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The Group Co-ordinator is Julia Whitburn at 01962 881699 or email


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We are holding a meeting for group leaders on Thursday 23 May at 2:00 in the Littleton Millennium Hall. We would like to review the way that groups in Winchester U3A are operating and to discuss whether we can support the groups better in any way. We would really like as many of you as possible to attend to share your views and ideas. If you personally are unable to attend, please try to send a representative from your group. Please note that this is not a meeting for new members to see what groups are available; this will be held later in the year.

We shall be inviting you personally by e-mail nearer the time, but I wanted to give you advance notice of the date so that you can put it in your diaries. We shall produce an agenda for the meeting, so if there are any particular issues or ideas that you would like discussed, please e-mail me in advance.

We appreciate your hard work enormously as without you the U3A would not function! It is amazing that there are more than 100 groups operating, and we know that demand for places is strong.

Julia Whitburn
Groups Leader Secretary





We sadly report the death of Joanna Pope. Joanna for a number of years was the Group Leader of the Short Walks Group, which sadly closed when her health began to deteriorate. Miss Pope taught Domestic Science at St Swithun's for 31 years from 1964 to 1995. She was a regular visitor to the school after retirement.

Miss Pope's Memorial Service is at 2.30pm on Friday 12th April in the Cathedral Quire. It was her special place and she was an important part of the Cathedral Team.

Please note the change in time. The original record showed a time of 12.30pm which is wrong

Judith Smith




The Birdwatching group has now met four times. The first meeting was over coffee for planning. We have been on visits three times to watch birds – to Titchfield Haven, Winnel Moors and Blashford Lakes.


The birdwatching group still has room for new members and has been out an about a few times. We had a great trip to Blashford Lakes followed by a pub lunch when we discussed other possible outings. The following month saw us at Framlington Marshes looking out for very different wading birds and some beautiful lapwings performing their spectacular aerial courtship displays. Lunch that time was a picnic in an open shelter. Eating is of course an important part of birdwatching!

If you would like to join us, please contact me, Janie Penn Barwell contact details

Janie Penn Barwell




The minutes of the Group Leaders meeting on 3rd May are now available. It is important that all Group Leaders read the minutes whether they went to the meeting or not. There is important information on the implementation of GDPR the new privacy regulations. A simple consent form for use by Group Leaders is also available




Winchester allotment group are in need of some gardening equipment and thought that members of Winchester U3A may have some that they are willing to donate.

The equipment we need is:-

Small (border/women's) garden forks
1 Wheelbarrow

Elaine Curtis will be happy to pick up any offers from the Winchester area. Please email her. contact details

Elaine Curtis.




The Railway Group continues to defy all expectations – we have just welcomed our 40th Member!

A wide range of interesting activities await us during 2018 – the highlight being a tour of the West Country in June. We plan a return journey on the West Somerset line – the longest Heritage Railway in the UK. We are also planning to visit the Lynton & Barnstaple narrow gauge railway, travelling the section now reopened from Woody Bay Station – at almost 1000 feet the highest station in Southern England. This line was the only narrow gauge railway operated by the old Southern Railway and closed in 1935. We shall travel in ancient restored coaches pulled by rebuilt replicas of the original engines.

Dale Greenwood.