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NW Region U3A Conference and AGM

I am pleased to provide the following pre-meeting papers for the Annual General Meeting on 29th May in Liverpool.

Agenda       Document >> HERE

This contains the list of Nominations for Officers and Committee Members of the Executive.  As the number of nominations received is fewer than the number of vacancies, no election is required.

There have been no resolutions proposed for consideration by the meeting.

Minutes, AGM 2017     Document  >> HERE

Annual accounts, 2017/18   Document  >>  HERE

I should be grateful if Delegates would please bring these attachments – the Agenda, 2017 Minutes and the Annual Accounts – to the AGM.  The current Constitution can be viewed on the Region’s website (from Welcome page click link to NW Region Documents).

The Annual Conference Day itself

There are still some spaces available for any of your members to attend (10.30am start, Quaker Meeting House, Liverpool); there are discussion groups and two guest speakers prior to the AGM at 2.45pm.  It is FREE but you need to register.  On-line registrations can be accepted up until 24th May from the NW website: Link >> HERE – scroll down to the Annual Conference Day item and click ‘Register’.

I have also attached a map >> HERE for getting to the Meeting House. (red 41 in C2).  Lime Street station is about 9 minutes walk (D1) and Central Station is C/D2. School Lane is very narrow and the Meeting House is a modern brick building on the left when approaching it from Hanover Street. The nearest car park is in Gradwell Street off Hanover Street.

I look forward to seeing you in Liverpool.

Rosalie White

Secretary NW Region U3A


The UkeLeylanders have been busy recently !

At the start of May, the Ukeleylanders played at two different venues.

On 1st May they entertained the “Elderberries”, a community group of over 50’s at the Old School in Ulnes Walton.  A great afternoon was had by all as the Ukeleylanders turned out a selection of tunes ranging from the 40s to 60s. Steve Ellison gave a solo of “Your Sixteen” and, Christine Boxall and Caroline Burns, gave there debut duet performance of “Stand by me” On behalf of the Elderberries, the Chair thanked the Ukeleylanders for a very entertaining afternoon, wished them the very best for the future and hoped to arrange a further visit later in the year.

On the 8th May the Ukeleylanders were just one of a group of organisations who took part in the Spring Social Afternoon for Older People and entertained over 100 elderly residents of South Ribble at the Leyland Civic Centre.

The crowd sang and swayed as the Ukeleylanders turned out popular tunes from the 40s, 50s and 60s. Steve Ellison gave a solo performance to several popular golden oldies, including “Your Sixteen” which the audience seemed to thoroughly enjoy. A good afternoon was had by all. To date, this was the biggest audience that the Ukeleylanders had played and one which seemed to go down a treat.

Carol MacKey


Following the performance, we received this email from Alison Hardman, Community Involvement Team, South Ribble Borough Council

Hi Christine,

I think it’s safe to say that the Ukeleylanders went down a storm – I think people would have been happy for you to carry on as long as you wished!

Please can you pass on my thanks to everyone.





Bake Off Competition for June

We are running another Bake Off challenge similar to last years to accompany the AGM meeting in June.




If you would like to take part, please could you fill in the Entry Form with Teresa at the May Monthly meeting, or email me >> HERE before the 23rd MAY. We need to know how many entries we will have so that we can ensure we have enough JAM and SCONES to go with your cups of tea.

Philosophy Group Round Up

The group met on Monday and had an interesting discussion on ‘Living in a multicultural society’.

The next meeting will be on Monday 30 April, 2-4 PM. Because of the Spring Bank Holiday, this is a week earlier than the usual 1st Monday in the month.

Our topic will be ‘Science and pseudoscience‘. If possible, in preparation please look at the Philosophy Crash Course no. 8: Karl Popper, science and pseudoscience.

Link >> HERE

Venue: for those who have not been before, we meet at

Northbrook Gardens, Northbrook Rd, Leyland PR25 2XS.

Best regards

Alastair Thomas

Archery Group

The archery group today braved the warm temperatures and bright sunshine to record their second shoot of the year. Despite an occasional blustery breeze, a good time was had despite stops to sunbathe. We had the best of the afternoon though as dark clouds were gathering as we were packing up to go home. It made a pleasant change to be outside in warm, dry weather.

Jim Porter

Conishead Priory & Ulverston Visit

In March, 33 members went on a trip to the Buddhist Centre at Conishead Priory near Ulverston.

u3a Conishead priory

Our guide was Geoff, a very calm, quietly-spoken man, who has lived in the community for many years. First, he told us the history of the Priory. Originally a 12th century Augustinian priory, founded as a hospital for the poor, in 1537 it was seized and demolished by the Crown and a house was built on the site. The house became home to various wealthy families, the most influential being the Braddylls, who lived there for almost two centuries. In 1821, Col Thomas Braddyll had the house rebuilt. It took 15 years to complete this Gothic mansion and £140,000 of his fortune. He then made heavy financial losses in Durham coal mines, was declared bankrupt and was forced to sell the property. It became a hydropathic hotel, a convalescent home for miners and during WW II the largest military hospital in the North West. In 1972, the house and contents were sold. It stood empty for five years until it was rescued from dereliction by the Buddhist community. They are still renovating the house, but the hub of the community is the magnificent Temple for World Peace, which they have built in the grounds.

This was the first Kadampa Temple to be built and it houses the largest bronze statue of Buddha to be cast in the West. Buddhist statues are hollow, but filled with ‘spiritually meaningful items’. The temple was built according to a traditional design, but is modern, light and airy with beautiful adornments: truly a feast for your eyes and a very peaceful space. We had many questions to ask Geoff, about the temple, Buddhism in general and how their community was run. Before long it was time to try a short meditation session.  Think many people gained something from this and will possibly practice the techniques some more.



Next stop Ulverston, where a group of us visited the Laurel and Hardy museum. Stan Laurel was born in Ulverston. The museum was full of information and memorabilia about his life and partnership with Oliver Hardy.  A bronze statue of them stands outside the Coronation Hall.

Thanks to everyone who supported the trip especially our drivers Hilary and Dave

Ann France