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Bay Fit trainers and participants of a sponsored boot camp to raise funds for local charity Unique Kidz & Co. The event raised �4,000.
Bay Fit trainers and participants of a sponsored boot camp to raise funds for local charity Unique Kidz & Co. The event raised �4,000.

This week’s Community Beat news.


The Ladies Friendship Group is now settled into the 2014/15 programme and members have enjoyed talks and slide shows as well as two social events. The Bare Witness Choir was very well received in April with Music from the Musicals and Echoes through Time was an excellent talk on Preston and the Guild Walks using postcards almost 100 years old.

More lighthearted was the St George’s Day fun afternoon and the group’s birthday luncheon, held recently at the Clarendon Hotel, after which Mrs McIntyre gave a very amusing talk on her life working on board a cruise ship. Last week Major Watkins gave an extremely interesting talk into the work of the Salvation Army, past and present.

The group has a very varied programme of talks, lunches and outings, as well as more relaxed and informal afternoons. If any ladies are interested in joining please contact the secretary Mrs V Smith, 01524 414807, who would be delighted to provide more information. The group meets in St Mary’s Hall most Wednesday afternoons. All ladies welcome to become part of this very friendly group.

Morecambe Christian Spiritualist Church meets at the Rainbow Centre, Clarence Street. This Sunday, May 25, the speaker at 6.30pm will be Lynda Wane from St Annes. Further information available from 01524 832919 or 824304.


This Sunday, May 25, at Christ Church (United Reformed), Broadway, the 10am Morning Worship will be conducted by Rev Richard Church,

Keith Tattersall will lead the Morning Service at 10.30am this Sunday, May 25, at Bare Methodist Church, Seaborn Road. On Tuesday, May 27, the 10am coffee morning for church funds will be hosted by the Boys’ Brigade.

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

Members of Christ Church will give a talk tomorrow, Wednesday, May 21, at 7pm, following a recent visit to Cairo to visit His Grace, Bishop Thomas of the Coptic Church and other Embrace the Middle East projects. The talk will be held in the small hall, starting at 7pm. Refreshments will be available.

Morecambe Bay Movie Makers held their first monthly summer meeting on May 12 in the Owl’s Nest, Bare. A presentation of trophies and certificates was made for the club’s competitions held during the last 12 months, to those who were unable to attend the recent presentation dinner. Twenty members attended, enjoying a social evening plus the planning summer events and film projects.


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.

Midweek services at the Ascension Church, all Said Eucharists, are held on Tuesdays at 7pm, and on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10am. These services are led by Fr Chris who is the contact on 01524 413144 for weddings, baptisms, funerals or any pastoral matter. Visit the church website at

Services at the Ascension Church this Sunday, May 25, Easter 6: 8am Said Eucharist with Fr Chris, 11am Sung Eucharist when the celebrant and preacher will be the Rt Rev John Goddard, Bishop of Burnley.

During this service Bishop John will consecrate a new altar for the Chapel of the Annunciation recently created within the Ascension Church. The altar has been given in memory of the late Clive Holt, a long-standing parishioner.

The Ascension Church complex has rooms for hire, especially the lounge, at competitive rates. The lounge can seat up to 70 people, has facilities for the disabled including a loop system, a pull-down screen and a kitchen alongside.

Contact Alan on 01524 419174 for more information or to make bookings. Children’s parties are always welcome, especially at weekends.

The latest meeting of the Morecambe and Heysham Recorded Music Society was a members’ choice evening, with 30 members present. During the first half of the evening the music ranged from Verdi’s march from Aida and Paganini’s second violin sonata to Gershwin’s Summertime and George Formby’s Mr Woo. The second half began with a composition by one of the members followed by a wide range of musical choices including the theme from West Side Story, Tchaikovsky’s Waltz of the Flowers and a sea-shanty from Lancaster’s Sea Festival.

When the society meets tomorrow, Wednesday, May 21, the programme will be prepared and presented by Ian Drummond. All are welcome to the Ascension vestry for a 7.30pm start.

The next meeting of the Morecambe Breathe Easy Group will be held in the vestry of the Church of Ascension tomorrow, Wednesday, May 21, at 2pm. Anyone with breathing problems is invited to attend.

