Written by Pam Robinson - Sarum U3A Webmaster

Name of U3A: Sarum U3A.

Location: Sarum U3A is located in the historical Cathedral city of Salisbury, in the county of Wiltshire, close to Old Sarum, the original site of the cathedral, which gives the group its name. Salisbury is well known for its historical buildings, its proximity to the prehistoric site of Stonehenge, the New Forest, the beautiful chalk down land and river valleys of the county as well as the famous Jurassic coast of Dorset.

Membership: Sarum U3A has about 446 members at present.

Activities: Our Monthly Meetings, held on the third Wednesday of each month, offer members an opportunity to meet old and new friends, have a coffee and listen to an interesting speaker on a wide range of topics. Recently we have had talks on The Nature of New Zealand, Using the National Archives, and Clancy Steer spoke about 50 Years of Costume Design.

We produce a monthly newsletter to keep members up to date with activities and events. We have 67 groups this year, including Joint Groups with other U3A's in Salisbury, which all members are invited to join - Archaeology, Sunday Lunches and the U3A Choir. Other groups include many old favourites and some new ones such as Crime Fiction Around the World, and Classical Music Brought to Life, to name just two.

Our Study Days are very well supported, with this year's topics being Gliding, Glass Fusing, and Creating a Willow Sculpture.

Visits are an important part of our group - we have recently visited Blenheim Palace, The Black Country Living Museum, Dudley, and Gunwarfe Quays, Portsmouth, and future visits will be to Kew Gardens, Buckingham Palace and a Dartmouth River Cruise.

Comment: We are a friendly, welcoming group, with an active programme of outreach work which includes linking with a local care home, and a shared learning project with Salisbury Museum. But don't take our word for it - founder member Phyllis Babb has this to say about Sarum U3A ………

"When Peter Tee and I helped to set up Sarum U3A we said we would keep it small and friendly. It is still small enough for members to know each other and behave like a being in a club. This is partly because so many members attend monthly meetings and do not become isolated within groups, but it is also because many of us are still here, loving the association it gives and the common interest in shared activities which give continuity and variety from year to year.
Friendly? Many of my closest friends I met through the U3A and we do try to be particularly welcoming to new members, whatever their interests."

We look forward to meeting you soon. Check out our Website on: https://u3asites.org.uk/sarum or look for us on our new Facebook page - search Sarum U3A.