New Group – British History

British History is a brand new Group, starting on 7 January,  in which you can learn anew or refresh your memories about the fascinating History of our homeland from the Norman Conquest till the reign of Victoria. See the new British History Group Page for full details. Last Updated – Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Beginners’ Tap-dancing Course

Beginners’ Tap-dancing Class 2019 Six week course:  Wednesday 9 January – Wednesday 13 February – 10.30-11.30 (1 hour) This class is for anyone who fancies learning to tap-dance and is suitable for those who have had no tap-dancing experience. It will deliver the basic tap-dance steps at a pace which will suit the individual. It will be held at… Read More »

Christmas Cheer with the U3A

In December, many of our U3A Groups have a special December Meeting with a seasonal flavour.  Check the Groups List or the Programme Page to see if there is one for you to attend If any Group Leaders would like their Xmas Do added to the Calendar  on the Sidebar of News Page, please email:  December 25th… Read More »

Cafe Vista Christmas Closure

The wonderful Cafe Vista in the Christ Church Ministry Centre nearby to the U3A base at the Scout & Guide HQ is closed for a couple of weeks over Christmas and New Year.  This excellent cafe is visited often and much enjoyed by many of our U3A members. The work of the volunteers (some of them U3A members)… Read More »

Church History New Series

Church History Group is starting a new Series on Medieval Cathedrals in January. Keep an eye on the Church History Group Page for details of these ever-popular Talks (and a Cathedral Visit). Last Updated – Monday, December 31, 2018

December Guest Visitor

Paula Gatterall from West Lancs Borough Council is running a FREE weight management programme and attended Horizons as Guest Visitor on Thursday 13 December to talk to members about this.  The programme will be held in the Christ Church Ministry Centre  starting in January 2019. The meetings are on Thursday mornings, so handily timed to combine with a visit to Horizons beforehand!… Read More »

Autumn Musical Theatre

Make a date this Autumn to go see the next production by the Musical Theatre Group: A group of U3A members, who always travel abroad, have decided this year to stay at home – now called a ‘Staycation’. More details on the Musical Theatre Group page. Last Updated – Monday, November 26, 2018

The Website turns 3-years-old

The current Aughton & Ormskirk U3A Website has been going now for 3 years. The Web Team hope you find it informative and useful. We know that some potential members do refer to it prior to joining, so please help us keep it interesting and relevant. This year, we have been making some changes to help the Website… Read More »

FAO Group Leaders: Equipment Storage

A message from Dennis Morley who manages the U3A ‘assets’. In an attempt to create space, all group leaders who use equipment stored in the cupboards at the back of the Ormskirk Room (where tv is sited) are asked to inform Dennis Morley which item/s they use , and on which day they use them, giving details of… Read More »

September Speaker

Thursday 6th September – Norse Mythology We welcome Paul Atherton who will tell us all about Norse Mythology.  He’s no stranger to our U3A as he has spoken to the Local History Group but the subject is endlessly fascinating and more information can be found on this link. Come along and join Paul at 10.30 am in Christ Church. … Read More »

September Guest Visitor

Thursday 13th September – our Guest is a representative from Preston Care & Repair.  They hold the contract in West Lancashire for helping to make life easier for older, vulnerable or disabled people and anyone with a long-term health condition that affects their mobility of independence in the home.  Come along and talk to their representative.   They will… Read More »

Autumn Drama

Tickets for our Autumn Production “Slim Chance” and “Commemorate and Celebrate” at Aughton Village Hall on Friday 26th and Saturday 27th October, will go on sale at Horizons on Thursday 6th September. Early booking is advisable particularly if you want to sit at a table with a group of friends or family. Tickets, which cost £8.50, are also… Read More »

The Future of Handbell Ringing

There will be a meeting of the Handbell Ringing Group on Monday 3rd September at 1.45 pm in the Scout & Guide  HQ. This is to discuss the future of the group due to lack of new members. Anyone interested is welcome to attend. More information about the group can be found on its Website Group Page. Last… Read More »

GDPR Matters…

GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) is currently much in the news!  We have a Working Party delving into possible implications for an organisation such as Aughton & Ormskirk U3A. The Working Party has published a Privacy Policy. More documents providing advice and some new or adapted forms are in the pipeline. In the meantime, if you have any… Read More »

A Springtime 2018 Trip to Lichfield

Great day out at Lichfield         with the Occasional Tours group.  Organised by Cathleen Barnes. Photos  by Bill Fitzpatrick.     Click or tap on any picture to start the slideshow! Last Updated – Sunday, May 27, 2018

