Foodie Group Regional bakes

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The foodie group met yesterday and 3 of our members presented regional bakes. Jill  (who sadly could not join us but sent the most amazing bake) made a Shropshire Fidget Pie. In spite of extensive research, the history of this pie is unknown, but it is a genuine regional bake but with no provenance. It is thought it might have evolved in the same way as Cornish Pasties and Bedfordshire Clangers….filling pastry with meat and vegetables to use leftovers. Whatever its origins it was delicious! Continue reading

Ramble: Beamers trail

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14 of us set off this morning from the Butlers Arms in Pleasington, a picturesque village on the outskirts of Blackburn, to walk the 6 miles of the Beamers Trail, part of the 32 mile walk known as the Witton Weavers Way. Pleasington was the manorial home of families such as the Ainsworths and Butler-Bowdens and still has a row of handloom weavers cottages  within the village. We joined the path at Pleasington Priory, which is a fine example of a Gothic Roman Catholic Church. Continue reading

Easy Walk: May 2nd

Next months Easy Walk will take place on Thursday 2nd May. This will be a 5 mile flat walk from the Hesketh Arms pub in Rufford taking in sections of Mere Sands Nature Reserve. If travelling by train, meet at Maghull Station to catch the 9:23 train to Ormskirk, then bus on to Hesketh Arms. If travelling by car meet at pub at 10:20. Optional meal can be taken at the end of the walk. For more details contact Judith Jones 07443 334222. Please bring new membership card to be checked. Without current card U3A insurance is not valid. 

Ramble through the Douglas Valley

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12 members of the Ramblers group set off from the top of Parbold Hill to undertake an 8 mile walk through the picturesque Douglas Valley. Although we are now in Spring, the day was very cold, which necessitated the walkers being well wrapped up with hats scarves and gloves as well as the usual walking gear. Peter and Ann had undertaken a recce of the walk last week and found the tracks to be clear and easy to negotiate. Today however, following the recent heavy rains, the paths were very muddy and there were a couple of near misses which thankfully did not result in anyone falling in the streams!  Continue reading

Douglas Valley Ramble: 4th April

The next Ramble will be on Thursday 4th April to the Douglas Valley in Parbold area.This is an 8 mile ramble over varied terrain of fields, hills, canal and lanes. The walk will be muddy so appropriate footwear is required. Lunch in the pub at the end of the walk. Car share as usual.
Meet at the Car Park Maghull Baptist Church to leave at 9:45am.
Contact Peter Willox 07899 103122                                                                                      for more details if required.

Law for Fun: 1st successful meeting of this new group

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.

Foodie group: Afternoon tea in the morning!

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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.

Sandstone Trail Ramble

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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