enews Reminder

Items for the enews should be sent by NOON on the last Monday in the month for publication soon after. So for this month, the Deadline is Monday, 29 July, at 12 noon. Please send enews items to: enews@aughton-ormskirk-u3a.co.uk or use the contact form on the web contact page selecting enews Editor from the drop-down list. Note that… Read More »

Computer Advice Summer Break

A message from Brian Bostock (our U3A facebook Editor and Computer Helper): It’s that time of year again when many members are on holiday, so to avoid staffing difficulties it has been decided to close Computer Advice, both Monday and Tuesday mornings after next week’s sessions (Monday 15 and Tuesday 16 July). We will reopen on Monday and… Read More »

AGM 2019

If you missed this Year’s AGM, you can read Reports from the past Chair and Hon Sec via the links in  the AGM 2019 webpage.  You can also browse for full details  such as the Agenda and Minutes. (Also find out more about all the hard work done by the various Committees and Subcommitees year-round to keep our… Read More »

Summer is here!

So come along to the Gardening Group. Click or tap on any picture to run the gallery as a colourful slide show. Last Updated – Friday, July 19, 2019

2019 AGM: Chairman’s Report

WOW! ~ hasn’t the last two years gone quickly, as your Chairman, as I realise I will very soon pass the reins of office onto my successor. In accordance with our Constitution the maximum period of tenure as Chairman is two years. Last Updated – Friday, July 19, 2019

U3A Website Workings

The Web Team consists of : a Web Manager who maintains an overview of the website content a Groups Editor who keeps an eye on the Group Pages and updates those that do not have a Group Author a Media Manager who manages the WordPress Media Library The Web Team is assisted by a very large number of… Read More »

June Speaker Meeting

For our next Speaker Meetings, on Thursday 6th June, we will welcome local resident, writer and photographer, Peter Rimmer,  who will present a talk on Morecambe Bay.  Last Updated – Friday, June 7, 2019

Magazine Deadline

Note that the deadline for the next U3A Magazine is now past. If you missed, there is still time to send your item in to appear in the next enews.  And remember,  you can additionally / alternatively have your info appear on both this website or the U3A facebook page at any time. See the latest U3A Magazine… Read More »

New Events Menu Item

Do check out a new item on the top horizontal menu bar of our website called Events.  This connects to a new page that provides easy links to non-Group-related events of general interest to members across the U3A.  (Some, such as certain Speaker Meetings,  may also be open to non-members.) To keep content on this and all other… Read More »

Philharmonic Visits News

A message from Ann Robinson, the Philharmonic Visits Coordinator: Could I please ask anyone who wishes to come to the concert on Sunday 19th May, Russian Passion with Vasily Petrenko, with lunch at The Refinery, to book this Thursday, April 11th, or contact me by phone. (There will be no Philharmonic table at Horizons on 18th April when… Read More »

Bank Holiday Warhorse Walk

On Bank Holiday Monday 6th May, U3A member and local historian, Andrew Beeston, will lead a free walk on the ‘War Horse’ route, from the start at Ormskirk Station to Lathom and return. Setting off at 10.00 a.m. Andrew will tell the story of the war horses and the contribution they made during the First World War.  Lathom… Read More »

Keyboard Open Day

After having a peek at Dee’s career in the recent magazine we are eager to know more, so she has agreed to bring along some pictorial exhibits of her musical life including a short video. We are making this an excuse to have a fun day without keyboards just cakes, chat and bubbly. We realise that other U3A… Read More »

Keyboard Gallery

Click on the movie to see the group in action.   Last Updated – Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Past Meetings 2019

In January Cliff Porter, training officer and Geoff Todd, membership officer from Liverpool and Merseyside Beekeepers Association presented “Where would we be without Bees”. The emphasis was on how to encourage bees in to the garden. Several myths were dispelled.   On 13th February Anthony Brougham presented “Miracle Planter”. On 13th March Steve Halliwell, Public Speaker, Author and Biographer presented a talk on “Holker… Read More »

Past Meetings 2018

The October meeting was an informative talk by Maureen Sawyer, a garden designer and consultant, on the A-Z of garden gems. In November – Matthew Smith from Brighter Blooms presented ‘Weeds ~ to love or to loathe’, a topic that effects all gardeners. This talk aimed to get you thinking about weeds differently. Samples of Mare’s Tail and… Read More »

Gardening Newsletters 2016/17

Newsletters from the Previous Gardening Group (written by David Blanchflower) October 2017 March 2017 December 2016 September 2016 August 2016 July 2016 June 2016 May 2016 April 2016 See also some Posts below describing meetings of the Previous Gardening Group (run by David Blanchflower). Last Updated – Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Final Jazz Appreciation Meeting

In December, we received a message from Sur Watkinson: The Jazz Appreciation Group held its last event on Friday evening 14 December with a superb performance by the Chicago Teddy Bears Society Jazz Band.  Group numbers for regular meetings have fallen to single figures and our mainstay, Keith Lamb, has retired to spend more time with his family. … Read More »

Finance & Resources Vacancies

Alan Starkie has issued a message asking for volunteers.  Alan is to be found most Thursdays at Horizons at the Digital Camera / Computer Table in the far corner of the Aughton Room in the Scout & Guide HQ.  He also is a Helper at Computer Advice on Mondays. There are vacancies on the Finance and Resources Sub-Committee.… Read More »

Magazine Distribution

A message from the current Magazine Distribution Organiser, Peter Trigwell: Many rumours are flying about the U3A at the moment with a view to what is happening with the magazine distribution.  Let me try and answer some of them.  The next Distribution date is the 28th February, and nothing will change at this time, magazines can still be collected… Read More »

Horizons Chair Rota – members wanted!

Magically, each Thursday morning, members arrive for their coffee and chat to find chairs and tables set out ready for them, cups lined up and kettles brewed.  The small teams of helpers arrive just after 9.00 a.m. and spent around 20 minutes getting the rooms ready.  Over the last twelve months the number of members willing to help… 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 – Sunday, January 27, 2019

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 – Monday, January 21, 2019

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: webteam@aughton-ormskirk-u3a.co.uk  December 25th… Read More »

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 »

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 »

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 »