ANTIQUES & COLLECTABLES
Group Leader: Mrs Liz Marrs
Contact Telephone : 336 3265
Meeting venue: 13 Woodlands Close, Parkgate, CH64 6RU
Date: 1st Monday, monthly Time: 2.00 pm
Our format is very relaxed and quite simple. We are currently going through the alphabet and each member is
encouraged to make a short presentation on an appropriate topic of their choice (which includes architecture),
loosely related to that letter, with suitable photos/drawings or artefacts to illustrate the subject. We occasionally
have a visiting speaker or arrange a group visit.
We currently have a waiting list but the group leader will be happy to assist anybody willing to start a new group.
Cost: a small monthly subscription to cover the cost of refreshments
Maximum number of Members: 14
Currently: 14 at March 2016
Waiting list: Yes
Group Leader Mr Peter Roca
Contact Telephone: 353 1777
Meeting venue Wayside 8 Station Road Neston
Date Every last Tuesday Time 2pm
First meeting March 2010
Makeshift theatre in which members provide presentation of their recent trips around the world
Pictures of places visited by members on holiday -
Maximum number of Members 12 due to the capacity of projection room
As of 11/07/2014 I am prepared to take names of any interested new members and advise them
when we have vacancies
Group Leader: Anne Cooper
Contact Telephone: 336 5864
Wednesday pm Weekly.
Group Leader: Mrs Mary Gilbert
Contact Telephone: 336 4625
Meeting venue: Hallwood
Date: 2nd Monday Time: 10.00 am
Group commenced: 2003
The group meets at Hallwood at 10.00am on the second Monday in the month. Our format is very
relaxed and quite simple. We start our meeting with coffee and biscuits until everyone has settled
and exchanged pleasantries.
At present we are working through the Alphabet (for the third time). We each choose a topic
related to some form of Art History. Each member is expected to research material appropriate to the chosen letter,
and speak for a maximum of 5 minutes with illustrations they may have brought. Members have proved to be both
innovative and inventive. Amazingly, with cryptic minds, we seem to avoid overlapping and repetitions whilst giving
amusement and enjoyment.. For example the letter C has produced discussions on Chargall, Caravaggio,
Cubism, Clouds, Cartoons, Coventry Cathedral, Corbusier, The Coliseum, Constable and Caricatures. At present
we have 12 members (although not everyone is able to attend each meeting) and could accommodate a few more,
but meeting time is limited to 2 hours.
Maximum number of Members: 16
Currently: 12 at Feb 2014
Waiting list: No
Leader: Ann taylor
Contact Phone: 327 4667
This is a lively sociable group. The emphasis is on enjoyment rather than accuracy!
The dances range from stately court dances to American Squares. Dances are called and new members are welcome.
We meet fortnightly in UR CHURCH HALL, Parkgate Road, NESTON from 2.00-
The Barn Dancing is on from September to May and starts again in September.
Dates of meetings 2017 are; Feb 17, March 3, March 17, March 31 April 28, May 12, May 26.
Newcomers are made very welcome and the first session is free.
Members of Neston U3A are also welcome to attend Heswall Barn Dance group meetings
held on alternate Fridays at St Michael’s Church Hall in Gills Lane , Pensby.
Further information from Ann Taylor.
Contact Telephone: 336 1574
Group 1 – 5 The Leightons, Neston
Group 2 – 2 Swift Weint, Parkgate
Group 1 – Every Monday Time: 9.45 am
Group 2 – Every Wednesday Time: 2.00 pm
Group commenced: Group 1 – 2004. Group 2 – 2005.
Each group meets every week and a specific topic relating to bridge bidding is read out from prepared notes.
The class then play cards which have been set up to cover the topic in question and the group leader is on hand
to answer any queries relating to these. We stop at half-
session usually lasts about 2½ hours. It all takes place in a very relaxed atmosphere.
Because of the nature of the game, it is not always possible to take in new members but we can accommodate
a few on an ad hoc basis as current members are often missing due to holiday and other commitments.
