Andover U3A

The Grapevine

As at 22 May 2019


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Anton Rotary Club Announces

♦ The Great Anton Duck Race ♦


River Anton at The Town Mills

Bank Holiday Monday, 27th May 2019


8 Races - First Race starts at 12.30 pm


Music | Food | Drinks | Ice Cream


No Entry Fee

The Great Anton River Duck Race is returning to the River Anton in Andover this year. The ducklings are preening their feathers readying themselves for some wonderful racing down the river.

On Monday, 27th of May, outside the Town Mills, the ducklings will take to the water and race one another to the bridge in Bridge Street.

Each duck will carry a number, and tickets will be available to support each one. Excellent prizes as last year are to be won. The ducks will be racing to provide a fun afternoon for the Andover community as well as giving schools an opportunity to boost their school funds through the sale of tickets.

The Anton Rotary Club thanks local businesses for sponsoring the races, with each race having a sponsor to support it.

As well as duck racing it is hoped to have some additional entertainment during the afternoon, including music and song. There may even be some extra entertainment for the children.

Burgers, drinks and ice cream will be available throughout the afternoon as well as the facilities provided by The Town Mills Public House.

A collection will be made to support local charities. The Anton Rotary Club's main charity focus this year is raising funds for the Countess of Brecknock Hospice extension.

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Schoolreaders is a charity which aims to improve childhood literacy by providing volunteers to give one-to-one reading practice to children in UK primary schools. Further information can be obtained from the Schoolreaders website.

Those of you who are members of a Reading Group or Book Club may be interested to know that Schoolreaders are running a Book Club Quiz, see the poster below or go to the Schoolreaders website for more information.

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Andover Parkrun

Saturday 1st June 2019

The Parkrun Practice Initiative is a collaboration between the Royal College of General Practitioners and Parkrun, to promote the health and wellbeing of staff and patients. Further details about this initiative can be found on the Parkrun Practice Initiative website.

Saturday 1st June 2019 will be a national day of Parkruns supported by local GP surgeries, in Andover's case St Mary's Surgery.

Andover U3A members and / or their families are invited to take part (walk, run, jog, volunteer or spectate) in the Andover Parkrun, 5 km (that's just over 3 miles in "old money") in length and commencing at 9 am at Charlton Playing Fields.

Participants will need to register with the Parkrun website first in order to obtain a barcode.

Anyone who would like to take part, but who has doubts about their health, is advised to seek medical advice first.

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Newton Toney Flower Festival

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Beauty And Song To Help Save Lives

in aid of the

Hampshire And Isle of Wight Air Ambulance


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A summer concert by local chamber choir The Harmonium Singers will celebrate in song the beauty of nature, while raising much needed funds for Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance (HIOWAA).

The music and readings will focus on the beauty of the earth, sea and sky in a programme ranging widely from a renaissance motet to a sea shanty.

Several of the songs have been arranged for the choir specially for this performance.

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Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance delivers an advanced Critical Care Team to sick and injured people in our region when they need it most.

Available both day and night, 365 days a year, the Air Ambulance Critical Care Team is called out many times a day to attend road traffic collisions, sporting accidents, collapses and many other incidents.

Highly skilled crews of doctors, paramedics and pilots can be at the scene of an incident within minutes, ready to deliver the same level of care that you would expect from a hospital emergency department.

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Musical director Bruce Randall explains the connection:

“One of our singers is a trustee of HIOWAA and she mentioned that it costs £15,000 a day to keep the service operational.

What surprised us is that the Charity relies entirely upon the generosity of individuals and organisations to help save lives.

Our concert is a broad mixture of sacred and secular music and there should be something for everyone. All the proceeds will go to HIOWAA. Let’s all help keep the service going.”

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The concert, entitled ‘Earth, Sea and Sky’, begins at 7.30 pm in St Mary’s Church, Andover on Saturday 6 July.

Tickets, which include interval refreshments, are £10 in advance from Newbury Building Society, The Lights and choir members, or £12 at the door. Under-14s are admitted free.

