Category Archives: LOCAL

Andy On Leyland festival Radio

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 



Lancashire Neet @ Fox Lane Sports & Social Club.

25th October 2017 

Lancashire Neet & Tacklers Tales @ Fox Lane Sports & Social Club.


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.


Sid Calderbank

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

Mark Dowding

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

Hilary Morris


Fun Palace at Leyland Library


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

Hi Ian,

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,


Lisa Halpin
Library Frontline Officer – Leyland Library
Library Service
Lancashire County Council


October Monthly Speaker

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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.


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

AGM & Summer Bake Off Challenge

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 Great Summer Bake Off Challenge 2017


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.

Victoria Sponge Cake

We received EIGHT entries in this category.

  • First Place going to Maureen Pendlebury.
  • Second Place going to Steve Ellison.
  • The entries were to such an high standard that the judges aldo presented a Commended certificate to Sandy Fairey

Maureen Pendlebury receiving her 1st place Cup & certificate


Steve ellison receiving his 2nd place cup and Certificate


Sandy Fairey receiving her Commended certificate

Lancashire Barm Cake

We received SEVEN entries in this category.

  • First Place going to Brenda Strobie.
  • Second Place going to Pam carroll.

Brenda Strobie receiving her 1st place Cup & certificate


Pam Carroll receiving his 2nd place cup and Certificate

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.

Ian Barrow