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 420 members at present.

Activities: Our Monthly Meetings, held on the 3rd Wednesday of each month, offer members an opportunity to meet new and old friends, have a coffee and listen to an interesting speaker on a wide variety of topics.

We produce a monthly newsletter to keep members up to date with activities and events. We currently offer about 70 groups, including Joint Groups with the other U3A's in Salisbury, which all members are invited to join - these are Archaeology, Sunday Lunches and Beginners Geology. We also have an exciting new group mainly for the men, called Boys Days Out, although girls can go along too, visiting places such as restoration projects and museums. Recently visited the Great Western Steam Museum at Swindon, and Haynes Car Museum in Somerset.

We also hold study days, with subjects such as Stone Carving and Flying.Visits are organised on a regular basis to places of interest, such as Stratford Upon Avon, West Somerset Railway, Houses of Parliament and the Original Blue Glass Factory and Harbourside at Bristol. We are going on a Wine Tasting trip in the Autumn.

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 welcoming you in the near future! For further details, check out our website on http://www.sarumu3a.org.uk/