Spire University of the Third Age


ISSUE No.  64                     www.salisburyu3a.org.uk            March 2009

From the Chairman

Sheila Read has for some seven years edited our Newsletter and has been our Publicity Secretary and this is to be her last edition.   We are most grateful for all the time and attention she has given to this over the years, and also for her involvement with her husband, Peter, in the running of the Photography Group.  I have been particularly grateful for her contribution to the Committee where her knowledge of the history of Spire has been invaluable.
As I write her successor has yet to be named.

Nominations for Committee: 

Please let the Secretary know as soon as possible if you wish to stand for the Committee so that the formalities can be done in good time for the AGM on 20th April.

Travel Insurance:

Recent experience leads to a strong recommendation that in buying Travel cover you should make sure that it really gives you the protection you need.

John Wort

“Nuts to health food – I need all the preservatives I can get”

Welcome to New Members

Leslie Hankinson                Barbara Last                 Christopher Browne

Philip and Jennifer Whitemore 



*Archaeology Group

31st March a Visit to Devizes Museum. 
Guided Tour by Shirley Reeves. For free travel
Travel by Wilts & Dorset bus 33 or X33 at 9.15am from bus station, arrive Devizes 10.25am. Return buses leave at 12.45, 13.45 and 14.25 getting to Salisbury at 13.55, 14.55 and 15.35.
Entrance to Museum is free IF you are a member of Salisbury Museum.

*Science & Technology

30th March     Forensic Archaeology    - talk by Paul Cheetham

27th April       Infectious Deceases         - talk by Dr Graham Lloyd                                         
                                                                  from Porton Down

25th May           Crofton Beam Engines a visit on a Bank Holiday when we can see them in steam.  

1st June         Visit to the National Oceanographic Centre at Empress Dock Southampton. Names need prior to vist t arrange for car parking.

*Spire organises these meetings but 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

Brass or Wind Ensemble

Would anyone be interested in forming a fairly basic brass or wind ensemble, with the aim of meeting and playing for our own benefit, not performance?  I play the euphonium, not very well, and would like to talk to any U3A member who might be interested in forming a group to develop ensemble playing.      Phone: 01722 328901 or ed_tinline@yahoo.co.uk                                                                                                      Ed Tinline


Nearly everyone today carries a mobile phone when out and about but, if involved in any type of accident — a road traffic accident, for example — the emergency services attending may find your mobile but wouldn’t know who to call from the numbers stored in your contacts directory.

The National Association of Retired Police Officers is publishing a scheme thought up by a paramedic, who found on numerous occasions when he dealt with a casualty that he did not know who to call.

So he thought of ICE (In Case of Emergency). In such situations, emergency or hospital staff would be able to immediately contact the right person by simply dialling the number stored as ‘ICE’ with the number to be called.

For more than one contact simply enter ICE 1; ICE 2; ICE 3 etc. A simple idea that would save valuable time if you have a medical condition that those tending you were unaware of and may save your life, because your injuries/illness may prevent you from communicating with them.

Enter an ICE number into your mobile today and encourage family and friends to do the same. Emergency Staff, Police, Ambulance etc are being made aware of the scheme and will now look for an ICE number on the Mobile phones of casualties.

J Davey Ex-Traffic Branch Wiltshire Constabulary

As retiring Editor of this Newsletter I would like to thank everyone who has contributed articles. When I have begged for contributions it might sound as if no one listened but there were always the few stalwarts who came up with something and to those I would like to say thank you.
Special thanks must go to my husband, Peter, who has learnt to live with a computer illiterate and rescued me when I did not know how to make this stupid machine behave!                                                                                 Sheila

Articles for the next newsletter are always wanted and until a new editor is appointed and a date for publication is decided on send to me at:
 12, Chiselbury Grove, Salisbury, SP2 8 EP or Email s.read.frps@ntlworld.com  

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