The University of the Third Age or U3A as it is generally known was originally started in France and arrived in this country in 1982. U3A is a self help style of adult education where members contribute their skills and expertise, learning from one another in small groups. The word ‘university’ is used in its original sense, that is a collection of people devoted to learning. You do not need any qualifications to join and neither do we give any. Our focus is on enthusiasm and involvement. Membership is open to all who are no longer in full time employment. Started 5 years ago the membership of Maghull and Lydiate U3A has grown rapidly to over 800 members. There are more than 35 interest groups whose leaders, all volunteers, can be consulted any Tuesday at our regular Coffee Mornings.