West Pennine Villages

October Newsletter


A great number!

We’ve done it – and more!
No sooner had we reached a fantastic milestone of 150 members – a big enough reason to cheer - than we had more new members join us, taking us to the amazing total of 153.
Onwards and upwards.
Welcome to our new joiners, we hope you enjoy your U3A as much as we all do.


Yes, it’s October, and yes we are already planning our Christmas fun. Christmas Quiztime
This year we will be having a get together on Wednesday, December 1, at Withnell Fold Sports and Social Club.
We will be having a Christmas Quiz, and there may well be carols – if the handbell group can get in enough practise!
More details in next month’s newsletter.


Next month’s topic will be of interest to those of us who walk or cycle regularly in the countryside, when Lorraine Ellwood, Co-ordinator of Lancashire Constabulary's Rural, Wildlife and Heritage Crime team will talk to us about its work which tackles everything from rural and wildlife crimes.
The talk will be on Wednesday, November 3 at 11am – there will be no drop in that day.
Admission is £2 and includes refreshments.


We may have all be locked down last year, but we are certainly making up for it.
The Social Outings Group kicked off with a delicious lunch at the Heritage Café at historic Samlesbury Hall. A great time was had by all.
Watch out for more lunchtime trips.
Then group co-ordinator Menna resurrected last year’s cancelled bowling trip to
Escape Leisure in Chorley. Bowling along
Fifteen of us had a fun night with lots of strikes. Competition was fierce and chairman Ann proved victorious with the highest score of the three teams. Here's a picture – unfortunately, the lighting was not conducive for more – and the bowlers didn’t stand still long enough!


A collaboration with Brindle Historical Society resulted in a great walk incorporating a historical tour of Brindle.
Thanks to U3A member Bernard Fleming who repeated his riveting trip back in time starting with the St James’ Church. It was then along Top ‘o’th Lane to discover the gruesome history of the workhouse, and the part the weavers’ cottages played in the cotton industry. Historic walk
A trip up to the top of Denham Quarry gave us all amazing panoramic views and also a chance to see the Cold War Early Warning bunker from the 1960s which has been restored.
The weather was glorious, and the cows kept their distance!
A grand day out as you can see from the picture.
Thanks very much to Bernard for his informative tour.


Parlez vous?
A member has proposed a new French conversation group.
It would be aimed at people with a knowledge of French who want to practise using it.
No “lessons” but informal discussions following a prepared piece by each member eg a first session might be saying something to introduce yourself.
Members could contribute ideas for future sessions from things such as “best holiday” etc (easier vocabulary) to items from Paris Match/ French news. Or from a book.
Learning would be by mutual support and scrabbling through dictionaries etc together. And the group would decide how to evolve.
The member who has proposed this group would be prepared to host a small group or it could rotate around members volunteering.
If you would be interested in joining this group or would like more information contact


The craft group is well and truly up and running with co-ordinator Pat reporting a successful session at the Club house.
Pat Fleming brought some of her wonderful quilts and will run a workshop for the group next year.
Kay will be showing how to make Christmas decorations November 9 from 2pm to 4pm.
She will buy in all that is needed and everyone can use them for a small fee.
If the timing of the group may not suit everyone, Pat says people are welcome to come for an hour. Watch of for a reminder from Pat nearer the time.


As winter draws nearer, what better way to while away an afternoon than indoors with some lively competition.
Indoor Games have restarted and meets on the third Thursday of the month. A chance to brush up on your Canasta or Scrabble.
Contact Paul at wpvu3aindoorgames@gmail.com

Fancy a jig?
For those who want to stretch their legs, how about a go a Folk Dancing. Folk dancing
Put on your dancing shoes and jig, reel or polka your way through a selection of English, Scottish, Irish and American folk dances. Trainers or other comfortable shoes are essential, but you do not need to have a partner. There will be a short interval half way through to catch your breath, so bring something along to quench your thirst. No dancing experience necessary.
The group will meet on Tuesday mornings from 10- 11. Go to the Groups section on the website calendar to contact co-ordinator Kay.


On your bike
The cycling group is looking for a group convenor.
A couple of members have said they would lead a ride. But if anyone knows of any good flatish rides up to 20 miles on quiet roads or cycles paths please contact the group co-ordinator at wpvu3agroupscoordinator@gmail.com


Things have certainly changed over the past 16 months.
With that in mind, we need your help to make sure we are aware of any changes in circumstances among our members. It might be a change of telephone number or a new address.
Or your personal circumstances may have changed. Information is treated in strictest confidence. If you want to get in touch please contact Geoff Tittensor at membership@westpenninevillagesu3a.org.uk


Do you read the national U3A magazine?
Can you please let Geoff know if you still want a copy.
Otherwise there will be copies at the clubhouse to read.
Please let Geoff know at the above address.


The MOTO Group - members on their own - is up and running.
Nine members enjoyed a get together and lunch at the Dressers Arms and there are other events planned.


Still looking for anyone interested in.....


A WPVU3A member who is also a member of Withnell Fishers is thinking of starting a U3A fishing group. If anyone is interested and would like more details contact Maria at the previous co-ordinator address.
As ever if you would be interested in starting a new group come and have a chat at the Wednesday drop in with Maria, or any committee member, or contact wpvu3agroupscoordinator@gmail.com


Check Mate
If anyone is interested in playing chess (from absolute beginner to master) the indoor games group would encourage you use Chess.com. This is free and not only provides on-line lessons but allows you to play in real time with friends. If you are interested please let Paul know at the indoor games group, or challenge Geoff Tittensor to a game. Geoff's username at Chess.com is ScimitarGTE


If anyone has any book/TV reviews and would like to share them with other members, please send them to Lynn at publicity@westpenninevillagesu3a.org.uk


......the weekly drop-in at Withnell Fold Sports and Social Club for a cuppa and a chat from 11 to noon on Wednesdays. (Please note new time)
*******The drop in on Wednesday, November 3 will be replaced by the Speaker meeting.