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 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.

The Speaker Meeting Team

Our U3A Speaker Team plans and organises these events. It is led by the Speaker Secretary,  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 or any member of the team at a Horizons meeting.

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
Message from the Speaker Secretary
I am coming to the end of two and a half years as your Speaker Secretary and I’ve loved every minute of it.  Finding speakers isn’t difficult – there are lots of people available – but contacting them, learning about their topics and then hearing their presentations has been so interesting.
But at present there is no-one to take over from me at the end of 2018.  Please think about offering yourself for this important role.  Speaker meetings are an opportunity for members from all groups to come together once a month to share a variety of topics.  Please contact me if you would like to find out more – Sue Watkinson 01695 422 423 or ask at Horizons.

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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.

You may also like to see a list of Speaker Meetings from the past.