News and Reports

Monday Morning Movie

Rest and Relax watching this month’s contribution from the Film Appreciation Group. All members welcome.

Events from NW Region of U3As

Read all about the various events run by the North West Region of U3As.  Their  website also includes  posters and application forms for interesting events that you can join in on such as their Science Day and Summer School.

A Rewarding Outing for a Music Lover

The Web Team has received a notification from Ann Robinson, leader of the Philharmonic Concerts Group, published here in case you missed the announcement at Horizons:

It’s the season launch for the Phil on 25th April at 7.30pm. I have 2 tickets, but unfortunately have a previous commitment. We usually use this night to get an idea of the concerts we will choose, and collect the booklets. It would be great if someone could please do this. You will get a free drink and nibbles and I even have a voucher as a reward.


Pilates Places

The Web Team have had a notification about Pilates from one of its Coordinators as follows:

There are a few vacancies in the Friday Pilates class for the coming term if anyone would like to try this form of exercise. Please contact Pam Roscoe – Friday Coordinator – if interested. (Phone number is in the magazine.)

Many thanks


More information can be found here on our website about the ever-popular Pilates Group.

Important info about the AGM

Our Hon. Sec. has contacted the Web Team with the following message:

As you are probably aware by now, our Annual General Meeting is to be held at Christ Church, Aughton on Thursday 14th June, 2018 at 10.30 a.m.  Refreshments will be available at the Scout & Guide HQ from 9.30 onwards.

There are three vacancies to be filled on the Trustee Body and four vacancies on the Management Committee.  I will be at Horizons every Thursday during April and May (except the 19th April) with Nomination Forms for both Committees.  The forms will also be available from the Treasurer, Gerry Latham who will be in the smaller room at HQ.  If you are considering standing for election to either Committee and you would like further information, or if you have any questions or concerns or would like to discuss what is involved in being part of either Committee, then please let me know, either at Horizons, or you can email me at:

The AGM Agenda and supporting papers will be available on the Website AFTER 22nd MAY, 2018 and a Link for the 2018 AGM has been set up for you to access the documents from the above date if you wish to view or download them.  If you have any difficulty accessing the Link then please let me know and I can email the documents to you when they become available. 

I hope this information will help you if you decide to put your name forward for election to our wonderful organisation. You will not be on your own but will become part of a team working to ensure that our U3A remains a vital and integral part of the lives of all our members.

Best wishes,

Linda Burden

Honorary Secretary

April Guest Visitor

Sue Watkinson has arranged the following Guest Visitor to attend Horizons on 12 April.  Sue reports:

Abigail Ellis from Age UK will be our guest. She will speak to members individually about matters that concern them and the help that Age UK may be able to offer. Do come along and speak to her.

Cafe Vista Easter 2018 Closure

Cafe Vista is closed for the Easter Break until Tuesday 10  April.

Easter Greetings

The Web Team wishes all our readers a Happy Easter!

Friends Against Scams

This month’s Computer Tutorial is of interest and use to us all.  Here is the notification from Computer Helper, Brian Bostock.


Tuesday 3rd April: Friends Against Scams – Speaker Andrew Dawson.
Friends Against Scams is designed to inspire action, highlight the scale of the problem, change the perception of why people fall for scams and make scams a community regional and national topic. By attending a Friends Against Scams awareness session, anyone can learn about the different types of scams and how to spot and support a victim.

In the smaller meeting room of the Scout and Guide HQ in Aughton, starting at 2:oopm prompt. A fee of £1 will be collected at the door on entry to cover the cost of room use and refreshments at mid time.

This one is sure to be of interest to all who use computers.   Hope to see you there

Best wishes


A Message from Shakespeare Revisited

We have recently received a thank you  and a plea from Jean Leigh – the Shakespeare Revisited Group Coordinator.

Our  Shakespeare group, which was formerly run by Joan Hughes, is  in need of a new leader.

Joan has been our guide  for many years and  now feels that she will need to spend more time at home.  We thank her for spending so much time with us;   for her patience and scholarship, which we all respected.

We are now in need of a new leader.  If you could spread the  word around we would be very grateful.  We have been meeting on the first Tuesday of each month.

Jean Leigh

An ‘Enchanted Evening’ with the Choir

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Sunday Social Debate

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Save the Date


Summer Social 2018 (Date Change)

In 2018, the Summer Social event will take place on Friday 31 August, at 6:30 pm in Aughton Village Hall.

