September 2012 Newsletter

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LECTURE at Aughton and Ormskirk U3a

Members are invited to a lecture by Prof. Tom Kirkwood, Dean for Ageing and Health at University of Newcastle.
‘WHY ARE HUMAN BEINGS LIVING LONGER’
Guest lecture is on Thursday 6th September at 10.30 am
at Christ Church, Long Lane, Aughton, Ormskirk
Coffee from 9.30 am.

Grassington ramble 9th August

Another wonderful outing!! The sun shone from start to finish. Fortyfive of us set out from Maghull Square and our first stop was at the Devonshire Arms Hotel in Cracoe where the landlady had tea, coffee and the most delicious biscuits waiting for us. At £1.50 per head it was extremely good value for money – a Hotel I can highly recommend.

We all walked together from Cracoe to the Hamlet of Thorpe where we had our picnic lunch. We then divided into two groups, one led by John & Ann went to Grassington by way of Burnsall where much of “Calendar Girls” was filmed. The other group led by my wife Ann & myself  took a slightly shorter route via the pretty village of Linton.

After an hour or so spent exploring Grassington, we all returned to Maghull tired but happy having had a most enjoyable day’s walking.

 

 

FRENCH GROUPS, Language and History

NEW COURSE ON MODERN FRANCE
From Tuesday September 11 we will be starting a new course entitled “Modern France”, but in English, at Kensington House, Station Road, starting time 2.30 p.m.   The new group will meet on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays each month.   This will replace the French Political History course that has been running at St. Peter’s church for some years.   The title “MODERN FRANCE” could cover practically anything that happens across the Channel.   We will start with regional differences (Paris and the French provinces), social and cultural trends, the political system, economic modernisation, ideas that have shaped French patterns of thought and France’s involvement in European unification.  Whatever aspect of post-war French life you might like to explore, we will encourage you to do.  So if you love France and want to share some of her qualities with friends, come along to Kensington House on September 11 for the first exploratory meeting.   The venue is comfortable and you could make it exciting!  Try to get John Ardagh’s superb book, “FRANCE TODAY” by Penguin.  Very cheap but you won’t put it down once you start.

Language Courses

The Monday group will resume sessions in Kensington House 2.00-4.00 p.m. on September 10.   On present plans we will meet on each of the remaining Mondays in September, although not on October 1st.  We are looking forward to hearing (in French!) members’ summer holiday experiences.   That should supply a lot of thematic material to be exploited in taught sessions.   Thereafter we will continue to use “French Grammar in Context” by Margaret Jubb & Annie Rouxeville.

The Wednesday group will resume meetings at Hudson Primary School, Moorhey Road, on September 12 from 2.00-4.00 p.m.  We also expect to meet on September 26.  No meeting planned for September 19 because of a “rival” focus on French life at Liverpool University that afternoon.  Let me know if you’d like to learn more!   Again, as for the Monday group, there should be lots of summer holiday news for us to share in even better French than before our summer break.

David Ward, tel: 526-5071