Monthly Archives: February 2021


We are finding that our membership of the u3a is proving very useful in keeping us occupied. Could you please put the following on the website, it might just fill in some time for someone else in the village!

Many thanks,

We are still in lock down but surely the end is in sight! Many of us will have had our vaccines and are looking forward to being able to meet friends and family. We all need all the support and companionship we can get. Look no further than Malmesbury u3a. If you are retired or semi retired and enjoy meeting people while learning something new then we have around 40 different interest groups to tempt you. Even though at the moment we cannot meet in person some groups meet online. What we do have for all 400 members to enjoy are the following talks on Zoom. Note the dates in your diary.

February 11th
Graffiti Through the Ages by Michael Lewis: This talk will enable us to look at graffiti from the Modern back to Medieval including examples of medieval graffiti that can be found in Malmesbury and the surrounding area.

February 25th. Ritual and Belief during the time of Stonehenge by John Hammond

March 11th. The Cleveland Connection: revisiting the Intriguing Story of Malmesbury’s Oilmen by Sue Poolman

March 25th. Poetry, Feminism and Creativity
Lesley Saunders (in conversation with Sue Hammond) : In a break from the normal Zoom talks, this session will take the form of an informal dialogue, and there will be plenty of time for audience participation and questions afterwards.

April 8th. Malmesbury in the news from the 1830s by Susan Mockler

April 22nd. The Work of Marie Curie by Riona Houghton

If you are not a member you can still join us. Contact the membership secretary, Elaine Sharpe 01666 823568, become a member and enjoy the general talks. Then explore all the opportunities and get involved as soon as the present covid restrictions allow. In normal times u3a meets on the 4th Thursday of the month at Malmesbury town hall from 10 – 11.45 for tea/coffee a chat and to listen to a monthly speaker. The interest groups are wide ranging such as learning a language, arts and crafts, science, music appreciation, dancing, walking, cycling, theatre visits, book groups, play readings and many more. You can find more information on our website

Wiltshire Postal Voting

Wiltshire Council is urging people to register to vote by post, with a number of elections and referendums due to take place later this spring.

On 6 May, registered voters will be able to have their say in the Police and Crime Commissioner, unitary, and town and parish council elections, as well as a number of neighbourhood planning referendums.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, Wiltshire’s Returning Officer is asking that as many people as possible register to vote via post.

Read the full story <here>

Pamela Ofield

Pamela Ofield

You will probably have heard by now about the recent sad passing of Pamela and hopefully read the loving tribute from her family which was featured in The Grapevine this month.

The Gallachers have said that if anyone would like to make a donation in her memory then could they please make it to the Stroke Association ( who not only provide support to individuals and families, but also on a broader basis to professionals, including NHS staff.