News and Reports

An urgent message about the Autumn Occasional Tours!

Our new trips to QUARRY BANK MILL in October, and HAREWOOD HOUSE in November, are proving to be very popular.

In view of this could you please come along this Thursday 11 October and pay for the trip to Quarry Bank Mill which is only a few weeks away, National Trust members £13.50, and others £31.00.

from Organiser Cathleen Barnes

Looking forward to the future……….

 ………. with Aughton & Ormskirk U3A

A message from your Trustees:
We are interested in your views on what is good about our U3A and your suggestions for improvements.

Following the 10.30 am announcements at Horizons on Thursday 27 September, we invite you to share your thoughts, views and opinions about our U3A and how we can work together for the benefit of us all.

This will be an informal session for about 30 minutes.

 We hope you will join in the discussions.

If you missed this Horizons Meeting, you can still come along to another one any Thursday morning.  There are always some members of the Committees and Groups around to listen to, and pass on, your views and questions.  And, if you cannot come then in person, there are alternative ways of contacting appropriate Officers via the Contact Us Page.

A Dramatic Opportunity

Do you have an interest or experience in stage/drama productions, theatrical lighting and sound systems?

If so, the Drama Group would love to hear from you.  At our normal venue, Aughton Village Hall, a brand new lighting system has been installed which will open up new opportunities for our twice-yearly productions.

If you are interested in becoming involved or want to find out more please contact the Drama Group Leaders John and Megan Tomlinson on 01695 578207.

A Message from Shakespeare Revisited

The Web Team have been asked to pass on a thank you  and a plea from Jean Leigh – the Group Coordinator of the Shakespeare Revisited Group (temporarily suspended through lack of a new Leader).

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 had been meeting on the first Tuesday of each month.

Jean Leigh

 

September Speaker

Thursday 6th September Norse Mythology
We welcome Paul Atherton who will tell us all about Norse Mythology.  He’s no stranger to our U3A as he has spoken to the Local History Group but the subject is endlessly fascinating and more information can be found on this link.
Come along and join Paul at 10.30 am in Christ Church.  Everyone is welcome.

Sue Watkinson, is coming to the end of two and a half years as our Speaker Secretary and she’s loved every minute of it.  Finding speakers isn’t difficult – there are lots of people available – but contacting them, learning about their topics and then hearing their presentations has been so interesting.  But at present there is no-one to take over from her at the end of 2018.  Please think about offering yourself for this important role.  Speaker meetings are an opportunity for members from all groups to come together once a month to share a variety of topics.  Please contact Sue if you would like to find out more on 01695 422 423

September Guest Visitor

Thursday 13th September – our Guest is a representative from Preston Care & Repair.  They hold the contract in West Lancashire for helping to make life easier for older, vulnerable or disabled people and anyone with a long-term health condition that affects their mobility of independence in the home.  Come along and talk to their representative.   They will be with us for the whole morning 9.30 through to 11.30 in the Scout & Guide HQ.  More information on this link.

Sue Watkinson is coming to the end of two and a half years as our Speaker Secretary and she’s loved every minute of it.  Finding speakers isn’t difficult – there are lots of people available – but contacting them, learning about their topics and then hearing their presentations has been so interesting.  But at present there is no-one to take over from her at the end of 2018.  Please think about offering yourself for this important role.  Speaker meetings are an opportunity for members from all groups to come together once a month to share a variety of topics.  Please contact Sue if you would like to find out more on 01695 422 423

Autumn Drama

Tickets for our Autumn Production “Slim Chance” and “Commemorate and Celebrate” at Aughton Village Hall on Friday 26th and Saturday 27th October, will go on sale at Horizons on Thursday 6th September.

Early booking is advisable particularly if you want to sit at a table with a group of friends or family.
Tickets, which cost £8.50, are also available from any member of the Drama Group or you can contact Megan on 01695 578207 or Jackie on 01695 227503.

Check out the Drama Group Page for further  news.

