Short Courses

Pre-pandemic, Aughton & Ormskirk u3a had been organising Short Courses by and for its members over many years. Originally, these courses usually ran for around 6 sessions in length. In the past we have covered a diverse range of subjects such as chemistry, botany, astronomy, geology, poetry, painting, stained glass, meditation, memory, dancing, crafts.  They typically drew on the skills, knowledge of members,

Over time, the Learning Opportunities became more varied in format eg a Series of Talks and / or Outings, One-off Workshops, Demo Sessions, Practical Tutorials and so on. Topic examples have included sessions on First Aid and the Use of Defribillators (from Professionals).   Taster sessions on skills such as Ukulele, Tai Chi, Tap Dancing have led to extra permanent Groups being formed. Then Zoom sessions came on-stream for us during Pandemic Restrictions.

But please bear in mind that Short Courses, in whatever format,  can only continue if members step up to share their skills and help organise them.

Help and support for this endeavour can be provided by the Group Support SubcommitteeMembers of this committee can be contacted by email at:

groups@aughton-ormskirk-u3a.co.uk


See below some of the plants we learnt about on the excellent Short Course on Botany in 2018 run by Peter Gately. This took place in the classrom and, literally, in the field!


Church History Group have run several excellent series of talks and visits on Cathedral Architecture over 2016 – 2017, another in 2018 and a third in 2019. Unfortunately, the 2020 series was cancelled for the obvious reason, but partly recommenced in 2021 when deemed safe to do so. Check out the Church History Group page for great photo galleries of cathedrals they have covered and plans for continuing the series.


Last Updated on January 27, 2022