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Becconsall U3A News

In line with Government requirements, all U3A group meetings and coffee mornings are currently closed.

In these challenging times, it’s important that we keep in touch so if you need help or assistance, please contact us. Many members are making deliveries for others around the village, so if you need help, please ask…we are there for you. With the easing of lockdown, the situation is developing and changing. We will immediately update our website with the latest guidance so please watch this site for any further news.

Take care everyone until we meet again

Glenys

Community Centre News

The Trustees of the Community Centre are delighted to let you all know that the new Community Centre rebuild project is now well under way. All the funding that will be needed for the project – £416,183.00 has been secured and this amazing feat has taken around three years to complete. The successful bids to the National Lottery and West Lancs Borough Council both took two years to negotiate and other bids around a year….nothing happened instantly!

Covid-19 has also made delivery of the project problematic and resolving unexpected issues with planning and the registration of the land with the Land Registry have also slowed the project down. This in turn has delayed the release of some funding but now it’s all go!

The Trustees have made a few changes to the building too so there will now be improved insulation, access to a better and more sophisticated heating system which will, alone, save 7.6tonnes of carbon a year. The Trustees are about to install a completely new drainage system for the back hall which will make the whole building even more eco friendly.

Demolition of the existing building will take place between the 5th and 12th of October and the new building is planned to be in place in November. Orders for the new building have now been placed – so some good news at last! Click on the image opposite to download the latest newsletter too find out more.

Message from CEO Third Age Trust, Sam Mauger

The government and NHS are making changes to its advice around Covid-19 from 4th July. The Advice is not changing until that date.  More detailed guidance on this advice will be issued to the public in the coming days.

We wanted you to know that the Third Age Trust is following this advice closely and when that guidance is issued we will put out more detailed advice as it relates to U3A.  This will become effective from 4th July.

We will put out Mailings and editions of the Newsletter Express once the guidance is released.

Thank you so much, as always your continued support is very appreciated.

Meanwhile, please see again our Risk Assessment Check List for Outdoor Activities in the button below

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Members are advised to retain their membership cards for last year until new ones can be issued when we all meet again.

This is important for those outdoor groups who plan to start meeting now that lockdown restrictions have been eased and this insures that U3A insurance cover is in place for them. This is possible because the Committee took and minuted the decision to give free membership for this year well before the lockdown was instigated.

July Gardening news

Dear All,
I hope you are all still enjoying your gardens even though the weather hasn’t been brilliant for July.  As growth has started to slow down after the longest day we can usually take a breather from July.

It’s a good idea to give all your plants a general purpose feed such as blood, fish and bone about now to keep them healthy and productive, and water it in well.

I’m still busy dead-heading annuals and chopping down perennials which have finished flowering. You usually get a good showing of new leaf growth, and ideally you should give them some feed to boost their growth. You can divide old clumps of bearded irises and replant.

Now is a time to collect seed. Save seed from annuals, perennials, alpines, Use paper bags, clean and store in a cool, dry place.  I put mine in the fridge in the shed.  Cut off flowers with lots of seed if you don’t want them to germinate all over the place or let them drop their seed to see if you get new plants next year.  For example Foxglove seedlings which have germinated from last year should be thinned out or they can be carefully moved or potted up for planting in September.

As bulbs like lilies and agapanthus finish flowering, cut off the flowers, and it’s best to give them a liquid feed which the leaves, whilst they are still green, can take down to the bulbs for the next year.

Climbers such as clematis also benefit from a foliar liquid feed, but avoid the flowers.  Don’t  forget to dead-head your clematis too, unless it’s one with spectacular seedbeds.

All roses, after the June flush, need feeding with either a general purpose feed or a special rose.fertilizer.

If you have a wisteria or a climbing rose , you need to cut back the new growths which will be shooting up and out all over them.  These need cutting back to 6 inches long.

All flowering plants in containers will need frequent feeding with high potash food such as tomato food too.

I hope I’ve given you lots to be getting on with into August in your gardens.

Thank you Pat for your plant suggestion for a groundcover plant we could use for the outside area which will be developed alongside the new community centre. It is a variety of lamium (nettle) which is a good choice for sun or shade, quite vigorous and hard to kill off ! Other ideas are welcome.

Again hoping to see you all before too long,

Best wishes

Sue

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

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

Contact Steve Kirby: 07766367550

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

Contact Sue Ellis: 01772 816834

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

Contact Andy Simpson: 01772 814443

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

Contact Pam Canty: 01772 815700

Monday
Art Appreciation
Occasional pop-up group.
Meets in the Front Hall and galleries

Contact Mike Ellis: 07513910919

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

Contact Steve Kirby: 07766367550

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

Contact Dave Wilson: 01772 813529

Wednesday
Walking
Meets every other Wednesday
at St Marks Square

Contact Andy Simpson: 01772 814443

Wednesday
Art Workshop
Meets every two weeks – 13.30 – 15.30
in the Front Hall

Contact Mike Ellis: 07513910919

Thursday
Coffee Morning
Every Thursday 10 till 12
in the Back Hall

Friday
Walking Netball
Meets every Friday 10.30 till 11.30 at Banks leisure Centre

Contact Pat Hankin: 01772 814247

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

Contact Bill Hall: 01772 814205

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

Contact Sue Watson: 07791377113

Theatre Group
Theatre trips locally and further
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Luncheon Club
Meets Monthly at local restaurants

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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Testimonials

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

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