Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Jimmy Mogford dies

I have just learnt that Jimmy died on the 4th November. His funeral will be on 24th November at the Crematorium at 3.15 pm.
Jimmy was a long time member of Salisbury and District U3A.
I first knew him when he led the Science and Technology group. He had a good grasp of science.
He was well know for his remarkable ability to hand make Harpsichords and similar instruments. These are distributed around Salisbury and probably further afield. These will be his legacy for many years to come.

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Creative Writing

Sid Adcock is starting a new group for Creative Writing for fun and pleasure.
The sessions will be on alternate Tuesdays from 2 till 4pm. 
For more details ring Sid on 01722 413664.

Monday, 28 September 2015

Sci-Tech Programme now on line

The new season started today with a full house. Many new members came mostly it seems from Sarum U3A.
The wonderful but somewhat doom laden talk about Anti-Biotic Resistance was given by Prof Diane Newell who was a scientist in this area and is now a member of both the Winchester and Test Valley U3As and runs their Science groups.
From the start of the Anti-biotic era with penicillin there has been resistance to drugs. The squandering of their use has led to more and more resistance subsequently.
There are plans to improve a dire situation such as the Longitude project which is offering £10,000,000 for a solution specifically for GPs to be able to test rapidly for the particular bacterium affecting a patient. This currently takes a week and is too expensive to do. So doctors prescribe wide spectrum anti-biotics that are being more resistant all the time.

October 26th meeting will be at the Salisbury Fire Station at 10 am for a tour and a talk on the latest fire appliances and their technical details. This will be a free event I believe.

There are still some blank times in the programme and I would be grateful for any talks member could offer or for information about suitable outside speakers. Peter Read 01722 501218 or Thanks in anticipation!

The Programme is found on the

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

NADFAS FREE Talk 2 October

Drawing as a Language - Message from Christopher Browne

  • This is, I think a very special course, because it reveals Drawing as a Language
  • That is, just like any other language: so one can learn its vocabulary, grammar and syntax and then use it or read it - more or less fluently – without even requiring the special aptitude magically labelled Talent! 
  • I may have made it sound like hard work, but all it requires is to concentrate a bit and keep an open mind.
  • The group has a small faithful following, but it has lost members due to health, moving away and so on. It is important to recruit now because I am losing my own workshop where we have been meeting and I need to know how many to cater for at the new venue that I am trying to arrange.

I am happy for you to offer my contact details where appropriate. 
Christopher Browne 01722.331972

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Silchester Dig 17 Aug to 13 Sep

For those of you who wish to see archaeology in action I have just been told that there is a dig taking place at Silchester this year during 17th Aug – 13th Sept. See attached flyer for information.

There is a public Open Day on Sunday 13th September or you can visit the site Monday – Friday between 10 am and 4.30pm.


Everyone is welcome! You can visit us Monday to Friday on either of the sites between
10am and 4.30pm. We are not open weekends except Sunday 13th September.

If you intend to come in a larger group please let us know in advance: so we can welcome and accommodate everyone. Please be aware
that parking at Little Heath car park for Pond Farm is severely limited so do share a lift or
arrange drop offs there or at Little Cottages (marked on the adjacent site map). Access to
Pond Farm is on foot via permitted paths (shown on the map) by kind permission of the
Englefield Estate. It’s a pleasant and relatively easy, approx 10 minutes walk within Benyon’s

Enclosure up to the hillfort but may not be suitable for everyone. Cycling is not allowed.

For Silchester Insula III please park in the public car park and follow the footpath to the
Roman town and the excavation. For directions to Silchester Roman Town public car park

You will be able to see our archaeologists at work on both sites but there will also be finds
and environmental processing going on at Insula III. For safety reasons there will be strictly
no access to the trenches themselves but you will be able to see them being excavated.

There will also be a Public Open Day at the end of the dig at both excavations, on
Sunday Sept 13th 10-4.30pm.

