GR0UP ACTIVITIES (Alphabetical)
Click HERE for forthcoming special events which may clash.
|Aviation||Bridge||Chess||Creative Writing||Canasta (1 and 2)||Disasters||Discussion 1|
|Discussion 2||Embroidery and Handicrafts||"Extend" Exercise to music||Family History||Folk Dancing||Fun Scrabble||Garden Visits|
|Geology||German Conversation||Italian||Ipad User Group||Handbelle Team (Bellplates)||History||Industrial Museums Visits||Jigsaw Lending Library|
|Lip Reading||Local History||Luncheon Club||Mah Jong||Massage Group||Museums and Galleries||Music Appreciation||Play Reading (1 and 2)|
|Poetry Reading||Photography for Fun||Potterne Art Group||Reading 1||Reading 2||Reading 3||Reading 4||Sketching for pleasure|
|Smart Phone & Android Users||Spanish Language||Table Tennis||Textile Arts||Walking Longer Distances||Walking||Wednesday Walkers||Walking with a Bus Pass (Fridays)|
|Windows Computer Group||Wine Appreciation|
Group Activities (by subject)
|Art Appreciation||Embroidery and Handicrafts||Music Appreciation||Architecture thru' the Ages||Aviation||Reading 2|
|Sketching for pleasure||Textile Arts||Handbelle Team||History||Windows Computer Group||Play Reading|
|Potterne Art Group||Lip Reading||Local History||Geology||Poetry Reading|
|Photography for Fun||Disasters||Ipad User Group||Creative Writing|
|Smart Phone & Android Users||Reading 3|
|French Conversation||Folk Dancing||Walking||Discussion||Bridge||Garden Visits|
|German Conversation||Massage Group||Wednesday Walkers||Luncheon Club||Canasta||Museums and Galleries|
|Spanish Language||"Extend" Exercise to music||Walking with a Bus Pass (Fridays)||Wine Appreciation||Mah Jong||Wharf Theatre|
|Lip Reading||Walking Long Distances||Fun Scrabble||Jigsaw Lending Library||Industrial Museums Visits|
|Family History||Table Tennis|
Click on a topic from the above list to find out more.
Aviation Studies (Originally Aviation History )
The Aviation Studies Group is led by Martin Houghton
First Wednesday from 10-00 to 12-00 noon. We meet at the Conservative Club, 30 Long Street, Devizes SN10 1NW.
The original Aviation History Group was formed by John Blunden and the group has since expanded and we typically attract between 30 and 40 members at our meetings. The talks are designed to appeal to both a non-technical audience and our members with aviation experiences.
In June we introduced a Members Skills Forum where we review and discuss aviation topics raised at meetings. The first of these, examined the functional benefits and limitations of various elements of airframe designs, and the technical and operational aspects of air traffic control.
It was well received, and new topics will be introduced for the next forum slot in the programme.
This is a very popular group and new members are always welcome.
Future speakers and programme topics are:
5th December Jock Heron - Olympus, the Vulcan’s engine
2nd January 2019 No meeting. Members likely to be away.
6th February 2019 Tony Van Crump, more on gas turbine engines.
( updated 24 October 2018)
Group Leader Janet Rutter. (See Newsletter for contact details)
2nd Thursday. 1.30pm to 3.45pm in the Nursteed Centre. £3 per session
We are a friendly group of photographers of varying abilities. Some meetings take the form of going out as a group to take photographs. There is also a monthly theme to encourage us to get out with our cameras. Other meetings are in-house at the Nursteed Centre, Devizes and include presentations and discussions with reviews of our photographs, learning from each other. This is your chance to get in on an exciting new venture and improve your skills amongst enthusiastic and welcoming friends.
Our next meetings are: 14th September, 12th October, 9th November and 14th December.
(Updated 24 Aug. 2017)
Industrial Museum Visits – 2018
The following visits are provisionally planned; details will be confirmed nearer the time.
Tuesday 6th Feb 2018 – Milestones Museum, Basingstoke. (hampshireculturaltrust.org.uk/milestones-museum)
Monday 16th April 2018 – Bletchley Park (bletchleypark.org.uk) Monday 9th July 2018 – Black Country Living Museum (http://www.bclm.co.uk/)
Tues 18th Sept 2018 – Butser Ancient Farm (http://www.butserancientfarm.co.uk/)
The cost will depend on numbers but will be about £30. The cost will include coach travel, admission charges and driver’s gratuity. Bookings will not be taken until the details about each trip are sent out.
These trips are open to all U3A members and their spouses or partners. Booking and contact details will be in the Newsletter and on this web site. Watch this space!
(Updated 30 August 2017)
There is now a Chess Group with just three players and we would like a few more to join. If you know the rules and would like to play the odd game at my house in Devizes please contact me.
