Following the success of Ageing Better with an Active Mind, run through the Wellbeing Group in conjunction with Edge Hill University last winter, the project continued this year at the beginning of November. The first session (Workshop 4) was on Friday 3rd November at 11 am in St Michael’s Church Hall, with a talk on the topic of … Read More »
Do you need to publicise a u3a event or activity? Here are the deadlines for advertising in the various publications: u3a Magazines copy for next magazine: deadline as publicised (The next Magazine is due out in late January 2024. So please send in your items to the Magazine Editor before the end of 2023.) Monthly enews deadline for… Read More »
Diaries for next year are now on sale for £3.80 at Horizons.
The British Commercial Vehicle Museum, Leyland Saturday 13th May 2023 The history of commercial vehicles in the home town of truck and bus making. An indoor museum with over 50 well maintained vehicles on display, from an 1895 horse drawn steam fire appliance to the Popemobile.
The Helping Each Other Group Xmas Party for 2023 is on Wednesday November 29th, 2-4 pm at the Scout & Guide HQ. Cost £5 to cover expenses. A Social Afternoon with light refreshments, punch, music and jolly fun. All u3a members are welcome even if not been to the Helping Each Other Group before. Just come along and… Read More »
The latest u3a Magazine is still available in print format to pick up at our weekly Horizons meetings on Thursday mornings at the Christ Church Scout & Guide HQ. It can also be conveniently viewed online or downloaded via this website.
Membership Renewals for 2023/24 commenced at Horizons on 14th September 2023. Note that you can also renew online anytime / anywhere.
Following the success of Ageing Better with an Active Mind, run in conjunction with Edge Hill University last winter, the project is continuing this year at the beginning of November. The first session (Workshop 4) will be on Friday 3rd November at 11 am in St Michaels Church Hall, with a talk on the topic of ‘The Sense… Read More »
Most Thursday mornings at Horizons, there is a Bookstall where members can procure a variety of paperbacks, ideal for reading on the dark winter days ahead. You are welcome to bring in books for the stall, but please only paperbacks, not hardbacks (due to lack of space). A variety of genres are appreciated. (There tends to be an… Read More »
Title of this new study: The underlying neural mechanisms of working memory in elderly populations. Description: “In this experiment, we will use a non-invasive technique called Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) to explore the brain regions involved in working memory. Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a non-invasive method used to stimulate small regions of the brain. It uses electromagnetic… Read More »
If you are unable to visit our weekly Horizons meetings on Thursday mornings at the Christ Church Scout & Guide HQ, you can view the slideshow which highlights events in the coming weeks along with some general notices.
A recent Speaker Meeting featured Dave Carlos (Cyber Volunteer for Lancashire Police) talking about Cyber Crime with detailed advice on passwords, scams and online security. Here are more details of his talk. See details of the next Speaker Meeting organised by Pam Ball. (Many Thanks Pam for your ever excellent series !)
This story is a memory I have of an unusual Irish man, and of a time now long gone, and I hope it will be of interest to u3a readers. The poems attached at the end are by my husband, Francis Loughlin, and also relate to Connemara. We both fell in love with this special place on our… Read More »
A message from Pam Ball: We had a very good response to the Speaker Meeting on 6th July, between 70 and 80 members present. Dave Carlos gave an excellent talk on Cyber Crime and has since emailed some useful links, which I’ve posted on Pam’s Past Speaker Meetings page on the website. The next Speaker Meeting will take… Read More »
When I was a little girl, my mother filled my head with stories of fairies, goblins and any other mythical creatures she could think of, so I spent quite a long time searching under the bushes in our back garden for a sight of one of the Little People. With no luck, I asked her just where were they. She smiled a… Read More »
On Saturday, 8 July, the u3a Choir look forward to seeing you at Aughton Village Hall for their next concert, commencing at 7:30pm. The theme is quite simply ‘Joy!’ We hope to be able to raise spirits and share our ‘joie de vivre’ with you. For further info on the flier for this event, view the Horizons slideshow which… Read More »
Certain Groups run events and outings where any u3a member is welcome to attend even if they do not regularly or usually go to the Group Meetings. Indeed extra people are sometimes necessary to make an event viable or cheaper. So now and then, do check out the following: HEOG (Helping Each Other Group) Theatre Visits Philharmonic Visits… Read More »
Family friendly workshop highlights healthy ageing to combat dementia Edge Hill University researchers and Aughton & Ormskirk u3a welcomed more than 170 visitors to a workshop to highlight healthy ageing and combat dementia. The Healthy Brain Showcase featured talks and discussion on healthy ageing and memory, in addition to dance performances and crafting. The event was part of… Read More »
