Diary of General Events for Swindon U3A

Please note that notification of general events of interest and study days, seminars etc often arrive at times that do not coincide with the publishing of Newsletter and What's On Sheet. The online diary and study days pages may therefore contain events that have not yet been published in the printed Newsletter or What's On and may not be published in them if the timing is not suitable or space is limited.

(See individual Group pages for Group programmes. Other diaries available from the Diaries dropdown menu, are Group Visits for a summary of Group visits, Study Days for more information on study days, and Local non-U3A Events for more information on various local events that may be of interest to members.)

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Mon, 23-Sep-19 14:00 - 16:00 This will be the first Quiz of the new year.
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Gorse Hill Community Centre ( SN2 8DA)
Sat, 9-Nov-19 10:00 - 12:00 New Members - come along and meet other new members and find out how you can get the most out of your U3A
Meeting begins at 10 am, hot drinks served from 9.30 Click here to register
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Lawn Community Centre ( SN3 1LA)
Sat, 16-Nov-19 to Sat, 16-Nov-19 10:30 - 12:30 Following requests from members, an Information morning about drones has been arranged which will take place on Saturday 16th November from 10.30-12.30 at the Coleview Community Centre. Refreshments will be served from 10.00. Speakers will be Philip from the Halo Drone Company based in Bradford upon Avon and isla from Oxford University Drone Society. We look forward to seeing you at this interesting and informativo event. Book a place on the SUCAS website or contact Avril directly at avmuirhead@gmail.com
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Coleview Community Centre ( SN3 4AS)

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Sat, 22-Sep-18 11:00 - 13:00 Academic Lecture - First of three. The other two are being planned for February 2019 and May 2019.

The Future of Marriage
We have lived through an extraordinary collapse in lifelong marriage over a remarkably short period. Today almost half of all children are born outside of marriage. The Office of National Statistics estimates that the lifetime risk of divorce is 43% and cohabitation id much less stable.In the huge and reliable Milennium Cohort Survey, only 56% of all11 year old children had continuously lived with two natural parents- this compares to 90% of 11 year old children in 1958. How did this happen? What does it mean for the welfare of children and adults? What if anything should be done?I plan to reflect on these questions by looking at the broad historical background and the best available research. Please come along and join in our discussion and tell us what you think! All ideas welcome. Paul Archer.
Immanuel United Reform Church ( SN3 1DH)
Tue, 9-Oct-18 08:15 Travel Study Group C & G
Royal Albert Hall
Tuesday 9 October 2018
We are booked on The Grand Tour which includes a fascinating journey into the Hall's rich history, astonishing architecture and legendary performances. Highlights include the Queen's Box, the Royal Retiring Room, the main auditorium and the Gallery.
After the tour there will be free time to explore the local area.
Departure times and pick-up points: -
8.15am Matalan, Greenbridge
8.30am Ellendune Centre, Wroughton
8.45am Ashington Way, West Swindon
4.00pm Depart for Swindon
Cost £27 pp includes: coffee and a Danish pastry on arrival, guided tour, coach and driver’s gratuity.
All members welcome
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Royal Albert Hall
Sat, 13-Oct-18 09:30 - 12:00 NEW MEMBERS' MEETING, Hot drinks are served from 9:30am with the meeting starting at 10:00.
You will be able to meet and chat to other new members, will hear from our Chair and other U3A Committee Members about making the most of your U3A membership and have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about your U3A and its’ many groups. There will also be an IT drop in service where you can get one to one support for any new technology issues you may be experiencing. Contact %contact_1 for further information.
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Lawn Community Centre ( SN3 1LA)
Thu, 22-Nov-18 to Thu, 22-Nov-18 10:30 - 12:00 Our next walk for the Trekkers Walking Group
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Windmill Pub ( SN5 8LY)
Mon, 10-Dec-18 14:15 - 16:00 Christmas Entertainment - Musical entertainment from U3A groups, with a seasonal flavour, tea and mince pies.

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Ellendune Community Centre ( SN4 9LW)
Mon, 14-Jan-19 14:15 - 16:00 Up on Nob Hill by Andy Binks. An illustrated history of the Old Town.
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Ellendune Community Centre ( SN4 9LW)
Mon, 11-Feb-19 14:15 - 16:00 A Room with a View by Gillian Monk. Gillian Monk, formerly of Havelock Street, will tell us all about your eyes, and how to look after them properly and why they need to be regularly checked.
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Ellendune Community Centre ( SN4 9LW)
Tue, 19-Feb-19 10:00 - 12:00 Basic SUCAS Group Membership Management Course for Group Organisers.
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Liden Community Centre ( SN3 6HF)
Wed, 20-Feb-19 14:00 - 16:00 Basic SUCAS Group Membership Mangement course for Group Organisers
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Liden Community Centre ( SN3 6HF)
Sat, 23-Feb-19 11:00 - 13:00 Lecture on Robotics by Professor Prof. Peter RN Childs, Head of School
Dyson School of Design Engineering, Imperial College London
On 23rd February 2019 11.00 Coleview Community Centre
Come along to hear how the use of Robotics will change and enhance our lives in the near future. Professor Childs will be giving a lecture on the following topics followed by a question and answer session.

Do robots have to mean a reduction in jobs?

Can robots and humans work together?

Can robots enhance the energy efficiency of our homes

I will include some examples of robotics in healthcare and domestic applications.

Put this in your diary now!