Saturday, 15 August 2015

Salisbury & District Outings

Trips are offered to all U3A members from 10am at our meetings or by post using a reply slip available from the desk
Matthew Bourne’s haunting new scenario of SLEEPING BEAUTY is a gothic tale of good vs evil and rebirth, creating a supernatural love story the passage of time cannot hinder.  Perrault’s timeless fairy tale about a young girl cursed to sleep for a hundred years became a legendary ballet by Tchaikovsky and choreographer Marius Petipa in 1890. Bourne takes this date as his starting point, setting the christening of Aurora, the heroine, in the year of the ballet’s first performance. Aurora grows into a young woman in the more rigid, uptight Edwardian era; a mythical, golden age of long summer afternoons, croquet on the lawn, and new dance crazes. Awakening a century later, Aurora finds herself in the modern day; a world more mysterious than any fairy story. Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty premiered in 2012 and completed his trio of re-imagined Tchaikovsky ballet masterworks that started in 1992 with Nutcracker! and most famously in 1995, with the international hit Swan Lake. Winning many awards, this dazzling production smashed box office records across the UK and at Sadler’s Wells.  Its USA premiere in 2013 prompted  The New York Times to report, “This is Bourne at his best – a masterful storyteller.”  Cost:  £30 to include Mayflower matinee center stalls ticket, coach and driver’s gratuity.

ATHELHAMPTON HOUSE, GARDENS AND MAREVNA GALLERY. Built in 1485, the Great Hall of Athelhampton House offers a fine example of Tudor architecture with its linen-fold panelling, heraldic stained glass, large fireplace and historic furnishings.  Leading from the Great Hall are the Great Chamber and Library in the East Wing, the King’s Room, and Wine Cellar.  The Gallery on the second floor features work by the artist Marevna, The West Wing houses a fine dining room, the Yellow and State Bedrooms, the Dressing Room, and a Bathroom with a copper bath. The formal architecture of the garden is balanced by woodland scenes.  The formal gardens, built between 1891 and 1899 by Alfred Carl de Lafontaine, feature striking pyramid shaped yews which now dominate the Great Court.  The Corona, the Private Garden, the Canal, and Octagonal Pond lead you through the gardens to the River Piddle where the river walk takes you through natural areas to the ancient dovecote. The Visitor Centre offers a gift shop and The Coach House Restaurant (menu online).   Cost:  £24.00 to include coach, driver gratuity, coffee and shortbread on arrival, guided tour, and entry to the castle, gardens and gallery. Depart WILTON (W) opposite the Italianate Church 9.30 a.m. MILLSTREAM COACH PARK Castle Street (S) 9.45 a.m. LONDON ROAD PARK & RIDE (P) 10.00 a.m.  Coach leaves Athelhampton at 4:30pm.

Tuesday 15 September 2015 – booking now
PETWORTH HOUSE in West Sussex is a late 17th-century Grade I listed mansion offering paintings by JMW Turner and Van Dyck, carvings by Grinling Gibbons and Ben Harms,  sculptures by John Flaxman and John Edward Carew, and wall and ceiling paintings by Louis Laguerre. A terrestrial globe by Emery Molyneux is believed to be the only one in the world in its original 1592 state. A handwritten copy of Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales can be seen in the Somerset Room.  The servants’ quarters include fascinating kitchens which include a copper batterie de cuisine of over 1,000 pieces. The 700-acre landscaped PARK designed by Capability Brown and often painted by Turner houses the largest herd of fallow deer in England. The 30-acre woodland garden is known as the Pleasure Ground. Petworth House and Park are immediately adjacent to the historic market town of Petworth offering picturesque streets, shops and restaurants. As an insight into past estate workers’ lives, the Petworth Cottage Museum in the High Street is furnished as it would have been in about 1910. Cost:  £15 to include coach and driver gratuity.  Entry to the House and Park is free to National Trust members (please don’t forget your card) and £11.20 at Petworth for non-National Trust members. Depart WILTON (W) 8:30am opposite Italianate Church ; MILLSTREAM COACH PARK, Castle Street  (S)  8:45am;  London Road Park and Ride (P) 9am. The coach will leave Petworth at 4:30pm.