Chris Callow. See Newsletter for contact details.
(Updated 5 August 2017)
The Disasters Group is led by Martin Houghton
First Monday from 2-00 to 4-00 pm. We meet at the Conservative Club, 30 Long Street, Devizes SN10 1NW.
The Group continues with presentations from members, very much supporting the spirit of U3A sharing of information and experience and covering a wide variety of Natural and Man-Made disasters.
To date we have covered many disasters from the Hindenburg fire, through to the Lynmouth Flood disaster and the Battle for Midway. The events reviewed and analysed cover many sectors, including aviation, maritime, petrochemical, rail, medical, mining and environmental.
These presentations stimulate lively discussion on the causes and lessons learned from the events.
3rd Dec Malcolm Cox, the massive explosion at Fauld near Stoke-on-Trent
7th January Sinking of the Princess Alice on the Thames in 1878
4th February Wendy Johnson, The Big Stink, London’s need for sewage disposal!
Further topics from members are currently under review for future meetings, and any new suggestions are always welcome.
Back to list of groups (Updated 24 October 2018)
Canasta (1 and 2)
The first canasta group was formed in March 2008. Due to growing interest a second group commenced in October 2010.
Both groups meet in Devizes on either a Monday or Wednesday afternoon throughout the month.
If additional members wished to play there would be plenty of support and advice for someone to set up a third group!
Ann Morris has taken over Canasta TWO (Mondays) and Ena Hope has taken over Canasta ONE (Wednesdays.)
Currently Canasta Group Two is full see Newsletter for further details..
(Updated 5th August 2017)
Group Leader; Terence Tovey. (See Newsletter for contact details)
In the October meeting we discussed the use of Google Pay which had been demonstrated in the September meeting. The use of the phone as a credit card by linking a credit card to the phone and using it as a contactless card was very successful. The fact one received an email telling one when, where and how much you had spent saved the bother of keeping receipts as per our (grand)children and would alert you if someone else tried. The use as a means of not carrying loyalty cards was less successful but we are working on it.
We will continue to meet at the leader’s home and new members are always welcome.
The next meetings are:
18th December 2018
15th January 2019
19th February 2019
(Updated 24 October 2018)
ART APPRECIATION (Art App)
4th Monday of every month (UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED) September to April
10.15 -12.15pm (doors open at 10.00.) Subs £3.00 payable at the door.
ASSEMBLY ROOMS, (first floor – stairs or lift) Devizes Town Hall
Membership Secretary Lynne Farrow 01380 739292 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Our meetings are always preceded by a ‘meet & greet’ accompanied by tea & coffee with biscuits organised by our caterers, Bernie & Roger and helped by Art App volunteers. Like to help? Please phone Bernie on 01380 50235
Monday, 24th Sept: ‘The Victorians’, this excellent DVD presented by Jeremy Paxman looks at the late 19th century and considers the legacy of industrialisation, the impact on society and how contemporary artists provided a striking insight into that time. Artists are: Ford Maddox Brown, the Pre-Raphaelites, Edward Landseer, GF Watts, JMW Turner, Wm Morris Richard Dadd. (DVD running time 50 mins).
Monday 15 Oct. This morning we are invited by the art department of Dauntsey’s School to attend lectures given by four 6th form Art History students who have been chosen to represent the school in the national ARTiculation competition. The timetable will be 10am-12.00: refreshments: lectures; Q&A; winner announced and photos. Contact me (01380 726079) if you’re interested and I will provide all details. You will need to arrange your own transport.
Monday, 22 Oct. Jean Perrett is a local artist and in addition to her demonstration for us this morning with easel and oils, she will talk us through the stages as her painting evolves. Jean’s love of art and her inspiration to paint originates from the French Impressionists; she cites Monet’s work as being her ultimate.
Monday, 26 Nov Following the success of our ‘Trad/Mod Mix’ trip/guided tour of Tate Britain in April we’re continuing the theme by doing a ‘compare and contrast’ of 2 artists, Dame Laura Knight (1st woman R.A, member St Ives School, she also embraced English Impressionism, 1900/50’s)) and Chris Ofili whose ‘No Woman, No Cry’ (1998, Abstract) was a popular choice by members who came on Art App’s trip in April. (2 DVDs of 25 minutes each)
Monday, 3 Dec Christmas treat time! Last year we were so impressed by the treasure trove that is The Wallace Collection, we are back again by popular request! Gayna continues her guided tours and introduces us to yet more splendid and breathtaking French and Italian paintings and exquisite medieval and Renaissance decorative art. The Wallace Restaurant has a very enticing selection of meals and snacks, and for those who wish to indulge in a little shopping, the Wallace Collection is situated a few minutes’ walk of the West End.
