Southport

Welcome and News

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? ***

PILATES 2
This new group will commence 23 May. Click the link for details.

GUITAR 2
A new guitar group is starting, for beginners and improvers. Click the link above for more details.

PARTY IN THE PARK
Bookings are now being taken for this outstanding annual event open to all members, their families and friends. Click the link above for details or visit the JAZZ group page.

GROUP LEADERS
You should have received a new handbook giving you helpful advice and guidance. It is also accessible to you on-line through a link on the DOCUMENTS page.

LOCAL HISTORY
We still have some places on our visit to the Unitarian Church on April 25th so please visit our desk to book your place!

COACH TRIPS
Bookings now being taken (open to all members):

Saturday 8th JuneKeswick (Lake District). £12 per person
Saturday 13th JulySaltaire (UNESCO) World Heritage site) including 1.5 hours walking tour/guide. £16 per person
Saturday 14th September & 26th OctoberMedia City Manchester (joint venture with Local History Group) - including tour of BBC Studios. £22 per person

Let’s Go Coach Trips (for bookings and further details see Lets Go desk (open to all U3A members)

Saturday 15th JuneYorkshire Sculpture Park
Thursday 17th OctoberBlackpool Illuminations

Dates for your diary:

Saturday 17th AugustKettlewell Scarecrow Festival

SINGALONG
The group is looking for new members. We meet once a month on a Monday evening at the Royal Clifton, to sing along to a selection of 60s and 70s pop music, with a few older songs and occasionally newer. There is live accompaniment and the words are put up on a TV screen. Everyone can sing and everyone is welcome!

Click the link above to contact the leader if you wish to join the group.

U3A REMOTE CONTROL SAILING
Tuesday 7th May.
If you're a Remote Control wizard or enjoy technology this sport will take you to another level. You'll have the controls but you're also up against the elements.

If you have sailed before and understand the wind - that helps a lot but beware it's very easy to get totally hooked.

No Remote Control or Sailing experience necessary.

To find out more, click on the link for the Remote Control Sailing programme.

BLACKPOOL LIGHTS
You are welcome to join a Lets Go/Meet and Eat/Coach Trips combined outing to Blackpool Lights with a shop and fish and chips stop in Lytham, October 17, leaving Southport at 14.45. £10 a head for travel.

Click the link to email Paul Carter or see him at the Lets Go desk May or June. Cheques only please and give us an email address or phone number.

BEYOND THE COMFORT ZONE
The group leader is convening a meeting on 10th May at 2.00 pm in the Community Hall at Lord Street West to discuss future events for this group. If you wish to attend and contribute with ideas then contact Brian Mitchell who will be on the bookstall at the monthly general meeting.

TAPPING FOR LIFE
This is now a new group. Click the link above for more details.

TRY SAILING
Here's a chance to try your hand on the tiller and test your sea legs. The event scheduled for Thursday 9th May is now full but there is a second opportunity on 16th May. Click the link for full details of the Try Sailing outing. Both events are now fully booked.

GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES: Bridging the gap between current events and history
A new discussion group meeting on the first Thursday of each month. Please click on the link above for more details.

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.

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. Click the link above to contact Barbara, the group leader.

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

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).

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
This is an active group looking for new members of either sex. Inexperienced players are welcome.

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

BANJOLELE
Please note this group has changed its venue. Click the link above for more information.

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

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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.