Health and Wellbeing Reports

Member Julia Bate has organised a series of talks on matters relating to health and wellbeing for 2020.  Unfortunately, after  a good start, talks  arranged for March and April had to be cancelled till further notice due to the Coronavirus lockdown. More recently, however, Julia has had Zoom meetings with the Patient Safety and the Patient and Public Involvement… Read More »

Schedule for September enews

The August enews has now been emailed out to all current members of Aughton & Ormskirk U3A on Monday 31st August.  Unfortunately, if your membership has lapsed or you do not have an email address on the Beacon Membership System, you will not receive these monthly missives. Contact the Membership Team for advice on updating your record on this system.… Read More »

Message from the Management Committee

ACTIVITIES BASED IN HIRED PREMISES     –    MINIMISING THE RISK Prior to hiring rooms, the Premises providers will have certified that the premises are classed as ‘Covid-19 Secure’. The Premises providers will have provided a risk assessment confirming the steps taken to minimise the risk of transfer of Covid-19. However, while some of the actions are on the provider… Read More »

Message from the Chairman – August 2020

Many of you will be aware that a survey of Group Leaders and approx. three hundred members chosen at random has taken place. This was undertaken to give the Committee an indication of member’s feelings with when our U3A activities should continue. The dates of 1st September, 1st October and 1st January 2021 were used as a time… Read More »

Shine a Light on Beacon

Still in the dark about the  U3A Beacon Membership System?  Then let the Membership Team enlighten you. For example, among other things: existing members can renew membership online members can update their own personal details on the Beacon database (useful if you change your email address and still want to receive the enews and Management Committee communications) group… Read More »

Our Virtual U3A

A number of Groups (and Organisers of other events and individual members) are being very innovative in carrying on remotely! See below for the examples we know about so far. Please send the Web Team examples of U3A Remote Activities that we don’t yet know about. Last Updated – Sunday, August 23, 2020

Chairman’s message about re-opening

Many members are asking questions about re-opening our U3A. The Management Committee has been actively discussing the situation and examining the latest Government rules. You can read the Chairman’s statement (sent to members in a special Beacon email on 3rd July) about the steps we are taking to ensure a safe continuation of our activities. MESSAGE FROM THE… Read More »

Lockdown Gardening Newsletters

During this time of various levels of social distancing,  Gardening Group has been sending out excellent newsletters to the regular members of the group via email. Last Updated – Thursday, August 13, 2020

2020 AGM

Due to ongoing restrictions on our activity, the 2020 AGM of the Aughton & Ormskirk U3A, scheduled for 21 May, was postponed. You will be advised of a revised date in a future update. As per established practice, you will be invited to propose agenda items for that rescheduled AGM. If appropriate, we will also advise you of… Read More »

Poems for Lockdown

This Post was the response to a request for poems from the Web Team, in early May 2020 (during the coronavirus lockdown),  for members to read on our U3A Website.  The result below is an eclectic mix penned by known poets and by our own talented U3A members. Many, many thanks to all contributors. Please note – This… Read More »

Our U3A in Times of Social Isolation

Check out our website News page and the Coloured Alert Box and Sidebar Links on the Front  Page for ideas on how we can all keep in touch and active during these unusual times. Please send your own ideas and activities that might be of help and interest to other members, and the community at large, for inclusion… Read More »

Latin in Lockdown

Leader of the Latin & the Roman World Group, Dennis Morley,  has sent the Web Team the following example of their activities during Lockdown.  The Group is certainly being kept busy. Lockdown for the Latin Group means just a change of method, as the group have continued their course without interruption. Although “red ink” assessments are not used,… Read More »

Play Ukulele!

Tony Crimlisk, Leader of the Ukulele Group has sent in the following message and kind offer: In isolation? Now’s your chance to learn a new skill. Why not beg, borrow or steal a ukulele and have a go? This is just a brief introduction to show how easy it is to start. To get underway, download these instructions… Read More »

TAT Advice and Info

The Third Age Trust (TAT) currently issues regular bulletins to members. Please check the TAT website regularly and, if you have not already done so, sign up to their national U3A Newsletter which disseminates advice and information quickly to all U3A members. On a rainy day, stuck in the house  during this lockdown, you might also like to pass… Read More »

Message from the Chairman

Greetings. I hope you’re all coping with this period of social distancing. The latest edition of the magazine is winging its way to you. Expect your Postman to drop it through your letterbox in the next few days. This would not be happening if it were not for the great joint effort from the Communications Subcommittee and the… Read More »

Your U3A Magazine

If  you have not yet received your U3A Magazine through the Post, please email: Bill Evans, the U3A Magazine Editor, has written a very interesting article about how your U3A Magazine is printed and also, for this March issue, ‘why’ it was printed: Usually, this is the ‘timeline’ of the U3A magazine: I work on it for… Read More »