Computer Advice News Flash

There will be NO Monday Computer Advice session on Bank Holiday Monday, 28 May. But it will be service as usual, next day, on Tuesday 29 May. However, because of low numbers of client on Tuesdays, perhaps partly due to difficulties parking nearby on Tuesday mornings, this will be the last Tuesday Computer Advice session until after the… Read More »

Computer Tutorials News Flash

The next meeting – A Fresh Look at Computing with David Sutton = takes place on Tuesday 5 June at 2pm in the Scout & Guide HQ. It is on a topic of general interest ie not too geeky. The Computer Tutorials Group Page explains: This talk is aimed at anyone interested in knowing how technology is changing… Read More »

Saving our Golf Lessons

Here is an urgent message passed to the Web Team from the organisers of the U3A Golf Lessons: SAVE OUR GOLF  – if you don’t use it you lose it!! Lessons at Mossock Hall have restarted. New ”golfers” welcome. No experience/equipment required. Come along to learn a new skill OR simply to improve your golf  skills from professional… Read More »

Speaker Meeting Cancellation

A message from the Speaker Meeting Team about the Speaker Meeting on 3 May: IMPORTANT NOTICE – Thursday’s Speaker meeting is cancelled. We have just heard from our speaker, who was to have given a lecture on God and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt in Christ Church on Thursday morning.  He is unwell and will not be able to… Read More »

Monday Morning Movie

Rest and Relax watching this month’s contribution from the Film Appreciation Group. All members welcome. Last Updated – Friday, April 27, 2018

The 2018 Cricket season is here!

Ormskirk Occasionals CC has challenged us to a “20-over bash” at Ormskirk Cricket Club on Tuesday 15th May at 5.45pm Spectators welcome Last Updated – Thursday, May 17, 2018

Pilates Places

The Web Team have had a notification about Pilates from one of its Coordinators as follows: There are a few vacancies in the Friday Pilates class for the coming term if anyone would like to try this form of exercise. Please contact Pam Roscoe – Friday Coordinator – if interested. (Phone number is in the magazine.) Many thanks Lorna… Read More »

Important info about the AGM

Our Hon. Sec. has contacted the Web Team with the following message: As you are probably aware by now, our Annual General Meeting is to be held at Christ Church, Aughton on Thursday 14th June, 2018 at 10.30 a.m.  Refreshments will be available at the Scout & Guide HQ from 9.30 onwards. There are three vacancies to be filled… Read More »

April Guest Visitor

Sue Watkinson has arranged the following Guest Visitor to attend Horizons on 12 April.  Sue reports: Abigail Ellis from Age UK will be our guest. She will speak to members individually about matters that concern them and the help that Age UK may be able to offer. Do come along and speak to her. Last Updated – Sunday,… Read More »

Easter Greetings

The Web Team wishes all our readers a Happy Easter! Last Updated – Sunday, April 8, 2018

Friends Against Scams

This month’s Computer Tutorial is of interest and use to us all.  Here is the notification from Computer Helper, Brian Bostock. TUESDAY TUTORIAL FOR APRIL 2018 Tuesday 3rd April: Friends Against Scams – Speaker Andrew Dawson. Friends Against Scams is designed to inspire action, highlight the scale of the problem, change the perception of why people fall for… Read More »

Events from NW Region of U3As

Read all about the various events run by the North West Region of U3As. Their  website also includes  posters and application forms for  these interesting events that you can join in on such as their Summer School. Last Updated – Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Save the Date

2018 AGM Aughton & Ormskirk U3A Anniversary Celebration Summer Social   Last Updated – Friday, March 23, 2018

Summer Social 2018 (Date Change)

In 2018, the Summer Social event will take place on Friday 31 August, at 6:30 pm in Aughton Village Hall. It will include a Hot Buffet Supper followed by entertainment. Tickets on sale from 12th July onwards at Horizons.    Remember to book early to avoid disappointment! Please note change of date – was 20 July, now 31 August! Click on the poster to download a larger… Read More »

March Guest Visitor at Horizons

On Thursday 15 March, our Guest at Horizons is Sophie Yates, a Fund Raiser with Marie Curie.  It’s a perfect month for this visit as the daffodil has for many years been the logo of the Society and we all hope our garden daffodils will be in bloom by then.  Sophie will talk to members individually about the work… Read More »

