Lancaster & Morecambe


Dates for your Diary
January 2018
Tue Jan 23rdMeetingL&M U3A Annual General Meeting

The 2018 AGM of L&M U3A will take place at The Dukes Theatre on Tuesday 23 January, starting at 10:30. The Agenda will be included with the December mailing.
Following the conclusion of AGM business, Peter Turner will give a talk on “The History of Magic”.
As in previous years the usual Monthly Meeting charge of £2 will be waived on this occasion and the Meeting will conclude at the later time of 12:30

“Eric Morecambe”. Speaker: Mike Fountain 10:00 for 10:30 Strathmore Hotel

At our first meeting of 2018 we welcome a new speaker to our U3A. Mike Fountain was the chauffeur to Eric Morecambe for 16 years and will be recounting some of his experiences during this time.

Mike has given talks about Eric Morecambe to a variety of audiences and they have been highly praised. This promises to be another very interesting talk about one of the legends of Morecambe
Fri Jan 26thSocial2018 SOCIAL EVENTS - COFFEE & CAKE

Time: 10:30 – 12:00 at the Lancaster Friends' Meeting House.

Join us for coffee and cake and be the first to find out about our plans for trips and events taking place during 2018. Groups and group leaders are invited to publicise their forthcoming plans and present a display or demonstration. Donations of cakes to share will be very welcome. We hope to see as many of you as possible during the morning for this free event!
February 2018
Fri Feb 2ndMeetingSPECIAL LECTURE 14:00 LFMH

Michael Roberts the Sales Auction Room Manager for Penrith, Farmers and Kidds (PFK) is coming to talk about the role of an auctioneer, the rise and fall in the value of antiques and some of his experiences, including his time on „Bargain Hunt‟.

Michael has also agreed to give off-the-cuff valuations of small items such as china, glass, jewellery, silver, medals etc. Details in the Dec/Jan Newsletter.
Thu Feb 15thOutingRoyal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra at Preston Guild Hall

The group will travel by coach to Preston Guild Hall for a performance by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra at 7:30pm.

The orchestra will be conducted by Martin Yates and Zhang Zou is soloist for Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No.2. There is a romantic theme, it being the day after Valentine's day and other pieces are Tchaikovsky Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture, Prokofiev Suite from Romeo and Juliet and Ravel's Boléro.

Further details of this concert are available on the RLPO and Guild Hall websites. The coach will leave Preston for the return journey at approximately 9.40pm. Tickets for seats in Block F and including travel will cost £27.00 each. Details in the flier Guild Hall 15 Feb 2018.
Tue Feb 20thMeetingLANCASTER MONTHLY MEETING 10:00 for 10:30 Tuesday 20 February 2018 Dukes Theatre

Speaker: Joe Ravetz “The Disfiguration of American Democracy”
Or, “Government by the rich, for the rich and of the rich.”

Joe Ravetz was born in Pennsylvania, USA and before retirement he lectured in American and British Politics at Central Lancashire University. Although the title may seem familiar Joe assures me that the content will be different. He will again give us a quick description of the disfiguration and abuse of power in American politics.

Joe will talk about the accumulation of wealth by the top 0.1% in what he calls this gilded age and about the characters in cabinet in the USA and the unqualified billionaires in government who are dismantling regulations. There will be information about how Donald Trump is feeding this plutocracy and about how he is constantly fighting red tape. I believe this will be yet another of his fascinating lectures and definitely one not to be missed.
Wed Feb 21stOutingNoel Coward’s Brief Encounter at The Lowry, Salford Quays, 2pm matinee

Brief Encounter is one of the most haunting love stories ever, filmed nearby at Carnforth Station. The story is brought to the stage by Kneehigh Theatre.

There are opportunities for shopping and lunch at the Lowry Outlet Mall. Media City just a short walk away. The Lowry houses the largest public collection of works by LS Lowry in the world. The Imperial War Museum is just across the bridge.
Cost £38 which includes return coach travel and a seat in the stalls. Details are in the flier Brief Encounter 21st Feb 2018
Wed Feb 28thMeetingMORECAMBE MONTHLY MEETING 10:00 for 10:30 Strathmore Hotel, Morecambe

Speaker: David Bateman “History of Ripley”

Our speaker this month will be David Bateman a former deputy headmaster of Ripley St Thomas School who has a keen interest in its history. Ripley Hospital was founded in 1764 as a result of a bequest by Thomas Ripley who was born in Lancaster and made a fortune in trading between Liverpool and China. Originally it was an orphan boys' school modelled on the Bluecoat School in Liverpool. His widow, Julia, moved to Lancaster, supervised its early years and increased its endowment. Numerous changes have taken place since its foundation.

This will be a chance for those of us who are not Lancaster born and bred to understand the school‟s varied history and how it has metamorphosed into the boys and girls Academy of today. This promises to be another Morecambe Monthly Meeting not to be missed.
March 2018
Fri Mar 2ndSocialCEILIDH St Paul's Church Hall, Scotforth

Featuring live band and caller plus hot pot and apple pie.
Friday 2 March 2018 at 19:00 Tickets £14. Booking form with the February newsletter.
Organised by the Social Events Group