The 2 guided tours at 12.15 & 1.30pm; max 20 per tour at £13.50pp. Coach and tour £28.00pp: coach only option, £14.50 All bookings via Jan Campbell email email@example.com; tel: 01380 721032 or at Jan’s Desk at Art App meetings. Coach leaves Corn Exchange, Devizes at 8.30am and returns 4.30pm.
NB PLEASE STATE YOUR TOUR PREFERENCE TIME WHEN BOOKING & WE’LL DO OUR BEST TO ACCOMMODATE YOU.
The following pictures were taken at Tate Britain during our recent guided tour conducted by Gayna our London guide.
(The pictures most favoured by the groups)
(Jill Ross 15 October 2018)
FIRST COME - FIRST SERVED
Please contact Jan Campbell for details and tickets for all outings. Details of trips are available in the Bi-monthly Newsletter, the Art Appreciation panel and the Notices page on this web site
Organised Group Outings. Members and friends who attend these meetings do so entirely at their own risk, and no responsibility can be taken by the U3A for any mishaps.
Group Leader Ann Darling, (see Newsletter for contact details}
1st Tuesday at the garden usually 2.20 pm for 2.30 pm start
This is a group of like-minded people who enjoy, or have enjoyed gardening, and love visiting other gardens for inspiration and pleasure. Gardens visited range from splendid manor houses to small town gardens, all beautiful in their own setting.
This group meets on the first Tuesday in the months of May to September, when we meet at the garden at 2.20 pm to start off with a tour of the garden, followed by tea and cake. Costs are generally under £10 per head for the visit and refreshments, and most of the garden owners donate the total or most of the funds to charity.
The gardens visited are mainly chosen from the National Garden Scheme booklet, which is published each year. We aim to visit gardens which accommodate groups by arrangement, thereby giving us the opportunity to be the only ones visiting at that time. Sometimes the head gardener or a gardener accompanies the group around, giving details of the planting.
We are a very friendly group and try to arrange car sharing as much as possible. . Where there are number restrictions on a visit, it is on a first come first served basis.
All the five visits this year have been very enjoyable in beautiful weather, to gardens ranging from three quarters of an acre to four acres. Our visits will resume next spring
For contact and further details please refer to the newsletter.
(Updated 15 October 2018)
To all U3A Members with an interest in using Computers with a Windows operating system.
Group Leaders; John Bailey and John Weller
The Computing group meets in the large hall of the Nursteed Centre every 4th Tuesday at 10am. The Group does not meet in December. Our meetings are aimed at all levels from beginner to expert, we all learn something. We currently have about 15 members regularly attending for a charge of £3 each meeting to cover room hire and refreshment costs. We want to attract more members. We have two sessions with a coffee break in between. Most months the first session deals with a specific topic and the second session includes a general Q and A session. Advance notice on queries is appreciated in order to give a more considered response. Our meetings consist of two 50 minute sessions with a coffee break between.
If you have any questions about the group, the subjects listed, suggestions about future topics e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If anyone has a specific subject that they would be prepared to present, or would like John to present, please tell us at the next meeting.
SUGGESTIONS for possible future topics welcomed.
(updated 26 April 2018)
Group Leaders; John Weller and Phil Sharman .See Newsletter for contact details
The iPad User group meets in the large hall of the Nursteed Centre every 2nd Tuesday at 10am. Our meetings intended to allow iPad users to exchange ideas and allow us to learn from each other.
The group has now finished for the summer and will re-start on 10 Oct at the Nursteed Centre. All meetings will be on the second Tuesday of the month.
The subs will be £3. When we re-start we will concentrate on the basics of Email. Safari, Contacts, Calendar and adding and removing apps aimed at newcomers to the iPad.
Back to list of groups (updated 22 June 2017)
Group Leader; Peter Cook
The group meets every second Tuesday of the month excepting August.
We are given titles to work on to be read aloud at the next meeting where they can be appreciated and discussed. The type of written work can be decided upon ranging from a conversation or a dramatic situation.
This month we were given the opportunity to try our hand at ‘upgrading’ some Nursery Rhymes or producing a story with the title ‘It wasn’t like Arthur to get upset’.
As you will see from the following pieces most of the group upgraded nursery rhymes with an immense variety of styles!
The contributors in alphabetical order are Beryl Barron, Susan Carter, Peter Cook, Sheila Jennings, Jan Jolly, Carol Longmore, Lesley Payea, Pat Taylor, and Geof West.
The following pieces are not in the same order. In common parlance ‘enjoy!’
Back to list of groups (updated 23 November 2017)
Group Leader Anne Saywell.
Craft and Embroidery group meets on alternate Thursdays in each other’s
homes from 10 to 12 noon. We are a very friendly lot, we bring our own
current craft with us, whatever that may be, and find that a good chat
is also a good encouragement for getting on with things and even for
getting them finished!
