This is a really slow time of year for new Posts appropriate to the News page. So, before clearing out the Page for 2017, I’ve selected and republished some 2016 News and Reports Posts that might interest you or trigger some memories. It certainly illustrates what a range of activities and topics are provided or addressed through our U3A!
Note: The ‘last updated’ dates have sometimes been affected during selection of posts. But generally, they are still ordered latest first.
A new feature at this week’s Horizons, organised by the indefatigable Sue Watkinson is the Occasional Guest. This will normally be a person or representatives of an organisation providing info of relevance to U3A members.
Click or tap the poster to find out about November’s Guest.
Recently Alan and I were very fortunate to get a last-minute opportunity to join in the U3A Holiday to Keswick organised by John and Kathleen Spurr. Aside from a Science Group trip to Bletchley Park a few years ago, this was our 1st U3A holiday. It was thoroughly enjoyable! Great company, really good food, a handy location in Portinscale, just a short and pleasant walk from Keswick and, once the steep flights of stairs were negotiated, into the garret, a very comfortable room.
Christmas Concert: Our own U3A CHOIR, conducted by Duncan Roberts. Come and join in with old favourites and listen to our Choir’s current repertoire. To be held in Christ Church, Aughton on Thursday 1st December.
All welcome – bring your family, friends and neighbours!
This Computer Tutorial may well be of interest to the general membership. It will be presented by Bill Soens on Tuesday 1st November, starting at 2pm.
Bill will compare three ‘free to download’ and ‘free to use’ photograph manipulation software programs:- Google Picasa 3, IrfanView and Gimp. Say about 20 minutes each. All the software demonstrated is 100% legal and free to use.
The talk will take place in the smaller room of the Scout and Guide Headquarters. There will be a £1 charge to cover tea/coffee and biscuits in the interval.
Our Old Time Music Hall show is now completed and was a huge success, thanks to your support! Both nights were very well attended and generated lots of smiles and laughter – which is just what we’ve all joined the U3A for!!
The show was directed jointly by the very talented Chris McCabe and Gaynor Hale who both have many years of stage experience behind them! It was staged at Aughton Village Hall on May 13 and 14, 2016.
We’ve been treated to an excellent Summer Social this year, thanks to the sterling efforts of Val Bullen and her Social Sub-committee and helpers. We were served a delicious and copious afternoon tea topped up by one of Pearl’s famous cakes. The entertainment, hosted by John Tomlinson, included Performances from the Drama and the Recorder Playing Groups, Monologues from the inimitable Pearl Webster and a Sing-along led by a guitar-playing band made up of U3A members. What a display of talents!
The repeat of the successful “Chemistry is Magic” course began with ten enthusiastic “later life learners” finding out about the wonderful world of chemistry. From the creation of the elements when stars explode to the make-up of every day materials, this course introduced complete beginners to the fundamentals of chemistry.
If you missed Willem’s Computer Tutorials in the past about Windows 10 and are concerned about the end of the free updates to it; or you are experiencing problems having attempted Windows updates, then not to worry. Call in at a Computer Advice session on a Monday or Tuesday morning (Mondays only during the school holidays).
If those days are not suitable, call in at Horizons on a Thursday morning. There is often a veteran Computer Geek or two lurking in the Computer Room or around the Digital Photography / Computer Desk in the far corner of the Aughton Room. Ask the Welcome Desk to point one out.
We had a wonderful visit and were very grateful to our guide, Kate (head groom), who is an expert in her field. Kate has been with the force for twelve years and the horses have become her “family”. One can tell at a glance that the horses love Kate as much as she loves them.
The Sunday Social started again on 22nd May in a relaxed format where you can find good company, a bit of fun and a little light music. Please join us at 2.15 pm in the Scout & Guide HQ on the 4th Sunday of the month. Check the Sunday Social Group Page for details.
The members of the ballroom dancing group enjoyed an evenings dancing when in April they visited the new venue of Rainford Village Hall. The music was provided by Kevin Breen and as normal he managed to ensure that everyone had a most enjoyable evening.
The use of Rainford Village Hall was a new venue for the group due to the unavailability of Ormskirk Civic Hall.
Technology can make life easier if you have hearing or sight problems, but knowing where to start isn’t always easy. This session, led by Andrew Coleman, Assistive Technology Support Officer with Action for Blind People, took us gently through the benefits of being online and how it can assist your daily living.Continue reading →
One Saturday morning in March, Megan Tomlinson ran an excellent Taster Session in making Jewellery from wire and beads and a whole range of other colourful craft materials. A variety of attractive and useful items were produced by the attendees who were also having a great time making them under Megan’s expert tuition.
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And here are some of the beautiful finished articles:
Results of the Jewellery Making workshop
Megan is a very talented member of our U3A who is also Coordinator of the Drama Group. And their next production is coming up soon in April!
A Special Lecture:Robots and Artificial Intelligence.
Click on the Poster to view the details.
In March, we were very fortunate to have a talk on Robots and Artificial Intelligence given by Professor Samia Nefti-Meziani, Chair in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, School of Computing, Science & Engineering, University of Salford. Professor Nefti-Meziani is an internationally recognised expert in robotics as well as being an engaging and enthusiastic speaker. She was accompanied by some of her research staff who demonstrated robotic systems in the Ministry Centre after the talk. This was an excellent opportunity to learn more about robots, get close to some robots and even be led in singing by one of them!
The 2016 programme of bird group meetings began on 19 January with Steve Halliwell’s excellent talk ‘St Kilda the lonely Isle’, based on 4 visits to the group of islands which have double World Heritage Site status.
The 15 resident bird species include significant breeding populations of Gannets, Petrels, Fulmars, Kittiwakes, Puffins, Razorbills, and Guillemots, but we learned that the sustainability of the birds is threatened by climate change, lack of active management of the bird colonies, and the recent arrival of the Arctic Skuas. The latter are serious predators.
The talk was wide ranging covering geology, extreme weather, botany and the history of human settlement which itself became unsustainable in 1930.
The audience or bird watchers, digi-photographers and science group members enjoyed a stimulating and entertaining morning.
After refreshments the Bird Watching Group reconvened for the AGM.
Hope you didn’t miss the new U3A musical – ‘Bob Cratchitt, retired’. It tells the story of the character from the Charles Dickens’ story ‘A Christmas Carol’ as he reaches retirement. This Musical Theatre group production was on 10, 11 and 12 December and there is an excellent video Continue reading →