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.

Speaker Meetings planned for 2017

    • 6 April: Richard Noble with ‘By the skin of your teeth’: Richard is a friend of Andrew Beeston, one of our long serving members.  He has written a book about Old Testament quotations that are still in use today and will tell us about the origins of th
    • 4 MaySankey Canal Restoration Trust.  So near to us and so little known, the Sankey Valley provided the venue for one of our longer walking groups when members were fascinated at the work being done to restore the historic canal, the first industrial waterway in England.  Peter Keen, Secretary to the Trust, will tell us stories about the history, decline and re-birth of the area.
    • June: No meeting but don’t forget the AGM.  Come along and take part, it’s your meeting.
    • There are NO Speaker Meetings in July and August.
    • 7 September: Make a note of a very special and interesting speaker.  Colin Wright is an academic who has studied the art and mathematics of juggling.  He will explain and demonstrate his skills in Christ Church at our first Speaker meeting of the autumn season.  Be there to marvel and enjoy! More information can be found here.
    • 5 October – Joe Riley, 50 years a Journalist and Art Critic of the Liverpool Echo for 35 of those years. His title is “Who do you think you are?” – a humorous backwards look at the rise of instant media critics.
    • 2 November – we welcome classical pianist Andrew Wilde with a popular programme including much Chopin
    • 7 December is our annual Advent Celebration with our own U3A Choir and guests

The Speaker Meeting Team

Our U3A Speaker Team plans and organises these events. It is led by Sue Watkinson and consists of Margaret Kitchen, Jeff Roberts, Alex McMinn and John Stewart.  They would very much welcome ideas for topics or specific speakers – please contact Sue on 01695 422423 or any member of the team.
You may also like to take a look at some Speaker Meetings from the past.

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


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.