Community Beat: 12/09/13

Grace Charnock (centre left) celebrating her 100th birthday and Irene Mackrell celebrating her 90th birthday with friends from St Barnabas Homebound Group at St Barnabas Church hall.
Grace Charnock (centre left) celebrating her 100th birthday and Irene Mackrell celebrating her 90th birthday with friends from St Barnabas Homebound Group at St Barnabas Church hall.

This week’s Community Beat news.


Fusion Church now meets at Christ Church, Broadway (previously at the Globe Arena) every Sunday at 6pm. Entrance via the rear of the building.

This Sunday, September 15, at 10.30am, the Morning Service at Bare Methodist Church, Seaborn Road, will be led by Peter Gorst.

The Men’s Fellowship on Tuesday, September 17, at 10am, will hear a talk by Peter Crowther on the Carnforth Heritage Centre.


The Rainbow Centre, for the over 55s, on Clarence Street, has re-opened and has a large variety of activities and courses available. New computer courses start at the beginning of October and places are limited. For more information please telephone 415502 or call in between 10am and 3pm.

Morecambe Christian Spiritualist Church meets at the Rainbow Centre, Clarence Street. This Sunday, September 15, the speaker at the 6.30pm service will be Ron Coey from St Annes. Further information from Margaret on 01524 832919 or Walter on 824304.

Services at Morecambe Parish Church this Sunday, September 15, the deadline for magazine material: 8am Holy Communion (1662), 9.50am Junior Church (memorial hall), 10am Parish Eucharist, 6.30pm Youth Worship.

A guided walk, Echoes of Art Deco, starts from outside the Platform at 11am this Sunday, September 15. The walk begins and ends with the iconic Midland Hotel and takes in other buildings from Morecambe’s 1930s heyday. This free walk is part of Morecambe’s Vintage Day and this year’s Heritage Open Days. For further details contact the tour guide Peter Wade, telephone 01524 420905.

Morecambe Town Hall opens its doors for a special free guided tour at 2.30pm this Sunday, September 15, as part of this year’s Heritage Open Days. The tour offers a rare opportunity to examine items from the civic collection including the ceremonial mace and the scroll from the College of Heralds describing Morecambe Corporation’s coat of arms. Places on the tour can be booked in advance by calling 01524 582000.

Morecambe and District HF Rambling Club walked in the Bassenthwaite area on Saturday. The A party, led by John Ashall, walked from Keswick along the Cumbria Way to Skiddaw House, Great Calva, Hause Gill, Orthwaite and into Bassenthwaite.

The B party, led by Pat Emerson, walked from Keswick along the Cumbria Way to Skiddaw House, Dash Falls, Peter House Farm and into Bassenthwaite.

The C party, led by Bert Simister, walked from Millbeck to Dodd Wood, Mirehouse, Scarness Bay and into Bassenthwaite.

The group’s next walks will be this Sunday, September 15, in the Threlkeld area. If you would like to join a walk telephone Mrs Pat Emerson on 01524 410702, web address

An event in aid of the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, for Macmillan Cancer Support, will be held in the memorial hall of Morecambe Parish Church on Friday, September 27, 10am to noon. The morning will include a cake sale, book sale, free blood pressure checks, diabetes and healthcare advice, craft stall and free healthcare advice from a Boots pharmacist.

The Ladies Friendship Group returned from their summer break to enjoy a demonstration given by Mrs Bown on how to decorate a special birthday cake, which was both informative and amusing. The group recently enjoyed an afternoon scenic drive in the Yorkshire Dales, followed by a delicious afternoon tea at the Watershed Mill in Settle, highly recommended by members.

The group meets in St Mary’s Hall, Matthias Street (behind Gala Bingo) most Wednesdays. Secretary Mrs V Smith, 01524 414807, would be pleased to give any information about joining.


Encore Opera will present A Feast of Music at the Ascension Church this Saturday, September 14, from 7.30pm. Tickets available from Alan on 01524 419174 priced at £6 including wine and nibbles. It will also be possible to pay at the door. All proceeds will support the work of Morecambe’s lifeboat and hovercraft.

Saturday night social dances will begin on September 28 in the Ascension’s main hall and on the last Saturday of each month thereafter. Dancing will begin at 7.30pm to 10.45pm at a cost of £5, all types of dance included.

Services at the Ascension Church this Sunday, September 15, Trinity 16: 8am Said Eucharist, 11am All-Age Eucharist involving local uniformed groups, both services led by Fr Chris. Midweek Eucharists are held at 7pm on Tuesdays, and on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10am, all with Fr Chris who is the contact for weddings, baptisms, funerals and all pastoral matters, telephone 01524 413144. For any matters relating to the halls always contact Alan on 01524 419174.

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.

Good News Trust is a national charity which runs a fleet of vehicles providing mobile Christian lending libraries, on a local basis, to regular meetings of Christian groups. Their service is free of charge.

