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