Clog & Billycock raises over 6k for BYZ!


What a night we had! The Clog & Billycock closed their doors for an exclusive BYZ event and treated over 90 guests to a wonderful drinks reception, delicious awarding winning Lancashire Hot Pot and red cabbage meal with Cheesecake for dessert.  The Rt Hon Jack Straw, Chairman of Blackburn Youth Zone, hosted the evening with a fantastic question and answer session facilitated by Andrew Greaves, Head of Journalism at News Associates, and an experienced journalist and broadcaster.

We had a great mix of people in our audience including 20 Blackburn College Politics students and lecturers, representatives from the voluntary sector, as well as local business leaders. Our host, Rt Hon Jack Straw answered questions on recent events such as the general election, Brexit, the British economy and terrorism.  We then ended the evening with a signing of Jack Straw’s latest book – “Last Man Standing. Memoirs of a Political Survivor”.

The Clog & Billycock also announced they had raised over £6,000 for BYZ through their 20p donation on every receipt, a great initiative they have been running over the past 12 months.


A-Level Government and Politics students and BA (Hons) Social Science and Joint Honours students (picture above), were given the chance to put their burning questions to Rt Hon Jack Straw at the special event.

Lauren Mura, teacher of A-Level Government and Politics at Blackburn College said:

“The students all enjoyed the opportunity to take part in Blackburn Youth Zone’s event and put their questions to Jack Straw.

“A-Level Government and Politics at Blackburn College teaches students to be curious about the world around them – and ask challenging and pertinent questions.”

Lauren added: “The ‘Hot Pot with Jack’ event enabled the students to do that outside of the classroom but also alongside prominent business-people and members of our local community.”

“It was particularly brilliant to see our students asking thought-provoking questions and applying what they had been taught in their classes in a real-life discussion.”

“The turn-out of young people at the General Election was high and it’s important that we continue to allow young people to engage with politics and Politicians – events like these do just that.”

BA (Hons) Social Science Course Leader Ashley Whalley said: “Jack has always been incredibly supportive of our degree level students reading Politics who have visited him in Parliament and in his ministerial office.

“We have a dedicated Parliamentary Outreach Officer who teaches on the BA (Hons) Social Science and Joint Honours programmes, and that provides us with the opportunity to attend briefings, meetings in London and engage in a range of parliamentary activities.”

“Amongst our graduates, a number now work for MPs as well as numerous party activists and we hold an M.E.P. in our course alumni. Our degree courses are at the forefront of Politics.”

Laura Phelan, BYZ Events and Stewardship Manager said: ‘We are thrilled to be associated with the Clog & Billycock, and look forward to working with them more in the future. We can’t thank the Clog enough for their support. The event was a fantastic success, the staff at the Clog went above and beyond to support such a wonderful evening”. 

Here are some pictures of the evening events – click here