Speaker Meetings

By | April 1, 2019

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

Speaker Meetings in 2020

Here is the latest information from our  Speaker Secretary  – Pam Ball

See Pam’s Past Speaker Meetings for info on last year’s events.

Happy New Year everyone! I have put together what I hope you will agree is a varied and interesting programme of speakers for 2020, so keep an eye on the website, the magazine and flyers at Horizons, where talks will be publicised 2 or 3 weeks in advance.

Our first Speaker Meeting for 2020 will take place on Thursday 6th February at HQ, (please note change of venue) 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: Brilliant Brands – the stories behind your favourite bars of chocolate.

7th May             Meg Parkes: The Secret Art of Survival – creativity and ingenuity of British Far East prisoners of war 1942-45.

4th June            David Hearn: Sir William Brown – the man who made Liverpool.

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.

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.