Issue 99                NEWSLETTER                    May 2018

Ashton-in-Makerfield and District U3A


Your membership is due for renewal from the 1st of April. Registration will take place on the  3rd Friday in April and the 1st and 3rd Friday in May. Members who have not registered by the 31st of May cannot be guaranteed to be issued with their existing membership number. The Annual Registration will, as in previous years, remain at £12.00 and the Friday Meeting door charges will stay at £2.00 for Speaker Meetings and £1.00 for the Coffee Meetings.

It is important to note that the £12.00 Registration fee is non-refundable and retains your membership for twelve months.


New Membership Application Forms.

It is never easy to complete an application form with all the yeses, nos and ticks.

However under Data Protection Regulations, we can only use-input data that you have provided us with and we cannot amend your data even if we think it may be incorrect.

Thank you for your cooperation. If you have any concerns please contact me:

Ray Potter

Membership Secretary and Data Protection Officer

Phone 01942 725157 or see me at the meetings.


If you are interested in a particular subject or activity that is not catered for and would like to create a new Group please contact a member of the Committee for assistance to set it up.



The 2018 AGM will take place at the Friday Speaker Meeting on the 3rd August. Nominations for membership to the Committee must be made on the forms that are available at the Friday meetings, and must include the names of a proposer and seconder and the written consent of the nominee, before being sent to the Secretary to be received before 24:00 hours on Friday 6th July 2018.


We like to chat to friends before our meetings start, but could we please refrain from continuing to talk when announcements are being made and during presentations by our guest speakers. Recently, conversations that have carried on have caused distractions for many trying to listen.


During our meetings please ensure that your mobile phone ring tone is switched off and the phone is either put on vibrate or turned off completely.


4th May - Joanne Halliwell - Betsy 2 - The Promotion.

1st June  -  David Hill - The Great Exhibition and the Crystal Palace.         The Great Exhibition and the Crystal Palace.         The Great Exhibition and the Crystal Palace



We are taking deposits for Girls which is at the Empire in November. It seems to be a popular show so book early. Details are on the theatre board. If you still owe balances for The Play That Went Wrong please could we have them as soon as possible.

Kath and Ann   


We are a small group of amateur bakers who meet once a month in a member’s home to share a light lunch and a dessert or cake.  If you would like to know more please contact Anne Doyle or Pam Potter.



The Intermediate German group meets on the first and third Tuesday of every month from 2.00 pm to 3.30 pm. It is now starting its fifth year. It is a friendly, sociable group and the emphasis is on speaking and listening. Group members have become much more confident in expressing themselves spontaneously in German and can now engage in small talk fluently.

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


Our meetings are normally on 3rd Thursday of the month.

Our May meeting will be on the 17th of May at Haydock Library, Church Road, Haydock, WA11 1LY with the new meeting time of 10.00am to 12.00pm.

Our project for this month is “Skyscapes”

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



The next  meeting of the group will be on the 31st  of May at 1.30 pm in the Ashton Library.


We meet on the third Friday of the month at 2-00 pm which gives us time to meet up at Captains Lane and have a coffee and a chat before heading off to the YMCA in Hilton Street where meetings are held.


The next meeting is on May 18th and we have room for a couple of new members if you would like to come along for a taster.


The Group meets in the Ashton Library on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays in the month 11.00 am - 12.30 pm.

If you wish to speak to me, I can be contacted on 01942-201693.

Roy Moore.


Holiday to Ireland 16 June 2018.

A holiday has been arranged with Discovery Travel to Ireland in June 2018.

The Balance for this Holiday is due on 1st May 2018 payable to Discovery Travel..

For further details please contact me, John Gostelow (contact details and times are on the back page).

John Gostelow, Group Leader.

Tall Ships Liverpool

Friday 25th May 2018.

Depart from Hilton Street - meet 9.15 leave at 9.30 am.
Return approx 4pm Cost £14.00.

Mary Davies, Group Leader.


Singing For Pleasure meeting – Friday 13th April.     

Ian got the singing off to a good start playing “Bring Me Sunshine”.  This was followed by some Lancashire songs.  We sang songs from the Shows – South Pacific, Sister Act, Sweet Charity, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and Pretty Woman.  Our final rendition was ‘Dancing Queen’ and ‘I Have A Dream’ (ABBA).

Thanks go to the kind ladies who served up tea and biscuits which was most appreciated.

Next Meeting: - Friday, 11th May.  1pm Captains Lane.


We meet on 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Wednesdays (not 5th Wednesdays) at Ashton Rec from 2.00pm to 4.00pm. The first meetings of the season on 4th April and 11th April were both well attended.