It will include a Hot Buffet Supper followed by entertainment.

Tickets on sale from mid July onwards at Horizons.    Remember to book early to avoid disappointment!

Please note change of date – was 20 July, now 31 August!

The Summer Social is run by the Social Subcommittee.

March Guest Visitor at Horizons

On Thursday 15 March, our Guest at Horizons is Sophie Yates, a Fund Raiser with Marie Curie.  It’s a perfect month for this visit as the daffodil has for many years been the logo of the Society and we all hope our garden daffodils will be in bloom by then.  Sophie will talk to members individually about the work of Marie Curie and their need for support.  Do come along and have a chat.

Yoga 2

Leader of Yoga Jean Will writes

Yoga is recommended as a way to relax and keep supple by the medical profession. It includes physical movements and postures, skilled and precise breathing techniques, properly constructed mental concentration and safe and effective relaxation exercises.

If there is sufficient interest – we are hoping to set up a 2nd Yoga group. We already have 2 Yoga teachers who are interested and a current waiting list of 8 people. Also – we would require a coordinator for the new group. Time and venue (probably Aughton Village Hall) are yet to be determined.

French Conversation Magazine

Leader of French Conversation, Margaret Pagett, writes:

Anyone interested in joining the current French Conversation Group should get in touch with the group leader as soon as possible to order the magazines by April.


British Botany: Short Course

Even before the first meeting for this Botany course, on Wednesday March 21st, numbers of members wishing to participate have already reached the maximum of 25 (well, 27 including me).  Therefore any further members wishing to join can not be currently accommodated in this first set of six sessions.  If you would like to join the waiting list, please contact me, Peter Gateley on 01695 572794.

If you are not already signed up on the list of participants I’m afraid you will not be able to join at the initial meeting on 21st March.

Peter Gateley 26th February 2018

Any (Computer) Questions


The Computer Team plan to host an ‘Any Questions’ session at the Computer Tutorial on Tuesday 6th March.

We may also review recent queries we have had at Computer Advice sessions.

If you have any questions, please send them in beforehand to to help us  prepare some answers.

Foundation Tai Chi Vacancies

There are still a few places left in the Foundation Tai Chi classes at 4pm on Thursdays. Contact one of the Coordinators.

Renewing Membership Online

Just a reminder that you can now renew your membership for 2018-19 online via our Beacon Membership system.  The Membership Secretary emailed out details on the procedure, including appropriate links to Beacon, on 17th February.  If you cannot find that email, check out the Membership Renewal Online page on our U3A website.

You may still renew your membership by post or by using the renewal form included in the next magazine available at Horizons on 22nd February 2018. In addition to paying by cash or cheque at Horizons,  the Membership Desk there can now take payment by debit/credit card.

You may be aware that you can update your own membership information on our Beacon Membership system. You will find details on how to do this on the Membership – Joining and Renewing page on the U3A website.  Or you can go  direct to the Aughton & Ormskirk U3A Members Portal on Beacon.  Keeping your record up-to-date  is particularly important if you have moved house or changed your email address.  You can also still update your membership information via the usual methods eg at the Membership Desk at Horizons.

First Aid Training

We will be hosting this Workshop on Saturday 17th February between 10:30 and 12:30, as a follow-on to the Falls Prevention event we held last year. The target is group leaders who have members at risk from trips and falls, but the information given will also be useful inside the home.

The Workshop is designed to equip adults with the skills and confidence to cope in a first aid emergency following a trip or fall.  It is tailored to the attendees and offers effective, easy to learn skills.  It breaks down barriers to helping others and builds confidence and a willingness to help in an emergency.  It is fully funded and provided by the British Red Cross Education Team.  Refreshments will be provided as normal.

This invitation has already been issued to all Group Leaders via the Beacon system by Pete Trigwell (Chair, Learning & Group Support Subcommittee).

February Computer Tutorial

Our first Tutorial of the year is on Tuesday 6th February, where the topic will be The U3A Beacon Management System given by our Membership Secretary, Ian Haskell.

Our U3A has used the Beacon management system since for Membership since February 2016. Ian will briefly describe the changes we have seen since then including how to check and update your own membership data, and how to do online membership renewal, Group leader facilities and membership payment using debit or credit card will also be discussed.

This Computer Tutorial is of use interest and use to all members, as well as Group Leaders and Coordinators.

