Philosophy Group Meeting

Hello All

When we met on Monday 2nd October, we had a broad range of discussion. We also looked at a short recording on an Introduction to Philosophy by CrashCourse

We began to feel, I think, that we were beginning to get somewhere, although we accepted that our progress may be somewhat slow!

We touched on the O.U. Introductory Course in Philosophy,  but only briefly. We may return to that another day.

Our next meeting will be on Monday 6th November, starting at 3pm. Venue is Northbrook House.

We have decided to attempt  a philosophical discussion on Altruism

The discussion will take the form of two parts:

  1. We will explore our different perceptions of altruism, then
  2. We will attempt to clarify, expand and challenge our ideas through questions and answers.

I have discovered that there is a lot of stuff about altruism, and it all raises many questions.

Please bring a mug for your tea/coffee, and

Please tell me if you can’t make it.



Gill Whittaker – 01772 426042 / 07548501942  Email me [HERE]


Boules Taster Session – Part Two

Nine members met at the Black Horse Croston this morning to take part in a Boules Taster session.

On arrival we had a welcoming hot drink whilst we chose our lunch lunch selection and had a general chat about Boules.

Fortunately, dodging the showers we managed to to have our first game after we had divided into three teams. One group of three playing a singles game, the other six playing a team game.

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Following a delicious lunch we continued with our “Round Robin” games until we had an overall winning team captained by Alan.

Following the success of the taster session we are thinking of setting up a new group. If you are interested in joining, please contact: Andy Vurley – 07909-534885 .


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 2017: Live streaming


Dear members,

We are looking forward to welcoming many of you to the conference, and, for the first time, to give those who are unable to attend the chance to watch the AGM live on the internet. This live streaming will enable all you who wish to hear and see what is happening at the AGM, and to listen to the morning presentation before and the constitutional discussion after.

To access the AGM live stream, visit on 31st August. The whole day will be broadcast so tune in from around 9am to catch the morning speaker, Jo Coleman. The full programme is available at

This link is the first time we have tried to engage with members in this way, and we hope once we have learned the lessons of what works well and what needs to improve, to offer more accessibility to members in this way.

We are now settled into Lant Street, and have had our first visitor, and hope to see many more of you if you are visiting London.

Watch the live stream

AGM Agenda Amendment

Please note the following amendment to item 5 which now reads:
To appoint Knox Cropper as the Auditors and to authorise the Executive Committee to set the remuneration. To further authorise the Executive Committee to put the audit to tender and create an Audit Committee to manage the tender process

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.


UkeLeylanders visit Buckshaw Village

A while ago, the Ukeleylanders were invited to play at Buckshaw Retirement Village  and we jumped at the chance.

On Wednesday morning, 12 members of the group duly arrived and played a set of 12 songs for 45 minutes led by our MC Steve “The Strummer” Ellison to a group of appreciative residents.

As a “thank you” the players were presented with a refreshing elevensies of tea or coffee and a selection of home made cake.

We must have done something right, as we have been invited to do another show.



Eccleston Circular Walk

This month’s “SCRAMBLERS” walk took  the group on a 7.5 mile walk continuing our exploration of Eccleston


For a change, we had a dry day for the walk. Four members of the Scramblers group met up at the community car park on Drapers Avenue, following local roads until we reached Red Lane. Following this single track lane for a mile we dropped onto a wooded Bridleway through the fields to Heskin Green.

Following the main road back towards Eccleston, we headed to Heskin Hall Craft Centre for a coffee and comfort break. Whilst there looking what was on offer in the shops one of the group found a new Ukulele shop had opened. ( take note Ukeleylanders !)

A short walk down the old estate lane towards Howe Brooke Hall brought us to our halfway point and lunch stop.


The return leg took us down Bannister Green then down Wrennels Lane to a steep slippery section to a footbridge across Howe Brook then onto Tannersmith Lane in Mawdesley.

We soon arrived at the Robin Hood Pub, turning right we followed Tinklers Lane back into Eccleston and headed for the church. A short break and a discussion about architecture and historical landscape feature we headed up the Church Walk, the ancient trackway which lead from the church to The Farmers Arms Pub. Back onto Red Lane, we retraced our steps back to the car park.

During the walk, we talk about many and varied topics. This time we touched on Tennon Topped Gate posts . Please check the link to an articles  I wrote a while ago.

We are planning to do a monthly walk of between seven and ten mile. If you are interested check out the “SCRAMBLERS” page or speak to me at the next monthly meeting