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 2019

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.  Here Pam introduces herself and her very interesting plans for events in 2019.

I’ve been a member of the U3A for some years now – I attended the German group for a while when it first started and have been to one or two other events, but because of family responsibilities I haven’t been able to commit myself to anything on a regular basis. Things have changed for me now and I look forward to greater involvement and getting to know a few more people. My professional background is in teaching, and my interests range from gardening to all aspects of the arts.

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Sue will be a hard act to follow I know, and initially I will be scaling things down a little bit so that we will have a speaker every other month. We will be starting on Thursday 7th February with a subject very dear to our hearts – Chocolate! Andrew Thwaite is a former chef who for many years has specialised in the history and manufacture of chocolate, and I’m sure his talk will be just the thing to brighten the dull days of February. Apparently he brings samples as well!

Have a look at his website https://www.andrewthwaite.org.uk.

Looking forward to Thursday 4th April, we have Carolyn Kirby, who will speak about her new book ‘Victorian Scientists and Scandals: true stories behind The Conviction of Cora Burns‘. Note = this meeting will be held in the Ministry Centre.

Carolyn writes:

My novel The Conviction of Cora Burns will be published in the UK and USA in March 2019. This is a historical thriller set in 1880s Birmingham about a troubled young woman, Cora Burns who was born in a gaol and raised in a workhouse. Haunted by memories of a terrible crime, she seeks a new life working as a servant in the house of a scientist, Thomas Jerwood. Here, Cora befriends a young girl, Violet, who seems to be the subject of a living experiment. But is Jerwood also secretly studying Cora?

The novel is inspired by some real Victorian lives and events. My talk will give an insight into the research that underlies the fictional narrative of the novel.

A couple of Speaker Meetings planned for later in 2019:

  • 6th JunePeter Rimmer will speak about Morecambe Bay
  • 5th SeptemberHarold Hoggarth will speak about the Civil War in Lancashire

Looking ahead, 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.

The Speaker Meeting Team

Our U3A Speaker Team plans and organises these events. It is led by the Speaker Secretary,  now Pam Ball, and includes Jeff Roberts and Alex McMinn.  They would very much welcome ideas for topics or specific speakers – please contact  any member of the team at a Horizons meeting or email the Speaker Secretary on:

A 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.

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).

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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.