The Painting Policeman – David Wiles


Painting in front of a full house can’t be an easy thing to do, but if The Painting Policeman had any reservations about the task, his execution of an accomplished landscape in oils showed no signs of them.

In the space of an hour, David started with a blank canvas primed with what he referred to as ‘liquid white’ which enabled him to work ‘wet in wet’ with oil paint.  As he deftly sketched in the details of his painting directly in oil, he told us a little about himself and his painting process.

Having served 30 years in the police Force, a great many of them in the Lancashire Constabulary, David is now retired, and working part time as a driving instructor. But it’s clear his real love is painting. He learned his impressive technique after watching many of the huge catalogue of TV episodes of ‘The Joy of Painting with Bob Ross.

He bought the necessary supplies of Bob Ross painting materials – brushes, palette knives, paint and thinners and began practising the Bob Ross style of painting, eventually taking one day courses to perfect the technique.

Today, David is a qualified tutor in the method, and teaches regular classes himself. His pictures are quick, vibrant and skillfully accomplished – all that, and he’s a pretty good presenter too. I’m sure I can speak for many in saying it was a very interesting morning.

To find out more about David Wiles go to




They Eat Culture

They Eat Culture is an Art organisation in Preston that offers community events, skills development and volunteer opportunities. We have a project called Mobile Home which is Big Lottery Funded and is operating within 5 areas in Preston one being Broadfield in Leyland.

I am contacting to let you know about an event we are hosting at the Penwortham Community Centre on July 19th at 1pm which is a Pop-up Dementia Friendly cinema screening of the 2017 Murder on the Orient Express. This is an inclusive screening that everyone is welcome to attend, Tickets are just £3 with carers going free and an Afternoon Tea and Refreshments included.

If you know anyone that may be interested in the event please could you let them know or put them in touch with me Email >> HERE. We would really appreciate you sharing this around and ensuring that those who will benefit from this community event get to experience it.

Thank you,

Email :-

Bridge Taster session

Tuesday 24 July 2pm Bridge Taster session

A lady called Ann Kellett from Chorley Bridge club has kindly volunteered to come to David Marston’s  house on Tues 24 July at 2PM to help get the Bridge group kick started again. She will bring boards (with pre set games) She may also  bring other people to help & is likely to introduce us to with mini bridge- which is a way of introducing bridge, without the bidding & scoring. One of her Bridge club colleagues teaches Bridge on cruises.

If you can play whist, (trumps & no trumps) you should be fine learning to play Bridge. We can also let you have games to practice on your computer, if you like that sort of thing.

If you are interested in joining us, please ring David Marston on 01772 433456, or see him at the monthly meeting on Wed 11 July

Ann may be prepared to run a course for us, starting in September, if we have people interested . We can discuss that at the July 24 session.




Leyland U3A AGM Notice 2018

Official Notice has been given for our Annual General Meeting of Leyland U3A to be held at Fox Lane Sports & Social Club on Wednesday 13th June 2017 at 10.30 AM.

More information can be found in the attached file below.

Leyland U3A AGM Notice

Copy of Leyland U3A Constitution can be found in the attached file below.

 Leyland U3A Constitution

GDPR Bulletin

DATA PROTECTION ACT (DPA) changes and impact on Leyland U3A members.
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

New rules relating to how we collect and process personal data – the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – comes into effect in the UK from 25 May 2018.

As a consequence of these changes to the Data Protection Act, Leyland U3A are taking responsible actions to ensure that members contact details are used for the Objects and Purposes of the Charity. This is being accomplished by the use of Opt-In consent declarations for new and existing members. The New membership application forms © 2016-18, clearly states that by completing the form and paying the relevant current membership fees, that the applicant has agreed in principle, in the use of such details to enable participation in any Leyland U3A activities within its Objects and Purposes. Furthermore, that should the applicant choose to not have their details disclosed within the confines of Leyland U3A communications streams, that this can be done via request to the membership secretary, but, the consequences would be that the applicant would have to make their own arrangements to find out about activities, group sessions, obtain newsletters and magazines etc, etc. This somewhat defeats the Objects and Purposes of Leyland U3A.

