As we start another New Year it is again time to wish you all a happy, healthy and exciting year ahead.Anne Gould, Chairman.
It is pleasing to note the number of new groups that have been formed and the increased number of members attending them. So, thank you to all group leaders for your hard work. I include in this the combined activities that we share with Salisbury and Sarum U3As - we are the envy of many other U3As in this respect.
You will soon be receiving notification of our AGM on April 11. Again we plan to keep the business of the AGM as short as possible and then to ask groups to tell us about their achievements and to display some examples of their work.
The U3A Trust has asked us to make sure that all members are aware that our group leaders have a copy of the U3A accident form. Our Secretary is in the process of making sure that all group leaders do have a copy. Whilst we hope not to have to complete one of these forms and take advantage of our U3A insurance (this is paid for out of our annual capitation fee) we cannot get away from the fact that accidents do sometimes happen. To avoid such eventualities as much as possible, I urge members to stay within your limits and be guided by your group leader - especially when on walks, visits or the more energetic pursuits. It is worth noting that although we have insurance cover, Spire U3A is liable for the first £250 of any claim!
The preceding paragraph is not meant to stop you from enjoying group activities but do please take care - we are not so young as we used to be! !
|Kay Davidge||Jean Goldsmith||Shirley Smith||Sylvia Williams|
|The Archaeology Group|
| Novembers meeting should have been Martin Wright from
Salisbury Museum, but he was, and still is, ill. There was a slight
panic for a speaker but Nick Griffiths stepped in at the last moment
and gave us another very interesting talk on the Romans in England.
The next meeting will be on JANUARY 25 th 2005 and will be about Silchester. The speaker will be by Roger Ayres who has dug there for many years and has a huge collection of slides.
|ANOTHER FIRST FOR HEALTH RESEARCH GROUP|
| The combined Salisbury U3As Health Care
Research Group has achieved another first. A team from the Group
was the first members of the public to participate in an official
audit at Salisbury District Hospital.
The object of the audit was to research the state of and use of hand washing facilities at the entrance to hospital wards.
Ten members of the Group, led by Anne Gould, participated and the research was carried out over a period of two days under the guidance of the hospital's Infection Control Team. The results of the research identify where improvements to hand decontamination could be made. In addition, observations and comments of participating Group members have been passed to the hospital team.
The U3A researchers were well received by all the hospital staff involved.
A further similar audit is planned for a few months time to research any improvement following local and national campaigns in February.
|The next meeting of the Group will be at the Harnham Memorial Hall at 2.0 p.m. on Friday, February 18.|
| The Chief Pharmacist at Salisbury District
Hospital will talk about the work of her department and invite ideas
from Group members for improving the service to patients of the hospital's
If any U3A member has any suggestions that we can pass on for improving service at the hospital's pharmacy or wish to join the combined Health Care Research Group would they please contact Eric Gould on Salisbury 339868
| SOUTH EAST
AREA SUMMER SCHOOL
Chichester 22-25 June 2005
There are ten different courses on offer from walking the Downs, or Natural History of the harbour, to history, art, writing and IT.
Phyll Babb on 504017 has all the details.
|SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY FORUM|
| This group meets on the last
Monday of each month in the Memorial Hall, Harnham and is open to
all members. There is no need to contact a course organiser; a fee
of £1 is payable at the door. Meetings start at 10am and are
usually over before noon. These meetings are for those of us who
do not have a science background but are interested to learn more.
The next meeting is on January 31 st 2005. It will be on Hydro Electricity and will be given by our own member Chris Penfold.