Community Beat: 03/12/13

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At Morecambe Bay Movie Makers’ weekly meeting on November 25 the first competition of the season was held, which was the Dave Sephton Trophy for local interest movies with a maximum running time of 12 minutes.

In third place was Tim Churchill with Lancaster Electrified, a movie tracing the history of the introduction of electricity to Lancaster between 1882 and 1894. The second placed movie was by Graham Easton with The Day The Mist Came Down, with atmospheric moving images of Morecambe promenade during an invasion of sea mist, set to haunting music. The overall winner was Dave Weatherley with Captain Jack Sparrow, following the adventures of a female pirate impersonator at the Whitehaven Festival.

On Monday, November 9, the meeting will take the form of a pub style quiz, to be held at St Christopher’s Church Hall.

Fusion Church, for a new generation, now meets every Sunday at 6pm at Christ Church, Broadway. All welcome, entrance at the rear of the building.

Morecambe based mezzo soprano Wendy Sharrock rejoins Carnforth Choral Society for their Christmas Music concert at Christ Church, Broadway, on Thursday, December 19.

The first part of the programme features Fantasia on Christmas Carols by Ralph Vaughan Williams. The work was first performed at the 1912 Three Choirs Festival at Hereford Cathedral and is largely based English folk material collected in Southern England by Vaughan Williams and his friend Cecil Sharp. The fantasia is followed by a selection of carols and other musical items.

This is a return visit by Wendy who sang at the Society’s 2012 Christmas concert. Musical director is Martin Webster and accompanist Richard Bromley.

Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Tickets are £8 from choir members, at the door, or from Gill on 01524 730089.

Morecambe Taekwon-Do, based in Christ Church United Reformed Church, Broadway, has two new classes starting on Saturday, January 11, and running every Saturday until further notice. Details are – Under 12s: 10-11am; Adults (12+): 11am-noon. All ages and ability levels are very welcome and the first lesson is free of charge. The classes focus on teaching self-defence skills in a supportive environment, increasing fitness and flexibility and having fun.

Contact Mandy Clement on 0782 8687 284, visit or just turn up at the start of a class for more details.

Members of Bare Methodist Church will take part in Carols in the Crescent at 3.30pm this Friday, December 6. On Sunday, December 8, at 10.30am, the Morning Service Communion at Bare Methodist Church, Seaborn Road, will be led by Rev Charles Makonde.

Christ Church Broadway Productions will present A Christmas Cracker on Thursday and Friday, December 12 and 13, at 7.30pm. A farce, the show will include Christmas songs, comedy skits and a chance to win great prizes in Who Wants To Be A Christmas Millionaire? Tickets £7, £5 for under 18s and over 60s, contact 01524 298661.

A big thank you to all who supported the Christmas Cafe and Craft Fair in aid of St John’s Hospice, which made more than £200.

St Christopher’s Church is holding a Christmas Fair this Saturday, December 7, between 10am and noon, when there will various stalls. There will also be a raffle and the cost of entry is £2 (including refreshments).

This Friday, December 6, the Bare Village Business Association extends a warm welcome to everyone to join their Christmas Countdown. At 3.30pm Bare Witness Singers will lead Carols On The Crescent, followed at 4pm by the arrival of Santa accompanied by the Lord Mayor. Santa will be in the village until the switching on of the Christmas Lights at 5pm. A hog roast, beer tasting, competitions, music, demonstrations and special offers will all be part of the celebrations.


Visit Morecambe Library every Monday, from 10am to noon, for Chattercakes. This is a chance to make new friends, share recipes and natter, all welcome.

Services at Morecambe Parish Church this Sunday, December 8, the second Sunday of Advent (all morning services in the memorial hall): 8am Holy Communion (1662), 10am All Age Worship, 6.30pm Holy Communion (in church).

