The Law for Fun Group broke new ground on 4th June when 23 members joined in the first online presentation from John Dilworth. The topic for the meeting was ‘Unused Material’ relating to criminal prosecutions, and the role that this has played in several high profile ‘miscarriage of justice’ cases that have been heard in the higher courts. John was able to give us an insight into the measures that are in place to prevent wrongful prosecutions and, as a result, the high volume of work that this places on the Crown Prosecution Service. The detail that he was able to provide us with cast a whole new light on the reasons why criminal proceedings can otherwise be thought of by the public as taking far too long to come to a conclusion. John went on to test the attention span of his audience by presenting various scenarios and inviting members to give their verdict as to what, in each case, should be the correct verdict on whether or not a prosecution could reasonably be justified.
The motivation to join could be related to changing circumstances, encouragement from friends or family, the desire to explore or extend existing or new interests, or the wish to offer something meaningful in retirement.
The wish to offer something meaningful in retirement
If you are looking for an opportunity to continue using skills you have from a previous working life or you have a hobby you would like to share with others, come and discuss how we can progress your idea/s with the Group Leaders Support Team on a Tuesday morning.
In the report Living Life, Extending Horizons, Challenging Conventions published by U3A in July 2018 the “springboard effect” is referred to. The report looks at the value of building confidence in people by offering them the opportunity to take responsibility. At the moment our walking groups have become very popular and as we move into the Spring, the interest will almost certainly increase. We are urgently looking for people to lead duplicate groups which could mirror existing walking groups. We have all the details of walks we just need people to lead them. Can you help?
The Congleton and District U3A have just started a laughter exercise group. Sue Ward their Chair states “lots of our groups clearly have some fun and laughter, but I thought there might be scope to bring extra laughter into our lives. The more I investigated laughter exercises (often referred to as laughter yoga) the more I thought we should have a go”. They now run successful fortnightly 30 minute sessions. Do you fancy running a laughter group for our U3A? It have been proven that laughter helps reduce stress. There are resources available to help get a group going
Due to weather conditions the Sunday Strollers walk had to be re-arranged, then the walk had to be changed.
We decided to walk from Moreton to New Brighton as underfoot would be good. Just as we started the walk the sun came out, however the wind on the front was very strong but thankfully it was behind us which helped us complete the 6 mile walk in 2 hours.
David helped to make the walk interesting by sharing information on the local area and we finished off enjoying lunch at the local Wetherspoons. We are going to Sefton Park next month to see the Field of Hope. Fingers crossed the weather is good.
Due to the popularity of this group we are unable to take any more members. However, if anyone would like to start another Sunday Strollers Group we would be able to provide you with walks to do. Come to the Group Leaders Support desk on a Tuesday morning.
28 members joined the Sunday Stroll today. We now have 34 members and have had to close the group as it has become so big. We are looking to start another group so if you fancy leading it please come to the Group Leaders Support desk on a Tuesday morning. We would be able to provide walks that you could do.
The group have been going 4 years and started with just three members. We are off to Chester next month and Sefton Park in March.
Our Walking Netball group continues to grow. Two more of our members are going on a Netball England Hosting Course at the end of January. Most weeks we have enough members to make two full teams. If you fancy joining us come and see Margaret Ashton at the Group Support desk on a Tuesday morning.
It is a really fun way to keep fit and although most of our members have played before we do have members who have never played netball. We play on a Friday morning at West Lancs College. We do share lifts so we may be able to sort a lift out for you if needed.
One of our members has just completed a Photography Course at West Lancs College and took these photos for us. Thanks Evelyn
Today was the last Dance Fit session until Monday 6th and Friday 13th January. Unfortunately, last Fridays session was cancelled due to Collette not being well. There are still some places in the Friday class which is at 2.30 at the Meadows Leisure Centre. The Monday class is full. These are very popular classes. If you require more information ring Brenda McKenzie on 07900525222 or come to the Group Leaders Support desk on a Tuesday morning.
Collette is not well so Dance Fit is cancelled today. She is hoping to be fit for Monday.
Just a reminder Law for Fun will be meeting at Lydiate Village Hall on Lambshear Lane at 2-4 pm. 21st November. Some members are on holiday so if you fancy coming along we will be see you there.
A new weekly cycling group will be starting in the New Year on a Monday at 10 0’clock.
Requirements of Riders:
- Bikes must be in a roadworthy condition
- Wearing of helmet and easily visible clothing strongly advised
Average ride length is 20 miles. For more info. contact Phil Hughes on 0151 526 0038