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Theatre Group – Future Bookings

The Theatre Group are checking the level of interest in the following Theatre Visits




One of our members, Marilyn Seager is directing Ruddigore for Crosby Gilbert & sullivan at Southport Little Theatre


“Welcome to the apparently sleepy village of Rederring, Cornwall, where a troupe of professional bridesmaids on zero hours impatiently await a new bride to attend. But the village also hides a dark secret – the noble Murgatroyd family, whose current head is forced by an old witch’s curse to commit a daily crime or die in agony!

But is a bride about to appear? – A shy young farmer and prim village girl would love to tie the knot but are too coy to do anything other than exchange pleasantries. There is a mystery about this farmer – is he somehow connected to the Murgatroyds? The truth begins to emerge when his foster-brother returns from sea and offers to help him plead his case for the girl, with unfortunate consequences!

Gilbert & Sullivan’s parody of the Victorian melodrama has all the necessary theatrical elements – bad baronets, village maidens, a poor, mad jilted bride, a picture gallery of ghosts and at the heart a tender love story which finally triumphs. “

Please feel free to come to the show


U3A Workshops: Keeping it Legal

National Workshop Series

The Third Age Trust will be piloting a new series of training events in 2018 for U3A committee members. The workshops will be held in two locations which we calculate to be accessible to the largest number of U3As: the northern pilot in Leeds, and the southern in Surrey. If the pilots are successful, the programme will be taken to further venues.

These workshop days are being offered in response to requests and enquiries from U3A committee members regarding the legal requirements and responsibilities of running a U3A.

As charities (registered or otherwise), U3A committees are required to ensure that they are aware of and compliant with the legislation that impacts on their work. U3A committee members are the foundation of the U3A movement. These pilot days, which will be led by industry experts, have been designed to support you to fulfil your requirements as both committee members and charity trustees.

Each workshop day will cover a number of important topics:

  • General Data Protection Regulation
  • Safeguarding
  • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Insurance

The format will be a mix of plenary and break-out sessions, with plenty of time for networking and discussion. Lunch will be included, and to further facilitate attendance, accommodation and dinner is available the night before if required.


General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

From May 2018 the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) is being updated to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The updated legislation has implications for how U3As obtain, process and manage information obtained from their members. The introduction of GDPR offers a useful opportunity for U3As to review their current practices in relation to how they manage data.


This session will be led as a group plenary session by industry experts ArcNet Security.  The trainers will provide a bespoke session for U3A members. This will include an overview of the relevant points from the legislation as well as advice as to the steps that U3As should take.  There will also be an opportunity for members to ask questions.


U3A Committees have a duty of care to their members. Safeguarding practice within U3As covers a range of issues from being aware of and responsive to members health-related needs as well as ensuring appropriate behaviour between members. The Charity Commission website states:


“Having proper safeguards in place means your charity can promote a safe place for your beneficiaries and gives the public confidence in your charity and trustees.” (


This session will be run by industry experts who will lead smaller break out groups. Each group will benefit from a trainer led presentation on the relevant legislation as well as an opportunity to review and discuss some U3A-based scenarios.  Group members can also discuss any particular concerns they may have.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

The Equality Act came into power in 2010 and merged nine existing pieces of legislation including the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 and the 2006 Equality Act. The Equality and Human Rights Commission website states:


“Equality law affects everyone responsible for running your organisation or who might do something on its behalf, including staff or volunteers if you have them.” (


Guidance from the Commission details that where volunteers are acting on behalf of the charity, the charity would be legally responsible were they found to have unlawfully discriminated against a service user (members qualify as service users).


This session will be delivered by industry experts who will lead a presentation on the relevant legislation, discuss and review some U3A-specific scenarios, as well as providing you with the opportunity to ask any questions you may have.


The most common queries coming in to the office are those that relate to insurance cover. These are reflective of the diversity of interest groups, members, members’ needs and the individuality that is inherent within the U3A membership. This session will be led by the Trust’s insurance broker. Our broker has worked with the Trust for several years and has developed an in-depth understanding of the U3A movement and how we operate at a local level.


The session will be run as group plenary with an overview of the cover provided by the products and public liability insurance. The session will also look at scenarios based on U3A practice and provide members with an opportunity to ask questions.

Northern Pilot

Met Hotel, Leeds: 13 February

Designed by local architects Chorley & Connon, this luxury hotel is renowned for its Victorian terracotta facade and stone cupola taken from the city’s demolished 4th White Cloth Hall.

The venue is moments from Leeds Station, and there are several city centre car parks nearby.

The Principal Met Hotel, Leeds LS1 2HQ

Click here to find out more about the venue on the Principal Hotels website.

Preston Orpheus Choir


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Preston Orpheus Choir is delighted to kick off Christmas with its annual “Festive Christmas” Concert featuring traditional and modern Christmas choral pieces, music from Freckleton Brass Band and plenty of well loved Christmas pieces perfect for audience participation.

The Concert will be held on Saturday 9th December 2017 at 7.00pm at


St Michael & All Angel’s CE Church
Egerton Road

Tickets are priced at £10 for adults and £5 for under 18s

and are available from 01772 735197.