The Web Team have received a message from Megan, the Hon. Sec., for the attention of all U3A members:
The Aughton Christ Church Ministry Centre have designated work to begin on new pavements around The Church with impact onto The Sands. This means that The Ministry Centre, Café Vista and The Ministry Centre Parking will be closed during half term commencing Monday, 21 October 2019.
The Scout & Guide HQ will remain open but access will be pedestrian only via Colinmander Gardens or The Sands. So there will be no parking at HQ. Horizons on Thursday, 21 October will be as usual but there will be pedestrian access only to HQ. But note that Christ Church School will remain open for parking during its half term closure week 21 – 25 October.
This will, of course, cause inconvenience to U3A members but unfortunately this work is necessary to the Church and Ministry Centre.
We have since had confirmation that the Christ Church Primary School yard will be available for parking during that week.
Do think about walking or car sharing where possible. And remember that the 310 Ormskirk / Liverpool bus (half-hourly in both directions) stops very nearby on the A59, Holborn Hill. (Make use of the free Bus Pass while we still have one.)
Some Groups may have decided to cancel meetings at the Scout & Guide HQ that week. Do check with the Leader / Coordinator before setting off, if unsure. See the Group Links in the Programme for Group contact details.
Please note that both the Monday (21st) and Tuesday (22nd) Computer Advice sessions have been cancelled.
Age UK Lancashire is launching a brand new service in West Lancashire for people living with mild to moderate dementia.
Maintenance Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (MCST) is a 12 weekly programme designed for people living with mild to moderate dementia and is the only non-drug treatment recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) to improve cognition, independence and wellbeing. Taking place in a safe group environment, participants will take part in meaningful and stimulating activities designed to maintain or increase levels of mental functioning, independence and happiness.
The initial pilot course is available to older veterans (born before 1st January 1950) living in the West Lancashire area.
Visit our website for more information: https://www.ageuk.org.uk/lancashire/our-services/maintenance-cognitive-stimulation-therapy/
We expect a high level of interest from potential participants, due to limited places please register your interest early to avoid disappointment. The waiting list for future courses is now open.
To find out more or to make a referral to dementia services please call Age UK Lancashire on 0300 303 1234 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Advice from the Membership Team first posted last year on the Website:
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:
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 about our new Demo and Workshop Opportunities to learn how to do this.
Have you seen or used the Guillotine that usually resides in the Scout & Guide HQ? It has disappeared in the last few weeks. It’s quite a large one so not easily missed or hidden from view. Contact the Secretary if you have any ideas on where it might be lurking.
Heritage Open Day in Christ Church, Aughton on Saturday 21 September. Church Tower open for viewing and a talk on Christ Church History given by U3A member, Peter Goodrich. See the Parish Newsletter and also Posters in the Christ Church Ministry Centre
Do join us on Thursday 5 September.
If you missed this one, don’t forget the next Speaker Meeting on 7 November!
The U3A diaries are now available from the Social Subcommittee. A useful bargain to be had at only £2.75 each.
Are you at increased risk of stroke? Take our 30-Second Test.
We recently had a visit by the NHS Innovations Agency to our U3A Science Group. They demonstrated a simple diagnostic tool (the Diagnostick!) which can pick up an irregular heartbeat (atrial fibrillation or AF).
AF is a common complaint but one which can increase the risk of stroke in the older age group by five times, therefore identifying people at risk is very important. In many cases simple medication can be effective for the condition.
If you would like to be tested using this hand-held device, Joy Taylor, one of our U3A members will be at the Horizons coffee mornings on 5th September & 5th December (Speaker Meeting Days) and hopefully some Horizons in-between. Alternatively if you would like your Group to be tested, then Joy is happy to come along to your usual meeting point when contacted by the Group Leader.
Joy can be contacted on 01695 423694.
There have been some wonderful sporting events to sit and watch on the TV this summer – golf, cricket, netball, cycling. But if you feel like being more active, we have a good number of Groups in our U3A that provide a range of opportunities for members to get going – albeit at a more leisurely pace.
And now as the days get cooler, the U3A offers a good many indoor sports at a variety of local venues to keep you active this autumn eg table tennis, badminton, various forms of dance classes, 2 types of indoor bowling, Keep Fit at various levels, Tai Chi.
Please see our Programme to browse the list of Groups on specific days of the week..
The next issue of our magazine will be available for collection from Horizons on Thursday 29th August between 9.00 and 11.30 a.m. It will contain details of group activities through to early December plus lots of other information about our U3A.
We have no one member in charge of Distribution Day this time, so the Communications subcommittee will be sorting things out on the morning. We will be contacting the regular helpers to ask for support.
If you hand-deliver around your area do please call in for your batch of magazines. All remaining copies will be posted out. However, it would help to keep postage costs down if you could collect your own magazine and perhaps that of a friend or neighbour.
Some Group Leaders collect magazines for their members and we will be sending a separate email around to ask if this is possible.
