Practical Gardening

We started our November meeting planning forward to next year. Some of the group had moved plants which were in the wrong places, one had had a stepping stone path laid across the lawn which had proved very successful and all had essentially been clearing out and tidying up.

We found that during Summer Cosmos had proven very popular with many planning to grow it again from seed.

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Having practiced taking geranium cuttings at the last meeting we reviewed successes and failures – there had been both

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Parish notices 21/11/17

Terracota Warriors 10th Feb 18  All outstanding money for the visit must be paid asap or the place will be forfeited to a reserve member

Christmas Social 1st December Royal British Legion  Please make sure you have your tickets for our Christmas Social – our event of the year. Price is £12 including hot and cold buffet, music, vocals and dance – what’s not to love !!

Architecture for Fun Christmas Lunch  Anyone who hasn’t paid needs to do so now – see George B.  Also if you haven’t chosen from the menu see George and complete the necessary form

Childrens Books age 3 to 9  George is collecting Children’s’ Books age 3 to 9. These will then be sent by George’s son in law to a scheme called ‘ HELP A SOUTH AFRICAN SCHOOL’ and will assist the teachers in helping children to read.

Please bring your books to MBC on the 28th; if you need books collecting George is happy to do so – contact George by phone ( 0151 287 0308 or 07826 048379)

Booking trips and holidays  Committee have discussed the arrangements for booking trips and holidays and have decided in the interests of fairness and equal access for all, that anybody booking a trip or holiday should only be able to book for themselves and one other person. If you have any issues with this decision please talk to me or take this up with group support on their desk.

Discussion Group  The next meeting is this Thursday at 1.30 to 3 in Melling Tithebarn with the subject for discussion ‘Privacy have we got any left’ All are welcome . Entrance is £1 including refreshments

Christmas Concert 12 December  Baked goods need to be collected from the bakery in Walton on 11th December by 1pm. Could someone with a decent sized boot please volunteer to do this collection. Please see Marg Kendall on group support.

Sale of goods today  Mary is selling items today to raise money for McMillan

‘A Yorkshire Christmas’ holiday  Meeting in coffee room 11.15 to 11.30 today

Carol Concert – Old Roan Methodist Church for Woodlands Hospice 7.30 2 December (doors open at 7)  Ian G has asked that members please support the Carol Concert above. Tickets are £5 each or you can pay on the door. All money raised will go to Woodlands Hospice

Theatre Group  There are a few tickets available for New Year at the Philharmonic price £42.  You can also now book for Jersey Boys on the 18th January. Please note tickets can’t be transferred and must be paid for before we finish on the 12th December.

U3A Diaries are on sale price £2

Car parking at Maghull Baptist Church  One of our members has asked that we all ensure we are parking ‘sensibly’ to maximise parking space. (Some cars have been ‘crossing over spaces’ and not ‘parking straight’)

Canal walking group  Reminder that our minibus is MBC at 9 am this Thursday to allow for the nights’ drawing in

and finally …

A reminder of our vacancies –  Treasurer, Treasurer’s ‘helpers’ (on a weekly rota)  (we must get a better title this is too reminiscent of Santa’s helpers)   and photocopying help – again on a rota. 

The latter of these – photocopying –  was filled today after notices – thank you very much to our volunteer –  and apologies but  I don’t know your name – yet. Please could members seriously consider whether they can take up the position of Treasurer or Treasures helper(s) as these are absolutely vital for the ongoing operation of our U3A

Thank you all and have a great week




We will start our day at the Jak Hanson Outlet at Standish.  This is a family owned business which sells a huge range of cut price clothing, shoes, cards, linen and lots lots more including a Food Hall and a Butchers which sells locally produced meat.  Time to visit the Paddock Restaurant for a morning cup of tea/coffee etc.Then we will be off to the comfortable Shaw Hill Hotel and Golf Spa at Chorley, where will have a 3 course meal in their highly recommended Vardons Restaurant overlooking the Golf Course.  The Hotel has an enviable reputation for delicious meals and the Chefs use local produce wherever possible.

WHEN? Friday 23rd February 2018  Depart 9.30am  Return 4.30pm  Price: £24 includes 3 course meal. Seats will be on sale at our table on Tuesday 28th November 2017.

Theatre Group

Theatre Group  November 2017

Thur 17th Jan       Empire Theatre The Jersey Boys – Ticket  £39.00         

Please book before we close for Christmas Break !!

Tues 5th Dec         Nutcracker Ballet, Live from Royal Opera House

Odeon Cinema, Switch Island     £14.50

21st Dec     Spirit of Christmas   Philharmonic     £43.00 TT

31st Dec     New Year’s Eve         Philharmonic     £42.00 TT

Wed 7th February                       Swan Lake         

 Performed by the Russian  State Ballet      

Empire Theatre                            Price to be arranged

TT = Ticket and Transport.  Due to the high cost of transport we will not provide transport to Liverpool theatres unless there is sufficient demand.  However, if you cannot get to the theatre without transport, please come to the Theatre Desk on Tuesday morning to discuss other options.

We do not want you to miss out.  So please come and discuss all options with us.

Coming in 2018

26th Jan      One for the Road  Southport Little Theatre

Jan            Little Mermaid            Everyman  (matinee)

 March        Miss Saigon          Palace Theatre,  Manchester

April           Cinderella (Matthew Bourne)

May             Beautiful – Carol King

May             Dusty Shades of the 60s

June            Northern Ballet, Jane Eyre   Lowry, Manchester

New chairperson

Due to personal reasons Tony Kneebone felt the need to stand down as Chair.

The Committee is very pleased to be able to appoint Dot Brannigan to fill the vacancy thus arising. Dot will now hold the position though to the next AGM in May 2018.

Dot joined our committee in May and is the joint group leader of our Practical Gardening group. I am sure you will all join me in wishing Dot all the best in her new position and will give her your support.

Please share this information with your group.