Join Morecambe Parish Church for its Christmas Festival in the enchanted world of Narnia. In church travel through the wardrobe to the forest of Christmas trees and enjoy a programme of entertainment from local community groups. In the memorial hall shop in Aslan’s Christmas market of food, gifts and crafts with refreshments available. Entrance £1 to access all areas, accompanied children free. The festival will be held this Thursday, December 5, and Friday, December 6, 3pm to 8pm; and Saturday, December 7, 10.30am to 5.30pm.

On November 30, Morecambe and District HF Walking Club walked in the Kendal area. The A party, led by John Ashall, walked from Low Borrowdale to Whinfell Common, Whinhowe, Grayrigg, Green Head, Black Moss Tarn, Garnet Folds, Tarn Bank, Dodding Green, Mintsfeet and into Kendal.

The B party, led by Molly Keighley, walked from the Sizergh Estate to Holeslack Farm, Helsington Church, Scout Scar and into Kendal. Party C, led by Pat Emerson, walked from Levens to Dallam Park and then followed the route of the old Lancaster Canal into Kendal.

After the walks members enjoyed a Christmas meal in the King’s Arms in Hale, thanks to Pat Roberts for making the arrangements. The group’s next walks will be this Sunday, December 8, in the Ravenstonedale area. For further details contact Mrs Pat Emerson on 01524 410702. The web address is


The Church of the Ascension Rambling Club’s next walks from the winter programme will be on a half day, finishing at Arnside, on Saturday, December 7. The A/B walk will be led by Andrew Lean starting from Hollins Lane, proceeding to the Green, then through pastures to St John’s Church, Townsfield, Wallings Lane, Emslack, Eaves Wood, Castlebarrow to County Wall, circumscribing Middlebarrow Common and passing Priory Cottage and Hollins Farm to Heathwaite and Arnside Knott, then descending to High Knott Road and the path behind the village, passing Chapel and Church to emerge to a fine view of the Kent and Bela valleys and beyond, then to the Promenade, seven miles and under 1,000 ft.

The C walk will be led by Wendy Lyth starting at Beetham, stopping off to have a look around the church, walking through fields to the woods that lead to Fairy Steps. Taking the permissive path around the Fairy Steps, though those who wish to can descend the narrow steps and we shall meet them at the base. Then over to Hazelslack Tower by fields and on to Teddy Heights, a nature reserve, which leads to the embankment and the station at Arnside, four miles.

This is the group’s Christmas walk which will be followed by a meal at the Eagle’s Head, Over Kellet, at a cost of £8 (£15 for coach fare and meal). Festive hats, etc, are encouraged and it is hoped that members will join in the funny hat competition after the meal.

Pick-up time is 11am from the Church of the Ascension, Torrisholme. Guests and new members always welcome and can book by contacting Colette Follett on 07837 273707. A copy of the winter programme can be downloaded from

The next Wednesday evening social event will be a slide show entitled The Lune, presented by David Rush on Wednesday, December 11, at 7.30pm, in the lounge of the Church of the Ascension. All welcome, £2.

Torrisholme Toddlers meet on Tuesdays, 10am to 11.30am, term-time only, in the Church of the Ascension hall. For ages newborn to four years, playtime for the babies and a social gathering for adults.

The monthly PACT meeting for December will take place tomorrow, Wednesday, December 4, in the Ascension Church lounge from 6pm, an opportunity to make your views heard to local police and councillors.

Services at the Ascension Church this Sunday, December 8, Advent 2: 8am Said Eucharist, 11am Sung Eucharist, both led by Fr Chris. Junior Church will meet in the main hall from 10.50am. Midweek services, all Said Eucharists, are held on Tuesdays at 7pm and on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10am, all led by Fr Chris who is the contact on 01524 413144 for weddings, baptisms, funerals or any pastoral matter. Details on the newly enhanced church website at For matters relating to the Ascension halls or St Martin’s Church Centre, Westgate, telephone Alan on 01524 419174.

The Ascension Church invites young families especially to attend the All Age Eucharist on Sunday, December 15, which will include a Christmas presentation by Junior Church. The children have been practising hard and long and need your support.

