SPIRE UNIVERSITY OF THE THIRD AGE

Charity Ref. 400/379/98

PRESS RELEASE SPIRE U3A SEPTEMBER 2005

The September meeting of Spire U3A at the Memorial Hall Harnham had unusually, a few vacant seats available due to a certain cricket match! However those who were there had an interesting talk from Major General Dixon about St Georges Chapel, Windsor.

In the early days there were a succession of chapels in the castle for the use of the Castle garrison, king and court. Henry IV in 1475 built a new chapel to rival the so much grander Eaton Collage Chapel visible from the castle and it is this we see now. At one time Windsor was in the diocese of the Bishop of Salisbury, a fact that came as a surprise to some.

The talk was illustrated with slides showing the changes made outside and then inside where we were we heard about the Order of the Garter and the yearly ceremony we all know.

Major General Dixon told us that all the kings are buried in St Georges and showed us some of the chantries and memorial tombs.

Notices were given out and included a Trafalgar Studies day in Portsmouth, on October 5th that involves all three U3a's in Salisbury. Likewise there is also a meeting of the Health Care Research Group on October 14th when the Chief Executive of the Hospital will be answering questions about the new Foundation Trust.

The next meeting of Spire U3A will be on October 10th when Mr Elliot will give a talk on William Morris and the Arts and Crafts Movement.

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