Maghull and Lydiate U3A  – UPDATE to Members

Hello all. I hope you and yours are well. We have been fully closed since the 16 March in the light of the Coronavirus National restrictions. I’m sure like me, many members will be missing meeting in our many groups and meeting for Tuesday coffee morning. In addition to Lil who as Welfare Officer always watches over us all so carefully, feedback suggests that wherever they can, many leaders and members have been keeping an eye on those who they feel are vulnerable.

As the Coronavirus restrictions have started to be eased, we have developed two documents to move us forward. The first is a Risk Assessment process to ensure that any U3A Leader who is proposing to start up their group, has properly considered the risks to such meeting/gatherings. Further, that specific measures will be put in place to ensure that safety and compliance with National Coronavirus restrictions, is paramount at all times. The risk assessment document will be signed off by our Health & Safety officer prior to any activity taking place. The required measures will be explained to the newly reconvened group(s) by the Group Leader prior to any activity.

To date a small number of outside activity groups have recommenced and have been operating in accordance with National Coronavirus guidance. The risk assessment document has also been applied. It is not envisaged that any groups will reconvene yet where those meetings take place indoors, in view of the ongoing National guidance. (If any leaders wishes to update their group activity in lockdown on this site, please email using mandlu3a@gmail.com ).

The second document developed, is a process to be used by Group Leaders to enable any members who have not yet renewed, to renew their membership. Should any member be considering participating in any U3A activity in the future, it is vital that they have renewed beforehand and thus their membership is current. Individual members can also renew by consulting our website (search Membership). If no up to date membership is in place, individuals are NOT covered by U3A Insurance and as such at greater risk/liable should any issues arise out of being involved in U3A activities.

As previously posted on this website, our AGM has been postponed twice. We will not reconvene the AGM until such time as we can all safely come back together, but we will keep this decision under review. Committee continue to discuss issues as they arise, remotely. Should you wish to raise any questions please do so by email using mandlu3a@gmail.com .

Finally, our member John Dilworth who you may know is a former Chief Prosecutor and who runs ‘Law for Fun,’ has agreed to run a National U3A ‘Law for Fun’ session on the 28th July. It’s not clear how or indeed if this will be advertised widely, but you may wish to ‘watch’ the National U3A website for updates on this. Thank you for your patience in reading this note – I look forward to our being able to meet again. .

Stay safe all

Dot Brannigan

Chairperson M&L U3


The Maghull & Lydiate University of the Third Age is part of a national and international network of U3A groups. A self-help organisation for people who are retired from full time work by all means, it provides many educational, creative and leisure opportunities for its members who share their skills & experiences in a variety of ways.

You can find out more at our open Coffee Morning held every Tuesday 10.00 – 11.15  in the main hall at Maghull Baptist Church Hall Hall Lane, Maghull.

Why not come along and find out why many hundreds have joined us since we started in  Maghull 2007.  Follow this link for an interesting video about one U3A’s experience. Read more below.

Weekly Information, read out at the Tuesday ‘coffee mornings’, can be found as ‘Notices’ on the web site. Previous weeks can be found by using the  Search  ‘Notices’  box at the top right side of the Main pages.

More about U3A

The University of the Third Age or U3A as it is generally known was originally started in France and arrived in this country in 1982. It’s is a self help style of  adult education where members contribute their skills and expertise, learning from one another in small groups. The word ‘university’ is used in its original sense, that is a collection of people devoted to learning.


You do not need any qualifications to join nor do we give any. Our focus is on enthusiasm and involvement. Membership is open to all who are no longer in full time employment. Started in Maghull in 2007, the membership has grown rapidly to over 800 members. There are more than 60 interest groups whose leaders, all volunteers, can be consulted any Tuesday at our regular Coffee Mornings.


There are also numerous recreational and social activities providing vital physical and mental exercise. For many, U3A has become a valuable means of mutual support and companionship. Why not come along – learn about Art, Poetry, Painting, Family History, Computers or Technology. Or perhaps you would like to learn a foreign language, take up Dancing, Taiji or photography. There is much more. A  world of opportunity awaits you!

You can meet and talk to any of the group leaders on Tuesdays at our regular Tuesday Coffee Mornings.

Chairperson:  Dot Brannigan