
Julian`s concerns about numbers for this walk were unfounded when 28 turned up at the George at Kilsby. He lead us across mostly fields first picking up the original route of the Roman road, Watling Street, then passing the M1 for a short stretch and the air vents of Robert Stephenson`s 2,224m railway tunnel before making our way to the picturesque village of Ashby St Ledgers where we stopped for a break in the Norman church. The walk had quite a lot of stiles, some of which were in a state of poor repair and quite challenging to cross. This slowed the group`s progress down and, coupled with a slightly longer than advertised distance because Julian couldn`t resist calling in at the church once he discovered it would be open, meant we arrived back at The George a little later than usual. But, none the less, a very enjoyable walk made even more pleasant with fine dry summer weather.
U3A WEDNESDAY WALKING GROUPS - CHRISTMAS LUNCH
DATE: WEDNESDAY 2nd DECEMBER 2015
VENUE: THE CHEQUERS, ULLESTHORPE
TIME: 1:00PM AFTER THE MORNING WALK (no more than 6 miles)
There is a choice of four starters, five main courses and four deserts with tea or coffee to finish. If you would like to join us then please contact Sue or Peter Creeden (in person, by telephone 01455 557888 or by email email@example.com.) for a menu and to book. The booking closing date is 13 November 2015.
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JOINT WYCLIFFE LUTTERWORTH
And LUTTERWORTH U3A GROUPS
TUESDAY WALKING GROUPCo-ordinator
Gordon Jones (Lutterworth U3A)
Date of Walk: Tuesday 20th October 2015.
Coordinator: Gordon Jones. Tel. 01455 556192
Walk Organizer: Dave Beaumont. Tel. 01455 553341
Meeting Point: Coventry Road Recreation Ground Car Park.
Meeting Time: 9.25am to leave at 9.30am.
Starting Point: The Hollybush, Ashby Parva, leaving at 9.50 am.
Route and Distance: Field paths / tracks and a bit of road, distance 6.9 miles.
Lunch: at The Hollybush, order before start of walk.
Directions to starting point: Bitteswell, turn right after the church, fork right at the junction for Ashby Parva; pub is on the left on the main road.
JOINT GOLF GROUP (with Lutterworth U3A)
Co-ordinator (Lutterworth U3A)
Result; 17th September 2015 Golf Day at Whetstone G.C
1st:- Ray Godfrey (Wycliffe Lutterworth)
2nd:- Alan Kemp (Lutterworth)
3rd:- Fred Milsom (Lutterworth)
Nearest to Pin:- Alan Kemp (Lutterworth)