Category Archives: GROUPS

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.






Philosophy Group Round Up

The group met on Monday and had an interesting discussion on ‘Living in a multicultural society’.

The next meeting will be on Monday 30 April, 2-4 PM. Because of the Spring Bank Holiday, this is a week earlier than the usual 1st Monday in the month.

Our topic will be ‘Science and pseudoscience‘. If possible, in preparation please look at the Philosophy Crash Course no. 8: Karl Popper, science and pseudoscience.

Link >> HERE

Venue: for those who have not been before, we meet at

Northbrook Gardens, Northbrook Rd, Leyland PR25 2XS.

Best regards

Alastair Thomas

Archery Group

The archery group today braved the warm temperatures and bright sunshine to record their second shoot of the year. Despite an occasional blustery breeze, a good time was had despite stops to sunbathe. We had the best of the afternoon though as dark clouds were gathering as we were packing up to go home. It made a pleasant change to be outside in warm, dry weather.

Jim Porter

Conishead Priory & Ulverston Visit

In March, 33 members went on a trip to the Buddhist Centre at Conishead Priory near Ulverston.

u3a Conishead priory

Our guide was Geoff, a very calm, quietly-spoken man, who has lived in the community for many years. First, he told us the history of the Priory. Originally a 12th century Augustinian priory, founded as a hospital for the poor, in 1537 it was seized and demolished by the Crown and a house was built on the site. The house became home to various wealthy families, the most influential being the Braddylls, who lived there for almost two centuries. In 1821, Col Thomas Braddyll had the house rebuilt. It took 15 years to complete this Gothic mansion and £140,000 of his fortune. He then made heavy financial losses in Durham coal mines, was declared bankrupt and was forced to sell the property. It became a hydropathic hotel, a convalescent home for miners and during WW II the largest military hospital in the North West. In 1972, the house and contents were sold. It stood empty for five years until it was rescued from dereliction by the Buddhist community. They are still renovating the house, but the hub of the community is the magnificent Temple for World Peace, which they have built in the grounds.

This was the first Kadampa Temple to be built and it houses the largest bronze statue of Buddha to be cast in the West. Buddhist statues are hollow, but filled with ‘spiritually meaningful items’. The temple was built according to a traditional design, but is modern, light and airy with beautiful adornments: truly a feast for your eyes and a very peaceful space. We had many questions to ask Geoff, about the temple, Buddhism in general and how their community was run. Before long it was time to try a short meditation session.  Think many people gained something from this and will possibly practice the techniques some more.



Next stop Ulverston, where a group of us visited the Laurel and Hardy museum. Stan Laurel was born in Ulverston. The museum was full of information and memorabilia about his life and partnership with Oliver Hardy.  A bronze statue of them stands outside the Coronation Hall.

Thanks to everyone who supported the trip especially our drivers Hilary and Dave

Ann France