News and Reports

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:

  • o7450 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, e-news, 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 of 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 e-newsletter

  • deadline for e-news 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 Communicatng 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 e-newsletter 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.

What Was On in 2017

Here are just some of the great activities and events enjoyed  by members during 2017:












December – Party Time









  • And another at the Left Bank with the Snooker players





ITV Documentary Looking for Grandparents

Click or tap to see poster full-size.

A Merry Christmas ‘Do’

A convenient venue, a cheering sherry, a hearty meal, friendly company, seasonal music and songs and a chance for a wee bit of dancing – the ideal formula for a super Christmas Lunch.   Many, many thanks are due to Val Bullen and her team for organising and running this truly excellent Christmas U3A event.

Please click or tap below to run the Gallery Presentation.


A kind of Christmas puzzle?

LInda Burden, our Secretary, has received this query from Mike Morris, Secretary, Aintree U3A,

I was hoping to “pick your brains” as someone with local knowledge of the Aughton area. I am the co-ordinator of our walking group and on a recent “ramble” in the Clieves Hill area, we came across a large sandstone block (see attached images) by the side of Clieves Hills Lane near the viewpoint and the lay-by. Do you or any of your members know what this block is (or was)?

Click or tap on the photo Gallery below to view Mike’s photos of the object.

If anyone can identify this large sandstone block or know anything of its history, perhaps they may be able to assist?

Emails, please, to Linda at:

Cafe Vista Closure for Refit

A message from Tony Leigh

Café Vista will be open until Wednesday 20th December and with a reduced service on Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd.

It will then close until Saturday 27th January for the refit.

Ho Ho Ho……..It’s Xmas Party Time – 2017



To all U3A Members.  You are welcome to come along and join in the party celebrations with any of the following Groups.

Please click on the Group’s links below for more information.


Wine Tasting:  Friday 1 December – We are well attended so please book early to avoid disappointment. All are welcome to wine events, especially New Members.   wine tasting

Discussion:   Monday 4 December  Xmas Celebrations – We have lively and friendly discussions on many subjects so come and join us in the festive season.  discussion

Local History:  Tuesday 5 December  Stir Up Tuesday – Cost £3.  Includes seasonal refreshments.    local history

Computer Tutorials:  Tuesday 5 December – Xmas Social – Meet the team.   computer tutorials

Theatre Trips:  Tuesday 5 December  Crazy for You – Xmas outing to the Liverpool Empire. Cost £39.50 (includes meal).   theatre trips

Snooker:  Tuesday 5 December – Xmas Meal – at the ‘Left Bank’ following the usual session at Aughton Institute.   snooker

Speaker meeting – Advent Celebration:  Thursday 7 December – Carols for Xmas – The U3A Choir and recorder group will entertain us in Christ Church with seasonal melodies and readings.   advent celebration

Jazz Appreciation:  Friday 8 December Xmas event – Aughton Village Hall – Chicago Teddy Bears Society Jazz Band and Xmas refreshments. Cost £3.  jazz appreciation

Ballroom Dancing:  Tuesday 12 December – Xmas party – Christ Ministry Centre – a mixture of dancing.   ballroom dancing

Xmas Lunch:  Friday 15 December – at the Ministry Centre . Doors open at noon for a Sherry reception followed by a 3-course Xmas lunch + tea,coffee and mince pie. Tickets on sale at Horizons social committee desk from Elva Marsh and Val Bullen.    xmas lunch

Philharmonic Concerts:  Sunday 17 DecemberSpirit of Xmas – The Phil’s annual feast of Xmas carols and music. Cost £29.   philharmonic concerts

Horizons Xmas Cheer:  Thursday 21 December – Start the Xmas holiday period by enjoying a mince pie with your coffee in the Scout Hut – and then welcome in 2018 on the first Thursday 4 January.

There will be no Horizons on the Thursday between Christmas and New Year.

If any other group wishes to be added to the list-please contact the webteam,  (Select Web Manager from the drop-down list.)


Prepare for Christmas with an Advent Celebration

The Web Team have received a timely reminder from Sue Watkinson who leads the team arranging the Horizons Speaker Meetings and Guest Visitors.

Make a diary note to come to the Advent Celebration in Christ Church on Thursday 7 December. This is our monthly meeting date. 10.30 in church with coffee at HQ from 9.30 am.

Our own U3A Choir, under the baton of conductor Duncan Roberts, will entertain members with seasonal readings and carols. We will all join in with old favourites and the Recorder Group will perform a short programme. A wonderful way to start off the festive season.

