Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Milford Street bridge-project

Hello and Happy New Year,
In January and early February we will be creating a beautiful historical mosaic, which will be installed on Winchester Street.

Joanna Dewfall, mosaic artist, has been busy working on the design which features lots of interesting history about Winchester Street. Now we need to get making!

Joanna will be leading workshops on Wednesday afternoons between 1pm and 5pm on 14th, 21st and 28th January plus the 4th and 11th of Feb.

She will also be running two all-day Sunday sessions between 10am and 5pm on Sundays 25th Jan and 1st Feb.

The sessions are being held at Denis House Community Hub on Endless Street (next to Castle Cameras). We'll provide tools and safety equipment, plus tea & biccies.

Can you help make the mosaic? Obviously you won't want to do all of the sessions, and of those that you can do you may not want to stay for the whole thing. But we need to get people to "book" on so that we have an idea of numbers and where to fill in the gaps.

If you can help, let me know - and please do tell your friends. (These sessions are for adults only. We'll be running a family-friendly session in Feb so drop me an e-mail if you would like to know more)

Many thanks!
Clare Christopher
Project Co-ordinator
Milford Street Bridge Project
Tel: 01722 413236 Mob: 07941 079920

Have a look at our new website:

HISTROPEDIA a simple timeline approach to History

History Groups: For a fascinating new way to link and display historical information try HISTROPEDIA The vision for Histropedia is that you can arrive and see all of history on an interactive timeline. Google map style controls will let you see an overview of all time or zoom in to see more detail for any period, while smart filters allow you to refine the timeline by topic and location. To get a complete understanding you are strongly recommended to take the tour
Thank you Stephen Hodges of North London

It is best to see the Tour first.

Hillforts Survey - Oxford University

UK Archaeology Groups and Ramblers:
An Atlas of Hillforts in Britain and Ireland is in course of preparation. Hillforts are one of the most prominent types of prehistoric monument across many parts the British Isles and Ireland as well as being the most obvious legacy of the Iron Age period. Despite fieldwork and changing interpretations of these iconic sites they are still poorly understood.

"We welcome contributions to this project from members of the public either as individuals or as part of local field groups. We very much hope this new way of gathering data will help us produce the best overview of hill- and promontory forts in Britain and Ireland that can be achieved in the timescale available to us. We shall of course acknowledge all individuals who contribute to the project".

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

New Group by Sarum U3A iMac & Apple tablets

Sarum U3A

Possible New Group

iMac & Apple tablets :- a person has offered to instruct a group in the use of iMac & Apple tablets. There will be a small charge dependant on the number attending.
If you are interested please contact us.
Mick & Pauline Watts
Sarum Groups Organisers ( 01722 322116 )

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

CAROL SINGING - Tues 23rd Dec

Members of a joint U3A Choir need 

Please COME and SING with them
The Maltings
Tuesday 23rd December
11a.m. - 12 noon
C A R O L    S I N G I N G
in aid of

Word sheets will be available.

Everyone is welcome, even if it is for a short time. The more the merrier at Christmas! Just turn up and join in the Christmas spirit.

Friday, 14 November 2014

Roman Structures in South Wiltshire

Roman Structures in South Wiltshire Recent archaeological work in the south of the county has revealed some unique features. Our Assistant County Archaeologist Clare King shares the details and provides information on these exciting finds.The web site gives much more detail. See HERE.
This is a nice idea for the new Archaeology group meeting on 20th Jan. [See poster on an older posting below].

Wiltshire CCG and Wiltshire Council draft joint mental health and wellbeing strategy consultation. 3rd December 2014

Where?: The Corn Exchange, Wessex Room, Devizes SN10 1HS

Time: 10.15 (for coffee) 10.30 start until 12.30pm

Date: 3rd December 2014

The strategy is designed to provide the future of how Wiltshire CCG and Wiltshire Council will promote mental health and wellbeing and how they will support people with mental health problems and their carers over the next 7 years.

The workshop will provide an opportunity for your voice to be heard; the information you give will be used along with other feedback to produce the final strategy and to help develop the action to be taken.

