Short Courses

The Aughton & Ormskirk U3A has been organising Short Courses for its members over many years. These courses can be anything from three to ten or more sessions and have in the past covered a diverse range of subjects such as chemistry, egyptology, astronomy, geology, poetry, painting, stained glass, meditation, ballroom dancing.  See Short Courses in 2016 for some past examples. More recent examples can also be found further down this page.

We also developed and ran a successful Memory Course for a number of years.  This is no longer run for our own members, but information is available to enable other U3As to run their own Memory Course.

Beginners’ Tap-dancing Class – 2019

Six week course:  Wednesday 9 January – Wednesday 13 February – 10.30-11.30 (1hour)

This class is for anyone who fancies learning to tap-dance and is suitable for those who have had no tap-dancing experience. It will deliver the basic tap-dance steps at a pace which will suit the individual.

It will be held at Aughton Women’s Institute (newly refurbished) on Town Green Lane. You do not need tap shoes but you do need some comfortable flexible-soled shoes (not trainers).

If you want to speak to the co-ordinator, please ring Irene (01695 578263) and if any ex-tappers wish to donate their unwanted tap shoes, then please contact Irene and she will arrange to collect them.

Short Courses in 2018

Great news – another Ukulele course for October 2018!

Leader of the Ukulele Group, Tony Crimlisk, is running another short course suitable for absolute beginners.  This is taking place at his house in Long Lane, Aughton. The dates are 18th Oct  – 8th Nov (four Thursdays).

There are still a couple of places available, so if you think you may be interested then please ring 01695 421602 to obtain further details.

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Possible Short Course in the pipeline

  • A course for members wishing to start to study Latin, or return to it after some years, may commence if there are sufficient numbers showing interest.   The course will be based on the Cambridge Latin Course Book 1.  For more details please contact the Leader or Coordinator of the Latin Group.

Courses so far in 2018

Suggestions for short courses are always appreciated and are particularly welcome from U3A members (or a Group) prepared to run or organise one themselves. For ideas of what is possible, please see below for some U3A courses run in 2017.

Email the Learning & Group Support Subcommittee at with any suggestions  for a short course or offers to run one. Further information is available on how to start a short course.

 Courses run in 2017

“Digging Up Your Past” – How to research and write your life story

Leader:  George Russell

George has conducted courses in the above subject for mature students in the Adult and Further Education Sector.  A research chemist by training and experience he joined our U3A and was prompted to write a small readable publication “Digging Up Your Past”.  An inexpensive publication it will be a useful publication for U3A members contemplating the subject.

(This “Short Course” has now morphed into a “Group”.  See its Writing Your Life Story Group Page for details.)

Two Ukulele Short Courses

Leader:  Tont Crimlisk

AUGHTON & ORMSKIRK U3A joins the ‘Ukulele Age’!

The offer of a six-week course in playing the ukulele for absolute beginners proved so popular in 2016 that Tony Crimlisk arranged two more courses during January – April 2017.

The ukulele is a fun instrument and very popular at the moment.  It only has four strings, simple chords and participants learned to play and sing a variety of well-known songs.

There are no plans for future beginner courses but there is now a Ukulele Group for people who can play a few chords already.

Courses put on by Groups in 2017

In addition to the above, individual special interest groups sometimes run courses or tasters on their subject open to all Aughton & Ormskirk U3A members. Examples for this year so far:

  • Ballroom Dancing put on a 10-week course of dancing lessons for beginners starting last September 2016. This beginners course continued in January 2017.
  • Country Dancing ran Taster Sessions starting in January 2017.
  • Church History ran an excellent new series of talks and visits on Cathedral Architecture over 2016 – 2017.  Now completed, but a new Church History series of talks and visits is planned for 2018!
  • Computer Courses  group occasionally organises computer-related classes. For example, Getting Started with Tablets was run a number of times during 2015 – 2017.  No courses are currently in the pipeline,  but call in at Computer Advice one Monday or Tuesday morning for individual tuition.
  • Tai Chi classes with the new teacher, Heather Reade.  This included taster sessions for Beginners and a Summer School.  Four “revised” Groups under the new teacher started in September 2017.  See Tai Chi and Tai Chi Foundation.

Please consider if your group could offer a short course.