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Eye Health Care and Sight Loss Prevention

Open Sight is a Hampshire-based Charity that provides a range of support services aimed at helping visually impaired people adapt and manage their lives.

Further details about the organisation can be found on the Open Sight website. Simple advice on ways to maintain eye health can be found in this Open Sight leaflet.

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Andover Library

Facilities and Events

Sited in the Chantry Centre, the refurbished Andover Library has now re-opened. Andover U3A members may be interested in the following facilities and events.

Small Meeting Room

A small meeting room is available within Andover Library, seating up to 10 people; a small charge is made for its use. Further details can be found by clicking / touching here.

Computers for Use by Library Card Holders

There are 12 computers available within Andover Library, for use by Library Card Holders. Further details are available from the library or by clicking / touching here.


Regular events are being held at Andover Library that may be of interest to Andover U3A members. These include talks, training courses and craft workshops. A small charge is made for some events, others are free. Further details of events at Andover Library can be found by clicking / touching here.

Further Information

Further information about Andover Library can be obtained by either visiting the Library or by clicking / touching here.

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Adult Health and Care

Manage your Care and Wellbeing | Stay Independent | Connect to your Community


Hampshire County Council are providing an online information and advice guide, along with a directory of services, called Connect To Support Hampshire.

The aim is to provide information, advice and services that will enable adult residents in Hampshire to manage their own care and wellbeing. You can find out about local groups, activities and services within your community.

The website is easy to use and can be found at


Wiltshire Country Council provide a similar service, and their website can be found at

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Useful Information about Fraud and Scams

Action Fraud

Action Fraud is the UK’s national reporting centre for fraud and cybercrime where you should report fraud if you have been scammed, defrauded or experienced cyber crime in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The service is run by the City of London Police working alongside the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) who are responsible for assessment of the reports and to ensure that your fraud reports reach the right place. The City of London Police is the national policing lead for economic crime.

Further information about different types of fraud can be found on the Action Fraud website.

HMRC Scams

There has been an increase in people receiving automated phone calls claiming to be from HMRC, that threaten the recipient with legal action. These calls are scams.

Suspicious emails and details of suspicious phone calls should be sent to HMRC’s phishing team, by emailing Forward suspicious text messages to 60599 (text messages will be charged at your network rate).

Further information on reporting HMRC scams can be found on the GOV.UK website.

Doorstep Crime, Scams and Other Issues - Information Sources

Hampshire More information can be found in the Trading Standards area of the Hampshire County Council website.

Wiltshire More information can also be found in the Trading Standards area of the Wiltshire County Council website.

Reporting Trader Scams If you think a company has broken the law or acted unfairly, you might be able to report them to Trading Standards.   Citizens Advice will assist with reporting trader scams to Trading Standards and can be contacted by telephoning 03454 04 05 06, or see the Citizens Advice website for more details.

Friends Against Scams This is a national campaign against scams. Further information can be found on the Friends Against Scams website.

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Valley Leisure

(Registered Charity no. 800760)

Valley Leisure is a Charity that has been a part of Andover and the surrounding area for many years. Last year the company made a number of changes to its business, and has re-invented itself to focus on the areas that are at the heart of the Valley Leisure ethos.

Valley Leisure can now offer the following, which may be of interest to U3A members:

Riverside Bowl, which offers:

Ten Pin Bowling, including Bowling Goldies and Riverside get-together sessions on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, which many members will be familiar with;

Glo-Golf - Indoor 9 hole "crazy golf", popular with all age groups.

The "I Can" Therapy Centre which offers a unique and bespoke power-assisted exercise facility, aiming to enable everyone, irrespective of age, mobility or health, to move and feel better. There is a support system in place, including a Physiotherapist, a Centre Co-ordinator and a team of volunteers: the "I Can" Activity Buddies.

There are also community outreach classes such as Steady and Strong, Zumba Gold and Choga, which some members might be interested in.

Further information can be found on the following websites:

Valley Leisure

Riverside Bowl

"I Can" Therapy Centre

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