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


Preston Orpheus Choir


I’ve been asked to share this post as it might be of interest to our members

Preston Orpheus Choir is delighted to kick off Christmas with its annual “Festive Christmas” Concert featuring traditional and modern Christmas choral pieces, music from Freckleton Brass Band and plenty of well loved Christmas pieces perfect for audience participation.

The Concert will be held on Saturday 9th December 2017 at 7.00pm at


St Michael & All Angel’s CE Church
Egerton Road

Tickets are priced at £10 for adults and £5 for under 18s

and are available from 01772 735197.

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


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


What is the Blog Site for ?

We have recently been amending your Membership cards with a sticker for you to add yours Emergency Contact details and also TWO internet links, one for the WEB PAGE and one for the BLOG PAGE.

I assume you all know about our WEB SITE for Leyland U3A. We have had over 33,000 hits on the site, so someone is using it, but did you know we also had a BLOG SITE too ? Do you know the difference between the TWO SITES and why we need them ?


The Leyland U3A Web SITE is designed to provide all the information to :-

  1.  Try to attract potential new members to join us.
  2.  Our existing members need in one accessible place. Such as MONTHLY MEETINGS, NEWSLETTERS, GROUPS, A CALENDAR and a PHOTO GALLERY


The Leyland U3A BLOG SITE is an online journal or diary of what we have been up to at Leyland U3A. Coordinators usually send me write ups of the latest activities that their groups have been up to. You can find links to these on the individual Group pages such as the one on the Theatre Group Page >> HERE  Sometimes members also write a review of the Monthly meeting. Important information from the Central U3A also appears here.

To access the Blog page, either

  1. Type in as shown on your Membership Card
  2. Follow the BLOG PAGE link on LATEST NEWS Tab on the Main WEB PAGE

But the easiest way is to follow the blog page. That way, every time time a new post is added you will receive an email.

Following the Blog Site

1 – At the Bottom Right Hand Corner of the Blog Page you will see a FOLLOW button. Click on the Button, then enter your email address and click on the Sign Me Up Button.
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2 – You will then see the following screen.


3 – Go and check your emails and you will soon receive an email similar to this.


Don’t forget to click on the Confirm Follow button.



The Da Vinci Gardener – raises £1,089.79 for Rosemere Cancer Foundation

Julia who is one of Leyland U3A initial members, decided to hold an open weekend in July at her fantastic garden that holds over 400 different plants (She knows where everyone is and their names!!!) Her idea was to raise much needed funds in support of the recently acquired Da Vinci Robot situated at Preston Hospital. The equipment, only the second of it’s kind in England, helps surgeons to maximise keyhole surgery to remove cancerous tumours from difficult parts of the human anatomy and reduces risks of infection, damage and severing of key nerves, organs and blood vessels, thus speeding up patient recovery times and increasing valuable care by hospital staff to more patients.


Thanks also go to the volunteers, eight were from Leyland U3A and much appreciated local support with an impromptu visit by Leyland’s Mayor and Mayoress shown with Julia. Ironically, one of the volunteers who helped over the two day fundraising, is due to have surgery using the Da Vinci Robot by the end of October, so is hoping for a masterpiece!


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