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English Medieval Cathedrals – 2020 series

English Medieval Cathedrals of the South and South-east

Commencing Tuesday 28 January, for this fourth series of Church History we move to medieval cathedrals in the south-eastern extremity of England, interspersed with two visits to more-local medieval sites.

The 1st talk is on Canterbury Cathedral – part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site and mother church of the Anglican Communion, seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury.

The Speakers are Peter Goodrich, Peter Hatfield and Peter Gateley. For further details, please refer to the Church History Group Page.

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 this is your diary now!

Search for a new Musical Director

We are a very friendly, sociable group with 35 Members and like to sing a wide range of music including; Musical Theatre, Folk, Sacred and Popular.  We enjoy the challenge of three part singing as well as a good unison sing-a-long at most of our sessions. We give one formal concert a year in the summer and organise the annual U3A Advent service. We are also regularly invited to sing at several local nursing homes.  We meet every Wednesday morning at Aughton Village Hall from 10 am until 12. (Broadly following school holidays).  We have a well organised team who take care of admin, finances and hall bookings.  We need someone who can inspire us, build on what we have already achieved and lead us along an exciting and rewarding musical path.

If you are interested in finding out more then please contact the U3A Choir Group Leader, Ann Henders, on 07847 364330.  Closing date for expressions of interest Tuesday, 21/1/20.

Please note there is no remuneration for this role.

Festive Greetings

We wish a Happy New Year to all our readers.

From the Web Team

Keeping fitter in 2020

The new Marketing Manager at West Lancs Leisure Services will be our Guest Visitor at Horizons on Thursday 9th January.  He is hoping to generate interest in specific U3A activities at Park Pool, Nye Bevan Pool and Burscough Sports Centre and wants to talk to members about their preferred sport.   He is in contact with the other five U3As in West Lancs so look forward to some competitive elements as well as keeping fitter and feeling better.  Come along and talk to him at the Scout & Guide HQ between 9.30 and 11.30 a.m.

Bridge

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 to register an interest.

Keyboard Advice

Starting Monday 13th January at 1.30 pm, Dave, our Digital Music Advisor, is inviting any U3A members who are bemused by their keyboards, to come to the Scout & Guide HQ.  Dave will happily advise what the ‘Keyboard Buttons’ are for.

You don’t have to be a member of the existing Keyboard Group, which recommences on 6th January.

Health and Wellbeing Talk

It is hoped that we will be able to run a series of talks on matters relating to health and wellbeing over the coming months.

Click or tap to view Poster.

We are pleased to inform you that our first presenter will be Dr Andleeb Zafar who is the Medical Retina Consultant and service lead for age-related macular degeneration at Spa Medica which is a company providing treatment services on behalf of the NHS to patients with eye conditions including cataracts, and macular degeneration. Dr Zafar will talk to us mainly about age-related macular degeneration but will also discuss cataracts and glaucoma.

The talk will be on 15th January at 4pm at the Ministry Centre in the cinema room upstairs.

On 17th February, Karen Bradbury from Inhealth Ltd will talk to us about the management of chronic pain, in the Scout & Guide Hut at 10am.

Another date for your diary is 18th March at 3pm at a venue to be determined when Dr Dennis Wat, Respiratory Consultant at Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital will speak about the respiratory condition COPD, and I have also asked that he includes some information on sleep apnoea in his talk.

If you are interested in attending the talk on 15th January, please let me know by email so that we have an idea of numbers and also this would provide the opportunity for us to notify you of future events.

Julia Bate

email:  Refer to the recent enews or see foot of page 16 in the latest U3A Magazine

Cafe Vista Christmas Closure

Cafe Vista in the Christ Church Ministry Centre re-opens on Tuesday 7th January folowing a well-earned Christmas Break.

Many thanks and much appreciation is due to the kind volunteers who provide such a warm welcome and great food in a lovely setting.

A Message from the Membership Team

Advice from the Membership Team:

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.

And did you know that as a Member, you can also update parts of your Beacon Membership Record for yourself.  Just ask the Membership Team or call in at Tuesday Computer Advice for help.

Battlefields Tour

Battlefields Tour –  September 2020

If you have an interest in history and WWI in particular, you may be interested in a five day break which has been organised for next year. The trip, which is led by a professional guide is based in the French city of Arras on a b/b basis but includes three additional meals – one lunch and two dinners. All outings and entrances are included in the cost which is £439.00.