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Coleview Community Centre ( SN3 4AS)
Fri, 1-Mar-19 10:00 - 12:00 Learn how to provide extra information and create and manage a programme for your Group on SUCAS.
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Liden Community Centre ( SN3 6HF)
Mon, 11-Mar-19 14:15 - 16:00 The Motor Trade 1950 -1980 by Alan Nix. An illustrated talk on the way in which the development of cars altered our social habits, combining interesting local pictures of the 1950-80 period covered.
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Ellendune Community Centre ( SN4 9LW)
Thu, 14-Mar-19 14:00 - 16:00 Learn how to manage Group Visits on SUCAS
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Liden Community Centre ( SN3 6HF)
Mon, 25-Mar-19 14:00 - 16:30 Sing-a-Long to Mamma Mia - join us for an afternoon screening of this feel-good film and enjoy a good sing-along with accompanying tea and cakes! Numbers are limited to 60 - so please let us know if you'd like to come.
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Lawn Community Centre ( SN3 1LA)
Sat, 30-Mar-19 10:00 - 12:00 New Members - come along and meet other new members and find out how you can get the most out of your U3A
Meeting begins at 10 am, hot drinks served from 9.30 Click here to register
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Lawn Community Centre ( SN3 1LA)
Fri, 14-Jun-19 to Wed, 14-Aug-19 11:00 - 14:00 2019 SUMMER SINGALONG
This event will take place again this year on August 14th from 11.00am to 2.00pm. The venue will again be St.Joseph’s College.
The format will be different in that we shall sing together, Karaoke Style, following musical backing and lead vocals, with lyrics displayed on the big screen.
There will be a Social break for 40/45 minutes around lunch time, when tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided.
WHY NOT BRING YOUR OWN PACKED LUNCH ALONG WITH YOUR FAVOURITE TIPPLE- SOFT DRINKS, WINE, BEER, CIDER ETC.
During the morning session and lunch break there will be the opportunity to put in requests for the second session.
SPACE IS NOT UNLIMITED SO TO CONFIRM YOUR PLACE, PLEASE CONTACT EITHER;
Martin Preston: 07585957617, or email; mjpreston@btinternet.com
Gill McKinnon:07990507979, or email; gmckinnon15@ntlworld.com

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St Joseph's College ( SN3 3LR)
Wed, 19-Jun-19 to Wed, 19-Jun-19 10:30 - 15:00 The day trip group is running a coach trip to Oakham Treasures Museum on Wednesday 19th June. A trip down memory lane, the museum is a family collection of memorabilia from farm equipment and a working model railway to a haberdashery and grocery store from the early fifties and much more.

This trip is open to all Swindon U3A members. The pick up points are listed below.
The journey takes just over an hour.
The coach will drive directly to the venue arriving at approximately 10.30 and will leave at 3.00 pm.
This will give time for a leisurely tour of all the exhibits in the museum. Coffee and home made cakes & lunch can be purchased in the large cafe.

Pick up points
Sainsbury car park 9.00 am
West Swindon Ashington Way. 9.15 am
Swindon Bus Station. 9.30. am
These times are approximate and will be confirmed nearer the visit.

If you are interested in this trip please contact Kathrina Fairgrieve at jgordonf@live.co.uk or telephone 01793 – 978039. Please leave your name and phone number and I will return your call.


The cost of the coach including drivers trip is £12.00 per person.
Entrance fee is £6.50 per person payable on the day.
£12.00 non refundable bus payment to Swindon U3A by 29th May
Group entrance fee is £6.50. Per person payable on the day

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Oakham Treasures Museum
Sat, 6-Jul-19 to Sat, 6-Jul-19 10:00 - 12:00 ‘A’ is for Arsenic - Lecture by Dr Kathryn Harkup
This lecture is at the Coleview Community Centre starting at 10:30 and lasting for 1 hour with time for questions afterwards. Tea & coffee from 10:00
Agatha Christie used poison to kill her characters more often than any other crime fiction writer. Poison was a central part of the novel, and her choice of deadly substances was far from random. The characteristics of each poison provide vital clues to the discovery of the murderer. Christie gained her extensive chemical knowledge from working in a pharmacies during both world wars.
Please sign up on the swindon u3a website as numbers are limited.
More about the speaker can be found by clicking on her name.

Dr Kathryn Harkup
Coleview Community Centre ( SN3 4AS)
Wed, 14-Aug-19 to Wed, 14-Aug-19 11:00 - 14:00 2019 SUMMER SINGALONG
This event will take place again this year on August 14th from 11.00am to 2.00pm. The venue will again be St.Joseph’s College.
The format will be different in that we shall sing together, Karaoke Style, following musical backing and lead vocals, with lyrics displayed on the big screen.
There will be a Social break for 40/45 minutes around lunch time, when tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided.
WHY NOT BRING YOUR OWN PACKED LUNCH ALONG WITH YOUR FAVOURITE TIPPLE- SOFT DRINKS, WINE, BEER, CIDER ETC.
During the morning session and lunch break there will be the opportunity to put in requests for the second session.
SPACE IS NOT UNLIMITED SO TO CONFIRM YOUR PLACE, PLEASE CONTACT EITHER;
Martin Preston: 07585957617, or email; mjpreston@btinternet.com
Gill McKinnon:07990507979, or email; gmckinnon15@ntlworld.com


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St Joseph's College ( SN3 3LR)
Sat, 31-Aug-19 to Sat, 31-Aug-19 10:00 - 12:30 Swindon U3A Open Day is an opportunity to come along and see what Swindon U3A is all about and to find out what groups are available for members to join. It is also an opportunity for members current and new to offer help in starting up and running new groups
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St Joseph's College ( SN3 3LR)