Option 1: OXFORD MUSEUMS, COLLEGES & GALLERIES – Oxford,  the city of dreaming spires, is steeped in rich and fascinating history. Famous for its prestigious  University, the city is home to its 38 colleges from which many notable scholars have graduated. Oxford Tourist Information in Broad Street offers a free city map, an excellent Visitors’ Guide (£2.99), and Walking (£9) and City Sightseeing Bus (£10) Tour tickets or you can order yours on line beforehand. The Radcliffe Camera, Bodleian Library and Bridge of Sighs are just a few of the famous buildings of Oxford. Its charming scenery has inspired many, including Lewis Carroll and JRR Tolkien.  Oxford is also a popular film and TV location for productions including Harry Potter and Inspector Morse.  There are many free museums and art galleries.  Our coach will drop us off at the Ashmolean where you can spend the day or you could venture further to Modern Art Oxford, the University Museum of Natural History and Pitt Rivers, the Museum of the History of Science, the Museum of Oxford, Christ Church Picture Gallery, the Bate Collection of Musical Instruments, or the Bodleian Library. The Covered Market in the city center is well worth a visit.  If you don’t mind lots of stairs you can climb a church tower at The University Church, Carfax, St Mary the Virgin, or the North Gate Saxon Tower of St Michaels. Or perhaps you’d like to visit a College – most are open to visitors free or for a small fee – opening times are displayed outside each College Porter’s Lodge. Cost:  £15 to include coach and driver gratuity. 

Option 2:  OXFORD MINI PLANT TOUR -- As an experiment, we are offering a separate tour of the Mini Plant at 12 for 12:30 as part of our day trip to Oxford.   The tour is limited to 15 members and the following terms and conditions apply:
-          Tours last two and a half hours
-          People with heart pacemakers or insulin pumps will not be able to join the tour
-          No food or drinks are available or allowed at the plant
-          Photography is strictly not permitted in production areas, but is allowed in the  exhibition space
-          Mobile phones, handbags and cameras cannot be taken on the tour.  Lockers are provided.
-          Visitors must wear sturdy, comfortable shoes.  No open-toe shoes or high heels are permitted

We will arrive at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford around 10am for coffee.  The coach will then leave the Ashmolean at 11am for the Mini Plant.  As there is no food or drink allowed at the Plant, you may like to bring a picnic or pick up a sandwich at the Ashmolean cafĂ© to eat on the coach, which will arrive at the Mini Plant at 12pm.  After the tour ends at 3pm the coach will take you back to the Ashmolean where there will be time for some refreshments before we collect the members who have spent the day in the city at 4:30pm for the drive back to Salisbury.  Cost:  £30 to include coach and driver gratuity and MINI Plant Tour.

Depart WILTON (W) opposite the Italianate Church 8am. MILLSTREAM COACH PARK Castle Street (S) 8.15am. LONDON ROAD PARK & RIDE (P) 8.30am.  Coach leaves the Ashmolean in Beaumont Street at 4:30pm to return to Salisbury.
12 November 2015 British Museum / Christmas Shopping in London - £17.00 – booking from 2 September.
3 December 2015 Blenheim Palace at Christmas  - £25.00 – booking from 7 October.

From 10am At Meetings:  Cash or Cheques payable to SALISBURY U3A. Separate cheques for each Outing please. 
By Post:  If you are unable to attend the monthly meeting or prefer to book by post, please email Margaret Vacha at for a booking form.  If you don’t have email, please mail your cheque with destination, your name, address including post code, telephone number and Pick Up point on the reverse plus a stamped self-addressed envelope (this is important) to Margaret Vacha, 1 Grasmere Close, Salisbury SP2 8DG.  
CANCELLATIONS/REFUNDS: Full refund if cancelled within 1 month of Outing. Thereafter booking cancellations are only refunded less a £1 admin charge if we can resell your place.
LONDON ROAD PARK & RIDE. On arrival park and join coach outside Reception Offce. Office will be unattended. Security cameras in operation. If you change your pick-up point after booking, please notify Margaret Vacha.