If you would like more information or to book your place at the event, please contact the Wiltshire & Swindon Users’ Network on 01380871800 or email:

Please note: This is NOT a Healthwatch Wiltshire Event.

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Future Learn Courses

I had this email about some of the many courses available. I am running two now and they are very well done.

Their site is

In this newsletter… 15 new courses to join now, plus more starting soon; watch FutureLearners get animated in our new video; and how to prepare for university with free online courses.
Brand new courses

Empire: the Controversies of British Imperialism, University of Exeter

What is Character? Virtue Ethics in Education, University of Birmingham

World War 1: a History in 100 Stories, Monash University
Returning courses

Decision Making in a Complex and Uncertain World, University of Groningen

A Beginner’s Guide to Writing in English for University Study, University of Reading

Shakespeare’s Hamlet: Text, Performance and Culture, University of Birmingham

Physical Theatre: Meyerhold and Biomechanics, University of Leeds

Introduction to Cyber Security, The Open University

The Discovery of the Higgs Boson, The University of Edinburgh

Archaeology of Portus: Exploring the Lost Harbour of Ancient Rome, University of Southampton

Begin Programming: Build Your First Mobile Game, University of Reading

World War 1: Aviation Comes of Age, University of Birmingham

World War 1: Changing Faces of Heroism, University of Leeds

World War 1: Trauma and Memory, The Open University

World War 1: Paris 1919 - a New World Order?, University of Glasgow
Courses starting this week and next week

World War 1: Trauma and Memory, The Open University

How to Succeed at: Interviews, The University of Sheffield

Cracking Mechanics: Further Maths for Engineers, University of Bristol

Academic Integrity: Values, Skills, Action, The University of Auckland

Our Changing Climate: Past, Present and Future, University of Reading

New Archaeology Group

An initial meeting in the Museum in the Close will take place on Jan 20th 2015 at 10.30am. Maureen Pardy is the co-ordinator.

Monday, 3 November 2014


The Discovering Britain web site from the Royal Geographical Society is superb. Sadly there are not many walks in our area. This site is young though and so more walks will be added. It is worth bookmarking.
Click on the link when you open this page and then the area of Britain that interests you. The depth within the site is surprising and even gratifying.

Walking/Rambling Groups: The website of the Royal Geographical Society offers an exciting series of geographically themed walks around Britain, designed to tell the unique stories of our landscapes. The walks are designed to be fun, informative and inspiring. They are completely free, self-guided and suitable for all ages and abilities. Prepare to discover something new and to be surprised by what is right on your own doorstep.

"Our ambition is to create more than 100 inspirational and informative walks that bring our islands’ geography and history alive. We are creating new walks and adding to the website all the time".

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Sci-Tech Group - meetings

The next two meetings are shown below.
Remember you do not need to join. You are welcome any time. It will cost you only £1.

24/11/2014 - “Apollo 13 – Disastrous Mission or Engineering Triumph?” - Philip Whitemore

26/01/2015 - Electric Cars - Sallyann Tanner

Other details on our web site HERE

Negative Energy House

Following his recent talk to the Science and Technology group Jeremy Harris has allowed me to let you see his diary related to the building of his new house in Fovant. It makes fascinating reading to see how he has overcome all manner of stumbling blocks.

Thursday, 28 August 2014

New Links

From the top page of our site there are some new links that should be noted.
  1. U3A Annual Sci-Tech Seminars
    This site has onformation on this seminar that is full of interest.
    The Science Technology & Society Network holds an annual residential seminar each August.
  2. Oversights
    This site looks over all the U3A web sites made with the U3A Site Builder software including Sarum U3A but not Salisbury or Spire.
    Events can be found for any topic at any time.
    As well as providing functions to search and summarise different kinds of information across all the published sites, the pages will contain helpful articles and content from individual sites selected for interest

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

U3A Westonburt Visit

Mary Rose Visit 22 Oct

Spire U3A are organising a visit to the "Mary Rose" Museum, Portsmouth, on Wednesday 22 October 2014. For further details and to apply, please download the application form from the Links section below.

