News and Reports

TAT Advice and Info

The Third Age Trust (TAT) currently issues regular bulletins to members. Please check the TAT website regularly and, if you have not already done so, sign up to this national U3A Newsletter which disseminates advice and information quickly to all U3A members.

On a rainy day stuck in the house  during this lockdown, you migh also like to pass some time browsing past issues – see the newsletter archive.

Virtual U3A

An increasing number of Groups (and Organisers of other events) are being very innovative in carrying on remotely! At present, the following Groups are already doing so or are in the planning process.  

  • Computer Advice –  remote support by email and phone.
  • Creative Writing – a virtual monthly meeting via emails and possibly Instagram. Still in the setting up phase.
  • Digital Photography – still running its popular Photo Competition. Get snapping!
  • Science – featuring  online Science Quizzes that any member can try out.  If your Group would like to know how to produce such a Quiz, contact Alan Nolan via the Web Team email address below.
  • Ukulele -The ‘UKULEERS’ will still be keeping in touch with each other with items about the ukulele, including self help videos.  What a good time to learn to play the ukulele!  Contact Leader, Tony Crimlisk, for more information.
  • Any More?

If your Group has found a way to carry on regardless,  then please email the Web Team and we’ll add it to the list. You may inspire others to have-a-go too.  If you struggle with ideas or expertise in the appropriate technologies, again contact us.  Together, we can get creative, learn and share skills,  and at the same time help members feel more connected and less isolated.

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

Let’s Communicate (Remotely)

As you probably are aware, enews is emailed to all members with an email address on the Beacon Membership System.  But you may not be aware that Group Leaders can send emails to all members in their Group.  A number of Groups are set up in Beacon to enable this already – extremely useful in the current circumstances. If your Group cannot do  this, contact the Web Team and we’ll explain the procedure to get you started.

Remember too that all members are very welcome to make use of our U3A’s facebook page. You can send in items to Brian Bostock, the facebook editor. And you can even arrange with him to be allowed to post info on U3A facebook for yourself. If you don’t know how to get in touch with Brian, contact the Web Team.

Website Group Leaders and Authors are encouraged to add appropriate information applying to the current situation on their Group Pages and Posts. Members of Groups with no Author can  send their content direct to the Web Team.

There are many other technologies useful for communicating remotely via social networking, web conferencing and such, that can help us all keep in touch with family and friends and neighbours as well as fellow U3A members.  Common examples, in addition to facebook above,  are Skype, FaceTime, Twitter, (the very popular) WhatsApp, (the increasingly well-known) Zoom, Echo Show and so on. Over the following weeks, we could perhaps use this website to provide info on some of these, if there is a demand.  There are also YouTube videos and TED talks that might be pertinent to your Group or other U3A activities. Let the Web Team know of your interest in learning about them and especially if you have expertise to impart.

Do return to the Website regularly as these are fast-changing times. New content will also be gratefully received.

For now …….

Stay Safe, Stay Well and Stay in Communication with the U3A.

from the Web Team (Maureen, Alan and Joyce)

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

Membership Renewal Online:

As there will be no Horizons meetings for quite some time, you can renew your U3A Membership in one of two ways:

  • Renew online – just click on this link and follow the instructions. This is the preferred method.
  • Use the Membership Renewal form in the Magazine due out shortly after 26 March.

Drama Group

We are really disappointed that our planned production for April – “Death By Paintbrush” has had to be rescheduled.  All being well we hope to perform it later in the year.

All April tickets will still be valid for the later performance and anyone unable to attend will be entitled to a refund.

Best wishes

U3A Activity Suspension

To all Members,

Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, the Committee and Trustees of Aughton & Ormskirk U3A have taken the decision to suspend all group activities and Horizons at all U3A sites as from midday, 17.03.2020.

According to Government information, the isolation policy for the over 70’s could last for several months.  We will make every effort to maintain contact with you through email, Magazine, Facebook or Telephone and the Website.

We will continue to send further updates via email.

