Monday, 30 December 2019

The Definitive Guide to Internet Privacy & Online Security

The Definitive Guide to Internet Privacy & Online Security is another helpful web site that I urge you to read.

This guide offers lots of helpful information such as:

  • An excellent introduction to online privacy, including facts and information about who is tracking your personal data, and useful tips such as the 8 key steps you can take to keep your mobile and tablet devices safe when you’re using them online.
  • Extensive information for protecting yourself against phishing scams and fake sites, as well as advice about the threat of malware, viruses, worms, trojan horses, ransomware and many more potential hazards.
  • Useful advice on social media safety and security for everyone, including important steps parents should take to keep children safe when using social media and the internet.
  • Other practical and useful tips and resources to help keep your online privacy and personal data safe online.

Monday, 9 December 2019

Protecting Yourself Against Identity Theft & Fraud

I have added a link to a very useful web site guide.

The guide covers key topics such as:

  • Information on the most common ways people’s identities and personal information are targeted and stolen online, including key warning signs that you might be a victim of fraud (e.g. loss of services on your utilities or unexplained payments coming out of your account).
  • Eye-opening stats about identity fraud: Did you know that in 2018 alone there have been 82,608 cases of fraud as a result of card details being cloned? That 95% of fraudsters directly pretend to be their victims? and that under-21s and over-60s are those most commonly targeted age groups for online fraud?
  • How to prevent identity theft: The top advice here includes safeguarding techniques like regularly changing your password, using two-factor authentication and avoiding public wi-fi among other useful resources.
  • The guide also looks at the impact of identity theft on mental health. Some startling figures reveal 60% of people feel extreme anxiety after being a victim, while 42% feared for the safety of their family members.
The link can also be readily found via

Sunday, 1 December 2019

Christmas at Stourhead 2019

Why not visit Stourhead between now and 30th December
Click HERE for all the details.
FAQs can be seen HERE
There is a charge to enter but FREE car parking.

  • What are the prices for Christmas at Stourhead?
  • All ticket prices apply to National Trust members and non-members.

  • Adult - ADVANCE £18.00 - ON THE DAY £20.00

  • Child (3-16 years) - ADVANCE £12.00 - ON THE DAY £14.00

  • Family* - ADVANCE £56.00 - ON THE DAY £64.00

  • *Family ticket: 2 adults and 2 children (aged 3-16). Children under 3 and carers go free.

  • All orders are subject to a single transaction charge. For tickets booked via SEE Tickets: £2.00 per transaction for print at home tickets and £2.50 for tickets sent by first class post.

Sunday, 29 September 2019

Thursday, 19 September 2019

Novel By A U3A Member

Jean Lunnon has written this tale set in Bristol and the 1916 to 1923

Click on an image to enlarge

Science and Technology Group Programme

The new seasons programme is now on line on the link below.
You will notice there are gaps. For some we are awaiting responses.
For others we hope to have a discussion morning. A different topic for each date.
If you would like to suggest a topic we will consider this seriously.
So these discussions are up to yourselves. 
So for a topic the idea is for you to do some research beforehand.
This method is used in many Sci-Tech U3A groups across the UK.

Monday, 16 September 2019

Conversational French

We have lost one member and would like possibly another two as it’s not too often that everyone is available.  We meet at houses on Monday mornings and our ability is sort of fumbling intermediate with humour!   So not too serious but not novices ( or nuns!).

Could you ask around Spire and possibly get suitable messages to the other two groups?

Best regards

Martin Shalders email to

Ron Moore

Sunday, 2 June 2019

Chrome Browser's Task Manager

For those people who use Chrome Browser I have come across a very useful item. Chrome has its own Task Manager. This can help find and fix any issues that are causing it to run slow, have dead tabs, or crash.
It is simple to get to simply click Shift and Esc and there it is.
Read more about this HERE

U3A Forum

WorldU3A runs online projects. 
Our current projects are MYU3A and U3AFORUM  
We invite you to join us. 
These links are also on the Links page together with many other useful links.

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Wilton U3A

Wilton U3A is now linked to our site
There is a new button for this on the top page of the site.

Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Sci-Tech Group change of talk on 20th May

APOLLO 11 mission 50th Anniversary a talk from Patrick O'Donnell Salisbury & Dist U3A.
Patrick has kindly offered to give us his talk about the Apollo mission.

Thursday, 7 March 2019

U3A Science Network 2019 Annual Meeting

U3A Science Network Annual Meeting
Monday 5 - Thursday 8 August 2019
Conference Aston, Aston University, Birmingham
Open to all U3A members

Dear Member,

This is a reminder about the U3A Science network meeting in August. The places are going fast and there is a limit on the delegate numbers, so if you wish to attend please book your place soon.

This year’s venue for the U3A Science Network meeting is Conference Aston at Aston University. The actual meeting will take place in the Conference centre and so we are able to offer Student or Hotel accommodation for the event. Student accommodation comprises single rooms with showers in groups of 5 or 7 linked to a communal area with refreshment facilities. Hotel rooms are either single with shower or double with bath. See our website for details:

This year we have all new topics, with some of them are given by speakers you may have heard and enjoyed before. The details of the speakers are on our website, but the final programme we will not be published until June by which time we will have finalised all the input from the University departments for presentations. We also hope to have visits in the areas of Assistive Robotics, the AIM (Aston Interactive Media) lab, European Bioenergy Research Plant and an interactive Cybersecurity session.

If you do have any interesting demonstrations you would like to show during the evening session please contact Jane Whitehead

Details of the visits will be in the Final Programme in June – have a look at our website in June, a reminder should be in the U3A newsletters nearer the time.

Do go to the Science Network website for more information and complete your application form!

Chris Read
U3A Science Network Organising Team

Sunday, 17 February 2019

The NEW Wilton U3A group

The Wilton U3A monthly meetings will be held on the 2nd Friday of each month in the Wilton Baptist Church (off the square) from 2 - 4 p.m.  The meeting on 8th March will be about the setting up of interest groups.  Their website is,

Friday, 8 February 2019


Welcome to the site that gives you the battles fought by Britain and its Empire forces, lavishly illustrated (see our banner above) and fully mapped. Also included are descriptions of battles from both the American and English Civil Wars.

From Julius Caesar's landing in AD 40 right through to the land and naval battles of World War One, battles are described in full detail, including tactics, uniforms, weapons and personalities. Each battle and its outcome provides plenty of opportunity for discussion.

Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Visit to the Great Bustard site - 24th June 2019

There are still several places left for this visit. If you have an interest then please go to the Sci-Tech web page where there is a lot of information. 
Click HERE and look for the link at the bottom. You can fill in the spreadsheet with your name etc.. Thanks
Lifts can be arranged. Indicate on the booking page i.e where is says Click HERE if you wish to come.

Monday, 7 January 2019

Photography Competition & Exhibition - Beatrix Potter’s Vision: A Celebration of the Lake District.

Beatrix Potter’s Vision
A Celebration of the Lake District.
For further information: or contact

FREE photography events:

Closing date: 23rd April 2019

Atlantic woodlands are one of the richest and most treasured habitats found within the British Isles. These forested ecosystems are teeming with biodiversity and showcase some of the most exceptional examples of lichens, bryophytes and ferns that the UK has to offer.

Beatrix Potter was best known for her story-telling, but unknowingly to most she was an advocate for conserving the natural and cultural heritage of the Lake District. The beautiful landscape as we see it today is partly thanks to her drive and dedication to safeguard the land she learned from and loved.

Plantlife’s Photography Competition & Exhibition is an opportunity to capture the beauty of Atlantic woodlands that served as an inspiration to Beatrix and influenced many elements of her work. This opportunity is a platform to promote the lesser known aspects of her life as a conservationist, a scientist and an educator - a celebration of her life achievements. Therefore, this photography competition is dedicated to Beatrix Potter.

Three photo competition categories:
1. Woodlands in the landscape. Photograph this treasured habitat stitched across the Lake District.
2. Small things in woodlands. Capture the lichen & bryophyte residents of these special places.
3. People in woodlands. Snapshot the personal interactions between people & the woodlands.

The age categories are under 11’s, 11-17 year olds and over 18’s. There will be a first, second and third prize winner for each age group within each of the competition categories.