Birdwatching

Wednesday 17th October. Visit to Lunt Meadows. Meet at the Lunt Meadows car park, off Lunt road, Lunt village at 11am. Hopefully we may see some short eared owls and lots of geese This is not a guided tour. Lunt Meadows does not have toilet facilities. It is an open site with open hides. Wrap up warm and bring a hot drink. Contact June Avery on 526- 9118 or email juneavery@btinternet.com  Let me know if you want to go but do not have transport

Wednesday 14th November. Visit to the Festival Gardens, Otterspool,  Riverside Park, Riverside Drive, Liverpool with the Liverpool branch of the RSPB. Meet at the Riverside Park Gates, Riverside Drive at 11am. We can meet at Maghull station for the 10.01 train to Central and then get a train to St Michaels. Riverside Drive is a short walk from the station. You can drive if you prefer. There are car parks along Riverside Drive. Contact June Avery on 526-9118 or email juneavery@btinternet.com

Notices – 2/10/18

Art appreciation trip Sat 6 October
Members going on this trip can take their own lunch or use the café

Painting for Pleasure
Eric and Mike, the leaders of this group, want to encourage all level of painting ability to give this group a try. The group meet every Thursday at the United Reformed Church on Northway – the entrance is in Larchwood Avenue

Plastic milk bottle tops
Linda on members desk, is collecting plastic milk bottle tops to support an organisation which aims to use these to fund buying a defibrillator for every school on Merseyside. Please collect and bring your bottle tops to coffee morning where a collection container will be available.

Walking group at The Dream

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11 members of the walking group completed a 6.5 mile circular walk today. Starting at The Griffin Pub at Bold Heath, an 18th century inn on the old Warrington to Prescot turnpike road, we walked along country lanes to reach the site of Bold Old Hall, where the stone piers and now dried up moat are still in evidence. The land all around here formed part of the old Bold family estate, but is now intersected by the M62 motorway which created something of an obstacle on our walk. Continue reading

Practical Gardening

At our September meeting we widely discussed the impact of this year’s hot weather on our gardens with many of the group having lost plants etc and/or the lawn being badly affected. It was agreed that watering the garden had had little impact and most  had found buckets of water to be far more effective in soaking the soil around plants. Buried upside down plastic bottles full of water with ‘drip holes’ had been found useful in getting the water deep to the roots of plants in pots as had ‘weeping’ hose pipes which feature lines of regular holes to slowly water the area. Plants variously affected /lost to the weather had been hebe’s, sweet peas and roses in particular. One member had a rose which had totally changed from its’ usual’ colour of white to orange which was felt to be a possible kickback to its hybridisation.  Members had however had great success this summer with runner beans, Continue reading

Theatre Group

Shows now booking:

NB New Show    The Producers   The Royal Exchange Manchester – Fri 18th January    Cost, ticket £37.00 plus £10.00 for transport.

Wed  7th Nov   – Roger McGough.  World War 1 poetry and music at St George’s Hall
Fri     9th Nov   – La Traviata.  Performed by Welsh National Opera at The Empire
Fri   30th Nov   – Calendar Girls – Empire Theatre
Mon 31st Dec  – New Year’s Eve ‘Don’t Stop the Music’ with RLPO at the

Philharmonic Hall (transport will be provided for this trip)

NB  Please book your tickets for New Year as soon as possible.  Theatre Desk will close at the end of November due to the Royal Albert Hall trip and tickets will have to be ordered and distributed before the end of November.

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Active Sefton walkers catch runaway

On what promised to be an easy Sunday afternoon stroll with the Active Sefton group, around the wilds of Lydiate, nature once again taught us never to take anything for granted.  The promised sunshine, winds, showers and good company were shaken by the shouts of a ‘thrown rider’ and a runaway horse galloping towards us.  The stalwart crew faced up and shooed the animal
into an adjacent driveway, hoping for an easy capture. Sadly the driveway turned out to be several hundred meters long but luckily ended in a paddock where we managed to get the reins and calm the shaken beast down with pats and handfuls of grass.

Finally the rider caught up, dragging a damaged ankle and explained that dogs had skitted them both and she had been dumped as the horse turned over.  However, it all ended well and we resumed our stroll, finally getting back to ‘Our Lady’s after 2 hours.

A smashing afternoon and thanks to Brenda and John for organising the last Maghul AS walk of the season.

Nordic Walking Training

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Several new U3A members have enquired  at the group support desk about Nordic walking. In order to go on these walks members have to complete a short training programme first to learn the technique. Active Sefton have now publicised the dates for the technique training. These are Mon 15th and 22nd Oct.12;30-2;30 Formby Library. Sat 3rd and Sun 4th November 2-4pm Dunes Leisure Centre, Southport and  Thursday 8th Fri 9th November  10-12md Crosby Leisure Centre.

Courses are free of charge but places are limited. To book a place on the training course contact the team on 0151 934 2824 or email walking@sefton.gov.uk