If you are interested in joining us please contact Sue Tovey whose details are in the newsletter.
All U3A members have the opportunity to help the organisation to grow and a mention of the display to friends and acquaintances may help to interest others who have not really considered the possibilities and friendliness that the U3A has to offer.
Back to list of groups (Updated 26th April 2018)
See Newsletter for contact and venue details. The group meets on the 3rd Tuesday of the month, 10.00 to 12.00 noon.
We choose topical subjects for discussion and ask for different volunteers to lead each month. A The atmosphere is informal and friendly. The group decides what which topics we want to discuss, occasionally we have ‘surprise topics’ when only the leader knows what the topic will be.
Please contact Group Leader if you are interested in coming, the group is almost full.
October: ‘Should medical treatment be delayed for people with unhealthy lifestyles?
November: ‘Has the me-too movement gone too far?
December: Surprise topic – no preparation necessary.
January 15th : John Stuart Mill claimed ‘It is better to be Socrates dissatisfied than a pig satisfied’. What matters in human lives?
February 19th: Should life mean life?
March 19th: Should parents have the option to choose their child’s school?
April 16th: Is democracy dying throughout the world?
We have room for a few more members in this group. Please contact the Group Leader for details
(Updated 18 October 2018)
Group Leader Jo Wright. (see Newsletter for contact and venue details)
We meet on the third Thursday of every month, at our house, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The meetings are held in a first floor sitting room.
There are usually between 10 to 12 people present but our membership is bigger. If anyone would like to join we could allow for 2 more people but beyond that I would run out of chairs if everyone attended.
Every six months we all make suggestions as to what we should discuss. We vote on the topics and I pick out the most popular subjects. We have never run out of suggestions and our choices are very varied. They range from, free speech to “ Has the time come to get rid of plastic?"
In October we are discussing whether celebrities are good role models for youngsters and if not, why?
Each month someone volunteers to lead the discussion. The person does some research beforehand and give us some information about the subject and then we open it up for everyone to speak and give their opinions. We are very informal and the discussions are lively. We find it is better to have some framework to the afternoon, apart from the break for tea at 3 p.m. Sometimes we reach a consensus but it is more interesting when we get a variety of opinions! We like people to have done a bit of research first.
We are fortunate that people are willing to lead the discussions and they do a bit of research of the facts and talk for about five minutes at the beginning of a meeting. We then open it up for everyone to speak and give their opinions. Sometimes there is a general consensus but the more interesting discussions occur when we have varying opinions. Sometimes we arrive at a conclusion, sometimes not!
We like people to do a bit of research about the subject but occasionally we take cuttings from newspapers etc and discuss them without any preamble.
(Updated 11th October 2018)
Click on the picture above for more about the Wine Appreciation Group.
"Wine is one of the most civilised things in the world and one of the natural things that has been brought to the greatest perfection, and it offers a greater range for enjoyment and appreciation than, possibly, any other purely sensory thing."
Ernest Hemingway, Death in the Afternoon.
Group Leader John Barron. See Newsletter for contact details.
We are comprised of two groups who meet monthly on the third or fourth Wednesday of the month, from 4.00 pm to 6.00 pm., in members homes. See Newsletter for contact details.
Wines, they say, get better with age. This is definitely true. The older I get, the more I enjoy them! We have recently enjoyed wines from Italy and Portugal. May brings us wines from rural France and in June we explore the Americas. The world is our oyster when it comes to wines! (Does that make sense?) We find a glass of wine helps solve lots of problems but we have to do a lot of research to find the best wine for the purpose!
September will be "simply pink"
October sees us tackling Cru Bourgeois Bordeaux.
November we have "festive wines.
December, of course, we have our Christmas Buffet Lunch.
(Updated 5 Aug 17)
We meet every 2nd and 4th Mondays from 2-4pm in members houses. New members are always welcome, so please contact the leaders for more information:
(Updated 2 March 2016)
This is a very sociable friendly group, enjoying good food, chat, and each other's company. It meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month at various good pubs and eateries in the surrounding area. Because of this, potential members must note that transport is usually necessary.
Sheila Peyman leads this group. See the Newsletter for further details.
(updated 14 Oct. 2018)
Meets 3rd Monday of month at 10.00 am
This group was founded in 1999. Over the years we've covered the Romans, Saxons, France, Islam, Judaism and the Crusades. We then delved into the history of Russia, China and India.
As membership of the group has changed, we decided to study the British Isles, starting from the Stone Age. At present we are studying The Stuarts. .
21st August Visit to Farleigh Hungerford
11th September The effects of the Civil War on Wiltshire people.
16th October Oliver Cromwell and the Commonwealth.
(Please note the change of date for Septemeber.)
Topics are presented by members of the group.