Many ancient cultures have myths about a ‘Great Flood’ and ‘Lost Lands”. That there are Flood Legends from so many parts of the world suggests there was a common event experienced by many cultures, and a global rise in sea level is a very likely cause. Members and potential members enjoyed this Geology Group Talk by Richard Fletcher… Read More »
Tuesday 7th February A Brief History of Entertainment A ‘cheer up’ on a Winter Afternoon with the help of Mervyn Saunders. ______________________________________________________________________ Tuesday 7th March The Architecture of Alfred Waterhouse Born in Liverpool 1830, Alfred Waterhouse went on to study architecture and was particularly associated with the Victorian Gothic Revival Style. He designed many of our well known… Read More »
On Monday 17th April 2023, 59 members of the Aughton & Ormskirk u3a made their way to the HF House Derwent Bank on the shores of Derwentwater in Portinscale for the Walking and Leisure holiday. After checking in, afternoon tea was served at 4.00 p.m. in the Orangery, which enabled everyone to relax after their drive from Ormskirk.… Read More »
The March Helping Each Other Group (HEOG) Meeting will place on 29th March from 2.00pm to 4.00pm in the Scout & Guide HQ (large room). We are going to be entertained by a u3a Trio, who are going to bring along guitars and a ukulele to help us learn more about these instruments and to join in a… Read More »
Following on from the successful collaboration with Edge Hill University on the Ageing Better Project, there was a free Showcase Event on Saturday 11th February in the Arts Centre at Edge Hill University, starting with Reception and coffee at 10am. Programme 10:00 -10:30 – Reception & Coffee 10:30 – Opening ceremony 10:45 – Talks from guest speakers on… Read More »
Tuesday 4th October Lancashire Comedians Dr Tom Preston joins us to talk about the evolution of local comedy by referencing some of the styles of Lancashire comedians of the past. As it is Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Anniversary year we will begin with the wit of Her Majesty, Duke of Lancaster. Tuesday 1st November Coal Mining in Lancashire… Read More »
Our outdoor visits began Saturday 30 April Milford Junction. Where? Clue: be careful to avoid getting grit in your eye. We were going for a brief encounter at Carnforth Heritage Centre. Part of the film Brief Encounter was filmed at Carnforth Station, named Milford Junction in the film. The visit included lunch – sandwiches, cake and tea/coffee in… Read More »
As a follow on from the successful collaboration with Edge Hill University on the Ageing Better Project, the leaders are holding a showcase event at the University on 11th February 2023. The poster below gives further information. Do please try to attend this interesting and relevant event and bring along friends and family. Book free places via the… Read More »
Our u3a provides many opportunities for learning. But we also have a vibrant social dimension to our activities. They bring together people from across a wide range of special interests, in a convivial atmosphere, simply to enjoy themselves. These excellent events are mostly organised by the Social Subcommittee. This year, however, there was a special event to mark… Read More »
Are you interested in healthy ageing? If so, you may be interested in a study being run at Edge Hill University by one of the PhD Research students, Esteban León Correa. Esteban is still looking for volunteers, and you can read further details in the poster below. If you wish to find out more, email Esteban at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once more the Social Subcommittee pulled out all the stops to lay on a superb Christmas Lunch followed by a 60’s/70’s Party – dancing to the music of the talented Roller Coaster Band. Click or tap on any image to run the gallery as a slideshow. View details of the other u3a Events organised by the Social Subcommittee… Read More »
Speakers: Brian Farrimond – Peter Gateley – Peter Hatfield Anglo Saxon Timeline can be accessed on this link. March 22, 2022 – Talk – Westminster Abbey – Part 1 Westminster Abbey On the site of a Saxon monastery, a large new building in the Norman style was ordered by King Edward the Confessor some time after 1042 and consecrated… Read More »
At the weekly Horizons coffee morning, we display a rolling slideshow of notices on the big screen in each room. These notices highlight some of the events scheduled for the coming weeks, as well as some general notices and appeals. You can also view the slideshow here even if you didn’t attend the Horizons meeting.
Pay a regular visit to this brand new Page on our Website to avoid missing out on special Guests and Events at Horizons.
Theatre Visits are starting again! Info @ Horizons each Thursday.
Worried about the cost of living and rising fuel bills? Would you like more information on how to save energy and find out what financial support is available? Age UK Lancashire held an event recently at New Church House in Ormskirk with representatives of Lancashire Fire and Rescue, Electricity North West and Lancs County Council Safe Trader Scheme… Read More »
On 25 Sept 2022, our u3a Choir will be entertaining at the Sunday Social with a wide selection of songs from their repertoire. There will be plenty of opportunity to sing along too – not to be missed! Plus, there will be a quiz, after the refreshments break.
