Spire University of the Third Age


ISSUE No 51 www.salisburyu3a.org.uk MARCH 2007

April 16th will be the AGM and for a change we will have a speaker, Chris Dickson.  She will be talking about the value for money enjoyed by members of the University of the Third Age.  She lives locally and is the U3A Regional Co-ordinator for the South Sub Region.

As April 1st draws near remember it is time to pay the membership fee of £7.50.  If you do know anyone who may not realise this, as they do not attend coffee mornings, please pass the message on.

The speaker last month, Jan Sanders, told of her experiences in Romania as a representative of the charity Share.  Members who wished to donate money were disappointed to find they were unable to give cash.  The committee will therefore be collecting cash at the meeting and send a cheque to Share.

Welcome to two new members this month.  Margaret Martin and Ann Brook; please make yourself known to a committee member.

We hope everyone enjoys the exhibits and the opportunity to see the activities available in Spire U3A. The Group Leaders have a meeting after the main meeting so should all be there to answer any queries.The Editor


Meeting 26th Feb 2007

Twenty people were treated to an entertaining and informative talk by Nick Griffiths about life in the Medieval City.  He based his talk on finds made in London but, could add instances from Salisbury from his deep understanding of the subject.  The outstanding point seemed to be that life has changed very little – there were anxieties about education, slack manners of the younger generation and the intrusion of government into the everyday life of the ordinary citizen.

On March 27th Mark Corney (you all watch Time Team, I expect) will talk about Pre-historic villages on the Salisbury Plain.

On April24th, Bill Moffatt will tell us about the oldest church in Salisbury.

The meeting on May 29th will be ‘Excavating the Roman Amphitheatre at Chester’ by Tony Wilmott

Meetings are at 10 am., the last Tuesday in the month, at Harnham Memorial Hall.

Margaret McKenzie


March 26th        Visit to Salisbury Cathedral Workshops.

                            Led by Ted Hillier and Sam Kelly.

                             Meet at the workshops by the Cathedral at 10am.

April 30th           ‘Voyage to the Planets’  

                              A talk on the Astronomy of our nearest neighbours

                              by Brian Ford.

*Spire organises these meetings and members from the other Salisbury U3As are invited. There is no need to have your name down to attend.  Just turn up on the day, usually in the Memorial Hall, Harnham unless otherwise stated*

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The following are actual stories provided by travel agents in the States.

English to be only Official EU Language ?

The European Commission has just announced an agreement whereby English will be the official language of the European Union rather than German, which was the other possibility.

As part of the negotiations, the British Government conceded that English spelling had some room for improvement and has accepted a 5-year phase-in plan that would become known as Euro-English.

In the first year, s will replace the soft c.  Sertainly, this will make the sivil servants jump with joy.  The hard c will be dropped in favour of k.  This should klear up konfusion, and keyboards kan have one less letter.

There will be growing publik enthusiasm in the second year when the troublesome ph will be replaced with f.  This will make words like fotograf 20% shorter.

In the third year, publik akseptanse of the new spelling kan be expected to reach the stage where more komplikated changes are possible.

Governments will encourage the removal of double letters, which have always ben a deterent to akurate speling.  Also al wil agre that the horibl mes of the silent e in the language is digrasful and it should go away.

By the 4th yer people wil be reseptiv to steps such as replasing th with z and w with v.

During ze fifz yer, ze unesesary o kan be dropd from vords kontaining ou and after ziz fifz yer, ve vil hav a reil sensibl riten styl.

Zer vil be no mor trubl or difikultis and evrivun vil find it ezi tu understand ech oza.  Ze drem of a united Urop vil finali kum tru.

NB: If zis mad you smil pleas pas on to oza pepl.

Article from ‘The Civil Service Pensioner’ Winter 2006. supplied by John Eatwell

The Editor would like to point out that her computer is usually able to sort out her appalling spelling but found the above article impossible. However on this occasion the Editor was able to beat the computer!!

Articles for issue 52 please, by May 5th 2007

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

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

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