Category Archives: Monthly Meeting

Bake Off Competition for June

We are running another Bake Off challenge similar to last years to accompany the AGM meeting in June.




If you would like to take part, please could you fill in the Entry Form with Teresa at the May Monthly meeting, or email me >> HERE before the 23rd MAY. We need to know how many entries we will have so that we can ensure we have enough JAM and SCONES to go with your cups of tea.


Yorkshire Tea Fun with Jonathan Carswell.


Arriving at Fox Lane Sports and Social Club I noticed that the tables were covered in bright table cloths with the Yorkshire Tea logo emblazoned on them, accompanied by piles of boxes of samples of Yorkshire Tea. So clearly, my job this morning would be to sit up and pay attention to a talk (hopefully funny) about Yorkshire Tea.

But it turned out that in fact although the talk took in Yorkshire Tea and a fair amount about Yorkshire personalities with a few regional facts thrown in, what our speaker Jonathan Carswell had really come to talk about was Christianity.   And that’s fine – I don’t have a problem with religion, but if that’s what you’re here to do, be honest and tell us that. You may find that your audience is a little smaller than it if they were expecting to hear about Yorkshire Tea, but at least the those present would be there because they wanted to hear your story.

Jonathan Carswell is actually a gifted speaker, he engages easily with his audience, and his talk had a good balance of fun and fact to hold attention. But you might argue that his gift is hardwired in his genes, given his father was a preacher – the English equivalent to Billy Graham, Jonathan tells us.

Rather than being a representative of Yorkshire Tea, Jonathan is proprietor of Ten of Those a distributor of Christian literature- a venture started in his bedroom after he graduated from Durham University. The business has grown substantially over the years to its present 1.4 million books distributed annually, and the next step is his plan to relocate with his family to America to establish the business there. After the talk, tea samples were duly distributed and Jonathan also gave out copies of a book written by his mother about folk who found faith at over 50 – Sagas by DJ Carswell is still available on the Ten of Those website should anyone want to obtain a copy >> Here

Kim Whittle

Guest Review – January 2017

David Hurrell – Peak and Northern Footpath Society



David came along to our January meeting to present the work of the PNFS. The group is highly dependant on subscriptions for income, so naturally, his ulterior motive in speaking to us was to gain new members.

Describing themselves as a preservation society, the group’s territory stretches from Morecambe to the outer reaches of Staffordshire, and from the region’s west coast to Derbyshire’s eastern border, their remit being to ensure that traditional footpaths remain open and accessible.  David provided us with examples of how the Members of the PNFS work tirelessly to keep our sometimes ancient pathways open to the public, even by actively chopping their way through pathways overgrown by brambles if needed, or by  negotiating with errant farmers who have  blocked public rights of way with for example, piles of manure or makeshift barriers.

The talk covered many aspects of walking from the more obvious health benefits (did you know that walking 1 mile equates to an additional 20 minutes on your lifespan?), to the pleasure of spotting seasonal flowers and vegetation and the fallacy that farmers may not graze bulls in fields with a public footpath running through them – they can, but the rules regarding the age of the beast and who they may consort with are complicated it seems!

If you would like to join the PNFS, enjoy some great company and enjoyable walks whilst contributing to their very worthwhile efforts in preserving the 20,000 miles of footpaths within their territory, you will find information on their website

Kim Whittle

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.


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


March Monthly Meeting

A Lancashire Garland – Sid Calderbank 

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Sid admitted he loves grubbing around dusty old archives researching Lancashire and its dialect and then performing the poems, songs and stories that form part of our ‘intangible heritage’.  He reminded us that his last talk took us up to 1856 and was about Edwin ‘Ned’ Waugh, the inspiration of hundreds of other dialect authors and poets. One of which was Samuel Laycock, a Yorkshire man born in Marsden but who moved to Stalybridge when he was eight.  Sam worked in the cotton mills and was inspired by Ned Waugh to write.  Sid performed one of his poems, “Bowton’s Yard”. Sam like half a million other cotton workers in Lancashire lost his job as a result of the Cotton Famine in the early 1860’s and he took to writing to support himself.  Sid performed one of his songs from that time, “Th’ Shurat Weaver’s Song”.  Sam later moved to Blackpool and became a supporter of the RNLI.  We were told of the loss of the Southport and St Anne’s lifeboats and 27 lifeboat men, the largest loss of life in the history of the RNLI, during the rescue of the crew of ‘The Mexico’ in 1886 and we learned that as a result Sir Charles Macara and his wife Marion were instrumental in establishing the first public collection days for the RNLI. Sam wrote “Tribute to the Drowned” following that disaster and Sid performed an excerpt from it. Sid then went on to discuss the “Bowton Luminary”, edited by John Taylor Staton, a penny dreadful which was published from 1852 to 1862. Staton later produced an anthology of poems and stories submitted to the “Bowtun Luminary”, one of which was Frank Ormerod’s “Owd Shunt” and we were treated to an excerpt from that.  Sid concluded with Edwardian musical hall poem by Ben Woods, “Bobby Grundy A Village Shopkeeper”, a veritable tour de force.  As always Sid demonstrated his knowledge and enthusiasm for the Lancashire dialect and the wit of its writers. His enthusiasm was felt by all and we were treated to an enjoyable and entertaining presentation.

David O’Malia