Speaker Meetings

Speaker Meetings are held at 10.30 on specified Thursday mornings throughout the year in Christ Church, Aughton. Coffee is available in the Scout & Guide HQ next door from 09.30 to 10.15 before the meeting. Everyone is welcome, so bring family, friends and neighbours to all our lectures.


Speaker Meetings in Autumn / Winter 2018

Thursday 4 October  – ‘Carbolic Smoke Balls updated’

Our speaker at the monthly meeting is our Chairman Ian Grant.  His intriguing talk is about a case from 1892 that has gone into legal history.  It concerns compensation claims and awards and relates to the way the law deals with them today.  Find out more by coming along to Christ Church at 10:30 am. Everyone is welcome.

Thursday 1 November – ‘World class music on your doorstep’.Our speakers in Christ Church on  are two members of  Douglas Music Parbold, a local society that has grown and developed over many years, bringing professional musicians to a local village hall.

Brian Pilling writes ‘One usually has to make costly and inconvenient journeys to hear top class music. However, something amazing happens in our neighbouring village of Parbold.  There, from September to May each year, Douglas Music presents a succession of truly world class concerts’.  This illustrated talk will explain how this came about and give recorded examples of the music available now.  Do come along at 10:30 am to hear and be inspired. Everyone is welcome.

Thursday 6 December – U3A Advent Celebration
Join in well known carols, listen to readings from Dickens and enjoy the U3A Choir and the Recorder Group in solo items.

This is an open meeting, so bring along friends, family and neighbours,

The Speaker Meeting Team

Our U3A Speaker Team plans and organises these events. It is led by the Speaker Secretary,  Pam Ball, and consists of Jeff Roberts and Alex McMinn.  They would very much welcome ideas for topics or specific speakers – please contact Pam via speakerteam@aughton-ormskirk-u3a.co.uk or any member of the team at a Horizons meeting or email Pam  via :

Message from the Speaker Meeting Team

  • These 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 stop very nearby on Holborn Hill. Some members ‘get active’ and walk, while a few even cycle now and then
A new Speaker Secretary for 2019
Sue Watkinson has retired after two and a half years as Speaker Secretary.  She hands over to Pam Ball who is already planning speakers for 2019.   Initially Pam plans for bi-monthly speakers in Christ Church and sets off on the first Thursday of February at 10.30 a.m.
Much appreciation and hearty thanks to Sue for a wonderful series of Speaker Meetings over her time of office. The variety and quality of the speakers arranged by Sue was was truly excellent.
As well as the Autumn / Winter 2018 Programme, please take a few minutes to view the extensive and interesting range of Past Speaker Meetings organised by Sue (as well a few from her predecessors).

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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.