Notices for Members
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Tuesday 30th April 2019
Blaenavon Big Pit and Ironworks
Leave Station Rd car park at 0900 returning to Devizes at about 1800.
Cost will be £15 including coach travel and driverís gratuity, museum entry free.
Details at http://museum.wales/bigpit
Monday 15th July 2019
Blists Hill Victorian Town, Museum of Iron and Ironbridge.
Leave Station Rd car park at 0730 returning to Devizes at about 2030.
Cost will be £40 including coach travel, driverís gratuity and museum entry.
Details at www.ironbridge.org.uk
Thursday 19th Sept 2019
Leave Station Rd car park at 0900 returning to Devizes at about 1900.
Cost will be £30 including coach travel, driverís gratuity and entry .
Details at www.beaulieu.co.uk.
These trips are open to all U3A members and their spouses or partners. I will take bookings at any time but will not ask for payment until about 3 weeks before the trip.
RHS Hampton Court Flower Show -
Thursday 4 July 2019
day's outing to the spectacular RHS Flower Show - stunning floral
displays, lots of garden inspirations, and much more.
Change is afoot with the Newsletter !
It has been decided that we will move from 6 issues each year to 4, starting with the next one. In future therefore the Newsletter will come out in December, March, June and September.
This means that those Group Leaders that provide information for forthcoming meeting will have to do so for 3 months rather than just 2 as at present.
The upside is of course that they will only have to do so 4 times a year instead of the present 6.
(Changes to group activities which occur at shorter notice can be made to the Group Activities web site entries. These changes can normally be made immediately depending on the availability of the Webmaster.)
13 September 2018
Iíve just have just been
a another scam call going the rounds. The caller is a very aggressive
male who claims to be from HMRC and says that the person owes a sum of
money in unpaid tax and unless they pay it immediately they will be
arrested. If the person is not in they leave a message to call a
particular number. If the number is called they get the same
28th July 2018
I have just been
advised of a possible telephone scam. A number of members have received
calls, usually recorded but not always, variously claiming to be from BT
or Sky, saying that your broadband is about to be cut off and to press
1. They were suspicious and put the phone down. I understand that if
they had pressed 1 the caller would have had access to her router.
FIRST AID COURSES for £10
Members pay only £10 - U3A pay a £20 subsidy per member!
Courses are 3 hours long, run by an experienced trainer and focus on
Emergency Life Support (ELS) for all ages, including a defibrillator demonstration and 3 short 'real life situation' videos.
The next course is scheduled for Thursday October 18th, starting at 12:30 and held at Nursteed Community Centre.
If you have never received training before or maybe just need a refresher, please email me, Lena Mullins, at firstname.lastname@example.org or speak to me or a committee member at a Monthly Meeting or Coffee Morning.
The National Newsletter is produced monthly and contains many useful links and articles which may be of interest to our members. Go to https://www.u3a.org.uk/ and select the Newsletter link. You can sign up to receive it by e-mail or else view the recent Newsletters by clicking on their "see newsletter archive" link.
The latest National Mailing is available at http://www.u3a.org.uk/members-area/national-office-mailings-2/2017/1021-gm-05-17/file.html. You may need a login to access it.
Please note that the Family History group is to be suspended, hoping to re-start it by the end of the year.
There are still
a number of seats left on the Industrial Museums group visit to the Black
Country Living Museum (www.bclm.co.uk) on 9th July. The cost is £34 each and
the trip is open to U3A members, their spouses or partners and friends. The
coach will leave Station Rd car park in Devizes at 0800 and we should be back
If you are interested please contact John Weller at email@example.com
Locations of Defibrillators in Devizes
I am now pleased to tell you that these locations are listed on: www.devizes-tc.gov.uk > '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 group - Croquet
Croquet is a game suited to any age which can be played by men and women and is becoming increasingly popular. I intend to run a beginners course on Tuesday mornings from 10.00 am to 12 Noon., starting in April. This will be a thirteen week structured course of instruction after which beginners will have a good idea of how to play the game. I did this same course last year and half a dozen members, whilst not yet experts, are now enjoying the game.
Why donít you come along and join them ?
It is a surprisingly skilful and complex game combining elements of snooker with the tactics of chess. Croquet epitomises a tranquil summerís afternoon sport. Once the relatively simple strokes have been mastered, the game is both fascinating and fun to play.
The cost will be £10.00 for all thirteen sessions. No special clothing is required and all equipment needed will be provided. The venue is Urchfont Cricket Club and perhaps we can arrange some car sharing scheme.
If you would like to learn and participate in this interesting and enjoyable game please contact me as soon as possible.
John Barron ( see Newsletter for contact details)
Would you like to do something to help the RSPB?
The RSPB is the countryís 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.
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Proposed new guitar group
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Other Useful Links;
The Third Age Trust; www.u3a.org.uk
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.
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.
Click HERE FOR A COPY
Proposed New Groups
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:- email@example.com
WILTSHIRE ON LINE
Wiltshire Online (part of Wiltshire Council) are trying to help people get online by offering help with setting up, etc Ė 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 www.wiltshireonline.org
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
|for a list of U3A merchandise.||
and for an order form for the merchandise
See also the Third Age Trust web site www.u3a.org.uk 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 email@example.com . These would be of interest and available to all upon request, and worth displaying.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org . 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 email@example.com
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