We provide opportunities for the retired and semi-retired, regardless of age, to live and laugh and learn.

Come along and say hello.

Becconsall U3A News

Art Appreciation

Charles Rennie Macintosh

A three week pop-up course is proposed to explore the architecture, interior designs and water colour paintings of Charles Rennie Macintosh and this will culminate in a visit to the upcoming Macintosh exhibition at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool on May 24th.

Cost of admission as a group – £8.00 each plus coach hire which is estimated at £10.00 each.

Sessions to start mid April to take place on a Monday in the Front Hall – dates to be confirmed next week. See Mike Ellis at the Coffee Morning for more details.

You will find information here on upcoming Becconsall U3A events.

U3A Group activities

U3A News

  • Coffee Morning – 21st February
  • Art Appreciation – See panel opposite.
  • Badminton – Wednesday afternoons: 2.00 at All Saints Hall.
  • Creative Textiles – February 18th – 13.30 – 15.30.
  • Gardening –   No meetings until spring 2019
  • Local History – February 18th – Front Hall 10.00am
  • Luncheon Club – TBA.
  • Photography – starts 21st February – Front Hall.
  • Reading – Next meeting Monday February 25th.  at 5.00 in the Front Hall
  • Table Tennis – Every Tuesday 10.00 – 11.30 in Back Hall.
  • Walking – Next walk – February 20th.
  • Walking Netball    12.30 to 1.30.  Banks Leisure Centre each Friday.
  • Dangerous Obsessions – April 10th – £12.00
  • Bodnant Gardens – April 26th – £15.00 deposit
  • Port Sunlight and Cheshire Oaks – 7th May £12.00
  • Imagine – the life and music of John Lennon – Preston Guildhall. £24.50
  • Charles Rennie Macintosh – Walker Art Gallery – May 24th
  • Cartmell Races – 22nd July – £25.20 – £15.00 deposit.

Speaker Meetings

  • Thursday 28th February
    Mike Ellis
    Presentation of New Becconsall U3A Website
    A short tutorial on navigating the new Website
  • Thursday 14th March
    Vic Heaney
    “Vic Talks The Walk”
    A talk about Vic’s 70 day walk at the age of 70, from the Pyrenees to Blackpool.  All the more remarkable as Vic is visually impaired.
  • Thursday 25th April
    Edwin Booth CBE Title of talk TBC
  • Thursday 9th May
    Fool’s Gold
    Stories with Strings
    Husband and wife acoustic duo, who perform a pleasing mixture of songs and stories which will interest and surprise!
  • Thursday 23rd May
    Rachel Kennedy
    Queenscourt Hospice
    A local charity that provides support to the people of Southport, Formby and West Lancashire.

Dates for your diary

Wednesday April 10th
Dangerous Obsessions
Little Theatre – £12.00 – See Wendy

Thursday April 25th
Edwin Booth CBE
Speaker meeting. A very, very special event – don’t miss it!

Friday April 26th 
Bodnant Garden
Coach trip to Wales
£12.00 – See Dave Smith

Tuesday May 7th
Port Sunlight and Cheshire Oaks
£12.00 – See Liz Rimmer

Friday May 12th
Imagine – The life and music of John Lennon
Preston Guildhall – £24.50 – See Wendy

Friday May 24th 2019
Charles Rennie MackIntosh Exhibition
Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
Travel by coach – See Mike Ellis

Monday July 22nd 2019
A day at Cartmell Races
£15 deposit required to confirm booking.
See Dave Smith

About us

Becconsall U3A is part of the world-wide U3A network. The U3A or University of the Third Age movement is a unique and exciting organisation which provides, through its U3As, life-enhancing and life-changing opportunities. Retired and semi-retired people come together and learn together, not for qualifications but for its own reward: the sheer joy of discovery! Members share their skills and life experiences: the learners teach and the teachers learn, and there is no distinction between them.

Becconsall U3A meets in the Back Hall at the Hesketh with Becconsall Community Centre, Station Road, Hesketh Bank, PR4 6RS.

We have a growing range of interest groups and social activities. All costs are kept as low as possible so that members can take part in as many groups as they wish. You will find more details about our groups and activities on our website.

