Newsletter No 93
August 2014

Summer 2014

High Street                                                                  Les Hankinson

From the Editors Desk
Well summer may have been a little late getting into its stride, but it has made up for it since. That is if you can cope with high temperatures and happy to wield the hose or watering can of an evening!
The Committee has been busy on your behalf with various projects, the latest being the submission of an article for MYU3A. I have included this later in the Newsletter. Photographs taken by Peter who got up very early to take the superb photograph of the Cathedral at Dawn.
Coffee mornings have been up to their usual good standard with talks on Engineering the Pyramids, Chinese Gardens and the American Song Book.
It looks as though there are some interesting ones to come.
Apologies for no Newsletter last month due to no items sent in!
Zelah Bysouth-

Welcome to New Members  

Mr David and Mrs Marion Blackwall, 
Mrs Jane Graham, Mrs Jane Withers 

Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group

Following the meeting with the Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group, here are further details of their plans and expectations
Our Vision  “The right healthcare, for you, with you, near you”

The vision of NHS Wiltshire CCG is “To ensure the provision of a health service which is high quality, effective, clinically led and local”. The focus of delivering care to people in their own homes or as close to home as possible remains of paramount importance.
Posted on May 22, 2014 by Wendy Bosberry-Scott Healthier for longer – Wiltshire CCG launches future health plans. People in Wiltshire are being asked to support plans to encourage them to take more responsibility for their own health and wellbeing. This is just one f the principles the NHS Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)  is proposing as part of a five year plan to improve healthcare services.

In addition, the CCG, has developed a model which will provide more care at home or in the community ensuring that there is fair and equal access to services across the county.

Wiltshire CCG is the organisation responsible for planning and paying for all NHS services in the county and is led by local GPs.  It has prepared a draft five year plan which sets out its plans for changing the structure of healthcare services in Wiltshire.Staff from the CCG are visiting a wide range of organisations and community groups to gain feedback and opinion on the plans. In addition, there are also a series of public meetings. Some meetings have already taken place.

Dr Stephen Rowlands, Chair of Wiltshire CCG, said:The next five years will be a period of change for healthcare services in Wiltshire.  Our Five Year Plan is all about supporting people to live healthy, independent lives in their own homes and communities.  We need to keep people out of hospital as much as possible and we will need people to take more responsibility for their own health and the health of others to help us do this.I would encourage anyone with an interest in healthcare to come along to one of our public meetings if they want to understand what these changes will mean for them and their local NHS services.”

Anyone who would like to attend future events or would like further information should contact Wiltshire CCG’s Communications and Engagement team on 01380 736010 or
Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) are established under the Health and Social Care Act 2012. They are statutory bodies which have the function of commissioning services. The geographical area covered by NHS Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is that represented by the Wiltshire County boundary, and one Dorset practice, Sixpenny Handley.

NHS Wiltshire CCG is made up of 57 GP Practices within the three localities who work together to ensure the best possible healthcare is available and meets the needs of people in Wiltshire.  The three localities North East Wiltshire (NEW) – West Wiltshire and Sarum – Mark Harris, Group Director; Dr Toby Davies, Chair


By now you  will have had time to study the list of speakers for the current year to May 2015. I hope you will find several of interest. I shall be coming off the Committee at the next AGM and before then I shall have another list going up to May 2016.This is not an onerous task, in fact it is  quite enjoyable and rewarding. If anyone is interested in taking this on it is a great way of doing something for the U3A. Please get in touch and I will be delighted to show you how easy it is.

This is a good opportunity for me to thank all those members who have given me ideas for speakers over the years. Don't forget, if you enjoy a talk somewhere else the rest of us might enjoy it too.

Pat Crossland

Christmas Party

This year's December meeting will be a traditional social event. With food, drink, background music, quizzes and friendly conversation there will be little time for a speaker or hired entertainment. So we've decided to try something a little different. From 10.30 to 11.00 the entertainment will be "Read All About It". Not quite QI, but an assemblage of amusing, bizarre or startling anecdotes to get everyone in the mood for the rest of the meeting. I would like a volunteer "Stand Up" to help me. Also any suitable material will be gratefully received on or before the November meeting.

Pat Crossland

Playing the Recorder for Fun and Improvement

Our last session was held in June as we decided to have a short break this year over July and August. So we will next meet on Wednesday 17th September, hopefully refreshed after the summer break!  New members are always welcome, total beginners even - there are descant and treble recorders available for newcomers to try out. Whilst a rudimentary knowledge of music would be helpful, enthusiasm counts just as much!

We play many different styles of music, the common factors being that they are within the range of the notes available on the recorder and also the melody line is supported by a harmony part for the larger instruments - treble and tenor recorders. We have adopted the American terminology for the instruments - soprano (descant). alto (treble), tenor and bass. Recorders have been around for a very long time and I think it's more than co-incidence that the "family" of recorders parallel the ranges of the human voice. I have been able to adapt several pieces intended for choirs and which are now in our repertoire.

Why not come along in September as an "observer" - just give me a call and I'll ensure we have enough chairs set out in readiness!

Contact  :-  Stuart Robson, (01722)  334310 or e-mail :-  for further details!

WorldU3A runs  regular online projects.
Our current project is MYU3A and we invite you to join us. 
So we did. See the article below or the actual entry HERE

My U3A

Spire at Dawn

Comment: We are a friendly and welcoming U3A, bonded by experience and pleasure in learning. We have an annual New Members’ Coffee Morning, which is always appreciated. We were established in June 1998 by a Steering Committee with the help of Phyllis Babb, then Chairman of Sarum U3A.

The three U3As united for the Millennium by presenting a sundial to the City. The words: ‘Time speeds up until it is nothing. Therefore use it before it is gone,’ were composed by Anne Boutell.

We are happy to welcome visitors from around the world. Can we help you make your stay in Salisbury a pleasant and fulfilling event?

We have members willing to guide you round our city and countryside. Also there are many activity groups that would delight in having temporary members to join in.
Our website is:

The Millenium Sundial in St Thomas’ Square
  U3A sundial


August Sudoku- Hard


Time waits for no one.Treasure every moment you have.
You will treasure it even more when
You can share it with someone special. Anon

 Advice for youngsters perhaps?
 I want to make a Jigsaw that is 40,000 pieces. And when you finish it, It says ‘GO OUTSIDE’
Demitri Martin

A holiday frequently means that the family goes away for a rest, accompanied by Mother, who sees that the others get it.
Marceline Cox

Sudoku Solution

Stop Press
Alison Dawson is still looking for members to play Chamber Music.

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