The Future of Handbell Ringing

There will be a meeting of the Handbell Ringing Group on Monday 3rd September at 1.45 pm in the Scout & Guide  HQ. This is to discuss the future of the group due to lack of new members. Anyone interested is welcome to attend.
More information about the group can be found on its Website Group Page.

Autumn Musical Theatre

Make a date this Autumn to go see the next production by the Musical Theatre Group:

A group of U3A members, who always travel abroad, have decided this year to stay at home – now called a ‘Staycation’. More details on the Musical Theatre Group page.

A Chance to take part in a Research Study!

Sara Norburn from Edge Hill University has sent us the following request for volunteers to take part in her interesting Research Study: (more…)

A Message from the Membership Team

The Web Team have been sent the following advice from the Membership Team to be posted 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.

‘Rhythm of Life’ Choir Concert

U3A Choir Member, Joan Potter, has sent in this message to the Web Team:

Fri July 6th – The U3A Choir will be joining the KTB Choir from Midge Hall in a combined concert ‘Rhythm of Life’, in aid of Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.

Venue, Rufford Village Hall at 7:30 pm.

There will be a raffle and light refreshments at the interval.

Tickets £5, available from wegottickets.com/ktbmusic or ring 01772 933042.

July Speaker Meeting

On 5th JULY 2018 …… Ken Pye, well-known Liverpool local historian will present the story of the Slave Trade in Liverpool on at 10.30 am in Christ Church.

All members, their friends and neighbours are welcome to attend.  There is no charge.  Coffee as always available in Scout & Guide HQ from 9.30 am.

Parking is always congested on Thursday mornings – please try to share cars, walk or use public transport.

September Speaker Meeting

After the usual August break we welcome Paul Atherton with stories of Viking Mythology.

Thursday 6 September at 10.30 am in Christ Church

GDPR Matters…

GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) is currently much in the news!

 We have a Working Party delving into possible implications for an organisation such as Aughton & Ormskirk U3A. The Working Party has published a Privacy Policy.

More documents providing advice and some new or adapted forms are in the pipeline. In the meantime, if you have any urgent concerns, please send them to the Hon. Secretary via the web form on the Contact Us page.

Anniversary Celebrations in 2018

Aughton and Ormskirk U3A has much to be proud of in its 15 years of existence. To this end, a party was arranged on 19 May where speeches, nibbles, and meeting and chatting to fellow members  were much enjoyed and appreciated by those who attended. See Let’s Celebrate.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service was on display in its  fine new casing.

The wonderful 10th Anniversary Quilt also made a reappearance at this celebratory ‘do’!

Please click or tap to run this gallery with captions.

Computer Advice News Flash

There will be NO Monday Computer Advice session on Bank Holiday Monday, 28 May.

But it will be service as usual, next day, on Tuesday 29 May.

However, because of low numbers of client on Tuesdays, perhaps partly due to difficulties parking nearby on Tuesday mornings, this will be the last Tuesday Computer Advice session until after the summer holiday.

We will review the situation at the end of August.  In the meantime, as well as the Monday sessions, there are usually a number of Computer Helpers to be found at the Horizons Coffee Meetings on Thursday mornings.

Keep an eye on the Computer Advice Group Page for the latest information.

Computer Tutorials News Flash

The next meeting – A Fresh Look at Computing with David Sutton = takes place on Tuesday 5 June at 2pm in the Scout & Guide HQ. It is on a topic of general interest ie not too geeky.

The Computer Tutorials Group Page explains:

This talk is aimed at anyone interested in knowing how technology is changing our lives or will affect us in the near future. However, if you are just interested in FUN and interesting things you can do with technology or just seeing strange demos, this is for you to.

Visit the Computer Tutorials Group Page for further information. All welcome even if you are not a regular at these Computer Tutorials.

Let’s Celebrate

In a year when Britain celebrates a Royal Wedding, our U3A has two Anniversaries to celebrate, one with a royal connection.

  • It’s 15 years since the founding of the Aughton & Ormskirk U3A.
  • And 10 years ago this U3A won the Queens Award for Voluntary Service.
  • And just 5 years ago, we were commemorating the 10th birthday with a very special quilt made by talented members.