Vacancy for Treasurer

A message from Linda Burden, Honorary Secretary

Our present Treasurer has tended his resignation and he will give up the role on 31st March 2018.  We are, therefore, in urgent need of a new Treasurer who would have the support of the retiring Treasurer and the Finance Team as well as the Trustees and Management Committee.

If you feel you would like to take up this opportunity or find out more about the role then please contact me on

Guest Visitor at Horizons

Don’t miss this great opportunity to meet a Champion for us older folk at Horizons this week!

Click or tap to view details

Spare Coach Seats for Ulveston Trip

A message has come in from the leader of Occasional Tours

3 vacancies have occurred.  Contact Cathleen 01704 889190 by Wednesday to secure a place.

Notice to all group leaders

A timely request from Maureen Boumphrey, our Website Groups Editor –

Xmas Season is here again!!   I have compiled an easy access list – similar to last year – of the Xmas 2017 events/parties/gatherings in the Scout & Guide HQ – or externally – which you have organised for your groups, and which have an open invitation to all U3A members.  Each occasion has a link back to your page for further information about the event.  This list appears in the ‘News & Reports’ page and in the It’s Xmas party time-2017 . This was very successful last year and had many viewings.

If your group isn’t in the list – and you wish it to be added – please send to Maureen via the Contact form, selecting Web Manager from the drop down list.

West Lancs Dementia Friendly Community – Information Day

Now we are on the ‘path’ to being a Dementia Friendly organisation, Sue Watkinson has asked the Web Team to advertise this local event on the U3A Website.

Please click to see details of this Community event at the Fire Station on Nov 23rd.

Christmas Lunch – Limited Parking

We have received a message from Val Bullen reminding us about:


at the



Friday 15 December 2017

Please remember that PARKING at the Ministry Centre is limited and cannot be guaranteed. 

We ask for your co-operation to consider car/taxi-share, or passenger drop off (in say Long Lane) and then park locally elsewhere, or catch 310 bus (times info below), or walk where appropriate.

Thank you for this, Val Bullen (Chair of Social Committee).

Just to remind you on times:

The Sherry Reception commences at noon, and the Lunch is served 12.30pm onwards.

Bus Info:  310 stops on Holborn Hill opposite the church

Bus Times, minutes past each hour – as follows

Outward         to Holborn Hill         

from  Holt Green                  21 and 51

from Ormskirk Bus Stn       05 and 35

Return                        from Holborn Hill     

 to       Holt Green                  13 and 43

 to       Ormskirk Bus Stn       00 and 30

Another Music-related Event in November

Don’t miss the opportunity to meet our Guest Visitor at Horizons on 9 November. Sue Watkinson explains ………

Our Guest at Horizons is a member of Douglas Music Society, who will explain to U3A members about the concerts they organise at their ‘Auditorium’ in Parbold Village Hall.

Find out about some of the truly famous and wonderful performers who come to this small Lancashire Village to play for a live audience, sometimes on the fabulous Steinway piano.

Another Byte of the Apple

……… at the November Computer Tutorial.

An entry from Brian Bostock’s U3A Facebok page –

Tuesday Tutorial – 7th November 2017: Demonstration of Apple Software by Bill Evans.

Our tutorial next week will be given by Bill Evans who will demonstrate and answer questions on a range of software for Apple computers.

So, if you’ve got an iPad or other Apple device that you feel is under-used, then come along and find out what more you could be doing with your equipment.
Bill is still closely connected to the publishing industry, having spent a working life involved with printing, and Apple have long had a connection with publishing being one of the first micro-computers to produce software specific to their needs.

The meeting will start at 2:00pm prompt in the smaller hall of the Scout and Guide HQ,

Tea and coffee will be provided in the interval, and a charge of £1 will be collected at the door to cover costs.

All are welcome

Published by Brian Bostock

A Musical Treat in November

Don’t miss a Musical Treat at the November Speaker Meeting

ON 2nd NOVEMBER AT 10:30 am, at the Thursday Speaker Meeting in CHRIST  CHURCH Aughton, Andrew Wilde, the Concert Pianist, will perform on the new Clavinova piano. Andrew raises funds for the North West Music Trust.

This is Andrew’s second visit to our U3A. On his previous visit his
playing of Chopin was particularly enjoyed.

All are welcome, so please come along for an hour’s classical music to cheer a November morning.

