News and Reports 2017

Notice to all group leaders

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

You may not want to hear this – but it is just a few weeks to Xmas. I am hoping to compile an easy access list – similar to last year – of all the Xmas 2017 events/parties/gatherings in the Scout & Guide HQ – or externally – which you are organising for your group. I will access the relevant details from your web pages – however – I would appreciate if you could let me know whether the celebrations are just for the members of your group, or open to all Aughton U3A members? This list will appear in the News & Reports page – with a link back to each group’s page. This was very successful last year and had many viewings.

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.

Magazine, e-news, Website and Facebook “Deadlines”

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

Next Magazine Deadlines

  • any articles and photos: 20 November
  • forthcoming group events: 27 November

Next e-newsletter Deadline

  • e-news items: 27 November

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” of the publication that you want it to appear in.

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

Free Roses

I have some roses (currently in pots) that need relocating to a new home (or rather garden).

Happy to deliver them (locally).

Contact me via the Contact Us web form, using the Web Manager option from the drop-down list.

Joyce Nolan

Update on the fate of the roses.

Roses now re-gardened.  By a Burscough U3A member, as it happens!  Not through this website, in this instance, but via Freegle.

If you are decluttering and would like to try to recycle an item rather than chuck it in the bin or take it to the tip, Freegle can be a useful local option.

Call in at Tuesday Computer Advice sometime if you want to find out more about this internet-based recycling system. I’m also often around at Horizons on Thursday morning.

Our next item soon going on Freegle is a cross-trainer.  If interested, get in touch as above.


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.

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(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.

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(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.

Magazine Distribution Day

Come to Horizons on Thursday 14th September and pick up the latest copy of the Aughton & Ormskirk U3A magazine.

Book your seats ………

…… for the latest shows coming soon from the following Groups:

Bring friends, neighbours and family for a cheery (and inexpensive) night out at local, handy venues.

What’s On – September 2017

September sees the start of the “academic year”. And many Group activities restart after a wee summer break. Below is a presentation illustrating some group activities and other events taking place in September. Search and browse this website and check your magazine and e-newsletter for further information on them.

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


Cafe Vista Clarification

A news update that came in too late for the recent U3A enewsletter:


Just to let you know that Café Vista at Christ Church Ministry Centre will remain open for the next few weeks.

Work is expected to commence towards the end of September

Tony Leigh
Christ Church Member

So we now understand from this source and others that Cafe Vista will still be open at least for a wee while (prior to its forthcoming refurbishment), from Tuesday 5th September.

Thanks to those who have helped keep us all informed about the  opening / closure arrangements for the excellent Cafe Vista, much visited and appreciated by many U3A members.

Third Age Trust AGM Live Stream

A message from our National U3A:

Dear members,

We are looking forward to welcoming many of you to the conference, and, for the first time, to give those who are unable to attend the chance to watch the AGM live on the internet. This live streaming will enable all you who wish to hear and see what is happening at the AGM, and to listen to the morning presentation before and the constitutional discussion after.

To access the AGM live stream, visit: on Thursday 31st August.

The whole day will be broadcast so tune in from around 9am to catch the morning speaker, Jo Coleman. The full programme is available at:

This link is the first time we have tried to engage with members in this way, and we hope once we have learned the lessons of what works well and what needs to improve, to offer more accessibility to members in this way.

We are now settled into Lant Street, and have had our first visitor, and hope to see many more of you if you are visiting London.

Watch the live stream


Colin Wright – juggler and mathematician

Colin Wright, juggler and mathematician

Colin Wright, juggler and mathematician

7 September, 10.15 in Christ Church: Make a note of a very special and interesting speaker.  Colin Wright is an academic who has studied the art and mathematics of juggling.  He will explain and demonstrate his skills in Christ Church at our first Speaker meeting of the autumn season.  Be there to marvel and enjoy!

Colin’s talk is disguised as an entertaining description of juggling but is also about science and mathematics, how they work, what they mean, and why they’re important. He has given his talk across the world, from Atlanta to Australia, Belgium to Brunei, and Norway to New Zealand, and all over mainland UK. We are indeed privileged to witness his talents.

Dementia Awareness Day

Thursday 21 September is national Dementia Awareness Day.  Our U3A is hoping to become a dementia friendly organisation.  Our first step was to invite a representative of the Alzheimer’s Society to be our Guest at Horizons.  Our second step is to acknowledge the national day by asking members who have experience of anyone living with dementia to share a wish:

“It would really help if ………… “.

This can be done at Horizons by writing the wish on a paper leaf and pinning it to a paper tree.  The wishes will be shared with the local community organisation.  Or contact Pete Trigwell or Sue Watkinson (see Committee page of our U3A magazine) and talk to them about it.

Similar activities will be taking place in Ormskirk as the Borough takes the first steps to becoming a dementia friendly community.

Sue Watkinson

Bank Holiday Film

There is a movie for you to enjoy on Bank Holiday Monday 28 August, kindly put on by the Film Appreciation group!

If you missed this event, there is another film in September,

All welcome!

Click or tap to see full-size poster with full details.

A Summertime Sunday Social

There is a Sunday Social for you to enjoy on on 27 August 2017!

