News and Reports

English Medieval Cathedrals – 2020 series

English Medieval Cathedrals of the South and South-east

Commencing Tuesday 28 January, for this fourth series of Church History we move to medieval cathedrals in the south-eastern extremity of England, interspersed with two visits to more-local medieval sites.

The 1st talk is on Canterbury Cathedral – part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site and mother church of the Anglican Communion, seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury.

The Speakers are Peter Goodrich, Peter Hatfield and Peter Gateley. For further details, please refer to the Church History Group Page.

Trustees Open Forum

Following the success of last year’s Open Forum at Horizons, the Trustees now announce that there will be another Open Forum at Horizons on Thursday 23 January 2020 at 10.30.

All members are welcome. Please come along and air your views or ask questions on how our U3A is run.

We welcome your opinions and suggestions. Please put this is your diary now!

This Forum will be held in the Ormskirk Room, so there will be no Book Stall on this occasion due to space restrictions.

Search for a new Musical Director

We are a very friendly, sociable group with 35 Members and like to sing a wide range of music including; Musical Theatre, Folk, Sacred and Popular.  We enjoy the challenge of three part singing as well as a good unison sing-a-long at most of our sessions. We give one formal concert a year in the summer and organise the annual U3A Advent service. We are also regularly invited to sing at several local nursing homes.  We meet every Wednesday morning at Aughton Village Hall from 10 am until 12. (Broadly following school holidays).  We have a well organised team who take care of admin, finances and hall bookings.  We need someone who can inspire us, build on what we have already achieved and lead us along an exciting and rewarding musical path.

If you are interested in finding out more then please contact the U3A Choir Group Leader, Ann Henders, on 07847 364330.  Closing date for expressions of interest Tuesday, 21/1/20.

Please note there is no remuneration for this role.

Festive Greetings

We wish a Happy New Year to all our readers.

From the Web Team

Gardening Restart for 2020

Wednesday January 8:   The Walled Garden – A talk about Norton Priory.

See Gardening Group for details and for future Meetings in 2020 if you missed this one.

Keeping fitter in 2020

The new Marketing Manager at West Lancs Leisure Services will be our Guest Visitor at Horizons on Thursday 9th January.  He is hoping to generate interest in specific U3A activities at Park Pool, Nye Bevan Pool and Burscough Sports Centre and wants to talk to members about their preferred sport.   He is in contact with the other five U3As in West Lancs so look forward to some competitive elements as well as keeping fitter and feeling better.  Come along and talk to him at the Scout & Guide HQ between 9.30 and 11.30 a.m.

Bridge

The Bridge Group are looking at running a short course in March or April 2020 for members who would like to learn how to play Bridge, or who would like to return to playing after a break from the game.  If you think you may be interested in such a course, the please ring Nick Dowrick on 07988119408 to register an interest.

Keyboard Advice

Starting Monday 13th January at 1.30 pm, Dave, our Digital Music Advisor, is inviting any U3A members who are bemused by their keyboards, to come to the Scout & Guide HQ.  Dave will happily advise what the ‘Keyboard Buttons’ are for.

You don’t have to be a member of the existing Keyboard Group, which recommences on 6th January.

U3A Social Events 2019

For photos of the some of the Social Highlights of 2019,  brought to you by the hard-working Social Subcommittee and their helpers, please see the Social Events webpage.  Happy memories!

Health and Wellbeing Talk

It is hoped that we will be able to run a series of talks on matters relating to health and wellbeing over the coming months.

Click or tap to view Poster.

We are pleased to inform you that our first presenter will be Dr Andleeb Zafar who is the Medical Retina Consultant and service lead for age-related macular degeneration at Spa Medica which is a company providing treatment services on behalf of the NHS to patients with eye conditions including cataracts, and macular degeneration. Dr Zafar will talk to us mainly about age-related macular degeneration but will also discuss cataracts and glaucoma.

The talk will be on 15th January at 4pm at the Ministry Centre in the cinema room upstairs.

On 17th February, Karen Bradbury from Inhealth Ltd will talk to us about the management of chronic pain, in the Scout & Guide Hut at 10am.

Another date for your diary is 18th March at 3pm at a venue to be determined when Dr Dennis Wat, Respiratory Consultant at Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital will speak about the respiratory condition COPD, and I have also asked that he includes some information on sleep apnoea in his talk.

If you are interested in attending the talk on 15th January, please let me know by email so that we have an idea of numbers and also this would provide the opportunity for us to notify you of future events.

Julia Bate

email:  Refer to the recent enews or see foot of page 16 in the latest U3A Magazine

Cafe Vista Christmas Closure

Cafe Vista in the Christ Church Ministry Centre re-opens on Tuesday 7th January folowing a well-earned Christmas Break.

Many thanks and much appreciation is due to the kind volunteers who provide such a warm welcome and great food in a lovely setting.

