Spire University of the Third Age


ISSUE No.42                www.salisburyu3a.org.uk                       September 2005

Your Life in YOUR Hands

Salisbury District Hospital is now well on the road to Foundation Trust status. What will that mean to us as patients? How can we influence the services that it provides? How can the spare space at the existing hospital site be best utilized?

The Chief Executive of the hospitals trust, Frank Harsent, has agreed to come and answer these and many other questions about this radical development at a meeting of the Joint Salisbury U3A Health Care Research Group at 2.0 p.m. on Friday, October 14 at Harnham Memorial Hall.

All U3A members are invited to attend. Come and ensure that the voices of U3A members are heard.

The hospital trust is keen for as many U3A members as possible to become Members of the new Foundation Trust. This will enable our members to have the opportunity to influence the way the hospital and its services develop in the future. Membership forms will be available at the meeting.

Some Members will like to become actively involved in local hospital affairs; others may just want to be kept informed about developments. All are invited to join whether they wish to be active or passive members.

This development is of vital interest to us all - our health and well being depends on it! Do come and please encourage other U3A members to come too.

There will be the usual attendance fee of £1.

Eric Gould

Digital Imaging

The beginner's course will start on Friday October 14th at 10am and then will continue every four weeks for about eight sessions at 12, Chiselbury Grove, Harnham.

To those who have applied for places, please bring the details of the equipment you already have to the meeting, for example the name of your printer etc.   Please wait till after this first meeting before purchasing any equipment, as we will be giving individual advice on what is required.

Sheila and Peter Read

01722 501218



(open to members of all Salisbury U3As)

The group was busy during July.  Don Cross gave us a very amusing and thought provoking talk on July 26th entitled, “Two Kings of Wessex” about Alfred and Arthur, kings or not?

On the next three days our Dig took place.  Not many supporters, but those who did come worked truly valiantly.  In spite of aching limbs, we all enjoyed ourselves and produced most satisfactory results.  Hopefully we all learnt something too.

Thank you all who assisted in proving the existence of a Roman vicus in the 1st century A.D.

Anne Boutell
at the dig
Science & Technology Forum Want to know how TV signals get to your TV set?  Don't forget you can find out the answer with the Science & Technology Forum, here in the Memorial Hall at 10am on September 26th  




5th OCTOBER 2005


Royal Naval Museum

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard


       10.00 a.m.   Historic Dockyard opens. No access before this time.

       10.15 a.m.   Lecture 1. 

                          "Nelson's Navy in Caricature" 

                              By Matthew Sheldon, Keeper of the Collections.

       11.15 a.m.   Comfort break

       11.30a.m.    Lecture 2. 

                           "W.L.Wyllie's Panorama of the Battle of Trafalgar"     

                            By Julian Thomas, RNM Development Manager.

Tickets at £5.50 each

An advance list of names is required for entry to the Dockyard, so it is essential to have names of everyone attending.  Please make sure you give your name to the person selling the tickets.

As we do not have another meeting before this visit it is essential to pay and book now.  Tickets are on sale at this meeting, September 12th but if you wish to check your diary first then ring 01722 501218 as soon as possible.

There is no parking inside the dockyard but public car parks are nearby.  Should you prefer to go by train there is a service from Salisbury via Southampton.

There are plenty of eating places and other attractions within the historic dockyard to visit during the afternoon.  A concession ticket of £12.50 is available and gives entry to HMS Victory; Mary Rose Museum & Ship Hall; HMS Warrior (1860); Royal Naval Museum and a boat trip round the harbour. This ticket is valid for A YEAR so you don’t have to do all this on October 5th!


WELCOME to the new members:

Mrs Judy Jeffrey.        Mrs Carole Martin.           Mrs Anna Hills.

 Mrs Marjorie Wilson.        Mrs Rosalyn Wade

   Mrs Sheila Dodd.       Mrs Cynthia Keith-Anderson.      Mrs Audrey Thurston.  


Oh! Give me your pity, I’m on a committee

Which means that from morning till night.

We attend and amend and contend and defend,

To have a conclusion in sight.

We confer and concur, we defer and demur,

And reiterate all of our thoughts.

We revise the agenda with frequent addenda,

And consider a load of reports.

We compose and propose, we suppose and oppose,

Till the points of procedure are won.

But though various notions are brought up as motions,

There’s still much more to get done!

We resolve and absolve: but never dissolve.

And it seems to go on and on.

What a shattering pity to end our Committee

But where else could you have so much fun?

[Taken from ‘The Civil Service Pensioner’ magazine. Issue 221.  Summer 2005]

Articles for issue 43  please, by November 5th 2005
Sheila Read. 12 Chiselbury Grove, Salisbury, SP2 8EP
OR by E-mail: s. read .frps @ ntlworld. com

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