U3A Activity Suspension

To all Members, Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, the Committee and Trustees of Aughton & Ormskirk U3A have taken the decision to suspend all group activities and Horizons at all U3A sites as from midday, 17.03.2020. According to Government information, the isolation policy for the over 70’s could last for several months.  We will make every effort… Read More »

Message from your Treasurer

Revised Message from your Treasurer: Due to the Corona virus, the request for money to be deposited with the Finance team before the end of the financial year (31st March) is set aside. Please hold on to the money and deposit until the suspension of the U3A is lifted. If a significant amount of money is held and… Read More »

U3A National Newsletter

The Management Committee  and Trustees think it would be a good idea to pass on this message from the National Office regarding the U3A National Newsletter to the membership to help keep them in touch. The National Newsletter is crucial in reaching out to members as we have no direct contact with them. During this period we would… Read More »

Health and Wellbeing Talks

 Talks CANCELLED till further notice Member Julia Bate is organising a series of talks on matters relating to health and wellbeing over the coming months.  Julia says: The next date for your diary is 18th March at 3pm in the Cinema Room in the Christ Church Ministry Centre when Dr Dennis Wat, Respiratory Consultant at Liverpool Heart and… Read More »

Open Forum

The Open Forum, held on 23rd January, 2020, was interesting and several points and questions were put forward by members.  Alan Starkie., our Chairman, opened the Forum reminding members that the U3A is all about its members.  Also that the National office have now opted not to use the word ‘university’ but simply call ourselves U3A.  National U3A… Read More »

Try Dinghy Sailing

A new challenge for you to take on…….. Click to view poster full-size. Last Updated – Monday, August 26, 2019

enews Reminder

Items for the enews should be sent by NOON on the last Monday in the month for publication soon after.  Please send enews items to: or use the contact form on the web contact page selecting enews Editor from the drop-down list. Note that if you want the same information to be published in the Magazine, facebook… Read More »

2019 AGM: Honorary Secretary’s Report

Time passes so quickly it is hard to believe that I am now coming to the end of my tenure, having been a Trustee for four years and it was three years ago that I was elected as Honorary Secretary. There have been some ­interest­ing, challenging times, but some happy ones too. The year started in June 2018… Read More »

Finance & Resources Subcommittee

The Finance & Resources Subcom­mit­tee (F&R) meets several times a year, usually a week before the Management Committee (MC). Subcommittee members are: John Tomlinson (F&R Chair, MC Vice-Chair and Assistant Treasurer),  Derrick Fewings (MC Treasurer), Iain Smart, Sally Kirby, David Blanchflower F&R responsibilities include: Its main business is to consider applications from Group Leaders and others to provide funding for a… Read More »

Meet the Fire & Rescue Service

A message from Sue Watkinson about a Guest Visitor  that she has organised. Our Guests at Horizons on Thursday 7th March will be two representatives of the Fire & Rescue Service.  They will bring along their literature and talk to individual members about safety in the home and what services they can offer to the retired population of… Read More »

Introducing our new Speaker Secretary

We have been very fortunate in having an excellent series  of Speaker Meetings of recent years organised by Sue Watkinson and her Team. For a resume of past Speaker Meetings, please see: Speaker Meetings Past Speaker Meetings Sue has now retired from this important and valued role and member, Pam Ball, has kindly stepped forward to take over. … Read More »

Magazine, enews, Website and Facebook Publicity “Deadlines”

Do you need to publicise a U3A event or activity? Here are the deadlines for advertising in the various publications: Quarterly Magazine copy for next magazine: deadline as publicised in latest magazine Monthly enews deadline for enews items: NOON on the last Monday of the month U3A Website Group and other News and Events, Photos etc:  Anytime U3A Facebook… Read More »


Our Autumn 2018 Production The last production was ‘Staycation’ at the Civic Hall Friday November 16 – Commencing – 19.30 Saturday November 17 – Matinee commencing – 14.00 Saturday November 17 – Commencing –  19.30 This is a Musical Comedy written and directed by our very own Gill O’Flaherty. The Synopsis:  A group of U3A members, who always travel… Read More »

Up for it!

Our Spring 2018 Production Our next production will be an adaptation by John Hardiker of Tony Crimlisk’s highly acclaimed “Up for It”. At the Civic Hall on the 3rd, 4th and 5th May 2018. commencing 7.30 p.m. £7 for U3A members up to the 24th April thereafter £8  …Children £5   This is a great musical comedy first… Read More »

Musical Memories

Our 2017 Production “We Got Life ” directed by our very own Gill O’Flaherty at the Civic Hall – May 4th, 5th 2017. Gill’s synopsis for her show is as follows:- We Got Life is a generic story located internationally, told in song and dance. Beginnings, hope, reality, oppression, despair, dreams, inspiration, protest, revolution, escape, happiness, fulfillment and… Read More »

Shakespeare Revisited Returns

The Shakespeare Revisited group closed for a while last year. However, there is now a new group leader, Eila Wall and the group is starting again in the New Year. The first meeting is on Tuesday 8th January 2019 from 2pm to 4pm and will meet in the upstairs room at the Ministry Centre. All former members will be… Read More »

Looking forward to the future……….

