NEWSLETTER No 115                                                   October 2019


Tickets for the Christmas party will be on sale at the meetings in October and November on a strictly first come first served basis.

Only 90 tickets will be printed as this is the number which we can accommodate in line with health and safety regulations. Tickets are priced at £2 and you will need to have your ticket with you when you come.


There is a BLUE BOOK on the Information Table, at the front of the room, in which we would like you to put any Suggestions for New Groups.

The groups are very important to the welfare of the U3A. They provide a range of activities that would not be available if it was not for the input from the membership. If anyone wishes to talk through a suggestion for a new group they would like to attend or, if they would like to lead a new group, please see John Gostelow or Anne Doyle for more details.


The Tombola raised £75.00. Members donations will be given directly to Wigan and Leigh Hospice. A big thank you to all who took part.


A sale of Woodturning items will be on sale at the October coffee afternoon. Members and friends donations will be given directly to Wigan and Leigh Hospice. Cards (not for sale) will be on display as a demonstration of the work of the Group of the Month. Thank you once  again for all your support.


4th October - Peter Turner - Through the Eyes of the Magician.

1st  November  -  Ananda Mukherjee  -  Amazing Himalayas

The August Speaker

At the August speaker meeting we were delighted to welcome Clement D’Hollande, the Ambassador from Angers to Wigan. Clement will be leaving Wigan at the end of October to take up a post as translator in Lincoln so we were very fortunate to be able to listen to his talk and presentation on Angers and the Loire valley.

Clement was a delightful young man, with perfect English and was a credit to his family and to the Angers region.

Thank you also to Roy for being the go-between with Clement and U3A and for bringing him and returning him safely home. Roy’s introduction in French had us all thinking back frantically to our school days - great fun!

We wish Clement every happiness and success in his future career.




This group will be run by Ray Potter. The first meeting will be on Wednesday 23rd October at the Scout Hut on Woodedge.

Meet at 10.30am for Kurling at 10.45am to 12.45pm. 

Look forward to another busy and enjoyable season. 


Bowling Groups PC1 and RP1 are now closed until April 2020 when the greens will reopen for the summer. Thank you to all who attended to make this another successful season. 


This group will be run by Phil Carter.  The first meeting will be on Wednesday 16th October at the Scout Hut on Woodedge. Meet at 10.30am for games at 10.45am to 12.45pm. 

Look forward to another enjoyable season. 


Two days out are planned for 2020 as follows:-

Thursday 21stMay 2020 - Nostell Priory Yorkshire and Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Nostell Priory is a National Trust Property near Wakefield, an 18th century Palladian mansion built by the Winn family on the site of a medieval priory.  It is filled with Robert Adam interiors and has a world class Chippendale collection.  There are over 300 acres of gardens and parkland.

Please note that non National Trust members will be charged £9.80 for admission.  NT members should remember to bring their membership cards with them on the day.

Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP). YSP is set in over 500 acres of parkland and features art works by Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth and other British and international artists.  Go online to see more about this remarkable open air gallery.  It is stunning! Entry is free. The price of this trip will be £15.00, plus £9.80 for non National Trust members.

At the moment we are taking names only to see if the trip is viable.

Thursday 3rdSeptember 2020 - York. A day out in this wonderful city.  You will be free to do as you like – visit the Cathedral, the Railway Museum and explore the streets and alleyways. Also a chance to do some early Christmas shopping (sorry, far too early to think about that!). Price for this trip £18.00.

Again we are taking names only at this stage.


Line Dancing Class on Monday 7th October has been cancelled due to Ray and Mildred being on Holiday. The next scheduled Class at Ashton will be on Monday 4th November.



The Intermediate German group, now in its 6th year, is currently full. 

If you would like any further information please contact Bill, by phone or email, (contact details and times are on the back page). 


The Card and Paper Craft Group meet on the last Thursday of the month in Ashton Library. The next meeting is on Thursday 31st October at 1.30pm. 


All the tickets for the pantomime Aladdin at St. Helens Theatre Royal on Thursday 2nd January 2020 have now been sold.  This is a matinee performance and the coach will leave Hilton Street at 1.00pm.

We now have tickets for The 75th Anniversary V.E Day celebration show at the Brindley Theatre, Runcorn on Monday 4th May 2020.  This is an evening performance. Tickets are £28 including the coach. Please come and see us if you wish to go.

Carol Heaton & Ann Heaton


By the time you read this we will have entertained members at the September coffee afternoon. We have loads of fun and laughter at the daft scripts we act out but also others which make us think a bit more deeply.

We have started rehearsing for the Christmas party and hope for an entertaining afternoon in December.

The next meetings of the group will be on Thursday 3rd October and Thursday 7th November.


The October meetings are on the 9th and 23rd at 11.00 am in Ashton Library.


The poetry group continues to meet in Ashton Library on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 12 noon.  We have room for 2 more members at the moment; if anyone is interested in joining the group, please contact Elinor Bentley or Madeline Hynes.

Desmond Dunn

By popular demand, I have recorded ten of my silly dialect poems featuring Desmond on CDs, with a bit of help from Kath.

They include Des's attempt at dancing, the walk in the country with the troublesome barmaid, Des's encounter with PENELOPE while acting as Santa Claus, and another seven which you may or may not have heard before.

The discs are available to U3A members at the bargain price of £5.  Possible Christmas presents for family or friends?

Once I have covered my expenses, all the remainder of the profits will be put directly into U3A funds.  Please see me if you want one.

Bill Sweeney.


Our next meeting will be on the 17th. October when the project for the month is “Your Choice”, but the picture must have been taken in the last 3 months.