Visits will be made to many of the famous sites of the battles of Passchendaele and the Somme with additional visits to Poperinge, Ypres, Notre Dame de Lorette and Wimereux.

For the full itinerary and details of booking arrangements please click or tap on the Battlefields Tour Flier. Or you can pick up the flier from Ken Moulton at Horizons or call 0151 526 2530.

Please be aware that this is not a U3A organised holiday so the U3A insurance will not apply. Private insurance will be required.

Jane Jones

November 26th 2019 – mid-break meeting

Prior to starting on our exploration of medieval cathedrals of the South and South-east of England in January 2020, there will be a mid-break meeting at the Scout Hut at the usual time of 14.00 on Tuesday 26th November.

This will give the opportunity for a brief preview of the 2020 programme, including the nationally historically important Canterbury Cathedral and Westminster Abbey.

As a holiday treat we will whisk you abroad to look at eight medieval French cathedrals, although separated by relatively short distance we will be able to see some of the differences between English and French Gothic, as well as show regional differences within the large geographical extent of France itself.

Speakers: Peter Goodrich, Peter Hatfield and Peter Gateley

Xmas Events & Celebrations

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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 recipe for  A Christmas Pudding. 

December 3rd – Local History – :  Our seasonal meeting on.   A Winters Day

December 5th – Advent Event  – :  Come along to Christ Church at 10.30 am. for the  Advent performance form the Choir and Recorder Groups

December 6th – Wine Tasting – :  Come along to our  Wine Event

December 12th – Philharmonic Visit – :  Listen to enchanting music in the beautiful St. Georges Hall Concert Room.  Xmas with Septura

December 13th – Christmas Lunch – :  Christ Church Ministry Centre.  U3A Seasonal Social Event

December 19th – Christmas Walk & Lunch – :  Garstang  Golf Club – Walking Group D
Walking Group E


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 have got Steve to come and look forward to a most interesting presentation.

All welcome.

Stroke Risk

Are you at increased risk of stroke?  Take our 30-Second Test.
Earlier in the year, we had a visit by the NHS Innovation Agency to our U3A Science Group.  They demonstrated a simple diagnostic tool (the MyDiagnostick!) which can pick up an irregular heartbeat (atrial fibrillation or AF).
AF is a common complaint but one which can increase the risk of stroke in the older age group by five times, therefore identifying people at risk is very important. In many cases simple medication can be effective for the condition.
If you would like to be tested using this hand-held device, Joy Taylor, one of our U3A members will be at the Horizons coffee morning on 5th December. Come early and have your check done prior to attending the Carol Concert at Christ Church that morning. Alternatively if you would like your Group to be tested, then Joy is happy to come along to your usual meeting point when contacted by the Group Leader.  For example, many members attending a recent Table Tennis meeting, cheerfully succumbed!
Joy can be contacted on 01695 423694.

Christmas 2019 – Advent Event

Our U3A Choir gave a sincere and heartfelt Advent Performance on Thursday 5th December at Christ Church which marked the beginning of the Christmas season.  It was an opportunity to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas and to have a good sing!  Once again we asked for donations for the Ormskirk Food Bank and members were very generous.  The Recorder Group  also  performed at this event.

At the end of December, the choir also sang at Aughton Park and Ince Blundell Nursing Homes where we were very warmly welcomed.  This is now a Christmas tradition for us and it is lovely to see familiar faces.  Sadly, Christmas saw the retirement of our Musical Director, Duncan Roberts.  We said a fond farewell to him and wish him all the best for the future.

Local “Dementia Therapy” Course

Age UK Lancashire is launching a brand new service in West Lancashire for people living with mild to moderate dementia.

Maintenance Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (MCST) is a 12 weekly programme designed for people living with mild to moderate dementia and is the only non-drug treatment recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) to improve cognition, independence and wellbeing.  Taking place in a safe group environment, participants will take part in meaningful and stimulating activities designed to maintain or increase levels of mental functioning, independence and happiness.

The initial pilot course is available to older veterans (born before 1st January 1950) living in the West Lancashire area.

