Category Archives: Visits

Visit To The Alabaster Jar

Three of the visits group (original number depleted by illness) went to the Alabaster Jar last week to decorate some pottery and had a very enjoyable time.  We expect to see the results of our artistry some time this week.

The Alabaster Jar in Chorley has a wide selection of pottery pieces – mugs, jugs, plates, Christmas decorations – from which you select what you want and then decorate them with glazes provided by the shop.  Once your artwork is finished it is glazed and fired by the owners of the shop and is ready about a week later.  It is fun and very well run by the extremely helpful owners for whom nothing is too much trouble.

Janet Thomas


Media city Visit

Media city Saturday October 7th

On arrival, the group split up for the next hour or so, to either go to cafes or The Lowry museum or shopping.


Everyone arrived on time to go through security for the BBC Tour, which was straight forward.

The tour was extremely informative and various members of the group participated in  areas  such as radio presenters or In the Breakfast TV programme We had 2 newsreaders and I was a weather forecaster,  but Carol Kirkwoods job is quite secure !

It was very interesting to see the BBC in action, both the radio and  TV and meeting staff from both areas.

After the visit there was time for shopping, food or  a visit to the Lowry.

Altogether everyone seemed to enjoy a busy day but an interesting one

Thanks to Hilary Morris for driving and calmly sorting out the extremely complicated parking payment arrangements

Evelyn Berry


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.


Visit to Blacksheeps Wools

Wednesday 21st June

On a very bright and sunny Wednesday morning the members of the Knitting and Crochet group,  along with one or two invited guests set out to visit the BLACKSHEEP WOOL yarn store in Culcheth.


We spent a couple of very happy hours browsing and squishing the inspiring range of beautiful yarns and pattern books, only pausing to take over the small cafe to eat sandwiches and cake whilst we compared the contents of our baskets.

We were delighted to see such a wide range of materials to choose from, with colourful acrylics, fun tinsel and fluffy yarns, traditional pure wool and merino blends and more upmarket and exotic choices such as yak and beautifully soft alpaca. The Blacksheep staff were in the process of installing a new Rowan Wool department and the coordination of the yarn types and colours was just stunningly beautiful.


We stowed our bulging bags of booty in the bus, which was very ably driven by David Hambley, and made a quick detour to the nearby BENTS GARDEN CENTRE for a whistle stop tour to admire the plants and visit the food hall before returning happy and tired to Leyland.

We enjoyed our day out, and are now starting to plan our next foray- this time to visit the acclaimed YARNDALE EVENT in the Skipton Auction Mart, in September. More details on this to follow, but please get in touch with the group co-ordinations if you are interested in either joining the Craft, Knitting and Crochet groups, or would like to find out more about the Yarndale visit.

Kim Whittle

Visit to Bury Market

Great trip to Bury Market on Friday 21 April. All went smoothly, in the capable hands of  Dave (driving) & Jenny & Keith (organising). Jenny even got free shopping bags for everyone- kudos!  Not just Black puddings, but an  amazing variety of goods for sale.  Loads of bargains in meat, fish, fruit & veg, material & sewing items and all kinds of everything. Reminded me of the shop content in Sids poem. Bought as much as I could carry (with a little help)  Let us know how you cook the kerala (strange spiky vegetable) & whether it is delicious Maureen.  Will definitely revisit.