Cost: There is a small subscription to cover the cost of refreshments
Maximum number of Members: 10/11 for each group
Group 1: 9 at 10th July 2014
Group 2: 10 at 10th July 2014
Waiting list: No
Group Leader: Mrs Doreen Higgins
Contact Telephone : 336 5108
Meeting venue: 2 Cliffe Road, Little Neston, NESTON CH64 4AJ
Date: Every Monday (with some breaks) Time: 10.15 am
Group commenced: 2013
The group meets at the leader’s house. The game and instruction is very relaxed and enjoyable.
No previous bridge knowledge is required; however it would be useful if members are familiar with playing cards,
especially whist. Members are provided with a bridge bidding information sheet and given advice about basic
bridge etiquette. This can be quite difficult to follow, given the enthusiasm and fun that was involved with the initial
group of players (whilst attempting to be serious at the same time).
Playing with different partners, hands are bid and played out; then the whole process may be reviewed and replayed to
understand if the bidding and play was assessed correctly.
Because of the nature of the game, it needs to have four new members joining at any one time and whilst there is a
another venue with higher skill level, vacancies will become available. However, there is often an occasion when
a member is absent because of other commitments and it is an advantage to have a ‘reserve’ list of potential members.
Maximum number of Members: 4
Currently: 4 at July 2016
Group Leader: Joyce Seaton
Contact Phone: 342 4414
Meeting Venue; 28 Latchford Road, Gayton
Date:3rd Wednesday monthly. Time 10.00 am (amended to suit members’ wishes)
Format: The group meets at the leader’s house monthly, but at ad hoc times to suit the members. There is often a project
or a specific subject on which the members work for display at the following meeting. This could be embroidery, patchwork,
Group Leader: Hilary Eaude
Contact Phone: 336 4082
We are a new group looking for a few more people (4-
We meet on the 3rd Wednesday of each month (excluding December) from 2-
If you would like to join us or just come along to ‘sample’ us then contact Hilary Eaude for further details.
Group Leader: Michael Maden
Telephone: 336 8586
Meeting Venue: Each member takes a turn to host.
When: 1st Tuesday of the month Time 7pm-
Contact: Elizabeth Marrs
Telephone: 3356 3265
Date: 2nd Thursday, monthly Time: 2.00 pm
Each member takes a turn at being host. The host decides on the main topic to be discussed.
Time is given over to ‘What the papers say’
Group Leader: Mrs Sheila Greenhalgh
Telephone: 327 3254
Venue: URC Hall, Moorside Lane
When: 3rd Thursday of the month. Time 2pm-
Group Leader Mr Alan Bradshaw
Contact Telephone :342 3587
Meeting venue :Gayton CH60 3RT
Date Every 2nd Monday Time 2pm-
Whilst listening to selections from my wide ranging collections of LPs and CDs. I hope to encourage members to
explore music outside of their normal listening patterns.
We jointly choose subjects such as “ The Concubo “ American music and music inspired by Poetry for example,
which I hope will stimulate members interest forward to a wider range of music.Flexible Classic /Jazz music /folk music
We are also aware of the local live music scene and of broadcasts and scheduled TV events
We are a very sociable group and have many a laugh!
There are always 2/3 places available ,anyone is very welcome to join for one or more meetings. Please ring
Alan beforehand to check availability.
Cost 20p refreshments
Maximum number of Members 10/12
Group Leader Mrs Pat Rosser
Contact Telephone : 342 2589
Meeting venue Heswall
Date: Every last Tuesday GROUP 1 Time 10 AM
Each member does their own search on line or at record centres. They use their own computers or library
They present these results at the meeting
and I use my website to advance their search if required. I also advise them of any new developments
(I subscribe to family history Magazine) Advice on how to further advance their search in preparation for the
next meeting is given
Cost: Printing and refreshments
Maximum number of Members 6 full at July 2014.
Group Leader: Michael Bell
Contact Telephone : 336 3734
Meeting venue: Hallwood
Date: Every Tuesday Time: 2.00 pm – 3.00pm
Group commenced: Sept. 2012
The group meets every week at Hallwood at 2.00 pm on Tuesdays. The conversation is led by Anne Clapham,
a retired teacher who gives her time voluntarily.