ANY QUERIES:  Please contact Margaret Vacha at or 01722 335586 or 07845 870512.

Friday, 7 August 2015

Salisbury Historic Open Days 10-12 September

Salisbury Historic Open Days 10-12 September

Historic Open Days - The Venues
The annual Salisbury Historic Open Days organised by Salisbury Civic Society celebrate Salisbury’s architecture and culture by allowing visitors free access to interesting properties that are not usually open to the general public or would normally charge an entrance fee.
The theme for this year’s Historic Open Days on 10, 11, and 12 September is ‘Go West- Award Winners and Hospital sites’. All the buildings have received Salisbury Civic Society Conservation or New Building Awards and Commendations in recent years and/or were associated with the Old Manor hospital or Salisbury Infirmary sites. Not all venues will be open each day and the times they will be open will also vary. Further details of specific venues and openings are available from the Salisbury Information Centre in Fish Row and the Salisbury Civic Society website (
Entry to the venues is by free timed tickets that are available from 6th August at the Salisbury Information Centre, Fish Row, Salisbury SP1 1EJ (tel 01722 342860).

Sunday, 12 July 2015

Archaeology Group Meeting 14th July Change

Dear all
There is a change of speaker for the meeting this Tuesday, 14 July, of the Joint U3A Archaeology Group.   The speaker will be Clare King, Assistant County Archaeologist, Wiltshire Council, and the topic will remain the same, “An overview of what is going on in Wiltshire”.   The meeting will be in the Lecture Hall in Salisbury Museum at 10.30, coffee and biscuits will be available from 10.10 a.m.  There will be a charge of £2 to go towards refreshments and speakers’ fees.   I hope you will be able to come.
Best wishes
Elisabeth Richmond

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Sci_Tech Visit 27 July

This will be a fascinating visit to Adrian Green's farm. This is called Down FarmWoodcutts, Salisbury,  SP5 5RY and is near Sixpenny Handley. We meet at 10am. Ends at Noon.
If a lift is required contact me on 501218.

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Sci=Tech Visit 29th June Durweston

Here are the directions to find Travellers Rest Farm, Milton Ln, Blandford Forum DT11 0QG, UK
We meet at 10am.

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Sunday, 17 May 2015

Sci Tech Group News

  • On Monday 18th is the next meeting. Our speaker is not able to come on this date so we have brought forward a talk on SOLAR POWER. This will be presented by Spire U3A member Frank Bryant. 
  • Our visit to the farm is also in a spot of trouble. Currently we are not sure whether this will occur. Keep you eyes open for more positive news later.

Telling Wiltshire’s Story in 100 Objects

The project involves museums across the county working together to develop an exhibition that tells ‘Wiltshire’s Story in 100 Objects’. The exhibition will shine a spotlight on the diverse and important collections that Wiltshire’s museums collect, care for and interpret. Using 100 carefully selected objects, it will celebrate the rich history of the county from 10,000BC to the present day and illustrate diverse aspects of Wiltshire’s past from Stonehenge to the Moonrakers and much more besides.
The project has been made possible through partnership working between twenty five museums who have contributed ideas, objects, information and images to illustrate Wiltshire’s past. The museums have also agreed to lend objects for two years to enable the exhibition to tour venues around the County including Chippenham, Devizes, Salisbury, Swindon and Trowbridge during the next two years. The project is managed by the Wessex Museums Partnership and funded by Arts Council England.
The exhibition will open at County Hall, Trowbridge on 26 May and run until 11 June.
Everyone is welcome to join us at the project launch in the Atrium at County Hall on Thursday 28 May from 12noon-2pm.
Amanda Loaring
Project Officer – Story of Wiltshire in 100 Objects
Wiltshire Museum
41 Long Street, Devizes, Wiltshire, SN10 1NS

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Archaeology Group Programme

The programme for the next three months is as follows:

Tuesday 12 May – Talk by David Whetton on Dating Archaeology plus discussion of administrative matters to put the group on a firm basis. To take place in Salisbury Museum Lecture Hall at 10.30 a.m., coffee and biscuits available from 10.10 a.m.