Group Leaders – please could you contact any Group member not on email.

If you know any member of your Group who may live alone, a phone call for a chat could make all the difference to their wellbeing through the forthcoming isolation.

In the meantime keep well, keep safe.

Megan Tomlinson

Secretary

Message from your Treasurer

Revised Message from your Treasurer:
Due to the Corona virus, the request for money to be deposited with the Finance team before the end of the financial year (31st March) is set aside. Please hold on to the money and deposit until the suspension of the U3A is lifted. If a significant amount of money is held and you are uncomfortable with this then please email me (treasurer@aughton-ormskirk-u3a.co.uk) to discuss how the money may be banked.
Regards,
Derrick

Health and Wellbeing Talks

 Talks CANCELLED till further notice

Member Julia Bate is organising a series of talks on matters relating to health and wellbeing over the coming months.  Julia says:

The next date for your diary is 18th March at 3pm in the Cinema Room in the Christ Church Ministry Centre 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.

On 22nd April, we have two local Cardiac Nurses from Southport and Ormskirk Hospitals NHS Trust coming to discuss how we can help to keep our hearts healthy and they will also have some advice for anyone with existing cardiac disease. This will be at 2pm in the Cinema Room at the Ministry Centre.

If you are interested in attending either talk,  please let me know by email so that we have an idea of numbers because of limited space in this room.

Julia Bate

Contact details for Julia: Members, please refer to your monthly enews or see foot of page 16 in the latest U3A Magazine.

Forget me not appeal

Textile Group – Tap to enlarge

In mid February,  a representative from the Alzheimer’s Society, Gina Berry, came to collect all the knitted, crocheted or stitched ‘Forget me not Flowers’ made by our own Textile Group, the Creative Stitchers from Aughton Village Hall and the Knit and Natter Group from Christ Church.

The flowers will decorate the staircases at the Harris Museum & Gallery in Preston where they will be part of ‘The Unfurlings’, an events programme to support those living with dementia, their carers and families.  Events have just begun and continue until the end of May.  Everyone is welcome to attend and they are all in the afternoons.

Gina is the dementia adviser for West Lancashire and was quite overwhelmed at the numbers of hand-made flowers presented to her.  We didn’t count them but there were probably around 250.

Open Forum

The Open Forum, held on 23rd January, 2020, was interesting and several points and questions were put forward by members.  Alan Starkie., our Chairman, opened the Forum reminding members that the U3A is all about its members.  Also that the National office have now opted not to use the word ‘university’ but simply call ourselves U3A.  National U3A Day is on 3rd June, 2020 and U3As are encouraged to celebrate this day.

The change from four issues to three of the Magazine was well received and it was noted that our magazine continues to be much appreciated. Suggestions were made as to how to recoup the cost of postage.  Moving forward, newer members tend to visit the website and read enews.

It was put forward that the Management Committee and Trustees should be combined for more efficient working and members were encouraged to come forward to join Committees.

It was generally agreed that new members should be made welcome at Horizons and everyone was urged to assist in this. A ‘Meeter and Greeter’ was suggested.

Discussion about car parking took place and efforts are being made to co-ordinate activities with Christchurch School, The Ministry Centre and Christ Church.

This is only a brief outline of the Forum – a more detailed account will appear in the next issue of the Aughton & Ormskirk U3A Magazine.

Megan Tomlinson (Aughton & Ormskirk U3A Secretary)

Short Story Competition

If you would like to submit a short story of no more than 1000 words, on any topic, you could win a £25 book token and see your work in print in the August edition of the magazine. This is a new venture for the Creative Writing group and we are hoping for lots of entries, so please start writing now.

Some members of the group have offered help with typing and emailing so, if you would like some assistance, please consult Sue Watkinson at Horizons  or email CreativeWriting@aughton-ormskirk-u3a.co.uk and we’ll do our best to support you.

Read on for the full details …….