Visit our website for more information:  https://www.ageuk.org.uk/lancashire/our-services/maintenance-cognitive-stimulation-therapy/

We expect a high level of interest from potential participants, due to limited places please register your interest early to avoid disappointment.  The waiting list for future courses is now open.

 To find out more or to make a referral to dementia services please call Age UK Lancashire on 0300 303 1234 or email referrals@ageuklancs.org.uk

A Film of a Book about Pie?

Come along to the Film Appreciation Group, Monday morning, 28th October to see:

The Guernsey Literary Meat and Potato Peel Pie Society (2018).

This is an historical romantic drama based on the book of the same name. In the aftermath of WW2, a writer forms an unexpected relationship with the residents of Guernsey. The film has wartime pathos, mystery and stunning photography.

 

Missing Guillotine

Have you seen or used the Guillotine that usually resides in the Scout & Guide HQ?  It has disappeared in the last few weeks.  It’s quite a large one so not easily missed or hidden from view.  Contact the Secretary  if you have any ideas on where it might be lurking.

A Tower with a View

Heritage Open Day in Christ Church, Aughton on Saturday 21 September. Church Tower open for viewing  and a talk on Christ Church History  given by U3A member, Peter Goodrich.  See the Parish Newsletter and also Posters in the Christ Church Ministry Centre

2020 Diaries

The U3A diaries are now available from the Social Subcommittee.  A useful bargain to be had at only £2.75 each.

A cheery pic of Val and Elva at the Social Desk during a weekly Horizons meeting where, at appropriate points during  the year, Summer Social and Christmas Lunch  tickets and U3A Diaries are on sale.

A Summer (and now Autumn) of Sport

There have been some wonderful sporting events to sit and watch on the TV  this summer – golf, cricket, netball, cycling.  But if you feel like being more active, we have a good number of Groups in our U3A that provide a range of opportunities for members to get going – albeit at a more leisurely pace.

And now as the days get cooler, the U3A offers a good many indoor sports at a variety of local venues to keep you active this autumn eg table tennis, badminton, various forms of dance classes, 2 types of indoor bowling, Keep Fit at various levels, Tai Chi.

Please see our Programme to browse the list of Groups on specific days of the week..

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 be sorting things out on the morning.   We will be contacting the regular helpers to ask for support.

If you hand-deliver around your area do please call in for your batch of magazines.  All remaining copies will be posted out.  However, it would help to keep postage costs down if you could collect your own magazine and perhaps that of a friend or neighbour.

Some Group Leaders collect magazines for their members and we will be sending a separate email around to ask if this is possible.

A request for a member or a small group of members to organise the next Distribution will appear in the magazine.  If you feel you could help then do make the offer.  Plenty of guidance will be available from Ian Haskell and it’s only four times a year.

Try Dinghy Sailing

A new challenge for you to take on……..

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Second Chance

Pat Morton, who was recently featured in the local Champion newspaper, is a member of several U3A groups including Poetry, Italian and Film Appreciation. She has now turned her hand to writing, and her first published novel is titled, “Second Chance”.

When I retired from teaching I needed to do something creative. I joined the U3A then started writing. I wrote poetry, articles for magazines and two novels. I love the U3A so when I started my second novel it seemed right to set it there – although the characters are fictitious, you will probably recognise some of the settings and situations. I don’t expect to make a lot of money but will be happy if my book gives pleasure to some U3A members.

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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, 26 August, 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 if you want the same information to be published in the Magazine, facebook or the Website, you need to send it in separately to the appropriate editors.

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 Tuesday 1st and 2nd September 2019. Hope everyone enjoys the holiday period.

If you can’t wait till September to address your PC, laptop, tablet or smartphone problems, you could take a chance and pop into Horizons one Thursday morning.  There are usually one or two Computer Helpers lurking in the Scout & Guide HQ at that time.

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 U3A running smoothly on the How We Work  webpage and the sidebar which appears on this and all the other ‘admin’ pages.)

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.

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2019 AGM: Honorary Secretary’s Report

Time passes so quickly it is hard to believe that I am now coming to the end of my tenure, having been a Trustee for four years and it was three years ago that I was elected as Honorary Secretary. There have been some ­interest­ing, challenging times, but some happy ones too. The year started in June 2018 with three new Trustees elected to the Trustee Body and one new member to the Management Committee.

