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Southport U3A - What is it? What does it do? Can I join?

We are part of a national organisation dedicated to the promotion of education, leisure and knowledge among people who have entered the “Third Age” of their life. Men and women with a lifetime of experience share their knowledge and passion for a whole range of activities and hobbies. It is open to anyone who is no longer in full time employment.

Currently, we have over 80 Activity, Leisure and Learning Groups covering a vast array of subjects – all run by members themselves using their own knowledge or expertise.

By using the tabs above you will be able to find out what we do.

To find out how to become a member, the benefits of becoming a member and how to get the best out of your membership have a look at our Membership page.

Monthly Meetings

Southport U3A holds a General Meeting on the first Thursday of each month at 10:00 in Christ Church, Lord Street, Southport. It is open to all members and visitors and the format is to have group tables open and coffee served until 10:30 when the door will be closed.

The speaker will then start the formal part of the meeting and when finished the door will be opened again before the announcements begin. The tables may re-open after any group announcements have been completed.

Not all groups have a table at the meeting but those that don't can be contacted through their group page on this website using the tab above.

Details of upcoming monthly meetings and the invited speaker and subject are listed on the EVENTS page.

MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL

As we have now passed the grace period for membership renewal, any member who has not renewed will not be allowed to take part in group activities. All group leaders should be checking their group members to make sure they have renewed for this year.

If you have not renewed, and still wish to, then you can:

  • do so in person at the Monthly meeting
  • or click the link to a MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL FORM which you can print at home and send to the Membership Secretary
  • or send your expired Orange card instead

In either of the last two cases please enclose a cheque for £10 and a Stamped Addressed Envelope to: Southport U3A, 3 The Paddock, Southport, PR8 3PT.

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*** WHAT'S NEW? ***

CYCLING FOR FUN
Cycle rides will be resuming shortly. The group runs fortnightly rides from April-October. If you are interested in joining us please click the link above to find more details of the group or contact the leader. Rides are fairly short and taken at an easy pace, so if you haven't ridden a bike for a while no problem!

SOUTHPORT U3A COFFEE MORNING
We are going to run a coffee morning on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month, 10.30 to 12.00 at Caffe Dolce, 405 Lord Street.

This will not be a formal group but an open invitation to all Southport U3A members to pop in for a coffee and a chat on these mornings.

Initially, they are being hosted by Lesley McMillan, Yvonne Hay and Linda Watling.

First visit is due Thursday 28th February, then 14th March, 28th March, 11th April and so on.

PILATES
This new group is starting on Tuesday 12th March at 2.30pm at St John’s Church, Ainsdale. Click the link above for further details.

BRIDGE
Beginner's Bridge and Social Bridge are full to capacity and cannot take on any new members. However, there is always the possibility of a new group if someone is willing to take on leadership!

ART FOR MINDFULNESS
How to use doodling to reduce stress. This is a proposed new group. For further information please click the link to email the Art for Mindfulness proposed leader Ann Mahoney or telephone her on 07925 232693.

TABLE TENNIS 3
This group is now full and cannot take on any new members.

MINDFULNESS
This group has now restarted on Tuesday mornings at Birkdale Labour Club and is seeking new members and inviting old members to return. Hit the link to contact Barbara, the group leader.

TABLE TENNIS 4
This group is looking for new members. Meetings start on 7th Jan, 2pm - 4pm Southport YMCA. We play both singles and doubles. Beginners welcome. Click the link to email the Table Tennis 4 leader.

JCB FACTORY VISIT
Being contemplated around May 2019, likely to be run through the Let's Go group.

JCB is based near Uttoxeter in Staffordshire and is one of the world’s largest suppliers of construction, civil engineering and agricultural equipment. It has a very well-developed visitors’ tour which includes the factory, testing and the museum. Sorry you don’t get to try one out!

Proposed travel in shared cars, for an afternoon visit after stopping for lunch en route. Anticipated cost £15 for the tour plus lunch and share of travel expenses.

Expressions of interest by clicking the link to Paul Carter please.

MUSIC, THEATRE AND OPERA
This group can now resume as the leader is again available. Linda Harrison would like to hear from any members wishing to join this group. Contact details are available on her webpage (click the link above).

WINE APPRECIATION GROUP 1
The leader of this group has decided not to continue with the role which means the group is unable to hold any further meetings. If anyone would like to take over as leader so the group can continue please email the Activities co-ordinator.

SMARTPHONE TRAINING
Wanted!
Several Smartphone Gurus who are willing to assist at a Smartphone Surgery. More homes willing to host Smartphone Surgeries. These can be in small groups to suit the host.

If you have a suitable home or are interested in helping with this project please contact the Smartphone group leader with dates, numbers and venue.

CHESS
This is another new group looking for members to join it.

PYTHON PROGRAMMING
Want to be able to make computers do things like your grandchildren do? This is the group to join!

ROCK MUSIC GROUP
There is a potential new music group to be formed.

Gavin Jones would be really keen to start a group consisting of U3A musicians that wanted to meet up regularly and play covers of classic 1970's rock. He'd be looking for players of electric guitar, bass guitar, drums, keyboards as well as vocalists.

Gavin has a small rehearsal space that the group could use at the top of his house and access to amplifiers, keyboards and drums.

He is offering to create a Spotify playlist that would illustrate the types of songs that the group could try so that potential members could 'look before they leap' as it were.

So come on you silver rockers! Contact the Rock Music Group Leader if you're interested.

BIRD WATCHING
This group is now up and running and seeking new members.

GOLF
Contrary to some rumours circulating, the group has seven U3A players... still looking for more golfers!

WALKING FOR LEISURE
This group has been closed by its leader. We are not looking for a replacement leader.

BANJOLELE
Anyone interested in learning/playing this banjo/ukulele four-stringed instrument? Judith Abbott is looking for members to help form a new group. Click the link to email the Banjolele group leader for more information.

TAI CHI 4
This group is seeking extra members. Click on the link above for more details of this group.

YOGA 2
We now have over twenty potential members for this group and still no-one has volunteered to lead it. This is such a shame!

The group was ready to begin on 10 January. Click the link above for details. Anyone willing to undertake the not too arduous task of leading the group should click the link to contact the Activities co-ordinator. Please bear in mind that leading the group means co-ordinating events and not teaching as there is a qualified instructor who will do that. You will get plenty of support when needed from the Yoga 1 leader who in turn has found excellent support and guidance from the Activities co-ordinator. Go on someone, give it a go!

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*** GENERAL INFORMATION ***

ACTIVITIES OPEN TO ALL MEMBERS
A number of group events are open to all members to participate in, such as presentations, theatre trips and other outings. They are listed in date order on our EVENTS page from where you can jump to the relevant group page for further information and a contact point.

There is no need to be a member of the group organising one of these events and where there are places available you will be more than welcome to participate. Who knows, you might become a regular!

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Have some questions you'd like answered?
Try our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page.

Did you know we now have running a discount scheme for members?
If you would like a new arrangement with a local store to be negotiated then please contact the Activities co-ordinator.

Want links to useful information available on external sites?
Visit our revamped RESOURCES page. If you have any other webpages you think members might find useful please contact the Web co-ordinator.

Looking for the latest Information Booklet or Newsletter?
Visit the DOCUMENTS page.