Carols in the Square at 6pm on Christmas Eve will be held outdoors, no matter what the weather has in store.

The recent meeting of Morecambe Camera Club was the judging of competition two with three sections – set subject, open and natural history. The set subject was Catch the Moment and attracted a wide variety of original ideas from Roger Gittins’ winning image of a father and baby together, to David Greenwood’s very novel electronically exposed shot of an airgun pellet lighting a match head, the image showing the lighted match and the pellet. The competition was judged by Gordon Jenkins. His style was as usual sympathetic giving each image a detailed comment and constructive criticism and advice where valid.

Results – Set subject: 1 Roger Gittins, 2 John Hughes, 3 David Dempster; Highly commended: Bryan Trigwell and Derek Mackie. Natural history: 1 Gordon Curry, 2 John Hughes, 3 Anne Staniforth; Highly commended: John Hughes and Mike Staniforth. Open: 1 Anne Staniforth, 2 Bryan Trigwell, 3 Derek Mackie; Highly commended: Anne Staniforth and Mike Staniforth.

The next meeting will include a demonstration of studio and table top photography by members Chris Hellie and Mike Staniforth. For further details of the club please contact Bryan Trigwell on 01524 422776 or visit the website at The club meets weekly on Thursdays at 7.30pm, from October to March, at the Church of the Ascension vestry, Michaelson Avenue.


Fairfield Over 55s Club meets for bingo at St Martin’s Church every Thursday at 2pm. Everyone welcome, refreshments available.

Westgate Primary School, Langridge Way, will be holding its Christmas Bingo tomorrow, Wednesday, December 4. Doors open at 6.30pm and it’s eyes down at 7pm. As usual there are lots of hampers to be won.

A Christingle Service will be held at St Martin’s Church this Sunday, December 8, at 4pm. During the service everyone will receive a Christingle to celebrate the wonder of Christ the Light of the World. The service is in support of the Children’s Society and following the service hot chocolate and marshmallows will be served. Families and young people especially welcome.

St Martin’s celebrates the 2nd Sunday of Advent this Sunday, December 8, at the 9.30am Eucharist. A Junior Church will be provided for children.

Enquiries for baptisms, weddings or funerals please contact Fr Chris Holden on 01524 413144.


Every Wednesday at 10am a Shoppers’ Fellowship is held at Sefton Road United Reformed Church. This Sunday, December 8, the second Sunday in Advent, Family Worship with Holy Communion at 10.30am will be conducted by Rev Graham Maskery. Everyone welcome. The next coffee morning will be held on Saturday, December 14, and on Sunday, December 15, at 2.30pm, the augmented choir at Sefton Road will be performing Handel’s Messiah.

Coun Margaret Pattison from Lancaster City Council and Morecambe Town Council and Coun Ron Sands from Lancaster City Council hold a surgery every Tuesday from 11am onwards with the police, Helpdirect and Positive Thinking at West End Impact, 14 Heysham Road. If you have anything you want to talk about in private come and have a chat or ring 07896 916216.

Church By the Bay meets on Sundays at West End Primary School, Chatsworth Road. The meetings start at 10.30am and attendees are encouraged to join in as much as they feel comfortable. See website or contact Gerry on 07597 386370.

Now in Advent and looking forward to Christmas, why not think about coming back to church? A warm welcome awaits at St Barnabas, Regent Road. The services are traditional Anglican and the service times this week are – Sunday: Mass 8.30am, Sung Mass 10am, Evening Prayer 4pm; weekday Mass: Monday 7pm, Wednesday 10am, Thursday 11am and Friday noon. Christmas service times are now on the web site. The charity shop opens from 10am to 1pm, Monday to Thursday, in the parish centre. The service times are also on the web site For any enquiries about baptisms, weddings, funerals or hire of the parish centre please contact Fr Tom on telephone 01524 415216.