Please see the Newsletter for details.
(Updated 5 August 2017)
Group Leader Barbara Bailey and Nigel Featherstone
Sketching for Pleasure is a generic title for anyone who can hold a pencil and would like to do something with it. The Group has members ranging from ‘long term experienced’ to ‘relative beginners,’ and we are able to offer encouragement, experience and advice to all comers.
We meet between 10.00 a.m. and noon on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month except August in search of inspiration during the Autumn and Spring. We meet at Sheep Street Baptist Church in Devizes. For these meetings, the course fee is £2.00 per session, which includes ‘half time‘ refreshments.
In the Summer months we sometimes venture outdoors in search of some more varied locations and subjects.
The Group Leader can be contacted by telephone (see Newsletter) - or by e-mail ; email@example.com
(Updated 24 October 2018)
All French groups are of mixed ability and run on similar lines. They are generally based on a book titled “La Grammaire en Clair” but vary on emphasis a little.
The main aim of the groups is to improve our vocabularies and pronunciation, with the emphasis on speaking French . Each group achieves this in different ways either from reading text, or listening to /and watching CD,s of BBC Open University programmes, but , beware! One or two of the groups have (optional) homework!!!
There are at present three groups Each one is generally attended by people living nearby. They are held in the group leaders homes and space is limited. However, there is a waiting list and if enough people were on it, there is always the possibility of another group starting
Group 1 meets on the 2nd Friday at 10.00 am in the leaders home. (we have mixed abilities but all members of the group contribute.) In January we will not be meeting in the first week of the month, but the second: January 11th . We will be finishing ‘The Heiress’ adapted by Goetz fome ‘Washing Square’ by Henry James. Plays we are considering reading subsequently are ‘Candida’, Shaw, ‘The Tempest’, Shakespeare and some TV plays by Jack Rosenthal The group is currently full.
Group 2 meets on the 4th Friday at 10.00 am in the leader's home. ( We continue to talk as much as possible in French and are normally 5/6 in umber. This allows everyone to have some input, which is important. We do some quizzes, listen to a podcast as well as read from our set book. Group now full.
Group 3 meets in the leader's home at 10.30 am on 3rd Friday's. The group is now full with a short waiting list.
Group 4 meets on the 1st and 3rd Mondays in leaders home, from 2.30 to 4.0 pm. We converse in French and read and translate a novel. The group is now full. We look forward to the film club putting on a French film.
All the meetings are very sociable, good fun , relaxed and with refreshments.
Please see the Newsletter for more contact and group leaders details.
1st Wednesday in the leader’s home at 2.00pm. Nina Woolrych.
In October and November we read ‘Dancing at Lughnasa’ by Brian Friel. This was followed by ‘She Stoops to Conquer, by Oliver Goldsmith in January and February. Then in April and May we read ‘Time and the Conways’ by JB Priestley. We are about to finish ‘ Major Barbara’ by George Bernard Shaw.
The next plays will be ‘Hobson’s Choice by Harold Brighouse and ‘Billy Liar’ by Willis Hall and Keith Waterhouse
After ‘Billy Liar’ we will read ‘The Merry Wives of Windsor’ by Shakespeare and ‘Mansfield Park’ by Jane Austen, adapted by Constance Cox.
There is room for one or two new members in this group.
(See Newsletter for contact details for both these groups)
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We normally meet on the 4th Wednesday of each month at 10.00 am at
members’ homes, usually mine. We read a variety of plays, mostly in
a light-hearted mood. We travel through theatrical time reading
classics and other plays from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.
The group is now full.
Catharine Sharples. Back
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18 September 2018)
We normally meet on the 4th Wednesday of each month at 10.00 am at members’ homes, usually mine. We read a variety of plays, mostly in a light-hearted mood. We travel through theatrical time reading classics and other plays from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.
The group is now full.
Back to list of groups (updated 18 September 2018)
We have been going for about 10 years now and have about 30 members.
We meet on the second Monday of the month in the Crown Centre at 10a.m.
We have an outing every August - this year we are having a conducted tour of Marlborough.
Sometimes we show a DVD or Video.
Today we watched a DVD about South Wiltshire - a bit long but otherwise very good indeed.
Next month, December14th. we shall have our annual social time and quiz - will anyone get more than half the questions right?
Sometimes a member of the group researches a topic of interest to them and then shares their information with the rest of us.
Usually in December we have a quiz - and surprise ourselves on how little we actually know about the area where we live!
The following activities are still to be confirmed;
14th August Guided walk around Melksham.
11th September Talk - Joseph Priestley.
Phone Marlene Lewis , for contact details see Newsletter.
Local History had an guided tour of the Chippenham Museum and behind the scene store where they had an Irvin flying jacket. Alan Frost, who wore a similar one as a WW2 Spitfire pilot, was persuaded to try it on when we were treated to refreshments after our tour.
