Past Social Highlights

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 »

Jubilee Summer Dance

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 »

Keep Fit with the u3a

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 »

Sunday Socials Soon

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.

Film Appreciation Restart

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 Flower Show – Discounted Tickets

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 Restart

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)

Guest at Horizons

On Thursday 24th March at Horizons, we will welcome Maria des Landes, Learning and Development Manager from Citizens Advice. Maria will answer your queries about services offered by CA and will offer volunteering opportunities.

Dancing Fools

Musical Theatre Group is back! Please come and support your u3a Musical Theatre Group as they endeavour to get back to doing shows. The pandemic has hit the group hard, so their numbers are low at the moment, but they still have a show to present to you. Although not a musical, the “restart” production – “Dancing Fools”… Read More »

Indoor Meetings 2021

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 »

2021 Advent Celebration

We are pleased to announce that the 2021 Advent Celebration will take place in Christ Church on Thursday 2nd December at 11 am.  Rehearsals have been going well and we hope that you will join us once again to welcome the Christmas season.  Do come along and join the Choir and the Recorder groups for a good Christmas sing.… Read More »

Film Appreciation Returns

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 »

Ukulele Group Plays Again

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 »

Social Events

Whilst our u3a provides many opportunities for learning, 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 organised by the Social Subcommittee. There is usually a member of this subcommittee at the weekly… Read More »

EGM – 11th October at 1pm

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 »

Gardening Help

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.

Opera Appreciation Restart

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.

Local History Return

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.

Calling All Ten Pin Bowlers

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.

Friday Pilates Returns

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.

A Brief Brush with History

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…

Vacant slots at the S&G HQ

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 »

Message From Your Retiring Science Group Management Team

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 »

Members’ Stories

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 »

A Mystery Monolith

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 »

The Census is coming! 

“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

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 »

Signs of Spring

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 »

A day I will never forget

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 »

January 2021 enews

The latest enews was sent out by the enews Editor to all members with an email address on Monday 25 January. If you are not receiving your monthly enews, check your Spam folder. If not there, check with the Membership Team that they have your correct details on record If you have missed an enews deadline (noon on… Read More »

Change to u3a Membership Year 

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 »

Planet Earth: A User’s Guide

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 »

Christmas Card Gallery

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!

Christmas Card Gallery Guidelines

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 »

Covid-19 advice on u3a activities

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 »

Message from the Chairman

U3A ACTIVITIES  – From your Chairman, Alan Starkie You do not need me to tell you about the restrictions that have been placed upon us during the Covid pandemic. The restrictions have also put a halt to our normal U3A activities, which we have all previously enjoyed. Your Committee and Trustees have, over the last six months, endeavoured… Read More »

Our Virtual u3a During Lockdown

During the times of Lockdown and Social Isolation over the past couple of years, a good  number of our Groups (and Organisers of other events and individual members) were very innovative in carrying on remotely! See below for the examples that the Web Team heard about.  You will note that a good number of meetings and events started… Read More »

West Lancs in Autumn

Following a request in the September enews, members have sent us a great selection of fine photos taken in their gardens and on local walks. Many, many thanks to all contributors. Now, to set the scene, here is a timely poem from our resident poet, Judy Ingman. Autumn Summer’s ended. Now it’s Autumn’s call Leaves unlinking, feathering to… Read More »

Short Story Winners

Here are the winners of the Short Story Competition organised in 2020 by the Creative Writing Group.  Click or tap on the links below for a good read! Winner: The Mojave Flute Player – by Mike Briggs Highly Commended: Breath – by Ann Henders Highly Commended: Last Memory – by Sue Watkinson Highly Commended: The Man In The Smiling… 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 »

Gardening Group Gallery

Thanks to the U3A  Gardening Group  members (and a couple of other enthusiasts) that sent in photos of their gardens taken during the lockdown summer of 2020, the Web Team have created this interesting and colourful gallery.

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.

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 »

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 »

Dyes and Pigments

Wednesday 4th March 2020 Ever wondered how clothes, furnishings, home decorations, cars etc. get their colour?  Our own Marguerita McBride gave us a wide ranging talk, with illustrations from history about dyes and pigments, and more recent details of their chemistry, how they are used and how they get their colour.

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 »

Gems in the Dunes

Wednesday 5th February 2020 Fiona Sunners is the project manager of “Gems in the Dunes“,  a Heritage Lottery funded project focused on protecting the plants and animals of the Sefton Sand  Dunes, an important habitat for rare amphibians and reptile species. Fiona talked about the efforts to preserve the natural habitats of this local environment for the rare… 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 »

Recent works

Here are some photos taken by Bill Soens of recent works by members of the Painting Group. (Bill also produced a YouTube video of some of these works – watch it here)

November 26th 2019 – mid-break meeting

Prior to starting on our exploration of medieval cathedrals of the South and South-east of England in January 2020, there will be a mid-break meeting at the Scout Hut at the usual time of 14.00 on Tuesday 26th November. This will give the opportunity for a brief preview of the 2020 programme, including the nationally historically important Canterbury… Read More »

Attrial Fibrillation

 Wednesday 6th November 2019 The full title of the talk was “The global stroke tsunami related to an irregular heart rhythm: A focus on atrial fibrillation” – which really says it all.  Atrial fibrillation is a heart condition which affects 7 in 100 of over 65s and we were lucky to hear all about it from two experts… Read More »

Age Related Macular Degeneration

We were due to have a talk on “Age Related Macular Degeneration: Causes and Future Treatments” in September but this had to be cancelled because the speaker, Dr.  Simon Clark, had to go to Germany at short notice but hoped to give us his talk a few weeks later.  However the visit to Germany was very productive in… Read More »

Nuclear Weapons

Wednesday 2nd Oct 2019 Nuclear war is perhaps something not thought about as much as it should be nowadays but was an important topic when we were younger.  Edmund Moynihan gave us a sobering account of the early development of these weapons, the science and technology behind them and the possible results of their use.  A talk which… Read More »

Second Chance

Pat Morton, who was recently featured in the local Champion newspaper, is a member of several U3A groups including Poetry, Italian and Film Appreciation. She has now turned her hand to writing, and her first published novel is titled, “Second Chance”. When I retired from teaching I needed to do something creative. I joined the U3A then started… Read More »

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 »

Are Digital Games All Bad?

Wednesday 3rd July 2019 Older people (us?) often have strong views on digital games, social media, emojis, mobile phones etc. particularly their use by younger people (grandchildren?).  Are these views well founded?   Dr. Linda Kaye, a Edge Hill University psychologist, specialising in understanding the social effects of digital media (a cyberpsychologist no less), came to give us some… 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 »

Open Farm Sunday – 9th June

The Science Group meeting in March heard from Helen Greaves about the restoration of some local marl pits, including those at Molyneux Kale Farm, Halsall. If you are interested, the farm is participating in Open Farm Sunday again on 9th June. Click for further details.

Novel Digital Healthcare

Wednesday 5th June 2019 We had a return visit by the NHS North West Innovation Agency with presentations and demonstrations of novel healthcare products. organised by the NHS North West Innovation Agency who are tasked with making the NHS better, safer, faster and more cost effective by introducing new healthcare devices, often for personal use.  We had demonstrations… Read More »

Novel Digital Healthcare

On Wednesday 5th June, the Science Group welcomes the return of the NHS North West Innovation Agency to demonstrate a range of new digital healthcare products. For further details see the Science Group page.