Friends of West End Primary School will be holding a Christmas Market this Saturday, December 7, from 10am to noon. There will be games, a raffle, a tombola, toy stall, refreshments and Father Christmas. Everyone welcome.


The Wesley Players will present their winter production of Scrooge’s Christmas Carol at Wesley Methodist Church, Middleton Road, this Friday and Saturday, December 6 and 7, at 7.30pm. Tickets are adults £4, children £2, and can be obtained by contacting 01524 417784 or 409327 and purchased on the door.

Rev Charles Makonde will lead the 9am Holy Communion service at Wesley this Sunday, December 8, and the preachers at 10.30am and 6.30pm will be Messrs John Fox and Mike Prendergast respectively.

Joy at Christmas, a miscellany by members of the Wesley Guild, will be held on Monday, December 9, at 2.30pm. Men and women of all ages welcome.

This Sunday, December 8, the Second Sunday of Advent, at 9.30am, a Nativity Service will be held at St James’s. At 11am, Parish Communion will be held at St Peter’s. On Tuesday, December 10, the Ladies Group will meet in St Peter’s Church hall and the hall will be open on Wednesday, December 11, for refreshments. On Wednesday, December 18, Morecambe Philharmonic Choir is holding a concert at St James in aid of the roof fund. Admission by retiring donation.

Services at St John the Divine, Sandylands, this Sunday, December 8: 8am Holy Communion, 10.30am Parish Communion, 4pm Parade Christingle and Toy Service.


Following a very successful evening of entertainment by The Travelling Theatre Company, Middleton Parish Council hopes to offer another production in the future. My Brilliant Divorce was lighthearted and thoroughly enjoyable, having the audience laughing many times.

The Christmas Fair will take place on Saturday, December 14, between 2pm and 4pm. A tombola collection will take place this Sunday, December 8. If villagers have any goods to donate please leave them visible where they will be collected between 1pm and 3pm.

St Helen’s Church services will be held in the Memorial Hall, Overton, until the roof repair has been completed. This Sunday, the second Sunday in Advent, December 8, at 10.45am, there will be the Eucharist Service and Junior Church. Join members for fellowship and refreshments after the service. On Sunday, December 15, a Morning Service will not be held.

Sunderland Point Mission will hold a Carol Service on Sunday, December 15, at 2pm. Mince pies and drink in the reading room after.

Items for the local food bank always welcome, especially approaching Christmas.

The Overton Players will proudly present Snow White at Overton Memorial Hall on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, December 12, 13 and 14. On Saturday there will also be a matinee performance. Doors open at 7pm, curtain up at 7.30pm, and 1.30pm for a 2pm start on Saturday afternoon.

Tickets are £5 adults, £2.50 children, and can be purchased from The Globe, The Ship and The Memorial Hall on Wednesday between 2pm and 3pm. There will be a licenced bar and raffle.


Father Christmas will be travelling around Bolton-le-Sands to see all the children in the north of the village this Saturday, December 7, continuing south and The Keys Hotel on Sunday, December 8.

Pupils of The Alysia Gilda School of Dance will be performing to classic Christmas music, and family and friends are invited this Saturday, December 7, to attend their children’s dance session. From Monday, December 9, the dance school sessions are open to the public. Please telephone 822207 for an invitation. The adult groups are looking forward to the end of term parties.

The school is preparing for Dance Crazy at The Grand Theatre, Lancaster, on Sunday, January 26, at 3pm. 

The funds raised are in support of the theatre’s New Spaces Project and tickets are £6.50 available online/booking office telephone 01524 64695.

The spring term starts on Monday, January 6. Visit one of the many classes offered for ages three years to 93 years and feel the benefits dance has on the mind and body.

This Saturday, December 7, the local singing group The Ladies of Note, accompanied by their leader Kate Thompson, will present an evening of Christmas music including new compositions, old favourites and humorous items at Ashton Hall, George Street, Lancaster, starting at 7.30pm. Also appearing on the programme is well-known Lancaster organist Andy Plowman who will have solo spots during the evening. Tickets are £5 from choir members or can be purchased on the door. Accompanied school children under 15 years free. Enquiries 01524 824820.