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Visit to Woolston Eyes – 14th May 2019

Nine members of the Bird Watching group attended this our fourth visit to this ‘Site of Special Scientific Interest’. Access to the site is restricted to permit holders and our thanks go to reserve volunteer David for unlocking the gates for us and helping with some of the sightings.

 

The site is well known as the home for probably the largest breeding site in the UK for the rare black-necked grebe.  This year there are 26 of them although we only saw a fraction of this number as many were on their nests hidden among the reeds.

Amongst the total of 39 species recorded another special highlight was the sighting of a Garganay.

 

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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 will be an opportunity to meet representatives of the local agencies and organisations that support those living with dementia, their carers and families.  U3A members are providing the ‘meet and greet’ service.  There will be tea/coffee throughout the afternoon.

Charity Shop Collections

We have had a kind offer to provide the following service:

One of our members (and a stalwart of the Horizons Chair Teams) is John Dixon.   As a collector/driver for The Salvation Army Charity Shop in Ormskirk, John uses his own car to collect donations from local people who, for whatever reason, can’t get into Ormskirk Town Centre.

John is offering to expand this collection service to any U3A members who have heavier items or bags of items suitable for donation.  Although his first loyalty is to The Salvation Army, he is willing to collect and deliver to any of Ormskirk’s charity shops.

If you would like to take advantage of his services then why not give him a call 01695 421178 and arrange a suitable day and time for collection.  

Launch of the West Lancs Dementia Hub

The West Lancs Dementia Hub will launch at the Wellbeing Centre, Moorgate in Ormskirk, on Wednesday 8 May between 2.00 and 4.00 p.m.  It will then take place every 3rd Wednesday at the same time and in the same venue.  Anyone affected by dementia is welcome.
A range of Dementia related service providers and experts will be there to guide and advise those living with dementia and their carers.   We will serve free tea/coffee and cake and there will be a speaker, Dr Penny Foulds, who leads the well-established Hub in the Lancaster and Morecambe Bay area.  Members may recall that Penny came to speak to our U3A last year, her enthusiasm and positive outlook were infectious.
Members of our Textile Group have been making a tablecloth with the Dementia Friendly logo on it and it is hoped that it will be complete and on display on the day.
U3A became a ‘Dementia Friend’ last year after an awareness session was held for around 50 group leaders and I have been attending the planning meetings that have led to the Hub initiative.  Numbers of local organisations and businesses are supporters too and it is hoped that the Hub will provide a joined-up service for those who need support.  We need meeters and greeters at each event so, if you are interested in becoming involved, then do contact me.
Sue Watkinson
01695 422 423

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. 

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 and the Communications webpage for timing of the various publicity methods, editor contacts and other detail.

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 pages timely, accurate and up-to-date, please, please  remember to inform the Web Team directly of event details.  It cannot be assumed that if you send information to the Magazine and /or the enews editor, it will magically appear on the website.  It does not.  So additionally, please remember to send event and other details to:

webteam@aughton-ormskirk-u3a.co.uk.

Coping in adversity

The U3A catering corps, marshalled by Lily Bunner, certainly know how to keep the troops fed and watered!

Here they are providing the same fantastic Horizons service as usual, but in the unfamiliar Ministry Centre, while the Scout building works were in progress.

Guest Visitors

At some Thursday Horizons Meetings  there is a Guest Visitor.  This typically is a representative of an organisation (usually local) providing information of relevance  to the  U3A membership or perhaps a demo of an activity likely to be of  interest to members.


Getting Fitter in 2020

The new Marketing Manager at West Lancs Leisure Services will be our Guest Visitor at Horizons on Thursday 9th January.  He is hoping to generate interest in specific U3A activities at Park Pool, Nye Bevan Pool and Burscough Sports Centre and wants to talk to members about their preferred sport.   He is in contact with the other five U3As in West Lancs so look forward to some competitive elements as well as keeping fitter and feeling better.  Come along and talk to him at the Scout & Guide HQ between 9.30 and 11.30 a.m.

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 Park Chapel is the centre for some light refreshments (donations welcome).  The walk in total is around 5.5 miles.
The organisers (WLBC) would like an idea of numbers so please phone 01695 712645 (9.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.) to register your interest.  A longer (8.5 mile) walk, returning by a different route, is optional.

