Newsletter No 92
May 2014


Daffodils alongside London Road Salisbury   Z Bysouth

From the Editors Desk

Well, at last I have my computer back in operation after a major problem, although still a few glitches are still appearing, so apologies if they affect this letter. Also finding things careful saved before the repair is a nightmare.

Well Spring is here judging by all the wonderful spring flowers in evidence. I think Salisbury do a magnificent job with all the crocus and daffodils in evidence alongside the ring road and on London Road. Pity they last such a short time.

As well as having my computer out of action, I have been struggling with damaged muscle in my arm and to top it all, tripped on a bag of compost and damaged a muscle in my leg. Note to self (and others) Do not leave things lying around to fall over and if you are prone to trips and falls make sure you have an emergency button which you put round your neck or wrist to get assistance.
Although it is good to see the grass instead of expanses of water, it doesn't take too  much rain to make the roads hazardous with water covering the sides of the road and hiding the huge potholes still in evidence. I am not sure how the Wiltshire Councils Pothole Repair Schedule is working, but certainly many of the roads I use are still pretty lethal. Let's hope the rain stays off long enough for them to catch up.

The Annual General Meeting was held  on 14th April. The Chairman Ayesha Nickol and Secretary Aslaug Abbott were both re-elected unopposed. The resignation from the Committee of both Shirley Reeve and Margaret Raymont was received . We are grateful to them both for the work they have done, particularly Shirley who kept the Finances on track for many years. The remainder of the Committee was re-elected en bloc with the addition on Mr Andy Poole who takes over the role of Safety Officer

The financial Statement supplied by Bernard Crossland was approved.

The Chairman paid tribute to the Group Leaders, who  work hard to keep their group active, despite the lessening numbers of Groups. She also thanked the Committee for the contribution to the smooth running of the Spire U3A.

We now look forward to the coming years' activities- not the least the speakers at the monthly Coffee mornings so ably arranged by Pat Crossland.

The Royal Horticultural Society has announced that they will give special discounts to groups wishing to visit these wonderful gardens. More information at rhs.org.uk. Further information in later pages of the Newsletter.

Zelah Bysouth 01722 330307   zjbp@btinternet.com

We are very pleased to welcome new members, Mr David and Mrs Judy Stone, Miss Carla Dreyer and Mrs Margaret Woodward.

Mosaics Creative Study Day
This will take place on Tuesday 15th July at Alderbury Village Hall, 9.30am - 4.30pm.
Cost: £ 22 per person.
Bring your own refreshments. 
For further information and booking please phone Maureen Pardy on 01722 504295.
Places are limited and early booking advised. 
Christine Blaney will be available at the monthly meetingand happy to answer
any questions

The Elixir Festival - with Dancers and Choreographers all over the age of 60, will take place at Sadlers Wells Theatre on 12th and 13th September. Tickets £15.

More information at Sadlerswells.com

The Friends Meeting House, Devizes
Tuesday March 11th 2014

Aslaug Abbot and I travelled to Devizes for a well attended U3A Network Meeting.   Lin Jonas, CEO of the Third Age Trust, came to talk to us principally about Gift Aid, a very important topic, as it really boosts income for each U3A.   She also reminded us of the basic rules of the U3A.  

She finished by mentioning that the next copy of The Third Age Matters will have a pull out section explaining the ethos of the U3A.
Marian Clements, our Regional Trustee, reminded us that the National AGM will be held at the Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester, on 9 and 10 September 2014, and that the Regional Conference, which we attend, will again be at Sturminster Newton on 3 October.   Ian Searle, former Chairman of the Third Age Trust, will talk about On-Line Courses.  

I will ask Aslaug to put a copy of the Minutes on the noticeboard.
Len Haysom Chairman of the Network, and his wife, Emie, both retired at the end of this meeting.   John Johnston, Chairman of North Wiltshire, volunteered to be Chairman, and he will approach a colleague who may be interested in becoming Secretary.
We were not in our usual venue, but it is always interesting meeting Committee Members from other U3As.
Ayesha Nickol

May Sudoku (Hard)


Items for inclusion in the Newsletter would be very welcome including photographs, quizzes, hobbies etc.
Please send to Zelah Bysouth- preferably by email or mail

I apologise if any items have been missed from this issue

Foxy Laugh
I don't know if I fancy going into a pub to be welcomed by this scary looking fox as were member of the Salisbury Camera Club on the recent weekend in Exmoor.  Foxy Laugh by Peter Read

May Suduko Solution



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