Meet on 1st Friday in the Committee Room at the Crown Centre at 10.0am
Founded in 1996, initially to promote an appreciation of modern novels, the group has since expanded its interest to include all literary novels, now even dipping into the classics.
Our aim is to choose books that are sufficiently thought-provoking to generate debate. We enjoy a lively discussion, advocating the merits or otherwise of our chosen subject and benefiting from each other's insights. It is hoped that we will be encouraged, not only to read books we might otherwise have overlooked, but more importantly to continue enjoying reading.
We currently have a full complement of members. Anyone wishing to join the waiting list should contact Jenny Warren or Annette Percival.
After a short break this group is up and running again. We meet on the 2nd Friday of the month at 2.30pm in members' homes. One of the group gives us a short introduction to their chosen poet and then each member reads a poem of their choice from the poets works. After a cup of tea and biscuit we then each read a second poem.
Occasionally instead of a particular poet we explore poems on a theme, such as Christmas. We have studied poets from the time of Shakespeare up to the present day and as well as learning about poets new to us, we share our enjoyment of the poetry itself.
August Own Choice
September Seamus Heaney
Group Leader Jenny Pape. Please see the Newsletter for contact details
(last updated 5 August 2017)
Please could you take out the Summer Lunch date and the reference to the Away Day (which didn't happen in the end. Also take out (2017) from the note about photos. I don't think we have aged that much since 2017 but I will ask Sue if she has any more recent photos. Many thanks.
I will write to the GLs today to remind them to update their entries.
This group meets every Thursday OR Friday morning. Walks range from 5 - 8 miles, and involve travel to all corners of Wiltshire - and the bits in between. We meet in the car park at Devizes Sports Club in London Road, Devizes (the road end) and travel to the start of the walk in as few cars as possible. You will need walking boots, rucksack, coffee, water, lunch and/or snacks plus wet weather gear - maybe! We often have a drink together in a local pub at the end of a walk, and a pub lunch about once a month.
A programme is produced every four months detailing the forthcoming walks. We are a self-motivated group and members are encouraged to lead at least one walk during the year We are always happy to help new members with suggestions for routes and someone to practise with.
We haven't yet fixed a date for our Away Day.
If you are interested in joining us please contact Jane Bull via < firstname.lastname@example.org > She will be happy to take details, ascertain which day of the week you would like to walk and ensure a warm welcome when you join us.
Click HERE to view pictures taken earlier this year
Group Leaders Diana Tighe and John Weller
Contact details in Newsletter OR e-mail email@example.com,
This group is for those who like walks of around 3 to 6 miles. You will need your bus pass if you have one. Our walks take us to Avebury and the Ridgeway, Bishops Cannings and Wansdyke, Bradford on Avon and the Kennet and Avon Canal and to Bath for river walks and boat trips. After each walk we always have a pub/cafe lunch.
Changes are made to our programmes from time to time. Before a walk, new members are advised to ring the leaders to check walk details.
The following are a few pictures of previous walks to give readers a flavour of our activities! Contact Diane or John for the walking programmes.
(updated 2 June 2017)
Joyce McMurray, Walk Leader. e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
See Newsletter for contact details.
The group is now full and closed to new members. We are having to do this as we have got to a regular number of people who attend the walks, who comfortably fit on the bus.
Welcome to the Friday Bus Pass Walkers, walking every Friday, if possible, with the information for the day, buses, route, obstacles etc. sent by email (or phone if necessary) a day or so beforehand. This is so I can choose our walk according to the weather conditions at the time.
If you would like to help in starting up another Group, or would like to go on a wait list, please contact me.
Back to list of groups (Updated 22 October 2018)
Joyce McMurray Geology Group Leader
Before counting the stars have a look underfoot.
Daily it is forced home on the mind of the geologist that nothing, not even the wind that blows, is so unstable as the level of the crust of this Earth.
The Geology Group meets in the Family Room of the Conservative Club on the first Tuesday of the month at 10-12am. It usually consists of a talk, a break for tea/coffee and a biscuit, then a discussion/display. There is a charge of £1.20 per session which covers the cost of the room and refreshments. Occasionally we meet elsewhere. You are welcome to join any of our sessions, or come on a regular basis. Our programme is available in the newsletter.
Our programme may sometimes change if there is a serious geological event in the world, when we will look at the rocks and forces in the affected region.
Each year we take a few day Field Trip; this year (2018) to Exmouth. Below are some of the highlights from each Geological day of the trip.
Click HERE for a list and selection of pictures from each geology day.
(Updated 7 November 2018)
The group meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month at Rowde village hall from 2.0pm until 4.30pm.
aim to provide a playing forum that is forward looking and pleasurable to
enjoy by playing bridge without an over serious element but one which has
personal improvement in mind.
