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Creative Writing Schedule

NB.  New Time and Place.

The meeting on February 1st has been cancelled.

The next meeting will be on February 14th at 2pm in the larger room at Scout and Guide HQ.  Subsequent meetings will be at the same time and place on the 2nd Monday of the month.

Since this is in the main a discussion group, numbers are limited – however – if you are interested in joining us, please contact Joan Potter on 0151 924 6027.

Speaker Meetings

Happy New Year everyone!

Neil Stevenson

This year’s Speaker Meetings will begin on Thursday 3rd February at 12 noon via Zoom, when Neil Stevenson will speak on the subject of Ancient Egyptian Burial Practices, and in this talk we will look at the burials in Egypt from the pre-dynastic period over 5000 years ago through to the pyramid building periods of Egypt’s Old and Middle Kingdoms. This talk is intended for anyone interested in Ancient Egypt and no prior knowledge is required.


Neil first became interested in Ancient Egypt in 1986 during a business trip to Cairo.  Since then he has made over 40 visits to Egypt, the most recent being in December 2019. He has successfully completed five continuing education courses at Liverpool University covering various aspects of Egyptology. He is a member of The Egyptian Exploration Society, a Friend of the Petrie Museum and was a founder member of Horus Egyptology Society in Wigan, one of the largest and most successful Ancient Egypt societies in the UK. He has supported the Amenhotep III Temple Conservation Project for over ten years.


Neil is the u3a National Subject Advisor for Egyptology. He leads and lectures at Upholland and District u3a Egyptology Group and has run residential courses in Egyptology for U3A members.  He has led four u3a study trips to Egypt and is also a former chair of his u3a and Trustee for North West of England with 101 u3as and around 45,000 members.


If you would like to attend this talk, please email and I will send you the Zoom details.

Looking ahead, here are the talks I have arranged. These will (hopefully) be in person at 11 am at the Scout & Guide HQ, but only if the Covid situation permits.

Julia Clayton

Thursday 3rd March will see the welcome return of author and historian Julia Clayton. Julia was our first Zoom speaker last year, when she gave a most informative and entertaining talk about the Spartans. This time she will speak about The Grand Tour and its Lancashire Legacy; what did it mean for members of the Lancashire gentry to go on the ‘Grand Tour’ in the eighteenth century?  What did they expect to get out of it, and how did it continue to influence their lives when they returned home?

This talk will explore the reasons why people went on the Grand Tour, and how they used it as a means to create their own art collections, as well as looking at the economics of the Tour: the support industries (including hotels, guidebooks and souvenirs) which made it all possible.

Batoni, Pompeo; George Gordon, Lord Haddo; The National Trust for Scotland, Haddo House;

We will focus, in particular, on the experiences of three Grand Tourists from Lancashire: Charles Towneley (Burnley), Henry Blundell (Crosby) and John Foster Junior (Liverpool), looking at the impact of the artworks and the knowledge that they brought back with them from the Continent.  The talk will also include plenty of suggestions for objects and buildings which you can go and look at.

Julia Clayton is a historian and author from Southport.  Until 2019 she was the head of the Classics Department at King George V College, specialising in the teaching of Classical Art.  Since retiring from teaching, Julia has had several short stories published, all on the theme of art, architecture and archaeology: her story ‘Café Herakles’ is currently available to read for free at She is currently working on a doctoral thesis at Edge Hill University on invented artworks in fiction, especially artworks with a Classical theme.

Julia’s interest in the Grand Tour developed out of her interest in the afterlife of Greek sculpture, including the routes by which Greek and Roman sculptures ended up in museums, galleries and private collections in the UK.  She regularly posts articles on Classical sculpture – and on modern controversies relating to public sculpture – on her Classical Clayton blog at


7th April               Bill Soens – Fakes or Forgeries: is there a difference?

5th May                Sid CalderbankThe Lancashire Cotton Famine

6th June               David Hearne Sir William Brown

1st September     Tracey Collins, storytellerGeoffrey and the Gang of 20

6th October         Mike McKennaInvictus Games involvement

3rd November    Philip CaineFrom Barrow to Baghdad


Please keep an eye on newsletters, enews and website for the latest information.

Pam Ball

See Pam’s Past Speaker Meetings for info on previous events.

Please email any ideas for Future Speaker Meetings to Pam Ball, our Speaker Meeting Organiser,  at:  or phone 07974 749362.

New Year Greetings



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from the Web Team




Visit to Martin Mere – 14th December 2021

The final Bird Watching Group visit for 2021 was to the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust site at Martin Mere.  Eight members of the group enjoyed an excellent morning’s visit despite the mist hampering visibility at times and a total of 43 species were recorded.  Thanks to new group member Ken for these pictures taken at Martin Mere:

Click ‘Continue reading’ for the full list of species seen:


Message from the Chair

Hello everyone, here we are at Christmas once again and despite Covid Aughton & Ormskirk u3a has continued to thrive through these difficult times.

Since lock down ended in the late Summer almost all our groups and activities have started meeting again, and in fact some of them are oversubscribed and have a waiting list! So thank you all for your support.

Let’s hope that 2022 sees restrictions easing and some normality returning.

I’m sure you will all enjoy the Christmas break and the opportunity to spend time with your friends and families.

Good wishes for Christmas and all the best for the New Year.

John Tomlinson

Gardening Group News

The Group Leader and Coordinator of the Gardening Group have decided to step down from their positions.

This Group has a history of being very popular over many years under several generations of Leaders and Coordinators.

Please consider if you individually or as part of a small team could take on the leadership role to ensure the future of this Group. If you would like more info on what is involved, please contact Group Support via

In the meantime ………many many thanks are due to the retiring Leader and Coordinator – Pam Higgins and Helen Wilson – for providing interesting, useful, fun and helpful meetings, newsletters and quizzes over recent years, including during lockdown


Last Updated on May 17, 2020