Calling All Day Trippers

Now that every house is probably spotlessly clean, cupboards sorted, windows sparkling, odd jobs done and after a spell of such beautiful weather, gardens are so  well trimmed and hoed, there is not a weed that would dare to show its’ face.  Maybe then it’s time to give some thought about what we want on return to our U3A. Would you like to see the Day Trip format changed and if so how? What are the places you would like to visit? What would you like to be included to do/see? Would you like more Day Trips to include a meal? Is the distance we travel a problem? Would you be interested in week end or overnight stays which would enable us to travel further and see more? What about lunch visits to Olde Worlde Pubs?  If you  now find yourself with some spare time then this is the ideal opportunity for us to have a rethink. Do a bit of computer research, share ideas and take a good look at what we do and how we do it. Perhaps many aspects of our lives will be changed, so do we want to change the way we organise Day Trips? I will be interested to hear your views/ideas. If you do have any then click on leave a reply below or ring me and have a chat.(526 4665)  I hope you are all keeping well and safe.  Take care.  Regards  Marj


Something for those long days to come.

Library Books To Your Armchair.

The above link  is a great way to help pass a few hours whilst we are all cooped up. If you’re a member of a library, download the app and log into your library account. Then you can borrow either electronic books to read on your device, or audio books to listen too. I’m currently drifting down the Ganges in a leaky boat with Eric Newby. A bit nicer than sitting in a semi in Maghull you’ll agree. Next week I intend to cross  the Kalahari with Thesiger, then walk the Appalachian trail with Bill Bryson. An escape of sorts. Maybe you can make use of it and catch up with your favourite authors.

Garden Visits – Notice

Unfortunately, due to the coronavirus [COVID19] our trips to Trentham Gardens Wed. 22nd April and Wentworth Castle Gardens Wed.13th Mayl is cancelled.  If you have booked and paid in full or paid a deposit do not worry, all payments are recorded against your name and as soon as there is an opportunity you will have a refund or it can go towards a new trip when we return.    Take care, be safe and see you all soon.


Antivirus – Group news

Computer Group

If any members need advice about their smartphones, tablets or computers while the U3A is closed, the Computer Group members are still available. Our phone numbers are on the website, in the Year Book and the newsletter.

Once you contact us we can set up a chat either by Skype, Facetime or WhatsApp.  Please inform your members of this service please

Welsh Group

The Welsh group have a daily how are you conversation in Welsh. We try and describe how we are passing each day giving the true beginners a chance to go away and translate the longer chats.

For those without internet access a quick call now and again keeps us all in touch.  Could other language groups use this idea or something similar?

Table Games

Bridge If you fancy a game of Bridge between members why not try BridgeBase Online.

It’s FREE to join and play. You can play practice hands or against real people from around the world.

More interestingly WE could play in groups of 4 by invite to our own tables.

If your interested call or email Phil and leave your BridgeBase login name so we can organise times and invites to tables.

Recorder Group

Leader emails out the set practice list each Tuesday when we would normally be in the sanctuary.  Reminding members which tunes to play on Tuesdays 10.45-11.30

Also sending new music and expecting them to be more perfect when we return ha ha

Practical Gardening

This group have set up a whats app group and sharing pictures of plants in their garden.  Leader is able to answer gardening questions

Canal Walking Group:

We should have been on our latest walk today. I have used the information I have about the walk to create a “ virtual walk”and will be sending it out to the group later. Your idea of reliving the Leeds Liverpool canal walk is excellent so I will send an old report of a leg of the walk each week and the group can comment in their memories of that walk.

Sunday Strollers

We have had to postpone a visit to Sefton Park so 15 questions about the Park have been devised.  A question is sent out through whats app each day and the answer is posted the following day.  A bonus is that through Facebook the group have been in contact with a lady who walks through the Park daily and takes photos.  She has agreed that we use her photos.  So a photo is added to question each day.

This quiz could be used by other groups as a bit of fun. Get in touch will me if you are interested

Walking Netball

Whats App group used to send quiz questions on rules which should help new members

Art Appreciation – Quiz started last week

Cycle Groups

Members going on solo rides and sharing information re Whats App Group

Table Tennis

Have their our own WhatsApp group which is very handy for passing on information to each other.  is VERY easy to set up….

Hope this helps, keep safe, hugs to you all