St. Helens

Latest News and Information

U3A Youtube Channel?
Been Researching stuff yourself, or in your U3A Group?
The link opposite may be of interest to you!

Below are some news highlights and details of what is coming up organised by the St. Helens U3A.

!!!!!! Opposite is a link for RELATED NEWS and INFORMATION PAGE for News from other organisations and non U3A Events. !!!!!!
There is new NEWS on this page! Really good if you like trains!

HERE IS THE LATEST NEWSLETTER (Web Edition) --------------------------------------------------------->>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Quick dates Dates for the diary, see Group Pages or Newsletter for more info

Click on the 'Related News and Information' link for a U3A Northwest Project you could help with!

For more details or to register your interest please contact Jackie Bunt, the Groups Co-ordinator, either at the Information Table or by email through the contacts page on the website.


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New Groups?
Some ideas recently suggested include Bridge, Repair Shop and an Environmental and Climate Change Issues Group. If interested then contact Jackie Bunt via the Information Table at Meetings or via the contact for Groups Coordinator on the Contacts page of the web site.

Chess Club now welcomes members to play draughts and dominoes as well as chess

Garden Interest, next meeting is on Tuesday, 28th January

Line Dancing, if you are interested please contact Jackie Bunt, Groups Co-ordinato

Reuse, Recycle, Repurpose is changing its meeting day to the 1st and 3rd Friday afternoon of the month. Please see the website for when changes will start.


Baminton is very busy on a Monday, we are looking to run a group on a Thursday on a regular basis. Check our Group web page for updates on this.

Computer Corner - Mike and Jean Rossiter

How to update WhatsApp
Are you worried about security issues when using WhatsApp?
Read this advice from Mike

You can easily update WhatsApp from your phone's application store. Please note if you received a message that isn't supported by your version of WhatsApp, you'll need to update WhatsApp.

To update WhatsApp:

• Android: Go to Play Store, then tap Menu > My apps & games. Tap UPDATE next to WhatsApp Messenger.
◦ Alternatively, go to Play Store and search for WhatsApp. Tap UPDATE under WhatsApp Messenger.
• iPhone: Go to App Store, then tap Updates. Tap UPDATE next to WhatsApp Messenger.
◦ Alternatively, go to App Store and search for WhatsApp. Tap UPDATE next to WhatsApp Messenger.
• Windows Phone 8.1: Go to Store, then tap Menu > my apps > WhatsApp > update.
◦ Alternatively, go to Store and search for WhatsApp. Tap WhatsApp > update.
• Windows Phone 10: Go to Microsoft Store, then tap Menu > My Library. Tap Update next to WhatsApp.
◦ Alternatively, go to Microsoft Store and search for WhatsApp. Tap WhatsApp > Update.
• KaiOS: Press JioStore or Store on the apps menu. Scroll to the side to select Social, then select WhatsApp. Press OK or SELECT > UPDATE.
We encourage you to always use the latest version of WhatsApp. Latest versions contain the newest features and bug fixes.

It should only take a couple of minutes to complete the update and stay secure. Alternatively call in to our Computer Confidence Group at our new venue at the Perth Centre in Thatto Heath from 1-3p.m. on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month.

Interesting Buildings
JANUARY 2020 Williamson Tunnels, Liverpool. Date, time and cost to be confirmed later. The Williamson heritage centre provides an insight into the fascinating underground world created by Joseph Williamson in the early 19th century. Sensible shoes and warm clothing are recommended. Hard hats are provided. Visitors with limited mobility may have some difficulty. For further information, speak to Hugh Wareing.

Tuesday, 11th February Ullet Road Unitarian Church, Liverpool. Ullet Road Unitarian Church is a grade 1 listed building. The church is a red Ruabon brick and sandstone building in the gothic revival style with art nouveau features and Burne Jones designed stained glass windows. The church also has a library and a cloister leading to the church hall (also grade 1 listed) and the buildings are grouped round a central garden. We will meet at the Church at 11.30 a.m., when we will have a guided tour. Details of public transport will be available at October meetings. Cost is £4 donation.
Entertainment Group
We now have a full acting cast for ‘The Jack and the Beanstalk’, a pantomime to be performed at the Wesley Methodist Church in St. Helens Town Centre, on Friday, 21st and Saturday, 22nd February 2020.
But we cannot do this on our own as we have in previous years, because everyone has a part, which will need all their energy. Therefore, we need the volunteers for: -
Special effects
Ticket and programme sellers
Wardrobe Scenery Refreshments

Can you help? Well, if we can't get the help we need from a membership of nearly 800, where will we get it from? This is not a demand for a weekly commitment; we will only be doing scenery, for example, in January 2020. Likewise, the other roles will only need to be filled as and when needed.
If you can assist, please see either Beryl or Thelma or any member of the Entertainment Group at either the General Meeting or Drop-in.
Oh – and we also need help with our Beanstalk!


Mixed and Men's Choir
The choir recently took part in the Billinge Music Festival at Birchley St. Mary's, with all proceeds going to Willowbrook Hospice. Six choirs took part, each choir singing six songs of their own selection. It was a fine mix of music, and all the choirs were well received, both by the other choirs and by the audience. Over £500 was raised on the night.

The choir can now return to preparations for the Christmas concert on Monday, 9th December, commencing at 2.00 p.m. at Toll Bar United Reformed Church, Freckleton Road. As with all our annual concerts, all we ask is a donation for refreshments, and there will be a raffle in aid of an organisation who provide a Christmas dinner for the homeless. We hope as many members as possible will attend.

We have had a number of people interested in joining, or who have joined since September, but we are still looking for men, especially basses. So if that is you, please contact any choir member, or use the "pigeon" on the web page.


Theatre Group
As always, plenty is planned ... tickets going fast! Check our Group Page or the Newsletter link opposite!