Past Speaker Meetings

The Current Speaker Meeting Team

The first meeting organised by the current Speaker Team inaugurated in 2016 and led by Sue Watkinson, was given by Vivienne Parry on the 100,000 Genome Project, Personalised Medicine, the future on Thursday 6 October, This presented the fascinating story of the search for solutions to certain types of cancers and  rare diseases.

This talk was very well received and attended. If you missed it or are interested in volunteering as a participant in the programme, here is the link to North West Coast Genomic Medicine Centre website. (If you missed getting one of the project leaflets and want one, contact the U3A Web Manager.)

The new team also arranged the 2016 Christmas Concert.

 Speaker Meetings in 2017

February saw our own Pearl E Webster, performer, poet and U3A supporter, presenting a humorous, illustrated story entitled ‘My Favourite Tails’ – the waggy sort. Pearl has long been a supporter of Animals in Need, a charity founded by the late Carla Lane.

March 2017: Understanding Tomorrow’s World: Information Technology, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and their implications for future health care. This was an update by our own Dr Jack Brettle on the Tomorrow’s World Group activities.

Click on the Poster to view it full-size.


6 April: Richard Noble with ‘By the skin of your teeth’: Richard is a friend of Andrew Beeston, one of our long serving members.  He has written a book about Old Testament quotations that are still in use today and will tell us about the origins of th

4 MaySankey Canal Restoration Trust.  So near to us and so little known, the Sankey Valley provided the venue for one of our longer walking groups when members were fascinated at the work being done to restore the historic canal, the first industrial waterway in England.  Peter Keen, Secretary to the Trust, told us stories about the history, decline and re-birth of the area.

June: No meeting but don’t forget the AGM.  Come along and take part, it’s your meeting.

There were no Speaker Meetings in July and August.

7 September: We had a very special and interesting speaker,  Colin Wright, an academic who has studied the art and mathematics of juggling.  He  explained and demonstrated his skills in Christ Church at our first Speaker meeting of the autumn season.  More information can be found here.

5 October: Joe Riley, 50 years a Journalist and Art Critic of the Liverpool Echo for 35 of those years. His title is “Who do you think you are?” – a humorous backwards look at the rise of instant media critics.

2 November: We welcomed classical pianist Andrew Wilde with a popular programme including much Chopin

7 December was our annual Advent Celebration with our own U3A Choir and guests.

Speaker Meetings in 2018

Thursday 1 February – Yvonne Taylor, one of our own members, told the story of her Polish Mother, Genovefa, (try saying it aloud and you will hear the English equivalent) and her wartime experiences.  Deported from Soviet occupied Poland and taken to the wastes of Siberia at the age of 15, she undertook a long and hard journey to join the Polish Free Army in Persia.  At the end of the war she began a new life in Lancashire.

Thursday 1 March – Ron Hutchinson, in his life story, spoke of the years when he was chauffeur to Lord Leverhulme.  It’s a fascinating and moving account of a young man seeking and finding a job that became a life’s commitment to one man, the experiences they shared and the people he met, including members of the Royal Family.

Thursday 5 April – Dr Penny Foulds spoke about Dementia – Facts, myths and challenge.
Penny works in clinical research with partners and is the founder of the ‘Dementia defying campaign’ using community endeavours to support those living with dementia and carers.
Can we pop this one onto the front page for the two weeks before the event please>

Thursday 3 May – fellow U3A member from Upholland & District, Neil Stevenson is now the  U3A Egyptology National Adviser.  His topics is Gods and Goddesses – a fascinating mix of history and archaeology, CANCELLED

Dr John McGarry, the University of BoltonThe United Kingdom is one of the oldest in the world and yet many of its most important facets are not well known. John McGarry teaches and writes about the UK constitution and in this talk he discussed some important aspects of it.

Thursday 5 July – Ken Pye, well-known Liverpool local historian presented the story of the Slave Trade in Liverpool on at 10.30 am in Christ Church.

Thursday 6 September – Norse Mythology

We welcome dPaul Atherton who told 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.

Who are Odin, Thor and Loki?  Where is Valhalla?  What are the Valkyrie and to which of the nine worlds are they riding?  Norse Mythology is ancient and has its roots in the Germanic world, not just Scandinavia.  It’s full of amazing and dramatic characters who have fascinated and influenced many leaders, authors and composers.

Speaker Meetings from Bygone Times

Click on the Poster below to view a slide-show of full-size photos of a very successful talk from Mr Niall O’Donnel in May 2016.  This was the final Speaker Meeting organised by Dr Mia Faza before he “retired” from this U3A role.

Mr O’Donnell provided us with a most informative and relevant talk about eye conditions, particularly those prevalent in later years, and their treatment. Over 220 attendees benefited from this interesting and helpful lecture.

Speakers in past years have also included:

  • Angela Danby, a journalist for 20 years, working predominantly as a crime correspondent and news editor
  •  Duo Gold where Jill Fielding performed a selection of Irish, 60s & 70s music
  • “Pilkington and the Pursuits of Perfection” by David Martlew
  • “Noél Chavasse and other Liverpool Heroes” by William Sergeant
  • And many more on a wide variety of topics