Notices for Members

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The Geology Group

A twin room has become available on the Geology Group's holiday in Exmouth from the 24th to 28th Sept.  It will be £359 DBB for single occupancy or £339 DBB per person for double occupancy.  The offer is open to anyone interested in Geology or anyone who just wants a holiday in Exmouth.
 
If you or any of your friends/relatives are interested please contact Joyce McMurray on 01380 726715 as soon as you can.A twin room has become available on the Geology Group's holiday in Exmouth from the 24th to 28th Sept.  It will be £359 DBB for single occupancy or £339 DBB per person for double occupancy.  The offer is open to anyone interested in Geology or anyone who just wants a holiday in Exmouth.

 
If anyone is interested please contact Joyce McMurray as soon as  possible.

(contact details in the Newsletter)                  (16th September 2018

 

BROADBAND SCAMS

13 September 2018

I’ve just have just been  advised of 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 treatment. 

This is a scam!  Do not reply, just put the phone down.  If it is a message delete it.  HMRC will never phone and demand money.  Similarly you will never get a phone call or email from your bank requesting your bank details, after all they will have them!

 

 

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. 

The message was given in a rushed manner, obviously to give the expression of urgency and encourage the person to press 1.

If you get such a call put the phone down.  If you are uncertain then call your service provider for confirmation.

                                       John Weller
                                       Data Manager
                                       Devizes U3A                                        

 

 

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 firstaid@devizesu3a.org.uk or speak to me or a committee member at a Monthly Meeting or Coffee Morning.

 

 

 

 

EVENTS AND VISITS

Trip to The Wallace Collection on Monday 3rd December ( this is in conjunction with the Art Appreciation Group) there will be some seat only's  available at £14.50.

I am in the process of looking at trips for next year. Proposed trips as follows:

  • ·         National trust property Mottisfont nr Romsey
     

  • ·         Mapledurem house nr Reading.
     

  • ·         RHS Wisely Gardens ( New facilities for inclement weather)
     

  • ·         Longford Castle nr Salisbury.
     

  • ·         Welcome input from U3A members.
     

  • ·         New: Van Gogh exhibition at Tate Britain Monday 29th April.
     

Dates /details in the coming newsletters

 

 

THE ALTON TALKS – 2018

Held at Alton Barnes Coronation Hall,

We are happy to announce the new Autumn season of these highly successful talks held in the Coronation Hall, Alton Barnes. There are three new speakers this year, and as we expect the talks to be sell-outs, early booking is advisable.

Click HERE for a poster

 

Industrial Museums

 Tuesday 18th Sept 2018

Visit to Aerospace Bristol

Leave Station Rd car park at 0930 returning to Devizes at about 1700..

At the moment this visit is seriously undersubscribed and may have to be cancelled so if you want to come along book now

Cost will be £25 including coach travel, museum entry and driver’s gratuity.

Details at aerospacebristol.org

 I am now looking at some visits for 2019; so far I am considering Milestones at Basingstoke, Wookey Hole (there is an old paper factory there as well as the caves, etc) and Ironbridge.  Any suggestions or comments from people who have been to them would be welcomed.

 I will take bookings at any time but will send an email to ask for payment a few weeks before the trip.  These trips are open to all U3A members and their spouses or partners.

 

 

FOOD APPRECIATION GROUP

Group Leader Sue Thompson

e-mail;   foodapp@devizesu3a.org.uk

A new  food appreciation group will commence on the 23rd August at 14.00.   The meeting will take place at The Group Leaders home.

 

Please bring a favourite recipe with you.   The initial meeting will be about what direction the group wishes to take so come with plenty of ideas.

 

If you are interested in the group but unable to attend the group please e mail me with any ideas.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 about 2000.

If you are interested please contact John Weller at john@johnweller.co.uk

 

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.

 

 

CROWN CENTRE CLOSURE

Chairman's Statement

In light of the recommendation by the trustees to the members of the Crown Centre at the end of last year the committee decided it had to start looking sooner rather than later at possible new venues.  The report we received that the recommendation had not been accepted but that no suggestions had come forward from the meeting did not bode well and we have continued the search.

We will not be the only organisation looking for new venues for meetings and storage and certain decisions have had to be taken, especially as suitable venues are not readily available, especially for equipment storage where access has to be gained by a number of different people. However the exact details, such as dates, of moves for the equipment have not been finalised.   Therefore no information about this has yet been sent to members although it is likely to be towards the end of next month or early April..  As soon as all details are known all group leaders will be advised.

There is a group leaders meeting on 3rd April and all the information that the committee has will be given and there will be an opportunity for questions to be asked and a discussion to be had.

I know you are interested in the upstairs rooms at St Andrews and I am liaising with some other group leaders to see if they are of interest to them as well. I am hopeful that they will be but it is for each group to decide what is best for them.  I will then liaise with St Andrews on behalf of those who are interested.

Some groups have already decided to move and their groups are being notified accordingly by their leaders.

I hope this helps I explain the difficult position in which the committee has found itself and the steps it is having to take.

In light of the recommendation by the trustees to the members of the Crown Centre at the end of last year the committee decided it had to start looking sooner rather than later at possible new venues.  The report we received that the recommendation had not been accepted but that no suggestions had come forward from the meeting did not bode well and we have continued the search.

We will not be the only organisation looking for new venues for meetings and storage and certain decisions have had to be taken, especially as suitable venues are not readily available, especially for equipment storage where access has to be gained by a number of different people. However the exact details, such as dates, of moves for the equipment have not been finalised.   Therefore no information about this has yet been sent to members although it is likely to be towards the end of next month or early April..  As soon as all details are known all group leaders will be advised.

I know you are interested in the upstairs rooms at St Andrews and I am liaising with some other group leaders to see if they are of interest to them as well. I am hopeful that they will be but it is for each group to decide what is best for them.  I will then liaise with St Andrews on behalf of those who are interested.

Some groups have already decided to move and their groups are being notified accordingly by their leaders.

                                                                  Sue Tovey, Chairman

                                                                  Devizes & district U3A
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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 don’t 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 summer’s 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)                                    

 

 

 

 

R.S.P.B.

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

 

 

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  nerdicus12@googlemail.com  

 

 

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;      www.u3a.org.uk

SW Regional Web Site 

SW Region Network Report  

SW Regional Volunteers for Workshops and Conferences.

National Office information to secretaries

 

 

CHESS

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.

 

 

 

BIG SCAMS.

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

 

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.

 

ARCHIVE INFORMATION.

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:-    archivist@devizesu3a.org.uk 

 

     WILTSHIRE ON LINE

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   www.wiltshireonline.org

 

 

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  resource.centre@u3a.org.uk  

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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Archives

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   archivist@devizesu3a.org.uk .  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 webster@devizesu3a.org.uk  .  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  webster@devizesu3a.org.uk

HOW TO JOIN

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 webster@devizesu3a.org.uk  It is the policy of the Branch Committee not to display  personal telephone numbers or home addresses.

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