Potential New Groups

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I’m Penny Gill and a new member of Winchester U3A. I would like to start a Current Affairs group, based in Alresford, if there is enough interest. What would we talk about? Well, if it has been in the news, local or national it is fair game for discussion. This would be a relatively serious discussion group but with an emphasis on informality and friendliness. You do not have to be a whiz at current affairs but just someone who keeps abreast of what is going on in the world, has a view on events and is prepared to listen to the views of others.

This would be a monthly meeting and my suggested meeting time would be a Friday, say 1:30 – 3:30, but this is subject to discussion as I am fairly flexible on time. If you are interested, please e-mail me contact details and I will arrange an initial meeting.

Penny Gill



I am proposing to form a Group for Members On Their Own, or MOTO.

The intention is to meet once or twice a month on a Saturday or Sunday for a meal or an outing.

The first meeting will be on Saturday 8th June and the venue will depend upon how many Members will be interested.

I shall arrange a programme for the first few months but once we are established I shall expect Members to take part in arranging the meetings.

Please contact myself, Anna Diamond on contact details if you are interested or have any suggestions.

Anna Diamond



I’ve been persuaded that I have enough energy and enough time to organise another Latin group! The present one has been functioning for several years and I can only admire the persistence of the six participants. I reckon they are now working more or less at A Level standard. The course is a tough challenge and they are meeting it with determination and successfully. Nil desperandum seems to be the order of the day.

If there is enough interest, I’d be happy to run a class for complete beginners. It would meet once a week for ninety minutes. It would consist of a maximum of six – our dining table couldn’t comfortably accommodate more. I’m afraid the three course books – the Oxford Latin course – cost about £30 each, but each would be in use for well over a year, possibly two; and they would not, of course, all have to be bought together at the outset.

If you’re interested, please email me contact details and let me know any time in the week – mornings and afternoons – when you would not be available. I live fairly near the centre of Winchester, close to the car parks at the Leisure Centre and St Peter’s.

Ave atque vale. Alun Parry-Jones



I am interested in starting a daytime reading group for topical, non-fiction. Unfortunately I am not able to host the Group at my home as I have limited space.

Christine Allen contact details



I am a new member and recently attended the tea party at Littleton. I met there another three people who would like to learn Spanish and who, like me, have never studied it and would need the basics as a start. Could we find other interested members and someone prepared to lead the sessions. As we are absolute beginners we thought we could use an audio course to provide the basics we would need to start.

Christine Bennett contact details



In far less than one lifetime the world has been transformed by computers. They perform an unimaginable diversity of tasks. How is it possible that a simple mindless machine can be so versatile in what it does? For that, our modern age depends on a wholly-new intellectual discipline - "programming".

There are many "languages" for programming, with Python one of the most popular. There are also dozens of tutorials or courses on the web to teach the fundamentals of Python, ranging from the most elementary to undergraduate levels. (Try Google of Coursera, or Edx, or just YouTube for examples.)

Are there any members who would like to sample some of these courses, and share experiences with me and others? We would not necessarily need to meet as a group on any regular basis, since email could be the basis for most communication. But occasional meet-ups for social reasons might be nice.

If anyone is interested in at least dipping their toes into this fascinating pool of knowledge, please contact David Miles contact details.