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Despite the efforts of the Committee leading up to the AGM, we were unable to attract anybody to stand for the position of Chair.  As a result we were not able to appoint a Chair on the day and have not been able to fill the vacancy despite our continued efforts. The Committee is continuing to operate under temporary arrangements but we are conscious that this is contrary to our Constitution and this cannot go on indefinitely. Unless we are able to appoint a Chair, ultimately we will be forced to close the Formby branch of the u3a and any assets will be forfeited to the Third Age Trust.

The Committee is keen that this should not happen and are appealing once again for volunteers who would be prepared to join the Committee with a view to eventually taking over the role of Chair. Should you feel you are able to contribute and want to find out more please contact the Secretary or Treasurer for more information.

Thursday Coffee Mornings – Unfortunately, as we do not have a full committee despite extensive appeals, we under resourced and combined with the lack of attendance on Thursdays, the Thursday Coffee Mornings are regrettably currently suspended until further notice. Committee members will be available on the Wednesday talk if you have any queries.

Next Speaker Meeting

Wednesday 8th June Liverpool at work’ – Ken Pye – how the city earned its living over the centuries

We are planning meetings over the next few months and future speakers may be found on the Meetings page, please click here

February 2022

Southport u3a invite you to a special viewing of 2001 A Space Odyssey on 24th May – please click here for details

Abbeyfield Neighbourhood events

Abbeyfield has told us that they are staring up local events again. First there will be a monthly “Teas and Memories meeting” at Formby Luncheon Club on the last Friday of each month from 2pm to 4pm. For more details click here.

They are also organising a Platinum Jubilee lunch on Sunday June 5 and again click here for more details.

Wanted – Minibus drivers for Formby Luncheon Club

The Formby Luncheon Club are desperately short of minibus drivers – can you help? Help is needed to collect and drop off pensioners on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday lunchtimes between 11.00am and 2.15pm with a break in the middle whilst they have their lunch. Drivers would be welcome to join them for lunch if desired. The luncheon club have the mini bus, they just need drivers.

Please help if you can – contact Barbara Hills on 01704 834212 or

2022 Committee

Formby u3a Committee Members – 2022/23

Only 4 members have so far volunteered for the Committee for 2022/23 and we urgently need the post of Chair to be filled. Please consider joining the committee. If you’re interested or would like to find out more please contact either Secretary, Evan or Treasurer, Anne

What does being on the Committee involve ?

Formby u3a Committee meets on the first Monday of each month.  It also helpful if Committee Members can come to the monthly meetings and/or coffee mornings to meet existing and new members. During the year we usually organise a number of activities such as an Open Day, new members meetings and Group Leaders meetings  Again Committee Members will be involved in those.
Formby u3a Committee Members are Charity Trustees. Charity trustees are the people responsible for governing a charity and directing how it is managed and run. They have overall responsibility for overseeing and leading the charity, ensuring it is solvent and well-run. In particular Trustees are expected to know, follow and promote the Principles of the u3a movement at every opportunity. Trustees serve as volunteers and receive no payment other than out of pocket expenses. They must put the interests of their charity first, work together as a team and assume collective responsibility.

September 2021

Restarting Groups  More Group activities are starting and have asked Group Leaders to keep us informed on the current position.

If you are interested in joining a particular Group we suggest you contact the Group Leader or one of the Co-ordinators to enquire about vacancies.  Groups secretary ( can also advise and will arrange to keep the Group entries on the website up to date as she gets information.  Please look at Groups News in the latest newsletter for more information

Recruitment of new members  It is essential that Formby u3a recruits new members in order to thrive and we hope they would take on some responsibilities from those who have been contributing for a considerable time.  We need new ideas for activities and Groups.  The Committee has set up a recruitment sub-committee and would welcome the involvement of members as we believe there is a wealth of knowledge, experience and contacts in Formby u3a that would be of benefit.  We intend to organise local advertising so please spread the word.

Government Covid-19 advice

Restrictions have been mainly been lifted but we are asked to be cautious.  We recognise that some members will still feel reluctant to participate fully. The latest Government advice can be found here More detail on what you can do now is here

Third Age Trust

The Third Age Trust has issued guidance on restarting Group activities and has provided a summary chart for the easing of lockdown – click here. Outdoor activities in groups of 6 can recommence.  Groups are asked to let the Groups’ Secretary know if they are starting up.  Please ensure you follow social distancing and other relevant Government advice.   Individual Group members should consider whether it is appropriate for them to rejoin activities.  Please click here for the detail

The Third Age Trust website has news, information and information on online events. You will need to create an account to access the Advice page.  Please click here for the website

The Learning page gives a list of Subject Advisers and various learning opportunities and resources.  Please click here

The online Events page can be accessed here  All events are free to members.

Please click here for Covid-19 advice and technology help which gives links to to a number of How To Guides and booking places on Zoom tutorial.

The Third Age Trust is using the National Newsletter to keep members informed on the latest government advice concerning coronavirus covid-19.  To view and sign up to receive the National Newsletter direct, please click visit here.

North West Region of U3As – This contains information on local news and initiatives. To access North West Region homepage please click here

NW Region of U3As are still putting on Zoom sessions for 2021.  Click here for details and to book 

Group Leaders

There is a separate page for Group Leader information – please click here

Third Age Trust / University of the Third Age news, events and information. If you are not already registered on the National site then you will need to create an account to view the member only areas and offers and receive their newsletter. The Third Age Trust (TAT) website can be viewed by clicking here. To view and sign up to receive the National Newsletter direct, please click visit here . The Learning page gives a list of Subject Advisers and various learning opportunities and resources.  Please click here.

North West Region of U3As – This contains information on local news and initiatives. To access North West Region homepage please click here