Acol is played as standard and includes Acol conventions such as – Weak No Trump – Strong No Trump – Weak Takeout – Gerber – Blackwood – Strong Two’s – Quantative Bidding – Two Club openings and responses and other useful conventions that the group members may wish to present and consider from time to time.
The group is not suitable for complete beginners as we do not offer basic tuition which is in fact better provided by teachers with a good knowledge of current trends in respect of the game, and who would perhaps not lead new players into bad or out of date habits!!!! Although all of our members are open to new and interesting methods of improving play.
We are able to accommodate a few more players and either of the two group leaders would be delighted to hear from you if you would like to join this friendly group.
If you are a bridge player come along and join our friendly group. There isa no need to have a partner. Rowde Village Hall is easy to find and rthere is plenty of parking. We have space for new members so do come along and join us.
Judy Whittle / Pat Bruce (contact details available in the bi-monthly newsletter)
(Updated 5 August 2017)
Group Leader Leslie Smith.
The group continues to meet every other Monday at 10-30 a.m. There are currently ten members and attendance is usually between six and eight. Membership has been fairly stable for a while now so we are becoming increasingly proficient. We can accommodate two or three new members. Meetings are held in member’s homes on alternate Mondays from 10.30 pm to 12.30.
A monthly crossword helps in extending our vocabulary, translating a Spanish language comic strip cartoon introduces a little light relief.
If you would like to join us please see the Notices for contact details.
This group started in 2012 because the original reading group was full. We meet in the leader's home at 2pm on the second Thursday of the month.
The group is now full.
To go on a waiting list please contact Jenny Macey. (Contact details in the Newsletter)
(Updated 11 October 2018)
1st & 3rd Tuesdays in the leader's home from 2.00 to 3.30pm
The belle ringing team are starting up again after a long break, with plenty of enthusiasm to make it work. We could accommodate 1 or two new members, if you are interested give me a ring. Jean Moss
(Contact details in the Newsletter)
(updated 29 March 2018)
Potterne Art Group
Potterne Village Hall, 2.0 pm to 4.0 pm on the first and third Tuesdays of the month with a holiday break in August.
We are a friendly group of would be artists who enjoy getting together twice a month to improve our skills and stimulate one another by trying new ideas and techniques. At the end of each session we display our efforts and chat over what we’ve done.
We took a summer break in August when some of us put our paints away and now have to rummage around and find them for the autumn session starting on September 5th. Remaining dates are September 19th, October 3rd and 17th, November 7th and 21st, and December 5th and 19th.
The sessions are generally led by members of the group, with local artists visiting from time to time to run workshops. We’ve worked mainly in watercolour with occasional forays into pen and ink, pen and wash and acrylics. This session Margaret Thomson is introducing us to Brueghel and Ria Rys-Reuten is leading a session on scraperboard art.
Why not come along, join in the fun and discover your hidden talents - you could be another Camille Pissarro or Pablo Picasso.
If you would like to know more please contact Wendy Johnson (See Newsletter for contact details)
(Updated 28 August 2017)
Group leaders; John and Linda Totten. e-mail email@example.com
As from January 2018, this group will meet on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month .[ previously 2nd and 4th].
New members very welcome.
Only £2.50 per session - don't forget to bring a drink, as it can be thirsty work.
The venue , the Wyvern centre , small hall 2-4pm remains unchanged.
Back to list of groups (Updated 28 November 2017)
2nd Tuesday (variable) Group Leader; Jean Allen
Evolving from the Thursday/Friday walking groups, this group tackles longer walks, 9 - 12 miles. Sometimes these are "way marked" as well as circular routes. By its nature, often requiring car shuttles or overnight stops, this group is limited in number and is presently full. However vacancies will occur so please contact the co-ordinator if you are interested.
Contact details are in the Newsletter.
Group Leader Andy Geddes (See Newsletter for contact details)
There are now two Italian Groups - Italian for Beginners and Italian. Both are run by Andy Geddes
Italian - We are working on our reading, speaking and listening skills using a range of sources, but always focussing on Italian life and culture as well as our love of the Italian language. The group meets on the second Monday in the Leader's home at 2.30 pm . Full complement at present.
Italian for Beginners - This Group is for those with no previous knowledge of Italian, and is working on conversational basics and the vocabulary needed for travel, shopping and eating out using the BBC "Talk Italian" course. Meets on 1st and 3rd Mondays in the Leaders home. Full complement at present.
(Updated 5 August 2017)
Group Leader Diana Cowdrey (see Newsletter for other contact details)
Every Tuesday at Needham House from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm
This new group is up and running. We now have a scrabble board suitable for people with visual impairment.
