Our new trips to QUARRY BANK MILL in October, and HAREWOOD HOUSE in November, are proving to be very popular.
In view of this could you please come along this Thursday 11 October and pay for the trip to Quarry Bank Mill which is only a few weeks away, National Trust members £13.50, and others £31.00.
from Organiser Cathleen Barnes
………. with Aughton & Ormskirk U3A
A message from your Trustees:
We are interested in your views on what is good about our U3A and your suggestions for improvements.
Following the 10.30 am announcements at Horizons on Thursday 27 September, we invite you to share your thoughts, views and opinions about our U3A and how we can work together for the benefit of us all.
This will be an informal session for about 30 minutes.
We hope you will join in the discussions.
If you missed this Horizons Meeting, you can still come along to another one any Thursday morning. There are always some members of the Committees and Groups around to listen to, and pass on, your views and questions. And, if you cannot come then in person, there are alternative ways of contacting appropriate Officers via the Contact Us Page.
Do you have an interest or experience in stage/drama productions, theatrical lighting and sound systems?
If so, the Drama Group would love to hear from you. At our normal venue, Aughton Village Hall, a brand new lighting system has been installed which will open up new opportunities for our twice-yearly productions.
If you are interested in becoming involved or want to find out more please contact the Drama Group Leaders John and Megan Tomlinson on 01695 578207.
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. Everyone is welcome.
Sue Watkinson, is coming to the end of two and a half years as our Speaker Secretary and she’s loved every minute of it. Finding speakers isn’t difficult – there are lots of people available – but contacting them, learning about their topics and then hearing their presentations has been so interesting. But at present there is no-one to take over from her at the end of 2018. Please think about offering yourself for this important role. Speaker meetings are an opportunity for members from all groups to come together once a month to share a variety of topics. Please contact Sue if you would like to find out more on 01695 422 423
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 be with us for the whole morning 9.30 through to 11.30 in the Scout & Guide HQ. More information on this link.
Sue Watkinson is coming to the end of two and a half years as our Speaker Secretary and she’s loved every minute of it. Finding speakers isn’t difficult – there are lots of people available – but contacting them, learning about their topics and then hearing their presentations has been so interesting. But at present there is no-one to take over from her at the end of 2018. Please think about offering yourself for this important role. Speaker meetings are an opportunity for members from all groups to come together once a month to share a variety of topics. Please contact Sue if you would like to find out more on 01695 422 423
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 available from any member of the Drama Group or you can contact Megan on 01695 578207 or Jackie on 01695 227503.
Check out the Drama Group Page for further news.
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.
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.
Sara Norburn from Edge Hill University has sent us the following request for volunteers to take part in her interesting Research Study: Continue reading
The Web Team have been sent the following advice from the Membership Team to be posted on the Website:
Maintaining accurate records for all our members on the Beacon Membership System is vital in order to keep you all informed. Please let us know if any of your personal details change e.g. address, telephone number, email address so we can keep the database up-to-date and ensure you receive your monthly enews and correspondence etc.
If you become aware of a change in a member’s circumstances, please contact us so we avoid sending correspondence when it may not be appropriate.
We can be contacted via our email address:
or at Horizons every Thursday morning.
U3A Choir Member, Joan Potter, has sent in this message to the Web Team:
Fri July 6th – The U3A Choir will be joining the KTB Choir from Midge Hall in a combined concert ‘Rhythm of Life’, in aid of Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.
Venue, Rufford Village Hall at 7:30 pm.
There will be a raffle and light refreshments at the interval.
Tickets £5, available from wegottickets.com/ktbmusic or ring 01772 933042.
On 5th JULY 2018 …… Ken Pye, well-known Liverpool local historian will present the story of the Slave Trade in Liverpool on at 10.30 am in Christ Church.
All members, their friends and neighbours are welcome to attend. There is no charge. Coffee as always available in Scout & Guide HQ from 9.30 am.
Parking is always congested on Thursday mornings – please try to share cars, walk or use public transport.
After the usual August break we welcome Paul Atherton with stories of Viking Mythology.
Thursday 6 September at 10.30 am in Christ Church
GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) is currently much in the news!
More documents providing advice and some new or adapted forms are in the pipeline. In the meantime, if you have any urgent concerns, please send them to the Hon. Secretary via the web form on the Contact Us page.
Aughton and Ormskirk U3A has much to be proud of in its 15 years of existence. To this end, a party was arranged on 19 May where speeches, nibbles, and meeting and chatting to fellow members were much enjoyed and appreciated by those who attended. See Let’s Celebrate.
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service was on display in its fine new casing.
The wonderful 10th Anniversary Quilt also made a reappearance at this celebratory ‘do’!