The Church of the Ascension Rambling Club’s next walks from the summer programme will be on a half day, finishing at Staveley, this Saturday, May 24.

The A walk, led by Linda Mills, will start from the railway crossing just before Staveley, following the Dalesway to cross the River Kent at Hagg Foot before ascending to Ghyll Pool, Potter Tarn and Gurnall Dubs then into the Taggleshaw Nature Reserve and on to the open fell, passing Middle and High Taggleshaw tarns before turning to ascend Brunt Knott at 1,400 feet and back to Staveley via Brunt Knott Farm, Littlewood Farm and Barley Bridge, about eight miles.

The B walk, led by Karen Dixon, will start from the A591 heading down to the River Kent through the village of Bowston. The group will follow the Dalesway before crossing fields to Braban House and on to the bridleway up to Ghyll Pool and Potter Tarn. The walkers then descend down to Frost Hole and back up to Little Wood Farm and then down to Barley Bridge and into Staveley. The main climb is up to Potter Tarn and undulating. The highest point is 820 feet, lots of stiles and about seven miles.

Andrew Lean will lead the C walk, starting at Plantation Bridge on the A591, proceeding by a riverside path to Staveley via Cowan Bridge, then path and tracks to Side House and Birkfield and lanes to Littlewood Farm, Scroggs Farm and Scroggs Bridge to Sunnybank, to Wilf’s Cafe and/or the Brewery Tap or choice of pubs. Under five miles, undulating and 300 feet approximately with very few stiles.

Pick-up time is noon from the Church of the Ascension, Torrisholme. Guests and new members always welcome contact Colette Follett on 07837 273707. Download a copy of the new summer programme from


Sefton Road United Reformed Church holds a Shoppers Fellowship every Wednesday at 10am. This Sunday, May 25, Family Worship at 10.30am will be conducted by Rev Graham Maskery. David Tattersall will have been organist at Sefton Road Church for 30 years, and on Saturday, June 7, he will be giving an Organ Recital, starting at 7.30pm, tickets £5 or pay on the door.

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. This Sunday, May 25, members continue a series in Paul’s letter to the Philippian Church, a letter about joy, contentment and most of all, Jesus. A lunch will be shared after the meeting and everyone is welcome.

St Barnabas Church, Regent Road, is looking for new choristers, adults and children, to sing at Sunday services. For more details please contact the Choirmaster Stephen Schofield. Choir practice is every Tuesday at 7pm in the Vestry (Chatsworth Road door).

The church service times this week are – Sunday: 8.30am Mass, 10am Sung Mass, 6pm Evening Prayer; weekday Low Mass: Monday 7pm, Thursday 11am and Friday noon. All welcome.

The charity shop opens from 10am to 1pm, Monday to Thursday, in the parish centre, and donated items can be left in the shop. The service times are also on the web site For enquiries about baptisms, weddings, funerals and hire of the parish centre please contact Fr Tom on 01524 415216.

The Temple of Light Spiritualist Church, West End Road, will welcome two mediums this weekend, Helen Taylor from Blackpool will speak at 7.30pm this Saturday, May 24, and Pam Catlow will conduct the Divine Service on Sunday, May 25, at 2.30pm. Both mediums will give a short talk on their understanding of spiritualism and a demonstration of their mediumship. On Tuesdays at 2.30pm there is the Bright Hour and Wednesdays is the Healing Circle at 2.30pm and at 7.30pm the Open Circle run by local mediums.

The church has disabled facilities and is wheelchair friendly. Everyone most welcome to all of the services.


Families@5 resumes at St Martin’s Church centre, next to the William Mitchell, tomorrow, Wednesday, May 21. Young families are invited to meet at 5pm for food, craft and fun activities.

St Martin’s Church meeting room is the local Polling Station this Thursday, May 22, from 7am to 1pm – voters should use the main door of the church. The 10am Eucharist and the afternoon meeting of the Over 55s Club will take place as normal.

Services at St Martin’s Church, Westgate’s only church, are Said Eucharist at 10am on Thursdays and Sung Eucharist on Sundays at 9.30am when Junior Church also meets. These services are led by Fr Chris, Vicar of Torrisholme, who is also the contact on 01524 413144 for weddings, baptisms, funerals or any pastoral matter. Enquiries regarding hire of the centre should be addressed to Alan on 01524 419174.


