News and Reports

Mid-term Carpark Closures

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.

Musical Theatre production Autumn 2019

Tickets now available for the U3A Musical Theatre Production in early November.

Don’t miss the “Chance” for an enjoyable night out at the Civic Hall.  Bring your friends along too.

Note that you can buy your tickets online via ticketsource as well as purchasing them at Horizons.

 

Local “Dementia Therapy” Course

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 referrals@ageuklancs.org.uk

A Message from the Membership Team

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:

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 about our new Demo and Workshop Opportunities to learn how to do this.

Missing Guillotine

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.

Historical Graffiti

The Local History Group returns to Indoor Meetings in October!

September Sunday Social

Come to the Sunday Social on Sunday 22nd for Songs from the U3A Choir, Refreshments and Prize Bingo.

A Tower with a View

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

Speaker Meeting

Do join us on Thursday 5 September.

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If you missed this one, don’t forget the next Speaker Meeting on 7 November!

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2020 Diaries

The U3A diaries are now available from the Social Subcommittee.  A useful bargain to be had at only £2.75 each.

A cheery pic of Val and Elva at the Social Desk during a weekly Horizons meeting where, at appropriate points during  the year, Summer Social and Christmas Lunch  tickets and U3A Diaries are on sale.

Stroke Risk

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.

A Summer (and now Autumn) of Sport

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..

U3A Magazine Collection

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.

Try Radio Control Sailing

Try your hand at a new skill ………

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Try Dinghy Sailing

A new challenge for you to take on……..

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Films Coming Soon this Summer

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!

Second Chance

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.

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enews Reminder

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:

enews@aughton-ormskirk-u3a.co.uk

or

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.

Computer Advice Summer Break

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.

AGM 2019

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.)

Summer is here!

So come along to the Gardening Group.

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2019 AGM: Chairman’s Report

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.

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2019 AGM: Honorary Secretary’s Report

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.

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Open Farm Sunday – 9th June

The Science Group meeting in March heard from Helen Greaves about the restoration of some local marl pits, including those at Molyneux Kale Farm, Halsall. If you are interested, the farm is participating in Open Farm Sunday again on 9th June. Click for further details.

Visit to Woolston Eyes – 14th May 2019

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.

Amongst the total of 39 species recorded another special highlight was the sighting of a Garganay.

 

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West Lancashire Dementia Hub-Talk by Peter Horton

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.

Charity Shop Collections

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.  

Launch of the West Lancs Dementia Hub

The West Lancs Dementia Hub will launch at the Wellbeing Centre, Moorgate in Ormskirk, on Wednesday 8 May between 2.00 and 4.00 p.m.  It will then take place every 3rd Wednesday at the same time and in the same venue.  Anyone affected by dementia is welcome.
A range of Dementia related service providers and experts will be there to guide and advise those living with dementia and their carers.   We will serve free tea/coffee and cake and there will be a speaker, Dr Penny Foulds, who leads the well-established Hub in the Lancaster and Morecambe Bay area.  Members may recall that Penny came to speak to our U3A last year, her enthusiasm and positive outlook were infectious.
Members of our Textile Group have been making a tablecloth with the Dementia Friendly logo on it and it is hoped that it will be complete and on display on the day.
U3A became a ‘Dementia Friend’ last year after an awareness session was held for around 50 group leaders and I have been attending the planning meetings that have led to the Hub initiative.  Numbers of local organisations and businesses are supporters too and it is hoped that the Hub will provide a joined-up service for those who need support.  We need meeters and greeters at each event so, if you are interested in becoming involved, then do contact me.
Sue Watkinson
01695 422 423

June Speaker Meeting

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. 

Magazine Deadline

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.