North West Region

Resources, online and live speakers

Cybersecurity talk by Dave Carlos: resources/hyperlinks sited on Online Tools page

Orcha advice on using health apps
The many small programs or apps that are available today can be confusing . ORCHA make it their job to monitor and road test them, and they have put all their advice together as a searchable site for us here: u3a app search from Orcha

New from Orcha including free webinar digital health interventions
Times orcha interview
See Times interview with Orcha CEO Liz Ashall-Payne: orcha interview

Managing Diabetes, advice from Orcha Diabetes advice

Guest Speakers, 2022-23
These are people who have been recommended by another U3A and who will provide talks via Zoom.
We welcome speaker recommendations from all U3As, but as ever we are not directly recommending or guaranteeing the quality of talks provided.

If you would like your name to be added to this list, use the contact form NW region speaker form and include which U3As you have spoken to. We particularly welcome speakers from other u3as.

Barry P. HumphriesVariety of talks from Music and History. Recommended as 'humorous and informative, brilliant guitarist and singer'.Fee £55 plus travel if attendingContact 0151 691 2151 or 07450243674
Dave Carlos,Wyre u3aDave is a Police volunteer who promotes Cyber Securitycontact
Dr Michael LeachWildlife author/photographer. Website www.,fee £80contact
Catherine Stevenson, Newcastle u3aa variety of talks, including Art and History topicscontact
Eric JacksonVariety of historical talks in person or on zoom, fee £35
Gill RussellStranger in a Strange Land (an expat in Japan) and other talks0151 633 2796
Julie KershawTalks include Historical Pubs of Liverpool and Bullion,"Highlights of Liverpool", min fee £60 email or Tel. 079 4461 7477
Stephen Powles, Wildlife ExpertRange of Zoom talks here Stephen Powles charges applytel 01884 242965
Jenny MallinAuthor of A Grandmother\'s Legacy, and a British Raj speaker with a personal glimpse into five generations of her family who lived out in IndiaAvailable to speak online or in person Tel 07854 964886 or at
Fr Michael Burgess,from Chester DioceseOnline talks 'The 7 Deadly Sins'/'For better or for worse - on weddings'/'Faith, fun and fellowship'/'A Christmas Cracker'email fee negotiable
Carol & Steve Robson Fool's Gold acoustic musicians, Zoom or Live, with choice of presentations at Fools Gold website,flexible arrangements & fee normally £85tel:0795 7948116
RSPB and SuperswiftsSwifts,Swallows and House Martins/ The Work of the Wildlife Trust, online and real life talks available, fee donated to Lancashire Wildlife Trust contact Louise 07557796508
Tim YoungZoom lecture‘LADIES OF THE AIR’ Subtitle: ‘Grandma Flew Spitfires: the story of women in the history of flight.’Tim is a U3A member in Eastern England No fee but booking U3A will need to facilitate Zoom link
Philip CaineAuthor of the Jack Castle thriller series, please review website for testimonials, event photos and contact details. No fee, mileage travel expenses
Andrew WildeA concert pianist who gives a performance which often includes anecdotal information about the composer. He performs to groups to support the North West Music Trust. A piano can be provided if necessaryContact Judith Westerdale Outreach coordinator for the NW Music Trust Fee on application
Sarah Slater a guide at Hampton Court Palace: Working with the ghosts of Hampton Court PalaceFee £70 or £100 for groups of more than 70 on Zoom. Contact
Sue Jeffries horticulturalist: presentations on a wide range of gardening topics Fee £100. Contact Website
Brian Fernley Destination Utah (The USAAF in a Typical English Village) Jumping Joe Byerle who fought with US and Soviet Armies Fee £60
Alison Mees Living the African Dream (Zoom, £50 Flexible) Alison's full information can be found by clicking on the website on Facebook Contact
Medical Detection DogsThe dogs can detect COVID 19. The Charity asks for a voluntary donation of £50 Contact
Chernobyl Children's ProjectThe impact on children in Belarus and the significant disabilities encounteredContact Linda Walker at

Speakers who provide talks for live audience and when stated by Zoom also

Jim HolmesA documentary photographer who has worked for over 35 years on commercial and humanitarian projects around the world.12 talks - titles and a synopsis of each can be seen on this link His fee is £80 on Zoom, £130 or phone 07535 544307 (posted Nov 21)
Marianne Blaauboer Title: 'Restoration of Ditherington Flaxmill' Synopsis: Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings was the first building designed with an iron frame and as such it can be seen as the ancestor to the skyscrapers. Marianne Blaauboer, manager of the Friends of the Flaxmill Maltings, takes you on a whistle-stop tour through the history of the building and shows you some of the recent behind-the-scenes restoration successes. It was an interesting talk for people who care about social history, architectural wonders and heritage skills.Her fee is negotiable and can use Zoom
Josephine GoslingHer topic is Amazing Walks - a series of illustrated themed talks (face to face only) on Country Walking. Her fee is £50 Contact - or 0161 864 1847
David MorrisHis topic is “The Potential of the Human Whistle’. His fee is £150, including return travel information can be found at (posted November 2021)
Sean OrfordSean is a psychotherapist and an independent Health, Wellness and Fitness professional who specialises in ‘dynamic mindfulness’. He will tailor talks to suit your requirements00781 701 7297
Michael MurphyBritish Humour from the 18th &19th Century And numerous other talks0151 678 9931
Kenneth PyeCharacters and curiosities of Liverpool Many different talks0151 733 9321
Chris TynanAn informative and humorous introduction to the birds in our garden, how to identify them and when we might see them 07831 352870 Liverpool RSPB
Nikki ParmenterJoin Textile Artist Nikki to explore her mixed media pieces. View samples on Facebook or her website. £50 for one hour talk with Q and A either Zoom or 07904 455058
Roger BrowneNW Based Talks around eras of Music on £60 plus any travelROGER BROWNE 0161 670 5456 07590 641 386
Mervyn G SaundersBrief History of Entertainment and Gosh-Is Auntie Really 100. No cost as u3a MemberContact on 07717 48 88 92 or 01257 462958 or
Dr John WinterBlame It On The Beatles and Overland To Himalayas u3a MemberContact personal or detail

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