May trip.. Hariss Gallery Preston, Wednesday May 8th

Women in Art.  (artists and sitters)

free talk and tour

meet at Maghull Station for 10am train to Ormskirk then on to Preston.

 A nice cafe avaliable  but the lady takes her time.

Tour 1.30 pm


Welsh Group Christmas lunch

Cinio Nadolig y Dosbarth Cymraeg

Cawsom ginio da a chwmni difir yn yr Alt cyn y Nadolig. Roedd pawb mewn hwyliau da ac er nad oedd pawb yn gallu dod i’r wledd roedd digon a hwyl i’w gael.


Welsh Group Christmas Lunch

We had a great lunch amid excellent company at the Alt before Christmas. Everyone was in fine spirits and although not all our members could attend we all had a very pleasant time.

Old Soldier’s story

Cliff Duncan has written an absorbing account of his time on National Service with the RAF in the 1950’s. It has been published  and can be viewed on line – see link below. Alternatively Duncan has one or to typed copies which he is prepared to lend interested members. It is a fascinating account of  a life changing experience. You can read how Cliff was a key man in the evacuation of Khartoum after the crisis of 1955 and how he commandeered the queen’s temporary throne at the El Adem RAF base.

Cliff  pictured with his book which you can read  online here.

Well worth a read, whether you suffered National Service yourself or just wonder what you missed. Ed.


Nordic Walking

Following the Nordic Walking taster session, held at a recent Coffee Morning Ian Gent has arranged with Stephanie Boote of Sefton Active Walks, to provide an initial training course for those who are interested. The course has been arranged exclusively for members of the Maghull & Lydiate U3A group and will be held locally at The Meadows Leisure Centre.  The course starts Monday 11th February 2013 2.30pm – 3.30pm. It is free of charge and poles will be provided. It will consist of four weekly one hour sessions and is an essential prerequisite for anyone who is thinking taking up Nordic Walking for which professional instruction is essential. Ian plans to lead a new U3A Nordic Walking Group, starting in March/April once he he is qualified.

In order to secure a place on the course, you must commit to attend all the four sessions. There are only 16 places available so book early in order to avoid disappointment.

Please ring Stephanie Boote, Active Walks Co-ordinator on 0151 934 2824 or email her at (Don’t forget to tell her that you are a member of the Maghull & Lydiate U3A.)
Other courses will follow for those unable to attend this course and details will be given when available.

Book Clubs

About our meetings

The Melling Lane group which meets normally every second Thursday evening at 19:30 is currently reading Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes, a novella which won the 2011 Man Booker Prize. Bill Howarth recommended this as a good read and we will be meeting to discuss it together on Thursday 7th February.

Anne Carr’s group meets  on the second Friday  morning monthly at 10:30 and are currently reading The Thread  by Victoria Hislop and will meet to talk about this book on Friday 8th February 10:30am

Recommendations for books to read are always welcome, as are new members, though space is becoming a problem as we meet in leaders’ homes. We may need to think about  forming a third Reading Group. If you would be interested in starting or helping to lead a new group or would simply like to join one of the exisiting groups please contact David on 526 6001 or Anne on 526 2734.

Book Donations

On Tuesdays at our Coffee Morning 10-11:30 you can purchase a wide range of books donated by members for as little as 50p each or 3 for £1. Donations of books are very much appreciated to enable us to provide this service for members but the books should be in excellent or very good condition. David K.

Cook Club starts February


For all you foodies and home cooks out there this is your perfect monthly event.

The main focus of the club would be to share ideas, tips, stories, and observations or put another way, have conversations with others who like to eat.  .

Many of us buy recipe books with good intentions, but sadly they get put into a cupboard and never used.   Being part of a group could provide the support and encouragement needed to have a go at new recipes.

An idea could be if each one of us tried a new recipe each month and then report back to the group on the result.  We could each try a different recipe or do the same recipe. So a bit like the way a book club runs. The group can decide the way forward, we could try different approaches until we find the best one for the group.

The aim is that the meetings will be light hearted and fun and are open to amateurs and experts alike.  This is not a club to watch someone else do a demonstration this is all about getting involved and sharing with others.  So it is important you are willing to do this,

Because of the nature of the club initially the number of members will be kept to 10, this will ensure everyone from the group can be involved, if the group was any bigger this may be difficult.  We can meet at my house 57 Deyes Lane. The first meeting will be on 28th February 10.00 to 11.30, and then meet once a month.

If you are interested please contact me, Brenda McKenzie  on 531 0207.



Welsh Language

Into its third year the Welsh group welcomes new members interested in learning this fascinating language. Join us for a bit of drama, some music, poetry and the odd bit of grammar! We do have fun we promise. Dewch draw i weld be sy’n mynd ymlaen.