Special Announcement

Hello everybody,

As you might imagine we are working behind the scenes to keep much of our U3A ticking over during the present crisis. One service that we can offer immediately is our WhatsApp U3ACHAT line, sign up for this and you can get up to the minute advice, assistance and even several friendly ears just to listen!

As the membership base progresses and hopefully with due haste, we plan to introduce onto the service items such as broadcast events for many of our existing groups. This will lend itself well to things such as quizzes and current affairs topics, science programs and much more. All of these programs will be interactive, either by text or voice. Video inserts will also be used, as well as powerpoint and other presentations!

You can receive WhatsApp on your pc or MacBook but in eithercase you will need and existing copy of the app on your smartphone. Without this the program will not run.

To join this service see your Newsemail dated 22 March or contact deputychair@westwiltsu3a.org.uk

Another way of getting on this service is to send your name and your mobile telephone number in a reply to this email.

At the current time, this service can only take up to 250 members, so don’t delay.

We will be launching a Skype service for voice communication in the coming days.

All the very best

Deputy Chair West Wilts U3A


Trips Cancelled


In line with the government directive, it has been decided that the following trips will be cancelled

22 April to Batsford. Cheques have not been presented for payment
and will be destroyed

12 May to Reading/Basildon Park.

All future trips will be reviewed as and when the situation changes.

On behalf of the Trips Committee –
Diane, Gill, Pauline and myself. I would like to thank you for your continued

AGM Cancelled



Having just listened to the latest government briefing about the covid-19 virus, and due to the age distribution of our membership, it has been decided to postpone the AGM planned for Wednesday 18 March.

Although most members will have access to this email, a significant number do not. Those who receive this email are therefor asked to spread this message to those who may not receive it.

For those who had planned to renew their membership at the door before the meeting members of the committee will be available at the door between 01:30 to 02:30 pm.  to explain the situation to anyone who does not receive this message and to accept membership renewals as appropriate

Otherwise members are requested to renew either by bank transfer or cheque. Bank account details are available on the membership renewal form.

The AGM will be rescheduled once the present crisis is resolved and official information allows. Meanwhile, the existing committee members will remain in office.

As for individual groups, some venues have already been closed and others will probably follow. The decision whether or not to hold meetings will be a matter for the groups to decide. However, all group leaders are asked to keep both the Treasurer and Groups’ coordinator informed so that we do not incur expenses for halls that are not used.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation.
Stay healthy !

Glyn Evans


Coronavirus Advice – An Update

The Committee have been asked by the Third Age Trust to disseminate the following information to our members:

Please find enclosed updated advice from Healthwatch – the NHS consumer watchdog.

What’s the risk of catching coronavirus in the UK?

The NHS and Public Health England are well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal.

The UK Chief Medical Officers have raised the risk to the public from low to moderate. But the risk to individuals remains low. If you have arrived back to the UK from mainland China and other specified areas, follow the advice for returning travellers.

How is coronavirus spread?

Like the common cold, coronavirus (also known as Covid-19) infection usually occurs through close contact with a person with novel coronavirus via cough and sneezes or hand contact. You can also be infected by touching contaminated surfaces if you do not wash your hands.

The risk of being in close contact with a person with coronavirus or contaminated surfaces in very low at the moment, as members of the public who have visited Wuhan, Hubei province, China are currently in isolation.

Symptoms of coronavirus
The main symptoms of coronavirus are:
·         a cough
·         a high temperature
·         shortness of breath

When to call 111

Based on the scientific advice of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) the UK Chief Medical Officers are advising anyone who has travelled to the UK from mainland China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau in the last 14 days and is experiencing cough or fever or shortness of breath, to stay indoors and call NHS 111, even if symptoms are mild.

Do not go to a GP surgery or hospital. Call 111, stay indoors and avoid close contact with other people.

How to avoid catching or spreading germs?


  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze.
  • Put used tissues in the bin straight away.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water often – use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
  • Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell.


  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.

Music Appreciation Group 1


Somehow the programme for Music Appreciation Group 1 was left out of the Spring magazine.

Herewith the missing content ;

03 April                       Brahms                                               John Allford

01 May                        Musical Natural History Selection   Jo Harries

05 June                       Choirs and Concertos                      Brian Jennings

February Walk – Cancelled

Walking Group Update

The fieldpaths around Broughton Gifford are very muddy and, with more rain today and tomorrow, the conditions are not going to improve.  With this in mind, I have reluctantly decided to cancel this Thursday’s walk which will be re-instated at a later date.  If any members pick up this message and have contacts in the group could they please pass the information onto them.


Nigel Vile 01225 710139.



Following the confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK, the Government and NHS have issued advice for members of the public. The Third Age Trust want to share this advice and have asked for the information to be disseminated to our members.

The Government and NHS have issued advice for members of the public following the confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK.

Typical symptoms of coronavirus include fever and a cough that may progress to a severe pneumonia causing shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.

The UK Chief Medical Officers are advising anyone who has travelled to the UK from mainland China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau in the last 14 days and is experiencing cough or fever or shortness of breath, to stay indoors and call NHS 111, even if symptoms are mild.

More information about the virus, as well as symptoms and advice, is available to view at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus- information-for-the-public

Or on the NHS England website at:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/2020/02/statement-from-nhs-england-and-nhs- improvement-on-coronavirus/

Suggested New Groups for 2020


Following my previous requests for ideas for forming new groups the following have been suggested


Current Affairs, Soups and Puddings, Book Group, Short Walks – preferably without dogs, Poetry, Short Story Writing.


Someone in the following groups will need to have some experience/knowledge. Please state any experience when registering an interest.

Beginners Photography, Beginners Recorder, Sign language. Coarse Angling, Backgammon, The Internet of things.

Please send your interest in any of the above groups to me by the end of February.

Groups Co-ordinator

There is no need to state your preferred days and times at this stage.

When I have had all the replies I will arrange and set up planning meetings for the viable groups.