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Miss Teen Morecambe, Amie Lavercombe, opens the West End School Summer Fair and keeps smiling despite the bad weather.
Miss Teen Morecambe, Amie Lavercombe, opens the West End School Summer Fair and keeps smiling despite the bad weather.
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This week’s Community Beat


Morecambe Christian Spiritualist Church meets at the Rainbow Centre, Clarence Street. This Sunday, July 27, at 6.30pm, the speaker will be Pam Catlow from Heysham. Call 01524 832919 or 824304.

On Sunday, Morecambe Rambling Club walked in the Langdales. The A party, led by John Ashall, walked from the New Dungeon Ghyll to Stool End Farm, the Band, the Climbers’ Traverse and the Great Slab to Bowfell, the Three Tarns, over Crinkle Crags, down Brownie Ghyll and back to the New Dungeon Ghyll.

Party B, led by Brian Lloyd, also walked from the New Dungeon Ghyll, to the Old Dungeon Ghyll, Stool End Farm, the Band, Bowfell and back to the New Dungeon Ghyll.

The C party, led by Molly Keighley, walked from Ambleside to Rothay Park, Loughrigg Terrace, Skelwith Bridge, Elterwater, Chapel Stile, Oak Howe and finished at New Dungeon Ghyll.

The group’s next walks will be on Sunday, August 3, in the Patterdale area, further information available from Mrs Pat Emerson on 01524 410702.

A guided walk based around the theme of sin and salvation in Victorian Morecambe will start from outside the Winter Gardens at 2pm this Saturday, July 26. The walk will visit the sites of places of worship and past pleasure palaces including both the Victoria Pavilion and Albert Hall. Places on the walk are priced £3 per person. For further details contact the tour guide Peter Wade on 01524 420905.


This evening, Tuesday, July 22, at 7.30pm, a meeting of the Morecambe and Lancaster Branch of the Royal Air Forces Association will take place at Bare Village Club. John Rogan from Morecambe Library with give a talk on researching family history entitled What is your Name? The event is free and open to all.

Rev Charles Makonde will lead the 10.30am Morning Service at Bare Methodist Church, Seaborn Road, this Sunday, July 27.

This Sunday, July 27, at Christ Church (United Reformed), Broadway, the 10am Morning Worship service will be conducted by Rev Eileen Sambrooks.

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


On Sunday, July 27, at Torrisholme Methodist Church, Morning Worship at 10.30am will be led by Rev Geoff Lear. Good News Trust’s local mobile library will be in attendance. Evening Worship at 6.30pm will be led by Rev Eddie Sykes and will include Holy Communion.

Services at the Ascension Church this Sunday, July 27, the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time: 8am Said Eucharist, 11am Sung Eucharist, both led by Fr Chris who is the contact on 01524 413144 for weddings, baptisms, funerals and any pastoral matter. Midweek services, all Said Eucharists, are held on Tuesdays at 7pm and on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10am. The church holds a weekly coffee morning on Saturdays from 10am to noon in the lounge. The friendly regulars would love to see some new faces.

The Ascension hall complex is now taking bookings for September and for 2015. Do you need a new venue? There are plenty of slots available especially in the lounge, a comfortable room seating up to 65 with a loop system and pull-down screen. Telephone Alan on 01524 419174 to discuss requirements, arrange viewings and make bookings. Children’s parties always welcome, especially at weekends.


St Martin’s Church Centre, opposite Lidl Supermarket, is the venue for coffee every Saturday from 10am to 11.30am when hosts John and Pat Farling welcome everyone for a chat and a chance to discover more about this local church.

Services this week at St Martin’s Church, Westgate’s only church, are Said Eucharist at 10am on Thursday, July 24, and Sung Eucharist at 9.30am on Sunday, July 27, the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time.

These services are led by Fr Chris, Vicar of Torrisholme, who is 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. There is currently availability on Friday evenings and on Sundays from 1pm. Children’s parties always welcome.


Sefton Road United Reformed Church holds its Shoppers’ Fellowship every Wednesday at 10am, and this Wednesday, July 23, the speaker will be Malcolm Smith. On Sunday, July 27, Family Worship at 10.30am will be conducted by minister Rev Graham Maskery. Join members at the friendly church on Sefton Road.

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.

Speaker at the Temple of Light Spiritualist Church on West End Road this Saturday, July 26, will be Hazel Side from Radcliffe, with the service starting at 7.30pm.

Jackie Taylor from Bolton will be the speaker on Sunday, July 27, at 2.30pm. Both mediums will give a short talk on their understanding of the Philosophy of Spiritualism before giving a demonstration of their mediumship.

At the church on Wednesdays at 2.30pm there is the Healing Service and at 7.30pm the Open Circle attended by local mediums. Tuesday afternoons is the Temple Bright Hour discussion group, with an interesting caring, sharing time, with prayers and meditation. Local mediums are in attendance. The church is wheelchair friendly and has disabled facilities.

Galloway’s Society for the Blind is urgently requesting good quality clothes and home-baked cakes for an event coming up to raise funds for the Morecambe based charity. Its annual coffee morning at Silverdale’s Gaskell Hall will be held this Saturday, July 26, and any cakes or clothes can be left at Galloway’s Balmoral Road centre this week. Telephone 01524 414846 for more details.

On Sunday, August 3, St Barnabas Church, Regent Road, will be holding a Service of Commemoration of the outbreak of World War One, at 2pm, with the laying of a wreath by the Mayor of Lancaster and attended by David Morris MP. This has been inspired following the discovery of a forgotten WW1 Memorial which is fixed to the wall of West End Primary School on Westminster Road. This memorial was unveiled on Saturday, February 3, 1923, by the headteacher Mr Hodgkinson, who had fought himself and had survived. It would seem this became neglected and forgotten with the erection on the Cenotaph.

