Andy Vurley chatting to Martin on Leyland Festival Radio about the sport of boccia and Leyland U3A in general.
For more information about the taster session on 9th March, follow the link >> HERE
The Lancashire Neet with Tacklers Tales was a great success being attended by around 75 people. Arriving around 7pm, finding a seat at the nicely laid out circular tables, the next task was to acquire drinks from the bar. At 7.45 food was served which consisted of Lancashire Hotpot, mushy peas, beetroot, various pickles and french bread. Very nice it was too. This was followed with an hour and a half of performances from Sid and Mark. This was a variety of Lancashire songs, poems and monologues with the odd joke being thrown in. Audience participation was encouraged to sing along, together with some arm waving (don’t ask). The bar remained open after the performance if anyone wanted to stay on for a drink and a natter. Thanks to Sid and Mark for a thoroughly entertaining evening.
Also a big Thank You to Pam Carroll, Chris Boxall & all who helped organise and publicise the event.
As a native dialect speaker, born and raised in Chorley, Sid has been researching and collecting songs, stories and poems of old Lancashire for the past 30 odd years, performing them only at impromptu events, folk and art festivals as well as local clubs. He has also produced several CD’s performing his songs, poems & monologues. You can see all his recordings on his website www.sidcalderbank.co.uk.
Mark was born n Parbold and now lives a short distance away in Newburgh. As well as singing the old folk songs, Mark plays the guitar, the banjo, English & Anglo concertina and the mandolin. He has also released 6 CD’s. For more information and to order a CD, visit his website www.markdowding.co.uk
On the 7th October, members of Leyland U3A helped support Lancashire County Council to run their first Fun Palace at Leyland Library.
Ten members from the UkeLeylanders played a selection of songs during their 90 minute slot. Brenda Strobie and Dave Hambley from the Art Group showed their skill in a Watercolour Masterclass. We also had Pauline Worthington and Kim Whittle from the Craft and Hobbies Group helping out keeping the younger visitors entertained.
Following the event I received the email from Lisa Halpin Library Frontline Officer – Leyland Library
Wow what a day!
Please pass on my thanks to all of your wonderful U3A members who gave up their time and shared their skills to make our Fun Palace such a wonderful success!
It was so lovely to see all the families taking part in activities and enjoying the music – the atmosphere in the library was amazing and we’ve had so much positive feedback from everyone enjoying the day. I really feel that the community came together to get involved and have fun which is what it’s all about!
Thank you again, I really feel that you were the key to the whole day starting to come together as you also suggested and encouraged other groups to get involved too.
Many, many thanks,
Library Frontline Officer – Leyland Library
Lancashire County Council
On 11 October, the speaker at Leyland U3A monthly meeting was Mr Neil Smith who “Had Guitar & Travelled”. Not someone I would have volunteered to travel with : as he was both unlucky and found himself in many dangerous situations, as well as meeting many stars in fabulous hotels. A lead guitarist from the 1960s he missed out on a Hamburg tour with the Beatles and other Mersey greats and marriage to an American heiress. He was almost shot in Ireland, Russia, Greece and Transylvania. On the other hand he played at private functions for Elizabeth Taylor & Sophia Loren. No one could accuse Neil of leading a boring life and his entertaining talk was punctuated by guitar pieces in styles ranging from flamenco to rockabilly.
WHERE – Black Horse Croston
WHEN – 10:30 AM to 15:00 PM on Friday 8th Sept 2017
Contact: Andy Vurley – 07909-534885 or Alan Fairey – 01772431348
Please feel free to bring your own Boules along, but let Andy know – “Ching Ching
Wednesday saw our second AGM, and to add a bit of interest the Committee decided to hold a Summer Bake Off Challenge.
Paperwork pertaining to the AGM can be found HERE
As we had no other nominations for the committee, the same members as last year will be continuing in their present posts. Details can be found HERE
The challenge consisted of TWO categories, the first a Victoria Sponge Cake and the second Traditional Lancashire Barm Cakes. The winner of each category received a cup, certificate and Free membership for the following season. The runner up also received a cup and a certificate.
The judging was undertaken by Lindsey Barrow, President of Buckshaw Village WI and experienced cake judge and assisted by Sheila Misseldine a retired pastry Chef.
We received EIGHT entries in this category.
We received SEVEN entries in this category.
After the judging the rest of the members had chance to try all the entries in a Jacob’s Join. Boiled Ham and homemade butter provided by Jim Porter.