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, botany, 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.
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.
Email the Learning & Group Support Subcommittee at email@example.com with any suggestions for a short course or offers to run one. Further information is available on the website – see how to start a short course.
Short Courses in 2019
Beginners’ Tap Dancing Class
Six week course: Wednesday 9 January – Wednesday 13 February – 10.30-11.30 (1 hour)
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 coordinator, 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.
Past Short Courses in 2018
Yet Another Ukulele course
Leader of the Ukulele Group, Tony Crimlisk, ran another short course suitable for absolute beginners.
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A brand new course on Botany was successfully completed in September 2018.
“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 is a useful publication for U3A members contemplating the subject.
Leader: Tony 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.
Past Courses put on by Groups
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 series of talks and visits on Cathedral Architecture over 2016 – 2017, another in 2018 and a third planned for 2019!
- Computer Courses group for many years ran courses covering everything from Word Processing to Getting Started with Tablets. No courses are currently in the pipeline as the group is inactive, in want of a Leader. But call in at Computer Advice one Monday or Tuesday morning for individual tuition.
- Tai Chi teacher, Heather Reade, has run taster sessions for Beginners and a Summer School. (She currently teaches 4 U3A groups – see Tai Chi and Tai Chi Foundation.
Please consider if your group could offer a short course.