Spire University of the Third Age


Issue 48                www.salisburyu3a.org.uk                       September 2006


National Archaeology Day was on July 15th and Salisbury Museum had an open day with exhibits of interest for everyone.  U3A Archaeology group had a display showing their involvement and people showed great interest in the pictures and models displayed. They were able to see photographs of the U3A members at last years ‘dig’ and meet Anne Boutell who runs the group.

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They were told of the hopes the group have of a survey of the whole of the Old Sarum site. 

This survey would find out the size of the Roman town of SORVIOUNUM, an area that has never been surveyed in its entirety.

It would be an asset to Salisbury to be able to show the site of a Roman town on the doorstep, and for all to learn more about the Romans who lived here so long before us.

We welcome the following new members to Spire U3A

Margaret Younge, Patricia Pidgeon, Denis Blake, Rosemary Wyatt,

Valerie Davies,     Margaret Raymont,    Gordon and Joy Elliott,

Steve and Mary Rousseau,       Michael and Margaret Lee.


German Group.New members. 

If you have not been in touch with the tutor, Mary Poynton, before September 11th please ring her on 01722334341.

A Report on Photography and Digital Imaging.

Using your Camera. 

On the last meeting we were able to take the group out to Hommington to put into practice the rules of composition as they had been shown at the previous meeting.  It was a fine morning and we gave them a list of items to photograph, which we knew they could find there.  The village is near enough to allow time to return and for them to see their results on the computer while they had a coffee.  They were able to discuss the results together and learn from each other.  This group will be going out on location again weather permitting.

Beginners DI.

This included members from Sarum U3A and proved to be too many for parking and chair space!  So we have divided them into two groups, one in the morning and another in the afternoon.  They will learn the basics such as getting their images from the camera to the computer, adjusting them prior to printing and how to use them for the Internet.  Beside this there will be time to find how to make greetings cards and copy and repair old pictures.

Further DI.   

This is the original group we started teaching when we joined U3A plus some of our first Sarum members.  They expect homework each time they come and this certainly keeps us on our toes!

Extra DI.   

These are those that have been through our Beginners class but want to learn more.  No doubt they will keep us busy too.

Sheila and Peter Read

Please use this page to tell Spire members the activities of the group you are involved with either as tutor or student.  This would help new members to appreciate the range of subjects available.


Today we mourn the passing of a beloved friend by the name of Common Sense who had been with us for many years… No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape.  He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as knowing when to come in out of the rain, why the early bird catches the worm and that life is not always fair.  [Common sense by simple, sound financial policies: “Don’t spend more than you earn” and reliable strategies: “Adults, not kids, are in charge”]

His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place.  Reports of a six-year- old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch, and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.  He declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer aspirin to a student, but could not inform the parents when a student became pregnant or wanted to have an abortion.  Common Sense lost the will to live as churches became businesses and criminals received better treatment than their victims did.  Common Sense finally gave up the ghost after a woman failed to realise that a steaming cup of coffee was hot.  She spilled a bit on her skirt and was awarded a huge settlement.

Common Sense was preceded in death by his parents Truth and Trust, his wife Discretion, his daughter Responsibility and his son Reason. He is survived by two stepbrothers: My Rights and Ima Whiner.  Not many attended his funeral because so few realised he was gone.  If you still know him, pass him on.  If not, join the majority and do nothing…

Supplied by Jane Davies, SpireU3A


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U3A Science, Technology and Society Network Seminar

August 21st to 24th 2006 at Abergavenny. 

Report by Peter Read

Forty-three U3A members from all over the UK attended the seminar.  From Mansfield, Horsham, Wokingham, Rugby, Bexley to name but a few, as well as Sarum and Spire U3A.  The Abergavenny U3A entertained us on the first evening in their meeting room in the town. Chris Penfold and I travelled together to Abergavenny, a charming town in which The Centre for Environmental Studies was the venue for the seminar, complete with a fruiting Mulberry tree. There were two lectures every day that had a scientific or technological flavour – but nothing too heavy.  The programme looked at Mediaeval Military Architecture, Diesel Engine Development, Wind Water and Steam Power, Road Development, Transport in the Future, Ancient Woodworking Tools and Marc and Isambard Brunel.In addition there were two coach trips.  The first to the Museum of Welsh Life at St Fagans and the second to the nearby Big Pit at Blaenavon, a living museum of the Welsh Mining Industry where we had the opportunity to go down the pit.  This was an experience and well worthwhile. The coach then took us to Blaenavon Iron Works for a conducted tour after which there was a short time to explore the ‘book village’ of Blaenavon.We left with some wonderful memories and we even learnt a bit about swirl and squish in diesel engines!



Articles for issue 49 please, by November 4th 2006

Sheila Read. 12 Chiselbury Grove, Salisbury, SP2 8EP

OR by Email: s.read.frps@ntlworld.com

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