The first meeting of this new group took place this afternoon. A relatively new member of our U3A stepped up and took on the mantle of a new group. Thank you John for doing this! 52 people attended, which I think is a record for a new group. We were introduced to some of the 59 articles enshrined in law by the European Convention of Human rights, as well as hearing about the unconventional route John had taken to become a Barrister. The talk was lively and informative and was appreciated by the audience.The group will continue to be held in the afternoon of the 3rd Thursday each month. If you wish to continue to attend, or were unable to make this group but wish to join, please see Brenda McKenzie on the group support desk at the coffee morning.
The foodie group met this morning and as usual we had a great array of delectable treats to sample, made by group members. Traybakes of chocolate tiffin and lemon sponge were complimented by a vast array of scones. Members used different recipes, Mary Berry, Delia Smith and Good housekeeping, but no matter who the author was the results were delicious. We sampled cherry, lemon, sultana, strawberry and cream and cheese scones. A lovely afternoon tea as a substitute for lunch! Thank you this month’s bakers. New members are always welcome at the group.
7 Ramblers completed a 9 mile trek yesterday on part of the Sandstone trail in Cheshire. Starting from the uniquely named Copper Mines Lane we spent 4 hours walking part of the linear route which is one of Julia Bradbury’s top 100 walks. Passing through the village of Burwardsley, we negotiated paths which were ankle deep in mud to ascend to the trig point at Rawhead, the highest point of the trail, at 746 feet above sea level.In spite of the recent rain, the day was sunny with bright skies, which meant we had amazing views across the Cheshire Plain into Wales from the tops of the hills and a great view of Beeston Castle from the valley floor..The varied route took us along country lanes, woodland paths and several steep ascents, which made everyone (except Alan) realise how unfit we all are after the winter period when walks have been more sedate. Returning to our start point we had a quick journey to the Bickerton Poacher, where a lovely late lunch and welcome drinks were thoroughly enjoyed. Thanks to Alan for the recce and the great walk. Our next ramble is on Thursday 4th April, when we will be walking in the Douglas Valley.(This is an amendment of the advertised programme) Details will be posted in due course
PLEASE NOTE THE DATES ADVERTISED IN THE LATEST NEWSLETTER ARE INCORRECT
Individual membership renewals will take place in the Sanctuary on Tuesday 2nd and 9th April between 9:45 and 10:45. Cheques are the preferred option. Please make this out before arrival, payable to Maghull and Lydiate U3A for £6, with your membership number on the back of the cheque. For anyone paying cash please limit £1 coins to one.
The Easy Walkers will be walking in the area of Rimrose Country Park this month. This will be a 5 mile walk starting at Waterloo Station. Catch 133 bus from Maghull square at 10:23 or Sefton Lane at 10:26. Appropriate footwear required. For more details see Judith Jones at the coffee morning, or ring 07443 334222.
Ramblers will go out on 14th March . Details to follow.
Margaret Schumacher led a lovely and varied 9 mile ramble around West Kirby, Thurstaston and Caldy today. The walkers stayed dry despite setting off by train from Maghull in pouring rain, which cleared by the start point of the walk. However the rain played havoc with some of the footpaths, and called for some tricky footwork. Our leader also displayed some excellent mountaineering skills! A good day was had by all. The next ramble is on Thursday 14th March, and will be part of the Cheshire Sandstone trail. Please note re-arranged date from that previously published.
The next ramble will be on Thursday 7th February. This will be to West Kirby. Travel on 9.43 train from Maghull North, 9:46 from Maghull. Transfer at Liverpool Central to West Kirby train. 9 mile ramble to Grange Hill Beacon, Caldy Hill and Royden Park, then onwards to Thurstaston Hill, Wirral Way and West Kirby Village. Please bring a packed lunch.
For more details contact Margaret Schumacher 07960 435235.
The next walk will take place on Thursday 7th February and will be a 4-5 mile walk around Thornton and Little Crosby. One footpath, which cannot be avoided, is very muddy, so please wear appropriate footwear. Start point is Grapes pub, Thornton. Please meet there at 10:45. For those travelling by bus the 133 leave Maghull Square at 10:23 or Sefton Lane at !0:26. Contact Judith Jones, 07443 334222 for more details.
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.