12 January, 2018

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Thank you for your interest in the Totton University of the Third Age group. We meet on the second Wednesday afternoon of the month from 1.45-4pm at the Eling Masonic Hall, Lexby Road, Totton, SO40 9HD.

Generally at each monthly meeting we have a speaker and members are brought up to date with group activities and can opt in to activities/new groups. We currently have groups for Walking, Theatre, Bird Watching, Lunch Club, Genealogy,  Book Appreciation, History, Craft,  Art, Philosophy, Church Visits and Wine Tasting. Annual Membership/joining fee is £10. Extra costs would be for refreshments and any costs incurred from the activity eg theatre tickets. Members are encouraged to think about hosting an interest group in their home and sharing any skill or hobby they have with other members.It is a very friendly group and membership is growing all the time. Visitors can come along for two monthly meetings paying £2 per entrance fee before deciding if they wish to join.If you would like any more information, contact the Secretary, Ann 023 80 867417 or annbarnes3nw@btinternet.com

We look forward to meeting you. Annual subscription just £10.


(left to right) Firefighter Dave Heybourne, Dr  Nick Maskery (BASICS Hampshire), HFRS Chief Officer John Bonney, Firefighter Keith Bellamy and Firefighter/Medic John TaylorKeith Bellamy is always on call as a member of Hampshire Fire Service where their expertise is need to save people from catastrophe. They attended the Haiti earthquake. As many as 200,000 people were killed and two million made homeless following the quake. Keith Bellamy, was part of a 64-strong team of UK firefighters. Their operation was co-ordinated from Hampshire Fire and Rescue Centre's headquarters in Eastleigh. During their time in Haiti, the UK firefighters made three successful rescues. They pulled out a two-year-old girl from the rubble on 15 January and two more - a 55-year-old man and a 40-year-old woman - were rescued the next day. They also assisted in offering medical assistance to scores of people seriously injured by the earthquake.
They also attended the Nepal and the New Zealand earthquake. 


Judy Theobald - Life and Other Problems
Our speaker this month was the extremely humorous Judy Theobald who’s aptly titled ‘Life & other problems’ talk had us chuckling.

Judy, who from a very young age had yearned to be a journalist, was instead pushed into work, ‘suitable for young women’ by her parents. She loathed secretarial college but as it proved to be a back door into her coveted profession she persevered. Indeed she did get a job with a newspaper and initially was very pleased. However the journalist opportunity did not arise, (women in those days could be sacked for becoming pregnant) so feeling trapped in her secretarial role, Judy decided to try other careers.

A thoroughly entertaining speaker who had us laughing all afternoon, here’s a taste for you all.

The Readership Survey by Judy Theobald
Ah yes, I confess, I’ve been reading ‘The Sun’,
But I’d noticed they’d just had this sex survey done
Asking why do men fall for blonde bits of fluff
Or wear socks to make love – you know, serious stuff.
Well then came the question that raised lots of laughter
Why do men always drop off to sleep ‘straight after’?
Well I think the answer’s quite simple, don’t you?
They’re joining their wives who dropped off halfway through


Ailsa Walters - Gift of Sight “Beating Blindness”

The Gift of Sight Appeal supports world-class research into the prevention and treatment of blindness.
Professor Lotery leads a team of clinicians and scientists at the Vision Science Research laboratories within the University of Southampton’s Clinical Neurosciences Division. Research is combined with treating patients in Southampton Eye Unit, enabling the team to bring insights from the research laboratory directly to patients.
Ron Taylor - Spice up Your Life

Although this was the second talk by the speaker he carried on where he left off on the history of spice. His knowledge was impressive. 


Mark Scovell - Bobby Scheme for Home Safety and Security


Colin Van Geffin - Lawrence: Before and After Arabia


Colin Lewis - Calshot and the National Coastwatch Institution


Jan McCarthy - The work of “It’s Your Choice” charity


Geoff Deighton - Fun Cops


Maureen Rose - Working as a Royal Dressmaker


Mike Read - The Falklands


Clive Tunley - Christmas Through the Ages.