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

You will find information here on upcoming Becconsall U3A events.

U3A Group activities

U3A News

  • Coffee Morning  – 24th October – 10.00 – 12.00.
  • Badminton – Wednesday afternoons: 2.00 at All Saints Hall.
  • Creative Textiles – 28th October – 13.30 – 15.30.
  • Local History – 28th October  – 10.00 – 12.00 – Front Hall
  • Flower Club – 4th November – 14.00 – 16.00 – Front Hall.
  • World of Glass trip to St Helens – 7th November
  • Luncheon Club – 12th November – Village Inn, Tarleton – 12.00
  • Card Making Taster – 13th November 10.00 – 12.00
  • Acrylic Painting – Wednesday 23rd October – 1.30 – 3.30 – Front Hall
  • Reading – Next meeting Monday 28th October at 17.00 in the Front Hall.
  • Table Tennis – Every Tuesday 10.00 – 11.30 in Back Hall.
  • Walking: Monday 21st October – 10.00 at Mark Square
  • Walking Netball    10.00 to 11.00.  Banks Leisure Centre each Friday.

Speaker Meetings

    • Thursday 14th November
      Matthew Lepp TigerMuffin Soaps – A talk about soap and bathing, including soap making demonstrations
    • Thursday 12th December
      Bob Keegan Working in Aluminium Tubing – An insider’s look into the real world of airline cabin crew

The Community Centre has been shortlisted by West Lancs Borough Council for significant funding which will make rebuilding our new hall possible.

Please support our application by making a supportive comment on the West Lancs online public consultation. Every comment will make a difference. Click the button opposite to go to the consultation page. Thank you.

The Hesketh with Becconsall Parish Council awarded a grant of £50,000 to the Community Centre at their meeting on Monday 14th October. Thanks for all your support.

Dates for your diary

Acrylic Painting

Wednesday 23rd October in the Front Hall. 1.30 – 3.30.

Macmillan  Coffee Morning

We raised an amazing £565.  Well done everyone.

Thursday December 5th
Becconsall U3A Christmas Meal
At the Fat Italian, Burscough at 12.00 – see Terry Mason for details

Christmas and New Year Dates

We will close for Christmas on December the 19th after our Christmas Party. The U3A will restart on the 9th of January 2020.

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 6SR.

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 Sue Ellis: 01772 816834

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
Occasional pop-up group.
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

Meeting dates and times as stated under U3A Group Activities.

Contact Dave Smith: 01772 815969

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

Contact Pat Hankin: 01772 814247

Meets every last Friday in the month April – Sept at Rotten Row, Southport.

Contact Bill Hall: 01772 814205

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 – Acrylic Painting Taster
Starts on Wednesday October 9th 10.00 till 12.00 in the Front Hall – See Mike Ellis

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.

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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.

Glenys Mason: Acting Madam Chair
Sue Ellis: Acting Vice Chair
Maggie Johnson: Business Secretary
Liz Baines: Treasurer

Sue Wilson: Group Co-ordinator
Elaine Moon: Membership Secretary
Liz Rimmer
Terry Mason
Jaqui Pickup
Mike Ellis

Mike Ellis: Webmaster – webmaster@becconsallu3a.org
Gillian McKenna: Speaker Secretary