Our Ukulele group, known as the ‘Ukuleers’, meets as per below.  Anyone who can play a few chords is welcome to join us for a fun session, or, indeed if you wish, to just come along and sing with us!

Aughton Village Hall (Oak Room), Winifred Lane, Town Green, Aughton, Nr Ormskirk L39 5DH
First and third Fridays of the month
  • Leader:                    Tony Manley      07399 569330
  • Session Leaders:   Richard Jones   01695 570280    and    Frank Hopley
  • Coordinators:         Alison Manley  (Refreshments)
  •                                   Stephen Balenski & David Edwards (Administration)

Session Dates 

Upcoming session dates follow the first and third Friday of the month pattern,

and our members are emailed/contacted if there are any variations to this.

We usually have a break over Christmas & the early new year and also over Aug & early Sep.


Thinking about joining the UKULELE group?

Beginners are most welcome too, even if you can only play a few chords.

If you don’t yet have an instrument then come along and sing with us anyway to see what fun it is and also that it is not too difficult an instrument to play either.

Contact our Leader (see above) for more information.

Whilst you are waiting you can also learn, remotely –  just click on    Play Ukulele!


We are also planning to run a short Beginners Course in January/February  2024.

The proposed dates (tbc) are all on Friday mornings          26 Jan & 9 Feb & 23 Feb.

Please contact the leader above, for further info and/or to book onto the course.



The Aughton & Ormskirk u3a ‘Ukuleers’ is a friendly, fun, group who meet together to sing well-known and popular songs accompanied by strumming along with our ukuleles.   Playing a musical instrument is known to keep the mind active and to help avoid some of the mental problems of older age, and the ukulele is one of the easier instruments to learn.  Anyone who already plays the Ukulele a little is very welcome to join us, as indeed are those who just wish to ‘sing-a-long’, see what we do, and maybe try it out for themselves.

A lot of our members have only learned to play over the last year or two.

Maybe, after seeing how easy it is to get started and how quickly you can progress, you too will “get the uke bug”!  

The UKULEERs enjoyed performing at the 15th Birthday Celebration on 13 October 2018 –

see below.  Click or tap on any pic to run slideshow.

Last Updated on January 9, 2024

Ukulele Christmas Concert

The A&O u3a Ukulele Group are teaming up with another local band to perform a Christmas Concert for Charity.  Go along to Emmanuel Church on Thursday, 21 December for a joyful, festive evening. Entrance is free, with donations going to Shelter.

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

Last Updated on December 24, 2023

Play Ukulele!

Here is just a brief introduction to show how you can get started.

Tony Crimlisk, the original founder of our Ukulele Group (now retired leader), provided the following to get a beginner underway. 

 So, you can just click on this link         download these instructions                    to get going. ‘

Last Updated on December 15, 2023

Playing the Ukulele

PLAYING THE UKULELE has never  been more popular.   It all started in 1879 with immigrants from Funchal in Portugal going to Hawaii to work in the sugar plantations.  They brought with them a small 4-stringed guitar-like instrument called a ‘machete’, which the Hawaiians took to immediately – especially the Royal family.  They called it a “ukulele” – pronounced “oo-ku-lay-lay” and meaning “jumping flea” because of the dexterity of the players’ fingers.   So the instrument we know as the ‘ukulele’, far from being an ancient Hawaiian instrument as many people think, is actually less then 150 years old!

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Last Updated on May 1, 2022