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Broughton Players. Wednesday 6th - Saturday 9th October. Easy Terms at Preston Playhouse has been cancelled. Apologies for any inconvenience.
Katie O'Brien Catch 22 Years Friday 8th October. The venue has now been confirmed as the Media Factory.

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Preston Arts Association is an affiliation of local groups, organisations and individuals who are interested in amateur and voluntary arts.

Why not join us and become a member from only £10 per year. More information.

Our main activities are:

Compiling, printing and distributing Preston Arts News three times a year.

Organizing and producing the annual Preston Arts Festival.

Providing a forum for discussion and arts development.

Grant Aid

The Preston City Council Small Arts Grant scheme has been suspended as no moneys are available.


Most people will be aware that the coronavirus has closed most venues until further notice and introduced social distancing measures. These necessary steps mean that many of our scheduled events have to be cancelled or postponed. Consequently events advertised here, on individual member websites and in our newsletter are affected.

The next newsletter is due in September (deadline for contributions, 31st July). Please continue to send contributions (to me, email address at top of next column) as we hope there might be some normality restored by then. If we are still locked down in August/September we might well produce a newsletter anyway, even if we can only sensibly upload it to the website. We are likely to be be short of a diary, but that needn't prevent us from keeping in touch and enjoying a few stories and photos of recent or planned events.

Meantime, good wishes to everyone and keep safe.

Vince Smith








Vincent SmithChairman: Vincent Smith
tel: 01257 272929


Mike CracknellSecretary: Mike Cracknell
tel: 01772 748547

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Please contact organisations below if you want further information.

Some want new members and performance societies want your support.

Let’s keep local arts alive.

General organisations

UCLan Confucius Institute A partnership between UCLan, Beijing International Studies University, and Hanban. Since its launch, UCLan CI has focused on activities that broaden the cultural flavour and landscape of Preston.

Contact: Feixia Yu, Adelphi Building Room 111, UCLan, Preston PR1 2HE 01772 894242


Dancing the Next Step Latin, ballroom, sequence and workshops on salsa, foxtrot and tango.

Venue: War Memorial Hall, Cuerdale Lane, Samlesbury, PR5 0UY at 7pm Mondays

Contact: Mr & Mrs R McDonald, Kermin House, Hothersall Lane, Longridge, PR3 2XB (01772 783364)

Preston Circle Dance Group Dance together to beautiful and inspiring music from many lands.

Venue: Galloway Hall, 131 Brackenbury Road, Fulwood, PR2 3BS at 7pm 1st & 3rd Tuesdays (not January, June or July)

Contact: Rosemary Forrest, 1 Ribble House, Samuel Street, PR1 4YH (01772 793658)

Preston Folk Dance Club Enjoy and participate and meet new friends.

Venue: Galloway Hall, 131 Brackenbury Road, Fulwood, PR2 3BS at 7.30pm on Mondays

Contact Kath Risely, Ashley, Lodge Lane, Elswick, Preston PR4 3YH

Royal Preston Morris Dancers Traditional Morris dancing.

Contact: Rob Alty, 9 Balmoral Road, New Longton, PR4 4JJ (01772 612445)


Broughton Players Since 1946 the group has performed three plays a year with tickets from (01772 744771).

Venue: The Playhouse, Market Street West, PR1 2HB (01772 252288)

Contact: Wyn Tagg, 24 Pear Tree Road, Clayton-le-Woods, PR6 7JP (01772 312447)

Club Players at Broughton The club performs three plays a season from drama to farce with tickets from (01772 774208).

Venue: Broughton Club, Whittingham Lane, Broughton, PR3 5DA

Contact: Gillian (07815 124606)

Grimsargh Players Formed in 1927, plays are performed in March and November with tickets from (07790 081536).

Venue: The Playhouse, Market Street West, PR1 2HB (01772 252288)

Contact: Jane Rawkins (07854 799159)

Hall Players Formed over 50 years ago, the players also run the Junior Hall Players.

Venue: Parish Hall, Broadway, Fulwood, PR2 9YE

Contact:(07904 129139). Contact: Jan Winder, White Sands, Vanguard Wharf, Lytham FY8 5FQ

Longton Players

Contact: Chris Hill (01772 746200)

Penwortham Players Formerly Penwortham St.Mary's ADS, the society began a new life in 2016 in a new home, with a new name. Box Office (030 770 5945) or on-line at

Venue: Penwortham Methodist Church Hall, Leyland Road, Penwortham, PR1 9XR

Contact: Philip McLaughlin 28 Stanley Grove, Penwortham, PR1 0JH (01772 748941)

Penwortham St Leonards Gilbert and Sullivan Society mailto:stopford1@aol.