We have a weekly Coffee Morning on a Thursday between 10.00 and 12.00 when members get together socially for updates on our activities and to listen to guest speakers so if you would like to know more about Becconsall U3A, please come along and meet us.

Our Groups

Local History
Meets every other Monday 10 till 12
in the Front Hall

Contact Steve Kirby: 07766367550

Creative Textiles
Meets every other Monday
1.30 till 3.30 in the Front Hall

Contact Christine Smith: 07803003000

Meets every other Monday
at Mark’s Square, Tarleton.

Contact Andy Simpson: 01772 814443

Reading Group
Meets last Monday in the month
5 till 6 in the Front Hall

Contact Pam Canty: 01772 815700

Art Appreciation
Next group: Charles Rennie Macintosh.
Meets in the Front Hall and galleries

Contact Mike Ellis: 07513910919

Table Tennis
Meets every Tuesday 10 till 12
in the Back Hall

Contact Steve Kirby: 07766367550

Meets every Wednesday – 2 till 4
at All Saint’s Church Hall.

Contact Dave Wilson: 01772 813529

Meets every other Wednesday
at St Marks Square

Contact Andy Simpson: 01772 814443

Coffee Morning
Every Thursday 10 till 12
in the Back Hall

Walking Netball
Meets every Friday 12.30 till 1.30
at Banks leisure Centre

Contact Pat Hankin: 01772 814247

Meets throughout the spring and summer at gardens and member’s homes.

Contact Sue Watson: 07791377113

Theatre Group
Theatre trips locally and further

Luncheon Club
Meets Monthly at local restaurants

New Group – Flower Arranging
For more information, come to the Coffee Morning

New Group – Acrylic Painting Taster
Date and place to be confirmed depending on interest. – See Mike Ellis

New Group – Ballroom Dancing Taster
All Saint’s Church Hall. Date to be confirmed. – See Glenys Mason

Executive Committee Meetings
The Committee meets every second Thursday of the month. Members are welcome to attend and observe.

In addition to these groups, we have other occasional or pop-up groups and trips that are organised. Come along to the Coffee Morning every Thursday to find out what’s on. If there’s something that interests you that’s not on the list….talk to us.

This section is still under construction.


I like Becconsall U3A because it’s a wonderful opportunity to socialise with fellow senior citizens from this area. The U3A offers the advantage of pursuing other interests or trying something different with like minded folk by joining one or more of the group activities that are available. It’s a weekly tonic that’s good for all.

Joan McDaid

Since retiring and joining Becconsall U3A I feel I have become more engaged with my community and have made lots of new friends. I have run the Badminton Group for nearly 5 years and find it a good social activity as well as keeping members active and healthy. At our U3A there are lots of opportunities to learn new skills and have fun.

Dave Wilson

Join us

Meet Elaine Moon
Membership Secretary

Membership of Becconsall U3A costs £15 per person and is paid annually.

These fees include a £3.50 membership fee paid to our national organisation, the Third Age Trust, which provides a wide range of services and benefits, including liability insurance cover. If you are applying to join after the start of the membership year, the fees are as follows: From April to September: £15.00. If you join after the end of September the fee is: £10.00.

If you belong to another U3A, the annual membership fee is reduced by the amount of the Capitation Fee, providing you can supply proof of membership. N.B. This only applies to full year membership.

Contact us


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Most of our meetings take place at the Hesketh Bank Community Centre either in the front or back halls. Some meetings take place at member’s homes and the badminton group meets at All Saint’s Church Hall.

Email: info@becconsallu3a.org to find our more.

Our Committee

Becconsall U3A is a registered charity No. 1180978. We have an Executive Committee drawn from the members and all are Trustees of the Charity. Members appointed to the committee can remain for three years and then have to stand down. In addition, sub committees are set up to handle particular projects and these are chaired by a committee member. The committee welcomes members to attend meetings which take place every second Thursday of the month after Coffee Morning. Click on + Meet the Committee to see the Trustees.

Bill Hall: Chairman
Glenys Mason: Vice Chair
Mike Ellis: Business Secretary
Liz Baines: Treasurer
Dave Smith: Group Co-ordinator
Elaine Moon: Membership Secretary
Gillian McKenna: Speaker Secretary
Pat Hankin: Social Secretary
Christine Smith
Liz Rimmer
Terry Mason
Jaqui Pickup