Archaeology Study Days 21 to 22 August 2014 Report

There is now a report and gallery of pictures from this day.
This can be seen HERE

Friday, 22 August 2014

The Milford St Murals

There is now available acom[prehensive web site devoted to the mural projects.
This can be seen HERE
Take a look at this interesting bit of history.

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Tea Dancing Group Timetable

So that you know the link here will take you the timetable for the Tea Dance Group.
Eileen Forder has been running this group for a while now but would still like to see new members particularly gentlemen.

Click HERE to see the timetable

Friday, 20 June 2014

Harnham Memorial Hall improvements

19 June 2014
The Trustees wish to express their thanks to the Salisbury Area Board for the Community grant of £879 received towards replacing the hall windows in the kitchen & toilets.

The grant awarded by the Salisbury Area Board was used to replace 6 old metal windows with new thermally efficient UPV double galzed windows. The hall users will benefit from this project as the present windows are unsightly and draughty, they will also help preserve the building. The new kitchen windows should reduce condensation.
It is also anticipated that these windows will reduce of the cost of the hall gas heating.

If you would like a grant to support your local project, you can apply online here.

First World War Commemoration Event

First World War Commemoration Event

An opportunity for communities to commemorate the sacrifice of soldiers from Wiltshire in WW1
You are invited to attend a county-wide First World War Commemoration Event on Wednesday, 30 July at 10am at Tidworth Military Cemetery.
This event will be for communities across the county to come together to mark and commemorate the sacrifice made by 10,000 soldiers from Wiltshire during the First World War. Each fallen soldier will be represented on a named cross – the names researched, and the crosses produced by Wiltshire school children. Each cross will be placed on a wall of remembrance which will provide the focus for this special event.
This event is open to anyone who wishes to attend the service of remembrance and reflect on the huge sacrifice made by so many from Wiltshire. Please extend this invitation in your local community as there is the capacity to host up to 10,000 attendees at the cemetery and we recognise that many people will want to participate and show their personal respect for those who lost their lives.
Tidworth Military Cemetery, which contains burials of both wars, was directly connected with training grounds on, or near, Salisbury Plain. There are 417 First World War graves many of them Australian or New Zealand servicemen, 106 Second World War graves and 40 war graves of other nationalities.
Parking will be adjacent to the cemetery and refreshments will be served.
We look forward to seeing you on the 30 July, and to welcoming you to the commemoration event.
Kind regards,
Jane Scott OBE, Leader Wiltshire Council and Brigadier Piers Hankinson, 43 Wessex Brigade

Friday, 6 June 2014

Sarum/ Spire trip to London

A gallery of images of this event are now available on the Sarum web site.
I think the link is HERE

Friday, 23 May 2014

24 Hour Salisbury

Capture your favourite time of day or night, anytime from noon Friday 30th to noon Saturday 31 May in any creative way you choose. 

24 hours of making and sharing at both NewRED Studios (22b Fisherton St) and Salisbury Arts Centre (Bedwin St) will create a unique visual insight into the city.

Come by yourself, with family, with friends or a group. 

Bring your own ideas or pick up one of our micro projects which will include plans for, photography, drawing, collecting, collage, film, sound, words and more.

  • Share your everyday
  • Be playful and creative
  • Let your imagination loose
  • Express what makes Salisbury come alive for you
  • Find Extraordinary things

Sunday, 18 May 2014

Wellbeing for Life

Wiltshire’s 5 Year Plan for health & social care
NHS Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is keen to hear your views and get your input into the provision of healthcare services across Wiltshire over the next five years. 
Facilitated by Avril Baker Consultancy, the CCG is undertaking a consultation exercise aimed at identifying some of the barriers or problems that patients and the public may have experienced in accessing or receiving healthcare and feedback on future priorities. Feedback from local groups will enable the CCG to plan and organise better delivery of healthcare in the county over the next five years through progressing the following aims:
  • Encourage and support individuals to take responsibility for their own well-being
  • Ensure more equitable access to a high quality and affordable system, which delivers the best outcomes for the greatest number
  • Enable better provision of care at, or close to home, thereby reducing unnecessary hospital admissions

If you have any questions about this consultation please contact the Communications Team at Wiltshire CCG on 01380 733738 or e-mail   

Friday, 9 May 2014

are making a draft plan and therefore are keen to hear your views and to get your input into how healthcare services can  be provided over the next five years. 