Please click or tap to run this gallery with captions.
Lynn Chute, Eileen Evans, Barbara Littler and Barbara Brookfield with the 10th Anniversary Quilt
The letter that Alex McMinn received from Buckingham Palace in respect of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service
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 summer holiday.
We will review the situation at the end of August. In the meantime, as well as the Monday sessions, there are usually a number of Computer Helpers to be found at the Horizons Coffee Meetings on Thursday mornings.
Keep an eye on the Computer Advice Group Page for the latest information.
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 our lives or will affect us in the near future. However, if you are just interested in FUN and interesting things you can do with technology or just seeing strange demos, this is for you to.
Visit the Computer Tutorials Group Page for further information. All welcome even if you are not a regular at these Computer Tutorials.
In a year when Britain celebrates a Royal Wedding, our U3A has two Anniversaries to celebrate, one with a royal connection.
- It’s 15 years since the founding of the Aughton & Ormskirk U3A.
- And 10 years ago this U3A won the Queens Award for Voluntary Service.
- And just 5 years ago, we were commemorating the 10th birthday with a very special quilt made by talented members.
Val Bullen, Chair of the Social Subcommittee has sent the following message to be published on the U3A Website:
Let us extend a big thank you to all those who helped make the Anniversary Celebration on 19 May 2018 a success. As well as the Anniversary Working Party who planned and coordinated the event, many others also played their part including various members the Management Committee, our Trustees and the Social Subcommittees, plus quite a number of U3A members not on any committee – THANK YOU all for your contributions!
Here are two galleries of photos from the recent Anniversary Celebration event held in the Christ Church Ministry Centre on 19 May 2018. Some of these photos feature a number of long-standing members including our founder Chairman, Alex McMinn, member number 1. Click or tap on any photo in a gallery to run that gallery as a slideshow.
Photos by Geoff Roberts
Photos by Bill Watkinson
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 golf coach Brad.
Only £5 per hour, every Tuesday 12 noon to 13.00.
Coordinator: Sue Conroy 570473
Golf Pro: Brad Miller 424969
In the summer of 2008, thirty of our members, led by Alex McMinn, visited County Hall for the presentation of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary and Community Service to our U3A. The Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire, Lord Shuttleworth, resplendent in his black uniform with a gold belt, red trimmed hat and insignia (I think he wore his sword) handed to Alex the heavy glass trophy amid much applause. It is a lovely piece of glass with an internal engraved logo of the crown composed entirely of tiny human figures standing, some singly but mainly in groups, signifying the individual and group effort that contributed to the achievement.
The words on the certificate explain the reason for the award, the signature ‘Elizabeth R’ is in blue ink:
To Aughton & Ormskirk University of the Third Age for providing opportunities for older people to pursue active retirement through social and recreational activities.
We, being cognisant of the said group’s outstanding voluntary work in the community, and being desirous of showing Our Royal Favour, do hereby confer upon it
The Queen’s Golden Jubilee Award
for voluntary service by groups in the community 2008
Given at Our Court of Saint James’s under Our Royal Sign Manual this second day of June 2008 in the fifty-seventh year of Our Reign.
The photograph was taken by Eric Rowley, a good friend of our Digital Photography Group, who is now a member of St Helens U3A. Eric became a semi-professional photographer in his retirement and agreed to take a photograph of the Queen’s Award in his studio, with appropriate lighting and background effects. It proved to be a difficult subject, as light, especially artificial light, reflects off the smooth glass surfaces. In this image Eric has managed to create depth and clarity.
At a much greater magnification than we can show here, the letters of the logo are composed of tiny human figures, representing the personal effort involved in the achievement of the award. It is the Queen’s Award for Voluntary effort.
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 deliver the lecture he has prepared. Apologies from your speaker team – it is the first time we have had to cancel. Do come along to Horizons anyway, enjoy a coffee and buy some books.
Sue Watkinson and Alex McMinn
Rest and Relax watching this month’s contribution from the Film Appreciation Group. All members welcome.
Ormskirk Occasionals CC has challenged us to a “20-over bash” at Ormskirk Cricket Club on Tuesday 15th May at 5.45pm
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.)
More information can be found here on our website about the ever-popular Pilates Group.
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 on the Trustee Body and four vacancies on the Management Committee. I will be at Horizons every Thursday during April and May (except the 19th April) with Nomination Forms for both Committees. The forms will also be available from the Treasurer, Gerry Latham who will be in the smaller room at HQ. If you are considering standing for election to either Committee and you would like further information, or if you have any questions or concerns or would like to discuss what is involved in being part of either Committee, then please let me know, either at Horizons, or you can email me at: email@example.com.