 ………. with Aughton & Ormskirk U3A A message from your Trustees: We are interested in your views on what is good about our U3A and your suggestions for improvements. Following the 10.30 am announcements at Horizons on Thursday 27 September, we invite you to share your thoughts, views and opinions about our U3A and how we can work… Read More »

The 10th Anniversary Quilt

A message from Val Bullen, the Social Subcommittee Chairperson at the time of the 15th Anniversary Celebration in May 2018: This beautiful Anniversary Quilt was originally created by our Textiles & Quilting groups for our 10th Birthday celebration back in 2013.  It is worked in our U3A colours of yellow & blue and we were very proud to display… Read More »

Anniversary Celebrations in 2018

Aughton and Ormskirk U3A has much to be proud of in its 15 years of existence. To this end, a party was arranged on 19 May where speeches, nibbles, and meeting and chatting to fellow members were much enjoyed and appreciated by those who attended. See Let’s Celebrate. The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service was on display in… Read More »

Anniversary Celebration – May 2018

In a year when Britain celebrates a Royal Wedding, our U3A has two Anniversaries to celebrate, one with a royal connection. It’s 15 years since the founding of the Aughton & Ormskirk U3A. And 10 years ago this U3A won the Queens Award for Voluntary Service. And just 5 years ago, we were commemorating the 10th birthday with… Read More »

Playing the Ukulele

PLAYING THE UKULELE has never  been more popular.   It all started in 1879 with immigrants from Funchal in Portugal going to Hawaii to work in the sugar plantations.  They brought with them a small 4-stringed guitar-like instrument called a ‘machete’, which the Hawaiians took to immediately – especially the Royal family.  They called it a “ukulele” – pronounced “oo-ku-lay-lay”… Read More »

London Winter Tour 2017

ALL THE WORLD’S A STAGE ………… for the Art Appreciation group This year’s winter art tour provided a range of unique experiences for members of Aughton & Ormskirk U3A.   Our first stop was the wonderful Wightwick Manor, a Victorian mansion, built for the Mander family whose fortune came from the manufacture of a popular brand of paint. … Read More »

Christmas Party 2016

Members of the Ballroom Dancing Group enjoyed their 2016 Christmas party at the Ministry Centre Christ Church Last Updated – Wednesday, January 25, 2017

6th Meeting July 2016

Topic “Oh Dear! What can the ‘Machair’ be?  Steve Halliwell using his excellent photographic skills took us on a journey exploring the threatened Machair habitat in Hebridean Islands and the flora of the area. The Gaelic word ‘machair’ means an extensive, low-lying fertile plain. Machair is a type of grassland associated with calcareous sand (mainly made of shell)… Read More »

5th Meeting June 2016

Topic: “Visit to Garden at 79 Crabtree Lane, Burscough” Gardens 79 Crabtree Lane The gardens were specially opened for U3A members, sadly the weather was not kind for the visit but those who attended thought the gardens were excellent. The visit lasted over two hours with our host Peter Curl taking time to explain various aspects of the… Read More »

May 2016 Ride

The May ride took us from the Scout hut in Aughton out to the Pinewoods at Freshfield. The ride was planned and led by Ian Thomas and covered a distance of 25 miles. There was yet again another good turn out and the weather stayed fine. The June ride will take place on Friday 24th June and will… Read More »

4th Meeting May 2016

Topic: “A Long Drive to Lhasa Tibet exploring Alpine Plants” The speaker Peter Cordall took us on a botanical journey across Tibet to Lhasa in which we explored the culture and also the alpine plants of the region. The Tibet Plateau  being home to the world’s largest distribution of Alpine plants. Peter’s talk was a rare glimpse of… Read More »

3rd Meeting April 2016

Topic: “Gresgarth Hall Gardens Through the Seasons” The speaker Steve Halliwell provided a packed meeting with an exciting and informative journey month by month around Gresgarth Hall Gardens. Using hundreds of excellent quality photographs he gave a comprehensive explanation of the changing colours, shapes and textures of the gardens. Steve held his audience enthralled by the shear beauty… Read More »


Group Members’ recent paintings. Click (or tap) on any picture to start a slideshow of (larger scale) images. Last Updated – Friday, April 28, 2017