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Monthly Meetings


We meet at 2 pm on the fourth Tuesday of the month at the Congregational Church, Kilwardby St, Ashby.
There is normally a guest speaker or, in December, musical entertainment.
This is followed by tea, coffee and biscuits and a chance to meet and talk with other members.

We remind you that we cannot guarantee that all members or other participants at u3a meetings or gatherings will have been vaccinated nor that they are virus-free and that it is up to individuals to decide whether or not they are comfortable with the risks of mixing in groups when the virus is still very much at large.


Future programme
DateSpecial EventsSpeakerSubject

Tue 26th MarAlex LegerA talk about producing Blue Peter etc.
Tue 23rd AprGlynis MyallA talk about the charity Canine Partners

Tea Rota and Reporting Groups

MonthTea RotaReporting Groups
Tue 26th MarSue & Phil Bloor, Margaret BaxendaleMedium Walks and Music Appreciation
Tue 23rd AprKeith Dexter, Brenda Dummer, Catherine HardyReading and Recorders
Tue 28th MayKevin & Christine GreenScience & Technology and Scrabble
Tue 25th JunJohn Dogherty, Sheila Dean, Isobel SaltShort Walks and Social Events
Tue 23rd JulDavid & Lilian Spiers, Ann & Mike BennettSupper Club and Trips & Outings
Tue 27th AugCream tea served by the committeeWalking and Wine Appreciation
Tue 24th SepJoyce Ottey, Sam Bradford, Ann BottomleyArts & Crafts and Breakfast
Tue 22nd OctAnn & Sid ClarkBridge and Calligraphy
Tue 26th NovJenny & Pete SlawsonCalligraphy 2 and Coffee & Chat
Tue 17th DecMince pies served by the committeeNo group reports


23rd January - Ian Maber - Laughing my way around the world

Our speaker this month was Ian Maber, known as The Teller of Tales. As a teacher for 20 years and a consultant working with many high profile companies such as Disney, Sony, BBC, Apple and Microsoft for another 12 years, he has now decided to take early retirement. He has worked in over 43 countries around the world. Ian is also an illustrator, musician and writer.

He now gives humorous talks, over 40 a year, to groups like ours.

This talk was an A to Z of funny anecdotes and stories of things that have happened to him and his colleagues whilst working and travelling the world.

Ian regaled us with a huge number of stories, animated with slides and music, ranging from being treated royally on one flight where he found himself seated next to the mother of the CEO of the airline, to being locked in his motel room in Denmark in -35 deg weather as the motel was not insured against sleep-walkers venturing out in the cold, to being offered warm, fresh horse milk at a banquet in Kazakhstan and to getting privileged treatment at Riyadh airport in Saudi Arabia because his suitcase happened to have a sticker from the Royal Palace on it.

He had many stories of getting lost on the roads of Finland, Germany and the USA due to misunderstanding or being unable to read the road-signs. Of the flight crew on a plane being confronted by a New Zealand team doing the Haka on board.

Ian’s stories and anecdotes kept us amused and laughing for a full hour, and brightened up an otherwise dull, wet day.

It was our second largest turnout ever of 121 people, beaten only by last January’s 133. We must be keen to get out again after Christmas!