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.

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 due to run in 2017

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 continues in January 2017.
  • Country Dancing is running Taster Sessions 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 and 2016.  In 2017, 2 more Getting Started with Tablets  courses are planned for January and February.  See the Computer Courses group page for contact and booking details. These courses are designed for absolute beginners.  If you already have some experience of mobile devices or cannot get on the course, try calling in at Computer Advice one Monday or Tuesday morning for individual help.
  • 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 in 2017

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

 Group 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.

The course will take place on the 1st Friday each month in the Scout & Guide HQ at 2.00 pm.  The next meeting is on Friday 6th January 2017.


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 that Tony Crimlisk has arranged two more courses running on Thursday evenings from 7pm to 9pm at his home in Long Lane, Aughton.

The dates are:ukule-pic-crimlisk

January 19th, 26th, February 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd


March 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th and April 6th.

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

There are currently a few places left on both courses but numbers are very limited.  Applicants will need to have (beg borrow or steal) a ukulele and be available on all the dates.  There are three main sizes of ukulele: Soprano, (the smallest and cheapest at around £20), Concert and Tenor.  There’s also the hybrid ukulele banjo.  Choose one that suits the size of your hand (and your pocket).  Please get advice or contact me before you buy.

No fees are involved, other than the normal £1 per session, and there’ll be a cup of tea/coffee and a biscuit to fortify you.

For more information contact Tony as soon as possible – telephone 01695 421602.

PS There are no plans for future beginner courses but we hope to start a group for people who can play a few chords already. Watch this space!

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!