Category Archives: GROUPS

First Bridge Group Meeting of The Season

The Bridge group met up for the first time today (Tues 17 Oct) after the summer break. There were 6 of us, some brand new, others keen learners. After a basic introduction to some of the rules, we played several hands under the expert and patient guidance of Cathy Jones. The new Bridge boxes were a good help.

Future meetings will be  held fortnightly on Tuesday afternoons at 2pmAs the meetings take place in my house, numbers are limited and it is important that you contact me (contact details above) to discuss details and venue directions.

See me at the November meeting at Fox Lane for more details

Cathy Jones.- 01772 456482  Email me [HERE]



Growing & Using Herbs

Hi Folks

We had an enjoyable meeting yesterday (10/10/17). Where we discussed two curry spices; turmeric and cumin. There is quite a mass of information about these spices, with current interest in turmeric making it an absorbing subject. i think that we only scratched the surface.

We did not discuss coriander, but wandered a bit and looked briefly at some other spices. So, we have still to discuss recipes associated with cumin and turmeric – although I recall piccalilli was mentioned.

The next meeting is on November 7th at 165 Fox Lane and the subject is Ginger.

Please bear in mind that the success of the meeting requires us all to do a bit of reading around the subject. So, you can focus on recipes, historical uses, medicinal, or growing.

Following a suggestion from Ian, we are also going to explore remedies for a sore throat. Please come along with anything you have on that subject.

Don’t forget to do your homework!

Please tell me if you can’t make it.



Gill Whittaker – 01772 426042 / 07548501942  Email me [HERE]

Philosophy Group Meeting

Hello All

When we met on Monday 2nd October, we had a broad range of discussion. We also looked at a short recording on an Introduction to Philosophy by CrashCourse

We began to feel, I think, that we were beginning to get somewhere, although we accepted that our progress may be somewhat slow!

We touched on the O.U. Introductory Course in Philosophy,  but only briefly. We may return to that another day.

Our next meeting will be on Monday 6th November, starting at 3pm. Venue is Northbrook House.

We have decided to attempt  a philosophical discussion on Altruism

The discussion will take the form of two parts:

  1. We will explore our different perceptions of altruism, then
  2. We will attempt to clarify, expand and challenge our ideas through questions and answers.

I have discovered that there is a lot of stuff about altruism, and it all raises many questions.

Please bring a mug for your tea/coffee, and

Please tell me if you can’t make it.



Gill Whittaker – 01772 426042 / 07548501942  Email me [HERE]

Boules Taster Session – Part Two

Nine members met at the Black Horse Croston this morning to take part in a Boules Taster session.

On arrival we had a welcoming hot drink whilst we chose our lunch lunch selection and had a general chat about Boules.

Fortunately, dodging the showers we managed to to have our first game after we had divided into three teams. One group of three playing a singles game, the other six playing a team game.

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Following a delicious lunch we continued with our “Round Robin” games until we had an overall winning team captained by Alan.

Following the success of the taster session we are thinking of setting up a new group. If you are interested in joining, please contact: Andy Vurley – 07909-534885 .


Boules Taster Session

WHERE – Black Horse Croston

WHEN – 10:30 AM to 15:00 PM on Friday 8th Sept 2017


  • 10:30AM –  Meet at Leyland Leisure Centre REAR Car Park, Depart in shared vehicles.
  • 11:00AM –  Arrive Black Horse Croston for Coffee/Tea, Bikkies; Order pub lunch….(all food and drink to be paid for by each person.)
  • Boules (Petanque) FIPJP rules and demo. Options on single and doubles play to any rules we feel appropriate!
  • 12:30 ish Lunch and discuss format for afternoon play
  • 13:30 ish Afternoon play, possibly round robin style and team target boules (Bring some cash!)
  • 15:00pm Depart back to Leyland

Contact: Andy Vurley – 07909-534885 or Alan Fairey – 01772431348

Please feel free to bring your own Boules along, but let Andy know – “Ching Ching

Visits Group at the Southport Flower Show

After an inauspicious start, with vast quantities of rain, we had a fantastic day out at Southport.

There was plenty of shelter, displays, food & flower arranging demonstrations  & lots of  freebies.

In the afternoon, the sun was shining, dogs were competing, birds of prey were in action and there  was even a Ukulele band playing Matchstalk Men

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Admittedly my raffle prize got banged about a bit on the way home & was clumsily repaired. (I bet a Leyland U3A) flower arranging class could do better

Many thanks to Hilary for driving

If you enjoyed today, look out for our trip in April when we will be making Hanging Baskets.


UkeLeylanders visit Buckshaw Village

A while ago, the Ukeleylanders were invited to play at Buckshaw Retirement Village  and we jumped at the chance.

On Wednesday morning, 12 members of the group duly arrived and played a set of 12 songs for 45 minutes led by our MC Steve “The Strummer” Ellison to a group of appreciative residents.

As a “thank you” the players were presented with a refreshing elevensies of tea or coffee and a selection of home made cake.

We must have done something right, as we have been invited to do another show.