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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


Some great news – Free Membership for 2020!!

The October 10th executive committee meeting our Treasurer reported that we had a surplus of funds which was in danger of exceeding our maximum reserve. The committee after much discussion agreed that 2020-2021 would be a free year for EXISTING MEMBERS ONLY any new members would have to pay normal subscriptions. We were going to announce this March 19th unfortunately we didn’t get the chance to. You will still need to fill in renewal forms and submit these to our membership secretary when we are back.

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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


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.

June Gardening news

Dear All,
Hope you are all keeping well, and still enjoying your gardens. On the whole June isn’t one of the busiest months in the garden.   We have had some much needed rain but I would like the sun to come out again soon.  Lots of plants look a bit flat after the heavy rain, so there will be more chopping back to do in my garden!

Fortunately on Monday this week I had all the hedges cut before the rain set in and then I trimmed most of my Box balls which are best done in June on a quiet dull day.

Don’t forget to keep deadheading your flowers and cut back any which have finished flowering altogether.

You can take cuttings from short-lived perennials like pinks and perennial wallflowers and rock plants like aubretia.  I’ve been asked about taking cuttings from Clematis in the past and have just found out that you can layer them in June/July..Take a stem and lay it down on loosened soil, cover some of the stem with a slate or pebbles to keep it secure and cool.  Leave it for a year, cut it away if enough roots have developed.pot it up and grow on. There is still time to take softwood cuttings of fuschias and other shrubs.

Remove suckers from your roses and keep on top or training climbing and rambling roses.

Now is the time to sow biennials directly into the garden eg foxgloves, evening primroses, sweet Williams, Verbena bonariensis, wallflowers.  Make a nursery bed for them in a sunny spot, sprinkling them as thinly as possible, feed young plants with dilute tomato feed or similar, and transplant to their flowering positions in late summer or early autumn.  Watch out for slugs.

I have been asked by Bill Hall if the Gardening Group would like to be involved in choosing ground cover plants for the outdoor area alongside the new community centre building.  I said yes on your behalf. There will be trees, so I think we will be looking at plants which will grow in shade and that are low maintenance.  Please let me have your ideas, based on your experience of such plants or any you have seen thriving under trees.

Hope to see you before too long,
Best wishes,

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

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

Contact Mike Ellis: 07513910919

Coffee Morning
Every Thursday 10 till 12
in the Back Hall

Walking Netball
Meets every Friday 10.30 till 11.30 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

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

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