Notices for Members

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Industrial Visits

Visit to Royal Mint

The next Industrial Museums visit will be to the Royal Mint on Friday 9th February 2018 (please note the change of date from the earlier programme).  The coach will leave Station Rd car park at 0830 returning to Devizes by 1700.  The cost will be £30 including coach travel, museum entry and driver’s gratuity.  To book please contact John Weller  - contact details in the Newsletter 

Visit to Bletchley Park

The following visit will be to Bletchley Park in April, details in the next newsletter.  Unfortunately the visit to Milestones has had to be cancelled as the museum is closed on the day we want to visit, I hope to be able to put it on another time. To book please contact John Weller  - contact details in the Newsletter 

(31 October 2017)


Wednesday Walkers Holiday – Eastbourne

 The Wednesday Walkers will be having their usual walking holiday in May.  This year we are going to stay in Eastbourne.  We will have two walks of just over 5 miles each; one will be along the South Downs Way via Chanctonbury Ring and the other along the Seven Sisters cliffs including Beachy Head.  On the day that we don’t walk we will visit Churchill’s old house at Chartwell. 

We will leave Devizes on Monday 14th May 2018 returning on Friday 18th May.  The cost will depend on numbers but will not exceed £370.  This will include all travel, all meals except lunch and the driver’s gratuity.  It will not include entrance to Chartwell. 

 We still have a few double/twin rooms available, if you are interested please contact John Weller  - contact details in the Newsletter

(31 October 2017)




New Group:  Exercise to Music

with ‘Extend’ teacher Gloria Droy 

 The group will be meeting at 1st Devizes Scout Hall on 

Southbroom Road from tomorrow, Thursday 26th Oct

Gloria Droy.       e-mail

25th October 2017





 Group Leader Jeff Meddings

Times they are a Changin’

As you know, I am standing down as Group Leader of this wonderful class. I took over in 2007 and, by Christmas, will have completed the best part of 11 years.  During this time some Eighty U3A members have graced our tables and, amazing as it seems, Four stalwarts from my first register - Janet Church, Charles Slater, Margaret Thompson and Antonia Tolhurst, still ‘grace our tables ‘ – such stamina !!  There have been 242 sessions with an average attendance of 17.5 at each.

We have peaked at 22 at the Crown Centre with 13 as the lowest.  Summer attendances always fall off some but we did manage our record low this year with 3 optimists turning up at Drews Pond during continuous downpour – madness ! 

Over the years we have visited some 54 summer locations – some of them several times – and these have motivated some of our most satisfying work .  The production of 5 Calendars proved very time consuming but equally satisfying as a means for exhibiting our work. 

Other useless statistics could include 11 Christmas Parties ; 4114 cups of tea or coffee and no-one ever bothered to monitor the ‘countless biscuits’ without which we could never survive the stress of our Wednesday mornings.  We did manage to survive a real crisis when, in May 2011, the Crown Centre cellars flooded and we were relocated (courtesy of Devizes Museum) for a few months while they dried themselves out. Continued improvement has been the result – ALL of YOU – and we Need It To Continue.

Webmaster's note.  I picked up this article from the "Sketching for Improvers" web entry update.  As you will gather he has run an extremely successful and long-standing group for some years.   The Group needs a new group leader - so come on all you 600 Devizes U3A members - someone come forward to succeed him!  



Would you like to do something to help the RSPB?

The RSPB is the country’s largest nature conservation charity, inspiring everyone to give nature a home. Together with our partners, we protect threatened birds and wildlife so our towns, coast and countryside will teem with life once again. We play a leading role in BirdLife International, a worldwide partnership of nature conservation organisations.

for a poster


KNIT AND NATTER  -  A small group of members who meet at home.  

Denise Leaning.  See Newsletter for contact details.


PIANO DUETS/TRIOS.   If you would like me to find someone OF YOUR STANDARD who would like to play fun or serious piano duets or trios come to my house one day and we can explore the possibilities.

Patricia Jones.   See Newsletter for contact details.


Proposed new guitar group

La Guitarra 

Anyone want to play Spanish Guitar? Just for the joy of music. Any standard, Solo or Ensemble informal playing the emphasis is on enjoying yourself with music and no pressure. Learn and play together all are welcome by appointment in and around Devizes.

Contact Morgan Andrews  



Members may find it useful to access other web sites which may be of interest.

The following table provide links to our nearest U3A neighbours.   Click on the name and it will take you to their respective web sites. 

Chippenham Devizes Kennet
Salisbury - Salisbury & District Salisbury - Sarum Salisbury - Spire
Swindon Trowbridge Pewsey
Westbury Warminster  

 Other Useful Links;   

The Third Age Trust;

SW Regional Web Site 

SW Region Network Report  

SW Regional Volunteers for Workshops and Conferences.

