The Leyland Newsletter

#1 - July 2019

Thanks for picking up our first issue! This is an independently published newsletter showcasing some of the goings-on around our town of Leyland and the surrounding area. I've produced this newsletter because there are loads of great things happening in our town that go unpublicised. I hope you find our first issue interesting, please get in touch and let me know your thoughts, contact details are in the footer at the end. Thanks! — John

Syrian Bistro

The Brothers of Charity Services and South Ribble Borough Council have joined in partnership to develop a unique Syrian refugee resettlement programme, bringing resettled families together to share their rich culture through food and entertainment while using the opportunity to experience working and socialising amongst the local communities.

The Syrian Bistro will take place once a month on a Saturday and tickets are £16 each with 30 places per session. The cost will include a delicious three course mezze banquet style meal with hot and cold beverages and entertainment, all prepared and provided by our Syrian families.

The next dates available for the Syrian Bistro are 27th July, 24th August, 28th September, 26th October, and 23rd November.

Please contact Annabelle from Roccoco between 10am and 4pm, Monday to Friday, to book your place on 07557 568724 or email

Open Mics

The Queens on Chapel Brow hosts an open mic every other Thursday, starting from around 9pm. The next dates are 11th July, 25th July, 8th August, 22nd August, 5th September, 19th September, 3rd October, 17th October, 31st October, 14th November, and 28th November.

The Rose of Farington on Stanifield Lane hosts an open mic every other Wednesday, starting from

around 9pm. The next dates are 17th July, 31st July, 14th August, 28th August, 4th September, 18th September, 2nd October, 16th October, 30th October, 13th November, and 27th November.

The Golden Tap on Chapel Brow hosts an open mic on the last Sunday of the month, from 4pm to 8pm. The next dates are 28th July, 25th August, 29th September, 27th October, and 24th November.

Leyland Artists

Poppies, by Margaret Vinten

We are a group of local artists aiming to foster the artistic talents of local people and to encourage a general interest in art within a friendly club setting. We provide a weekly friendly forum for members to gather to paint in watercolour and other media and to share their interest and experience. New members are welcome but membership is filling up fast so there may be a waiting list!

Our two hour meetings are very informal. Most evenings we work on our drawing or painting and discuss styles, techniques, latest trends in the art world and generally catch up on any other art related topic, usually over a cup of tea or coffee at break time. A few times a year we invite professional and keen amateur artists to come along and give us a demonstration of their work.

Our meetings are held on Thursday evenings from 7pm until 9pm in the community area at Jubilee Court, West Paddock.

For more information please visit

Local Radio

Formerly Leyland Festival Radio, Radio Leyland is the brand new name for your local FM radio station (104.8 FM). Following the award by Ofcom in December 2017 of an FM community radio licence, we went on air on 1 April 2019.

Weekdays we start at 7am with 30 minutes of 70s at 7. You can hear Breakfast between 7.30am and 9am. The Mid-Morning Music Mix then takes over with songs from the 80s, 90s, 00s and Now. In the afternoon, between 1pm and 3pm, it's our vintage music and chat show, Magic Moments. Leyland Drivetime takes you through the afternoon from 3pm til 6pm. Specialist music shows will feature after 7pm some evenings and at the weekend.

For more information please visit

Extinction Rebellion Preston

Extinction Rebellion is an international movement that uses non-violent civil disobedience in an attempt to halt mass extinction and mimimise the risk of social collapse.

On 31st October 2018, the movement assembled on Parliament Square in London to announce a

Declaration of Rebellion against the UK Government. 1500 came to participate in peaceful civil disobedience.

There are individual XR groups all over the country, and now the first group of the central Lancashire area is forming in Preston. The third meeting will be held from 7pm on Tuesday 9th July at The Stanley Arms, Lancaster Road, Preston.

For more information please follow @XRlancs on Facebook at

Accordion Club

Founded in November 1997 by David Batty, we have been meeting every 1st, 3rd and 5th Wednesday of every month. We hold a concert on the 3rd Wednesday of every month, a professional guest artist features on alternate months. We meet at The Priory Club on Broadfield Drive. Our local players are the special guest artists on the months in between.

The doors open at 7.30pm. From 8pm onwards we listen to a variety of amateur and professional players on our stage. If you are a player, then bring your accordion along and give us a tune. All levels of player welcome as well as listeners who just enjoy meeting a nice crowd and hearing some good music. This may surprise you but about 50% of our members have never touched an accordion and have no idea how to play one, they simply come along for a good night of music and singalong tunes.

The next dates for concerts are 17th July, 18th Sepetember, 16th October, and 20th November. Price on the door is £4 for first time visitors and members, £5 for returning non-members. The next dates for practice/socials are 31st July, 7th August, 21st August, 4th September, 2nd October, 30th October, 6th November, and 4th December. Price on the door is £3.

For more information please visit