Leigh & District


There's LOTS going on with the Leigh & District u3a but...

... this page only lists general meetings, talks and any other special events. It does NOT list trips or group meetings, and there are plenty of them.

General meetings at Leigh Miners are usually every 1st and 3rd Friday, starting at 1pm. For details of groups you need to click on the Groups tab above, then look at the Groups List and Timetable Summary. If necessary, contact the Facilitator for a Group to check details of next meeting etc. Please do NOT contact Leigh Miners directly expecting them to know the details - they don't.

Here's a brief guide to navigating your way around the site to find the information you need:

Step 1: click on the Groups tab and scan the list of groups to find a topic or activity you're interested in. Note the day of the week, and in the month, in which the group meets e.g. 4th Tuesday in month. Some groups will have a "Dates for your Diary" section where you can see what's coming up.

Step 2: check a calendar for that date e.g. 4th Tuesday in August is the 28th, when the iPads & Tablets group meet.

Step 3: click on the link to the Group (in blue) to read any further information on that group's page, including the contact details for the Facilitator.

Step 4: if necessary, contact the Group Facilitator to check that the meeting is on.

Step 5: turn up on the day ... and enjoy!

All Leigh & District u3a events take place at Leigh Miners, unless otherwise stated.

Dates for your Diary
December 2021
Fri Dec 3rdMeeting1pm Social & Talk, Linda Sawley, "The History of Christmas"

How Christmas has changed over the years, how it came about and the people who changed it, e.g. Oliver Cromwell actually banned it, and how Prince Albert influenced Christmas. Linda will also be bringing along some of her books which can be purchased.
Fri Dec 17thSocial1pm CHRISTMAS PARTY

Buffet, music, bar will be open. Tickets at £6 each are available at our Friday Socials on a first come first served basis.
January 2022
Fri Jan 7thMeeting1pm Social & Talk, Roger Browne, "The History of the Jazz Piano"

From Blues, Ragtime, Boogie, to Swing, Be Bop, Free Form and Avant Garde, the journey of jazz piano has been one of consistent and rapid evolution.

In this talk, Roger explains the influence that creative talents such as Scott Joplin, Pine top Smith, James P Johnson, Willie the Lion Smith, Fats Waller, Earl Hines, Duke Ellington, Oscar Peterson, Thelonius Monk, Bill Evans, Keith Jarrett etc., had on this evolution.

As with all of Roger’s talks, “The History of Jazz Piano” is illustrated with live musical examples in the style of the great masters and is punctuated with hilarious stories about the people, places and events that fuelled the development of this remarkable genre.
Fri Jan 21stSocial1pm Friday Social, everyone welcome
February 2022
Fri Feb 4thMeeting1pm Social & Talk, Paul Atherton, "The Cuerdale Hoard Coins"

Paul explains that his interest in the Vikings began when he heard about the Viking Cuerdale Hoard near Preston. The Viking hoard was found by the south bank of the River Ribble in 1840 and is one of the largest ever found.

Around 8,600 items were found including silver ingots and coins and it is thought they were buried around 903 AD.
Paul’s interest in the Vikings continued and his researches enabled him to write his historical novel ‘Viking Voices - The Sword of Amleth’ published under the name of Vincent Atherton.
Fri Feb 18thSocial1pm Friday Social, everyone welcome
March 2022
Fri Mar 4thMeeting1pm Social & Talk, Faye Kitching, "Cheesemaking Demonstration"

Faye will be giving a comprehensive demonstration on how cheese is made/produced, from the humble beginnings of the cow to the cheese being sold to the public. She produces up to 27 varieties, and will bring with her a selection of them. We may even be able to sample some of them too. After this people are able to purchase her delightful produce. See Leagram Organic Dairy for more information.
Fri Mar 18thSocial1pm Friday Social, everyone welcome
April 2022
Fri Apr 1stMeeting1pm Social & Talk, Brian White, "Wildlife in Lockdown"

Once again we have a presentation by Brian White, a well known local wildlife photographer. He was such a popular speaker earlier this year that we have decided to ask him back again. This time Brian will be talking about wildlife in lockdown and how it effected his work. We expect this talk to be extremely popular. Please also see the Brian White web site for more details.
Fri Apr 15thSocial1pm Friday Social, everyone welcome