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Monthly Archives: November 2014

Nov 24

Dare to Age Well – Seminar Jan 20th 2.00pm Kingston (new) Quakers Meeting Hall – Volunteers Please!

Ageing well isn’t just about keeping the wrinkles at bay. There are a number of health problems which affect women as they grow older, but knowing what you can do about them can improve the quality of your life. In association with Brunel University, we are hosting a workshop to address health issues such as memory, continence problems and hearing. Designed for women aged 65+ and to be informative and fun, the workshop will last for 1 to 2 hours at the end of which women who are interested will be able to sign up to take part in a research programme.

The workshop will take place on 20 January 2015 from 2.00pm. The venue will be the New Quaker Meeting House in Kingston  (Fairfield East, Kingston upon Thames, Greater London KT1 2PT ) ‎ in Committee Room 2. If you are interested please email

Nov 05

U3A Archaeology – Volunteers Wanted to Participate in Recording Archaeological Finds

Hello. My name is Ian Haynes and I am the U3A Archaeology Subject Adviser. I am contacting you because opportunities have arisen for U3A Archaeology group members to apply to participate in a project recording archaeological finds in your local region.

Activities will vary and possible tasks include washing, identifying, measuring, weighing, photographing, researching and recording finds, mounting displays and exhibitions, with training given so that volunteers can be confident in what they are doing.

Up to 500 volunteers of all ages and backgrounds from local communities will be recruited as part of the “PASt Explorers Project”, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and run by the Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS) for England and Wales. Volunteers will be part of new Community Finds Recording Teams (CFRTs) working with their local Finds Liaison Officer (FLO). The project starts this month, November 2014.

Such opportunities are very rare and I advise you to act quickly if your members are interested, particularly as volunteering will be open to all, including schools and colleges.

What now? Please contact your members to see if anyone is interested. Then send an email to

Claire at, letting her know that you would like to be involved in the scheme, which U3A group you are, how many members are interested and, if possible, their names. There is no need at present to contact your local FLO unless you already have links with her / him.

Speed is of the essence as there is likely to be competition for these places. Clearly, exactly where and when the training and other sessions will take place will affect who is able to go but at this stage you really need to make sure you register your interest and take things from there.

I’ve attached a file containing an outline of the scheme from Claire, and an explanation of what the PAS is and does.

Volunteering Opportunity Nov 2014