Andover U3A

The Grapevine


This page contains information about external news items and events, or promotional material.

These are not directly related to the Andover U3A, but may be of interest to Andover U3A members

If you have some news that you would like to share with members of the Andover U3A, please submit details to our Newsletter Editor for consideration, email

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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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The Salisbury Museum


Current Exhibitions

The Origins of Photography in Salisbury 1839 - 1919

(19 January until 4th May 2019)

A display of a wide range of images showing the development of the photographic process, with the beautiful medieval city of Salisbury as its subject.

Creative Wiltshire: A Celebration of Art in Wiltshire

(19th January until 4th May 2019)

This exhibition is the culmination of a five year project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, collecting and celebrating the work of the county's creative people, including work by Howard Hodgkin, Joe Tilson, Jonathan Wilder, Rex Whistler and Wilfred de Glehn

The Salisbury Museum is sited in Salisbury's Cathedral Close, opposite the West Front of Salisbury Cathedral. The Museum's collection includes items that depict the history of Salisbury and the surrounding villages, with the Wessex Gallery displaying nationally important finds and treasures from Old Sarum, Stonehenge and the surrounding landscape.

Further information can be found on the Salisbury Museum's website

Note that booking is essential for groups of 10 or more; a "Behind the Scenes Tour" is available. Contact details for group visits 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.

Reporting Scams

Citizens Advice are the focal point for reporting scams and can be contacted by telephoning 03454 04 05 06, or see the Citizens Advice website for more details.

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.

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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