Horizons Meetings

Scout & Guide HQ

Weekly Horizons Meetings are held on Thursday mornings in the Scout & Guide HQ, Long Lane, Aughton just next to Christ Church,  9:30 – 11:30am.

At the Horizons Meetings you can:

  • learn about Aughton & Ormskirk U3A at the Welcome Desk (manned by a rota of friendly greeters)
  • enjoy a cup of a tea or coffee and biscuits
  • chat to old friends and meet new ones
  • meet some of the group leaders and coordinators
  • make reservations for theatre and concert visits
  • book dining dates, days out and holidays
  • purchase tickets for social events such as  the Christmas Lunch and Summer Social
  • hear about the latest U3A news via announcements, flyers and posters on the Notice Board (as well as just by word-of-mouth, of course)
  • browse and buy at the book table
  • get advice and help with your digital camera and computer problems
  • join the U3A at the Membership Desk
  • pick up your quarterly U3A Magazine
  • learn something new or useful from the occasional Guest Visitors
  • enjoy a refreshing cuppa, prior to moving just a short distance next door to Christ Church for one of the monthly Speaker Meetings

Chairs and tables are set up before the start of Horizons thanks to the members of the Chair Rota.  But please remember to clear away your chair and table at the end of Horizons if you possibly can.

There is a Welcome Desk Rota of helpful volunteers at Horizons waiting to answer your queries  – especially useful if you are a new or a potential member wanting to know more about the U3A.

Here are some of the U3A members you may come across at Horizons.  Click or tap on any pic to start the presentation.

Guest Visitors

A relatively new feature at Horizons on specified Thursdays  is the occasional Guest Visitor, organised by the indefatigable Sue Watkinson.  This typically is a representative of an organisation providing information of relevance  (usually local) to the  U3A membership.

April 27: Philip Walker, Manager of the West Lancs Dial-a-Ride organisation. If you missed the useful and interesting talk from Philip or didn’t manage to visit his stand at Horizons, then please refer to our website News Report on Dial a Ride.

June 1: Our Guest at Horizons on this date is Amanda Boult,  from the Alzheimer’s Support Group.  Do come and talk to her about anything that concerns you about friends, neighbours or your family during the Horizons meeting from 9.30 to 11.30 a.m. at the Scout & Guide HQ.  This visit will be followed by a longer training session at a date to be arranged.

Members interested in this topic may also want to check out this information on Dementia Awareness Week which takes place in May this year

July 20: Our guests at Horizons will be representatives of Home Start, a local charity that supports young parents and helps them to provide better lives for their children.  Ruth Melling is one of our members and will be on hand to answer any questions about this important work.  Come along and speak to her to find out more.

September 28: West Lancashire Carers Support

This is a local NHS funded support service for unpaid, family carers who are looking after someone and in need of information, access to services and help with their caring role. They are able to signpost and refer to formal services as well as provide a listening ear to those who may be struggling with their own health as well as the person they care for.

More information can be found at http://www.wlcvs.org/carers-health-education-awareness/ or by contacting us on carers@wlcvs.org / 01695 733737

If you or someone you know needs help then do please come along and speak to Sarah.

October 12:  Philippa Marr is a member of the physiotherapy team from the Orthopaedic Department of Southport & Ormskirk Hospitals.  She is coming along to Horizons on this Thursday to promote the support that is given to joint replacement patients both before and after surgery.  She will speak to anyone who has concerns for themselves, their family members or friends.

November 9: We welcome Brian Pilling who will bring details of the weekend concerts at Parbold Village Hall for the Douglas Music Society.  This venue hosts international performers and the variety of music ranges from classical to folk to brass.  Come along and talk to him and find out what surprises are in store for concert goers.

Watch this space for future Guest Visitors!