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

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


Herb Group Visit to Eccleston

We had an interesting and informative meeting at Jacqui – the herbalist’s – house on June 6th. In spite of the wet weather, we managed a stroll around the garden, where Jacqui pointed out various herbs and discussed their properties. We then were invited into Jacqui’s treatment room where we learned about tinctures and smelled various herbal mixtures. This was followed by coffee and some courgette cake, made by Lindsey.

Jacqui also talked about herbal treatment which sometimes includes suggestions to patients to take up yoga and to practice mindfulness.

It’s for a free course in MINDFULLNESS follow this link

Gill Whittaker

Leonora Carrington Centenary Symposium


Offered by Edge Hill University.

The symposium follows on from events and activities offered by the University over the past two years that have been attended by members of U3A.

Joanna Moorhead will talk about her cusin, Leonora and sign copies of her recently released book ‘The Surreal Life of Leonora Carrington’.

Gabriel Weisz Carrington will talk about his mother and some of her art work.

There will be paper presentations, artistic responses and film screenings of wok based on the artist.

Please see below the link for registration to this event. Please note the booking system allows for one person to book for many as well as individual bookings.

If you have any problems please do not hesitate to contact Michelle Mann: HERE

Prof Roger Shannon, Prof Ailsa Cox, James Hewison and Michelle Mann.

Link: HERE

if you have difficulties accessing the registration details you can also register by phone on

01695 657 219 (please have your card handy for payment)

Edge Hill University
Performing Arts Building
L39 4QP

Spring Social Afternoon


The Leyland Neighbourhood Forum is hosting a spring social afternoon for older people on the 25th May at the Civic Centre. Come along and enjoy some entertainment, craft stalls, a light buffet, and pick up some information about local services. To be eligible for this free event you must live in one of the wards in the Leyland neighbourhood area: Broadfield, Buckshaw & Worden, Earnshaw Bridge, Leyland Central, Moss Side, Seven Stars, St Ambrose. To book your place, you need to contact us on 01772 625625 by Friday 19th May.