Tuesday 9 June – Visit to Martin Green’s Down Farm on Cranborne Chase, Details to be circulated later.

Tuesday 14 July – Wiltshire County Archaeologist Melanie Pomeroy-Kellinger will give an overview of what is happening in Wiltshire. In Salisbury Museum, details as above.

Friday, 24 April 2015

Sci-Tech Talk for 27th April

Sadly we can get no response from the mobile phone people.
It is a shame when we are let down and by a communications company too.
So we will find an alternative talk and perhaps have a discussion between us.

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Police Appeal For Information In Relation To Fraud Allegation In Salisbury

Police investigating an allegation of fraud are appealing to members of the public in Salisbury to contact them if they believe they have been affected.

Charity collection boxes alleged to be collecting for the Disabled Welfare Association, which is not a registered charity, have been distributed in the Salisbury area. 
Police would like to hear from anybody who has received a charitable donation from the Disabled Welfare Association, either in the form of a cash donation, a mobility scooter or other disabled equipment.

Call Local Crime Investigator Anne King on 101, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be left anonymously if preferred.

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Salisbury Museum Lectures

The Life and Death of the Flint Axe: A Lecture by James Dilley

Wednesday 15 April, 7.30pm
James is a craftsman and re-enactor who specialises in ancient technologies. He will talk about the Flint axe both as a functioning tool and social marker and the research he has carried out testing different British axe materials. Tickets are £4 for Members and £5 for Non-Members.

Stonehenge and the Romantic Imagination: A talk by Professor Sam Smiles

Thursday 23 April, 6.30pm Private View of Turner’s ‘Stonehenge’ in the Wessex Gallery, 7pm talk

Sam Smiles will talk about how ‘Stonehenge’ has inspired artists, including Turner, and the special challenges it presents for landscape painters. Sam has recently curated the ‘Late Turner’ exhibition at the Tate and has published widely on Turner and his work. Tickets are £6 for Members and £8 for Non-Members.

Finally, we will be holding a Living History Day at the Museum on 2 May, 10am – 4pm as the culmination of our Living History Fortnight for schools. The Ancient Wessex Network will doing some amazing things on the back lawn, including bronze casting, ancient pottery making, flint knapping displays and much more. It should be a great family day out. (Normal admission charges apply.)

Saturday, 4 April 2015

Law, Death and Peacemaking

Each year since 1991 the Andover History & Archaeology Society has invited an eminent archaeologist or historian to give its annual Dacre Lecture. This year our speaker is Dr Ryan Lavelle of Winchester University and his subject is

Law, Death and Peacemaking in the Tenth Century: Vikings, West Saxons, and the Treaty of Andover

at Weyhill Fairground Friday 24th April 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

This peace treaty was made in 994 between King Aethelred “the Unready” and Vikings commanded by Olaf Tryggvason of Norway. Dr Lavelle will be looking at the role of one of the West Saxon ealdormen in the making of the peace agreement, considering how the ealdorman’s experience and his sense of identity in the face of Viking invasions may have affected the making of peace, and proposing some new perspectives on the peace treaty in the light of recent archaeological evidence.

Our Society is a registered charity and this annual public non-profit making event contributes to fulfilling our educational objectives.

Tickets for the lecture cost £3 for members, £6 for others interested, and can be obtained ONLY at Society Meetings or at the door (cash only, please).

Monday, 30 March 2015



Wessex Academy of Field Archaeology (WAFA) started out as an idea from the Wessex branch of the CBA in early 2013. 
It grew out of the realisation that many of those who have a fascination with archaeology would love to be able to get involved with its practicalities. They would like to learn how to ‘read’ landscapes, how to recognise ancient finds and how to dig. 

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Archaeology in Wiltshire Conference

Dear all
The programme for this year’s Archaeology in Wiltshire Conference has now been released and is attached. The conference will take place on Saturday 18th April in Devizes and will feature a good range of speakers, including our own Phil Andrews and Alistair Barclay.