Each member speaks informally in French on their chosen subject (often their personal experiences during the course
of the previous week). Anne joins in and corrects or suggests alternative grammar or phrase.
Very relaxed and good fun.
Because of time constraints the membership is limited to 12 and there are no current vacancies, but the leader will be
happy to assist in setting up a new group
if there is sufficient interest.
Cost: An annual donation of £5 to Hallwood
Maximum number of Members: 12
Currently: 12 at July 2014
Waiting list: Yes (2)
Group Leader Mr David Rosser
Contact Telephone: 342 2589
Meeting venue group members’ homes
Date Every Third Thursday Time 10 .00 am
After the retirement of the original leader (Dave Rosser) No other group leader wished to take on this role.
So it was agreed that group members should take turns in hosting the meeting and arranging the meeting content,
Alternatively arranging a visit to a private garden
Topics this year have included Dahlias, alpines in the garden, container gardening, (video) Also visits to gardens
in Oxton and Ness
Gardening hints and tips, sharing knowledge, help and advice ie how to put Autumn colour into your garden,
Videos slides etc occasional visits to gardens of interest. Anyone wishing to join this group or would like to come
along you would be made most welcome.
Cost None other than when visiting other gardens
Maximum number of Members 15
14 members at July 2014
Group Leader Mrs Pat Mann
Contact Telephone : 342 2101
Meeting venue Varies every month
Date: Try to keep to 3rd Tuesday Time 2.00pm to 4.00pm
The group meet once a month. We do not have an actual leader. A different person is responsible each month.
At the beginning of the year we sort out a programme and members volunteer to arrange a venue /theme
for one month in the year
This only applies when we visit somewhere, and then each person pays on the day. If visiting a member’s home
we charge 25p for tea/coffee and biscuits.
We also stick to the rules regarding petrol ,if the visit is away from the area.
Maximum number of Members: no set rules we usually have about 17
None. We always welcome new members as not all people can attend. We then have a good number to
attend the meeting.
Group Leader: Mrs Annabel Dickson
Contact Telephone: 327 5424
Meeting venue: Members’ Homes
Date: 2nd & 3rd Thursdays Time: 10.00 am
Group commenced: 2009
We are a friendly group; we chat, drink coffee, have fun and do not take ourselves too seriously.
We translate and discuss German articles on subjects such as Computer Addiction, Hunter Gatherers,
The Antarctic, Recycling, Frisbees and
“Will proper books be replaced by e-
We could do with a few more members as some go away on holiday quite often. Some knowledge of
German is required.
Maximum number of Members: 10 -
Waiting list: No
Group Leader: Ian Trotman
Contact: 336 5958
Leader: Clive Edwards
Contact: 336 1190 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Venue: 22, Woodlands Road, Parkgate
Day: 2nd Tuesday of the month.
Format: Listen to and discuss Jazz. Possible visits to local Jazz Concerts.
Group Leader: Mrs Pam Garner
Contact Telephone: 336 2746
Meeting Venue: Members’ homes
Date: Usually 3rd Tuesday Time: 10.30am
Group Commenced: approx. 2004/5
The Group belongs to the Cheshire Libraries Reading Group Service and pay a subscription of £80 per year. We receive a box of 12 books each month for us to read and discuss. Some of the books are not to everyone’s liking, but then it encourages us to read a wide variety of novels that always results in a lively and interesting discussion.
This year, as in 2014, we rented accommodation near Hay-
Cost: £6 or £7 per year (excluding the holiday!)
Maximum number of Members: 13
Waiting List: Yes
Group Leader: Brenda Blythe
Contact Telephone: 336 1727
Meeting Venue: Varies
Date: Day varies, 2nd or 3rd week Time: 12.00 – 12.30pm
Group Commenced: 2015
The group meets for lunch once a month at local pubs and restaurants and a merry time is had by all!
Maximum number of Members: Limited only by the accommodation.
Cost: Depends on the venue, but modestly priced establishments are chosen.