Short Story Competition Guidelines

  • The competition is for a story of no more than 1000 words and no fewer than 300, on any topic.
  • Stories should not have been published previously.
  • There will be one prize of a £25 book token.
  • Entry is restricted to members of Aughton & Ormskirk U3A.
  • The competition will close at midnight on Saturday June 27th 2020.
  • The result will be announced in August.
  • Pages should be A4 size, typed in 14 point using a plain font with 1.5 spacing.
  • Pages should be numbered.
  • The number of words used, excluding the title, should be included at the end of the piece.
  • Entries will be judged anonymously, so do not put your name on the text pages of your entry.
  • The story should submitted to CreativeWriting@aughton-ormskirk-u3a.co.uk as an attachment to an email listing the title of your story, the number of words, your name, phone number, email address and U3A membership number.
  • Your entry will not be returned, so please keep a copy.
  • Copyright remains with the author but by entering you are agreeing to publication of your work in the August edition of the U3A magazine and on the website if you win.

Two New Bridge Courses for 2020

Short Courses – (1) Learn to Play Bridge; and (2)  Improve Your Bridge

The Bridge Group will run a 10-week course starting in March for members who would like to learn how to play Bridge or to return to playing after a break from the game.

We plan to follow this up in the Autumn with a course for improving players – all members with a working knowledge of bridge will be welcome, whether or not you have been to the first course.

If you would like to find out more about either course and/or register your interest, then please ring Nick Dowrick on 07988 119 408.

Digital Photography Restarts for 2020

Check out the Digital Photography Group Page (and the Group Posts that follow it) for details of the first meeting this year and exhibitions of the excellent photos taken in past years.

Swimming at Park Pool

From the beginning of February, certain days and times will be dedicated to U3A swimmers, with the services of a Lifeguard and Instructor to help members regain confidence.  These are not swimming lessons for beginners although classes may be possible as the months go on.
My items in the magazine and the last enews attracted over 20 names, which is a great start.  If you would like to join in then do get in touch with me and I will pass on details to the West Lancs Leisure team.

This is not a group: simply U3A members attending the pool together at specific times, at normal pool prices.

Contact Sue Watkinson on 01695 422 423 or at Horizons most weeks.

Latest News – sessions start on Monday 3rd and Tuesday 4th February!

Medication Safety

NHS Innovation Agency

North West Coast Patient Safety Collaborative

on Medication Safety

On behalf of our U3A I attended a meeting of the above group on 22nd January. They are conducting a project aimed at increasing medication safety, looking at four areas in particular:

  1. The safe prescribing of medicines in primary care.
  2. Transfer of care between primary and secondary care to ensure effective and timely communication of any medication changes when a patient is discharged from hospital.
  3. Poly pharmacy (prescribing of large numbers of medication items to one patient, which increases the risk of drug interactions and can lead to failure to take medicines correctly).
  4. Medicines administration in care homes.

If anyone has any suggestions of how medication safety could be improved from a patient’s perspective, please contact me – Julia Bate, Tel: 01744 883086 – and I will mention them at the next meeting which will probably be in 2 or 3 months’ time.

Julia’s email address can be found in Bob Carlton’s January enews.

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!

This Forum will be held in the Ormskirk Room, so there will be no Book Stall on this occasion due to space restrictions.

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.

Recent works

Here are some photos taken by Bill Soens of recent works by members of the Painting Group.

(Bill also produced a YouTube video of some of these works – watch it here)

Gardening Restart for 2020

Wednesday January 8:   The Walled Garden – A talk about Norton Priory.

See Gardening Group for details and for future Meetings in 2020 if you missed this one.

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.

U3A Social Events 2019

For photos of the some of the Social Highlights of 2019,  brought to you by the hard-working Social Subcommittee and their helpers, please see the Social Events webpage.  Happy memories!

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

holly

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


Speaker Meeting

Do join us on Thursday the next Speaker Meeting on 7 November when our own U3A member, John Winter, will speak about his book: Blame it on the Beatles – and Bill Shankly.