Speaker Meetings

By | April 1, 2019

In normal times, 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.

A Message from the Speaker Secretary, Pam Ball – appropriate to normal times.

  • 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.

But here is a special message from Pam – especially for the the current times of lockdown.

Hello everyone

Here is an update on the situation regarding Speaker Meetings.

First, a warning – on 5th March we welcomed Natalie White, Community Banker for NatWest bank, who spoke to us about different types of scams. Since the outbreak of the corona virus there have been reports of scammers attempting to take advantage of people’s vulnerability, so now it is more important than ever to be extra vigilant.

At the time of writing I still have the following talks in place:

1st October           Carolyn Kirby:   Women with Wings (see videos below)

5th November     Pete Turner:       Through the Eyes of a Magician

Please note that Philip Caine’s talk on 3rd September has been cancelled. Philip will hopefully come and speak to us in November next year.

Whether these talks will actually take place depends very much on government advice and the views of the Third Age Trust and our insurers. At the moment there is no clear way forward, so my plan is to leave these arrangements in place for now.

Dennis Moore will hopefully be coming to speak to us next year, but in the meantime he has now self-produced a video talk for us, titled “Keeping Sane During Lockdown” and you can watch it on our YouTube channel. As this is a new venture for him, Dennis asked for feedback which I was able to send him a couple of weeks ago – thank you to those who contributed, Dennis was most appreciative.

Those of you who attended Carolyn Kirby’s talk in the Ministry Centre last year will remember that she gave a very interesting and entertaining talk on the background to her first novel, The Conviction of Cora Burns. Carolyn has written another book, When We Fall, based on the female pilots of WW2, which has been published through a small publisher, No Exit Press. She will be coming to talk to us in October (all being well), but in the meantime Carolyn has produced a short video by way of an introduction to her talk:

Here is a recent interview with Carolyn Kirby about her second novel, “When we Fall”:

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

I will post further updates as and when the situation becomes clearer.

Pam Ball


Please email any ideas to email Pam Ball, our Speaker Meeting Organiser,  at:

speakerteam@aughton-ormskirk-u3a.co.uk  or phone 07974 749362.


Past Speaker Meetings

Much appreciation and hearty thanks to Sue Watkinson, who ‘retired’ in 2019 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.