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Well! What a sterling effort from those people who walked in 24 degrees and high humidity on our last walk. Despite the heat we all thoroughly enjoyed our tour of historic Finsthwaite and surrounding fields. Some people stayed around the village using the guided notes that Sophia Martin had researched for us, and others crossed fields while Sophia told us the meaning of their names eg Sourbutts - a boggy field butting up against another; Wintering Park - an area of woodland used for winter pasture etc. We were enthralled with Sophia's knowledge and her obvious enthusiasm and love of "her" village which rubbed off on us. She talked about the former occupants of some of the properties and showed us "Finsyke" a house she believes is on the site of the original Norse settler, Finn, which is possibly the first Finsthwaite. It is still showing signs of being a gentleman's residence from the 17th century, with a rounded chimney. Afterwards, we all collapsed in the church hall for a well-earned rest with a cuppa and cake. A big thank you to all those who organised the refreshments for us and others who put the chairs back, and an especial thank you to Sophia for such a fascinating afternoon; she was as tired as the rest of us. Our next outing may or may not happen to Whitehaven on the train on Monday 8th August. More about that later.
Sue Lydon

Croquet at Greenodd in August, Blackpool Tower Ballroom in September,
Dove Cottage in October, Bowness Royalty Wurlitzer organ in
November, then our Christmas meal in December.

All visits are on the third Thursday of the month unless we have to change for any reason.
Sheila Bull

In July we continued with our policy of never cancelling our outings and 19 of us braved the scorching heat and went to Pear Tree Cottage on the hottest day of the year (so far!!). It was a real treat with beautiful flowers, most of which were in full bloom. The colours were stunning and on commenting on the planting, I was told that "Linda is an artist and the flowers are her palette". I just have to agree. Alec, on the other hand, is an expert on ferns and has over two hundred different ones, some of which are quite rare. We were very lucky to go as it may well be the last year they are opening for the NGS.

Our next visit is to Holehird Gardens near Windermere on Tuesday 16th August. We meet for carsharing at 9.45am in Victoria Road cul de sac, Ulverston. The costs are £5 for the garden payable at the Holehird, and £4 for a lift. Please book your place by 9th August by contacting Diane Hill


The English Country Dance group restarts on Monday September 5th, in Croftlands Community Hall, Ulverston at 2.30. New members are welcome. You do not need a partner and we don't skip around: we walk briskly. But come and try it and laugh as much as you dance. We meet on the first and third Mondays of each month.


Sometimes there are U3A members who go above and beyond the call of duty to bring us all closer together.
Every year the three French Conversation groups are invited to a Bastille Day celebration. Carolyn Sykes very kindly opens her house and garden to host a bring and share meal.

It's a lovely opportunity to meet members from the other groups. We have live music, drinks and sing one or two French songs. We are all very grateful to Carolyn and her husband John who make us so welcome each July and help to give the French Conversation groups a special identity.



A charity called "Read Easy" is preparing to set up a Group in the Furness and South Lakes area. The charity provides one-to-one, free, confidential coaching for adults who have difficulty reading, and is looking for volunteers to train as coaches. Full training would be given and materials provided (no preparation or marking!). No teaching qualification is required - the materials are designed for use by any competent reader. The commitment is not onerous: each reader has two 30-minute sessions a week. If you are interested in training as a Read Easy coach, contact Trish Tyson, via trishtyson33@gmail.com


Southport u3a has recently done a deal with the Southport Flower Show to create a Show Garden at this year’s Show in August. The Show Garden is being put together by our Gardening Group and they are making great progress in planning it already. As part of this deal, we have been able to secure a terrific special ticket entry price for ALL u3a’s across the UK. Instead of paying the ticket price of £27 for entry, all u3a members will be able to have a ticket price of £18, which is the best rate available anywhere.

Southport Flower Show is the second largest in the country after Chelsea and attracts over 50,000 visitors each year, with a large range of stands, demonstrations and various visitor attractions including Show Gardens. We hope, of course that ours will be an attraction this year!!

We want to share this opportunity with as many u3a’s as possible, and especially those with a Gardening Group as we know that these groups are always looking for places of interest to visit. I would like to share this information with the Group Leader of your Gardening Group but do not have their contact details. I would be very grateful if you could pass this email to them and if this is something they are interested in, then perhaps they could contact me, and I will send them all the details. Alternatively they can go into www.southportflowershow.co.uk and enter u3a in the Promo Code box in Tickets and the £18 will come up. It would be great to have other u3a’s visit us at the Show.

Details of this opportunity have also been published in the u3a National Newsletter and 40th Anniversary blog, the u3a Gardening Facebook site and will be in this month’s TAM.
Jim Hay, Membership Secretary, Southport u3a, membership@southportu3a.org.uk


Khaleah Lewis-Vaike, a third-year medical student at the University of Nottingham, is looking to recruit participants, for a study she is undertaking for her research project.
She is looking for volunteers to interview to learn more about their experiences of retiring during the pandemic. Volunteers should:
• be aged over 60
• have retired during the pandemic or no more than 6 months before it began.
Interviews can take place remotely (via phone call or video call) or in person.
If you are interested in being a part of this project then please contact Khaleah
Neil McLaughlin Cook, Secretary: Furness U3A


Members of the Midweek Walking Group came across an accident recently that involved an injured cyclist and they were able to help in various ways. They were first on the scene.

It took place in a rural area and the exact location can be difficult to describe to emergency call centre staff who do not live in and are not familiar with the area. Can I recommend the everyone has the “what3words” app on their mobile phone? It was really useful as it instantly gives an accurate location anywhere that there is a signal. Every small area in the country has a unique three-word code linked to their exact location that can instantly be accessed via the app. Emergency services, or indeed anyone can instantly find this on a map.what3words



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