Colin celebrating his 80th Birthday in STYLE at the 1st Crown Green Bowling meeting on Wednesday 4th April. Cake was enjoyed by everyone.

Thanks to members of both Groups

Ray and Phil


Wednesday 2nd May -  Yarrow Valley.

Church Lane, Charnock Richard, PR7 5NA

Meet at 9.10 am for 9.30 tee time.

Wednesday 16th May - Haigh Hall,

Haigh Country Park, School Lane, WN2 1PE

Meet at 9.10 am for 9.30 tee time.

In the event that venues change I will email you. If you are a golfer but not a members of our group or have never been a golfer but would like to give it a try please contact me at a Friday meeting or by telephone.

Jim Conboy, Group Leader.


Unless someone wishes to be Group Leader then the final meeting of the 1st Local History Group will be on Monday, 21 May and the final meeting of the 2nd Local History Group will on 14 May. I have really enjoyed leading both groups and have no doubt that any future leader(s) would find it very interesting and enjoyable.

Jo Kavanagh


On the afternoon of Friday 29th June the Drama Group will be presenting‘Lancashire Pride’ an afternoon of music, fun and laughter, celebrating the fact that our county is the best in the country. If you are a proud Lancastrian (born here or adopted) then come along and enjoy a couple of hours being a Lassie (or Laddie) from Lancashire.

Tickets, price £2, will be on sale at the coffee afternoon in May and the speaker meeting in June on a first come, first served basis and if you feel like dressing up for the occasion then so much the better.


Pat Grimshaw  


Reading Group 2

Books discussed at our April meeting

To Kill A Tsar by Andrew Williams (Senior Producer on Panorama and Newsnight)

Other books – The Poison Tide, the Suicide Club and the Interrogator.

To Kill A Tsar is set in St Petersburg 1879-1881, this novel covers the events leading to the assassination of Tsar Alexander II. A terrorist group named The People’s Will were committed to one thing, to assassinate the Tsar. Although many in the West believed the Tsar to be a benevolent and reforming ruler, the population at large only saw the inequalities they faced.  The key events and many of the characters are factual. The action moves from the glittering ballrooms and lavish parties to the torture cells of the House of Detention. Many of the English middle and upper classes lived and worked in Russia enjoying a privileged life.

The central character Doctor Frederick Hadfield falls in love with Anna Kovalenko, a committed and active member of the terrorist group; he is drawn into a game of plot and counterplot forcing him into leading a double life. The novel contains detailed accounts of the terrorists’ activities. As the atrocities escalated, violence and loss of life contributed to a number of terrorists leaving the group.

The assassination of Tsar Alexander II and subsequently the killing of Tsar Nicholas III and his family led to the formation of the USSR.

The Group thought that this was an exciting, gripping and informative novel. Would we recommend? - Yes we would.

Our Alternative Book – The Reversal - Michael Connolly. This is his 22nd crime novel set as usual in Los Angeles. The main characters are Mickey Haller (Defence Lawyer) and his half-brother (LAPD Detective) Hieronymus (Harry) Bosch. The novel follows the retrial of a convicted kidnapper and child killer where Mickey Haller changes roles and becomes a lawyer for the Prosecution and Harry his detective.

The Group thought that readers would benefit from reading previous Mickey Haller /Harry Bosch books, to acquaint themselves with the characters. - Would we recommend? - Yes we would.


Ashton-in-Makerfield Ukulele Group (AIMUG)


Our group continues to flourish, even though the initial enthusiasm has waned a little.  A number of distractions meant that we have not got on as well as we thought BUT…. we’re back on track now.


Looking forward to our next meeting and rehearsal on Friday 27th at Captain’s Lane from 1 to 3pm, where we’ll be polishing the selections for the upcoming Lancashire Day.


We have room for beginners if anyone is interested or even if you want to pop along for a look and a trial.

Just contact Stephen on 07981 976 904 or drop in on the fourth Friday of the month.




PART OF ACTIVE LIVING and NOT covered by U3A insurance.


Instructor Matt

Part of Inspiring Healthy Lifestyles (previously called Active Living) 

Every Monday morning 11.00-12.00 at Captains Lane, Ashton in Makerfield. From April cost £3.00 per session.

Small Group, gentle exercise at your own pace -concentrating on maintaining muscle strength and balance.

Call in for more information or see Pam, Anne or Mary at the Meetings



Walking Football is a sport for both men and women and it is an ideal way to meet new friends and improve your fitness. Games take place in the Wigan Soccer Drome.

If you are interested please contact Phil Carter by telephone or during any of our Friday Meetings. If enough interest is shown I will arrange a date and time for us to visit the Soccer Drome.