Andover U3A

Andover U3A News


Here you will find news items concerning the Andover U3A, that may be of interest to Andover U3A members.

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

Chantry Lodge Andover

Use of Meeting Rooms

Is your group venue too small?

Do you require a venue?

Chantry Lodge, situated in Chantry Street, Andover, could provide the answer.

Chantry Lodge Management has offered their public meeting rooms for the use of the Andover U3A.

The smaller room is available for mornings only, less Wednesdays, and has seating for up to 20 people.

The larger room is available from 10.00 am until 4.30 pm, and can provide seating for up to 60 people.

Both rooms are available free of charge.

Users would have to make their own parking arrangements.

Contact details for Chantry Lodge can be obtained from our Groups Co-ordinator, Richard Selley; contacting and negotiating with Chantry Lodge remains the responsibility of the Group Leader(s).

Rothsay Grange Andover

Use of Meeting Rooms

Rothsay Grange is situated on the Weyhill Road, Weyhill, just outside Andover, and has its own large car park.

Rothsay Grange management has offered to make their meeting rooms available to the Andover U3A, for groups to use.

The meeting rooms are estimated to accommodate up to 20 people.

Contact details for Rothsay Grange can be obtained from our Groups Co-ordinator, Richard Selley; contacting and negotiating with Rothsay Grange remains the responsibility of the Group Leader(s).

Explore the Villages 1

Notification of Group Leader Vacancy

After 6 years of excellent leadership, Nigel and Vanessa Knott have stepped down from leading the popular Explore the Villages 1 group. In order for this group to continue, one or two willing volunteers are now required to take over the Group Leader role.

Anybody interested in taking over the role should contact either Nigel by emailing, or our Groups Co-ordinator Richard Selley by emailing

All help will be given to make the transition to a new Group Leader as smooth and seamless as possible.

Note that only members of the Andover U3A can become a Group Leader.

Monthly Meeting 20th November 2018

Doorstep Crime and Scam Awareness - Julie Gallagher

There’s a knock on the door and a cheerful chap says he’s been working nearby and just happens to have some spare tarmac, so why not have your drive re-done?

Or some guy phones from Microsoft (he says) and he is concerned about your computer not working, but don’t worry, help is at hand.

Or you get an email and – surprise, surprise! – you’ve won £30,000.

Julie Gallagher, from the Hampshire County Council Trading Standards team, gave an interesting and extremely useful talk on how we should be cautious of unrequested approaches like the examples above, which invariably are scams. The tarmacking could cost more than you bargained for and be sub-standard;   the pseudo-Microsoft man just wants to gain access to your PC and rip-off your log-ins and passwords;   the sizeable sum you’ve won never arrives, but you end up buying products you don’t want in the hope that it might!

Other things to watch for include emails or phone calls pretending to be from your bank and requesting your bank details, and emails supposedly from a friend in trouble abroad who desperately needs money, etc.

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. A promotional flyer from Friends Against Scams can be found on The Grapevine area of our website.