The memorial commemorates the boys of the school from the Morecambe and Sandylands area who fought and died. The youngest was just 16.

They are Harrison Bailey of Regent Road, Stanley Bates of Claremont Road, Harold Carter and Harry Riley of Albert Road, William Kershaw of Hampton Road, William Newell of Westminster Road, John Nuttall of Springfield Street, Thomas Parker of Gardner Road and James Carter.

A small exhibition regarding these men will be in church, but West End Primary School will be working on this in greater detail in the autumn term to be unveiled in time for Remembrance Sunday.

It is hoped a great many of the West End and Sandylands residents will attend this service to remember local heroes. If anyone recognises the names or has further information please email or telephone 01524 415216. In those unforgettable words, on Sunday, August 3 – we will remember them.

The 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, Friday noon and Saturday 10am. The service times are also on For any enquiries about baptisms, weddings, funerals or hire of the parish centre please contact Fr Tom on telephone 01524 415216.


Prayer Meetings are held on Tuesdays at 7.30pm at the Nazarene Church, Knowlys Road, followed by refreshments, and on Wednesdays from 10am to noon there is a coffee morning.

This Sunday, July 27, the speakers will be Andrey and Svetlana Khobnya, with communion followed by buffet.

This Sunday, July 20, Parish Communion will be held at St Peter’s Church at 9.30am, followed at 6.30pm there by a Service of Evensong. At St James at 11am there will be a Service of Morning Prayer.


This Sunday, July 27, St Helen’s Church will hold a Eucharist Service 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.

The next service at the Sunderland Point Mission will be held on Sunday, August 10, at 2.30pm.

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

Fair Trade produce available each Sunday, also a collection basket for the local Food Bank in church. Tinned and dried goods appreciated.


At the meeting of the Over 60s Club in mid-July Marjorie Bainbridge won the games of whist with Margaret Western and Nancy Rolston sharing joint second place. At the same meeting Betty Rawsthorne won the games of dominoes whilst June Gardner gained second place, Pat Jenkinson was into third and Ruth Staveley fourth. The club is due to meet on the penultimate Monday of July then take a summer break until September.

Audrey Eaton won the games of dominoes at the meeting of the Equipment Fund in mid-July with Pat Jenkinson second and Sheila Makenson third. Simultaneously, Marie Anderson won the games of whist while second place was nabbed by Colin Nuttall with Marian Coates third, Chris Jones fourth and Tony Jackson fifth. The high halves were taken Doris Alderson and Margaret Eccles.

The next meeting of the Equipment fund will be on Friday, July 25. This will be the last meeting until September.

The memorial hall will be open for the community coffee morning on Saturday, August 2, from 10am to noon, and the following day, Sunday, August 3, for the Fuchsia Show. It will also be open on Saturday, August 23, for the Horticultural Society Summer Show. Otherwise the hall is effectively closed for August and will open early in September. This is for work to be undertaken on the hall namely the installation of a new central heating boiler, internal cladding, insulation of the ceiling of the main hall and LED energy saving lighting.

This Sunday, July 27, at 2pm, there will be a public meeting at the Christadelphian Meeting Room, Main Road, A6, Slyne, when Rob Capper will speak on the subject The Return of Christ. All welcome, refreshments at the conclusion of the meeting,

For information of the Little Lambs, the baby and toddler group, held on Mondays at the meeting room, please contact Kate on 07739 031739.


Bolton-le-Sands Art Society will hold its annual art exhibition at St Mary’s Hall, Main Road, from this Thursday, July 24, to Sunday, July 27, open from 10am to 6pm daily, closing at 4pm on the Sunday. The event will include refreshments, a raffle and an art exhibition by the local primary school.

Bexley Phoenix Choir, a vibrant young choir from South East London, will be giving a concert in Holy Trinity Church, Bolton-le-Sands, on Saturday, August 9, at 7.30pm, with a varied programme of sacred and secular music. Tickets including refreshments are £7, children under 16 free, available from Ian Entwistle on 01524 824504 or on the door.

During the month of August, Holy Trinity Church, Bolton-le-Sands, will feature a prayer tree to commemorate the start of World War One.

There will be poppies for people to write on the names of family members who served in the war and to hang on the tree.

There will also be a file for any diaries, letters or photos people may have of family members which they would like to share.

Church will be open during the day for anyone to contribute to the tree and to quietly reflect on the stories and the significance of the centenary of World War One.


Carnforth Station Heritage Centre is hosting Ghost Hunt at the Station this Saturday, July 26, from 9pm to 3am. Tickets can be purchased from the Gift Shop on 01524 735894.

On Saturday, August 2, Art on Platform 1 will take place at Carnforth Station Heritage Centre with local artists exhibiting their work, from 10am to 4pm.

A Children’s Party will be held at the Railway Club, Carnforth, on Bank Holiday Sunday, August 24, from 3pm to 6pm.

Tickets are priced at £2.50 per child and the event will include games and a tea party. Fancy dress optional, with a prize for the best boy and best girl.

Entry by ticket only, which are limited and can be obtained from Gail on 01524 730852.


Warton and District Bowling Club is holding a coffee morning in the church hall this Saturday, July 26, from 10am to noon, and admission will be £1 for adults including coffee and biscuits. There will be bric-a-brac, books and cake stalls, a tombola and raffle. All welcome.

The July meeting of Warton Crag Women’s Institute was treated to a lively and entertaining exercise session of Feel Good Music with Alysia Gilda from the Alysia Gilda School of Dance. The next meeting of the group will be held on Thursday, September 18, with a talk entitled Morecambe Bay Under the Sea, with Gordon Fletcher. New members welcome. Contact Hilary on 01524 730533 for details.