Sardinia 2021

I have just been contacted by John Makinson of Discovery Travel , approx.1.00pm today

He advised me that EasyJet have cancelled the flights that were booked to take us to and return us from Sardinia

At present , there is no other option to proceed with the proposed tour this year.

DT  are looking at options for 2022 , however if a member does not wish to continue , flight costs will be recoverable from EasyJet via DT

Some aspects of the deposits have been expended in Sicily and therefore that aspect of the deposit refund is in doubt.

Members are requested to identify whether they want to consider 2022 or seek partial refund.


Sardinia Wine Tour

First of all , a happy new year to all U3A members “keep safe , follow the guidelines and we all might get through this”

Hopefully , we will all be vaccinated by the time we are due to travel to Sardinia in October.

Just a reminder about the the EHIC health card.

If your card is due to run out before October you will need to get a “GHIC” card which is to be issued by the British Government

If you go on the website “”” you can find and fill out the necessary form to request a new card

Good luck


George and Moe

Ps Please note that you will require to have at least 6 months left on your passport , I would suggest you have 9 months



wine tour 2020

I have emailed members with regard to the current position of the proposed wine tour commencing 03/10/2020

I have received a number of emails from members with varying comments

I do not want to get into providing answers/comments to each of these emails

Therefore , I will await any other comments for a few days , analyse the comments and then advise Discovery Travel of my findings

Please refer to the postings if you require any further update or telephone me



Hoghton Tower and Smithhills Hall

We are to arrange a visit to the above 2 properties on 14th May 2020

Coach travel from Maghull Square and return

Entry and guided tour of Smithhills Hall (tea/coffee and biscuits may be available)

Entry and guided tour of Hoghton Tower (lunch may be available)

Refreshments possible at both venues (further details and cost , extra to members to be determined)

Cost exclusive of refreshments £27.00


See George or John at Architecture for Fun desk



Wine Tasting on Thursday 21st October 2021

A further tasting will take place at Winetime at Scatchards (as usual) on the above date

Wines from Spain will be offered for tasting along with the usual nibbles

The cost is £7.00 for the tasting and , if required £7.00 for taxi transfers from and back to Maghull Square

15 members have paid previously (if any of those who have paid cannot make that date , please advise George ASAP)

I have 15 further names on my list of members who who have not yet paid , please see George ASAP to pay for the event.

Only if any of the members above do not want to partake , there will be places available for other members.

See George Birchall at Wine Tasting desk or call leave a text on 07826 048379

Slavery and Secrets Liverpool tour

We have arranged for David Hearn, of National Museums -Liverpool to carry out two tours of the Slavery and Secrets Liverpool on at  on Thursday 12th March.

Both tours last about 1.5 hours and start at 10.30  and 12.45.

Meet outside Moorfields Station (Moorfields side). Cost is £4 per member.

Both tours full , reserve list available

See George Birchall or John Chapman on Architecture for Fun desk

Holker Hall and Cartmel, Cumbria

The revised trip to Holker Hall and Gardens with , if time allows ,  a short visit to Cartmel has been arranged for 14th October 2021

We will have a guided tour of  the Hall (12 noon) and self guided tour of the gardens (either before hall tour or after lunch) , (there is no guided tour of the gardens)

The cost including all entrance and tour fees is £31.00

Members have provided there lunch choices and this will be forwarded to Heather Creasey together with the necessary cheque , lunch will be in a separate  area provided by the hall , lunch will be at 1.00pm or shortly after the hall tour has been completed







See George or John at Architecture for Fun desk or call 07826 048379

Auckland Castle and Barnard Castle Durham

We have joined the Art Appreciation Group on there three day / two night trip (20/02/20 – 22/02/20) based at the Durham Marriott Hotel in Durham on a DBB basis. If interested see the Discovery Travel flyer obtainable from  George or John on the Architecture for Fun desk.

Combined with the visits to Auckland  Castle  there will be visits to “The Auckland Project”, including The Spanish Gallery, Auckland Tower, The Deer Park (weather permitting), Bishop Trevor Galley, No. 42, The Mining Art Gallery and the Faith Museum.

After Barnard Castle we take a short walk to the Bowes Museum where we will take in  “The Norman Cornish – The definitive Collection

The cost is £250 pp sharing a room (single supplement £50) , all entrance fees are included