Choir and Recorders Summer Concert

Saturday 2nd July at 7.30 ‘Baby Boomers!’  Come and join us – the Choir Group and the Recorder Group – and enjoy a whistle stop tour of history and music from 1945 to the present day. From The Festival of Britain and the Queens Coronation through the Sixties, the Millennium and Covid – singing all the way. More information… Read More »

May 12 2022 – Visit to Leighton Hall, Carnforth.

We had a lovely trip to Morecambe and Leighton Hall on May 12.  The sun shone for us and the wind blew – but not too strong.  We started with morning refreshments at the famous Midland hotel, a walk down to the jetty, and back to say hello to Eric Morecambe – then time to board the coach… Read More »

The Choir is still looking for an Assistant Musical Director!

Our present Choir Group musical director, Paul Dickie has successfully led us for the past 18 months and in spite of the challenges of covid we organised and performed the u3a advent service under his direction. However, to secure continuity for the future we would like to bring in someone else with the necessary musical knowledge and creative… Read More »

Occasional Day Trips

May 12 –  Leighton Hall, Carnforth. We will be visiting Leighton Hall, a centre of an agricultural estate since mediaeval times. See the Occasional Day Trips page.


The group has begun zoom sessions on the 3rd Monday morning of every month. The next meeting will be on 21st December, when we will be talking about Black Dogs, Boggarts and other supernatural creatures in British folklore. For further details, please contact June Jones by email at

English Country Dancing

This group  has begun zoom meetings every Friday morning. The dances are adapted so that they are suitable for solo dancers or for couples. For further details, please contact June Jones by email at

Gardening Group-Garden Visits & Photos

Lockdown 2020 All meetings are currently postponed until further notice. Hello Everyone. Helen here from the Gardening Group. I do hope that you are all staying safe and well and enjoying your garden or outdoor spaces.  Garden visits For anyone that hasn’t heard, the National Gardens Scheme have started garden openings with an online booking system for visits… Read More »

Gardening Group – June

All meetings are currently postponed until further notice. Hello Everyone. Helen here from the Gardening Group. I do hope that you are all staying safe and well and enjoying your garden or outdoor spaces. Thank you to everyone who has emailed with comments or photos, good to hear from you. I hope you all enjoyed the quiz in the… Read More »

Peter LLoyd Fund Raising

Although our group is for the time being having a rest due to Covid 19, Peter LLoyd – Leader of  Beer Appreciation group – has taken the opportunity to raise some much needed funds for our local hospitals. He cycled almost 80 miles in consecutive days calling at Alder Hey, Royal Preston and Southport Hospitals where he is… Read More »

2019 Visits

Our day out at the Wigan Beer Festival at the DW Stadium complex and also Wigan’s best in the town centre. Thanks to Barry – we didn’t get lost – unlike the journey home.

Gardening Group – May

All meetings are currently postponed until further notice. I like gardening – it’s a place where I find myself when I need to lose myself – Alice Sebold. Hello Everyone –  Helen here from the Gardening  Group.  I do hope that you are all staying safe and well and enjoying your garden or outdoor spaces. Garden centres are… Read More »

Garden Group – April

U3A Garden Group – April  Hello Everyone. I do hope that you are all staying safe and well and enjoying your garden or outdoor spaces. As we are no longer able to meet I thought of keeping touch – and hopefully have a bit of fun. We all need this in the current situation. Fun quiz: 1. Conceal the… Read More »

Musical Theatre

Our next show will be in May at The Civic, Ormskirk and will be ‘The Magic Of The Movies’. Songs from Movies and Musicals from the last nine decades, including Kiss me Kate, Wizard of Oz, Me and My Girl, My Fair lady, Greece, Evita, Singing in the Rain, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and some that might be… Read More »

Forget me not appeal

In mid February,  a representative from the Alzheimer’s Society, Gina Berry, came to collect all the knitted, crocheted or stitched ‘Forget me not Flowers’ made by our own Textile Group, the Creative Stitchers from Aughton Village Hall and the Knit and Natter Group from Christ Church. The flowers will decorate the staircases at the Harris Museum & Gallery… Read More »

Past Meetings 2020

Wednesday February 12 :  Yes, we have no Galanthus – A talk by Steven Halliwell. An interesting talk with a ‘poetical’ twist and some lovely photos of mass plantings of snowdrops from Banks Hall, Gresgarth Hall, Dunham Massey, Lytham Hall, Brantwood, Parcevall Hall and Hornby Castle. There are hundreds of varieties of snowdrop mostly developed from 3 species… Read More »

Medication Safety

NHS Innovation Agency North West Coast Patient Safety Collaborative on Medication Safety On behalf of our U3A I attended a meeting of the above group on 22nd January. They are conducting a project aimed at increasing medication safety, looking at four areas in particular: The safe prescribing of medicines in primary care. Transfer of care between primary and… Read More »

