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.

New Groups

                                               NEW GROUPS

I am asking all WWU3A members to send me any ideas they have for forming new groups.

I have already been given some ideas and I will add the newones to this list and send it out to all members to see what interest there is in all of the suggested groups. I will then set up planning meetings for those that appear to be viable.

The ideas could come from the fact that existing groups you are interested in are on a day and time which is inconvenient for you or a group you want to join is full therefore an additional similar group would be welcome These groups are usually, but not always, those that meet in private homes and are restricted by numbers.

I look forward to be inundated with your suggestions!

Please reply to Groups Co-ordinator

German Beginners


I have had a request to set up a German Group for Beginners.

If you are interested in such a group please contact me at the email address below stating if you have any knowledge of the language and to what level.

If there is enough interest I will follow our procedure for forming the group.

Groups Coordinator


Photoshop Workshop – Spaces

Late breaking news.

Dickon has had a couple of people pull out of his Photoshopping beginners workshop on 4th October.

Hence he has two spare places and asks if there are any late takers.

The original magazine entry follows.


Learn how to scan and enhance old photos and slides.

If you have NEVER done anything like this before, this is for you.

I bet you have loads of old slides and photos that have faded or are torn etc.

You do not need to be a computer whiz. You only need a lap-top (Windows or Mac) and a mouse to get started with a fun and sociable group.

Please do not join if you have experience. This is for total beginners.

I will be starting 8 weekly Friday sessions from Friday 4th October 2019 1

These fun sessions are essentially for total BEGINNERS.

A laptop is necessary; however I have a couple of spares.

contact details in your Newsletter or via Groups Co-ordinator

Walking Group Update

Lacock Walk 29th August.

Following a recce, a few points.  If you read this and know of walkers in the group who do not access emails, please pass on this information to them.

There is a climb of some 300 feet onto Bowden Hill.

Near the start of the walk, we have to follow a relatively busy road with no pavement for 700 yards from the River Avon at Lacock out to the Bell Inn by Bewley Common.

There are quite a few stiles on the walk, several of which cannot be avoided by using an adjoining gateway.

The NT car-park costs £4 but is free if you are a member.  If you are not in the NT but have a bus pass, there is a half-hourly bus service from Trowbridge to Melksham and Chippenham that passes through Lacock, stopping at the George Inn.  From there it is a 5 minute walk to the NT car-park where the walks begins.

Do not let this put you off!  It is an excellent walk with great views across much of North and West Wiltshire.


National Memorial Arboretum

National Memorial Arboretum and Lichfield Cathedral

Tuesday 10 September 2019

Booking form will be sent after registration

Seats still available.

We will leave Trowbridge early, first pick up is 7am. Firstly we will visit Lichfield Cathedral for about 1.5hrs. Leaving time for coffee and a self guided tour of the cathedral or town. Secondly we will then proceed to the National Memorial Arboretum in time for lunch – which can be pre-booked. The Arboretum is a 150 acre site to over 350 thought provoking memorials covering both military and civilian associations. It features around 30,000 trees and is home to a variety of flora and fauna. It has lots to see and  plenty to explore.  The Land Train which has a pre-recorded, running commentary is included in the cost. The tour lasts approx. 50mins.

See: www.thenma.org.uk

See the full page advertisement in Third Age Matters

Spring Issue on page 7

Cost for this trip: Coach & Land train plus Drivers tip £14.00

2 course lunch: £17.50 

It is important that you are at your pick up point on time. Do not change it without prior agreement with the Trip Leader.  I suggest you pack snacks and water as this will be a long day. We will make a comfort stop both ways.


For more information, please contact Groups Co-Ordinator