Not yet renewed your membership? Here’s how to do it!


I have recently been contacted by several members asking how to renew their membership. You will be aware renewals were abruptly halted when the U3A had to close down due to the coronavirus crisis. It is possible to renew your membership using the “new member” form on the website. You will still retain your current membership number even if you use this form. Details of how to renew in this way can be found by clicking on the membership application tab in the documents section on the home page of the website and following the instructions therein. Please ensure you enclose a large SAE for your card and year book to be sent out to you. There are currently 390 members who have yet to renew their membership, and we would encourage as many of you as possible to renew in this way. As groups slowly start to re-open please be aware you are not covered by U3A insurance unless you have a current 2020 membership card. NB if you have a card with a yellow edge you have renewed! Some people have tried to renew twice! 🙂

Marg Kendall

Frodsham Ramble 1st October

Location: Helsby Hill and Alvanley.Distance 7.6 miles, Moderate terrain.

The walk planned for 1st October is to Helsby and Alvanley in Cheshire. The walk starts and finishes at the the Netherton Hall Pub, where post walk drinks can be taken. Please bring a packed lunch. Meet at Netherton Hall pub car park WA6 6UL to leave at 10am.Given the wet weather experienced of late we are likely to encounter some muddy sections so as always clothing and footwear appropriate for the elements is recommended. COVID 19 regulations must be adhered to on the walk. Please contact Marg Kendall ( to book on walk. Regret no turn ups on the day are allowed.

Crosby Beach Walk

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This was our first walk since February’s Cheshire Ring walk. Lockdown and car sharing issues have halted our canal walks. As COVID restrictions seemed to be easing, a local walk had been planned to re-unite us. Then as the rules changed again, we thought we might have to abort it. As we’d be in small socially distanced groups Continue reading

Table games

The latest Covid restrictions make it it seem unlikely that the Table Games groups activities will resume before the New Year. It really could be a miserable last 3 months of 2020.

With this in mind we have decided to offer an ‘on-line’ Bridge session. This would be organised using BBO at a time to suit folk.  BBO is ‘free’ to sign up and our games would be members only.

If you are interested then please contact Cath or Phil.


Art Quiz September 18th

1   Which  Liverpool Church has stained glass windows by William               Morris?

2  The painting ‘The Anatomy Lesson of Dr Nicolaes Tulp’ is the work           of which Dutch artist?



Who painted Girl by window?






4  Which four letter word beginning with W describes, in weaving, the    crosswise threads on a loom, over and under which the warp are        passed to make cloth?


Which Glasgow-based sculptor, whose works include artificial trees and a leaning litter bin, won the 2011 Turner Prize?

6    What is the nickname of Thierry Guetta, the French-born street-      artist?


7 Name this art  genre?






8     Where was  this amazing Pink edifice constructed?




7   We know Marc Chagall as a  painter,  he was  also  a wonderful  glass artist. Where in Britain would you find this wonderful window??


Who created this sculpture and  what it’s title?   10  who are these two lovely ladies??

Ainsdale circuit

The Inbetweeners ( longer ride Pedal Pushers) had a great 24 mile circuit out to Ainsdale today. Starting out for Robins Island we took the country roads through Lydiate and Aughton before heading out across the moss to Plex Lane and on to the Coastal road. Stopping off at Mecycle bike workshop for a coffee. We retraced the route back across the moss as far as the Ship Inn, then cycled through Haskayne, cut across country past Farmer Teds, and back into Lydiate. A couple of us broke off here and came back along the Cheshire Lines, whilst the others carried on to Bells Lane and home at that end of Maghull. A lovely ride led by Trevor, without the usual fierce headwind and some sunshine for a change. Coastal ride planned for next week, when we are pleased to welcome a new U3A member to our group.


Digital camera group

In the short to medium term it looks like our activities will be restricted to the bi weekly photo displays.  After Terry asked for feedback on the groups current activities it seems we have a few of issues that need to be addressed.  Basically, these are:

  • members want to continue with the group
  • members want to continue our current 2 weekly displays
  • some tech help needed with ‘uploading images’

The future subjects and dates are:

21 Sep    night shots  Some tips here
05 Oct     the town      19 Oct     gardening
02 Nov    industrial     16 Nov    shapes       30 Nov    churches/cathedrals
14 Dec    Open subject

The rules are very straightforward:  A maximum of 3 NEW pictures submitted to Terry a couple of days before the due date. It is helpful if the image size is reduced to 500 Kb !

As before, the collected images will be published on the web site but will also be  ‘vetted’ and the ‘best’ 3 will be notated accordingly.  No prizes but ‘bragging rights’

If anyone wants help with uploading images or any technical help with IT or photography then please contact Phil or any of the DigiCam or IT teams.

If you have a general query, that maybe of group interest, use the ‘reply’ function.

Some great help files here