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Keep an eye on this website for the latest u3a news – check out the links displayed in sidebar of this Front Page or the items on the News Page. The brand new Restart Page will also increasingly keep you informed as Groups and other activities get underway again over the next few months.

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Speaker Meeting Success

Thank you to all those who have supported our Zoom Speaker Meetings so far. The talks have been hugely enjoyable, entertaining and informative, so if you haven’t zoomed in already, why not give it a try? The next one will take place on Thursday 6th May at 11 am, when John Whittles will join us to speak about Mason Bees. Click here for more information.

If you would like to attend, please email speakerteam@aughton-ormskirk-u3a.co.uk by Monday 3rd May to book your place – the Zoom information will be sent to you a couple of days before the meeting.

Pam Ball

Aerobics Class News

There are plans to restart Aerobics to Music with Jo in the Scout & Guide HQ in September.  A Coordinator, however, will be needed for the class to keep the register and take payments.  This is not an onerous task and it could be done by two people.  If anyone will do this, please could they contact Ann Roberts on 01695 575708.

Line Dancing News

Line Dancing is looking for a Group Leader or Coordinator to allow it to continue when lockdown rules are eased.  The task is not onerous and Group Support would be happy to assist in any way possible. Contact Group Support by email on groups@aughton-ormskirk-u3a.co.uk if you would like to find out more.

A Mystery Monolith

Mystery monolith in sand dunes near Hightown!

The photo is of our son, Michael Ingman, next to the monolith that appeared mid January in Hightown Dunes.

The first monolith was discovered in the Utah Desert mid November 2020 after being seen by a pilot from a small plane. It then disappeared with no trace after a few weeks. Since then over 170 similar monoliths have been viewed around the globe and within days of being discovered have vanished like the first one.

The mystery of why and how these monoliths came to appear for short periods around our Planet has given vent to various ideas. It has been likened to an alien life form as imagined in the 1968 film of “A Space Odyssey.” The appearances and disappearances have both added in equal forms in the attempt to discover a realistic explanation.

In the meantime different artists have come forward to claim credit and the term “Land Art” has been used to describe these metal monoliths. How appropriate, though, for one to appear in such close proximity to Anthony Gormley’s, ‘Another Place’ within a mile further down the coast.

There is, I believe, sadly no mystery over this one’s disappearance within a week, as by all accounts Sefton Council have it in storage, to prevent visitors damaging more of the dune area where conservation projects are ongoing.

As yet though, my understanding is that no-one seems to have claimed this monolith! So could there still be a mystery to be discovered?

Judy Ingman February 2021.

Request from Edge Hill University for Help with Research Project

We have been contacted by researchers in the psychology department at Edge Hill University requesting help with a project to examine the influence of cognitive and social factors on memory for events.  They are currently recruiting older adults for this study.  More details are given below:

  • Participants should be fluent in English and aged between 65-80 years old
  • The first part of the study will be administered online and will look at how a person’s age and level of contact with other age-groups may affect memory of events.
  • Participants will be asked to view short film clips and complete some questionnaires. This should take approximately 40 minutes to complete.
  • For the second part of the study participants will be asked to complete a short routine memory questionnaire over the telephone.
  • Participants will receive a £5 Amazon voucher for their time following completion of participation.
  • The study is being conducted by researchers from Edge Hill University (Dr. Joyce Humphries) and the Open University (Dr Catriona Havard) and has been funded by the British Academy.

This project is being organised by Dr. Emily Breeze from Edge Hill and if you are interested in taking part please contact her directly by email at breesee@edgehill.ac.uk to receive more information and a link to access the online part of the study.

Census 2021 support

Aughton & Ormskirk u3a has received a helpful offer from Sarah of the Campaigns Team, Citizens Advice Lancashire West:

Hi,

As I’m sure you’re aware, this year the Census 2021 Questionnaire is being completed online.

There are many members of our local communities who will not be able to do this and who will need help from others to submit their return. I know that one of the strengths of all U3A groups is the willingness to help each other and in particular with technology.

Working in partnership with the Office of National Statistics and the Good Things Foundation, we are offering assistance to those who will struggle to complete the form online and who may not be able to access your support.

–  Our support service has trained and checked Census Advisers who can help people to complete their online questionnaire.

–  Once a resident has received their Census Letter, they can call us on 01772 595 463 to book an appointment.

–  This support is available from now, until 4th May 2021

–  We have registered centres in West Lancs, Chorley and Wyre

–  Currently, due to Lockdown restrictions, all appointments are by telephone. Once the restrictions have been lifted and we have permission from the ONS, we’ll be offering face-to-face appointments in our centres as well.

–  Our Booking line phone number is 01772 595 463 – please feel free to share

We would be grateful if you would highlight this service with your group members or those you have contact with who are likely to need support in completing their Census 2021 return online.

Please note – Residents are still able to complete their return using paper format. To obtain a paper copy, they should contact the ONS Census support line 0800 141 2021 and ask for a copy to be sent to them.

If you’re a social media user, we’d also be grateful if you could spread the word by ‘liking’ or sharing any Census posts on our Facebook @citizensadvicebureauchorley and Twitter @ChorleyCAB

Should they be useful we have a number of leaflets which we are happy to share, though all are available from https://census.gov.uk/downloadable-resources

If you’d like copies of the resources we are using, please do get in touch.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any queries.

Sarah

The Campaigns Team
Citizens Advice Lancashire West