Quiz Group

The first Quiz since February 2020 will be on Tuesday 19th October at 2pm till 4pm.

Change of Venue: GUIDE HUT in Trowbridge Park. There will be a charge per person of £1.50 to cover the cost of the venue.

I will set the quiz so it won’t be too difficult.

Please let Jean Stanford (details are in your newsletter) know if you can make it or just turn up.

Parking: Either the Cinema or M&S – 3hours free or Multi storey in Castle Place. 2hrs.free unless you park on the top floors.

Tyntesfield Monday 6th December

I am arranging a visit to Tyntesfield. The house will be dressed for Christmas, and hopefully will be as magnificent as previous visits.

You will also be able to walk round the gardens (weather permitting)

The Cow Barn café and shop will be open for hot/cold drinks & hot/cold food/snacks.

This is a National Trust Property. The costs for this trip which includes coach, entry to the house (NT members free) and driver’s tip will be.

National Trust Members: £10.60

Non National Trust: £22.00

To reserve a place on this trip please email or phone Jean Stanford for

a booking form on (and not before)

Thursday 28th October at 9am.

Jean’s contact details are in your Newsletter.

WWU3A Reconvened 2021 AGM

The Reconvened Annual General Meeting of the West Wiltshire U3A will take place at 2.00 P.M. on Wednesday 15th September 2021 in St James’ Hall, Trowbridge.

Please note that this meeting will be a hybrid meeting held physically at ST JAMES’ HALL, TROWBRIDGE, and simultaneously on Zoom. Members may choose whether to attend in person or on line. Joining instructions will be sent out closer to the date.

This is a reconvened AGM as the original meeting in March 2021 did not have a quorum.

All the documents for this AGM can be found by clicking here Annual General Meeting 2021


Our first trip after lockdowns is to Coventry on Tuesday 14 September.

There are a few places available.

Gill and I will be working on a schedule for 2022. We need your help to do this.

If you’d like to join our little team or if you have any suggestions of places to visit.

Please contact Jean Stanford for more information

Monthly Meeting

The speaker at our next monthly meeting will be Jim Holmes.

Jim is a photo journalist who has covered major events around the world.

The title of his talk is “‘Humanitarian Vision’

Exploring the extraordinary work done around the world by agencies and charities that specialise in humanitarian emergency interventions and long-term development projects. This presentation includes images from Afghanistan, Mongolia, Laos, Indonesia and Burma shot on assignment for Oxfam, Save the Children the United Nations and many other organisations.

This will be on Zoom starting at 2pm.

For joining instructions please see Newsemail dated 10 April 2021 or contact Chairman.

French Conversation & French 2


Over the past year our numbers have dropped from 8 to 4. Normally we are a house group meeting on 2nd & 4th Monday in the month, in the morning.

We talk about things we’ve read, seen or listened to as well as topical news.

At present we are using ZOOM for our meetings.

We’d like more members – so if anyone would like to join us, please contact Jean Stanford via the Group Coordinator


Over the past year our numbers have dropped from 8 to 4. Normally we are a house group meeting weekly on Wednesday mornings. At present we are using ZOOM for our meetings.

We would like 2,even 3 more members. We try to speak French most of the time. We each usually give a short presentation of what we’ve done, seen or read in the preceding week, usually followed by questions and answers. Plus we discuss topical issues. We use French magazine – Bien Dire and Bien Dire Initial. It has many interesting articles, some of which we can listen to by CD. See attached example. We also use an outdated French Experience 2 for grammar etc. We learn from each other – not a teacher, therefore the group is always open to suggestions for things to do.

So if you have some French and would like to join us, please contact Jean Stanford via the Group Coordinator.

Prendre au mot BDI25

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