Trentham Garden Estate

A visit has been arranged for Wednesday 22nd April 2020 to Trentham Gardens, and shopping village and one of the largest Garden Centres in the country,  Our day ticket will allow us to wander in and out of the gardens and village.  The Itanlian garden planting is designed within the historic framework of Sir Thomas Barry’s original Italianate Garden of the 19th Century.  It has one of the largest contemporary perennial plantings in Europe.  The upper flower garden has been restored and beautifully laid out.  You can take a stroll around the mile long lake or maybe take a boat ride.

The shopping village is a destination to please everyone !!  you can browse around amazing timber lodges with a friendly village atmosphere. There are restaurants, cafes and a massively impressive Garden Centre – this should be a wonderful day out.

Cost of trip is £21

Depart Maghull Square  –  9.00am

Return Maghull Square  – 6.00pm approx

Peloton Progress

I’m not sure if there is a collective noun for a gathering of cyclists but there was one yesterday at Old Racecourse Road when three U3A Cycling Groups met to go on their respective rides.

The Day Riders made our way through Lunt, Thornton and Crosby to pick up the Coastal Path through to Hightown, Formby and Freshfield where we took the by-pass route into Ainsdale where it was time for a brew and where we met up with Phil’s Breakaway Group.

We returned against a stiff headwind across The Moss to Halsall.

Next week’s ride will be to Widnes via the T.P. Trail, meeting at Aintree Station.

Sunday Strollers – 5 mile walk

28 members joined the Sunday Stroll today.  We now have 34 members and have had to close the group as it has become so big. We are looking to start another group so if you fancy leading it please come to the Group Leaders Support desk on a Tuesday morning. We would be able to provide walks that you could do.

The group have been going 4 years and started with just three members.  We are off to Chester next month and Sefton Park in March.

New Day Trip

We will start our day with a visit to the historic city of Lancaster, set on the banks of the River Lune. This is an English Heritage city, compact, vibrant and quirky, with a captivating past and cultured present. There is something for everyone here – museums, galleries, the castle, priory, shopping, Georgian architecture, ‘Olde World’ pubs and the Charter Street market. Take your choice of its’ lively coffee culture, including Atkinsons’ famous coffee and tea merchants, where you will get a cup of freshly roasted coffee.  Follow footsteps along ancient alleyways and discover for yourself its’ charm.  Then we will be off to the White Cross restaurant which is set in a 130 year old converted cotton warehouse on the banks of the canal.  It has a very good reputation for food and we will have a delicious 2 course lunch, pre-selected from an excellent choice of menu, (3 courses if you prefer is an extra £4)

Wed. 25th March 2020 Dep. 9.15am  Ret. 5pm.  Price: £25 inc. lunch.  Seats will be on sale at our table on Tuesday 21st January 2020

Local History Group

Our next few speakers are:

Tuesday 4th February – Cliff Duncan, one of our own members, will give a talk on one of the murder inquiries he was involved in.  The ‘Murder of John Moon’ will deal with the events that transpired on the 29th  August 1974.

Tuesday 3rd March – Roisin Stoddern will give a talk and slide presentation on ‘Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral’.  Having been a guide there for many years Roisin will take us on a guided tour delving into the heart of the Cathedral.

Tuesday 7th April – Mr Michael Murphy will give us a talk and slide presentation on ‘The History of Ration Books’. This fascinating topic may well bring back memories for some of us!