Contact: John Stopford (01772 612030)

Preston Drama Club Formed in 1933, the club performs five plays a year with tickets from (01772 744771).

Venue: The Playhouse, Market Street West, PR1 2HB (01772 252288

Contact: Dennis Yardley (01772 495325)

SATA Established amateur theatre group.

Venue: St Andrew’s Church Hall, 240 Tulketh Road, Ashton, Preston PR2 1ES

Contact: Tony Balmer 14 Victoria Parade, Ashton, Preston PR2 1DS (01772 733699)


Damson Poets Poetry readings and open mic.

Venue: Continental, South Meadow Lane

Contact: Terry Quinn, 1, Meath Road, Broadgate, Preston PR1 8EP (01772 822649)

Preston Historical Society The society meets and invites speakers to talk about the city's past.

Venue: St. John's Minster, Church Street, PR1 3BT at 7.15pm 1st Mondays monthly

Contact: David Hindle, 305, Preston Road, Grimsargh PR2 5JT 5BA(01772 862673)

Preston Poets' Society Forum for the enjoyment and writing of poetry. Members are encouraged to compose their own poems and read and comment on members' work.

Venue: St. George's Church Hall, off Lune Street, PR1 2NP at 7.30pm 3rd Thursdays monthly.

Contact Dorothy Nelson, 16 Greenslate Avenue, Appley Bridge, Wigan, WN6 9LG (01257 254331)


The City of London Phonograph and Gramophone Society The City of London Phonograph and Gramophone Society was formed in 1919 as the London Edison Society and is the senior recorded music society in the world. Their interests lie mainly in yesterday's music and performers, the history of the industry, cylinder and disc records and the machinery with which to play them.

Contact: Christopher Bowden at 134 Hesketh Lane, Tarleton, Preston PR4 6AS,

Company of Voyces The chamber choir perform sacred, secular, ancient and modern music.

Venue: St. John's Minster, Church Street, PR1 3BT at 12.30pm Thursdays

Contact: Jean Miller, 46 Janice Drive, Fulwood, PR2 9TY (01772 718064)

Find Your Voice Group and individual singing tuition for all levels from absolute beginners to experienced performers.

Contact: Joyce Tindsley, 280 Liverpool Road South, Burscough, L40 7TD (01704 895683)

Friends of Folk Bringing the best in live folk, acoustic and singer/songwriter music to central Lancashire.

Contact: Jim Minall, 56 Victoria Park Avenue, Leyland, PR25 1UG (01772 422416)

Harmony Singers Choir set up to raise money for St Catherine's Hospice and other local charities.

Venue: St Aidan's Church Brownie Hut, Station Road, Bamber Bridge, PR5 6QR at 1pm Sundays

Contact: Winifred Oneil 23 The Farthings, Chorley PR7 1TP

Harris Music Preston Organises monthly classical music concerts at 1.00 pm on Wednesdays

Venue: St. John's Minster, Church Street, PR1 3BT

Contact: Tom Costich 255 Black Bull Lane, Fulwood, Preston PR2 9YD Tel 01772 719433

KTB Music

Contact: Katy Bradley (01772 933042)

One Voice Choir

Contact: (07974 465984)

Preston Cecilian Choral Society A professionally-led choir performing several concerts a year ranging from Messiah to jazz and folk songs.

Venue: St. Augustine's School Hall, St. Austin's Place, PR1 3YJ at 7.30pm Mondays

Contact: Martin Cassell, 64, Cherry Wood, Penwortham PR1 0PJ (01772 741599)

Preston Flute Group The group meets to play ensemble music including alto, bass, contr'alto and contra bass flutes.

Venue: Woodplumpton at 7.30pm Fridays fortnightly

Contact: Robert Rainford, 23 West Crescent, Broughton, PR3 5JY (01772 861105)

Preston Friends of the Phil

Contact (01772 555824)

Preston Gilbert & Sullivan Society The society performs at The Playhouse with tickets from (0777 973 8607)

Venue: St. Michael's Church Hall, Tulketh Road, Ashton, PR2 1AJ at 7.45pm Tuesdays

Contact: Rob Feeley, 15 Empire House, Church St, Preston PR1 3BA (01772 885234)

Preston Opera Since 1967 the society has performed grand opera at the Charter Theatre and Minster with tickets from (07709 872773).

Venue: Carey Baptist Church Centre, Pole Street, PR1 1DX at 7.30pm Thursdays

Contact: Diane Mackley, (01772 815508)        

Preston Orpheus Choir Formed in 1929, the choir meets, rehearses and performs choral music.

