Visit to Weald & Downland Museum



 A trip is planned to visit the Weald & Downland Open air Museum. It is set in a 50-acre site near Chichester in West Sussex. So, expect to do some walking.

It has over 50 historic houses, including a working watermill, Victorian School room, Tudor kitchen, Bayleaf Farmstead, the Market Place and many more.

There is a café which serves hot and cold food,cakes,drinks and ice cream. Where possible they use the stone ground flour from the Watermill. There is a gift shop

See for more details.  The popular program the Repair Shop is also based there.

Cost:   Coach & drivers tip and entry: £24.00

To register for a place on this trip please phone or email

Jean Stanford on Monday 15th.August at 9.00am


Booking forms will only be sent out after registration is confirmed

Monthly Meetings 2022

Monthly Meeting Talks

We meet at 02:00pm on the third Wednesday each Month at St. James’ Hall in Trowbridge. to hear interesting talks and to enjoy a social coffee. All West Wilts u3a members are welcome to attend. Why not come and enjoy a coffee and buy a raffle ticket, or exchange your old books for some exciting new reading material?

May18 Jenny Mallin My family history Life in the Indian Raj
Jun 15 Lynda Warren Natures Poisoners Poisonous wild plants
Jul 20 Holly Perryman Air Ambulance The work of the Air Ambulance service
Aug Meeting Cancelled   Meeting Cancelled
Sep 21 Bob Rogers Wild Life Exhibition of the wild life on the Isle of  Skye
Oct 19 Gordon Lewis Time’s up for Tyburn The gruesome History of Tyburn’s Tree
Nov 16 Jeff Evans The History of Quiz Shows An amusing trip down memory lane
Dec 21 TBA TBA  


Notice of 2022 AGM





 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.

 A G E N D A

  1. Introduction and welcome by Chairman
  2. Apologies
  3. Minutes of AGM Wednesday 15 September 2021
  4. Approval of Minutes of AGM 15 September 2021
  5. Chairman’s Annual Report
  6. Treasurer’s Annual Report
  7. Appointment of External Examiner for West Wilts u3a Accounts
  8. Election of Chairman and Deputy Chairman
  9. Election of Treasurer
  10. Election of Committee Members
  11. Any other business (to be raised only by prior notification to the Chairman)

Date of next AGM: Wednesday 15th March 2023



Broadway and Snowshill Manor – FULL


TUESDAY 21st. JUNE 2022

A trip is planned to visit Broadway, a village in the Cotswolds and the National Trust property – Snowshill Manor and Gardens.

We plan to arrive in Broadway about 10.45am, leaving at 13.30 for Snowshill Manor and Gardens. We will leave for home around 16.30

We will visit Broadway where you can stroll along looking in the independent shops, galleries and antiques shops. Perhaps partaking of an early lunch before the short coach journey to Snowshill Manor & Gardens.

Snowshill Manor dates to the 16th.century. It is best known for its 20th.owner Charles Paget Wade – an artist & architect who amassed a collection of curious and interesting objects that were for him a celebration of colour, craftmanship and design.

The garden was laid out by Wade in collaboration with the Arts & Crafts movement architect M H Baillie Scott between 1920 and 1923. They created a terraced garden of different courts for different moods.

The house and its collection were given to the National Trust in 1951

Cost:   Coach & drivers tip.     £12.50

National Trust members Free entry

Non-NT.   Entry to Garden only.  £8.10.   To Manor & Gardens. £11.40 – payable on the day.

To register for a place on this trip please phone or email

Jean Stanford on Thursday 12 May 2022at 9.00am


Contact details are in your newsletter.

Booking forms will only be sent out after registration is confirmed






Booking Instructions 2022


Leaders – Jean Stanford, Gill Laing.  Angela Greatwood

After nearly 2 years, we can now start to think about day trips. Many thanks to all those who have supported our previous day trips.

For your help, the process of booking is detailed below.

Tour details will be shown in the Magazine, showing the earliest date you can book/register your interest.

Please adhere to this. In the first instance please contact the relevant Trip leader to register your interest on the stated date. When places are confirmed, the booking form will be sent out. You should then complete the booking form and return it to the named tour leader together with either your cheque made payable to the West Wilts U3A or confirmation that you have paid by BANK Transfer. An SAE should be enclosed if you are not on email. Each leader is happy to answer any questions relating to their tour, especially access concerns. Please ensure dates, pick up point and times are noted.

For 2022, payments may to be made by Bank Transfer. Details are on the booking form Should anyone have a problem with this, the leader should be contacted to discuss.

Comfort stops are made on journeys of more than one and a half hours and coaches normally have an ‘emergency toilet’.

The cost quoted includes the driver’s tip and all entrance fees. No meals are included unless where stated.  If a property is marked ‘NT’ please bring your valid National Trust membership card for free admission.

Pick up points:    Each tour is shown with boarding places and times. Not all pick-up points are used for every tour. Please do not change your pickup point without speaking to the tour leader directly. Failure to do so may cause delays. Please check pick up points and times carefully.  To avoid delays we suggest arriving at the stop approximately 10 minutes before the stated pick-up time.

Coaches will only stop at agreed pick-up/drop off points which change, depending on the route.  Currently main stops may include:

Trowbridge        Bus stop opposite Trinity Church alongside the park and train station.

Trowbridge.       St Thomas’s Road by shops.

North Bradley.  Bus stop by Rising Sun towards Trowbridge

Cancellation:   If members must cancel their booking due to unforeseen circumstances, then a refund will be made on entrance tickets if they are re-allocated or not already purchased.  Travel refunds may be given only when coach costs have been met.

No refunds if cancellation is 7 days or less prior to the date of the trip.

On the day you should carry your Membership Card which has space for your Emergency Contact details on the reverse.  It is suggested that you also carry any medication details.

Note: Data Protection: Members should not pass on the organiser’s details. All such details should be deleted after each trip.

Science and Engineering Future Talks

14 December:  Instrument Landing Systems – Dickon Povey

11 January: Introducing the 5G network  – Glyn Evans

08 February – The Victorian Mechanical Computer

08 March – Jet Boat Propulsion Systems

12 April – The Photon! – Bob Gilbert

10 may –  Is Hydrogen the Fuel of the Future? – David Feather

14 June – The Land line RIP 2025 – Alan Cooper

12 July – Electric Cars – Ray Fox

Science and Engineering Group

09 November – “Hydraulic Valve Manufacture”      – Magnus Cooper (external speaker)

A Devonshire engineering company of 35 employees uses £1m of advanced technology to serve its markets, and even to lead the world in some product categories. Magnus Cooper, their Chief Designer, will look at the skills and processes that make it possible. He will bring some products to illustrate the talk.

The company designs and makes 95% of its products and these are used in large vehicles and yachts, unmanned submarines and commercial fishing boats. Their factory is capable of running itself overnight with the “lights out”!

Meetings are held at the Progressive Hall North Bradley, starting at 2:30 pm

Quiz Group

The next meeting will be Tuesday 15 March and monthly thereafter on the 3rd.Tuesday of the month.

Change of Venue: GUIDE HUT in Trowbridge Park. Meet 1.30 to 3.30pm. There will be a charge per person of £1.50 to cover the cost of the venue.

The Quiz is set by the members – so a different one each month.

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. unless you park on the top floors.