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ISSUE No. 70 www.salisburyu3a.org.uk AUGUST 2010


Good news to report, we now have a full complement of committee members, and between us, I hope we shall be able to go from strength to strength.

All are working very hard to bring this about, so as they say ‘watch this space’

Any suggestions or ideas you may have, please do not hesitate to telephone me or another committee member – all their details will be on your Membership Card.

The best time to catch me is between 6.00pm – 7.00pm

Looking forward to the year ahead



Please give a very warm welcome to the following new members:-

Mr Michael and Mrs Barbara Alford Mr John and Mrs Patricia Webber

Mr Ian and Mrs Judy Douglas Mrs Jackie Weddell

Mrs Susan Hall Mrs Diane Welsh

Mr John and Mrs Irene Holt Mrs Ann Wright

What was it, that weird object on the front page of the March newsletter?

Cleverly photographed by Peter Read, I imagine you all guessed

A Television controller

On Being a Subject Network Co-ordinator

I have been a Subject Network Co-ordinator for about 8 years now and have found the experience very pleasant. The job of the SNC is to help other members of U3As anywhere in the country either to set up a local group or give ideas and help for existing groups.

For U3As wishing to set up a group the first contact is usually head office. Here they hold Start Up leaflets on most topics. These they will send for free.

The second thing to do is to contact the relevant SNC directly and to this end the contact details are printed in every issue of the U3A News. They will have other helpful material such as Newsletters with content gleaned from other people in the Subject Network. In my case I have not written Newsletters since my subject of Photography does not easily lend itself to this except for stories and perhaps images from network members. Instead I have attached a web site of my own to the main U3A site. This contains everything you need to run a group. There is content from members of my network here with links to their sites or pages directly on my site.

Some SNCs organise Study Days where members gather to discuss ideas and learn new methods for teaching their own U3A group. Look out for these in the U3A News.

There are other SNCs who organise conferences or seminars that can last several days. Such a one is the Science and Technology network who for the past 8 years have had an annual gathering in Abergavenny. Talks on a wide range of topics are given by members of the U3A. Also included in the 4 day conference are trips to sites of interest. Having been to this conference a few times I have now also been to see the SS Great Britain, the Big Pit, Cardiff Art Gallery, the Mappa Mundi in Hereford cathedral, St Fagans Museum of Welsh Rural Life and the underside of the new Severn Bridge.

Thus each SNC runs their Network as they wish. The minimum requirement is to produce a Start Up leaflet. I have written a Start Up Leaflet for Photography but as I said earlier I amplified this idea with my web site. This system has the advantage that I can rapidly add or modify the site. Because Sheila and I run local Digital Imaging classes we are always producing new techniques for our students and these ideas are added.

So the message is that if you need a group locally and it does not exist or is full you can start one yourself. If you have no idea how to go about setting one up then contact head office and the relevant SNC.

Help is also available from the U3A Resources Centre and from Sources magazine.

Remember that expertise in your subject isnot needed in most topics. No qualifications are required - just your enthusiasm. Members will be very grateful.

Peter Read


Family History Courses

Do you think you are related to William the Conquer?

Do you have Royal Connections?


Family History for beginners will run for 8 sessions every 2 weeks from September 6th 2010, and is designed to help find those elusive ancestors; much of this research can be freely obtained. These sessions are run by Mike Kirby at 27 Downsway, Salisbury

A new follow-up group is starting and will take the form of a discussion group. This is ideal for Family Historians with basic research knowledge who would like further support.

The meetings will be monthly on the second Monday 2.00 – 4.00 pm at 12 Middle Street, West Harnham. These sessions are run by Les Hankinson. There will be three preliminary sessions April 12, May 10th and June 14th

For further information contact:-

Michael Kirby, 01722 330 123 or e-mail Michael@downsway.plus.com

Or Les Hankinson on 01722 321 283 or e-mail l.hankinson@btinternet.com

Computer help For any budding computer buffs, there are still some spaces on Monday afternoons for this valuable course

Recorder playing for fun and ‘improvement’ This group is also for those who wish to improve their playing, and obviously you would be able to encourage and assist those who are not so experienced

Exploring the Countryside

This group is now full, but it is still worthwhile calling Colin on 01725 510 630, as there could be the occasional space when some is unable to go out

Cruising 2010 Baltic Cruise on Fred Olsen vessel Balmoral, Cost £1,129

Visiting: St Petersburg, Stockholm and Copenhagen. 12 night s and 13 days Dept Dover 20th June 2010, returning 2nd July

Payments for all above outings - cheques to Salisbury U3A and a separate cheque for each event please.

Salisbury Hospicecare

Teas Together with entertainment by Christine and Peter Padwick Mondays 3 for 3.30 to 5.00 pm in Salisbury Methodist Hall, St Edmunds Church St.

10th May with the 1920’s

TICKETS £5.00 from the Hospice Shop, Catherine Street,

.Or call Salisbury Hospicecare Trust Call 01722 416 353


By the time of reading this newsletter, you will know who your new committee members are and about their various roles; this is all documented on your Membership Cards.

After a year of having the larger style newsletter your committee have decided to reduce its size and content, and again I would value your comments. I am always on the lookout for articles of interest to share with other members, so please send them into me.


You will note there is no gift aid form on the back page, but I would urge you, if you have not already gift aided your membership fee to consider doing so, as for every pound U3A can recoup 28p, but of course, you need to be a UK taxpayer. Otherwise, it would be appreciated if you could make your payment with a standing order, as this makes life much easier for our treasurer. Please ask Jackie for the appropriate form when making your payment.

Jackie reminds everyone again, that membership is due 1st April of each year. (This if you do not pay by Standing Order)

Membership cards will be issued at the May meeting for those members who have paid for the current year 2010/2011


Please contact me, Joanna Woodd on 01722 323 447 or e-mail Joanna@cwoodd.wanadoo.co.uk with future articles and comments for your newsletter.

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