Health and Wellbeing Talks

Member Julia Bate is organising a series of talks on matters relating to health and wellbeing over the coming months.  Julia says: We are pleased to inform you that our first presenter will be Dr Andleeb Zafar who is the Medical Retina Consultant and service lead for age-related macular degeneration at Spa Medica which is a company providing… Read More »

Battlefields Tour

Battlefields Tour –  September 2020 If you have an interest in history and WWI in particular, you may be interested in a five day break which has been organised for next year. The trip, which is led by a professional guide is based in the French city of Arras on a b/b basis but includes three additional meals… 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

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 »

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