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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 

Please also send us photos of your Christmas events (that the memebers on them are happy to have published on the website).

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 adhere to the new GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) law. Please do a quick check for any text or photos referring to you and contact the Web Team if there is anything you would like removing or changing.

Remember – it is your website. Comments are always welcome as are contributions such as News Reports and Photos relating to events to keep it looking lively. Email the Web Team (Joyce Nolan, Maureen Boumphrey and Alan Nolan) at:

webteam@aughton-ormskirk-u3a.co.uk

The Web Team would like to thank all the Group Authors, past and present,  for their invaluable help in maintaining a very good proportion of the Pages on our extensive List of Groups.  Much appreciation should also go to Willem Wiechers, the IT Manager, who does all the essential background work relating to the running of WordPress on the Host Server. And to Margaret Wiechers, the previous Web Master for her continued help and advice.

 Shakespeare Revisited Returns

Unfortunately, the ‘Shakespeare Revisited’ group had to close last year. However, there is now a new group leader, Eila Wall and the group will be starting again in the New Year.

The first meeting is on Tuesday 8th January 2019 from 2pm to 4pm and will meet in the upstairs room at the Ministry Centre.

All former members will be very welcome, as is anyone who has an interest in Shakespeare. Don’t worry if Shakespeare is a distant memory – no previous knowledge is required.

If you think you might want to join the group or find out more, please phone Eila Wall on 01695 423341 at any time prior to the first meeting.

Beginners’ Tap-dancing Short Course

Beginners’ Tap-dancing Class – 2019

Six week course:  Wednesday 9 January – Wednesday 13 February – 10.30-11.30 (1hour)

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 Aughton Women’s Institute (newly refurbished) on Town Green Lane. You do not need tap shoes but you do need some comfortable flexible-soled shoes (not trainers).

If you want to speak to the co-ordinator, please ring Irene (01695 578263) and if any ex-tappers wish to donate their unwanted tap shoes, then please contact Irene and she will arrange to collect them.

Aughton and Ormskirk U3A Motorcycle Group.

Are there any motorcycle enthusiasts in our U3A, out riding on their own? We are a couple who are motorcyclists who would like to enjoy the company of like-minded people on sensible ride outs.

If you have a bike (any size) and are keen to ride to interesting places at sensible speeds (within speed limits) during the week then please get in touch.

We would look to operate rides between April and September and, if there is interest, the odd ride out or meetings in other months.  Please contact Marilyn and Richard Jones 01695 570280.

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.

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 make, model, serial number etc.

It is intended to write off any unidentified items at the end of January 2019.

Info. please to Dennis on 01704 545805

Regards

Dennis

Innovation Agency Meeting on Digital Healthcare

Wednesday 3rd Oct 2018

Digital Healthcare is being introduced into the National Health Service to make it safer, faster and more cost effective.  This  Science Group meeting was hosted by the NHS Innovation Agency, whose job it is to promote innovation and so improve health care in the region.  After some presentation by agency staff explaining their work, five small companies developing these innovative devices explained and demonstrated them and members had the chance to try them out and give  feedback; this is important to the companies involved to ensure that their products meet our needs.   The companies involved were: Continue reading

Looking forward to the future……….

 ………. 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.

A Dramatic Opportunity

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.

A Message from Shakespeare Revisited

The Web Team have been asked to pass on a thank you  and a plea from Jean Leigh – the Group Coordinator of the Shakespeare Revisited Group (temporarily suspended through lack of a new Leader).

Our  Shakespeare group, which was formerly run by Joan Hughes, is  in need of a new leader.

Joan has been our guide  for many years and  now feels that she will need to spend more time at home.  We thank her for spending so much time with us;   for her patience and scholarship, which we all respected.

We are now in need of a new leader.  If you could spread the  word around we would be very grateful.  We had been meeting on the first Tuesday of each month.

Jean Leigh

 

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.  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

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 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

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 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.

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.

A Message from the Membership Team

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:

membership@aughton-ormskirk-u3a.co.uk

or at Horizons every Thursday morning.

‘Rhythm of Life’ Choir Concert

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.

July Speaker Meeting

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.

September Speaker Meeting

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 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 urgent concerns, please send them to the Hon. Secretary via the web form on the Contact Us page.

Anniversary Celebrations in 2018

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.

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 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.

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 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.

Anniversary Celebration – May 2018

In a year when Britain celebrates a Royal Wedding, our U3A has two Anniversaries to celebrate, one with a royal connection.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, 2008

  • 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 (Val Bullen, Linda Burden, Peter Trigwell, Jane Astles, Bill Evans, Alex McMinn, Jeff Roberts), many others also played their part including other members the Management Committee,  our Trustees and  the Social Subcommittee, 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

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 golf coach Brad.

Only £5 per hour,  every Tuesday 12 noon to 13.00.

Coordinator: Sue Conroy 570473

Golf Pro: Brad Miller 424969

10th Anniversary of the Queen’s Award

The Award

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.
 
Greeting!
 
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.

Trophy Photo

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.

Sue Watkinson

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 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

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

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

More information can be found here on our website about the ever-popular Pilates Group.

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 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:  secretary@aughton-ormskirk-u3a.co.uk.

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.

Best wishes,

Linda Burden

Honorary Secretary

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.

Easter Greetings

The Web Team wishes all our readers a Happy Easter!

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 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

Best wishes

Brian

Summer Social 2018 (Date Change)

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.

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 of Marie Curie and their need for support.  Do come along and have a chat.

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.

 

British Botany: Short Course

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

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 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.

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 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).

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 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.

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 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.