A request for a member or a small group of members to organise the next Distribution will appear in the magazine. If you feel you could help then do make the offer. Plenty of guidance will be available from Ian Haskell and it’s only four times a year.
Enjoy a series of classic films this summer with the Film Appreciation Group.
NB if you’ve missed them so far, there is still one to come in September!
Pat Morton, who was recently featured in the local Champion newspaper, is a member of several U3A groups including Poetry, Italian and Film Appreciation. She has now turned her hand to writing, and her first published novel is titled, “Second Chance”.
When I retired from teaching I needed to do something creative. I joined the U3A then started writing. I wrote poetry, articles for magazines and two novels. I love the U3A so when I started my second novel it seemed right to set it there – although the characters are fictitious, you will probably recognise some of the settings and situations. I don’t expect to make a lot of money but will be happy if my book gives pleasure to some U3A members.
Items for the enews should be sent by NOON on the last Monday in the month for publication soon after. So for this month, the Deadline is Monday, 26 August, at 12 noon.
Please send enews items to:
use the contact form on the web contact page selecting enews Editor from the drop-down list.
Note that if you want the same information to be published in the Magazine, facebook or the Website, you need to send it in separately to the appropriate editors.
A message from Brian Bostock (our U3A facebook Editor and Computer Helper):
It’s that time of year again when many members are on holiday, so to avoid staffing difficulties it has been decided to close Computer Advice, both Monday and Tuesday mornings after next week’s sessions (Monday 15 and Tuesday 16 July). We will reopen on Monday and Tuesday 1st and 2nd September 2019. Hope everyone enjoys the holiday period.
If you can’t wait till September to address your PC, laptop, tablet or smartphone problems, you could take a chance and pop into Horizons one Thursday morning. There are usually one or two Computer Helpers lurking in the Scout & Guide HQ at that time.
If you missed this Year’s AGM, you can read Reports from the past Chair and Hon Sec via the links in the AGM 2019 webpage. You can also browse for full details such as the Agenda and Minutes.
(Also find out more about all the hard work done by the various Committees and Subcommitees year-round to keep our U3A running smoothly on the How We Work webpage and the sidebar which appears on this and all the other ‘admin’ pages.)
So come along to the Gardening Group.
Click or tap on any picture to run the gallery as a colourful slide show.
WOW! ~ hasn’t the last two years gone quickly, as your Chairman, as I realise I will very soon pass the reins of office onto my successor. In accordance with our Constitution the maximum period of tenure as Chairman is two years.
Time passes so quickly it is hard to believe that I am now coming to the end of my tenure, having been a Trustee for four years and it was three years ago that I was elected as Honorary Secretary. There have been some interesting, challenging times, but some happy ones too. The year started in June 2018 with three new Trustees elected to the Trustee Body and one new member to the Management Committee.
Nine members of the Bird Watching group attended this our fourth visit to this ‘Site of Special Scientific Interest’. Access to the site is restricted to permit holders and our thanks go to reserve volunteer David for unlocking the gates for us and helping with some of the sightings.
The site is well known as the home for probably the largest breeding site in the UK for the rare black-necked grebe. This year there are 26 of them although we only saw a fraction of this number as many were on their nests hidden among the reeds.
Click ‘Continue reading’ for the full list of species seen:
The West Lancashire Dementia Hub – launched in May and its monthly meeting – will now take place at the Age UK building (the Wellbeing Centre) in Moorgate, Ormskirk, each third Wednesday from 2.00 – 4.00 p.m.
On 19th June there will be a short talk by Peter Horton from Age UK Lancashire on ‘Local Dementia Services’. There will be an opportunity to meet representatives of the local agencies and organisations that support those living with dementia, their carers and families. U3A members are providing the ‘meet and greet’ service. There will be tea/coffee throughout the afternoon.
We have had a kind offer to provide the following service:
One of our members (and a stalwart of the Horizons Chair Teams) is John Dixon. As a collector/driver for The Salvation Army Charity Shop in Ormskirk, John uses his own car to collect donations from local people who, for whatever reason, can’t get into Ormskirk Town Centre.
John is offering to expand this collection service to any U3A members who have heavier items or bags of items suitable for donation. Although his first loyalty is to The Salvation Army, he is willing to collect and deliver to any of Ormskirk’s charity shops.
If you would like to take advantage of his services then why not give him a call 01695 421178 and arrange a suitable day and time for collection.
For our next Speaker Meetings, on Thursday 6th June, we will welcome local resident, writer and photographer, Peter Rimmer, who will present a talk on Morecambe Bay.
Note that the deadline for the next U3A Magazine is now past. If you missed, there is still time to send your item in to appear in the next enews. And remember, you can additionally / alternatively have your info appear on both this website or the U3A facebook page at any time.
See the latest U3A Magazine and the Communications webpage for timing of the various publicity methods, editor contacts and other detail.