The AGM Agenda and supporting papers will be available on the Website AFTER 22nd MAY, 2018 and a Link for the 2018 AGM has been set up for you to access the documents from the above date if you wish to view or download them. If you have any difficulty accessing the Link then please let me know and I can email the documents to you when they become available.
I hope this information will help you if you decide to put your name forward for election to our wonderful organisation. You will not be on your own but will become part of a team working to ensure that our U3A remains a vital and integral part of the lives of all our members.
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.
The Web Team wishes all our readers a Happy Easter!
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 scams and make scams a community regional and national topic. By attending a Friends Against Scams awareness session, anyone can learn about the different types of scams and how to spot and support a victim.
In the smaller meeting room of the Scout and Guide HQ in Aughton, starting at 2:oopm prompt. A fee of £1 will be collected at the door on entry to cover the cost of room use and refreshments at mid time.
This one is sure to be of interest to all who use computers. Hope to see you there
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.
Click on the poster to download a larger version
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 version.
The Summer Social is run by the Social Subcommittee.
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 of Marie Curie and their need for support. Do come along and have a chat.
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.
Even before the first meeting for this Botany course, on Wednesday March 21st, numbers of members wishing to participate have already reached the maximum of 25 (well, 27 including me). Therefore any further members wishing to join can not be currently accommodated in this first set of six sessions. If you would like to join the waiting list, please contact me, Peter Gateley on 01695 572794.
If you are not already signed up on the list of participants I’m afraid you will not be able to join at the initial meeting on 21st March.
Peter Gateley 26th February 2018
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to help us prepare some answers.
There are still a few places left in the Foundation Tai Chi classes at 4pm on Thursdays. Contact one of the Coordinators.
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 by post or by using the renewal form included in the next magazine available at Horizons on 22nd February 2018. In addition to paying by cash or cheque at Horizons, the Membership Desk there can now take payment by debit/credit card.
You may be aware that you can update your own membership information on our Beacon Membership system. You will find details on how to do this on the Membership – Joining and Renewing page on the U3A website. Or you can go direct to the Aughton & Ormskirk U3A Members Portal on Beacon. Keeping your record up-to-date is particularly important if you have moved house or changed your email address. You can also still update your membership information via the usual methods eg at the Membership Desk at Horizons.
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 with the skills and confidence to cope in a first aid emergency following a trip or fall. It is tailored to the attendees and offers effective, easy to learn skills. It breaks down barriers to helping others and builds confidence and a willingness to help in an emergency. It is fully funded and provided by the British Red Cross Education Team. Refreshments will be provided as normal.
This invitation has already been issued to all Group Leaders via the Beacon system by Pete Trigwell (Chair, Learning & Group Support Subcommittee).
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 membership data, and how to do online membership renewal, Group leader facilities and membership payment using debit or credit card will also be discussed.
This Computer Tutorial is of use interest and use to all members, as well as Group Leaders and Coordinators.
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 us.
The first meeting of the year, to be led by Sue Watkinson, will be on February 12th.
For details of day, time, venue and contacts, please see the Creative Writing Group Page.
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.
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, rain or shine!
Contact H Reade for info:
- 07450 954900
Heather Reade is the Tai Chi Teacher who currently runs 4 Classes for Aughton & Ormskirk U3A members on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons. See:
Wednesday Tai Chi
Thursday Foundation Tai Chi
Attending a Tai Chi in the Park session is a good way of meeting Heather and finding out about classes suited to you, as well as experiencing a taster session for free.
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.
- copy for next magazine: deadline as publicised in latest magazine
- deadline for enews items: NOON on the Monday preceding the last Tuesday of the month
- Group and other News and Events, Photos etc: Anytime
Please refer to the Communicating within our U3A webpage for more information on these “publications” and how to contact their “editors”.
Note that if you are using the Contact form to send in an item for publication in the Magazine, the enews and the Website, you will need to send in a separate form to each “editor” individually.
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 of £425.00 (before the group discount) with single rooms available at a supplement of £80.00 for the first six rooms. Additional rooms may well be subject to a higher supplement.
Our varied tour includes the city of Winchester; the Historic Dockyard at Portsmouth, home to The Mary Rose and the HMS Victory; a scenic drive through the New Forest to visit Beaulieu, including the National Motor Museum, Palace House and Gardens, Beaulieu Abbey and the World of Top Gear – plus more!
Want to know more?
- View the Posters about 2018 holidays on display on the notice board in the Aughton Room of the Scout & Guide HQ
- Download the Highlights of Hampshire flyer
- Ring Jane on 0151 526 2530
Book soon to guarantee a place.
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: email@example.com . (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 activity that you are organising in 2018.