Frank Hornby: Trains, Cranes, and Dinky Toys

Frank Hornby

2013 marked 150 years since the birth of Frank Hornby, (1863-1936) who was of course the famous manufacturer of  Hornby Railways, Dinky Toys and Meccano and as many of you know lived in Maghull.

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Sefton Older Persons Forum

Sefton Older Persons Forums (Maghull branch) would like U3A members to know about a meeting, held at St Andrews Church Hall on the last Tuesday afternoon each month. Members hear about current and future developments regarding health and wellbeing and  take part in future planning of local services. The meetings are free and refreshments are provided. If transport is needed to attend this can be arranged.
The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 27th March 1-30p.m. and the speakers will be Dawn Stewart, Age Concern Liverpool and Sefton, together with Karen Skelton from Sefton Plus.

“Through hill and high water”


On a bright sunny day a couple of dozen intrepid ramblers set off from Freshfield Station.
The walk originally planned, had to be amended several times due to circumstances beyond our control.
Fisherman’s Path was closed to enable Sefton Council to carry out repairs to the path surface, so we headed straight down Victoria Road to the National Trust Squirrel reserve.
Here we made our way through the pinewoods and on to the sand dunes where we met a major obstacle. Our arrival on the beach co-incided exactly with the Spring Tide at its highest point. Fortunately there was a narrow bit of beach untouched by the tide so we were able to walk along for a couple of hundred yards before we were faced with a choice of starting to paddle or to stay dry and climb back over the dunes. We opted to stay dry, climbed back over the dunes and made our way through the car park. After meandering through some former asparagus fields we reached the Pinewoods pub where we had a very enjoyable meal.

Next Walks

Thursday 12th April

Walk from Westhead around the West Lancashire
countryside towards the Stanley Gate
and back into Westhead
Thursday 3rd May
Grasmere, Loughrigg Terrace to Rydal and back along the Coffin Trail to
Grasmere, approximately 5.8 miles.

March Book Club Reading Groups

Thursday 8th March: Case Histories, Kate Atkinson

Stephen King …..  rated Kate Atkinson’s Case Histories “not just the best novel I’ve read this year, but the best mystery of the decade”.

See Scotsman report here.

Friday 9th March: Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, Paul Torday.

This author was nudging 60 when he wrote his first novel – now it’s a film starring Ewan McGregor. See interview with Jasper Rees .

Books wanted

The Book Clubs welcome new members but we are getting to the point where will need to form a third group – speak to David or Anne if you are interested.

Donations of books are still needed for sale to members at our Tuesday Coffee mornings. Please note the books should be in excellent saleable condition. Generally books are offered for sale at only 50p each, or 3 for £1 with funds raised supporting U3A activities.