Venue: St. Andrew's Primary School, Tulketh Road Ashton at 7.30pm Tuesdays

Contact: Morag Hill, 9 Cromwell Road, Ribbleton, Preston PR2 8YB (01772 791873)

Preston Recorded Music Society Meet, listen to and enjoy the best in classical music.

Venue: St. George's Church Hall, off Lune Street, PR1 2NP at 7.30pm second Friday of each month

Contact: Vince Smith, 13, Woodford Copse, Chorley PR7 2ER (01257 272929)

Rawstorne Singers A choir of mixed voices that meets to socialise and perform choral works in the local area and in Britain’s Cathedrals.

Contact: Sarah, 01772 740554

Venue: St Saviour's Church, Church Road, Bamber Bridge, PR5 6AJ at 7.30pm Wednesdays

Red Rose Brass Band The Silver Bell Brass Band and its marching version Red Rose Brass Band play the music of old New Orleans.

Venue: The Speakeasy, alternate Thursdays

Contact: Roy Freeman, 11 Rose Terrace, Ashton, Preston, PR2 1EB (01772 726459)

South Ribble Strings Recently formed string orchestra open to anyone with the desire to play music from the 'string repertoire' engaging the best technique in order to discover that 'pure string sound'.

Venue: Meet once a fortnight at Walton le Dale Arts College and High School, Brindle Road, Bamber Bridge, Preston, PR5 6RN, from 7.15 until 8.45pm.

Contact: Jeremy Harries,76 Sharoe Green Lane, Fulwood. Preston PR2 8EH, Tel 01772 712638

Visual Arts

Artfull Providing support for artists by mentoring and arranging exhibitions.

Contact Bernie Velvick, 8 Beech Grove, Ashton, PR2 1DX (01772 504644)

Fired4u The paint your own pottery studio for all ages to enjoy many ceramic based activities.

Venue: 15-17 Hennel Lane, Walton-le-Dale, PR5 4LA

Contact: Jane Fox (01772 203060)

New Longton Artists New Longton Artists meet each Wednesday throughout the year from 7.30 pm to 10.30 pm. The membership ranges from accomplished artists to beginner hobby painters. The Society attracts members from a wide geographical area. Membership is currently open and those with ambition to develop their artistic skills are welcomed.

Venue: New Longton Village Hall

Contact: Brian Thomas 01772 614270, 124 Cop Lane, Penwortham PR1 0US

Preston Art Society Formed in 1960, it encourages the enjoyment, appreciation & practice of the visual arts with talks and workshops.

Venue: Galloway Hall at 7pm Tuesdays fortnightly

Contact: Angela HolmesGleadhill Farm, Dawbers Lane, Euxton, PR7 6EB (01257 278479)

Preston Cardmakers The group meet to make and decorate greetings cards sharing experiences and ideas.

Venue: Ashton Methodist Church Hall, Wellington Road, Ashton, PR2 1BU at 1.30pm 3rd Wednesdays monthly & 7pm 1st Wednesdays monthly

Contact: Kath Derbyshire, 2 Meadoway, Tarleton, PR4 6NA (01772 812968) or (07825 091178)

Preston Embroiderers' Guild The group has tutors who demonstrate and assist members in the art of stitching.

Venue: St. Andrew's Church Hall, Tulketh Road, Ashton, PR2 1ES at 10am-4pm 1st Saturdays monthly

Contact Kath Roberts, 54 Greystock Avenue Fulwood, Preston, PR2 9OW (01772 463668)

Preston Lacemakers The group hold workshops, invites speakers, visits lace days and exhibitions.

Venue: United Reformed Church Hall, Liverpool Road, Penwortham, PR1 0QB at 10am-4pm 1st Saturdays monthly

Contact: Christine Keber, 22 Radburn Close, Clayton-le-Woods (01772 339913)

Preston Movie Makers Enjoy and learn digital film making with talks, competitions and social nights.

Venue: Galloway Hall, 131 Brackenbury Road, Fulwood, PR2 3BS at 7.45pm Thursdays

Contact: Roy Logsdon, 46 Hornby Drive, Newton, Preston PR4 3SU (01772 672599)

Preston Photographic Society The society is open to amateur and professionals and has talks, competitions and portrait nights.

Venue: Moor Park Sports and Social Club, Blackpool Road, Fulwood, PR2 3AE at 7.30pm Thursdays (Sept - May)

Contact: Iain Jack 26, Meadoway, Tarleton PR4 6MA (07881 733639)