If any of our U3A members wish to learn more about photography or can offer any expertise, please come along and join us.


Due to the closure of Ashton Library during week commencing 7th October, there will be no meeting of the knitting group on 10th as planned.  However Anne will be in touch with all members of the knitting group regarding a different venue.

Any new members will be welcome to our next meeting at the library on 14th November.


The Creative Writing group is taking a short break. Watch this space for further news. If, when we return, you want to give us a try then please contact the group leader, Mavis Fairhurst,  for further details.


Our Singing for Pleasure Group met on Friday 13th September.

We began by Reaching for the Stars, followed by a visit to the YMCA for those without – Money, Money, Money. We had a quick trip to Wigan Pier then a visit to Blackpool on the Blackpool Belle. Shirley Bassey joined us as we all needed a Big Spender, especially in the Penny Arcade and there we met that Pretty Woman again so Kiss Me Honey, Honey, Honey fitted in very well. ABBA came too. To mark what is probably the end of our Summer Loving John Travolta and Olivia Newton also sang.

Christmas is a time for letting our singers loose and this year will be no exception so we practised our Christmas songs in readiness for our U3A Christmas Party on Friday 6th December. We are to open the proceedings and finish off leading our members in singing favourite Christmas Carols.

Our next Singing for Pleasure Meeting is on Friday 11th October.

Thanks go to our members who provided cakes at the interval and especially our coffee and tea makers. The afternoon went very smoothly with the help of everyone who attended and helped the afternoon go along so smoothly.


Next walk is on Tuesday 8th October

Pennington Flash

Approx 5 miles. Duration 2 to 2.5 hours.

Start at 10am from the first car park on your left at the entrance to Pennington Flash Country Park. The Country Park is located on Atherleigh Way, Leigh, WN7 3PA

The walk takes us around the flash, along the canal, past bird hides and the golf course. The walk will be muddy in places, has some ups and downs, stiles but no big hills Towards the end of the walk there are toilet facilities and some tea and hot food caravans.

Tel Gil if more information is required.

Please ensure you wear appropriate clothing and footwear whilst walking.

If you have not been before please have with you on the day your next of kin details and let me know of any potential health issues that might occur whilst walking.

If you want to be on the Walking Group emailing list please email gil Breden or if you no longer want to be on the mailing list again, please let me know.


Reading Group 2.

Reading group 2 meet on the second Monday in the month in Ashton library 12.15-1.45
we have at present two vacancies anyone interested, please see Pam Potter at the Friday meetings.

Take No More by   Seb Kirby/ This is the 1st book featuring James Blake, after his wife is murdered; he flees England to Florence and Venice and the seedy underworld of Italian politics. I found this fast paced and exciting. The trail leads him into danger and a shocking conspiracy. - Recommended by the Group.

A Comedy of Murders - George Herman. The authors 2nd novel and is a wild ride into farce and intrigue. Twenty seven ways to commit murder. It is 1498 in the castle of Ludovico Sforza the Duke of Milan. It is Shogun meets A Comedy of Errors with Sherlock Holmes thrown in.  This is a grand  and sweeping mockery of the darker side of

human affairs. - Recommended by the Group, as a laugh out loud novel.
Mary Davies


The Pudding Club meets once a month on a Wednesday afternoon in a member’s home.  We are a small group of amateur bakers who enjoy trying new recipes over a friendly chat and a cup of tea.

For more information speak to Anne Doyle at one of the monthly meetings.


The Local History Group meets on the second Monday of the month.  Our next meeting is at 1.30pm on Monday, 14 October 2019 at St James' Parish Centre, Church Road, Haydock, WA11 0NJ.  I am calling the theme of this meeting 'Bits and Bobs'.  Come along to find out why.


The venues (on our Web page) may change slightly in which case I will possibly advance the start time to 10.00am instead of 09.30

Also, when there is a three week gap in a couple of the monthly dates, if possible, an extra game will be arranged nearer the time.


Ashton-in-Makerfield Ukulele Group (AIMUG)

We had a really good session at the back end of August for our group. Ann Rushworth provided us with her selection which was varied and enjoyable to play.

Already Maureen has given us her selection for the next time and we’re asking members to choose their own twenty songs.

We did miss Alan and his bass on the day.  We’re going to have to stop him from going on holiday.  In a few numbers we had a tendency to race ahead and at times it was like trying to slow down a runaway train. So, if anyone reads this, apart from our ukulele group, we’re looking for someone who might like to play the Cajon. It’s a drum box and even has a comfy seat.  Please let any one of our members know or ask them to contact Stephen.  This will also help keep us in time.


The week before our meeting we were entertaining at Broadmead, Lowton, one of Wigan Councils social services day centre, where we were well received.  We even got paid. Yes, a box of chocolates between us all, which we devoured at the subsequent Bryn Labour Club meeting.


We’re also booked in for Sainsbury’s for Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th December from 12 noon until 4pm.  Hope you can come along and support us.  Along with Wigan U3A Ukes we’ll be playing under the pseudonym of The Pie- eaters and again raising money for Wigan and Leigh Hospice

Our October meetings are at Bryn Labour Club on Wednesday 9th October from 3.00pm to 5.00pm.  Then at the White Horse, Wigan on Thursday 24th October 2.00pm to 4.00pm. and Friday 25th October at Captain’s Lane from 1.00pm to 3.00pm.New members welcome.  Please contact Stephen for a beginner’s pack.


We’re still looking to buy back any unwanted polo shirts, just contact Stephen. Please consider selling them back to the group for £10 each.We’d like to have some in stock to supply new members. You can send them in with current Ukulele group members and we’ll get the money to you soonest. Or contact Stephen