AGM – Changes at the top

Chair of our U3A Tony Snape who has served us admirably for the past three years stood down at our AGM on Tuesday, as did our Secretary Jan Halksworth who has performed her role with great enthusiasm and commitment for just a little longer. Tony will continue as Vice Chair. Wanda Leach takes over as chair and as yet the role of Secretary is to be filled.
The meeting passed a vote of thanks to Tony and Jan and unanimously elected Wanda to her new office. Other committee members elected were Mary Prendergast and Tony Atlay. In a change to our constitution it was agreed to increase the number of co-opted committee members from 2 to 4 immediately and the number of elected committee members from 8 to 10 with effect from April 2014. Ed.



Jan Halksworth, Tony Snape and Wanda Leach at AGM 30/4


Annual General Meeting

AGM Tuesday 30th April 10:00am 

Don’t miss our AGM which is next Tuesday in Maghull Baptist Church. This is an important meeting for all members and includes election of officers and committee members. In addition to normal business there  is a proposal to increase the number of co-opted committee members from 2 to 4 with immediate effect and proposal to increase the number of elected committee members from 8 to 10 with effect from april 2014.  Refreshment on this occasion are free and copies of the May Newsletter will be available. Your vote counts, please try to be there.

The meeting Agenda can be viewed here: Agenda


Thursday 18th April saw us depart from the Square on a sunny but windy morning.  We set off for Gladstone Pottery Museum in Longton, Stoke.  On arrival we hade tea/coffee/biscuits and then joined our guides for our tour.  What an interesting place it turned out to be.    Who could believe in this day and age the hardships they worked under in the Potteries.  Brick bottle shaped kilns which we went in, belched thick black smoke all over Stoke on Trent.  Children from as young as 6 were working there.  There was a lighter side though with a demonstration of pot and exquisite flower making.  We visited the Doctor’s house and were repulsed by the things that people suffered from as a result of working in this trade.     Gladstone Museum itself is a lasting testimony to the way it was and in its’ heyday made beautiful fine bone china.   We finished off at the Flushed with Pride exhibition which explained the history and development of the modern wc and flush. How enterprising were the Victorians who built sewers and developed the water flush and with none of the technoloy we have to-day.  We travelled on to Leek, famous for its antiques and button making where we went our separate ways to have lunch.  Then off we went to Hartington, reputedly one of the prettiest villages in the area.  We travelled across the wild Staffordshire Moorland, not as well known as its’ Derbyshire neighbour, but beautiful nonetheless.  We  bought cheese from the Little Cheese Shop, some of it is now made in the area and had tea/cakes in the local tea rooms and the lovely Charles Cotton Hotel.  By this time it was still very windy and becoming quite cold so we were pleased to reboard the coach and head for home.  A very interesting worthwhile day


Now that the nights are getting lighter and the weather warmer, we have decided to try some evening walks. It is also getting more difficult to find a time and day when all of our group can take part, due to their involvement in other U3A activities.

The first evening walk will take place on Tuesday, 16th, April 2013 @ 6.30pm. We will be meeting in Hall Lane, Lydiate for a circular walk around Lydiate, using local footpaths, the Liverpool Leeds canal, Pygons Lane and Sandy Lane before returning to the starting point at Hall Lane.

All our weekly walks will be advertised at the coffee mornings as usual and also by e mail to our group.

Once again, if you are interested in taking part, please let me know or contact Stephanie Boote, at Sefton Active Walks on (0151) 934 2824 or e mail: to put your name down for one of the courses. It is only an hour a week for four weeks and it is completely free.

Happy Nordic Walking,


Book Club

Benefits of mutual group support

We had a slightly different meeting in March when we read ‘Lydia Cassatt Reading the Morning Paper’ by Harriet Scott Chessman. Tom and Edith who used to paint brought their large, lovely paintings to hang on our dining room walls and Eileen and Shirley brought some of their work also. Mo Birchall came as I thought she would have ideas on Mary Cassatt’s work, and I was delighted to find that she had read the book as well and so contributed about the book. In the end we came to understand a bit more about the art world of the time. Tom had copies of her work in Art books and I showed a couple on line. Anne Carr