New Creative Writing Group Starts

The new Creative Writing Group hopes to cover a wide range of prose and poetry to cater for different interests, and are looking for others to join us.

If you are a professional, an amateur or a would-be writer, and would like to pursue your interest in writing in the company of like-minded people, please come and join us.

The first meeting of the year, to be led by Sue Watkinson, will be on February 12th.

For details of day, time, venue and contacts, please see the Creative Writing Group Page.

New Botany Course

Starting on the 21st March 2018 a new short course – Botany in the British Isles – will attempt to give an overview of the plant life of the British Isles, with emphasis on identifying and enjoying the plants themselves.

In this series of six meetings, it is planned that 3 sessions will be held indoors interleaved with 3 field visits to experience the plants first hand.

A Waiting List now in place for this course which is currently full.

At the first meeting in March, after enrolment, there will be a short introduction as to how the British Flora has evolved, and what we need to do to identify individual species.  Also there will be discussion as to how the course should proceed.

The introduction will be followed by our first habitat type – mountains.  We are unlikely to be able to visit this habitat during the course but we can do so through photos.

Then after a tea break we will look at woodlands, in their various guises.  This will be a precursor to our second meeting on 18th April which will be outdoors, to visit the woodland of Fairy Glen, Appley Bridge.

This promises to be a well attended and popular short course so make sure you let either the group leader, Peter Gateley, know you will be attending or alternatively let Learning & Group Support know through Pete Trigwell.

Our first meeting  starts indoors at St Michael’s Church Hall, Aughton, with indoor sessions running from 2 o’clock to 4 o’clock.

Fee for this initial six  session Botany course will be £6.00, payable at the first meeting, hopefully to minimise admin time  at subsequent sessions.

Church History Comeback!

Don’t miss the start of the 2018 series:

English Medieval Cathedrals, from the Wash to the River Severn.

See the Church History Group Page for full details.

Tai Chi in the Park

Free Community Event

Learn about and try Tai Chi with other enthusiasts!

Saturday Dates for 2018

13 January, 10 February, 10 March, 7 April, 12 May, 9 June, 14 July

11 August, 8 September, 13 October, 10 November, 8 December

at 10 – 11 am in Coronation Park, Ormskirk (Meet at the Bowling Green.)

Dress for the weather, rain or shine!

Contact H Reade for info:

  • 07450 954900

Heather Reade is  the Tai Chi Teacher who currently runs 4 Classes for Aughton & Ormskirk U3A members on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons.  See:

Wednesday Tai Chi

Thursday Foundation Tai Chi

Attending a Tai Chi in the Park session is a good way of meeting Heather and finding out about classes suited to you, as well as experiencing a taster session for free.

Magazine, enews, Website and Facebook Publicity “Deadlines”

Do you need to publicise a U3A event or activity? Here are the deadlines for advertising in various methods of communication with members.

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

Quarterly Magazine

  • copy for next magazine: deadline as publicised in latest magazine

Monthly enews

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

U3A Website

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

U3A Facebook

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

Note that if you are using the Contact form to send in an item for publication in the Magazine, the enews and the Website, you will need to send in a separate form to each “editor”  individually.

Holiday Opportunities in 2018

Looking for a U3A Holiday in September this year

Then a date for your diary is 20th – 24th September 2108.

Join us for a ‘Highlights of Hampshire’ five day/four night break next September staying at the 4* Norton Hotel just outside Winchester. Travelling by executive coach our break is on a half board basis at a cost of £425.00 (before the group discount) with single rooms available at a supplement of £80.00 for the first six rooms. Additional rooms may well be subject to a higher supplement.

Our varied tour includes the city of Winchester; the Historic Dockyard at Portsmouth, home to The Mary Rose and the HMS Victory; a scenic drive through the New Forest to visit Beaulieu, including the National Motor Museum, Palace House and Gardens, Beaulieu Abbey and the World of Top Gear – plus more!

Want to know more?

  • View the Posters about 2018 holidays on display on the notice board in the Aughton Room of the Scout & Guide HQ
  • Download the Highlights of Hampshire flyer
  • Ring Jane on 0151 526 2530

Book soon to guarantee a place.

Website New Year Update

A gentle reminder to Group Leaders and Group Authors.

Just a few Groups are still not up-to-date for 2018.   If you are struggling to update your Group Page, please contact: . (Or use the Web Manager option in the Contact Form.)

Use the same contact details if you would like a Calendar event adding for a U3A activity that you are organising in 2018.