Posted by Brian Bostock on Facebook

What’s On – November 2017

Brighten up dull November days by joining in on some of the group activities and other events taking place at your local U3A.  Search and browse this website and check your magazine and e-newsletter for further information on them.

Click or tap on any picture to get the presentation going.

(Please Contact the Web Manager  if you would like your U3A  event or group activity to be included in this month’s presentation.)


A Musical Variety Show from Upholland

A local U3A asked us to advertise one of their events.

I don’t know if you are aware but our Variety Group are producing a musical variety show next weekend, 27 & 28 October, at St Teresa’s Hall, College Road, Up Holland, WN8 0PY, at 7.30pm.

I have attached a flyer for your information and would be grateful if you could circulate the details to your membership in some way.

Tickets can be booked in advance through Anne Brownie on 01695 623378 or pay at the door. Friday night has a few tickets left and there are tickets available for Saturday evening.  It promises to be a great event.  There is also a raffle in aid of the British Heart Foundation in memory of Tony Mason, a well loved member of our cast, who sadly passed away suddenly in September.

I hope that you or some of your members will be able to attend, a bar and refreshments are available.

Many thanks,

Publicity Officer
Up Holland & District U3A

Scarisbrick Village Hall temporary closure

The Web Team have just received an email from Frank Porter, leader of the Short Mat Bowls Group.

Scarisbrick Village Hall will be closed for re-decoration from Sunday 22nd October – 5th November.

Thanks, Frank for this timely information.

This closure may affect other U3A groups.  Please contact the appropriate leaders about alternative arrangements, if any, during this period.

What’s On – October 2017

Below is a presentation illustrating some group activities and other events taking place in October. Search and browse this website and check your magazine and e-newsletter for further information on them.

Click or tap on any picture to get the presentation going.

(Please Contact the Web Manager  if you would like your event or group activity to be included in this month’s presentation.)


Support our Thespian Members

Do support the October performances from the Musical Theatre Group and the Drama Group.

Bring along friends and family too. Non-members of U3A are, of course, very welcome.

Philharmonic Concert – Sunday 22 October – ‘Lunch’

All those who have pre-booked lunch at Egos – please contact Ann Robinson – 01695 571303 – with your choice asap, as the meals have to be preordered. The ‘prix fixe’ menu can be seen on Egos website. Alternately, there are printed copies which can be collected on Thursday at Horizons. Further information re the concert can be found on the Philharmonic web page.

Special September Sunday Social

…. including a talk from our very own Martin Mere volunteer, Eileen Seabright.  And contributions from some poetic people, also U3A members.

See the Sunday Social Group Page.

Please take a few minutes to look at this group web page and its associated group posts.  They are most ably and frequently updated by Coordinator and Group Author,  Alayne Trigwell.  There is lots of interesting info on both future and past events. Many thanks, Alayne, for all the time , effort and ingenuity you give to this page

Joyce Nolan (Web Manager)

Cancellation – September Wine Tasting

For details of this and their other events in 2017, please refer to the  Wine Tasting Group Page.

An Electrifying Trip

Occasional Tours are running a day-trip to the Electric Mountain in Wales (near Llanberis) on Thursday 26 October.

Places still available.  Booking ASAP, please:

at Horizons or phone Cathleen Barnes – 01704 889190

Cost – £26.00 (cheque)

Coach leaves St Annes’ Car Park at 9.30 am.

Important information: It is essential that sensible flat shoes are worn. Open toed or sandals are strictly forbidden for this tour.  A helmet and hairnet is provided for the tour, which is by bus into the mountain.

See the Electric Mountain website for more information on the venue.


September Started with Some Special Speakers

Thursday Speaker Meetings were back!Colin Wright, juggler and mathematician

We started the new term with a fascinating talk by talented juggler and mathematician, Colin Wright, at the Speaker Meeting on Thursday 7th September.
Colin has presented his talk around the world, and the occasion was definitely not to be missed and was very well attended. However, if you did miss his talk, you can watch it on YouTube by going to this page.

Speaker Meetings are open to the public.  So bring along neighbours, friends and family.

Additionally, the first week in September 2017 brought you:

  • Computer Security Revisited – Willem Wiechers on Tuesday 5th September (from the  Computer Tutorials Group). Bryan Pready also contributed by telling us what precautions to take when we go overseas
  • The Digital Revolution – Dave Sutton on Wednesday 6th September (from the Science Group)

If you missed these truly excellent talks, there will be another three during the 1st week in October.