SPIRE UNIVERSITY OF THE THIRD AGE
Charity Ref. 400/379/98
The Archaeology group run by Spire U3A had arranged a fascinating visit to the Roman Glass Studio
at Project Workshops, Lains Farm, Quarley at the end of September. Not only were there demonstrations
of glass blowing but also reconstructed furnaces that would have been used by the Romans. There
was a good range of glass items to purchase at the end of the morning, all replicas of the glass
that has been found by archaeologists.
At the October meeting Ann Seviour made a return visit to talk about the changes in the New Forest.
She started by giving a short history of the Forest. There is evidence of a pottery found from
the Bronze Age and of small farms in the Iron Age, some of which are still there. When the Normans
arrived they wanted meat for the table and hunting lodges were built. Later wood was required for
shipbuilding down at Buckler's Hard. Today the forest is a National Park and Ann as a Commoner
and farmer is involved in preserving it for future generations, whilst allowing people to enjoy
the wild open spaces that nature provides.
The November talk, 'Wessex Writers and their
Landscape' will be by Hugh Thomas, one of our own
members, who has run many groups over the years on this subject, so this promises to be fascinating.
The festive season will soon be here again and the Spire committee has plans-a-foot for some surprises
for the Christmas Party on December 10th as well as the usual festive cheer. Booking will be essential
for all members at the next meeting as this is a popular start to Christmas.
For membership enquires: 01722 321731
Contact: Sheila Read 01722 501218