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Watermill Theatre - Thursday 20 October 2016

The Wipers Times by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman

Based on a true story of World War 1. We have reserved 49 tickets and lunch for this play. Cut off date for booking is July 20th. This will be advertised with other local U3A’s from the end of May so book early to avoid disappointment. The Watermill is a popular venue and we were able to get this priority group booking as seats sell out fast for matinees.

Cost: £44.00 to include, theatre, 2 course lunch + tea/coffee andCoach and all tips. Please contact Pauline Bell 023 8026 1659 paulmbell@aol.com

The Wipers Times is a stage adaptation of the award-winning BBC film. It tells the extraordinary story of the satirical newspaper created in the mud and mayhem of the Somme, interspersed with comic sketches and spoofs from the vivid imagination of those on the front line.

In a bombed out building during the First World War in the Belgian town of Ypres (mispronounced Wipers by British Soldiers) two officers discover a printing press and create a newspaper for the troops. Far from being a sombre journal about life in the trenches they produced a resolutely cheerful, subversive and very funny newspaper designed to lift the spirit of the men on the frontline. Defying enemy bombardment, gas attacks and the disapproval of many of the top Brass, The Wipers Times rolled off the press for two years and was an extraordinary tribute to the resilience of the human spirit in the face of overwhelming adversity.


Welcome to the web site of Chandlers Ford U3A

U3A or The University of the Third Age is an international movement run by and for people of any age who are retired or semi-retired. No qualifications are required and none is awarded.

The Chandlers Ford U3A group was formed in March 1998 and now has around 350 members. We meet at 2 pm on the third Monday of each month at the Dovetail Centre of the Methodist Church in Winchester Road, Chandlers Ford.

Members of the U3A have a wealth of knowledge, skills and experience which as a self-help group can be shared with others. We thus have around 40 special interest groups which meet in members homes covering topics such as languages at varying levels, the arts, literature, history and science. We also have outings to theatres, historic houses and gardens, local places of interest, and countryside walks.

If you live in the Chandlers Ford area and would like to join us then please go to link to joining the Chandlers Ford U3A for further details and to download a membership application form.


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