Community Beat

At Nether Kellet Field Day David Morris, M. P. found himself chained to railings by W. I. members who had just won the adult fancy dress competition dressed as Suffragettes.
At Nether Kellet Field Day David Morris, M. P. found himself chained to railings by W. I. members who had just won the adult fancy dress competition dressed as Suffragettes.

This week’s Community Beat.


Advance notice that the Rainbow Centre, Clarence Street, registered charity 223933, will be holding its annual meeting on Thursday, July 24, at 1.30pm. All welcome.

Morecambe Christian Spiritualist Church meets at the Rainbow Centre, Clarence Street. This Sunday, June 29, at 6.30pm, the speaker will be Ron Coey from St Annes. Further information available from 01524 832919 and 824304.

A guided walk, Echoes of Art Deco, starts from outside The Platform at 2pm this Saturday, June 28. The walk begins and ends with the iconic Midland Hotel and takes in buildings from Morecambe’s 1930s heyday. Places on the walk are priced £3 per person. For further information contact the tour guide Peter Wade, telephone 01524 420905.


This Sunday, June 29, the Holy Family Communion Service at 10am at Christ Church (United Reformed), Broadway, will be conducted by Rev Terry Middleditch.

The K Shoes Male Voice Choir will give a concert this Thursday, June 26, at 7.30pm, at Bare Methodist Church, Seaborn Road.

This Sunday, June 29, Morning Service at 10.30am will be led by Frank Picken.

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

Lancaster and Morecambe Welsh Society met for its last session before the summer break, enjoying an afternoon strawberry tea in the council room at St Christopher’s Church. This was a relaxing occasion allowing members to mingle. Deborah Lovett thanked members for attending, stating the next meeting will be held on Friday, September 12, when Pat Ascroft will give a presentation about Gibraltar.

Bare and District WI will be having a coffee morning at the Platform on Thursday, June 26, 10am until mid day, free admission. There will be scones, coffee, tea ,cake stall jams and chutneys and marmalade. There is also a book stall, plant stall, crafts, nearly new clothes, and bag a bottle,


This Sunday, June 29, at Torrisholme Methodist Church, Morning Worship at 10.30am will be led by Alison Brophy. The Good News Trust’s local library service will be available, free of charge, during the refreshments after the service. The Evening Worship at 6.30pm will be led by Rev Charles Makonde.

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.

Over the weekend of July 19 and 20 the Ascension Church is planning a Family Weekend, a celebration of community life. On Saturday, July 19, there will be two sponsored walks, three miles and nine miles, sponsorship forms available from Jenny on 01524 423992; and on the Saturday evening from 6.30pm, a Family Fun Night will include music with the High Society Jazz Band, a team quiz, a hog roast and a licensed bar. Tickets £8 including supper, children free.

On Sunday, July 20, at 11am, an All-Age Eucharist will include Junior Church Gift Day, and at 2pm at the Vicarage a garden party will include crafts, charity stalls, the Salvation Army Band, traditional games and afternoon teas. Tickets £3 including cream tea, children free.

All tickets are available after any church service or from Fr Chris on 01524 413144 or Alan on 419174. Proceeds will support the on-going organ appeal.

This Friday, June 27, Thorpe View Day Centre is hosting a coffee morning in the Ascension Church lounge, assisted by members of the church, from 10am to noon. Proceeds to be shared between St John’s Hospice and the Mosamaria Trust. All support welcome.

Services at the Ascension Church this Sunday, June 29: 8am Said Eucharist, 11am Sung Eucharist, celebrating the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul. The latter service will be led by Fr Phil Barbar and Fr Chris who is the contact on 01524 413144 for weddings, baptisms, funerals or any pastoral matter. Enquiries concerning the Ascension hall complex should be addressed to Alan on 01524 419174.

On Sunday a group of Morecambe Camera Club members met for a photo shoot of the Kite Festival in Morecambe. There were kites of all shapes and form, with perfect weather conditions making for a great show. Visits were made to the other attractions that made up the festival which was enjoyed by all and attracted a good crowd. The next organised photo shoot is the Vintage Festival in September but members have agreed to arrange photo visits in small groups to further their hobby. The results of the summer photo shots will feature in an AV meeting during the club’s new season which starts in October.

For further details of the club please contact Roger Gittins on 01524 420480 or visit the website at The club meets at the Church of the Ascension vestry.

Eric Morecambe House, Harrow Grove, took part in the National Care Homes Open Day on June 20, with lots of interesting activities and refreshments throughout the day.


Services at St Martin’s Church Centre, Westgate’s only church, are held regularly, on Thursdays at 10am and on Sundays at 9.30am. The Thursday service is a Said Eucharist lasting about 30 minutes. This Sunday, June 29, the 9.30am service will be a Sung Eucharist celebrating the feast of Saints Peter and Paul. Junior Church will meet as normal with Bryony.

Everyone welcome. The services are led by Fr Chris, Vicar of Torrisholme, who is the contact on 01524 413144 for weddings, baptisms, funerals or any pastoral matter.

John and Pat Farling host a coffee morning at St Martin’s Church Centre every Saturday from 10am to 11.30am. A great opportunity for local people to meet and discover more about the church.

