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You will no doubt have been thrilled when you became aware of the drop in this coming year’s membership fee.  You may also have been wondering why??

As you know we are registered with the Charity Commission and as such have to abide with their rules and regulations.

Along with all other charities, Maghull & Lydiate U3A is required to have a policy that justifies the extent of its reserve funds. The latest guidance given on this issue by National U3A is that in the case of individual U3As, such reserves should not exceed the equivalent of the costs of running the organisation for a period of more than six months. Logic dictates that the same reserves policy is also to be applied to each individual activity. In layman’s terms this means that the reserves we have as a back up are now in excess of the National U3A’s guideline, and what better way of reducing our reserves than to give the money back to you, our members

Walking Netball

We now have our own personal trainer at West Lancashire College.  Bec’s had us working on our defence moves today.  The improvement by the end of our one hour session this morning was amazing.  Walking Netball is a great to get the heart rate up and is good fun.  If you want more details come to Group Support Desk on a Tuesday morning.  Lifts are available we meet on a Friday 9.30 to 10.30

TURKEY AND TINSEL – DAY TRIPS

Yes it;s that time of year again! Time to join our friendly, sociable group for a 5 day/4 nights dinner/bed/breakfast at the family owned Clarence House Hotel, Tenby, Arriving 19th November and departing 23rd November 2018.  Owned by the Phillips family for over 70 years, it has a superb sea front location and is a short level walk into Town. All the rooms have the usual mod.cons. tv. hospitality tray, hairdryer etc. A lovely dining room overlooking the sea to Caldy Island and the Seagull Bar to relax and chat.  The Hotel provides extras such as two “Happy Hours”  from 5-6pm and 8pm-9pm. On each evening before dinner there is some kind of reception eg.sherry/mince pies, punch bowl etc. On Thursday there is a soup and sandwich lunch, afternoon entertainment and a cream tea or you are free to wander into Tenby for a look round this attractive, popular town. Set on the western edge of Carmarthen Bay, it has charming Georgian Houses, narrow winding streets, a lovely harbour to explore, a Castle with a small museum, the Walls. and individual shops. There is entertainment each evening and  3 interesting excursions.  You’ll be delighted with a visit from Father Christmas bearing gifts!!! The trip will be organised with Airedale Tours  Price £299 (will be less with group discount) Deposit £60. No Single Supplements. Free Insurance. Seats will be on sale at our table on Tuesday 20th February 2018.

 

 

Foodie Group: and the main course is…

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The foodie group met again today for our usual taster session. Following on from starters last month we sampled main courses today. A delicious red Leicester cheese flan, a very tasty Chilli con carne made to a Delia Smith recipe using chuck steak rather than mince, and a rather exotic dish of paella topped off with mussels. Thanks to the members who treated us today. Next month is a foray into desserts so we’ll have spoons at the ready. The group is proving to be extremely successful with the numbers now reaching 27. We have had new members join us at both meetings of 2018. We still have ( a little ) room for more people.  Pasta, pies and salads on the menus for further meetings so if you fancy getting involved, chat to me at a coffee morning or come along to St  James church hall, Green Lane, 10:30 on the third Thursday of the month.

Marg Kendall

Wine Tasting Tuesday 17th April 2018.

A wine tasting is to be held at “Winetime at Scatchards” in Great Howard Street on the above date starting at 7.00pm.

There will be 6 wines to taste from Puglia/Calabria together with Iberico Bellota Chorizo , Unpasteurised Organic Ewes Milk Cheese , a selection of olives and bread/biscuits.

The cost per person is £7.00 , members are to make there own way there or if there are sufficient numbers , taxi transport can be arranged.

There are 16 places still available.

See George Birchall at Wine Tasting desk (20/02/2018 only) or call 07826 048379 or 0151 287 0308.

Family History Programme 2018

Jan 5th.       Jewish Ancestry                                                  Tom White
Feb 2nd.      Select a year.                                                      All
Mar 2nd.      House Detective.                                                 Dave Russell
Apr 6th        Cash, Paper Money, Bankruptcy.                        Ros & Dave
May 3rd.      My Family Story.                                                  Pam Russell
Jun 8th        Where did you live? Maps, Field Names.            Dave Russell
Jul 6th.        Summer Essence.                                                All
Aug              No Meeting
Sept 7th.      Open Day.                                                            All
Oct 5th.        Italian Job — Family Story                                    Mike Tremarco
Nov 2nd.      Oral Traditions.                                                    Pam, Ros, Dave & All
Dec 7th        Christmas Family Hisory Quiz.