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days pages may therefore contain events that have not yet been published in the printed Newsletter or What's On and may not be published in them if the timing is not suitable or space is limited.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.)

Date Time Event Where (click postcode for map)
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.
Contact Margaret Goldie or Martin Preston to book. Click here to register
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 Click here to register
Lawn Community Centre ( SN3 1LA)
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 St Joseph's College ( SN3 3LR)
Sat, 26-Oct-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 Click here to register
Lawn Community Centre ( SN3 1LA)

Date Time Event Where (click postcode for map)
Mon, 9-Apr-18 14:15 - 16:00 The Life and Songs of George Formby with Mathew Sproston. Listen to the songs and hear about the life of this amazing man. Ellendune Community Centre ( SN4 9LW)
Thu, 12-Apr-18 16:15 Concertgoers: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra presents:

Debussy – Rondes de Printemps
Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E minor
Berlioz- Symphonie Fantastique

Cost £37. Queries to Nina Stimson.
The Colston Hall, Bristol ( BS1 5AR)
Tue, 1-May-18 11:00 - 12:00 Taster class, Beginners Spanish dancing, Lin Craig Stoweaway Community Centre ( SN1 7AG)
Thu, 10-May-18 10:30 - 12:00 A good day for a walk ably led by Ned around a circular route starting and finishing from the Waterhay car park. We welcomed 3 new walkers today David, Julie and Margaret who really enjoyed the walk, talk and in Margaret's case a coffee afterwards in Cricklade. We discussed why the group was originally set up, our aims and the need for everyone to volunteer to led a walk but the understanding that their was support from the group at all times for those who had not led a walk before.
The walk was most dry with the odd patch of shallow mud which was easily avoided and I managed not to slip this time.
Mon, 14-May-18 14:15 - 16:00 Monthly Meeting - The Work of the CAB and Volunteering
A talk explaining the work that Citizens Advice Swindon carry out, the benefits that they bring to individuals and the community, together with raising interest and awareness to those who may wish to volunteer.
Ellendune Community Centre ( SN4 9LW)
Thu, 31-May-18 10:15 Theatregoers: ‘Hairspray’ at the Everyman Theatre , Cheltenham. Cost £49. Contact Cherry Warr for further information. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham ( GL50 1HQ)
Tue, 5-Jun-18 16:30 - 23:45 Concert Goers Group: Würth Philharmonic Orchestra presents Strauss II

Die Fledermaus; Bruch

Violin Concerto no. 1; Saint

Introduction and rondo
capriccioso; Shostakovich

Symphony no.10.

Cost £35 (based on 40 people attending) includes ticket, coach and driver’s gratuity. Payment required by 16th April. Contact Nina Stimson.
The Anvil, Basingstoke
Sun, 10-Jun-18 to Sun, 10-Jun-18 13:50 - 00:00 The U3A Choir are performing on The105.5 Stage, The Lawns on Sunday. We are taking part in The Old Town Festival, and would love to see you there. The Lawns, Old Town,Swindon ( SN1)
Mon, 11-Jun-18 14:15 - 16:00 Monthly Meeting - Victorian School with Dinah Starkey and Celia Jennings. The school is a perfectly preserved Victorian School room near Chippenham. Dinah and Celia will bring to life the story of the redoubtable Miss Squire, who ruled there for more than 60 years, and describe the experiences and reactions of the children who visit the school today. Ellendune Community Centre ( SN4 9LW)
Thu, 19-Jul-18 How to Give a Presentation: Not feeling confident enough to stand up and talk to your group? Learn how to gain that confidence and learn how to use PowerPoint type apps to help you present with confidence. We will show you the techniques you need to give you the ability to present without the worries. Sign up under " Courses and Events " . Ellendune Community Centre ( SN4 9LW)
Wed, 15-Aug-18 10:00 - 14:30 SINGALONGASWINDONU3A: A social event for ALL members, based on a wide selection of popular music led by various U3A musical groups. There will be well known favourites from shows such as Oklahoma, Carousel, My Fair Lady, Mama Mia! and many others. Popular songs from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s will be featured to include favourites from Beatles, Cliff Richard, Elvis and lots more, including folk songs, Country & Western and who knows what else?
Singing along will be simple as all the lyrics will be projected onto a big screen, with U3A group members giving the lead.
You can come along whenever you like and stay for as long as you wish. Tea and coffee will be available and picnic lunches, snacks and other refreshments can be brought with you.
St Joseph's College ( SN3 3LR)
Sat, 1-Sep-18 10:00 - 12:30 Swindon U3A Open Day - Come and see what Swindon U3A has to offer. Click here for further details. St Joseph's College ( SN3 3LR)
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. Click here to register
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
Contact Sylvia Blacklock or Mary Morgan for more information.
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 Adele Merrison for further information.
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 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.
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. 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. Ellendune Community Centre ( SN4 9LW)
Tue, 19-Feb-19 10:00 - 12:00 Basic SUCAS Group Membership Management Course for Group Organisers. Click here to register Liden Community Centre ( SN3 6HF)
Wed, 20-Feb-19 14:00 - 16:00 Basic SUCAS Group Membership Mangement course for Group Organisers Click here to register 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!
Click here to register
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. Click here to register 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. Ellendune Community Centre ( SN4 9LW)
Thu, 14-Mar-19 14:00 - 16:00 Learn how to manage Group Visits on SUCAS Click here to register Liden Community Centre ( SN3 6HF)