Notices for Members

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       Christmas  Party 2017    

The Devizes U3A Christmas Party will be held on 12th December at 2pm for 2:30pm in the Wyvern Club.  It will follow the format of previous years with a few favourite carols plus various 'turns' including the famous panto dames with a glass of sherry to get you in the mood.

If you have a party piece you would like to do, max 5 minutes, please contact Sue,

There won't be any charge and we are not having tickets, just turn up on the day between 2 and 2:30.  It will be announced in the newsletter but we are sending this email as we are already being asked about tickets. If you have any friends who might like to go but are not on email please let them know.   

If you have any queries please contact John,  .





Devizes U3A offers subsidised St John's Ambulance first aid courses to members at the bargain price of £10 instead of the normal £30. 

The course focuses on Emergency Life Support and is held at the St John's HQ on the Hopton Industrial Estate. 

There are a few places left on the next course which is on Tuesday October 17th.   If you are interested, if you have never trained before or maybe just need a refresher, please email Lena Mullins at

(29 September 2017)



New Group:  Exercise to Music

with ‘Extend’ teacher Gloria Droy 

The Exercise to Music Group is cancelled for 7th September.

The first class will now be on 14th Sept at the Nursteed Community Centre from 10.00am until 11.00am, with tea and coffee to follow.

Gloria Droy.       e-mail

15th September 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. (

Monday 16th April 2018 – Bletchley Park  ( Monday 9th July 2018 – Black Country Living Museum (

Tues 18th Sept 2018 – Butser Ancient Farm  (

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!





       AGM 2017: Live streaming




Dear members,

We are looking forward to welcoming many of you to the conference, and, for the first time, to give those who are unable to attend the chance to watch the AGM live on the internet. This live streaming will enable all you who wish to hear and see what is happening at the AGM, and to listen to the morning presentation before and the constitutional discussion after.

To access the AGM live stream, visit on 31st August. The whole day will be broadcast so tune in from around 9am to catch the morning speaker, Jo Coleman. The full programme is available at

This link is the first time we have tried to engage with members in this way, and we hope once we have learned the lessons of what works well and what needs to improve, to offer more accessibility to members in this way.

We are now settled into Lant Street, and have had our first visitor, and hope to see many more of you if you are visiting London.




 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.



We are organising a visit to St Fagans National Museum of History near Cardiff. It is an open-air museum chronicling the historical lifestyle,  culture, and architecture of the Welsh people ( a bit like the Weald & Downland museum we visited recently but less rural. 

We will be travelling by coach leaving from Station Rd car park at 0830 on  Tuesday 19 Sep 17.  The cost will be £20 each. 

If you are interested please contact me, John Weller, at,



The Third Age Trust

 National Survey 2017

What are the factors that should determine your right to retain your driving licence?


The National Research sub-Committee, with the regional research project advisers, has been looking at ways of encouraging research as an activity for new, or existing, groups within individual U3As.   We have come up with the idea of a national survey, on a topic of current interest, which will  provide a basis on which a number of other research projects can be run.
The survey, in the form of a short questionnaire, asks “What are the factors that should determine your right to retain your driving licence?”.   The hundreds of thousands of U3A members are potentially affected by this issue and the survey is a unique opportunity for you to provide your views. To complete the survey click the 'Take the survey' button.  Your response will, of course, be completely anonymous. Please forward this to any of your members who may be interested in completing the survey.
An initial analysis of the results will be published, but the idea is to provide the full results and the underlying data to U3As with ideas and suggestions of what kind of further research may be undertaken, though we expect there will be a great deal of local initiative. 
Research is an interesting and rewarding way of working with others, learning new skills, developing ideas, coming up with questions and finding answers – and usually more questions!  Assistance will be available to help where research is an unfamiliar activity.

We hope that this survey will stimulate interest in research and provide yet another way for you to learn, laugh and live. 
Your help in making this survey a success is very much appreciated

Click on this link to participate in the survey.



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





Members may find interesting the following document resulting from the Third Age Trust Governance Survey in which we at Devizes participated.  Click on the link below to view the complete document.

Third Age Trust  -  Governance Consultation Survey

View this email in your browser

Governance Consultation Survey

Please find below a link to the Findings and Recommendations of the Working Group into the future structure of the Third Age Trust. Please forward this on to any interested U3A members.

Many thanks,
The Third Age Trust

Findings and Recommendations




Summer Schools 2017

This year we are running three National Summer Schools and currently we have places on :
Summer School 1 – Harper Adams University, Newport, Shropshire  – 17-20 July
History of the Workhouse
Literature – Elizabeth Gaskell
Sexuality in the Ancient World
Summer School 2 – Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester – 14-17 August
Creative Writing – Erotic Genre
Literature – Dickens & Great Expectations
Music Before the Microchip
Summer School 3 – Royal Agricultural University – Cirencester – 11-14 September
History – Law & Order in Anglo-Saxon England
Opera  of the ‘Early Romantic’ Period
The Russian Revolutions a Hundred Years on




The Third Age Trust


29th August - 31st August (AGM 31st August)

at the East Midlands Conference Centre , Nottingham University.

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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.




We are pleased to announce that the video recording of our Celebration of 1,000 U3As is now available to view on our YouTube Channel. Click the banner below to be directed there. It is also availble form the home page of the website.
Please forward this email to any members who may be interested.



Special offers for U3A Members
U3A Members can now purchase a 3-month National Art Pass for just £10. Visit for more information. You have until 20th March 2017 to take advantage of this offer.
Additionally, use the discount code U3A2017 for 10% off all services at


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.


Devizes U3A Monthly Meetings.


This is how the refreshment rota actually works.   No gender problems here you note!





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


If you are interested in joining us please click here

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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