Croston Calm

I hope I’m not tempting fate but Maghull and Lydiate U3A Day Riders, together with riders from Aughton and Ormskirk U3A, once again enjoyed a Monday ride in excellent, calm and dry weather.

Riding towards Croston we could see that many of the fields had turned into lakes with the recent heavy rain. The sandbags were out in Croston Village but mercifully The Yarrow did not appear threatening.

A welcome brew at The Velo Cafe soon followed and we were in the company of plenty of other two-wheeled folk.

Off again to cross the A59 and down into Mere Bank to return via Holmeswood and Burscough.

By the end of the ride we had completed between 36 and 42 miles depending on where people lived. Our average speed was 12.7 mph. Ironically Eliud Kipchoge’s average was 13 mph to break the sub 2 hour marathon record, and he didn’t even have a bike!

A great ride in excellent company.

Alan Carr.

New Group Ukulele for Beginners

Mike Newton who leads the Painting Group is willing to start a Ukulele for Beginners group.  If you are interested contact Mike on 07786381961.  Mike is hoping to be at the Coffee Morning 15th October or Group Support will be able to help.

We will first see what interest there is and then have a meeting to decide possible          day/time/venue of group.

Notices 1st October

Practical Gardening 

Our next meeting is on Monday 7th at Maghull Parish Hall 120.15 am. Members will be delighted to know that Norman Conway whose lovely garden we visited recently, has joined our group and also taken over the gardening table at coffee mornings.   Lots of great advice available there all. 


If you wish to purchase a 2020 diary please add your name to the list on the membership desk. The cost of diary is £3;25. Please pay on ordering. List will close after last meeting in October after which time diaries will be ordered. This new system is to prevent a recurrence of the waste experienced last year. 

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Law for Fun

Following the postponement of the September meeting the October meeting will be held on 17th October at 2pm.

I will be taking you through the evolution of the law of negligence, considering who we owe a duty of care to (and who owes a duty of care to us). Amongst other topics I will give you an overview of how damages are assessed once liability is established and how the law of negligence overlaps the criminal law.

Remember it all started with a snail in a ginger beer bottle!

John Dilworth

Foodie Group closing

Due to multiple U3A commitments, I have requested to step down as leader for this group. Unfortunately no one from the group feels they wish to take over, so the group has closed. Hopefully at some future point a new leader may come forward and the group can be revamped. Thanks to all the members who have contributed in the past. Marg kendall.

Theatre Group

Shows now booking:

Theatre Show Date Price
Playhouse Theatre Miracle on 34th Street 12th December £27.00
Philharmonic New Year’ Eve  Music from James Bond 31st December Tickets £35.00 plus transport
Royal Exchange Manchester Gypsy Fri 17th January £49.00 incl transport

Due to the high cost we will not provide transport to Liverpool Theatres. However we will continue to offer transport to the Philharmonic.

Over the Hill Ride!

This morning the Monday weather gods smiled on us as we set off for Rainford for our first coffee stop. Once fortified the roads started to rise and fall as we climbed our way up to Crank Hill which tested our cardio-vascular systems. After Crank we headed for The Fir Tree Cafe where bacon butties were called for. Following the cafe stop it was on to Skem and Ormskirk before heading for home.

An excellent ride in calm, dry weather conditions.

Next Monday’s ride will be to Tarleton. Meet at Ormskirk Station at 1000hrs.

Alan Carr