News and Reports

Zoom Sessions Calendar

Various groups now meet using Zoom. Our local U3A now has a license which enables groups to have meetings without a restriction on duration. For further details contact Willem Wiechers by email at: elearning@aughton-ormskirk-u3a.co.uk

Short Story Winners

Here are the winners of the Short Story Competition organised in 2020 by the Creative Writing Group.  Click or tap on the links below for a good read!

Health and Wellbeing Reports

Member Julia Bate has organised a series of talks on matters relating to health and wellbeing for 2020.  Unfortunately, after  a good start, talks  arranged for March and April had to be cancelled till further notice due to the Coronavirus lockdown.

More recently, however, Julia has had Zoom meetings with the Patient Safety and the Patient and Public Involvement Groups attached to the North West Coast NHS Innovation Agency. Do take a few minutes to check out Julia’s interesting reports from these meetings:

Contact details for Julia: Members, please refer to your monthly enews or the latest pre-lockdown U3A Magazine.

Schedule for September enews

The August enews has now been emailed out to all current members of Aughton & Ormskirk U3A on Monday 31st August.  Unfortunately, if your membership has lapsed or you do not have an email address on the Beacon Membership System, you will not receive these monthly missives. Contact the Membership Team for advice on updating your record on this system.

The deadline for items for the next enews is 12noon on Monday 28 September (last Monday of the month). Please send your items before Noon on that day to the enews Editor.

If you have missed the enews deadline, and have some U3A content you would like to publicise in the meantime on this website, contact the Web Team. 

You can use the web forms for the Membership Team,  enews Editor and the Web Team on the Contact Us webpage to get in touch, selecting appropriately from the ‘drop-down list’ on the form as you fill it in.

Online Talks and Tours

A message from Pamela Ball, the Speaker Meeting Organiser, about Free Online Talks:

UK Tours Online are offering a number of online talks via Zoom which may be of interest to members. Most have to be paid for, but there will be a free one on Monday 7 September entitled Saints, murderers, heroes, crooks: the worst and best of British monarchs. Also on 25 August there will be a talk on Seven treasures of the British Museum – this one is available to us for a donation (you choose the amount) to Prostate Cancer UK. Register for either or both here (you will need to scroll through a bit!).

Shine a Light on Beacon

Still in the dark about the  U3A Beacon Membership System?  Then let the Membership Team enlighten you.

For example, among other things:

  • existing members can renew membership online
  • members can update their own personal details on the Beacon database (useful if you change your email address and still want to receive the enews and Management Committee communications)
  • group leaders can easily communicate with their group members via Beacon email

Gardening Group Gallery

Thanks to the U3A  Gardening Group  members (and a couple of other enthusiasts) that sent in photos of their gardens taken during this lockdown summer, the Web Team have created this interesting and colourful gallery.

Click or tap on the first pic to run a full-size slide show.