Leyland U3A will never submit any personal contact details or personal data to a third party without the prior written authorisation of its members.

There is also a Renewal Consent Declaration Form for existing members who have completed an old application membership form under the remit of the DPA prior to 25th May 2018.

When people renew their membership, they will be asked to complete the Opt-In type Renewal Consent Declaration Form at the same time of payment. Alternatively, they can complete a new Membership Application Form especially if their details have changed. These will be held on file for up to 2 years from the date of membership expiry, or as requested in writing to the membership secretary by the relevant member to Opt-Out. Should you have any concerns about access to your data, please get in touch with our Records Adviser.

In addition, Leyland U3A will remove all emergency contact data from the membership database, which is no longer a requirement on the New membership application forms © 2016-18 and is outside the scope of the Objects and Purposes of Leyland U3A. Member’s then have the responsibility to complete such information on the reverse of their annual membership card as they see fit.

Andy Vurley


Links To reference Documentation

Copy Of The Original Document >> HERE

Copy Of Renewal Consent Declaration Form >> HERE

Link to the i.c.o. Guide to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) >> HERE

Link to the i.c.o. Registration self-assessment check >> HERE

Any queries please contact Andy Vurley – Email >> HERE

NW Region U3A Conference and AGM

I am pleased to provide the following pre-meeting papers for the Annual General Meeting on 29th May in Liverpool.

Agenda       Document >> HERE

This contains the list of Nominations for Officers and Committee Members of the Executive.  As the number of nominations received is fewer than the number of vacancies, no election is required.

There have been no resolutions proposed for consideration by the meeting.

Minutes, AGM 2017     Document  >> HERE

Annual accounts, 2017/18   Document  >>  HERE

I should be grateful if Delegates would please bring these attachments – the Agenda, 2017 Minutes and the Annual Accounts – to the AGM.  The current Constitution can be viewed on the Region’s website (from Welcome page click link to NW Region Documents).

The Annual Conference Day itself

There are still some spaces available for any of your members to attend (10.30am start, Quaker Meeting House, Liverpool); there are discussion groups and two guest speakers prior to the AGM at 2.45pm.  It is FREE but you need to register.  On-line registrations can be accepted up until 24th May from the NW website: Link >> HERE – scroll down to the Annual Conference Day item and click ‘Register’.

I have also attached a map >> HERE for getting to the Meeting House. (red 41 in C2).  Lime Street station is about 9 minutes walk (D1) and Central Station is C/D2. School Lane is very narrow and the Meeting House is a modern brick building on the left when approaching it from Hanover Street. The nearest car park is in Gradwell Street off Hanover Street.

I look forward to seeing you in Liverpool.

Rosalie White

Secretary NW Region U3A

The UkeLeylanders have been busy recently !

At the start of May, the Ukeleylanders played at two different venues.

On 1st May they entertained the “Elderberries”, a community group of over 50’s at the Old School in Ulnes Walton.  A great afternoon was had by all as the Ukeleylanders turned out a selection of tunes ranging from the 40s to 60s. Steve Ellison gave a solo of “Your Sixteen” and, Christine Boxall and Caroline Burns, gave there debut duet performance of “Stand by me” On behalf of the Elderberries, the Chair thanked the Ukeleylanders for a very entertaining afternoon, wished them the very best for the future and hoped to arrange a further visit later in the year.

On the 8th May the Ukeleylanders were just one of a group of organisations who took part in the Spring Social Afternoon for Older People and entertained over 100 elderly residents of South Ribble at the Leyland Civic Centre.

The crowd sang and swayed as the Ukeleylanders turned out popular tunes from the 40s, 50s and 60s. Steve Ellison gave a solo performance to several popular golden oldies, including “Your Sixteen” which the audience seemed to thoroughly enjoy. A good afternoon was had by all. To date, this was the biggest audience that the Ukeleylanders had played and one which seemed to go down a treat.

Carol MacKey


Following the performance, we received this email from Alison Hardman, Community Involvement Team, South Ribble Borough Council

Hi Christine,

I think it’s safe to say that the Ukeleylanders went down a storm – I think people would have been happy for you to carry on as long as you wished!

Please can you pass on my thanks to everyone.