Group Leader: Mrs Jean Chadwick
Contact Telephone : 336 3459
Meeting venue: Members’ houses
Date: 1st Thursday, monthly Time: 10.00 am -
Group commenced: December 2004
From members’ themes a programme is prepared circa Nov. for the following year. Each member brings
along 2 or 3 relevant items of poetry or prose and recites their offering to the meeting. We are a light-
bunch of folk who enjoy literature but we don’t study or analyse the pieces in any depth; it is purely for our enjoyment.
One of our members (Jill Carlson) writes super poetry, one of which you may have seen on the website.
Topics for this year (2014) have included Silence, Grandparents, Far-
the poetry of Dorothy Wordsworth and Michael Rosen.
Still to come are Looking Back, Favourite Poems, Seasonal Offerings and All Wrapped Up.
One of our plans for the New Year is to to introduce play reading and this development is currently being pursued.
Cost: 25p for refreshments
Maximum number of Members: 10
Waiting list: None
Group Leader: Mrs Nita Greenleaves
Contact Telephone : 336 6466
Meeting venue: Hallwood
Date: 1st Wednesday, monthly Time: 2.00 pm
The group chooses a subject for each meeting and members bring along relevant poems to read and discuss.
Cost: Annual donation to Hallwood
Maximum number of Members:
Waiting list: No
Group Leader: Mrs Jill Gibson
Contact Telephone : 378 5240
Meeting venue: 33 Breezehill Road, Neston
Date: 2nd Thursday. monthly Time: 10.00 am
Group commenced: February 2014
prose in a relaxed,informal and enjoyable atmosphere.
Each member contributes one or more items of their own choice on a given topic, for reading
and discussion (often including some comment on the life of the writer).
We intend to progress onto occasional play readings. Before leaving at the end of the meeting the
members decide a subject for the following meeting.
We have vacancies for new members and will welcome anyone wanting to take part.
Cost: 25p for refreshment
Maximum number of Members: 10
Waiting list: No
Group Leader: Viv Waring
Contact Telephone: 336 6477
Meeting Venue: Members’ houses
Date: 3rd Tuesday at 2.00 pm
Format: Members discuss titles recently read, make recommendations for
reading and swap books. There is no pressure to read a particular publication for the next meeting
– the emphasis is on pleasure.
Cost: 25p per meeting for refreshment
Maximum Number: 12
Current membership: 8
Group Leader Mrs Elaine Pigg
Contact Telephone: 336 7339
Meeting venue 2 Hunters Way Parkgate.
Date: Fortnightly Fridays Time 2.00 pm-
Format Rummikub is a game for 2 to 4 players
It consists of 106 numbered tiles 1-
Each player selects 14 tiles arranging them either in a group, a set of 3 or 4 tiles,
same number in different colours.
A player enters the game by making a set which total 30 or more and placing them
from their rack on to the table.
After your entry into the game you can add and manipulate onto other sets on the table.
The first player to get rid of all their tiles and shouts
Rummikub is the winner.
Easy going, easy to learn, very friendly group with a mix of people.
Very addictive, some would say much better than scrabble.
Why not give me a ring to arrange a taster session
5 Current members at (July 14) We would welcome another 3
Maximum numbers 8
Group Leader Dave Rosser
Contact Telephone number 342 2589
Meeting venue The Sycamores The Mount Heswall
Date 1st Thursday Time 10.30am -
The group comprises both members with a science/technology background and also those without any specific
knowledge on the subject
The usual format is that the scientist/ technologist presents a subject for discussion (usually a slide show)
Recent topics have included
Dark Matter, recycling of domestic waste, D.N.A., Glass technology, local geology, rare earths, fracking, coal technology,
energy + life.
Maximum number of members 14
Group Leader Mrs Lyn Jack
Contact Telephone: 336 3321
Meeting venue Members homes
Date Every 1st + 3rd Wednesday Time 2.00 pm to 4.00pm
Members meet at house volunteered by a member. Shared
Boards and dictionary provided by me. Most members have a board.
