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The Grapevine

As at 9 September 2019


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Peter Thursby: The Sculptural Line. Wednesday 11th September 2019.

Salisbury Museum.
Augustus John - Drawn From Life Until 29th September 2019.

Salisbury Museum.
Charterhouse and The Guildford Classical Association are hosting "The Song of Arms and a Man" Saturday 5th October 2019.

The Latin Qvarter's unique presentation of Virgil's AENEID.
Sustainable Food: a talk by Patrick Holden Thursday 10th October 2019.

Longstock Village Hall.
The Astor Big Band presents "The Glenn Miller Story...continues" Sunday 13th October 2019.

Proceeds to be donated to The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.
The Annual Clarendon Lecture Friday 1st November 2019.

Salisbury Museum.
Using Smart Devices in Your Home
The Subjective Cognitive Decline and Psychological Flexibility Survey
See Around Britain - Volunteering Opportunities
Eye Health Care and Sight Loss Prevention
Andover Library - Facilities and Events
Adult Health and Care in Hampshire and Wiltshire
Useful Information about Fraud and Scams
Andover Neighbourcare's Second-Hand Bookshop
Valley Leisure Includes details about Riverside Bowl and the "I Can" Therapy Centre.

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Peter Thursby: The Sculptural Line

~ A Private View with Professor Simon Olding ~

Wednesday 11th September 2019 at 6.30 pm

Salisbury Museum

A Private View of the Peter Thursby: The Power of Line and Form exhibition led by Professor Simon Olding. The evening will start with drinks, followed by an illustrated reflection on the career of the Salisbury-born art teacher and sculptor Peter Thursby (1930-2011).

The presentation will also look at his drawings and be followed by an opportunity to discuss Peter Thursby’s work and enjoy a final look at the exhibition before it closes on 15 September.

The presentation will take place at Salisbury Museum, in The King’s Room and Small Exhibition Gallery on First Floor (access by stairs only).


Booking required: £12 Members; £15 Non-Members.   Buy tickets online from Salisbury Museum.

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Augustus John at Salisbury Museum

~ Drawn From Life ~

Until 29th September 2019

Augustus John
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Charterhouse and The Guildford Classical Association

are hosting

~ The Song of Arms and a Man ~

Saturday 5th October 2019

Song of Arms and a Man
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Sustainable Food

a talk by

Patrick Holden

Thursday 10th October 2019

Longstock Lecture
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Astor Big Band

The Haymarket Basingstoke

Sunday 13th October 2019

Astor Big Band

Terry Steel’s Astor Big Band and singers present ‘The Glenn Miller Story…continues’ at The Haymarket, Basingstoke on Sunday 13 October at 7:30pm.

The 18 piece big band plus singers present the story of Alton G Miller, from the formation of his first band in 1936 through to his tragic end 75 years ago on a flight from Bedford to Paris on Dec 14th, 1944.

Using the format of his ‘Chesterfield’ sponsored broadcasts Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue we bring you a host of Miller classics, plus a selection of compositions from other big bands and from stage musicals (as he would have played them).

All profits, and a collection at this performance, go to The Royal British Legion to support their work with PTSD sufferers.

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The Annual Clarendon Lecture

Beornwyn, Byrtferth, Burials and Burhs: The Clarendon Environs in the Early Medieval Period

~ A talk by Dr Alex Langlands ~

Friday 1st November at 6.30 pm

Salisbury Museum

By the late 12th century, there is clear historical and archaeological evidence for the regional and national importance of Clarendon Park. For the early medieval period, a diverse range of source materials must be employed to elucidate the character of the landscape both in and around the park.

As this lecture will demonstrate, far from being in a ‘dark age’, this part of central Wessex entertained a dense settlement pattern, was replete with interesting characters and enjoyed sophisticated levels of land management.

The lecture will take place in the Lecture Hall at Salisbury Museum. Drinks in Salisbury Museum Cafe at 6.30 pm followed by the lecture commencing at 7 pm.


Booking essential: £8 Members and Friends of Clarendon Palace; £10 Non-Members.   Buy tickets online from Salisbury Museum.

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Using Smart Devices in Your Home

Smart devices are everyday items that connect to the Internet, for example there are computers, laptops, smartphones, smart TVs, smart home hubs, speakers, fitness trackers, door bells, room thermostats, cameras, even toothbrushes!

Whilst these gadgets are a useful aid, they do need to be set up securely, and users need to be aware that their device might be "listening in" to private conversations.

How to Use Smart Devices Safely

In order to help users set up their Smart device securely, the Government's Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has issued on-line guidance entitled Smart devices: using them safely in your home which can be found by following this link.

Is Your Smart Device Listening In?

Some Smart devices have voice control, in other words you say a particular word or phrase and the device responds. These devices need to be in listening mode so that they can react when you say that particular word or phrase, however there have been well-publicised cases where such devices have also recorded private conversations that have been passed back to the manufacturer.

The Consumer organisation Which? has issued some advice on how to discover what your smart home hub has recorded and how to delete it. This advice can be found here on the Which? website.

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Are you aged 60 years or over?

Do you think you are having difficulties with your memory and / or attention?

If you have discussed a memory or attention problem with your GP or Memory Clinic and have been told that there is nothing wrong with your memory, then researchers at University College London (UCL) would really like to hear from you.

Researchers in the Division of Psychiatry at University College London have developed an online survey - The Subjective Cognitive Decline and Psychological Flexibility Survey - that will ask you a series of questions about your difficulties with your memory and / or attention, your mood, your satisfaction with life and various other psychological factors. This should take approximately 30-40 minutes to complete.

If you are interested in taking part then please go to the Survey website. Here you will find an Information Sheet giving further details along with a link to the Survey itself.

If you complete the Survey, you will be invited to enter into a draw for one of eight Love2Shop vouchers worth £50 each.

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Registered Charity No. 1162172

Volunteering Opportunities

See Around Britain is a registered charity which has set up a website, with the intention to provide photographic and detailed written information regarding a large variety of public venues throughout the UK.

The information they provide gives a brief description, along with contact details, transport information and accessibility information so that potential visitors, including those with disabilities, can decide whether or not a venue is suitable for their particular needs.

The charity currently has several exciting volunteering opportunities available and feels they could be of potential interest to our members.

In particular, they are looking for volunteers to write venue descriptions to accompany the backlog of photographs of various venues and/or submit photos or videos of new venues themselves, all of which can be done from home and online via their website.

There are online video tutorials available to help volunteers, but they can also provide additional support via email if needed.

If you feel this would be of interest, you can register your interest and join directly via the website’s volunteer section at the bottom of their "About Us" page found at

Alternatively, if you have any further questions you can contact them via email on and someone from their team will be happy to help and answer any queries that you may have.

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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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