The group support desk have recently had enquiries from members who wish to join a ukulele group. At the moment we are unable to offer this. However if there is anyone in the U3A who can play the ukulele, and would be willing to start a beginners group we would be delighted to support you. If you have this skill, please come to the group support desk on a Tuesday morning to discuss. Likewise, if a group of raw beginners wish to get together to self teach, that also could be supported.
The first ramble of 2019 took place yesterday ably led by Alan Carr. Setting off from the lovely village of Croston, the group trekked across open countryside through to the village of Eccleston, and then onward in a circular route to complete the 8 mile ramble. Although the day was cold, it was clear, but the recent rain made the going very heavy underfoot with lots of mud in places. An encounter with a group of horses, one being very bad tempered, gave a little more excitement than we had bargained for, but the least said about that here, the better! Thanks to Alan for organising the ramble and lunch.The next ramble is on Thursday 7th February, to West Kirby. Details to follow.
Kick start 2019 with an 8 mile circular ramble starting in the lovely village of Croston. We will use flat rural footpaths and quiet country lanes. There are 3 stiles to be negotiated and some sections could prove muddy after the rain, so appropriate footwear is essential. There will be an opportunity to have a pub lunch after the walk. Meet at 9:30 at Maghull Baptist Church to organise car share. Further details of ramble can be obtained from leader, Alan Carr 07949 379266. No need to book ,just turn up!
The first walk of 2019 will take place on Thursday 3rd January. This will be a 5 mile flat walk around Ormskirk. Meet at Ormskirk railway station at 10:30 travelling from Maghull on 10:15 train or approx.10:10 bus. For further details contact Judith Jones 07443 334222
The foodie group dined out today ay L20 Restaurant for a lovely Christmas lunch, prepared, cooked and served by the talented students of Hugh Baird college. As can be seen from the photos it was a very happy occasion, with great food and fantastic service as usual. Look at the concentration on the diners faces!! A good finale to our Foodie group year! Happy Christmas everyone!
The final Nordic walk of 2018 took place tonight with 16 walkers taking their poles around Maghull to view the Christmas lights. With antlers, Santa hats, and various Xmas head gear donned the group made a festive sight, stopping for a photo in front of a particularly lovely garden display. At the end of the walk the poles were stashed and we retired to Brenda’s house for the traditional Christmas drinks and supper. The walks resume on Monday 7th January at 10:15 for the morning walk, or Monday 14th January at 6:30pm for the evening walk. Both walks start from Maghull Leisure Centre.
3rd January Croston Alan Carr 07949 379266
7th February West Kirkby Margaret Schumacher 07960 435235
7th March Peckforton Alan Carr 07949 379266
4th April Beamers trail Witton Country Park Margaret Kendall 07810 730936
2nd May Douglas Valley Peter Willox 07899 103122
6th June Malham Tarn Dave Cadwallader 07790 081778
3rd January Ormskirk Train
7th February Thornton/Little Crosby Bus
7th March Rimrose Valley Train
4th April Hootn/Parkgate Trian
2nd May Hesketh Bank Train/Bus
6th June Billinge Loop Car
Eighteen intrepid walkers braved the rain today and completed a 5.5 mile walk around Burscough, trekking across muddy fields and paths before adjourning to the Hopvine for a lovely Christmas lunch. Thanks to Sue for leading the walk. Can I take the opportunity to thank all those who have recced and led walks throughout the year? Without the support of these people the group would not be able to function, and your help is very much appreciated, not only by me, but by everyone who goes on the walks. As notified the walking group takes another turn next year, when we split into Ramblers and Easy Walkers. Both groups will go out on Thursday 3rd January. Full details will be published here in the New Year.
Following discussions with members of the group it has been decided that from January 2019 there will be two distinctive walking groups. The first group will be Ramblers, who travel further afield using car share for transport and the walks will be more challenging. The second group will be Easy Walkers. This group will use public transport and will undertake shorter walks, mostly on the flat. The changes reflect the differing needs of U3A members and should accommodate the abilities of all walkers. Both groups will still walk on the first Thursday of each month.. Details of both walks will be posted on the website and on the noticeboard at the coffee morning.
Details of 2019 program can be found below. Continue reading