Please see the March 6th entry for further details and how to book.
Best wishes
Laura Joyner
Community & Education Officer

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Sarum U3A Visit 2nd July Hampton Court

Just to keep you up to date with the visits:

Windsor Castle, BBC and Three Rivers Cruise are all full now and I am running waiting lists, but they are getting longer!

I attach the flyer/booking form for Hampton Court RHS Flower Show on Thursday 2 July.
If anyone is interested, I should be grateful to receive their cheques as soon as possible – this is because I have got a very good price for the tickets but have to pay for them during April to guarantee the price.
Kind regards
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Sunday, 22 March 2015


My New group is called EATS AND TREATS
Meeting once a month on different days depending on activity.
We shall be having lunches/teas, visits to theatres/gardens/shows/historic houses etc..
Ladies only. Men will have to start their own group.
This will be very much a group activity and members are encouraged to make suggestions as to venues.

First meeting is on Tuesday April 14th at 12 noon at the Cathedral Hotel for lunch -- we already have full quota for that.

We probably need another leader to lead another group as 12 is sufficient for a base and 4 'top up'--which we have at present.

Judy Jeffrey
Tel. no. 01425 652124 or 07775101889

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Stuart Robson of Spire U3A is to run a "Beginners Geology" group, to commence on May 19th next, 10 to 12 noon.
Meetings will be on the 3rd Tuesday morning, monthly.
Five spaces remain to be filled,so if this is for you please ring him on 01722 33 43 10.

You will be aware of the considerable interest in all of the trips available this year.
Below is a poster for the Hampton Court RHS Flower Show and again if this is for you I strongly recommend sending your details and cheque to Judith Copeland as set out on the bottom of the flyer as soon as you can.
David Miesner
Sarum U3A Newsletter Editor
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Thursday, 12 March 2015

Archaeology Dig in Harnham

Your chance to take part in a real archaeological dig locally.
"Digging for History" Family day on field by Harnham Church Hall. 9.00am - 3pm Church open and refreshments in Church Hall. 
On 29th May 2015.Part of the Harnham 900 anniversary and Salisbury Festival.
As places to dig are limited book soon. Use either 
or phone 07925 108856

Archaeology Visit to Devizes

There is now a photo report about the new group's visit on 10 March 2015.
Have a look at this and why not look athe first visit in 2009 to see the changes to the museum.
Click HERE for 10 March visit.
Click HERE for the previous visit.

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Web Archive

Our web site has been archived by the British Library. They will preserve the site as it stands on the date they downloaded it [16th January 2015]. They will look again every 6 months or so. So as the site changes the old one will be preserved.
The British Library are doing this on request for any UK site.
You can check out what has happened by looking at their site HERE. Click on the Browse tab and then S. Then scroll down.
The Sarum site is not preserved as yet but the Salisbury and district site is.

Tuesday, 10 March 2015


Wessex Centre for History and Archaeology (WCHA) based at Winchester University: conference Medieval Salisbury & Trade in Wessex and Southern England will be at the Salisbury Museum on 18 April. Cost £15. Details from Dr Ryan Lavelle on 01962 827137.

The Life and Death of the Flint Axe. 12:45 Wednesday, April 15, 2015. A talk by James Dilley. The polished stone axe in British archaeology holds a very strong position in its understanding as a functioning tool and social marker.

Stonehenge and the Romantic Imagination. 18:30 Thursday, April 23, 2015. A lecture by Professor Sam Smiles. In this talk, he will look at Turner’s exploration of the landscape of Wiltshire, including Stonehenge, a monument which presented special challenges for landscape painters.

Make a Flint Axe Workshop. 10:00 to 13:00 Saturday, April 25, 2015. Come and learn the art of making a Neolithic axe from flint knapper James Dilley, then have a go yourself!

ARCHAEOLOGY - Points of General Interest

Membership of the national “Council for British Archaeology” (CAB) subscription £29. Tel 01904 671417. 

Membership of our local Wessex Branch of CAB – one can join separately – subscription £10.

