News and Reports

u3a Advent Celebration

The Choir and the Recorder Groups (along with the pupils of St James Primary School, Westhead) are presenting an Advent Celebration:

  • at Christ Church, Aughton
  • on Thursday, 7th December 2023, 11 am

Click or tap for full view.

Do come along and bring your friends and family!


Does anyone fancy starting a new ‘Stamp Collecting’ group. Please contact Ian Lyster in the first instance: or phone 01695 578348

Black Puffer Jacket

A  jacket was picked up from the coat rack in  Christ Church Scout & Guide HQ by mistake. The label is ‘New Look’.  If this is yours – please contact Maureen Boumphrey on 01695 424413 or 07762 943566 so she may return it to you.

Ageing Better December Workshop

Following the success of  Ageing Better with an Active Mind, run through the Wellbeing Group in conjunction with Edge Hill University last winter,  the project continued this year at the beginning of November.

The first session (Workshop 4) was on Friday 3rd November at 11 am in St Michael’s Church Hall, with a talk on the topic of  ‘The Sense of Touch’.

Even if you missed this one, you can still come along to Workshop 5  on 1st December at the same venue,  where we will have ‘Dance Contact Improvisation’ delivered by a dance lecturer.

If you are interested in attending, please contact the Coordinator of the Health & Wellbeing Group, Julia, via: or 01744 883086

For further info, click or tap on the Edge Hill poster below.



Southport University Extension Society

Aughton & Ormskirk u3a are planning a new, collaborative venture with Southport University Extension Society (SUES), whereby members of our respective organisations will be able to take advantage of each other’s talks and other events. If you are interested in attending any of the following, please contact Pam Ball in the first instance on 07974 749362.

Forthcoming SUES learning opportunities include:


Friday 8th December 2023

Ed Montana-Williams – Turner and Constable, Rivals for Greatness

Friday 26th January 2024

Robert Eden – Bugs Everywhere – From Stinky Ponds to cracked North Sea Pipelines

Fri 23rd February 2024

Julia Clayton – The Fiction of Forgery: Art and Authenticity in the English Novel

Friday 22nd March 2024

Stephen Lloyd – Shakespeare, the Earls of Derby and the North West

Friday 26th April 2024

Alan Crosby – ‘The great and terrible wilderness, peopled by untutored savages’: providing elementary education in Victorian Lancashire

Short Courses

Roger Mitchell on Colonial and Post Colonial America – History, Art and Architecture

2024: January 8, 15, 22, 29, February 5, 12, 26, March 4 (Eight sessions: Course Fee £40)

Alan Potter on Technology – Understanding just how things work !

2024: April 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 29 (Six sessions: Course fee £30)

Peter Firth on The History of the University Extension Movement in Southport

2024: May 13, 20 June 3, 10 (Four sessions: No fee – open to non-members)

u3a Christmas Lunch

Tickets for this event are still available at Horizons.

Publicity “Deadlines”

Do you need to publicise a u3a event or activity? Here are the deadlines for advertising in the various publications:

u3a Magazines

  • copy for next magazine: deadline as publicised

(The next Magazine is due out in late January 2024.  So please send in your items to the Magazine Editor before the end of 2023.)

Monthly enews

  • deadline for enews items: NOON on the last Monday of the month

u3a Website

  • Group and other News and Events, Photos etc:  Anytime

u3a Facebook

Horizons Slideshow

  • Projected in the Scout & Guide HQ halls during Horizons:  Anytime

Horizons Announcements and Flyers

  • Notes of announcements to be read out  and / or  prepared flyers for the tables: Bring to the meeting

Please refer to the Communicating within our U3A webpage for more information on these ways of advertising and how to contact their “editors”.

Remember that you need to separately contact the editors for all of the various publications where you want your item to appear.  Sending to one does not necessarily mean that it will  automatically appear in the others.


Last Updated on October 15, 2022