Short Courses in 2017

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

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.

Suggestions for short courses are always appreciated and are particularly welcome from U3A members who would be prepared to run or organise one themselves.

Courses still due to run in 2017

  • Writing Your Life Story – How to research and write your biography (onwards from 4 August).  See June-August 2017 Magazine page 18 for the contact details of Teacher George Russell and for information on the course content.
  • There may be more short courses in the pipeline, so watch this space!
  • And please offer to run one if you can

In addition to the above, individual special interest groups sometimes run courses 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. This beginners course continued in January 2017.
  • Country Dancing ran Taster Sessions starting in January.
  • Church History is running a new series of talks and visits on Cathedral Architecture continuing in January.
  • 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.
  • Please consider if your group could offer a short course.

Email the Learning & Group Support Sub-committee 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 already 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.


Two more Ukulele Short Courses

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.

NB: According to the latest research ageing brains improve if you learn to play a musical instrument and making music can help to lower blood pressure, decrease heart rate, reduce stress, lessen anxiety and depression and increase cognitive abilities, but……

HEALTH WARNING! Playing the ukulele is addictive!