Wessex Academy of Field Archaeology (WAFA) started out as an idea from the Wessex branch of the CBA in early 2013. It grew out of the realisation that many of those who have a fascination with archaeology would love to be able to get involved with its practicalities. They would like to learn how to ‘read’ landscapes, how to recognise ancient finds and how to dig. 

Membership of our local “Avon Valley Archaeological Society” which meets in Ringwood monthly but covers our area and undertakes excavations, geophys surveys and field walking as well as monthly talks by archaeologists. Subscription £10. 

(Supplied by David Whetton)

Friday, 6 March 2015

Archaeology in Wiltshire Conference

An exciting line-up of speakers for this third Archaeology in Wiltshire Conference on UNESCO World Heritage Day 9.30am (for 10am) to 5pm Saturday 18th April 2015 Corn Exchange, Devizes £30 (£25 for WANHS Members) including lunch, tea & coffee.

Booking essential via : the Wiltshire Museum shop, 01380 727369 or read more... (

Monday, 2 March 2015




We will be visiting the BBC Broadcasting House to step inside the exciting world of broadcasting! Peek behind the scenes of their dynamic live broadcasting hub and hear what goes on at the beating heart of the BBC! View the new state of the art Newsroom and the brand new home of The One Show!

We have booked a tour at 1.15 pm lasting for approximately 1½ hours that includes a camera’s eye view via a big screen into some of the studios broadcasting to the nation, including television and radio news studios, as well as hearing about the rich history of the building and the BBC. This is for a maximum of 25 people. Please indicate in the box below if you are interested in this tour.

Alternatively, if you would like to spend some hours in the West End – just make use of the coach transport.


To include coach travel, entry fee and driver gratuity.

Payment by cheque only made payable to “Sarum U3A Visits Account” before 31 March please. No cash. Please write destination on back of cheque.

Depart London Road Park & Ride 9.00 a.m.
Return London Road Park & Ride 6.00 p.m. approx

Name: email:
Telephone: Mobile:
Please indicate if you are interested in the tour Yes/No

Judith Copeland, Field End, Hackthorne Corner, Durrington SP4 8AS
Enquiries: Phone Judith on 01980 655665 or Maureen Pardy 01722 504295

Please note this clashes with the Science & Technology talk on Antibiotic Resistance.  Pity.

From Signpost - Clyp It

Tom Holloway had this entry in his latest newsletter that could be of use  to get a message across with more impact than a straight email message.

Chairpersons/Secretaries: Don't bother with keyboarding your short announcements of one or two sentences. Much easier to make a quick one or two minute 'podcast' using CLYP.IT - a simple online recorder, and distribute it as an email.

I made one to send as a reply to the [indian-society-for-u3a] googlegroup and you can hear it here >>>

To see the whole of Tom's newsletter click HERE

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Magna Carta 800th year

Magna Carta - websites
Barbara Lewis, our NEC Chairman has recommended the following website as being interesting: Click HERE then delve into the many fascinating links.

New Archaeology Group has started

This new group is off and running. The group decided to meet on Tuesday mornings at 10.30 am.
The Programme has been started and this can be seen HERE
Do have a look. Presently there are no contact details. This will be added later.

The next event is a visit to the Devizes Museum on the 10th March. 10.30am. Sharing transport.

Saturday, 7 February 2015

Salisbury Museum Activities

From Medieval to Modern

Discovery Day 17 February 10.00am – 4.00pm

Create medieval-inspired pictures with artist Vanessa Stone using thoroughly modern and wonderfully fun, sticky-backed plastic. Conjure up the mysteries of medieval England with storytelling from Lizzie Bryant. Drop in activities from 10.00am – 4.00pm. Storytelling from 10.30am.

Medieval Fight Club

19 February 10.00am – 4.00pm

A day of medieval martial arts madness with Albion Falconry, who will be delving into the world of medieval combat. There will be workshops all day so you can see how real medieval fighting was done and hear about the weapons they used.

