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Due to the Covid, it has been 20 months since we have been able to enjoy a visit to an AHA selected venue. Therefore, we have no reports for the May Newsletter, but what we do have is an update for you!
Wow, are we all ready to put on our sun hats and go out and play?
The AHA Committee met recently to discuss ideas to revive the AHA group and we are feeling optimistic to arrange future events. We will be taking it very slowly by keeping relatively close to Andover and staying to outside venues until the Country can be made free to move around without restrictions.
We plan to arrange a visit for Friday 25th June ’21, so please keep this date free, come on put it in your diary! Details of this visit will follow within the next week as we are just in the process of gathering the relevant information.
The AHA Committee are really looking forward to seeing existing Members, also to see some new Members of Anton U3A.
The following is very much of what you already know, and I am sure that many of you have been doing. We want to make our trips as close to what we have considered to be normal and to ensure that everyone is comfortable with arrangements. For those who are comfortable with car sharing can do so, but you and your passengers must wear a face mask whilst in the car. We are presuming due to our age group that everyone has had their two vaccinations, but if for any reason you have not, it may be wise for you to travel separately. Please contact me if anyone has any concerns. In addition, whilst you are within a enclosed environment you are also required to wear a face mask.
We will continue with our recommendation of cost towards car sharing as this is only fair to help with the fuel and any parking charges. As we have done in the past, we will show the recommended cost on the information sheet issued prior to the event and it is up to driver to recover any cost.
We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible and in the meantime please stay well and safe.
(Contact No: 07570 962 112)
AHA – Co-ordinator
Hello all, or to show that we have not lost our cultural skills it could be: Guten tag, Dobrý den,
Buen dia, Bonne journée, Kalí méra or Buona giornata – this is your teaser!
Since early March it has been such a testing time for so many, and it has been quite interesting to hear what ingenious ideas that people have invented to fill their time. For myself I seem to have been busier, but one thing for sure I do truly believe that most people gardens look absolutely perfect and very pretty – not a weed in sight. Therefore, I trust that you all have managed this time and achieved some of those jobs that you always promise yourself to do and don’t.
I would like to reassure you that the AHA Committee are ready to commence organising of outings just as soon as it is possible. I know that some of the Coronavirus rules have been relaxed a little, but it is quite a way off for us to successfully and confidently to move on. However, we need to keep in mind our senior years and health issues. As you know, our Group visits are very much planned around car sharing, this is still very much a NO. To take groups of people into museums, art galleries etc., are still very much controlled by numbers. And on our excursions we enjoy including a light lunch, afternoon tea etc., and this could prove a problem for us to remain as a group. Recently I took the oportunity to speak to our Chair, Stephanie Cox, to discuss my concerns and to get the opinion of our U3A and to see if any advice had been received from U3A nationally – there is none. It is Stephanie’s opinion that my thoughts are very much in line with hers and we just have to patiently wait for our time to return.
You can be assured, just as soon as possible we will return with gusto to get our excursions back on track and all the time adding new ideas to our long list.
Wishing you all well and enjoy the summer to the best of your ability – I have heard from a number of sources that alcohol sales have gone up – how many trips have you made to the bottle bank?
Keep your distance and stay safe.
AHA - Excursion Co-ordinator
They have a number of permanent exhibits including a rare Roman enamel cup, ancient Saxon burials, hop picking and brewing, the 1643 Battle of Alton - with a Civil War era helmet, breastplate and sword. Plus the notorious tale of Sweet Fanny Adams – many of us would have heard of the saying “sweet Fanny Adams”, but not knowing it originated from the very sad story of a young girl named Fanny, brutally murdered for no known reason. The museum is also the home of a very rare piece of Anglo Saxon artefact, known as the Alton Buckle, this was exquisite in detail. It consists of a silver gilt body with filigree wires and set with AD Cloisonné garnets and glass. Its centre panel design is gold filigree on a gold base. Archaeologists have dated the buckle to 6 / 7th centuries and it is one of the very finest examples of Anglo Saxon craftsmanship ever found
The group all felt that this was most certainly one of the better museums visited and I believe we all learnt something new.
Now all fully refreshed, we moved onto the Allen Gallery. This is home to one of the best collections in the south of England of ceramics, porcelain, pottery and tiles dating from 1250. In addition, they hold an excellent collection of perfume bottles, medals, shoe buckles and much more. They have a cabinet
holding a wide range of Wedgwood and porcelain figurines, some from the great British producers: Bow, Chelsea, Derby and Worcester.
Any U3A Member is very welcome to join us on any of our monthly outings. I suggest keep checking the webpage for up-to-date information of places that may be of interest to you.
AHA - Excursion Co-ordinator