A Message from the Membership Team

Advice from the Membership Team:

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 the Membership Team or call in at Tuesday Computer Advice for help.

Battlefields Tour

Battlefields Tour –  September 2020

If you have an interest in history and WWI in particular, you may be interested in a five day break which has been organised for next year. The trip, which is led by a professional guide is based in the French city of Arras on a b/b basis but includes three additional meals – one lunch and two dinners. All outings and entrances are included in the cost which is £439.00.

Visits will be made to many of the famous sites of the battles of Passchendaele and the Somme with additional visits to Poperinge, Ypres, Notre Dame de Lorette and Wimereux.

For the full itinerary and details of booking arrangements please click or tap on the Battlefields Tour Flier. Or you can pick up the flier from Ken Moulton at Horizons or call 0151 526 2530.

Please be aware that this is not a U3A organised holiday so the U3A insurance will not apply. Private insurance will be required.

Jane Jones

November 26th 2019 – mid-break meeting

Prior to starting on our exploration of medieval cathedrals of the South and South-east of England in January 2020, there will be a mid-break meeting at the Scout Hut at the usual time of 14.00 on Tuesday 26th November.

This will give the opportunity for a brief preview of the 2020 programme, including the nationally historically important Canterbury Cathedral and Westminster Abbey.

As a holiday treat we will whisk you abroad to look at eight medieval French cathedrals, although separated by relatively short distance we will be able to see some of the differences between English and French Gothic, as well as show regional differences within the large geographical extent of France itself.

Speakers: Peter Goodrich, Peter Hatfield and Peter Gateley

Xmas Events & Celebrations

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All U3A Members Invited

 

 

“Please click on links listed below for each group to view more details of the various festive events.”

 

 

November 13th – Gardening – :  Festive ideas to help decorate your home for Xmas. Christmas from the Garden. 

November 29th & 30 Drama Production – :  Come along and “taste” our recipe for  A Christmas Pudding. 

December 3rd – Local History – :  Our seasonal meeting on.   A Winters Day

December 5th – Advent Event  – :  Come along to Christ Church at 10.30 am. for the  Advent performance form the Choir and Recorder Groups

December 6th – Wine Tasting – :  Come along to our  Wine Event

December 12th – Philharmonic Visit – :  Listen to enchanting music in the beautiful St. Georges Hall Concert Room.  Xmas with Septura

December 13th – Christmas Lunch – :  Christ Church Ministry Centre.  U3A Seasonal Social Event

December 19th – Christmas Walk & Lunch – :  Garstang  Golf Club – Walking Group D
Walking Group E


Special Earth/Geology Talk

The British Antarctic Research Station by Steve Hinde

On Friday 15th November the Earth / Geology  talk will be given by Steve Hinde who has spent more than 7 years at the British Antarctic Rothera Research Station.

He will tell us about being there, the facilities and about the range of science carried out.  We are fortunate to have got Steve to come and look forward to a most interesting presentation.

All welcome.

Speaker Meeting

Do join us on Thursday the next Speaker Meeting on 7 November when our own U3A member, John Winter, will speak about his book: Blame it on the Beatles – and Bill Shankly.

Musical Theatre production Autumn 2019

Tickets now available for the U3A Musical Theatre Production on 8th & 9th 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.

 

Stroke Risk

Are you at increased risk of stroke?  Take our 30-Second Test.
Earlier in the year, we had a visit by the NHS Innovation Agency to our U3A Science Group.  They demonstrated a simple diagnostic tool (the MyDiagnostick!) 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 morning on 5th December. Come early and have your check done prior to attending the Carol Concert at Christ Church that morning. 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.  For example, many members attending a recent Table Tennis meeting, cheerfully succumbed!
Joy can be contacted on 01695 423694.

Christmas 2019 – Advent Event

Our U3A Choir gave a sincere and heartfelt Advent Performance on Thursday 5th December at Christ Church which marked the beginning of the Christmas season.  It was an opportunity to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas and to have a good sing!  Once again we asked for donations for the Ormskirk Food Bank and members were very generous.  The Recorder Group  also  performed at this event.

At the end of December, the choir also sang at Aughton Park and Ince Blundell Nursing Homes where we were very warmly welcomed.  This is now a Christmas tradition for us and it is lovely to see familiar faces.  Sadly, Christmas saw the retirement of our Musical Director, Duncan Roberts.  We said a fond farewell to him and wish him all the best for the future.

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 Film of a Book about Pie?

Come along to the Film Appreciation Group, Monday morning, 28th October to see:

The Guernsey Literary Meat and Potato Peel Pie Society (2018).

This is an historical romantic drama based on the book of the same name. In the aftermath of WW2, a writer forms an unexpected relationship with the residents of Guernsey. The film has wartime pathos, mystery and stunning photography.

 

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

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.

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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