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


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Every year we have an event at which group leaders present what happens in their particular group (they are all highly individual!) and members, especially those recently joined, can find out more information about activities on offer and meet other members.

The event this year is arranged for the afternoon of Thursday 14 November in Littleton Millennium Hall. I will be contacting group leaders and recently-joined members in due course to invite them personally to the event, but I thought it might be helpful to have the date of the event now to put in diaries. I know the date will not suit everyone as a few groups inevitably will be meeting on that afternoon; if this is the case perhaps group leaders could delegate someone else to represent them or to provide a summary paragraph of their activities in advance.

Tea and biscuits (possibly even cake) will be provided from 2:00 to 3:30, so please come along and make new friends. And if you are well-established member and already belong to a few groups but would like to find out what happens in other groups with a view to joining, please come along as well!

Julia Whitburn
Groups Secretary




The minutes of the Group Leaders meeting on 23rd May 2019 are now available. It is important that all Group Leaders read the minutes whether they went to the meeting or not.




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




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.