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. 

The next Speaker Meeting will take place on 7th November, at 10.30 am in Christ Church, (please note change of venue from that originally planned) when our own U3A member John Winter will speak about his book: Blame it on the Beatles – and Bill Shankly.

As a student in Liverpool during the nineteen sixties John Winter become involved with the music scene as a songwriter.  He was there in 1968 when Paul McCartney made a secret visit to The Cavern Club.  Faith Brown and ‘Diddy’ David Hamilton recorded his songs.   His sister-in-law got letters from Paul McCartney, written when The Beatles were still unknown.   He stood on The Kop and cheered Bill Shankly’s team as they emerged from the old Second Division to hold their own with the best in Europe, and ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’was heard at Anfield for the very first time.

Illustrating his talk with slides, John will tell you how these experiences provided the background material for his book, which looks through the eyes of a group of young teenagers and shows how the fame of The Beatles, and the success of Liverpool FC under the charismatic Bill Shankly, affected their lives – and changed the world.

Come along to Christ Church and rekindle your memories of that magical decade.   After the talk John will be signing copies of his book.

“I thought this book was great.   If you lived through those times first hand it will take you straight back to the streets and the clubs – and the dripping ceiling of The Cavern.   And if you weren’t there, it will make you will feel as though you were!”    

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.

John’s talk will be the last for this year, and I would like to thank all speakers, advisors, helpers, chair puter-outers, photographers and AV experts who have supported me during my first year in this job – your help has been much appreciated!

Next year’s line up will include:

6th February     U3A member Jane Sheehan presents a fascinating talk on Foot Reading

2nd April           Andrew Thwaite returns with more chocolatey talk

4th June            David Hearn will speak about Sir William Brown

More details in due course.

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.