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 2018

Thursday 1 FebruaryYvonne Taylor, one of our own members, will tell the story of her Polish Mother, Genovefa, (try saying it aloud and you will hear the English equivalent) and her wartime experiences.  Deported from Soviet occupied Poland and taken to the wastes of Siberia at the age of 15, she undertook a long and hard journey to join the Polish Free Army in Persia.  At the end of the war she began a new life in Lancashire.

Thursday 1 MarchRon Hutchinson, in his life story, speaks of the years when he was chauffeur to Lord Leverhulme.  It’s a fascinating and moving account of a young man seeking and finding a job that became a life’s commitment to one man, the experiences they shared and the people he met, including members of the Royal Family.

Thursday 5 April – Dr Penny Foulds will speak about Dementia – Facts, myths and challenge.
Penny works in clinical research with partners and is the founder of the ‘Dementia defying campaign’ using community endeavours to support those living with dementia and carers.
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Thursday 3 May – fellow U3A member from Upholland & District, Neil Stevenson is now the  U3A Egyptology National Adviser.  His topics is Gods and Goddesses – a fascinating mix of history and archaeology, CANCELLED

Thursday 7 June – THE UNITED KINGDOM CONSTITUTION: SOME QUIRKS AND ODDITIES
Dr John McGarry, the University of BoltonThe United Kingdom is one of the oldest in the world and yet many of its most important facets are not well known. John McGarry teaches and writes about the UK constitution and in this talk he discusses some important aspects of it.

Thursday 5 July – Ken Pye, well-known Liverpool local historian will present the story of the Slave Trade in Liverpool on at 10.30 am in Christ Church.

All members, their friends and neighbours are welcome to attend.  There is no charge.  Coffee as always available in Scout & Guide HQ from 9.30 am.

Parking is always congested on Thursday mornings – please try to share cars, walk or use public transport.

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

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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.