Meetings are held in Calvary Community Church, Earlsway, (See Map on Right of this page), Macclesfield SK11 8RH every 4th Thursday of the month from 9:45a.m., till 12:00 a.m.
Come and join us for coffee and biscuits (Free), get all the U3A news, meet up with friends, and enjoy an interesting talk. Get a copy of GOOD MORNING! at the meeting, current one linked to on the right of this page. (The previous three flyers are downloadable from the NEWS page on this site as a PDF after the monthly events).
U3A leaflets and flyers will be on the information table. If you would like anything announced or communicated at the meeting, please use the email link on this page.
This meeting is open to ALL current members and anyone interested in joining the U3A movement. Members are welcome to bring a guest along to a morning meeting on no more than two occasions in the year.
The 2018/19 programme runs from September, 2018 through to June 2019. We have three of our own members presenting on the day, through the year. The whole programme summary for 2018/19 is in the current year book, issued in May 2018 and also on this website. The new programme, beginning in September 2019, for 2019/2020 will be available in the year book published in May 2019.
Please note that we are no longer issuing membership cards or requiring presentation at meetings. We do however still need you to sign in when you arrive, just Name and Surname. We do have to check against the system registration to make sure all attendees are valid members.
- Members' Morning Leader : Allan Trayes
- Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
- Call : 07803 598265
North East Cheshire Network has published a list of OPEN groups, accessible to all local U3A members on a shared basis. List is on the right as a link. Please contact the U3A concerned directly if you are interested in any of the offerings available.
|Dates for your Diary|
|Thu Sep 26th||"6,000 years of clay" John Christopher – Albrighton Pottery|
The session starts by looking at the first urban communities and ends with the firing of a bottle oven in 19th Century Stoke on Trent. There is also a very enjoyable hands-on session which is a lot of fun and a frequent cause of hilarity. The session is a mixture of entertainment and a highly informative look at the history of pottery in the UK. John is from Albrighton pottery near Telford.
|Thu Oct 24th||"A Flavour of Lancashire" Rob Mason|
For many years part of the successful Lancashire Comedy Folk Group 'The Likes of Us' Rob has continued the tradition of good wholesome - come and have a 'reet good do' type of entertainment. Delivered with a large dose of Northern humour. ‘Do you remember when…' is a collection of stories, songs, audience participation and humour with a real flavour of Lancashire and the North. Come and see a morning of entertainment and insight to how we used to come together, socialise and entertain ourselves before the age of t’internet.
|Thu Nov 28th||"Mary Queen of Scots" David Templeman|
Discover the fascinating story of Mary’s years in captivity in and around Cumbria, Yorkshire, Staffordshire, Derbyshire and South Notts. This talk will reveal a story not found in any history book until now. Follow Mary on her journey as a captive Queen around Carlisle, Bolton Castle (Wensleydale), Tutbury Castle (Includes a 5 week stay In Coventry), Wingfield Manor, Chatsworth, Sheffield Castle and Manor Lodge, Buxton, Worksop Manor and Chartley Manor in Staffordshire. Rather than the benign period portrayed by her biographers, the talk conveys intrigue, passion, plots and escape attempts. (David’s book with the same name (Published 2016) is available on Amazon).
|Thu Dec 12th|
Christmas Party @ The Calvary
Thursday 12th December (11:30 to 15:00), 2nd Thursday of December
Price £7.50, includes Free drink on arrival and full buffet meal with coffee to follow. Guests are welcome.
This event REPLACES the normal 4th Thursday Member's Morning Event.
|Thu Jan 23rd 2020||"The Three E's and Climate Change" : Allan Trayes and Peter Roberts|
We have one world. Our species needs two by 2050, when the U.N. model says there will be 11Bn of us (7.3Bn now). Right now we have an Energy Crunch, An Economic Crunch, and relentless Environmental issues with climate, pollution and resource depletion. And yet we pursue “Growth” as business as usual. These three “Es” are interlinked in the a closed system called the Earth. What happens from here on and how to we deal with. We need new Economic ideas that take account of resources and anthropology, Realism in our energy consumption habits and above all… acceptance of our environmental impact and the need to act now. Spoiler alert – New technology doesn’t fix it!
|Thu Feb 27th 2020||"The Plague Doctor" : David Bell|
“When Hygiene was a dirty word” In a highly entertaining presentation, David explores the state of medicine used to deal with the plague in the 1600s, an echo of the world’s most devastating pandemic to date “the blackdeath” from the 1300s, killing an estimated 200Million people. Measures were ineffectual and weird, reflecting beliefs and prejudices of the time, seeming incredible now but taken seriously then. A sometimes shockingly funny source of material is used by David to give a sense of the desperation and hopelessness of the disaster, that only subsided when the cold Autumn came to kill off the real carriers of the plague. Prepare to look away… now.
|Thu Mar 26th 2020||"From Barrow to Baghdad and Back" : Philip Caine|
Born in 1950, in Barrow-in- Furness Philip’s working life began in the hotel business. His career developed in the oil industry and 30 years were spent in places such as the North Sea, Algeria, Nigeria, Kazakhstan and Russia. From 2003, he spent 7 years in post war Baghdad, working with the American coalition, and a further 3 years running oil services companies in Dubai. He retired in 2015 and began WRITING & PUBLIC SPEAKING, since then he has spoken at over 250+ venues and written 6 fictional adventure thrillers.
|Thu Apr 23rd 2020||Macclesfield U3A Annual General Meeting (AGM)|
Notification of agenda and invitation to attend will be sent to all members during March. Early notification of agenda items, issues to be raised and concerns is appreciated.
|Thu May 28th 2020||"Parkside Hospital And Me" : Jackie Boulton|
Jackie is one of our own Macclesfield U3A members. The nature of U3A is such that many of our members have a wealth of life experience with tales to tell and anecdotes to share with our wider membership. For the many of us who are incomers to Macclesfield (Me included), we have no awareness of Parkside hospital or it’s story. Jackie enlightens us in an entertaining way and fills in some gaps for those locals who only know part of the tale.
|Thu Jun 25th 2020||"Growing Up in South Africa" : Joy Kewney|
Many of you will know Joy as a long standing member of Macclesfield U3A and a group leader. Joy has revealed a summary of her upbringing in South Africa in our 2018 year book. That short story piqued a lot of interest and Joy has been asked to share more. This is her response, sharing her experiences, impressions and thoughts about South Africa from first hand knowledge of growing up there. Delivering a fascinating insight to how she grew up and ended up in London, we get to understand what it is like to grow up in a land 5 times the size of the UK, with magnificent and imposing scenery and full of fascinating (and Dangerous) wildlife…