Trustees Open Forum

Following the success of last year’s Open Forum at Horizons, the Trustees now announce that there will be another Open Forum at Horizons on Thursday 23 January 2020 at 10.30. All members are welcome. Please come along and air your views or ask questions on how our U3A is run. We welcome your opinions and suggestions. Please put… Read More »


The Bridge Group are looking at running a short course in March or April 2020 for members who would like to learn how to play Bridge, or who would like to return to playing after a break from the game.  If you think you may be interested in such a course, the please ring Nick Dowrick on 07988119408… Read More »


Our Autumn 2019 Production We are proud to present, in November, another new musical written and directed by our own Gill O’Flaherty. ‘Chances’ is loosely based on a true story of finding and losing love over the years, with highs and lows and modern songs that ties up and adds to the emotion of the story line.

Xmas Events & Celebrations

All U3A Members Invited     “Please click on links listed below for each group to view more details of the various festive events.”     November 13th – Gardening – :  Festive ideas to help decorate your home for Xmas. Christmas from the Garden.  November 29th & 30 Drama Production – :  Come along and “taste” our… Read More »

Special Earth/Geology Talk

The British Antarctic Research Station by Steve Hinde On Friday 15th November the Earth / Geology  talk will be given by Steve Hinde who has spent more than 7 years at the British Antarctic Rothera Research Station. He will tell us about being there, the facilities and about the range of science carried out.  We are fortunate to… Read More »

U3A Magazine Collection

The next issue of our magazine will be available for collection from Horizons on Thursday 29th August between 9.00 and 11.30 a.m.  It will contain details of group activities through to early December plus lots of other information about our U3A. We have no one member in charge of Distribution Day this time, so the Communications subcommittee will… Read More »

West Lancashire Dementia Hub-Talk by Peter Horton

The West Lancashire Dementia Hub – launched in May and its monthly meeting – will now take place at the Age UK building (the Wellbeing Centre) in Moorgate, Ormskirk, each third Wednesday from 2.00 – 4.00 p.m. On 19th June there will be a short talk by Peter Horton from Age UK Lancashire on ‘Local Dementia Services’.  There… Read More »

Guest Visitors

Below are an example  of the sort of event we run under normal circumstances when we are not practising social distancing because of the coronavirus. Let’s hope we can return to and enjoy our more normal activities soon.  In the meantime, check out the sidebar in the Groups Page for remote activities run by Groups. At some Thursday Horizons… Read More »

Our 2017 Itinerary

In 2017, we had successful trips to a Synagogue,  a Buddhist monastery,  Norton Priory and gardens including the walled garden and travelling onto Jodrell Bank Observatory,  the Hydro Electric mountain, the RAF museum and the famous laburnum arch in Bodnant Gardens. Our final trip was a fun day at the Dickensian Festival Ulverston,  round­ing off with an evening meal… Read More »

Pete’s Media Sociale

J’essaie faire amitiés en dehors de “Facebook”, mais en employant les mêmes principes –donc, chaque jour, quand je me promène le long de la rue, je parle aux passants. Je leur racconte les détails de ce que j’ai mangé aujourdhui, comment je me sens à ce moment-la, comment j’ai passé la soirée hier, et ce que j’ai l’intention de… Read More »

Examples of Outings – 2016

Monday – 7  November:   We presented a film at The Ministry Centre from 13.30 to 16.30. The cost was between £2-£5 and included tea and cake. Thursday – 15 December:  We had a Christmas outing to The Playhouse Theatre, Liverpool for a Matinee performance of  ‘The Star – The Big Brilliant Music Hall Show’.  The coach left Aughton Village Hall at 12.30pm.   The cost was £25… Read More »

Xmas Events

Ho Ho Ho – It’s Xmas Time …….. Come along and enjoy one of the many Xmas events organised by the groups who invite All U3A Members to join in their celebrations. See all events in the News  page. Any other groups who would like to be added to the list-please contact webteam.    

Speaker Secretary/Team Required

Our Speaker Secretary is retiring and we desperately need someone to take over the role. If you are interested, please have a word with the retiring Speaker Secretary, Mia Faza who will advise you regarding what’s involved. There is a possibility that a Speaker Team may be formed in order to spread the workload.

Silver Birches by Pat Morton

Silver Birches: A poem by Pat Morton, a member of the poetry group: Silver Birches Falling, weeping Sleeping in the snow. Lacy leafless branches Burnished black against a crimson sky, The White Lady waiting for the spring. Branches poised for growth, Drooping Gently, Caressing Carelessly The Snowdrops Round Her feet. Eager Exquisite Messengers Of Spring.