They have asked the Avril Baker Consultancy to gather information on your views and needs. 

Avril Baker will therefore be coming to talk to us at
The Memorial Hall on
Wednesday 14 May 2014 from 10 am – 12 noon

Please try and come.   Your views are very important.    Tea and coffee will be available.

More info HERE

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Free Wills for over 75's during May.

The solicitors firm Bonallack & Bishop are offering older people living in South Wiltshire over the age of 75 to have a will drawn free of charge. Clients can either ring AgeUK Salisbury District or Bonallack & Bishop to arrange an appointment either at the AgeUK office on any Tuesday throughout May or one at the Bonallack & Bishop office on any other day throughout May.

We would be grateful if you could spread the word – attached is a poster with contact details.

Many thanks

Mrs Pippa Webster
Information & Advice Manager

AgeUK Salisbury District
21 Brown Street

T:  01722 335425

Registered Charity Number: 1105600
A Company limited by guarantee registered in England
Company registration No. 5196112
Registered Office: as above

Age UK Salisbury District is an Appointed Representative of Age UK Enterprises Limited which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority for insurance mediation. Financial Services Register number 311438.

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Malaria - Now and Then

On 31st March at 10 am I hope we shall have a talk about Malaria and all that goes with this - the history of the disease and how we are coping with this today.
The speaker works as a doctor specialising in Haematology at Salisbury Hospital.
Further Information HERE

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Low Energy House

STOP PRESS - Talk postponed until the Autumn.

Jeremy Harris has built his own home insulated to such a standard that it will have a negative energy consumption. There are many innovative ideas built into the house.

There have been many hurdles on the way to the final build and only by great tenacity and quite a lot of patience and good humour have been essential.

The fascinating story of how all this came about can be heard in the Harnham Memorial Hall on Monday  31st March starting at 10 am for a mere £1 entry cost.

Click HERE for more information.

Monday, 24 February 2014

The South Wiltshire Farmland Bird Project

The South Wiltshire Farmland Bird Project is an exciting initiative working closely with farmers to stabilise and increase the numbers of farmland birds and rare arable plants.
The Sci_Tech group had a talk from Tracy Adams today. An excellent and informative talk it was. For those who sadly missed this you can see a lot about it on their web site - just click HERE.
There is a video here that is very informative about the project if, sadly, of lowish video quality.

Tracy also offered to take us on a Farm Tour in the summer if there is sufficient interest from members. Just inform the Sci-Tech committee members please.

Monday, 27 January 2014




1.  There are two age groups, ADULT and JUNIOR (16 and under).

2.  The competition is open to all except professional photographers.

3. There are three categories:  21st CENTURY, WEATHER and SMALL. No portraits allowed. You may enter up to three images per category.

4.  Each photograph must be accompanied by an official Entry Form and a fee of £1 per photograph, by cheque made payable to “STFH”, or by cash to the office.

5. Photographs must be 7” X 5”, glossy or matt, unmounted, with your details on the back           for identification purposes.

6.  Images must be your own work and it is your responsibility to ensure it does not infringe        any third party or copyright laws.

7.  Copyright of all images submitted for this competition remains with the respective     entrants.  Prints will not be returned but may be collected from the library on the    morning of the last day of the exhibition.

8.  All photographs will be judged anonymously and the judges’ decisions will be final.

9.  Prize winning photographs will be exhibited in Salisbury Public Reference Library, Market Place, during May 2014. All the best photographs will be exhibited if there is sufficient space.

10. Closing date for entries is Friday 18th April 2014.  Send photographs, forms and fee to:
            STFH, Bevan House, 148 Fisherton Street, Salisbury SP2 7QW