2019 Highlights The Annual u3a CHRISTMAS LUNCH (in December at Christ Church Ministry Centre) Although the weather was quite awful outside, those at the Christmas Lunch didn’t really notice – they were generally just too busy enjoying themselves! Click or tap on any photo in the gallery to run it as a full-size presentation. Photos courtesy of Alan… Read More »
We are celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with a Summer Dance at Aughton Village Hall on Saturday 25th June, 6:30 for 7pm. Dancing will be to the 60-70’s music by Roller Coaster. Supper is provided but bring your own drink and glasses. Tickets at £15 (non refundable) are available from the Social Subcommittee Desk at Horizons. See the … Read More »
There is a very good range of u3a Groups that offer opportunities to keep fit and active. See the Groups List and the Groups Schedule for details and contacts. Some have capacity for additional members. For example, the Web Team have recently been made aware that this is the case for: Aerobics Lite Aerobics to Music with Jo… Read More »
Next Sunday Social – all members welcome. Sunday 26th June Bill Evans will be entertaining us with one of his VIDEO shows. Plenty of comedy is assured, but also a sprinkle of serious stuff too. So, sit back and enjoy.
The Film Appreciation Group will be restarting on 23rd May at 9.45 for coffee followed by the film which is A Good Year based on the novel by Peter Mayle. See the website Group Page for further details. It is a good film which will take place in the big room. The charge is £2.00.Colin and I look forward to seeing you.… Read More »
Southport u3a are creating a Show Garden at this year’s Southport Flower Show (18 -21 August). It will be built and managed by their Gardening Group to celebrate the u3a’s 40th Anniversary. It is the aim to include many aspects of the diverse nature of the u3a as features in the design. Alongside the Show Garden will be… Read More »
Local History outdoor visits restarted on 30th April 2022. Further Information on the Local History Group Page and from the Local History Desk at Horizons. All members are welcome to our outdoor visits and our indoor meetings. Margaret Gibbon (Group Leader)
Musical Theatre Group came back! Thank you for supporting your u3a Musical Theatre Group as they endeavoured to get back to doing shows. The pandemic hit the group hard, so their numbers were low by March 2022, but they still had a great show to present to you. Although not a musical, the “restart” production – “Dancing Fools”… Read More »
Our present Choir Group musical director, Paul Dickie has successfully led us for the past 18 months and in spite of the challenges of covid we organised and performed the u3a advent service under his direction. However, to secure continuity for the future we would like to bring in someone else with the necessary musical knowledge and creative… Read More »
Tuesday 5th October 2021 – Census and Sensibility Stephen Bennett presented a light hearted look at local history census returns 1841-1911 Tuesday 2nd November The Co-Operative Retail Business The co-operative selling began in Lancashire, perhaps some members remember their family ‘divi’ number. Stephen Caunce talked about the history of the people’s own shop. Tuesday 7th December 2 15… Read More »
Christmas message from the Chair, John Tomlinson
This Group is looking for new leaders – get in touch if you are interested!
The pandemic didn’t prevent the 2021 Christmas Lunch and there’s a photo gallery to prove it!
Firstly, many thanks to everyone who came along to help on a bright but cool day.
The first film of the new season will take place on 25th October in the Scout & Guide HQ in the small room. The film is ‘Revolutionary Road’ with Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. For more details please consult the Film Appreciation Group Page. The film will start at 10.00am preceded by coffee. Please feel free to bring… Read More »
The Ukulele Group has now restarted! If you fancy joining, then just contact Tony Crimlisk on 01695 421602 for further information. Beginners are most welcome too, even if you can only play a few chords. If you don’t yet have a Ukulele, then come along and sing with us anyway to see what fun it is and also… Read More »
In case you missed reading about it in an email dated 6 September 2021 and sent to all members with email addresses on Beacon, here is a special Message from the Secretary about an Extraordinary General Meeting in October: Dear Member, Due to the Annual General Meeting held on 26.08.21 not being quorate, any votes taken were indicative only. It is,… Read More »
Help is needed to run the Gardening Group. Please contact Pam Higgins on 0151 364 0041. In the meantime, restart has been to defered till New Year.
The Opera Appreciation Group plans to return on Wednesday 15 September at 1pm at the Scout & Guide HQ with Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West.
The Local History Group is returning to their indoor meetings at the Scout & Guide HQ on Tuesday 5th October – 2pm for a 2 15pm start. The topic is “Census and Sensibility”. A light hearted look at Local History census returns 1841-1911.
You may have played years ago – why not give it another go? We are very short of members at the moment and we’d love to see new members joining us. It is only once a month! And it is great FUN!!! For full details, please visit our Bowls – Tenpin Group Page on the u3a website.
