Meetings and Events

We have a Monthly General Meeting for all members on the LAST Wednesday of every month at 2 pm (doors open at 1.40pm) in the newly-refurbished Civic Centre in the Western Car Park. The entry charge is £2 for members and for visitors.

Our Monthly General Meetings are held on the last Wednesday of each month with the exception of December, when instead we arrange a festive lunch during the month for any members to attend. The meetings, to which all members are invited, are held in the Civic Centre, Warminster and commence at 2.00pm and conclude at approximately 3.30pm with refreshments. The talks and presentations are entertaining, insightful and educational – not necessarily all at the same time! Do come along and meet your U3A friends, and perhaps make new friends, hear an interesting talk and ask the speaker questions. Please bring your Membership card with you as you may be asked to show it.

Make a note in your 2014 Diary of Wednesday June 18th - a coach has been booked for the Summer Outing. This year we will be going to Gloucester - with its Cathedral, historic dockyard, shops and Museum - and including a boat trip on The Sharpness Canal.

Wednesday 29 January
ShelterBox with Hugh Deed – Volunteer ShelterBox Representative
Based in Helston, Cornwall, ShelterBox provides emergency shelter and lifesaving supplies for families around the world affected by disasters at the time when they need it the most. In the 13 years since it was founded, it has responded to over 200 natural or manmade disasters in almost 90 countries and provided lifesaving aid for well over one million people.

Wednesday 26 February
AGM followed by Me and My Motors by John Pomeroy
John reflects on his life around vehicles that he has used, owned, rebuilt and some of the places he has taken them in the UK over the past 50 years.

Wednesday 26 March
Mount Athos - Heaven on Earth by Peter Bamford
Peter will present an interesting illustrated talk on the Orthodox Monasteries on this beautiful peninsular of Northern Greece.

Wednesday 30 April
Musical Influences by Guitarist Jim Meaton
This afternoon we will hear Jim’s musical adventures and some examples of what he and his guitar can do!

Wednesday 28 May
Hygienic Honey Bees – Ron Hoskins
Buzz along to hear all about Honey bees that have evolved an hygienic behavior where they remove diseased or parasitized larvae from their brood cells, and an Varroa-sensitive hygienic behavior which they also use to reduce the number of reproductive mites on remaining larvae.

Wednesday 25 June
What Happened at Chernobyl with Robert MacLachlan
This presentation will explain how totally incompetent management, flawed Reactor design, inadequate staff training and lack of contingency planning all contributed to the worst disaster in Nuclear Generation history.

Wednesday 30 July
The First World War 1914 – 1918 – Steve Dettmar
Steve presents a timely DVD of the First World War, which took place from 28 July 1914 to 11 November 1918.

Wednesday 27 August
Fabergé - The Famous Russian Jeweller told by Mark Wilson
This presentation celebrates the life and work of Peter Carl Fabergé. He was one of the greatest goldsmiths and craftsmen the world has ever known. His fame today is particularly attributed to the beautiful and intricate Easter Eggs he made for the Russian royal family. We will see many slides showing the eggs and other exquisite jewelled Fabergé items.

Wednesday 24 September
Mistresses of Charles II by Christopher Scott
Many people know that Charles II had a long affair with a playhouse orange-seller, Nell Gwyn, but actually when she met the King, Nell had risen above the girlish station and was the main attraction at Drury Lane. This presentation traces the histories of Charles II’s amorous affairs, his women and bastard children – some he acknowledged, others he did not.

Wednesday 29 October
Natural History of Iceland by Philip Mugridge
Wrap up warm for a trip to Iceland, a fantastic place to visit, both for it’s natural history and geology. This presentation will show its wildlife and many scenic wonders of the Icelandic summers and winters.

Wednesday 26 November
Traditional Canal Painting – Robert Wright
Robert talks about Roses and Castles the traditional narrowboat decoration. It will be an informative, colourful and comprehensive presentation on the origins, history and development of this fascinating form of painted decoration together with an explanation of the way the flowers and castles are produced on many canal boats of today and yesteryear.

Dates for your Diary
Wed May 13th 2015 14th study tour/holiday organised exclusively for Warminster U3A. Departs from Warminster on 13th May 2015 for 5 days. Destination is Guernsey and all excursions are included. Please contact member Shirley Moss on 01892 852658 for further details and a booking form. Places are going fast.

We will stay in the Peninsula hotel located in a prominent position overlooking two sleepy fishing bays. The restaurant serves buffet breakfast and a high quality four course evening meal. We have an island tour of Guernsey taking in the smallest chapel in the world, a manor house with subtropical gardens, evidence of the second world war occupation, underground military museum, and much more. We also spend a day on the traffic-free island of Sark, with a carriage ride around the island. On our 'free'day we can explore the nearby beautiful harbour town of St. Peter Port with its lovely gardens, castle, shops, cafes and flower-filled streets, or even take a ferry ride to Herm or Jersey. You will be made very welcome in our friendly Warminster U3A group.

Cost is £464 per person in a twin room. Extra single rooms have been requested.

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