We have flyers to advertise these events, so if you would like to have some to distribute, please contact me. The flyer also has a drawing competition to design a Medieval cup and the prize is tea and cake in The King’s House Cafe!

With thanks and kind regards,
Louise Tunnard
Marketing & Admin Officer
The Salisbury Museum
Tel: 01722 332151

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

U3A Science Network Annual Seminar 10 - 13 August 2015

The U3A Science and Technology Network will again hold its Annual Science Seminar (Summer School) at Harper Adams University, Newport, Shropshire.

The programme starts at 2pm on Monday 10th August and finishes after a buffet lunch on Thursday 13th August.

The seminar aims to appeal to anyone with a general interest in science and the world around them and includes a mixture of talks on a wide range of topics, a visit to the Black Country Living Museum at Dudley and the opportunity to socialise with U3A members from round the country.

Speakers are from among the delegates - volunteer experts and enthusiasts from within the U3A. We would welcome offers of speakers.

The cost will be £250 (fully residential) or £110 (day visitor). Booking information and Booking forms are available at

Please forward this information to members of your U3A Science group or relevant U3A group(s).

Mike Hollingsworth

Saturday, 31 January 2015

History and Book Groups:- LUMINARIUM

This wonderful site - LUMINARIUM - the brain child of Aniina Jokinen, is a rich compendium of more than 5,000 pages of English Literature. She says....

"The site started in early 1996. I remember looking for essays to spark an idea for a survey class I was taking at the time. I started the site as a public service, because I myself had to waste so much time as a student, trying to find anything useful or interesting. There were only a handful of sites back then (read: Internet Dark Ages) and I could spend hours on search engines, looking for just a few things. I realized I must not be the only one in the predicament and started a simple one-page site of links to Middle English Literature. That page was soon followed by a Renaissance site.

I wanted the site to be a multimedia experience in the periods. I find it easier to visualize what I am reading when there is a small illustration or a tidbit about the background of the author or his work. The music and art of the period serve to complement one's rational experience of the site with the emotional".

Friday, 23 January 2015

As some of you may know, a joint U3A Archaeology Group is currently being set up. 

After an initial meeting to find out what people would want from it, it was decided to meet in Salisbury Museum lecture hall on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. 

The next meeting will be at 10.30 on Tuesday 10 February when we will have a talk on 

"A Roman Alloy Vessel Hoard from Kingston Deverill" 
by Jane Ellis-Schon, the Museum’s Project Curator. 

All U3A members are welcome and it is not necessary to know much about archaeology. There will be a chance to have a chat with hot drinks and biscuits before the meeting starts.

Monday, 19 January 2015

Family History Groups visit to The Genealogist

I have made a small gallery of photographs of the very successful visit on the 14th January 2015 to see the workings of the Genealogist's HQ at Chilmark.
Click HERE to see it.

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Salisbury Museum - LACOCK Cup & The Salisbury Spoon

In the next few weeks there will be a big change in the temporary exhibition gallery, as the ‘Salisbury Great War’ exhibition closes on 17 January. ‘Secular to Sacred: The Story of the Lacock Cup’ is our next major exhibition, and this will open on 31 January and run until 4 May. The Lacock Cup is on a spotlight tour from The British Museum, and we are proud to be the first venue on this tour.

As part of the supporting events, silversmith Steve Wager will be coming to the Museum on Saturday 21 February, and giving a demonstration of silversmithing by making ‘The Salisbury Spoon’ for us over the course of an evening. Tickets for this event and full details of our exciting programme of events for the New Year will be available shortly.

You may also be interested in the Bridge Lunch being held at the Michael Herbert Hall in Wilton on Tuesday 10 February from 12.45pm – 4.00pm. Tickets are on sale at £16.00 per person. The ticket includes a two course lunch, wine and coffee.

If you are able to put up a poster to advertise the ‘Secular to Sacred’ exhibition, or have the opportunity to pass any of this information to someone you know who might be interested, that would be very much appreciated.

With thanks and kind regards,
Louise Tunnard
Marketing & Admin Officer
The Salisbury Museum
Tel: 01722 332151