The church centre is available for hire on Friday evenings and Sundays from 1pm for children’s parties. Contact Alan on 01524 419174 for more information.


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.

Sefton Road United Reformed Church holds a Shoppers’ Fellowship every Wednesday at 10am, with coffee followed by a speaker. This Sunday, June 29, Family Worship at 10.30am will be conducted by Keith Tattersall. Advance notice that Sunday, July 6, sees the anniversary of the church. All welcome to any of the services and events.

The Armed Forces Day Service will be held at St Barnabas, Regent Road, this Saturday, June 28, at 2.30pm. Standards will be mustered at 2pm and the congregation is asked to be seated by 2.15pm. As this event is very popular it is advised people attend early to guarantee a seat. There will also be the laying up of the Burma Star Banner above the Memorial Altar.

Services at St Barnabas, Regent Road, are traditional Anglican and the service times this week are – Sunday: 8.30am Mass, Sung Mass 10am and 6pm Evening Prayer; Weekday Low Mass: Monday 7pm, Wednesday 10am Thursday 11am and Friday noon.

The charity shop opens from 10am to 1pm, Monday to Thursday, in the parish centre. Every Thursday, from 10am to 1pm, refreshments are available in the centre, so please call in. The service times are also on the web site For any enquiries about baptisms, weddings, funerals and hire of the parish centre please contact Fr Tom on 01524 415216.

Two guest mediums will visit the Temple of Light Spiritualist Church on West End Road this weekend.

This Saturday, June 28, at 7.30pm, Harry O’Dell from Carlisle will visit and this Sunday, June 29, at 2.30pm, the Divine Service, Christina Walling will be in attendance. Both mediums will give a short talk about the Philosophy of Spiritualism before giving a demonstration of mediumship.

On Tuesdays at 2.30pm there is the Bright Hour where a group discusses spiritualism and its beneficial benefit on lives. On Wednesdays, at 2.30pm, there is the Healing Circle, and at 7.30pm the Open Circle where local mediums demonstrate their mediumship.

The church is wheelchair friendly and has disabled access and facilities. All very welcome.


A Summer Fair will take place at Wesley Methodist Church this Saturday, June 28, from 2.30pm to 4.30pm. There will be toiletries, cake, pink and £1 stalls as well as a raffle and picnic hamper competition. Scones, jam and cream will be available at a cost of £3.50. Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Kambe Timboni School in Kenya which Wesley’s minister, Charles Makonde, helped to establish several years ago.

Rev Geoffrey Lear will lead an All-Age Worship service at Wesley this Sunday, June 29, at 10.30am and the preacher at 6.30pm will be Mrs Jillian Graham.

This Sunday, June 29, Parish Communion will be held at St Peter’s at 11am, followed at 3pm by a service for the Rose Queen.

Morecambe Homeless Action is holding its 20th annual meeting on Tuesday, July 15. Refreshments will be served at 7pm with the meeting starting at 7.30pm. The speaker will be Annette Smith, Manager of Morecambe Food Bank. Everyone welcome.

The group has held five executive committee meetings this year and the committee has reformed the constitution and would welcome more members.

One of the life-long members, Rita Minshull, was recommended to receive Maundy Money from the Queen at Blackburn Cathedral to recognise the excellent work she does for the community.


The Friend’s of St Helens will meet tomorrow, Wednesday, June 25, at 7.30pm, in Overton Memorial Hall when Canon Huw Thomas will give an audio visual presentation entitled A New Egypt? Everyone welcome, £2.50 including refreshments.

This Sunday, June 29, St Helen’s Church will hold a Eucharist Service and Junior Church at 10.45am. Join members for fellowship and refreshments after the service. Said Communion will be held on Thursdays at 6.30pm until further notice. St John will be celebrated.

The next service at the Sunderland Point Mission will be held on Sunday, July 6, at 2.30pm.

Contact and diary details available on, also events and gallery pictures on Friends of St Helen Church Overton Facebook page.

Fair Trade produce is available each Sunday, also a collection basket for the local Food Bank with tinned and dried goods appreciated.

The PCC will meet on Monday, July 7, at the Vicarage, at 7pm.


The outside of the memorial hall was adorned in red, white and blue bunting and the Union Flag was flying on the summer’s solstice for the exhibition of the Great War. Mavis Foster welcomed everyone to the exhibition and thanked Doreen Brookes, Heather Wakelin, Mary Pearson, Sylvia Lee, Janet Westwell, Harry Lofthouse, Helen Jones of St Luke’s Primary School and all the pupils of the school for their contributions in making the exhibition the excellent success it was. Harry Lofthouse had a special mention within the exhibition for researching all the military history and it was noted elsewhere that Helen Jones arranged the displays of the children’s work. Mavis introduced Mrs Joyce Casson who formally opened the exhibition.

Mrs Casson has a long association with the village and her family continues to farm. Two of her uncles were wounded during the Great War. Her Uncle David, who was 21 at the end of the war, sustained a blighty wound and was shipped home to recover and recuperate. He survived the war. Her Uncle Amos was wounded just before the Armistice and died from his wounds two days after Armistice Day. He, Amos Thompson, is one of the 11 names on the memorial plaque for the Great War in the hall. He was the youngest of those from the village who were killed.