This Sunday, May 25, there will be a service of Holy Communion at St Peter’s at 9.30am and a service of Morning Prayer (Common Worship) at 11am. There will also be a service of Holy Communion at St James at 11am.

Mrs Denise Scholes will lead the monthly Family Service at Wesley Methodist Church this Sunday, May 25, at 10.30am. There will not be a service at Wesley at 6.30pm as there is to be a circuit Easter Offering Service at Torrisholme Methodist Church when the preacher will be the Rev Terry Young from Darwen.


Middleton Parish Council will present Happy Jack, performed by the Travelling Theatre Company, at Middleton Village Hall this Friday, May 23. The performance begins at 7.30pm with entry of £5 payable at the door. Everybody welcome for a very enjoyable evening

Everyone is cordially invited to St Helen’s Church, Overton, this Sunday, May 25, at 10.45am, to celebrate the Patronal Festival.

There will be a Bring and Share Lunch after the service and Fairtrade goods will be on sale.

Friends of St Helen’s please note that the May meeting has had to be cancelled.


This Sunday, May 25, at 2pm, there will be a public meeting at the Christadelphian Meeting Room, Main Road, A6, Slyne, when Andy Bradshaw will speak on the subject The Bible Teaching about Death and Hell. All welcome with refreshments at the conclusion of the meeting,

The Little Lambs group will not meet on Monday, May 26. Further information from Kate on 07739 031739.

People walking along the towpath have seen the swans and the moorhens nesting in close proximity. The moorhens hatched their brood of two chicks some weeks ago. On the third Saturday of May the family of swans, with 10 cygnets, were seen between Hatlex Lane bridge and the A6 bridge. This is the largest brood of swans seen on this section of canal for the last five or even 10 years.

At the meeting of the Over 60s Club on the second Monday of May, Ruth Staveley won the games of whist with Eva Steel second. Joan Hunter won the games of dominoes with Sheila Makenson second and Audrey Eaton third. The next meeting will be held on Monday, June 2, at 2pm, in the memorial hall.

At the second meeting of the Equipment Fund in May, Audrey Eaton won the games of dominoes, with Sheila Makenson second and Cynthia Dickenson third.

At the same meeting Mavis Goth gained first place in the games of whist, George Metcalfe made second whilst new players Tony and Sylvia Strandrell strode into joint third place. The next meeting will be held on Friday, June 6, starting at 7.15pm, though the doors will be open from 6.45pm.


On May 13, Bolton-le-Sands WI met in the community centre and before the meeting proper members were introduced to Debra Huckle from the Volunteer Police Cadets who works with troubled teenagers.

The meeting then got under way with lots of birthdays wishes and a Golden Wedding Anniversary for Kath and Derek Ion. The feedback from the group meeting was good and a competition hat decorated by Jane Pullen and Myra Weir was on display for all to admire.

Shirley Thornton sent thanks for the invitation to the craft day, which was a great success.

Secretary Jean Dennis read out the resolution which calls for more organ donations and encourages families and friends to talk openly about the subject. Following a short debate the vote was taken and the resolution passed.

Gala Day will be held on Saturday, June 7, and bakers are needed for the WI cake stall.

The interest groups gave reports starting with Patience Cooper, from the new Nature and Wildlife Group, who stated a further outing is planned for June in Williamson Park, more details at the next meeting. Joan Baker asked for more names if the proposed trip to Townley Hall and Boundary Mills is to go ahead.

Judith Spotswood thanked everybody for their support for craft day, which had been splendid.

A further craft day is planned for Tuesday, October 21, with a Christmas theme. The next priority is contributors to the WI Show at Garstang on September 24/26.

Jean Bayliss gave her usual amusing report on the Walking Group which goes from strength to strength. All walks are on a Saturday following the WI meeting.

The WI is planning a First World War Centenary Quilt, made up of patches embroidered with the name of any family member or loved one who gave their life in the Great War. The various patches will then be sown together by a WI member in Lutterworth.

Speaker, Stephen Watson, described himself as an origami nerd, and gave a highly amusing and entertaining talk and through his expert help all members successfully made a box – no glue, no scissors, just folding.

The vote of thanks was given by Pauline Sterritt and the competition, for a hand-made card, was won by Jane Pullen.