Christmas Concert

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The annual Christmas concert took place today, instead of the usual coffee morning. Well attended by U3A members, the event raised over £400 which will be donated to Woodlands Hospice, Aintree. We were entertained by children from St George’s Primary School, who were not only in good voice but well behaved given the excitement of performing in front of  a large audience. Gwen Parry from the poetry group read an amusing poem. Bill Howarth narrated a Christmas reading and another poem (sorry Bill your picture failed to take!) and then the newly formed U3A recorder group performed their inaugural concert. Given that they have only existed a few short months they performed well. Finally we were treated to another new group (this time from Aintree U3A) whose ukulele group, all self taught, played carols and Christmas songs to get us in the mood for the festive season.. Coffee and mince pies were then served by the hard working kitchen team. U3A is now closed for the Christmas break and will reopen on Tuesday 9th January 2018.

Speaker meeting report for November

Yesterdays  speaker meeting featured the wit and imagination of Richie Baker, aka Richie the Ranger, who entertained us with his mysterious talk of Ghosts, Murders and Mysteries. Using his vast knowledge of the Liverpool Parks, where he was Ranger for over 40 years, he told us of the ghostly sights and apparitions related to three of them. Ably assisted by two willing U3A volunteers, he recounted the tales of three hapless ladies said to haunt the areas following their tragic deaths.

Regrettably this was the last in the series of speaker meetings which will be held, due to continued low attendance numbers, as the cost of room hire and speaker fees is outstripping the entrance monies and I am mindful of use of U3A financial resources. I would like to thank members who have attended the meetings, and hope you agree that we “went out on a high”.



The voice of Anfield


George Sephton, “the voice of Anfield” entertained us this morning at the monthly speaker meeting. For the last 46 years he has been the stadium announcer at Liverpool FC, making him the longest serving stadium announcer in the world! He described his many brushes with UEFA officials, spoke about the times he was forcibly removed from European Stadia when he was supposed to be commenting, being mistaken for a ticket tout in Paris, his encounters with militia from various countries including being ejected from several places at gunpoint, and the time he was presented with an Italian interpreter…..from Wigan! All in all it was a very entertaining talk and irrespective of whether you were a red or a blue ,his talk was very well received .

October Speaker Meeting

On Tuesday, 4th October at 11am in the sanctuary at Maghull Baptist Church
George Sephton, the stadium announcer at Liverpool Football Club for 45 years, will be our visiting speaker. lfcGeorge will entertain us with his tales and with inside information from his long time with LFC.
He has a reputation as being a very entertaining speaker.
Whether you are ‘a red’ or ‘a blue’, please come along on Tuesday 4th to enjoy George’s entertaining and informative talk.
As usual the admission charge is only £1 (to cover the cost of hiring the church for the meeting).

Speaker meeting July 5th

Ever wondered what happens to the money you pop into the tin when you buy a poppy?? Come along to the speaker meeting on 5th July, 11am in the Sanctuary and you’ll find out. Christine Bradford, Area manager for the Royal British Legion, will be telling us how the money is spent. She will also outline the work of the Royal British Legion from its inception to the changing issues the society deal with today. Admission , as usual, is £1.00 with all monies being donated to the RBL. Meeting will be over by 12md.

Speaker Meeting for June

Our next speaker meeting will be on Tuesday 7th June, 11am  in the sanctuary.

The talk will be delivered by retired serviceman Bill Sargent, who will speak on the life of Noel Chevasse. Admission is £1 with the money being donated to the Royal British Legion Poppy appeal. The talk will end by 11:45: please make every effort to attend.

Speaker report for May.


The Rev. Katy Canty, HMP Altcourse, attended the speaker meetiimageng to describe her role as prison chaplain. She has worked at the prison for 14 years, starting her career there as a volunteer, then in adult education, which consolidated her previous career work as a teacher and eventually taking up a part time
chaplaincy role whilst studying for her ordination.

She spoke eloquently of having a feeling of compassion for, not fear of, the inmates and
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April Speaker report

Guide Dogs for the Blind

The latest of our monthly speakers were Julie and David Oliver, who are members of Preston U3A, accompanied by Julie’s guide dog Queenie. David opened the informative talk by discussing how to puppies are moved to a volunteer puppy walker at 6 weeks old in order to work with the dog and familiarise them with normal sights and sounds in the home and out and about, including people, traffic. Continue reading

April Speaker meeting

Tuesday 5th April, at 11am in the Sanctuary.

“The work of the association of Guide-dogs for the Blind”

Julie and David Oliver members of Preston U3A. Julie’s guide dog will accompany them.

Admission  £1 per person, which will be donated to the Guide-dogs for the Blind association.