Speaker Meetings

Speaker Meetings are held at 10.30 on specified Thursday mornings throughout the year, either in the Scout and Guide Headquarters adjacent to Christ Church,  Christ Church Ministry Centre or in Christ Church itself. Coffee is available in the Scout & Guide HQ  from 09.30 to 10.15 before the meeting. Everyone is welcome, so bring family, friends and neighbours.


Speaker Meetings in 2020

Here is the latest information from our  Speaker Secretary  – Pam Ball

See Pam’s Past Speaker Meetings for info on last year’s events.

Happy New Year everyone! I have put together what I hope you will agree is a varied and interesting programme of speakers for 2020, so keep an eye on the website, the magazine and flyers at Horizons, where talks will be publicised 2 or 3 weeks in advance.

Our first Speaker Meeting for 2020 will take place on Thursday 6th February at HQ, (please note change of venue) when U3A member Jane Sheehan will present a fascinating talk on Foot Reading: Learn the secrets your feet reveal.

Scarisbrick’s own Jane Sheehan is the UK’s leading foot reader and Amazon best-selling author.  She will be giving a very interactive talk about what your feet say about your emotions and personality.  She’ll also be adding in some amusing anecdotes involving some of the celebrities she has met and some of the adventures she has had.

Jane runs a reflexology clinic in Scarisbrick and she tours the world with her foot reading workshops. She has appeared on “Strictly: It Takes Two”, “Today with Des and Mel”, “This Morning”, “Live with Gabby” and “Big Brother’s Little Brother”. Her talks are always interactive, fun, and extremely revealing about your emotions and personality.

Please wear easy to remove footwear and be prepared to learn something about yourself (and the person sitting next to you).  You’ll never look at feet in the same way again!

 

Friends Against Scams is a National Trading Standards Scams Team initiative, which aims to protect and prevent people from becoming victims of scams by empowering communities to take a stand against scams.  The initiative has been created to tackle the lack of scams awareness by providing information about scams and those who fall victim to them. This information enables communities and organisations to understand scams, talk about scams and cascade messages throughout communities about scams prevention and protection.

Friends Against Scams encourages communities and organisations to take the knowledge learnt and turn it into action, and with this in mind, on Thursday 5th March 2020 at 10.30 am in Christ Church, we will be welcoming Natalie White, our local NatWest Community Banker. Following on from a highly successful presentation to Southport U3A, Natalie will speak on the subject of scams, and will explain how her role involves helping people in the community protect themselves against scams. She will talk about how scams can affect anyone, even the younger generation, the different types in existence and how we can protect ourselves against them, with 5 important top tips.

Next year’s line up will also include:

2nd April           Andrew Thwaite: Brilliant Brands – the stories behind your favourite bars of chocolate.

7th May             Meg Parkes: The Secret Art of Survival – creativity and ingenuity of British Far East prisoners of war 1942-45.

4th June            David Hearn: Sir William Brown – the man who made Liverpool.

More details in due course. I would be very pleased to hear from any members who would like to give a talk, or maybe you remember a past speaker you would like to hear from again.

Please email any ideas to speakerteam@aughton-ormskirk-u3a.co.uk  or phone 07974 749362.

A Message from the Speaker Secretary:

  • Speaker meetings are open to the public.  So do invite your friends even if they are not U3A members.
  • Parking can be tricky on Thursday mornings.  So, if you can, please consider car-sharing or alternative modes of transport.  The handy half-hourly  310 Ormskirk – Liverpool bus stops very nearby on Holborn Hill. Some members ‘get active’ and walk, while a few even cycle now and then.

Past Speaker Meetings

Much appreciation and hearty thanks to Sue Watkinson, who has recently ‘retired’ from the Speaker Secretary role, for a wonderful series of Speaker Meetings over her time of office. The variety and quality of the speakers arranged by Sue was truly excellent. Please take a few minutes to view and recall the extensive and interesting range of Past Speaker Meetings organised by Sue (as well a few from her predecessors).

DVD recordings

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The Speaker Meetings are recorded on DVD. DVDs can be obtained from Bill Evans at a cost of £3.

To order one, phone Bill on 01695 312479 or contact him at Horizons.

