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 »

Maths Week – 9th to14th November

With increasingly gloomy weather and restrictions on venturing out, why not give your brain some exercise instead of your feet! The national u3a website has always had some great resources, and now has a new winter learning programme with links to some intriguing activities. Among the many online events are three Zoom sessions for anyone with an interest… Read More »

Inspirational table tennis player

Ibrahim Hamato lost both his arms as the result of an accident when he was 10. He plays table tennis better than most people! Last Updated – Friday, May 8, 2020

Science & Technology Quiz No 2

Here’s another short quiz, 10 more questions – again, don’t google the answers – at least not until you’ve tried the quiz! Do let us know how you get on by email to u3amedia@gmail.com. Loading… Last Updated – Monday, April 27, 2020

Science & Technology Quiz No 1

To get you started, here’s a short quiz, just 10 questions – why not try it without googling the answers?! Let us know how you get on, whether you enjoyed it, whether you want more of them. You can email u3amedia@gmail.com. Loading…   Last Updated – Monday, April 27, 2020

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) Last Updated – Friday, January 31, 2020

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 »

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 »

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. Last Updated – Sunday, May 9, 2021

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. Last Updated – Friday, June 7, 2019

Coping in adversity

The U3A catering corps, marshalled by Lily Bunner, certainly know how to keep the troops fed and watered! Here they are providing the same fantastic Horizons service as usual, but in the unfamiliar Ministry Centre, while the Scout building works were in progress. Last Updated – Saturday, May 4, 2019

Independent Living Aids

Introduction For fifteen years we have promoted a programme ‘Sustaining Wellbeing in Later Life’. The question does arise, however, “what is the point of all the extra years if they are characterised by decline and dependence?” Most of the older people I know, like myself, would like to live long, live well, die quickly and have no need… Read More »

Robot Constructor’s Challenge

We have had an approach from Barry James, the leader of Cannock Chase U3A Science & Technology group in the West Midlands region. He is proposing a Robot Constructor’s Challenge, open to any U3A team who would like to construct a moving robot type device; he says that this would be interesting to technology or construction groups who… Read More »

2018 Christmas Lunch

Some photos taken by Geoff Roberts and Bill & Sue Watkinson at the lunch on 14th December 2018, organised by the Social Subcommittee: Last Updated – Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Summer Social – August 2018

This year’s Summer Social held on 31 August was a sell out evening with great entertainment provided by local guitarist/singer Ken Waters. We quickly forgot our SUMMERTIME BLUES as he had us singing along and dancing to lots of our favourites tunes! The whole evening was superbly arranged by Val and her subcommittee. Last Updated – Tuesday, November 13, 2018

15th Birthday Celebrations – Showcasing Our Groups – October 2018

Despite the very poor weather, we had a great 15th Birthday Celebration. Although we couldn’t go ahead with the Ladies Footie Penalty Shoot Out (too wet!), the following groups displayed their wonderful wares – textiles, painting, local history, and digital photography, and we even had the chance to try out mahjong and some chess puzzles. It is amazing… Read More »

English Medieval Cathedrals – 2018 series

English Medieval Cathedrals, from the Wash to the River Severn Speakers: Peter Goodrich, Peter Gateley and Peter Hatfield 23rd January Norwich Cathedral talk. Norwich Cathedral timeline 27th March Ely Cathedral talk. Ely Cathedral timeline 24th April Peterborough Cathedral talk. Peterborough Cathedral Timeline 1st May Visit to Manchester Cathedral and other historic buildings. Details 22nd May Gloucester Cathedral talk. Gloucester Cathedral Timeline 26th June… Read More »

June visit to Penrhyn Castle

We had a splendid day at Penrhyn Castle, a National Trust venue in Bangor with gardens, a nature walk, a railway museum and a stylish interior. After the castle visit, we stopped off for a 2-course meal on the return journey, which was appreciated by everyone. Photographs by Bill Fitzpatrick. Last Updated – Thursday, August 23, 2018

Christmas party masks

The French Conversation Tuesday group prepared for the Festive Season with some fancy face decorations! Last Updated – Saturday, December 30, 2017

Colin Wright, juggler and mathematician – video

Dr Colin Wright was the speaker on 7th September 2017. He gave a fascinating talk and demonstration of juggling and some of the maths behind the art. Here are the links to the YouTube videos of his talk: Colin Wright, juggler and mathematician – part 1 (30 minutes) Colin Wright, juggler and mathematician – part 2 (30 minutes)… Read More »

Colin Wright – juggler and mathematician

7 September, 10.15 in Christ Church: Make a note of a very special and interesting speaker.  Colin Wright is an academic who has studied the art and mathematics of juggling.  He will explain and demonstrate his skills in Christ Church at our first Speaker meeting of the autumn season.  Be there to marvel and enjoy! Colin’s talk is… Read More »

Act Your Age – 10, 11, 12th November 2016

This was a first for the group and a Comedy Farce in classic Brian Rix style, set in a large house in a remote village: a clinic that offers sanctuary, rest and relaxation therapy to celebs, but has seen better days with just two celebrities. Meanwhile in the same village there is an old folks home. Absolute chaos then… Read More »

The 100,000 Genomes Project

Thursday, 6th October 2016 – Special Monthly Talk at 10.30 am in Christ Church Vivienne Parry (journalist and former Tomorrow’s World TV presenter) is Head of Engagement at Genomics England and a seasoned presenter. The project will sequence 100,000 genomes from around 70,000 people. Participants are NHS patients with a rare disease, plus their families, and patients with… Read More »

Previous Art Tours

  January 2015 Tour to London: January 2014 Tour to Edinburgh: The tour based in Edinburgh, stayed at the Hilton Grosvenor on a half board basis. The programme included a special access visit to Sir Walter Scott’s Gothic fantasy country home Abbotsford, the January exhibition of Turner watercolours at the National Gallery, Holyrood Palace, the Queen’s Gallery, the… Read More »

Chemistry is Magic

The repeat of the successful “Chemistry is Magic” course began with ten enthusiastic “later life learners” finding out about the wonderful world of chemistry. From the creation of the elements when stars explode to the make-up of every day materials, this course introduced complete beginners to the fundamentals of chemistry. Last Updated – Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Online Today – helping people with sight loss

“Online Today”   was an Awareness Session being hosted by our U3A on Tuesday, 22 March with help from RNIB and Action for Blind People. Technology can make life easier if you have hearing or sight problems, but knowing where to start isn’t always easy. This session, led by Andrew Coleman, Assistive Technology Support Officer with Action for Blind People, took… Read More »

Keyboard advice from Dee

The U3A is very much about sharing knowledge among members, and what better example than in the Digital Keyboard Music group. Last Updated – Wednesday, December 16, 2015


FutureLearn is an offshoot of The Open University providing online courses in a wide range of subjects, many of a scientific nature. The aim is to connect learners from all over the globe with high quality educators, and with each other. Courses are delivered one step at a time, and are accessible on mobile, tablet and desktop, so you can fit… Read More »

August 2015 Ride

Twelve hardy souls enjoyed a route led by John Radcliffe under rather grey skies: train from Ormskirk to Sandhills, the Leeds-Liverpool canal through Rimrose Valley to Litherland, Little Crosby and Formby, then back to Ormskirk. See map below. Starting the ride at Sandhills Station, we went towards Liverpool for about 1 km, then made our way to the… Read More »