A reminder from Leader Pam Ruscoe to members of her class: The Friday Pilates Group begins this Friday 23rd July at 12.15pm until 1.15pm at the Scout & Guide HQ. The Tuesday class has already recommenced.
The sun was very hot, as usual, and my dress was long and with full sleeves due to the local custom. I couldn’t wear trousers of course as these were seen as the sign of a woman of ill repute…
This is a list of vacant slots at the S&G HQ during the period up to September 2021. If a Group Leader wishes to book a slot, the best way is to email Group Support. Please note that established lunchtime activities mean that: Morning sessions in the large hall on Monday, Tuesday and Friday must finish by 11:45.… Read More »
We wrote to all Science Group members towards the end of March 2021 to advise that the existing Science Group leaders would be retiring and the group would need new leaders to continue. Thank you to all who replied, many with very complimentary messages, for which we are truly grateful. We ourselves have greatly enjoyed our 12-year tenure… Read More »
We didn’t let Coronavirus shut us down completely! Though we weren’t able to have visiting speakers or arrange visits, we continued to tease you with some armchair science: links to interesting science articles or lectures science quizzes science question and answer system online science discussion To see what we mean, head over to the “Science during Lockdown” page.… Read More »
We are very fortunate, this year, to be treated to a series of tales written by members following an initiative from Sue Watkinson, Trustee and member of Communications Subcommittee. Here are the initial examples, already published in one of the monthly enews of 2021. A day I will never forget by David Wotherspoon: A loyal football fan enjoys… Read More »
Mystery monolith in sand dunes near Hightown! The photo is of our son, Michael Ingman, next to the monolith that appeared mid January in Hightown Dunes. The first monolith was discovered in the Utah Desert mid November 2020 after being seen by a pilot from a small plane. It then disappeared with no trace after a few weeks.… Read More »
“Why do I have to complete the census? What information do they want? Is it used for more than just family history research?”
To find out, join this Aughton & Ormskirk u3a Zoom session.
Diana’s Funeral by Margaret Kitchen Journalists go out on assignments with the intention of observing, questioning and reporting. We don’t go with the idea of expressing our personal opinions. So when, the day before Princess Diana’s funeral, I was boarding the London bound train, I was ambushed by a local TV company asking for my views, I was… Read More »
Since entering social isolation started early last year, we have covered the times and seasons in various website ‘galleries’ filling them with items sent in by our talented members. The first lockdown started in March 2020, so we missed late Winter and early Spring. This new Gallery, on the theme of ‘Signs of Spring’ aims to fill that… Read More »
As you know, from looking at the 2020 programme, things did not go as planned last season. At present (3rd February 2021) it is still impossible to say when meetings in the usual venue will be able to resume. As soon as there is any clear news of when we can resume, there will be a notification via… Read More »
U3A member David Wotherspoon had “a day I will never forget” when Marine, the Crosby team he has followed for over 70 years, took on Tottenham Hotspur in the 3rd round of the FA Cup on January 10th this year. The team lost 0-5 but that was hardly surprising, says David, as Spurs had nine full internationals in… Read More »
This letter was sent in by one of our members, Liz.
My Experience as an Oxford Vaccine Trial Volunteer
An imortant message from Aughton & Ormskirk u3a Treasurer, Derrick Fewings: In case you missed the article in the December 2020 mini-magazine, please note that the next membership year will now commence on 1st October 2021 and that no membership renewal payment is required in advance of that date. The annual membership subscription will remain at £15. Future membership… Read More »
The 2020 Royal Institution Christmas Lectures featured three eminent scientists from different fields presenting a unique ‘user’s guide’ to Planet Earth. Their programmes unravelled astonishing global systems and remarkable natural wonders that combine to keep life on Earth alive. And they explored how human activity has become an overwhelming geological force – disrupting the finely tuned systems that… Read More »
A huge Thank You to all members who have contributed to this festive webpage. It has now expanded from the original idea of a gallery of ‘Christmas Cards’ to include seasonal short stories (and a poem) and some relevant links to the National u3a website. Read on!
At an Autumn Zoom meeting of the Communications Subcommittee, a suggestion came up of publishing a u3a Christmas Card Gallery on the website. If that idea appeals to you, please do get creative and produce a ‘Christmas Card’ using your talents and skills in painting, drawing, cartooning, textiles and other crafts, hand-made cards etc. Then just send a… Read More »
Following the introduction of government restrictions, the National U3A has published some Covid-19 advice on u3a activities. You can also read messages from our Chairman Alan Starkie and Trustee Sue Watkinson about what our u3a is doing in the meantime. Of course, any restarting of activities in the foreseeable future will involve assessment of risk and acceptance of… Read More »