Countesthorpe U3A aim

The aim of Countesthorpe U3A is to enhance the lives of older persons in the locality who are not in full-time gainful employment. Our range of self help groups utilises members' own skills and knowledge to provide learning, creative, leisure and social activities in a friendly environment.

Your committee 2019/20


PETER BRADBURY (Chairperson) was born in Leicester and moved to Countesthorpe in 1968 with his wife Winifred. In 1978 the family moved to Sapcote, though an affinity with Countesthorpe has always remained. After teaching in Wigston schools for 36 years, Peter fully retired from his management and consultancy posts in 2007. He enjoys spending as much time as possible with family and especially his nine grandchildren. Peter joined the U3A in 2010 and participates in handbells, art, history, bird-watching, travel and groups. He enjoys DIY, reading, classical music and history, as well as voluntary work within Sapcote.


JANINE TIBBLES (Secretary) was born in Essex and moved to Leicestershire in 1989, firstly to Croft and then to Thurlaston, with her husband Dave in 1994, where they had two sons, Harry and Charlie. After teaching in Cosby for 25 years, Janine retired in 2014 and worked as a Community Carer for a short time and an Examinations Invigilator at De Montfort University for three years. Her interests include reading, travelling, socialising with friends and volunteering for Age UK. Janine joined Countesthorpe U3A in 2018 and enjoys the monthly meetings, Fit For Life, Discussion and Literature groups, and loves the varied U3A day trips.


SUSAN WYLLIE (Treasurer) is a qualified Chartered Accountant and continues in her role as Treasurer, after retiring from her professional role as an auditor. She joined the U3A in 2004 and is involved with the Hand-bells, Theatre and Outings groups, enjoys taking occasional walks with the SWANS and CARE walking groups, as well as organising the Luncheon Club. She also acts as Treasurer for several other charities, and enjoys crown green bowls, mosaic work and travel.


BARRY HILLYARD (Membership Secretary) has been a member since 2006, a year before his retirement from teaching mathematics and IT. Married to Pat, he has lived in Countesthorpe for 40 years, and has been involved with the Methodist Church and the Scouts. His hobbies include computers and photography. He runs the U3A Carpet Bowls, Computer, Nordic Walking and Beginners' Photography groups, and also participates in the Photography, History, Walking and Outings groups. He also leads on the new Beacon U3A management system.


JUNE HAWKINS (Publicity and Information) lived in Countesthorpe for 39 years before her recent move to Blaby, and has been a U3A member since 2004. After retirement from her senior management post in 2008, and also running her own small business she now enjoys U3A Travel, Creative Writing, Literature and Discussion, groups and is also Group Leader for Theatre and History. She maintains the website, produces the Newsletter, What's On, group activity information and the monthly slide presentation and is involved with the Beacon U3A management system. She edited and designed the five 'Creative Writing Miscellany' booklets. She also enjoys volunteering in the local library and foodbank.


JENNY MILLS (Groups Co-ordinator) has lived in Blaby and Countesthorpe all her life. Since retiring from her senior position as a Lecturer at South Wigston College she has been closely involved with the U3A since its inception, and was Travel Group leader for more than 10 years. She is now looking forward to supporting Group Leaders and establishing new groups. She also enjoys Hand-bell ringing, Bridge and attends History, Outings, Holidays and Theatre group activities.


TERESA MORGAN (Deputy Chairperson and Technical Officer) moved to Countesthorpe in 2017, to be closer to her son and help with childcare, having purchased Jenny Mills' former home. It was Jenny who introduced her to the joys of the U3A. She joined the Creative Writing Group and now leads a Craft Circle. Teresa has had a varied background including as an hotelier, health and beauty studio proprietor, and tutor of porcelain doll-making both in her own studio and several colleges around Leicester. She has also judged doll competitions in Europe and the USA. She loves reading, theatre and a variety of different crafts and is always open to new experiences.


PAULA WOLLASTON (Speaker Secretary) and husband, Len, have lived in Countesthorpe for 25 years. They have family in Norfolk and Whetstone, with grand-daughters at Leicester University and a local school, plus a grandson who is a rock guitarist. Since retiring from her post with the Home Office 15 years ago Paula has enjoyed volunteering with De Montfort Hall Publicity Department and the A&E Department of the LRI, and is currently secretary and helper at the Senior Citizens' Luncheon Club in the village. Her interests include travel, historical houses and gardens, theatre, cookery and dining out.


BERYL LISHMAN has lived in Countesthorpe for over 25 years. She has two, now grown-up, girls who attended the local schools and college. She is a retired primary school teacher who joined the U3A a couple of years ago when working part-time. She attends the Literature group, and the Tuesday meetings when possible and has been on several theatre trips. Apart from the U3A, she sings in the South Wigston Sing4fun choir, is a member of the Leicester Footpaths Association, and volunteers in the local library, as well as spending time caring for her grandchildren. She welcomes the opportunity for more U3A involvement by serving on the committee.


ISOBEL McDONALD was born in Liverpool and left there at 17½ to join the WRAF, serving 5 years before leaving to have her children. She lived in Broughton Astley from 1972, and later moved to Littlethorpe with her second husband, downsizing in order to buy a boat. They enjoyed 6 summers exploring European waterways before changing to a motorhome and travelling in France, Spain and Portugal. Since being widowed, Isobel now enjoys many U3A activities including Line Dancing, SWANS, Country Dancing and Discussion, and organises the Outings and Ukulele groups.


DUSTY DURHAM has lived in Countesthorpe for 18 years and is a relatively new member of the U3A since retiring from his work in financial services. He has three adult children and five grandchildren. He is a member of the U3A Ukulele group. His other interests include sailing, and playing the guitar.


JILL CLAYTON (co-opted member) and husband, John, have lived in Countesthorpe for 10 years; feeling encouraged to do so through enjoyment of their U3A membership when seeking to relocate from Braunstone Town. Jill has always actively volunteered in the community, having been a Youth Club Leader and a Town Councillor (also being appointed Town Mayor) as well as 33 years with a national listening charity. She now works with Community Harvest Whetstone and the local foodbank and is also an active member of St Andrew's Church. Jill organises the U3A Holidays group, and her greatest interests are family, travel, bridge, theatre and keeping fit.

"Enhancing the lives of local people"

Through learning, creative, leisure and social activities.

What are U3A's all about?

U3A stands for the University of the Third Age, which is a self-help organisation for people no longer in full-time employment, and which consists of local U3As all over the UK. They are charities in their own right and are run entirely by volunteers.

They are also learning co-operatives which draw upon the knowledge, experience and skills of their own members to organise and provide interest groups in accordance with the wishes of the membership. The teachers learn and the learners teach.

U3As in general offer the chance to study a wide range of subjects in such fields as art, languages, music, history, life sciences, philosophy, computing, crafts, photography and walking - check out our own list of activity groups, below.

The U3A approach to learning is - learning for pleasure. There is no accreditation or validation and there are no assessments or qualifications to be gained.

The University of the Third Age

Over 30 activity groups to choose from...

at Countesthorpe U3A

"What a friendly lot they are"