National Office information to secretaries



The latest National Mailing is available at    You may need a login to access it.

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There is now a small Chess Group with just 3 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, contact details in the Newsletter.



2nd and 4th Wednesdays         4.00 pm - 6.00 pm

If Table Tennis was your 'thing' and you are out of practice but missing the buzz, this new group may be for you.  

We are proposing to 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: if you are interested contact ;

See Newsletter for contact details





A booklet - "Little Book of Big Scams" - has been passed on to U3A's by the Third Age Trust which makes good reading and may be of interest to our members. 





Locations of Defibrillators in Devizes

I am now pleased to tell you that these locations are listed on: > 'Community' tab below (drop down menu > 'Defibrillators in Devizes') This gives you both the addresses and the names of the locations

Lena Mullins, Devizes U3A First Aid Rep.



Proposed New Groups


Afternoon Reading Group
If anyone is interested in joining a new afternoon Reading Group please would they contact Catherine Wright, contact details in the Newsletter.


Quiz Group
Is there anyone out there who would like to start/join a Quiz Group?  If so please would you contact Jane Bull in the first instance and she will put you in touch with each other.




There are occasions when special events have been organised by a group which may clash with another Groups special events.  The following table lists in date order special events to help members to decide which to support or, perhaps more importantly, to prevent double booking and potential loss of deposit.  The list is not intended for the regular group meetings.  If group leaders wish to add to the list please provide the Webmaster and Newsletter Editor with the appropriate details.





Over the years since the Devizes U3A started the Committee have maintained archive information and our current Archivist is Jeannie Bradley. She has a Scrapbook for interesting items which she began last year and would be pleased to receive contributions e.g. news cuttings, photographs or programmes etc.  Dates & name of newspaper and also names of people featured in the photographs should be included.  She can be contacted by e-mail:- 



Wiltshire Online (part of Wiltshire Council) are trying to help people get online by offering help with setting up, etc – ideal for some of our new users, since their website also includes user guides for a number of subjects which could be invaluable to some of our own members. . They are trying to help people get online by offering help with setting up, etc. 

Details of this new service can be found by visiting



What is the Devizes U3A? 

It has been described as a ‘Youth Club for retired people’.......


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Third Age Trust Resources

The Third Age Trust has an extensive collection of resources including transparencies, videos, DVD's etc. (but not books) that are available on free loan to U3A groups by contacting:  Elizabeth Gibson, Resources Centre Manager, Third Age Trust, 19 east Street, Bromley, Kent, BR1 1QH, or telephone 0208 3150199 (Tuesdays and Thursdays only) or e-mail  

for a list of U3A merchandise.

and for an order form for the merchandise

See also the Third Age Trust web site   They also issue their own publications about various aspects of the U3A including advice on setting up new groups, and three times a year produce "Sources: An Educational Bulletin",   each issue focusing on a particular aspect of learning.

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If any group leaders have material relating to their groups activity during the past year - items of work, photographs, written articles etc. - would they please send copies of these to our Archivist Peter Franks .  These would be of interest and available to all upon request,  and worth displaying.

Gift Aid

Members are reminded that if they are UK taxpayers and they complete a Gift Aid Declaration, we,  as a registered charity, will  be able to reclaim £2.53 from the Inland Revenue.   Members whom have already completed a declaration do not need to complete a new one.   Members who have completed a declaration in the past but are now no longer paying tax will need to inform the Treasurer so that we do not claim back tax to which we are not entitled.

Wiltshire Museum of Archaeological and Natural History Society

Devizes and District U3A has institutional membership.  John Simpson is the contact and receives the Society's Magazines etc., which are available to U3A members on request.  In addition to the permanent displays the museum has a programme of changing exhibitions and events.   The Museum  would offer 50% discount on admission to any Devizes U3A member and one guest on production of their U3A Membership Card at the desk.  

One-off Sessions

Do you have a skill or interest that you would like to share with other members?   Would you be prepared to give a one-off talk or workshop?   If so please contact  Jane Bull,  Group Leaders Co-ordinator, or any Committee member.

The Website

Members and Group Leaders are invited to contribute original articles, items of news, pictures, reports from group meetings - in fact anything which may be of general interest to the branch. Contact by e-mail please to  .  I would like to see the group leaders updating their information on the Group Activities page please. 

There has been an upsurge of interest in the web site in recent months and more contributions from members are most welcome. Just send your contributions by e-mail to


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Visitors to this web site requiring further information please contact the Webmaster, Derek Henry. e-mail  It is the policy of the Branch Committee not to display  personal telephone numbers or home addresses.

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