Speaker Meetings

By | April 1, 2019

Speaker Meetings are held at 10.30 on specified Thursday mornings throughout the year, either in Christ Church Ministry Centre or in Christ Church itself. Coffee is available in the Scout & Guide HQ (very nearby the Church and its Ministry Centre) from 09.30 to 10.15 before the meeting. Everyone is welcome, so bring family, friends and neighbours.

Speaker Meetings in 2019

Here is the latest information from our new Speaker Secretary for 2019 – Pam Ball.

See Pam’s Past Speaker Meetings for info on this year’s events so far.


Our first Speaker Meeting for 2020 will take place on Thursday 6th February in Christ Church, when U3A member Jane Sheehan will present a fascinating talk on Foot Reading: Learn the secrets your feet reveal.

Scarisbrick’s own Jane Sheehan is the UK’s leading foot reader and Amazon best-selling author.  She will be giving a very interactive talk about what your feet say about your emotions and personality.  She’ll also be adding in some amusing anecdotes involving some of the celebrities she has met and some of the adventures she has had.

Jane runs a reflexology clinic in Scarisbrick and she tours the world with her foot reading workshops. She has appeared on “Strictly: It Takes Two”, “Today with Des and Mel”, “This Morning”, “Live with Gabby” and “Big Brother’s Little Brother”. Her talks are always interactive, fun, and extremely revealing about your emotions and personality.

Please wear easy to remove footwear and be prepared to learn something about yourself (and the person sitting next to you).  You’ll never look at feet in the same way again!


Friends Against Scams is a National Trading Standards Scams Team initiative, which aims to protect and prevent people from becoming victims of scams by empowering communities to take a stand against scams.  The initiative has been created to tackle the lack of scams awareness by providing information about scams and those who fall victim to them. This information enables communities and organisations to understand scams, talk about scams and cascade messages throughout communities about scams prevention and protection.

Friends Against Scams encourages communities and organisations to take the knowledge learnt and turn it into action, and with this in mind, on Thursday 5th March 2020 at 10.30 am in Christ Church, we will be welcoming Natalie White, our local NatWest Community Banker. Following on from a highly successful presentation to Southport U3A, Natalie will speak on the subject of scams, and will explain how her role involves helping people in the community protect themselves against scams. She will talk about how scams can affect anyone, even the younger generation, the different types in existence and how we can protect ourselves against them, with 5 important top tips.

Next year’s line up will also include:

2nd April           Andrew Thwaite returns with more chocolatey talk

7th May             Meg Parkes: The Secret Art of Survival

4th June            David Hearn will speak about Sir William Brown

More details in due course. I would be very pleased to hear from any members who would like to give a talk, or maybe you remember a past speaker you would like to hear from again.

Please email any ideas to speakerteam@aughton-ormskirk-u3a.co.uk  or phone 07974 749362.


Saturday 12th October 2019

A small but very creative group of members spent a very pleasant Saturday morning recently creating a beautiful mosaic tile. Under the expert guidance of ceramic artist Janice Tasker, they learned how to cut and shape small pieces of Janice’s handmade tiles, then arrange and glue them into an attractive design ready for grouting.

Several people expressed an interest in developing their skills, and we are hoping to arrange further workshops in the new year for beginners and improvers, if there is sufficient interest.

Please contact Pam Ball pamelaball486@btinternet.com if you would like to take part.

The finished tiles ready for grouting


A Message from the Speaker Secretary:

  • Speaker meetings are open to the public.  So do invite your friends even if they are not U3A members.
  • Parking can be tricky on Thursday mornings.  So, if you can, please consider car-sharing or alternative modes of transport.  The handy half-hourly  310 Ormskirk – Liverpool bus stops very nearby on Holborn Hill. Some members ‘get active’ and walk, while a few even cycle now and then.

Past Speaker Meetings

Much appreciation and hearty thanks to Sue Watkinson, who has recently ‘retired’ from the Speaker Secretary role, for a wonderful series of Speaker Meetings over her time of office. The variety and quality of the speakers arranged by Sue was truly excellent. Please take a few minutes to view and recall the extensive and interesting range of Past Speaker Meetings organised by Sue (as well a few from her predecessors).

DVD recordings


The Speaker Meetings are recorded on DVD. DVDs can be obtained from Bill Evans at a cost of £3.

To order one, phone Bill on 01695 312479 or contact him at Horizons.