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


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


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

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

A great day's outing to the spectacular RHS Flower Show - stunning floral displays, lots of garden inspirations, and much more.
Departs Devizes at 8.00 am and return departure 4.30 pm.
Total cost £45.10 for entrance ticket, coach and driver's tip.  Once RHS tickets are bought they are only refundable with a £5 administration fee, but can be given to another person. 
Please confirm with me your intention to come by Monday 21 January and forward me a cheque by the 28 January for £45.10 payable to Devizes & District  U3A.  My address is 50 High Street, Worton, Devizes, SN10 5RU.   Payment for the reserved tickets is required by the RHS late January/early February.  Any price difference either more or less will be advised as soon as numbers are confirmed.

This trip is open to all U3A members, relatives and friends.
If you have any queries, please contact me, Ann Darling, by phone on 01380 724473





  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  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                                        





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 or speak to me or a committee member at a Monthly Meeting or Coffee Morning.





There are still a number of seats left on the Industrial Museums group visit to the Black Country Living Museum ( 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


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 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

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




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. 





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.



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 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



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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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