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.

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.

Carolyn Kirby should have been speaking in October but this also has been cancelled. However, I am hoping that Carolyn will also be able to speak to us in May next year on the subject of the background to her new book, When We Fall, based on the female pilots of WW2, which is due to be re-launched in the spring. If you haven’t already seen her videos below, do have a look.

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

In the light of recent advice from the Management Committee, it is unlikely that we will be able to hold any Speaker Meetings until next year. So, here is a list of talks already in place for 2021:

4th February   Julia Clayton – What did the Spartans do for us?

4th March       Vera Waters – Carpe Diem

1st April          Dennis Moore – Laughter, the best medicine.

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.