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 members may wish to meet Dee, so you are invited to drop in and raise a glass to Dee Sheard to thank her for the 14 years of dedication to our Keyboard Music group.

Watch a video made for Dee’s 80th birthday in 2011 to celebrate her life with music.

The Great Twin Ponds Project

Wednesday 6th March 2019

Many Lancashire farms have a pond at their field boundaries or in a quiet corner; these are often overgrown and neglected.  Helen Greaves came to tell the Science Group how these lifeless ponds may be restored to health in partnership with local farmers to improve biodiversity and aid wildlife conservation.  Helen is a great enthusiast for this work, this came across strongly in her talk with the result that many in the audience are now much more interested in what can be done in this area.  We expect shortly some “advertising material” which will tell us how we can volunteer and get more involved: so watch this space!

Sight Matters

Do you have a problem with vision or do you know someone who is struggling to read because of an eye condition?

Click or tap on the Poster to view full-size.

Andrew Coleman, who is the Technical Support Officer for Galloways Society for the Blind, will be leading a two hour session on Friday 29th March from 2.00 – 4.00 p.m. in the Scout & Guide HQ.  He will explain and demonstrate the use of up to date technologies aimed at people who need extra help.

We’ll serve tea and biscuits in the interval to give you time for questions and hand-on experience.

Please share the date and details with friends and neighbours.

If you have any questions please contact Sue Watkinson on 01695 422423.

 

Meet the Fire & Rescue Service

A message from Sue Watkinson about a Guest Visitor  that she has organised.

Our Guests at Horizons on Thursday 7th March will be two representatives of the Fire & Rescue Service.  They will bring along their literature and talk to individual members about safety in the home and what services they can offer to the retired population of Lancashire.

Recently they replaced a smoke alarm for me.   The neighbours were impressed to see a big, red Fire Engine outside the house for a good 20 minutes while the work was done and we were given a thorough Fire Safety check and good advice.

Introducing our new Speaker Secretary

We have been very fortunate in having an excellent series  of Speaker Meetings of recent years organised by Sue Watkinson and her Team. For a resume of past Speaker Meetings, please see:

Sue has now retired from this important and valued role and member, Pam Ball, has kindly stepped forward to take over.  Here is a message from Pam:

I’ve been a member of the U3A for some years now – I attended the German group for a while when it first started and have been to one or two other events, but because of family responsibilities I haven’t been able to commit myself to anything on a regular basis. Things have changed for me now and I look forward to greater involvement and getting to know a few more people. My professional background is in teaching, and my interests range from gardening to all aspects of the arts.

Sue will be a hard act to follow I know, and initially I will be scaling things down a little bit so that we will have a speaker every other month. We will be starting on Thursday 7th February with a subject very dear to our hearts – Chocolate! Andrew Thwaite is a former chef who for many years has specialised in the history and manufacture of chocolate, and I’m sure his talk will be just the thing to brighten the dull days of February. Apparently he brings samples as well! Have a look at his website https://www.andrewthwaite.org.uk.

Looking forward to Thursday 4th April, we have Carolyn Kirby, who will speak about her new book ‘Victorian Scientists and Scandals: true stories behind The Conviction of Cora Burns‘.

Carolyn writes: My novel The Conviction of Cora Burns will be published in the UK and USA in March 2019. This is a historical thriller set in 1880s Birmingham about a troubled young woman, Cora Burns who was born in a gaol and raised in a workhouse. Haunted by memories of a terrible crime, she seeks a new life working as a servant in the house of a scientist, Thomas Jerwood. Here, Cora befriends a young girl, Violet, who seems to be the subject of a living experiment. But is Jerwood also secretly studying Cora?

The novel is inspired by some real Victorian lives and events. My talk will give an insight into the research that underlies the fictional narrative of the novel.

Looking ahead, I would be very pleased to hear from any members who would like to give a talk, or maybe you remember a past speaker you would like to hear from again. Please email any ideas to speakerteam@aughton-ormskirk-u3a.co.uk  or phone 07974 749362.

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.  In the circumstances, we find ourselves unable to continue, so the Group has now closed for the moment.

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. A background in finance is desirable but not essential. If you are interested in serving on this Sub-Committee or would like more information then please contact Alan Starkie.