West Pennine Villages

April Newsletter

This month we have some great events and an interesting story about a member's new 'saucy' role!
But we start with a....

Date not to be missed...

VIP speaker
We have a very special speaker lined up for June when we welcome Sir Lindsay Hoyle who has agreed to come and talk to us about his role at the Speaker of the House of Commons – a non political position but one which even the Prime Minister has to abide by his rulings!
Sir Lindsay has represented Chorley in the House of Commons since 1997.
We are giving lots of advance notice as due to his commitments he can only come on a Friday so he can then go on to his weekly surgery commitment.
So, make sure you put Friday, June 10 in your diaries. The talk will be held at BRINDLE VILLAGE HALL which can accommodate a bigger audience than at Withnell.
There will be a reminder and more details in next month’s newsletter.

May speaker

Fraud takes many forms, and in these days of computers and social media, it is easy to fall prey to those who want to take our money.
To find out how to stay safe, come along to the May speaker meeting to hear Helen Gimshaw of the Fraud Safeguarding Office with Lancashire Constabulary. The talk is on Wednesday, May 4 at 11am. Entry is £2 and includes refreshments.

Cathy’s new job….!!

Members might know Cathy Waring from table tennis, the MOTO group and as the Spanish group leader.
But next month she starts a new ‘career’ - as a telephone sex line operator.
Cathy and two other ‘ladies’ will be coming up with saucy chat up lines....
No she is not bringing the WPVU3A into disrepute – Cathy is taking to the stage to star in Blackburn Empire Theatre’ production of ‘Dirty Dusting’.
Dirty Dusting We asked Cathy to spill the beans…..
The play centres on three cleaners of a certain age, Olive, Gladys and Elsie who are threatened with redundancy. Dave who is in charge of the cleaners wants to get rid of them and is always making ageist remarks.
The trio decide there’s more to life and set up their telephone sex line – but have to keep it a secret from their families, and Dave.
Cathy plays Gladys and without giving too much away, she said: “Gladys is a bit timid. "But when she starts the telephone line she changes her personality!”
Cathy added that it is a laugh out loud comedy and she is thoroughly enjoying her part.
She is a veteran of the stage joining Chorley Little Theatre in the 80s. She left to form a tap dancing group which morphed into a band in which her husband and another WPVU3A member Gwynne Furlong play and she sings.
She is also a member of a Suffragette Group which performs regularly and did so via Zoom through lockdown, telling the story of women’s suffrage. The group also organised a plaque for Chorley Town Hall to honour the first ever suffrage meeting which was held there.
She got the part of Gladys after being sent an audition notice and was cast via Zoom.
“It is a small cast of four, and I think theatres are going for small casts because of Covid.” she added.
Dirty Dusting starts on Wednesday, May 18 and runs until Saturday, May 21.

Four men on their bikes

Nice and steady - the cycling group went on a leisurely 15 or so mile ride around the lanes of Mawdsley, Rufford and Croston where the scenery was classed as 'idyllic.' Cyclemen
According to the participants, the company was great - and so were the scones!
If you are quick you can join the next ride led by Geoff on Thursday (April 21) which will be an 18 miler on very flat cycle tracks and quiet country lanes.
Contact group convenor via cycle webpage if you would like to join the ride.


Easter crafts Easter crafts at the club

The Craft group joined the Easter fun at Withnell Fold Sports and Social Club on Easter Saturday and showed off their stunning work.

Join the Jubilee Picnic at the Club

Withnell Fold club is holding a picnic for the Queen’s Jubilee on June 3, from 2pm and has invited any WPVU3A member who wants to join in the fun. A picnic for royalty
There will be games and prizes for children and adults and the bar will be open for tea, coffee and cakes.
Everyone is encouraged to take their own picnic so everyone can sit together to celebrate the occasion.

Want to meet other U3A members and share some ideas?

There is an invitation to attend the North West Regional Conference and AGM in June – and it’s being held in Preston.
The conference is a chance to help celebrate the u3a’s 40th birthday by looking at past activities while considering how we can move forward in the future.
There will be presentations and workshops as well a chance to browse information during the breaks and registration.
It is being held at The Exchange, County Hall, Preston, on Wednesday, June 22 from 10am until 3.45pm
The day will be broken up into sessions and include an 'Online Awareness' presentation by Dave Carlos, from Lancashire Police's Cyber Volunteer team.
An old friend of our u3a, Neil Stevenson a regional trustee will also address the conference on 'Meetings Made Marvellous.'
After lunch there will be a presentation 'Life begins at 40 – where next for the u3a movement?’ by Liz Thackray, chair of the Third Age Trust.
Lunch will not be provided but people can taken packed lunches.
To book a place you can go online at the Events page of regional website www.u3asites.org.uk/north-west or complete the form NWR Registration Form.docx
There is no charges and the event is open to all NW u3a members.


The croquet group members have no excuse for playing badly.
They had a coaching session from expert Don Williams and his wife from Southport who put them through their paces.
No doubt they will remember every single word when they resume playing next week!


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


Members going to the sports club may have spotted a bookcase. This is a Book Swap run by the club but members can take books to add to the collection. The books are available to borrow, swap or keep. Please leave the books with a sports club committee member or a U3A committee member.

Don’t forget Wednesday’s is Drop-In day from 11am at the club. Pop along for a cuppa and a chat.

  • If you have any snippets for the Newsletter get in touch with Lynn Worden.