Deeside & Wirral U3A Network


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This month we profile Hoylake, West Kirby & District U3A

10 Years Leasowe Castle We were founded in 2008, so this is our 10th Anniversary Year. Celebrations planned include an afternoon tea (chance to reminisce) at Leasowe Castle Hotel in June, and a tree planting (in Queens Park, Hoylake) followed by a buffet lunch in October.

On Hoylake Community Centre the 1st Thursday of every month we have a Meeting at Hoylake Community Centre, Hoyle Road, Hoylake. A speaker gives the same talk, once at 2.00 pm and again at 3.00 pm. At the same time information about Interest Groups, theatre visits, outings and other social events is available in a second hall. New members are also welcome, and can find out how we operate. New members should arrive between 2.15 and 2.30, so that our volunteers have plenty of time explain the ethos of the U3A movement and to show them all that is available. Free tea, coffee and biscuits are available.

The most important feature of any U3A is its Interest Groups and we are no exception. They are where members meet, learn and make friends. We currently have about 40 such groups. New ones are always being formed, and, if one is full and there are people interested, a new one will be formed for the same topic. They currently include the following

Study and Interest Groups

Boules Group Antiques & Collectables, Art Appreciation, Bird Watching, Bridge (2), Boules, Cinema, City Studies, Creative Writing, Digital Photography, Family History, French For Beginners, Garden Visits, Gardening Practical, General History, Interesting Buildings, Kaffee Und Kuchen (German for Beginners), Local History, Local Interest (3), Music Appreciation, Needlecrafts, Philosophy, Play Reading (2)

Reading Hoylake Reading Group 1 (3), Scrabble, Tuesday Strollers, Sunday Lunches, Tap Dancing, Walking Easy (2), What The Papers Say (2), Word Puzzles, Writers Workshop

For more information visit the Hoylake, West Kirby & District U3A website via our MEMBERS page.

Recent Visit to Birkenhead Priory

Jonathon In October 2017, Hoylake, West Kirby & District U3As Local Interest Group 2 visited Birkenhead Priory. They had a most enjoyable and informative day and were shown round by a very knowledgeable volunteer.

The Priory has a Club Room/Museum of the Conway Naval Training School. The photo shows U3A Member, Jonathan Thornton, pointing to the Conway Honours Board where he was proud to see the name of his Uncle, Frederick Harold Thornton. Captain Thornton was a member of the Royal Naval Reserve for twenty-five years and, during WWII, he had command of HMS Pimpernel, a corvette, and later he commanded HMS Sennen.

Captain F H Thornton was awarded several decorations:
• In 1943, the Distinguished Service Cross for his Anti-Submarine Services in the Atlantic
• In 1944, the Order of the British Empire for Salvage Services in the Indian Ocean
• In 1944, he also received the Reserve Decoration

Jonathan must justifiably be very proud of his brave and distinguished relation.