Val Bullen, Chair of the Social Subcommittee has sent the following message to be published on the U3A Website:

Let us extend a big thank you to all those who helped make the  Anniversary Celebration on 19 May 2018 a success.  As well as the  Anniversary Working Party who planned and coordinated the event, many others also played their part including various members the Management Committee,  our Trustees and  the Social Subcommittees, plus quite a number of U3A members not on any committee   –  THANK YOU all for your contributions!

Here are two galleries of photos from the recent Anniversary Celebration event held in the Christ Church Ministry Centre on 19 May 2018. Some of these photos feature a number of long-standing members including our founder Chairman, Alex McMinn, member number 1. Click or tap on any photo in a gallery to run that gallery as a slideshow.

Photos by Geoff Roberts

Photos by Bill Watkinson

Saving our Golf Lessons

Here is an urgent message passed to the Web Team from the organisers of the U3A Golf Lessons:

SAVE OUR GOLF  – if you don’t use it you lose it!!

Lessons at Mossock Hall have restarted.

New ”golfers” welcome. No experience/equipment required.

Come along to learn a new skill OR simply to improve your golf  skills from professional golf coach Brad.

Only £5 per hour,  every Tuesday 12 noon to 13.00.

Coordinator: Sue Conroy 570473

Golf Pro: Brad Miller 424969

Save the Date

10th Anniversary of the Queen’s Award

The Award

In the summer of 2008, thirty of our members, led by Alex McMinn, visited County Hall for the presentation of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary and Community Service to our U3A.   The Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire, Lord Shuttleworth, resplendent in his black uniform with a gold belt, red trimmed hat and insignia (I think he wore his sword) handed to Alex the heavy glass trophy amid much applause.  It is a lovely piece of glass with an internal engraved logo of the crown composed entirely of tiny human figures standing, some singly but mainly in groups, signifying the individual and group effort that contributed to the achievement.

The words on the certificate explain the reason for the award, the signature ‘Elizabeth R’ is in blue ink:

 

To Aughton & Ormskirk University of the Third Age for providing opportunities for older people to pursue active retirement through social and recreational activities.
 
Greeting!
 
We, being cognisant of the said group’s outstanding voluntary work in the community, and being desirous of showing Our Royal Favour, do hereby confer upon it
The Queen’s Golden Jubilee Award
for voluntary service by groups in the community 2008
Given at Our Court of Saint James’s under Our Royal Sign Manual this second day of June 2008 in the fifty-seventh year of Our Reign.

Trophy Photo

The photograph was taken by Eric Rowley, a good friend of our Digital Photography Group, who is now a member of St Helens U3A. Eric became a semi-professional photographer in his retirement and agreed to take a photograph of the Queen’s Award in his studio, with appropriate lighting and background effects. It proved to be a difficult subject, as light, especially artificial light, reflects off the smooth glass surfaces. In this image Eric has managed to create depth and clarity.

At a much greater magnification than we can show here, the letters of the logo are composed of tiny human figures, representing the personal effort involved in the achievement of the award. It is the Queen’s Award for Voluntary effort.

Sue Watkinson

Speaker Meeting Cancellation

A message from the Speaker Meeting Team about the Speaker Meeting on 3 May:

IMPORTANT NOTICE – Thursday’s Speaker meeting is cancelled.

We have just heard from our speaker, who was to have given a lecture on God and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt in Christ Church on Thursday morning.  He is unwell and will not be able to deliver the lecture he has prepared.  Apologies from your speaker team – it is the first time we have had to cancel.  Do come along to Horizons anyway, enjoy a coffee and buy some books.

Sue Watkinson and Alex McMinn

Monday Morning Movie

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

The 2018 Cricket season is here!


Ormskirk Occasionals CC has challenged us to a “20-over bash” at Ormskirk Cricket Club on Tuesday 15th May at 5.45pm

Spectators welcome

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

Lorna

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:  secretary@aughton-ormskirk-u3a.co.uk.

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.

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 TUTORIAL FOR APRIL 2018

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

Brian