2020 Diaries


Because of over ordering last year, the committee have decided not to pre-order diaries for 2020 in bulk. If you wish to purchase a diary,  please add your name to the list available on the membership desk along with fee of £3;25. The list will be open until last meeting in October, after which time we will order the number of diaries which have been pre paid.. Alternatively members can purchase a diary direct from central office at http://www.u3a.org.uk  and click on the resources then merchandise tabs.

Croston Calm

I hope I’m not tempting fate but Maghull and Lydiate U3A Day Riders, together with riders from Aughton and Ormskirk U3A, once again enjoyed a Monday ride in excellent, calm and dry weather.

Riding towards Croston we could see that many of the fields had turned into lakes with the recent heavy rain. The sandbags were out in Croston Village but mercifully The Yarrow did not appear threatening.

A welcome brew at The Velo Cafe soon followed and we were in the company of plenty of other two-wheeled folk.

Off again to cross the A59 and down into Mere Bank to return via Holmeswood and Burscough.

By the end of the ride we had completed between 36 and 42 miles depending on where people lived. Our average speed was 12.7 mph. Ironically Eliud Kipchoge’s average was 13 mph to break the sub 2 hour marathon record, and he didn’t even have a bike!

A great ride in excellent company.

Alan Carr.

New Group Ukulele for Beginners

Mike Newton who leads the Painting Group is willing to start a Ukulele for Beginners group.  If you are interested contact Mike on 07786381961.  Mike is hoping to be at the Coffee Morning 15th October or Group Support will be able to help.

We will first see what interest there is and then have a meeting to decide possible          day/time/venue of group.

Slip sliding through Cheshire

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15 ramblers had an epic 11 mile trek yesterday through some lovely Cheshire scenery and some equally epic mud! Starting at Arley Hall, recently featured as Tommy Shelby’s house on Peaky Blinders, we walked through fields, tracks and canal banks, often being quite acrobatic to negotiate kissing gates and deep mud at the same time. We had a quick snack stop at Marbury Country park and then took a detour to the lake to view the open water swimming pool! Wonder why no one was eager to try it out? Nearing the end of the walk we came to the beautiful village of Great Budworth, where the George and Dragon beckoned us to sample the array of food and drink on offer. Suitably refreshed, but with some reluctance to leave the fireside, we continued the final 2.5 miles back to the cars at Arley, just beating the closing time of 5:30 pm. Thanks to Margaret Schumacher for the recce and leading the walk.

The next ramble is on Thursday 7th November and will be to Daresbury in Cheshire. Details to follow.

Notices 1st October

Practical Gardening 

Our next meeting is on Monday 7th at Maghull Parish Hall 120.15 am. Members will be delighted to know that Norman Conway whose lovely garden we visited recently, has joined our group and also taken over the gardening table at coffee mornings.   Lots of great advice available there all. 


If you wish to purchase a 2020 diary please add your name to the list on the membership desk. The cost of diary is £3;25. Please pay on ordering. List will close after last meeting in October after which time diaries will be ordered. This new system is to prevent a recurrence of the waste experienced last year. 

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Law for Fun

Following the postponement of the September meeting the October meeting will be held on 17th October at 2pm.

I will be taking you through the evolution of the law of negligence, considering who we owe a duty of care to (and who owes a duty of care to us). Amongst other topics I will give you an overview of how damages are assessed once liability is established and how the law of negligence overlaps the criminal law.

Remember it all started with a snail in a ginger beer bottle!

John Dilworth

October Real Ale Meet Up

Please note that we will be meeting on Friday 1st November a week later than usual.  We will be visiting Ormskirk and meeting from 1230 in the Court Leet.  After food and a couple of ales we will visit the newly refurbished Buck I’th Vine just 2 minutes away and then back down the street to Tap Room No 12. We will probably head over to the Cricketers before heading home.  The picture below was taken in the Helter Skelter in Frodsham on last month’s day out.  Despite torrential rain most of the day we managed to keep dry, outside that is!

Helter Skelter Frodsham

Foodie Group closing

Due to multiple U3A commitments, I have requested to step down as leader for this group. Unfortunately no one from the group feels they wish to take over, so the group has closed. Hopefully at some future point a new leader may come forward and the group can be revamped. Thanks to all the members who have contributed in the past. Marg kendall.