Preston & District


Our monthly meeting and the additional Events Programme provides a wide range of educational and social activities that should appeal to our members. From January 2018, non-members may attend two meetings of their choice e.g. monthly meeting and/or a group meeting before deciding whether or not to join us.

You will pay the normal £2.50 entry charge to cover the cost of accommodation for our Additional Events, but all regular Monthly Meetings will be £1.00

Scroll down for the full list of Events; they are arranged monthly meetings first followed by additional Events.

To see the range of interest Groups you may join and to find out when they meet, click on the Groups button at the top of the page.

Monthly meetings are held at Fulwood Free Methodist Church, Lightfoot Lane, Fulwood, Preston, PR2 3LT.
The No.4 bus stops right outside the Church and there are 100 car park spaces. The monthly meetings begin at 2.15 pm, Admission to all monthly meetings is £1.00

Often we have visiting speakers or sometimes presentations put together by our own members. If you can suggest the names of good speakers we would like to hear from you.

Go to the bottom of the page to see a sample and some more photos of recent events.

Dates for your Diary
Thu Jun 20th 20 June 2019 CHOC AMOR Paul Williams of Choc Amor. Local choclatier talks about making chocolate and how he set up his company. He will have samples and products to sell.
Thu Jul 18th 18 July 2019 SAMBA DRUMMING A participative session where Jon Aveyard of UCLAN will demonstrate the technique.
Thu Sep 19th 19 September 2019 Jenny Coulston Herrman. Jenny talks about "How I became a National Hostage Negotiator" having joined Lancashire Constabulary straight from University.
Thu Oct 17th 17 October 2019 PRESTON STREET PASTORS Dave Brown, Co-Ordinator talks about keeping young people safe on wild Saturday nights in Preston
Thu Nov 21st 21 November 2019 BARROW TO BAGHDAD AND BACK Philip Caine traces his career from North Sea Oil Rigs to working with the American Military after the Gulf War.
Thu Dec 19th 19 December 2019 BANG UP TO THE ELEPHANT by "FOOLS GOLD" Popular songs and tales from North East Duo Carol and Steve Robson.
Thu Jan 16th 2020 16 January 2020 ROSIE DRUMMER: HELICOPTER PILOT AND CAKE DIVA!! From TV show Extreme Cake Makers.
Other Events
Tue Jun 25th A Night at the Opera with wine and cheese .

An enjoyable social occasion on a Summer evening and you get home by bus while it's still light.

You don't have to be an opera buff to enjoy twelve of Derek's favourite opera choruses (presented as a countdown). However, there should still be enough in it to appeal to experienced Opera fans.
Choruses by Bizet, Borodin, Donizetti, Gounod, Puccini, Verdi, Wagner and Weber.

6.15- 8.40 pm with a 45 minute break for wine, cheese and chat.

Limited to 50. Booking essential.

Confirmed at £5 and booking will commence at the monthly meeting 18th April 2019
Organised by Christine Pluck & Tony Cheetham.
Fri Jun 28th Preston and District drama group (PADUTA PLAYERS) present a professionally-written comedy, during the afternoon of FRIDAY 28th JUNE.

The main feature will be "MIXED DOUBLES" by Lynn Brittney, and also included in the programme will be a collection of short sketches penned by some of the drama group members. The venue for this performance will be Fulwood Free Methodist Church, Lightfoot Lane, PR2 3LT
Thu Jul 11th Coach trip to Nostell Priory nr. Wakefield.
18th. century, palladian mansion house and gardens. A National Trust Property.
Coach £11.00; Admission £11.50 (National Trust members free)
Departure time and Location to be advised.
Organisers: Carol (01772) 385488 mobile 07808424280 and Avis (01772) 722357 mobile 07791510795 .
Wed Jul 31st Village England, a talk by Christine Pluck
2.00-4.00 pm, in the Northumbria Hall, St. Cuthbert's.

Something a bit different! Christine will take you on a tour of six of her favourite villages: Kersey and Boxford in Suffolk and four villages on the black-and-white-trail in Herefordshire: Eardisley, Weobley, Eardisland and Pembridge. Not only will you appreciate these unusually attractive villages but you will learn about aspects of their histories and strong sense of community. See Christine emerge from inside a 900 year old oak, the last surviving tree of a vast Norman forest!

During the break you will be able to taste fruit juices made by a well known company sited just outside Boxford.
Wed Aug 7th “Living in ancient Egypt: a life in objects”
A study day arranged by Preston U3A Archeology group led by Michael Eastwood of Thebes
(Blackburn Egyptology Society)
St Cuthbert’s Church Hall, Lytham Road, Fulwood, Preston PR2 3AR
Mon Aug 12th “Reflections on Peterloo” 1819-2019”.

The 200th Anniversary is on the 16th August 2019.

Northumbria Hall, St. Cuthbert's 2.00 - 4.00 pm with a break for Tea/Coffee:

Presenter: Tony Cheetham

Ferry 'Cross the Mersey river cruise from Pier Head visiting Spaceport at Seacombe terminal and the U - boat story at Woodside terminal, returning to Pier Head.

Coach: £9.00

Cruise and admissions: £12.50

Contact: CAROL (01772) 385488 mobile 07808 424280
or AVIS (01772) 722357 mobile 07791510795
Mon Sep 30th Health and Well Being Day

More details to follow.
Organisers: The Committee
Mon Oct 14th Another Music based biography by Ken

The tragic life of Karen Carpenter featuring the timeless music of The Carpenters.

2.00-4.00 pm, with a break in the middle for tea/coffee, in the Northumbria Hall, St. Cuthbert's
Admission £2.50
Wed Oct 30th Team Quiz
Northumbria Hall, St. Cuthbert's 2.00 - 4.00 pm with a break for Tea/Coffee

Form Teams when you arrive. No individual questions.
Quiz Master: Dave Stevens
Wed Nov 6th The Real Macbeth, an illustrated Presentation.

Presented by Tony Cheetham, based on research by the late Derek Pluck.

Many of our perceptions of Macbeth are due to Shakespeare's play, re-enforced by the Libretto of Verdi's opera of the same title. Shakespeare's play, though a literary master-piece is far from being historically accurate. in fact, worse than he did with Richard III, Shakespeare did a hatchet job on Macbeth, who was a very effective ruler.

2.00-4.00 pm,(with a break in the middle for tea/coffee and biscuits) the Northumbria Hall, St. Cuthbert's.

Entry £2.50

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