Cost Tea and biscuits 25p
Maximum number of Members 8
Group Leader Mrs Pamela Wren
Contact Telephone number 336 1095
Meeting venue 3 Leighton Park Neston
Date Every 1st+ 3rd Wednesday Time 2.00pm till 4 pm
Play scrabble, a game using skill with words to enable a player to make the highest score possible.
We are a mixed group
some more competitive than others, but we all enjoy the game. If only 5 members turn up we play
super scrabble which takes longer but it is twice the size of the ordinary board we use and gives
higher scores and we play with 200 tiles.
Maximum number of Members 12
Currently 8 Nov 2013
Group Leader Mrs Pat Dix
Contact Telephone: 342 4330
Date 2nd Tuesday Time 1.30 3.30/4.00pm
Our Scrabble meeting is to provide for members an enjoyable afternoon playing scrabble, interaction
We all have good games and bad games but we emphasize that it is the taking part that is important
not the winning or losing.
We generally play two games after the first we have tea/coffee biscuits/sweets. Our meetings generally
last for 2 to 2½hours.
Maximum number of Members 9
Group Leader: Ken Sumner
Contact Telephone : 336 7835
Meeting venue: URC Hall, Parkgate Road, Neston
Date: Fridays, Fortnightly Time: 2.00pm to 4.00pm
Group commenced: May 2012
This is a friendly group of mixed ability that meets fortnightly to have fun but looking to improve. We sing mostly
familiar songs from a range of genres from folk to musicals and from gospel to traditional (and others). We are ably
led by our conductor Celia Grummett and our accompanist Kath Powell , both of whom are talented musicians. Now we are
sufficiently confident to start performing publicly, both for the Neston U3A and for an outside concert at the
Welsh Methodist Church, Ledsham.
New members are always welcome, both ladies and gentlemen. U3A members are invited
to come along and give it a try. We do NOT have auditions! No previous musical knowledge
required as long as you can sing in tune!
Subscription is £10 per term -
and 20p tea/coffee (optional).
Currently 34 members (at January 2016). Maximum membership -
Waiting list: None
Group Leader Mrs Susan Fletcher
Contact: 336 2594
Meeting venue Little Neston Methodist Church Hall
Date Every 2nd 4th Thursday Time 10 am till 12.00 pm
The Winter sessions commence on the 4th Thurs in September until 4th Thursday in April.
Members are required to wear sensible shoes (lace ups)
We have 2 excellent tables purchased from a grant from N.H.S via Epnavco.
We have members of mixed ability and all games are doubles played to the old rules of 21
up and 5 serves each.
There are no competitions and playing partners are chosen at random.
Tea/ coffee break with biscuits is included at half time.
Approx £16 per year for 14 meetings dependent on numbers
Payable in advance
Maximum number of Members 24
Group Leader: Doreen Higgins
Contact Telephone : 336 5108 Mobile:
Meeting venue: varies
Date: as arranged Time: as arranged
Date Group Commenced: 2014
Trips to various places of interest are arranged, approximately at monthly intervals, open to all the membership.
There are no permanent members of this interest group and members are expected to check on the advertisements
appearing at the monthly U3A meetings and on the Neston U3A website.
Transport by coach is normally arranged as part of the total cost of the trip and lunch is often included.Recent outings
have included Media City at Salford Keys,
the Maritime Museum at Albert Dock, the newly refurbished Liverpool Library, the National Arboretum and
Litchfield Cathedral, whilst Jodrell Bank is the trip arranged for September 2014.
Maximum number of Members: N/A
Waiting list: N/A
Group Leader Mrs Ann Taylor
Contact Telephone: 327 4667
Throughout the Summer there are 3 walks each month. There is a morning walk on the first Tuesday of the month,
a whole day walk on the 2nd Wednesday of the month and an afternoon short walk for strollers on the 2nd Monday of the month.
The Tuesday walks are 4-
muddy, boots are advisable. The full day walks go further afield and are often hilly. The strollers walks are 2-
surfaces, at a gentle pace.
The last all-
The strollers walks are not held in January and February.
The Tuesday walks continue throughout the year.
Dates and Meeting places are posted in “Notices” as soon as available.