Spire University of the Third Age
ISSUE No33. www.salisburyu3a.org.uk
Increasing membership, new
developments, and a surge of enthusiasm are most encouraging signs at
the close of my first year as chairman. Everyone is joining together to
stimulate the continued success of our U3A.
I must give a very warm welcome to our new members and hope that they
will enjoy what we have to offer and contribute to our expanding
there was a very low attendance at the combined Salisbury U3As
Christmas dinner. However, the idea of a combined event is excellent
and various other options, such as a summer lunch, are being
considered. If you have any views or suggestions, do please let me
can I remind Group Leaders about preparing material for the group and
talents displays and discussions to accompany our AGM meeting on April 5th. New members are
particularly looking forward to this, as it will give them, and older
members, an insight into all our activities. If Group Leaders can
prepare a little display, if only a written description of what they do
and have done during the year, or a brief talk about their activities,
that would be fine. This idea is already being adopted by one of the
other Salisbury U3As.
At the invitation of
Phyll Babb, Chairman of Sarum U3A, I and other members of your
committee attended the Sarum February meeting when Keith Richards,
Chairman of the U3As National Executive Committee, gave a talk about
“Shared Learning Projects”.
This talk was very
inspiring and encouraging with lots of more outward looking ideas into
learning and research. Examples suggested included joining with other
organisations where there is an education/research department: such as
museums, theatres, the National Trust (houses and gardens), and even
The greater emphasis on
outward looking projects ties in well with our new Health Care Research
Group, which is described elsewhere in our Newsletter.
Thanks for all your
support during the past year and I hope that you will all join me in
looking forward to future developments.
Anne Gould, Chairman.
to the new members
Barry Folland; Patricia Reid; Dorothy Harford
and Barbara Bailey
FROM THE GROUPS
Historic Houses Group
Visit to SALISBURY'S Historic
group started at Trinity
Hospital (as illustrated). Shirley
Reeves, one of our own members, took us into the Chapel and told us a
the history of the Almshouses. We then
walked round to others in the city and were able to see the courtyard
construction of each of them. In one we saw inside the accommodation
able to speak to the occupant.
More photos Click Here
finished the afternoon in Fisherton Mill for a
cup of tea. The
DO YOU KNOW? --- Where to
find wild flower seeds, Suffolk herb seeds, bird whistles, baskets,
cosmetics and brilliant clothes, all under one roof in Salisbury?
The answer is by the
pedestrian crossing in Fisherton Street, near North Street.
After a delightful
tour of Salisbury's Almshouses, with the Historic Houses group, two of
us made our way home along Fisherton Street and happened across this
treasure. We were enchanted and wanted to tell the rest of Spire U3A.
Village Visits Group
group is organised by Cyril Gordon, a member of Salisbury U3A, who
plans a visit for each month. All the U3As are involved, the first in
the month being members of Salisbury followed by the same visit for
Sarum and Spire later in the month. This year Cyril asked others to
help and we arranged the February visit to Alderbury. Ours was a little bit
different as we had a Blue Badge Guide, Pat Sheppard, to give us a very
interesting tour round the conservation area.
With the planning trip
and the two tours we ended up learning a great deal about a village,
which is so close to Salisbury yet has a fascinating history of its own.
Sheila and Peter Read.
SPIRE LEADS THE WAY IN HEALTH RESEARCH
The idea of a Salisbury U3A Health
Care Research Group has been greeted with much enthusiasm and to date
we have already some 20 members, including two from Sarum U3A and five
from Salisbury U3A.
At our inaugural meeting it was agreed
that the objects of
the Group would be: 1) to assist in the improvement of local health
care; 2) draw the attention of local health authorities to area of
public/patient concern (particularly those of local U3A members); 3)
contribute to research into areas of public/patient concern; and 4)
endeavour to arrange feedback of information relating to local health
The two areas of most concern
expressed by members of the
Group were MRSA (“the superbug”) and poor patient communication. It is
in these two areas that the Group intends to concentrate its efforts.
It is hoped that all Salisbury U3A
members will cooperate in
a survey, which is being planned to discover which aspects of the local
health care services give most concern and where improvements can be
Strong links already exist with the
local health care trusts
and both your chairman and myself are members of the Salisbury Hospital
Trust's Patient and Public Involvement Steering Group. I was able to
borrow architectural drawings and a plan of the new £5.7 million
wing for Salisbury Hospital to show to Group members and was able to
explain details of the development.
At the meeting, mentioned elsewhere in
our Newsletter, our
National Chairman, Keith Richards, was extremely enthusiastic about our
Health Care Research Group. He asked to be sent details and kept
informed of developments because he felt that it was an idea that could
be copied by other U3As nationwide.
If any members would like further
information please contact
me on 01722 339868 or talk to me at the monthly meeting (I will not be
able to be at the March meeting). For those who feel a little overawed
by the use of the word “research” in the Group's title, the word is
used in its widest sense and you do not have to have a medical or
scientific background to participate. The fear expressed that Group
members might be used as “guinea pigs” is totally without foundation!
Wiltshire Local History Forum have organised this day to which you
The Spring Day School examines the
changing architecture of English
churches, with many Wiltshire examples.
The architectural historian, Judith
Patrick, will take a chronological
approach from Medieval to Victorian times, with copious illustrations.
Archivist, Steve Hobbs, will introduce documents that relate to each
- 10-12.15Morning session (including coffee break)
- Afternoon session
The New Baptist Church,
Sheep Street, Devizes is opposite the Public
Tickets at the door are
£5 and include tea and Coffee.
For further information
Articles for issue 34 please, by May 1st 2004
Sheila Read 12 Chiselbury
Grove, Salisbury, SP2 8EP
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