Further her grandfather was the chairman of the parish council at the end of the war and he was largely instrumental in the building of the hall as a living memorial rather than a village cenotaph. Mrs Casson said it was an honour to be asked to open the exhibition, which she regarded as commemorating the heroism of the ordinary man.

Also present for the formal opening was the Mayor of Lancaster Mrs Susi Charles. The exhibition was free to visit though there were collections for both the Royal British Legion and Help for Heros.

The contributions by the pupils of the village school were themed by year group. Year 6 pupils displayed letters they had written home after the Christmas truce in 1914. Year 5 displayed pictures of the silhouette of a soldier and a cross marking a grave. This was completed with a collage of red poppies in the foreground.

Year 4 wrote solders’ poems where the two first lines and the two last lines were the same in every poem whilst the four middle lines were personal, reflecting those people who the author loved. They had also painted poppy landscapes. Several people remarked that these were very moving.

Year 3 had written letters home from the trenches. They were poignant and were signed with boys’ names common 100 years ago. They had also produced pictures of poppies using charcoal, pastel and paint. Year 2 had written letters and postcards from the front and drawn poppies.

Year 1 had drawn pictures of poppies whilst the Reception Class had made potato prints of poppies. It was a remarkable collection of work and the children reflected the grimness of conditions in their work.

There were biographies of the 11 men who died and are listed on the plague. There were biographies of 43 men who returned from the war. However, there was also a list of 21 men from the village for whom no details could be traced. There was a display of memorabilia including uniforms, a pair of leather boots, recruiting posters, an advertisement announcing the rewards for people on land spotting enemy shipping and washed up mines, medals and instructions to policemen.

There was also a display about the men who lost their lives in World War II and another display about Michael John Frear who was brought up in the village and was killed on active service in Aden in 1967 when 18-years-old.

There was a separate display about women at war that covered the home, farming and the factory.

This was a fascinating and informative exhibition about a time when there were only a fraction of the houses in the village that there are today. The map of the parish dated 1914 showed the two distinct villages of Slyne and Hest Bank separated by fields. A contemporaneous press report for the opening of the memorial hall describes it “stands on land between the two villages”.

It was a joy to visit and learn about life 100 years ago. Congratulations and thanks are due to those people who devoted time and effort to make this the success it was. It is not only those people thanked by Mavis Foster in her introduction but also to Mavis herself. She conceived the idea and brought it to fruition. She emphasised that it was a joint exhibition by the parish council, the history group and the school.

At the second meeting of the Over 60s Club in June, Isa Gibson won the games of whist with Doreen Spencer coming second and Sylvia Standrell third. The games of dominoes were won by June Gardner with Jean Uttley taking second place and Ada Phillips third. The next meting will beheld on Monday, June 30, at 2pm in the memorial hall.

The United Reformed Church held a strawberry tea at Stout House on the fourth Sunday of June. About 100 people participated in the event, which provided a good opportunity to socialise as well as enjoy the tea.

The June meeting of the parish council decided to defer discussion about the proposal to build 12,000 houses in the district. Councillors will attend one on the exhibitions in the hope of better understanding the range of proposals and their potential impact on the village. The discussion will be held at the July meeting of the parish council, which will be held on Monday, July 21, at 7.30pm in the memorial hall. There will be an open forum at the start of the meeting so villagers who wish to put their perspective to the council will be able to do so at that time.

The parish council is receiving numerous complaints about overhanging hedges and trees. The parish council does not have any powers, other than persuasion, to resolve such issues. Swifter resolution of these issues would probably be achieved if the person who is aggrieved discussed it amicably with the landowner. If this fails Lancaster City Council does have authority to raise the concern with the landowner but the process is tediously slow. Similarly the state of repair of the roads is the responsibility of Lancashire County Council and street cleaning the responsibility of Lancaster City Council.

The parish council continues to chase the contractor that undertook the work on the recreation field to complete the project.

At the meeting the parish council considered an application to build two houses on the foreshore. The view that it sent to the planning committee of Lancaster City Council is that the application relates to a green field site in the green belt. Further whilst there could be an academic debate regarding whether the site is in a flood plain the experience of the storms during the last winter illustrates that it is susceptible to flooding and would probably increase the cacophony for enhanced flood defences.


The Rotary Club of Carnforth is hosting its annual Music for a Summer Evening concert at the Priory, Lancaster, this Friday, June 27, at 7.30pm. Local young musicians who took part in the annual Young Musician competition last March will be performing. Tickets cost £7 and can be purchased on the door or by contacting John Blowes Profits will be donated to the Westmorland Music Council for Tuition grants.

A Festival of Art and Fun is being held in Carnforth on Saturday, July 5, from 10am. Art stalls will be located throughout the town with live music, children’s entertainment and games.

On Saturday, July 5, Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School is hosting its annual Summer Fair from 11am to 2pm.

Local artists will be exhibiting their work on Platform One at Carnforth Station Heritage Centre from 10am to 4pm on Saturday, July 5.