Notices for Members

HOW TO JOIN (If you are interested in joining Devizes & District U3A us please click here  )

Summary of Forthcoming Events

15th November
Coffee Morning (note change of date)
Town Hall 1030 – 1200
20th November
Geology Group Day School
How the Earth works, new views of an old planet
Conservative Club
Open to all U3A members, cost £30 including lunch and refreshments.  Please contact Joyce McMurray at for further details.
25th November
National Portrait Gallery
Guided tour of the National Portrait Gallery.  Inclusive price £29.50.  Some coach only places will be available at £14:50.  Leave 0830 from Corn Exchange. 
26th November
Going to Blazes
Wyvern Club 2:30 pm

John Craig, former chief of the Wiltshire Fire Service, will be telling us about more of his experiences. His talk last year was quite hilarious and I am sure he will be just as entertaining this time.
3rd December
Christmas Party
U3A Christmas Party in the Wyvern Club 2:30 to 4pm.  Come and join us for an afternoon of carols and entertainment including a buffet and glass of fizzy – free!



"Introduction to German"

   Anyone interested in joining this easy going new group please contact Vicki at:

We'll meet twice a month on Wednesday afternoons  from January until March 2020. 



Members pay only £10 - U3A pay a £20 subsidy per member!

Courses are 3.5 hours long, run by an experienced trainer and focus on Emergency Life Support (ELS) for all ages. They include short 'real-life-situation' videos and a defibrillator demonstration with opportunities for hands-on practical experience.

The next course is scheduled for the afternoon of Thursday November 7th, starting at 1.30pm  and will be held at Nursteed Community Centre.

If you're interested, please email me at for further details and/or to reserve a place in November

The U3A are committed to providing our members with the opportunity to learn this essential skill

Lena Mullins


Cinema Visits

Group Leader  Madelaine Lestrange

Car shares to cinemas in nearby towns, with possibly a discussion afterwards to share our thoughts over a coffee.

Contact  details in the Newsletter.


Sunday Lunch

Group Leader  Madelaine Lestrange

The first Sunday of each month at 1.00 pm.

6th October              The George, Sandy Lan

3rd November          The Rising Sun, Bowden Hill

1st December            The One Bell, Bowden Hill

I reckon it will take a few years to cover the rest of the county!

Contact  details in the Newsletter


Wiltshire Museum

The following information has been received from the Exhibitions Officer of the Wiltshire Museum, Devizes,  Heather Ault.

In October this year we will be running the Oexmann Art Award Competition and Exhibition.

Anyone born or living in Wiltshire can enter up to 3 pieces (Adults £3 per entry), and children from 6 up to the age of 18 can enter 2 pieces for free.  Attached is  copy of the adult entry form which contains details of the competition rules and conditions of entry.

Click HERE for a poster with details of the Exhibition and entry form

More information can be found on our website at 

Alternatively, anyone interested can  email Heather at:



Third Age Trust - National Newsletter

Members may be interested to view the Third Age Trust - National Newsletter previous editions on the website as it’s for all members?

  • The National Newsletter is produced monthly and contains many useful links and articles which may be of interest to our members. Go to  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    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.





Potential for new groups.

One of our members is hoping to start 6 new groups if there is sufficient interest.  The groups are:-  

  • Canasta and Play Reading - these could be held in the evening for those busy with grandparent duties.

  • Kitchen Bridge - ‘Kitchen Bridge’ is basic Acol with no conventions played.  Possibly meet in a suitable local hostelry such as the Silk Mercer.

  • Theatre - car shares to theatres in nearby towns Bath, Swindon, Salisbury. An initial meeting would ascertain the types of shows we share an interest in (if any)!

  • Cinema: - similar to Theatre, it’s nice to have a discussion afterwards and share our thoughts over a coffee, in Trowbridge or Swindon.

  • Sunday Lunch - self -explanatory.

If you are interested please see the newsletter for contact details.




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 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)                                    




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  



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





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 Peter Franks. He has a Scrapbook for interesting items 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.  He 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



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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.

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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