All are welcome, and we would love to see some new faces. (We have room for 2 more players)
(Updated 28 March 2017)
For more information contact the group leader, Sheila Mitchell (details in the newsletter)
Reading Group 3 meets in members' homes at 7.30 pm on the fourth Tuesday in the month.
We read and discuss a wide range of books (mainly fiction) chosen by group members.
The books may be classical or modern and are written by authors from various countries and backgrounds.There are currently spaces for new members.
(11 October 2017)
Group Leader Catherine Wright. 3rd Thursday in the month, 2.00 pm in members homes.
(See Newsletter for contact details) The group is now full.
(Updated 5 August 2017)
Alternate Tuesdays. Group Leader; Diana Slater.
(Contact details in the Newsletter)
This is a game similar to rummy but played with tiles decorated with Chinese symbols but fortunately English numbers. Initially the game appears complicated but by learning a few basic hands it is soon possible to participate in a game and win. Although there are 81 scoring hands, these do not need to be learnt in one go. What usually happens is that a new player learns a few hands and then as they see other hands being played they investigate further to extend their own repertoire of methods. You can build up at your own speed whilst still enjoying the game.
For those who have played before we follow the rules established in 1998 to reconcile the many different versions of Mah Jong and a book explaining it all can be purchased from the group leader. For those who have never played before tuition is given during your first couple of sessions and then you will be raring to go.
Our group is a friendly group enjoying interesting chats on most topics whilst also exercising our brains. From the latest research these are some of the requirements to ward off loneliness and dementia as we age.
We meet on alternative Tuesdays throughout the year, normally near the brewery but occasionally in Potterne. For more information please contact the group leader, Diana Slater. .
As a group, we look forward to meeting you.
(Updated 6 March 2018)
Group Leaders Wendy Weller and Barbara Bailey (Contacts in Newsletter)
4th Thursday at St. James Parish Rooms, Victoria Road, Devizes, 2.00 to 4.00 pm
This group is for all those interested in textiles of any form and wanting to try out different techniques. No experience is necessary, just enthusiasm. It is hoped that each month will have a different topic to be decided by the group. We will continue to meet during the summer. Unfortunately we are full at the moment but if you would like to join the group please contact Wendy Weller or Barbara Bailey.
(updated 5 August 2017)
Please note that Chrissi is to suspend the Family History Group for now, with a view to starting up again at the end of the year.
The groups meet on the 2nd Monday and 4th Thursday, at 2.15 pm, both at the Family History's Society's Resource Centre at the Bath Road Business Centre.
The aim of the group sessions is to make the resources of the Wiltshire Family History Society available and, with the help of volunteers, to enable people to make progress with their research. You do not need to have Wiltshire ancestors to take part.
The Monday group is currently full and the Thursday group will restart once I have enough names on the waiting list so if you are interested, please contact me to be added to the list.
Chrissi Gedes (See Newsletter for contact details)
(5 August 2017)
I have about 100 jigsaws ranging from 500 - 5000 pieces which are the basis of the Jigsaw Lending Library. Unwanted jigsaws would be appreciated to add to the library. Just contact me anytime to come and make your choice, no time limit for returning them, borrow more then one. Just enjoy puzzling.
Contact details in the Newsletter
2nd and 4th Wednesdays, 4.00 pm - 6.00 pm at Market Lavington Community Hall
Group Leader Lynn Austin (see Newsletter for contact details)
If Table Tennis was your 'thing' and you are out of practice but missing the buzz, this new group may be for you. All equipment provided. A few more players welcome.
We meet at the Community Hall in Market Lavington where there are four tables and all the necessary equipment.
The cost will depend on numbers but shouldn't be more than £2.00 per session. Numbers will be limited to give everyone a chance for plenty of games.
(updated 6 August 2017)
To all U3A Members with an interest in Lip Reading.
Contact Group Leader Tish Nelson (contact details in the Newsletter)
After discussion with new and existing members it has been agreed to meet the 2nd Thursday of the month, 2.00 to 3.30pm at The Village Hall, Cock Road, Rowde. Coast £2 (will be less if there are more members).
Sessions based upon Tish’s work in the NHS teaching Lip Reading.
Next meetings 12th January 2017, 9th February, and 9th March.
(updated 2 Jan. 2017)
Group Leader Gloria Droy. e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
(see Newsletter for other contact details)
Every Thursday in the 1st Devizes Scout Hall on Southbroom Road
No sessions 27 September, 4 and 18 October 2018.
from 10.00 am to 11.00 am plus 30m minutes social coffee time.
There will be a charge of £2 for the venue and refreshments.
"EXTEND" is a countrywide organisation specialising in exercise to music for older people. Extend's mission is to promote health, increase mobility, improve strength, co-ordination and balance.
(updated 19th August 2018)
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