The United Reformed Church is hosting Morecambe Brass Band in concert in St Luke’s Church at 6.30pm for 7pm performance this Sunday, December 8. There will be a welcome drink and mince pie before the concert. It will be followed by a festive candle lit supper and carols in the church hall. The cost is £15 for adults and £7 for children, with tickets being available from members of the United Reformed Church. Anyone who wishes only to attend the concert can give a donation at the door.

Urban Saints, the youth group, will run the next community coffee morning this Saturday, December 7, from 10am to noon, in the memorial hall. The group is currently raising funds so some members can travel to Mexico at Easter to help build houses for homeless people. Socialise at the coffee morning, buy gifts from the multitude of stalls that are expected to be there and in addition learn how the youth of the village are planning to relieve social deprivation in another part of the world.

The sheep have been re-introduced into the village.

These knitted sheep can be found in public buildings and commercial premises.

They are all named and there is a competition, with prizes, to discover where they all are.

The sheep will be rounded up and returned to St Luke’s Church for the Carol Service on Sunday, December 15, at 11.15am, to which everyone is invited, when the winners will be announced.

The competition has no age limit. Competition forms will be available in school, church and the memorial hall. Contact Jonathan Dixon 01524 824029 or Heather Wakelin 01524 822680.


A Children’s Christmas Party will be held at the Railway Club on Sunday, December 15, 2pm to 5pm. Entry by ticket only £3 per child. Fancy dress optional with a prize for best girl and best boy. Tickets from Gail Brown on 01524 730852.

Gail wishes to thank all who attended the Help for Heroes charity night at the Railway Club which raised £416. Special thanks to Tommy J and the Midnights for the great entertainment and to those who donated raffle prizes, and Gail wishes Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone.

Bookings are already being taken for the Brief Encounter Special to Edinburgh (diesel hauled) on Saturday, October 25, 2014. An outward bound train will take the beautiful line from Carnforth to Leeds before heading north to join the East Coast main line passing through York and Newcastle. After travelling over the famous border bridge at Berwick the route will run along the coast and into Edinburgh Waverley for a three hour stay. The train will depart Carnforth at 7.30am arriving back at 8pm. Tickets for adults £69, children 15 years and under £20, family (2+2) £165, telephone 01524 735165.

Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School will be hosting its Christmas Fair this Saturday, December 7, from 11am to 2pm. There will be a variety of stalls, a tombola and a visit by Father Christmas.

Carnforth Rotary Club will be running its Father Christmas Sleigh each evening from Saturday, December 7, until Friday, December 20, starting at 6pm. The sleigh will be at Bolton-le-Sands north on December 7; December 8 Bolton-le-Sands south; December 9 Carnforth Brow and Carnforth south; December 10 Slyne-with-Hest; December 11 Mill Head and Warton west; December 13 Crag Bank; December 14 Halton; December 15 Hest Bank; December 16 Over Kellet and Nether Kellet; December 17 Carnforth Council Estate; December 18 Silverdale; December 19 Burton-in-Lonsdale and December 20 Warton. Carnforth Rotarians would like to thank Mitsubishi Norjak for the loan of the sleigh towing vehicle and George Speights of Lancaster for providing tangerines to give to local children.

A Christmas Tree Festival is being held at Carnforth Station Heritage Centre’s Furness and Midland Hall from 10am to 4pm on Saturday, December 14. There will be a visit from Father Christmas and Bay Models are sponsoring the famous G Whizz Christmas Model Railway.

Members and visitors at the Railway Correspondence and Travel Society meeting in November were entertained by Peter Skellon’s programme Getting Bahamas Back on the Line. Ivor Warburton, former BR InterCity director, will present UK To China And Back at the next meeting on Friday, December 6, at the County Hotel, Carnforth, at 7.30pm.