Dementia Action Alliance

Somerton Area Dementia Action Alliance are holding a meeting at Edgar Hall on Wednesday 22nd May at 2pm to start the "safe places" scheme in Somerton. The scheme is with Wessex House/Avon & Som Police and if anyone is found wandering or confused in this area then they can be looked after safely until Police can find out where they live. We will have a "live" scenario to discuss and answer any questions on the scheme.

As the Somerton U3A have been big supporters of the dementia friends scheme where we are aiming to have 500 friends in this area we will be holding 3 sessions on that day for anyone who might have missed the last ones. They will be 12noon, 1pm & 3pm.

I will be running 3 dementia friend sessions as we are aiming to sign up 500 dementia friends in Somerton area in the next 12 months. We have already signed up 347 and quite a few Somerton U3A members have attended sessions. The sessions are information sessions and last approximately 40/45 minutes.

12 noon - dementia friend session
1pm - dementia friend session

Then 2pm will be a meeting to start the “safe places” scheme in conjuction with Wessex House and Avon & Somerset Police. We will have a talk about a recent incident that happened in Somerton where an elderly gentleman was found wandering and the people involved will tell us what happened and we can explain how the “safe places” scheme can help. Invited guests, Somerset Carers will also give a talk.

3pm Dementia Friend session.

People don’t need to sign up they can just turn up whatever time suits.

We have chosen this date due to it being Alzheimer’s week.

Shirley Chapman


Coach Trip to Bath

For further details of date, pick up times and how to book your seat, see the Events Page.



Judi PowelChairman
Kay WilliamsonSecretary
David HarrisonTreasurer & Deputy Chair
Joan BanburyMembership Secretary
Valerie TaylorGroups Organiser
David RobinsProgramme Secretary
Trish HiltonCommittee Member
John RickardCommittee Member
Miriam OetegennCommittee Member

The committee members will do their best to serve the growing membership of our U3A but it is YOUR organisation. They would welcome suggestions, offers of support and help at any time. Remember - you don't have to be on the committee to be involved.


New Page for our Quarterly Magazine

Sometimes, (and we hope it increases), the Editor of our Quarterly Magazine has too much to go in!
In the latest issue the Member Profile of Janet Hayter had to be edited but we thought that it was so good we wanted to produce it all. So, I have created a space on the Publication Group Page for such an occasion.
The new page is called 'Magazine Extra!' and can be accessed by clicking on the Link from the Publication Group.
Please take a look and, if you feel inclined, let us know what you think?

Steve Davis. Webmaster.


Access to Our Photos

The Flick'r site contains a vast collection of photographs from over the years and can be reached by following the Link from the Welcome Page of this site.

Click on 'Photos of Group Activities & Visits'

The pictures appear as a continuous stream in the order they were entered onto the site. You can view them like this or:-

Go to the top of the page and select 'Albums'. This will open all the individual sets and you can select the ones you wish to look at. By viewing this way you should also be able to see details of the event and any comments!

Feel free to 'like' or 'follow' or give an feedback you think appropriate.
If you would like your photos added, I would be very pleased. Please get in touch.

Steve Davis

Are you one of our founder members? Have you anything about our U3A from those early days? If so and you think it is relevant would you please get in touch with Joan Banbury ( or any member of the committee.
Joan is currently archiving electronically lots of the U3A material. Can you help?

Please tell your Group Leader if you are unable to attend meetings.


If your Group has any photos or news to pass on then please let me know and I can keep members updated with the 'goings-on' in our U3A.

Short Mat Bowls
Meeting every Thursday morning between 10 and 12.00 at Long Sutton Village Hall. New members welcomed. See Group Page for further details.

Our U3A owns various pieces of equipment for your use.
We have just purchased a touch-screen laptop computer with Windows 8 and the list includes 2 other laptops, two digital projectors, a camcorder, music player, sound system, white board easels and flip charts, printer and laminator.
The items are held by various members but are available for any Group.
The printer and laminator are kept by Malcolm Gardner and requests for printing or laminating should be made to him or the Publications Group.

If you think your Group could benefit by using any of these items then please speak to a member of the Committee. Training can be given.

If you would like information or news about your Group displayed here, or other information placed elsewhere on the web site, then please get in touch with Steve Davis by email or via the CONTACT page to 'Webmaster'.


The hall is open from 10.00 am for coffee and chat with the meeting starting at 10.30. with a guest speaker following any notices. A list of Speakers can be found on the Events Page of the web site.

If you are a visitor to this site and interested in further details of the speakers at our Monthly Meetings then please get in touch with our Speaker Secretary.

More detail about the topics at past meetings can be found in our Quarterly Magazines which are accessed by following the Link on this page.