French Conversation Magazine

Leader of French Conversation, Margaret Pagett, writes: Anyone interested in joining the current French Conversation Group should get in touch with the group leader as soon as possible to order the magazines by April.   Last Updated – Friday, March 23, 2018

Any (Computer) Questions

  The Computer Team plan to host an ‘Any Questions’ session at the Computer Tutorial on Tuesday 6th March. We may also review recent queries we have had at Computer Advice sessions. If you have any questions, please send them in beforehand to to help us  prepare some answers. Last Updated – Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Foundation Tai Chi Vacancies

There are still a few places left in the Foundation Tai Chi classes at 4pm on Thursdays. Contact one of the Coordinators. Last Updated – Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Tai Chi Away Day

WORLD TAI CHI & QIGONG DAY Saturday 28 April 2018 9:30am-2:30pm Salford Quays BBC Building ‘One World, One Breath’ Join the celebration that goes right round the world! At 10:00am in every time zone, people will be doing Tai Chi & Qigong to send good energy across the globe. Participate in the Tai Chi, take a taster class… Read More »

Renewing Membership Online

Just a reminder that you can now renew your membership for 2018-19 online via our Beacon Membership system.  The Membership Secretary emailed out details on the procedure, including appropriate links to Beacon, on 17th February.  If you cannot find that email, check out the Membership Renewal Online page on our U3A website. You may still renew your membership… Read More »

First Aid Training

We will be hosting this Workshop on Saturday 17th February between 10:30 and 12:30, as a follow-on to the Falls Prevention event we held last year. The target is group leaders who have members at risk from trips and falls, but the information given will also be useful inside the home. The Workshop is designed to equip adults… Read More »

February Computer Tutorial

Our first Tutorial of the year is on Tuesday 6th February, where the topic will be The U3A Beacon Management System given by our Membership Secretary, Ian Haskell. Our U3A has used the Beacon management system since for Membership since February 2016. Ian will briefly describe the changes we have seen since then including how to check and update your own… Read More »

New Creative Writing Group Starts

The new Creative Writing Group hopes to cover a wide range of prose and poetry to cater for different interests, and are looking for others to join us. If you are a professional, an amateur or a would-be writer, and would like to pursue your interest in writing in the company of like-minded people, please come and join… Read More »

Past Horizons Guest Visitors

Guest Visitors in 2017 A relatively new feature at Horizons on specified Thursdays in 2017 was the occasional Guest Visitor, organised by the indefatigable Sue Watkinson.  This typically is a representative of an organisation providing information of relevance  (usually local) to the  U3A membership. Here are some of the interesting and informative visitors we met in 2017: April 27: Philip Walker,… Read More »

Get Tuned In!

Sunday 28 January: The Drama Group will present ‘Radio Aughton Live’ at the Sunday Social.   Last Updated – Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Church History Comeback!

Don’t miss the start of the 2018 series: English Medieval Cathedrals, from the Wash to the River Severn. See the Church History Group Page for full details. Last Updated – Saturday, February 3, 2018

Tai Chi in the Park

Free Community Event Learn about and try Tai Chi with other enthusiasts! Saturday Dates for 2018 13 January, 10 February, 10 March, 7 April, 12 May, 9 June, 14 July 11 August, 8 September, 13 October, 10 November, 8 December at 10 – 11 am in Coronation Park, Ormskirk (Meet at the Bowling Green.) Dress for the weather,… 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 various methods of communication with members. Remember that you need to separately contact the editors for all ouf the various media where you want your item to appear.  Sending to one does not mean that it will  automatically appear in the others. Quarterly Magazine… Read More »

Holiday Opportunities in 2018

Looking for a U3A Holiday in September this year?  Then a date for your diary is 20th – 24th September 2108. Join us for a ‘Highlights of Hampshire’ five day/four night break next September staying at the 4* Norton Hotel just outside Winchester. Travelling by executive coach our break is on a half board basis at a cost… Read More »

Website New Year Update

A gentle reminder to Group Leaders and Group Authors. Just a few Groups are still not up-to-date for 2018.   If you are struggling to update your Group Page, please contact: . (Or use the Web Manager option in the Contact Form.) Use the same contact details if you would like a Calendar event adding for a U3A… Read More »

What Was On in 2017

Here are just some of the great activities and events enjoyed  by members during 2017: January February March April May June  July August September October November December – Party Time including: the U3A  Christmas Lunch French Festive Party Masks A Christmas Awards Lunch  for the Footballers A jolly night out with the Theatre Trips group        … Read More »