October newsletter 2013

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Cook Book success!

Cook Book raises £300 for charity

Our cook book has proved very successful, selling out in just two weeks. We are very grateful to Maghull High School who printed the books free of charge, which means we will make in the region of £300 from the sales, which will be donated to Macmillan.

At the end of September some members of the Foodie group are attending a cookery class where they will learn how to cook authentic Afro-Caribbean cuisine and other delights. Other U3A members have expressed an interest in attending a demonstration, and if there is enough interest it may be possible to organise one locally. Please let me  know if you are interested. It would probably take place sometime in October. More details to follow – keep watching the notice board at the beginning of October.

Although there is now a waiting list in operation for this the group, if there was enough interest there would be no reason why a second group could not be formed.



Social events

Quiz and Hotpot Saturday 12th October
All tickets have been sold but see Doris in case any have been returned if you want to come. Prompt start 7.30 p.m. Remember it is a fun quiz with a few serious questions and we have to have a winner!

Christmas Lunch Tuesday 17th December at The Prince of Wales Southport

Menus are now available. Please book your place as soon as possible. This is a U3A event for all members. £15 includes the lunch, raffle and tip. See Marge Grundy who is taking bookings.

Christmas Social

13th December at Maghull British Legion

Tickets are going fast so please do not leave it too late. See Doris at the coffee mornings.


Now that the nights are pulling in and winter looms, we have reduced our walks to 1 hour.  Whilst we are still walking in the Lydiate at present, it is our intention to move back to Maghull from the 30th. September, 2013.   We will then meet on the car park of Maghull Baptist Church.  We will continue to walk every Monday evening, commencing at 6.30pm, as it is the best night for all concerned.  The walks will be a 1 hour circular walk, on well lit roads, around the Maghull area.  This includes the usual warming up and cooling down exercises.  They will continue on a weekly basis, at the above time and place, until further notice.  I am also hoping that I will be able to offer some additional walks during the day, for those who cannot make the evenings.  These walks will be advertised when available.

More of our members are in the process of being trained by Sefton Active Walks and we look forward to them joining us on our regular walks in the near future.  This will bring the number of trained Nordic walkers from our U3A to 24.  One of our members, Brenda McKenzie, has also volunteered to be trained up as a Walking Group Leader, which will mean that I will have someone to lead the walks when I am not available.  She is currently awaiting a course.

Once again, if anyone wishes to get trained up and join us, please contact either myself at iangent@btinternet.com (0151 526 7736 or Stephanie Boote at Sefton Active Walks  Stephanie.Boote@sefton.gov.uk (0151) 934 2824.  All the courses, walks and the use of the Nordic walking poles are free.



New team for Table Games

Phil Davidson and Kath Pearson are now heading up this popular group after Jane’s able and enthusiastic leadership over many years. Meetings are every Monday in the Youth Coffee Bar, Town Hall  10-12.00

Games currently include Scrabble and Bridge but they can cater for Chess, Backgammon, Qwirkle, Solo, Whist and Cribbage.

If you would like to join in or  introduce a new table game then please come along.

For more information speak to Phil or Kath – see Group Leaders page for contact details.



Burscough Ramble Thurs 5th Sept

Todays ramble was from the Hop Vine along to “The Farm” near the Martin pub and then along the canal back to Burscough, 5.6 miles by my GPS..The usual late Summer obstacles were overcome ie,Long grass ,nettles,etc. However a totally unexpected event happened as we were nearing “The Farm ” for a welcome pot of tea,there, adjacent to the footpath, was one of these crop watering devices jetting pulses of water over the crops but also over the footpath,we had to try and dodge the spray but by and large not very sucessfully.We had our tea outside in the sun and let good king Sol dry us off.We then walked down to the canal and back to Burscough where we had the usual splendid meals offered by the Hop Vine (and their equally splendid brewed on the premises drinks).Thirty four of us enjoyed the day.