News and Reports 2017

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).

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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…)

Guest Visitor – April 2017: Dial a Ride

On Thursday 27 April,  Philip Walker, Manager of the West Lancs Dial a Ride organisation, joined us  at Horizons to explain how some U3A members can access the services of this local charity either with the well known mini-buses or through the Community Car Scheme. More information is readily available through the Dial a Ride website.


Drama in April

If you missed this excellent show, then look out for the next production of the Drama Group in October!


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Musical Theatre in May

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If you missed this show, watch out on the website for news of the next one in October.  Or maybe even think about taking part by joining the Musical Theatre Group. They have a lot of fun rehearsing and performing.

Tai Chi Beginners Class

We are starting a 4 week Tai Chi class for beginners at Aughton Village Hall commencing on Thursday 4 May at 14.45 and which will last for an hour. The cost is £2 per session.

The Tutor will be Heather Reade, an Aughton resident, who might be  known to some of you.

Anybody interested should ring Iain Smart on 01704 220618.

Tai Chi Classes Past and Future

A message from Bob Broughton who has been the U3A Tai Chi Leader for over 10 years…..

Sorry to have to say, both Tai Chi classes will finish on Wednesday, 29 March, with me as instructor. It has been a difficult decision to make but circumstances have changed.

I will miss you all but will see you around.


And a Thank You from his Group ……

Bob Broughton’s Tai Chi group would like to wish both Bob and Maggie a happy retirement, after over 10 years of leading our classes.

They will be greatly missed by us all. We hope they enjoy many well earned holiday breaks in the future. We wish them well, and thank them for all they have done for us over the past 10 years.

Check the Tai Chi Group Page for information on the reinstatement of Tai Chi.

APRIL 17 Competition Winners


Walking Netball Taster

A unique opportunity to try out Walking Netball has been offered to our members by Maghull U3A:

Netball England are providing taster sessions for 4 weeks starting 5th May, 10.30 to 11.30 at West Lancs College in Skelmersdale Campus WN8 6DX, for Maghull and Lydiate U3A.  These sessions are FREE  and provide a great opportunity to try a new skill or improve the skill you already have.  We would welcome members from other U3As to join in with us in this great opportunity.
Walking Netball is a slowed down version of the game of netball designed for anyone looking to exercise in a relaxed, supportive and friendly environment.  It is suitable for all ages and abilities and every session contains a gentle warm-up.
Please contact Brenda McKenzie on 0151 531 0207 or send a text to 07900525222 to register your interest.

What’s On – April 2017

Looking for things to do, places to go and new opportunities to ‘Get Active’ this Spring? Then here are just some of the many U3A activities to consider. (Contact the Web Manager if you would like your group or April event adding to the Gallery below.)

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A Thank You Message

Bob Broughton’s Tai Chi group would like to wish both Bob and Maggie a happy retirement, after over 10 years of leading our classes.

They will be greatly missed by us all. We hope they enjoy many well earned holiday breaks in the future. We wish them well, and thank them for all they have done for us over the past 10 years.

New Arrangements for Tai Chi

A message from Iain Smart, Chair of the Learning and Group Support Committee:

As you are aware Bob Broughton is giving up as Group Leader after the classes on 29 March. We are pleased to announce that we have found a new tutor Heather Reed to replace him.

Iain Smart, Chair of the Learning and Group Support Committee will be introducing her to the present members of both groups at Bob’s last sessions.

Dianne Piggin has volunteered to take on the roll of coordinator for the second group and we will need someone to do a similar roll for the first group. Her telephone number is 577837. Any volunteers?

If demand is there Heather is prepared to start a third class provided accommodation can be found.

March Sunday Social

Our very own U3A Pearl will be performing at the February Speaker Meeting

Join us for the Sunday Social at the Scout & Guide HQ.

There will be entertainment from our very own raconteur, Pearl and a Quiz.



U3A facebook Facts

Are you a U3A Aughton and Ormskirk member?

Are you a facebook user?

Have you ‘Liked’ the U3A Aughton and Ormskirk facebook page?

To be kept informed of U3A activities without the need to search for them, all you need do is ‘Like’ our page.   You’ll find it under ‘U3A Aughton and Ormskirk’ in facebook and all that’s needed is to click the box in the heading area and thereafter anything posted by a U3A leader who is an ‘Editor’  will automatically appear on your own page whenever posted.   

Group leaders can request to be a ‘Friend’ of Brian Bostock (need only be temporary until he appoints you as an editor) and then you can have almost instant communication with your group members by posting on the page.  Additionally, of course, it will make other U3A members aware of your group’s existence.

Brian Bostock

(U3A facebook Editor)

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

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

Next Magazine Deadlines

  • any articles and photos: 15 May
  • forthcoming group events: 22 May

Next e-newsletter Deadline

  • e-news items: 29 May

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.

Active Ageing with the U3A

Active Ageing with the U3A

Alex McMinn, Founding Chairman of Aughton & Ormskirk U3A, has produced a couple of papers on the topic of Active Ageing – something all our members are putting into practice by enthusiastically participating in a wide range of group activities  and other  events.

Tai-Chi class – Goodbye

Bob Broughton  is retiring from being the U3A Tai Chi Leader for over 10 years. He has posted the following message to his class on the web page.

Sorry to have to say, both Tai Chi classes will finish on Wednesday, 29 March, with me as instructor. It has been a difficult decision to make but circumstances have changed. I will miss you all but will see you around. BOB.

We received the following message from Doreen Williams:

I was very sad to hear Bob was retiring from our lovely class of Tai-Chi, but, may I thank him and his wife Maggie for all their hard work, keeping us fit and making such a long term, 10 year commitment to the class, we are all devastated. Bob and Maggie – here’s wishing you both a happy retirement from all the Tai-Chi class.
The web team also wish to send their best wishes for his well-earned  “retirement”! (We are sure your classes will be much missed and that many members will have greatly benefited from all your efforts over those 10+ years.)

What’s On – March 2017

Looking for things to do, places to go and new opportunities to ‘Get Active’ this Spring? Then here are just some of the many U3A activities to consider. (more…)