John Barton & John Rothwell plus others from the U3A Guitar group will sing some songs for you – please join in if you know them.  Followed by refreshments then Butterflies in your Garden presented by Peter Gateley.

If you miss this event, there is another social in September,

All welcome!


After almost 15 years of activity, our U3A has records such as Minutes of Meetings, Financial reports and Membership records etc. stored in various locations.

The Management Committee has agreed to a working party to review this situation and to advise on how to organise both for now and into the future.

If you have  the relevant experience and are willing to help with this project.

Please contact Alan Starkie on:

Phone – 07484 152529

Health and Safety

The Management Committee has agreed that a Working Party be established to review the venues used by our U3A groups and report back to the Trustees and Management Committee.  We are looking for enthusiastic members who have experience in, or an interest in, the subject.

Would you be willing to join? 

If so please contact Deirdre Slater as soon as possible:

Phone – 01704 577007

Zumba Gold 1 & 2

Throughout August  – Zumba Gold 1 & 2 have decided to combine into one group, holding sessions on Mondays in Aughton Village Hall between 12.10 – 12.55.  The class is busy so, anyone wishing to join us, must contact either of the group’s Coordinator.  If your exercise class is not running in August, why not keep up with your fitness regime by coming along.

For more information, please check out  Zumba Gold 1  and  Zumba Gold 2

A Walking Holiday Opportunity in 2018

A few rooms are still available on the Walking Groups holiday to Dovedale in Derbyshire, taking place 16 – 20 April 2018.

There are 3 walks available each day – 3/4 mile strolls, 6 mile medium walks and 8/9 mile long walks. It is not compulsory to join the walks and the house can be used as a base to visit local places of interest including Ilam (a National Trust property), Ashbourne, Buxton and Chatsworth.

The cost is £325 per person which includes Bed, Breakfast and Evening meals with a packed lunch Tues – Thurs. Wine/soft drinks with evening meals Tues – Thurs and staff gratuities.

For further information contact John Spurr Tel. 01695 229538.

What’s On – August 2017

Some groups take a break in August, but others, such as below, carry on regardless!  Search and browse this website and check your magazine and e-newsletter for further information on them.

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Writing for Fun – Best Competition Entries

Earlier this year we held a competition, open to non-members, for the best story or poem on the subject of Home. Though the number of entries was not overwhelming, the quality was excellent! The best entries are listed below. The overall winner was judged to be the story The House by Sue Watkinson. Congratulations Sue and everyone else who entered.

(If the writer of The Wren will get in touch I can reattach your name to your poem!)

The House by Sue Watkinson

The See-Through House by Megan Tomlinson

Home Counties Home by Joan Potter

Houses and Homes by Joan Ridout

The Wren by ????????

Brian Yates (Writing for Fun Group Leader)

What’s On – July 2017

If any of these activities take your fancy in July, search and browse this website and check your magazine and e-newsletter for further information on them.

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Memories of Aughton

A member from Oundle U3A  – Kathryn Baird, a former resident of Aughton – has contacted the Web Team as follows:

I was born and brought up in Aughton but left in 1980.  I am a member of Oundle U3A where I belong to two Creative Writing groups.  Inspired by those U3A groups, I have published my family’s memories of Aughton Parochial School and added the Aughton memories of Miss Marjorie Holmes which she wrote in 1978.  To make it available to as many people as possible, I have published it as a website:  

I wonder if this is something you could publicise to your members?

Do take some time to check out this website.  I’m sure it will be of great interest to long-time residents of the parish, as well as members of groups such as Local History and Writing or Fun and those members on the Writing Your Life Story short course.

Joyce Nolan (Web Manager)

Tai Chi and Chi Kung Summer School

This is a weekly class (for U3A members) starting on Wednesday, 26 July from 14:00-15:00 at Scarisbrick Village Hall, Smithy Lane. It will run for 5 weeks, to 23 August. The cost will be £10. This class is open to ALL levels of students, from beginner to experienced.

We will be learning and practising Chi Kung at each class, and then sampling a different Tai Chi form.

Chi Kung are exercises similar to Tai Chi but without the intricacy. Chi Kung is practised in China by people of all ages to maintain health and it is one of the 5 branches of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Check out the U3A Tai Chi Group Page for info on other classes.

Occasional Tour – July 2017

There are still places on the coach for the next Occasional Tour.  The trip is to the Buddhist Centre, Ulverston, Cumbria on Wednesday 5th July.

You can book with a cheque for £24.00 at Horizons until 22nd June. The cost includes Afternoon Tea at the Centre.


Compost Bin going Free

A U3A member has contacted me to say that he has “a large composting bin (reasonable condition and undamaged)”. It is  going free (including delivery).

If any gardeners among our members are interested, please contact me via the website Contact Form, checking Web Manager on the drop-down list.

Joyce Nolan (Web Manager)

Summer Choir Concert

Choir Concert ‘Singing in Summer’, soloist Susan Black, will be in the Oakleaf Room at Aughton Village Hall on June 24th at 7:30pm. Tickets £5 from Horizons or Ruth Griffiths (01695 571772) or Margaret Billington (01257 424760). The bar will be open.

