Liverpool’s Children in the 1950s

Two years ago Pam Russell, an enthusiastic member of our Local History Group and president of the Maghull & Lydiate Local History Society,  appealed to u3A members for help with a new book she was working on Liverpool’s Children in the 1950s. The book has now been published and is available in all good bookshops and on Amazon, including a Kindle edition. Continue reading


Walking with Reg Moore

Reg wishes to lead a few rambles during June as follows

Friday 1st June   To Leasowe  5 km

Meet at Maghull station for the 9.45 train

Thursday 14th June  Burton Manor  7.5 miles

Meet Maghull station  9.30 train

Friday 22nd June  Parbold   5km

Meet Maghull station at 9.30 to catch the 10.18 bus from Ormskirk – some rising land on this walk.

Friday 27th June  Hilbre Island meet at Maghull Station for the 9.30 train

Reg is planning these walks primarily for those people who do not like walking in large groups & for new members who would graduate to the main walk each month.

French Political History

Meetings scheduled for Tuesday June 12 and June 26 at 3.30 p.m. at St. Peter’s Church, Moorhey Road.  Naturally recent significant political changes in France will influence what we discuss.   We will look at the framework of constitutional rules in the modern 5th Republic as opposed to those that applied in the earlier 3rd and 4th Republics.  It will be interesting to study the results of the general legislative elections scheduled for June following the election of François Hollande to the Presidency



French Group of the Week

Many, many thanks to everyone who contributed so colourfully to our “French Group of the Week” exhibition on May 8,  A wonderful way to celebrate VE day, a date that was totally ignored on our side of the Channel.   So many wonderful photos, cards, maps, brochures and pictures of famous French personalities.   Having some people in our group who actually own property in France is now a great advantage.  They bring us so much new local material.   I haven’t even mentioned the delicious nibbles!   So thank you all once again……..readers who are not yet members of any of our French groups, you may have noticed there was not a single sign displayed that said “Danger!” or “Non aux Anglais!”   Variety is the spice of Gallic  life.    As it is in the whole of our U3A.  So I can’t really say “Vive la différence!”

David S. Ward

Grasmere ramble on 3rd May

Today’s outing took forty ramblers to Grasmere for a five and three quarter mile walk around both sides of Grasmere and Rydal Waters. Starting from the coach park we walked up to Loughrigg Terrace, along the Terrace to the caves where we had lunch,and then down to the Glen Rothay Hotel or to Rydal Hall  for a swift half or a cup of tea depending upon whatever you fancied.Restarting we returned back to Grasmere along the old Coffin trail into the village for a mooch around and more tea before leaving for home at 5 o’clock. we had wall to wall sunshine all day and every body enjoyed thenselves.

Here are some pictures taken on the walk. Click on an image to enlarge.