March 13th, Victoria Gallery & Museum, Ashton St. Mount Pleasant Liverpool

Tuesday March 13th meet @ venue…… 1.15 for 1.30 pm  tour

or earlier for lunch at cafe.

We need to advise cafe if we are lunching in advance

Go back in time to find if  you are  entitled to eternal life.

           The Book of The Dead.   Passport to the underworld            Book of the Dead

Egyptian art and artifacts  never before displayed.

free tour of exhibition .

Nice cafe on site

Top of Mount Pleasant  opp. back of  Metropolitan Cathedral.

Must book in at desk Tuesdays



We will start our day at Jak Hansons Outlet in Standish.  This is a family owned business selling cut price clothnig, shoes, linen, cards and lots lots more including a Food Hall and Butchers sellling locally produced meat.  Time to visit their Paddock Restaurant for a tea/coffee etc.  Then we will be off to the comfortable Shaw Hill Hotel and Golf Spa in Chorley.  A lovely Hotel set in beautiful grounds which includes a golf course.  Here we will have a 3 course meal in their Vardons Restaurant overlooking the golf course, which has an enviable reputation for good food and the Chefs source as much local food as possible.

When?  Friday 23rd February 2018.  Dep.9.30am  Ret. 4.30pm.  Price £24 includes 3 course lunch.  Seats will be on sale at our table on Tuesday 28h November 2017

Practical Gardening

We started our November meeting planning forward to next year. Some of the group had moved plants which were in the wrong places, one had had a stepping stone path laid across the lawn which had proved very successful and all had essentially been clearing out and tidying up.

We found that during Summer Cosmos had proven very popular with many planning to grow it again from seed.

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Having practiced taking geranium cuttings at the last meeting we reviewed successes and failures – there had been both

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Parish notices 21/11/17

Terracota Warriors 10th Feb 18  All outstanding money for the visit must be paid asap or the place will be forfeited to a reserve member

Christmas Social 1st December Royal British Legion  Please make sure you have your tickets for our Christmas Social – our event of the year. Price is £12 including hot and cold buffet, music, vocals and dance – what’s not to love !!

Architecture for Fun Christmas Lunch  Anyone who hasn’t paid needs to do so now – see George B.  Also if you haven’t chosen from the menu see George and complete the necessary form

Childrens Books age 3 to 9  George is collecting Children’s’ Books age 3 to 9. These will then be sent by George’s son in law to a scheme called ‘ HELP A SOUTH AFRICAN SCHOOL’ and will assist the teachers in helping children to read.

Please bring your books to MBC on the 28th; if you need books collecting George is happy to do so – contact George by phone ( 0151 287 0308 or 07826 048379)

Booking trips and holidays  Committee have discussed the arrangements for booking trips and holidays and have decided in the interests of fairness and equal access for all, that anybody booking a trip or holiday should only be able to book for themselves and one other person. If you have any issues with this decision please talk to me or take this up with group support on their desk.

Discussion Group  The next meeting is this Thursday at 1.30 to 3 in Melling Tithebarn with the subject for discussion ‘Privacy have we got any left’ All are welcome . Entrance is £1 including refreshments

Christmas Concert 12 December  Baked goods need to be collected from the bakery in Walton on 11th December by 1pm. Could someone with a decent sized boot please volunteer to do this collection. Please see Marg Kendall on group support.

Sale of goods today  Mary is selling items today to raise money for McMillan

‘A Yorkshire Christmas’ holiday  Meeting in coffee room 11.15 to 11.30 today

Carol Concert – Old Roan Methodist Church for Woodlands Hospice 7.30 2 December (doors open at 7)  Ian G has asked that members please support the Carol Concert above. Tickets are £5 each or you can pay on the door. All money raised will go to Woodlands Hospice

Theatre Group  There are a few tickets available for New Year at the Philharmonic price £42.  You can also now book for Jersey Boys on the 18th January. Please note tickets can’t be transferred and must be paid for before we finish on the 12th December.

U3A Diaries are on sale price £2

Car parking at Maghull Baptist Church  One of our members has asked that we all ensure we are parking ‘sensibly’ to maximise parking space. (Some cars have been ‘crossing over spaces’ and not ‘parking straight’)

Canal walking group  Reminder that our minibus is MBC at 9 am this Thursday to allow for the nights’ drawing in

and finally …

A reminder of our vacancies –  Treasurer, Treasurer’s ‘helpers’ (on a weekly rota)  (we must get a better title this is too reminiscent of Santa’s helpers)   and photocopying help – again on a rota. 

The latter of these – photocopying –  was filled today after notices – thank you very much to our volunteer –  and apologies but  I don’t know your name – yet. Please could members seriously consider whether they can take up the position of Treasurer or Treasures helper(s) as these are absolutely vital for the ongoing operation of our U3A

Thank you all and have a great week



Foodie Group: Vive la France & 2017 review

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The Foodie Group had the last full meeting of 2017 today as our next monthly meeting will be our Christmas lunch which we are celebrating at L20, the hotel school of Hugh Baird College. I know we will be well fed and “watered”  there. At the meeting today we celebrated French food with Sue, Cheryl, and Margaret A, providing tasters for us to share. These included a delicious lentil and Toulouse sausage cassolet, pate, cheeses, escargots, mussels, crispy French stick, followed by tarte tatin and crème fraiche. Delicious food with plenty of chat. I doubt anyone needed lunch  after the tasters. Continue reading