Joan Potter

What’s On – June 2017

Want to get out and about this June? Then here are just some of the many U3A activities available both outdoors and indoors.  (Contact the Web Manager if you would like your June Group or cross-U3A event adding to the Gallery below.)

If any of these activities take your fancy, search and browse this website and check your magazine and e-newsletter for further information on them.

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Guest Visitor – June 2017

 Our Guest Visitor at Horizons on Thursday 1 June is …….

Amanda Boult from the Alzheimer’s Society.

Venue: Scout & Guide HQ, Long Lane, Aughton

Time: 9.30 – 11.30 a.m.

Amanda is a Dementia Adviser and Support Worker for Alzheimer’s Society in West Lancashire and will be available to chat to members at the coffee morning to assist with any individual concerns you may have and to also provide more general information and guidance about memory problems and dementia.

Please do come along and meet Amanda for an informal chat or just to pick up any information, as she will bring along lots of factsheets and details of local services run by Alzheimer’s Society which members can access.

Sue Watkinson

Summer Social Tickets

Tickets are already selling well for this Year’s Summer Social Evening.

You can now buy yours at Horizons.

Click on the poster to view details full-size.


Publicising your U3A Event

There seems to be a wee bit of confusion about how best to advertise U3A events.  For example, under the present system, if you want an item to appear in each one of  the quarterly magazine, the monthly email e-newsletter and the anytime website, you should send copy to the editors of these 3 media individually. (Group Authors, of course, can update their Group pages on the website for themselves.) (more…)

Tai Chi Beginners – Taster Classes Continue

The two initial 4-week taster sessions for Tai Chi Beginners finished on 25 May.

But the taster classes restarted on 8 June, running for 7 weeks

at Aughton Village Hall

Try out Tai Chi at the new trial classes for Beginners

14:45 – 15:45


16:00 – 17:00

Cost is £2 per session, payable at the start, ie £14 in total.

Contact Mary Forshaw (01695 574531) or Janet Piggin (01695 575736) if interested.

The Confucius Institute – free cultural workshops

The Confucius Institute at Edge Hill University are running a series of interesting workshops this June,  They are free and open to the public.  This is a great opportunity to learn something of Chinese culture and meet new people while doing so.  Please refer to Confucius Institute Events for details of the 4 workshops and the contact link for booking.

Group Leaders’ First Aid Demo

This event, run by St John’s Ambulance, is taking place on Tuesday 30th May at 2:15pm at the Scout & Guide HQ.

There are still a few vacancies left. Any Group Leader or someone from the Group that they nominate  should ring Iain Smart  on 01704 220618 to book a place.

Dementia Awareness Week

Members may be interested to know about Dementia Awareness Week, 14 – 20 May 2017.  Sue Watkinson, who leads the team  arranging the Guest Speakers and Visitors, has been sent notification of the following events taking place in West Lancashire:

Wednesday 17 May, 9am – 4pm: Alzheimer’s Society Information Event at Ormskirk Hospital

An information stand supported by the West Lancs Dementia Adviser & Support Worker will be available on the main corridor to chat with staff, patients and visitors to raise awareness and answer questions about dementia and support available.  People will also have the opportunity to add a wish or memory on to a memory tree.

Wednesday 17 May, 1:20pm – 3:30pm: Age UK Dementia Friendly Afternoon Tea at the Wellbeing Centre, Ormskirk

The purpose of the event is to raise awareness of dementia and provide an opportunity for local people living with dementia or a memory problem, their carers, family members and friends to come together and gain support and information in a nostalgic environment.   Further details from Caroline Thompson at Age UK 0300 303 1234

Saturday 20 May: CLM Church – Sponsored Walk – Rufford Loop via Mere Sands Woods

The walk is open to everyone and will help raise funds to help set-up a CLM dementia friendly activity and resource lending library, so fellowship and community members can loan fun and meaningful activities to use with anyone they know who is affected by dementia.  Further details from Ginny Salkfield at CLM Church  01695 574103

Information Display – All week – Skelmersdale Library

Contact Noreen Martin for further details on 03001236703.

Note also that the June Guest Visitor at Horizons is  Amanda Boult, from the Alzheimer’s Support Group.

Debate and Entertainment at the May Sunday Social


Looking to liven up a quiet Sunday afternoon?  Come along to one of our monthly Sunday Socials. For example, on Sunday 23 April members were treated to 3 films.

If you missed that event, then join us on Sunday 28 May for a lively debate (as well as the customary chat, a cuppa and biscuits followed by a light hearted quiz).

Click or tap on the flyer to view full-size.

Support the U3A Cricket Team this May

U3A Cricket XI are playing Ormskirk Occasionals on Tuesday, 2nd May at 6.00pm in a 20-over match.

If you missed this match, there is  another on Sunday, 14th May at 2.00pm – an afternoon match again against the Ormskirk Occasionals.

Any support would be welcome.

What’s On – May 2017

Want to Spring into action this May? Then here are just some of the many U3A activities to consider. (Contact the Web Manager if you would like your group or May event adding to the Gallery below.) (more…)