Good News Trust delegates from England, Wales and Scotland will gather in Morecambe for their 29th annual convention. Tomorrow, Wednesday, September 11, at 7pm, the charity offers an invitation to hear a talk by the Mission Aviation Fellowship, a charity which runs a fleet of aircraft and provides pilots supporting third world aid projects. This will be held at Torrisholme Methodist Church. There will be a retiring collection for MAF. All welcome.

The first of the North Lancashire Naturalists 2013/14 winter period indoor meetings will be held at the Church of Ascension Hall at 7.30pm this Friday, September 13. There will be short talks on the Lancashire Environmental Recording Network (LERN), leaf mines and a wide variety of local wildlife slides. If you have any interesting wildlife pictures to show, please bring a pen-drive along. All welcome

An ambitious programme to include music by 26 composers, one for each letter of the alphabet, was entertainingly presented at the latest meeting of the Morecambe and Heysham Recorded Music Society by the society’s vice-chairman John Day.

With the first half of the alphabet offering ample choice of composers, especially B (for Bizet, actually), there were problems looming towards the end of the alphabet. But John did indeed manage to provide a composer and a sample of their music for every letter. In this he was ably assisted by Bernard Hough – and the internet. The result was a greater than usual variety of recordings, and included some quite unusual minimalistic and electronic music. There were, incidentally, two operatic arias played by a brass band.

The society next meets at 7.30pm on Wednesday, September 18, in the Ascension Vicarage when Anne Arkwright and Sheila Forshaw will be the presenters. All are welcome to attend.

The Church of the Ascension Rambling Club’s next walks from the summer programme will be on a half day, finishing at Dolphinholme, this Saturday, September 14.

The A walk will be led by Brian Townson starting from Dolphinholme descending through woods past Corless Mill to Street Bridge, then through fields and woodland to Foxhouses.

A short road walk will lead to Clifton Farm and Sykes Farm to cross the Oakenclough Road to open moorland following the path on to Harrisend Fell to Foxhouses Brook and descending to Lane End.

After crossing two fords the group will walk through fields to Swainhead Hall and Lower Swainhead, then on to Dolphinholme and a short road walk to the Fleece Inn, nine miles.

The B walk, led by Norma Nicholls, will be a circular from Dolphinholme, starting on the footpath between the school and church, walking down to cross the River Wyre, then crossing fields and pastureland with several stiles to Stonehead Farm before gradually climbing up on to the moorland of Harrisend Fell to join a path which skirts the lower half.

Return will be by Sykes Farm, Salisbury Farm and woodland to Street Bridge. Long sleeves and trousers are recommended as some sections have nettles and brambles, eight miles.

The C walk will be led Colette Follett, a circular starting near the school, taking the Wyre Way to Lower Swainshead and following a bridleway to Stonehead Farm, then through fields and lanes back to the start point and a short road walk to the Fleece Inn. It is undulating with a few slight inclines, five miles and some stiles.

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


New ballroom classes for complete beginners will start at St Martin’s Church Centre, Westgate, on Wednesday, September 25. The centre will open for registration at 6.30pm. Any enquires to 07946 100123.

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

Families@Five will be held at St Martin’s Church at 5pm on Wednesday, September 18. Families with children are invited to go along and enjoy crafts, Bible story, songs and a family meal. No costs involved. Children please bring your parent or carer.

Services of worship are held weekly at St Martin’s Church on Sundays at 9.30am and on Thursdays at 10am. For baptisms, weddings or funerals please contact Fr Christopher Holden on 01524 413144.


THE 100th anniversary celebrations at Stanley Road Baptist Church continue this week with the opening of an anniversary cafe and exhibition at the West End church. The church hall will be open each weekday afternoon from 2pm to 4.30pm with a wonderful display of photographs from the church, including when it was known as Olivet before the change in 1994.

This Saturday the church will be full as Steven Hewitt is confirmed as pastor of the church at an Induction Service at 3pm. Steven has been working in a student capacity for two years but the members have invited him to continue now that his studies have finished.

Steven will be leading a Communion Service on Sunday at 10.30am. There will be activities for children in SPACE and refreshments served afterwards.

Also on Sunday there will be another of the popular darts nights in the Cumberland View at 6.30pm.

Twelve members of Sefton Road Ramblers left Swirls car park last Wednesday for a walk up Helvellyn. Led by John Burns members made their way to the top via the footpath past Browncove Crags and Lower Man. The group lunched at the top while enjoying wonderful views. The return route took the party passed High crags and Comb Crags down to the path above Wythburn car park. It was then a fairly flat walk through the woods alongside Thirlmere back to the start point.

The 10 members of B party, led by Tony Marston, walked from Ambleside taking in stocks Ghyll, Roundhill and Sweden Bridge. The next walk will be in the Elterwater area of the Lake District, members to meet at Happy Mount Park at 9.30am.

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.

West End Impact is located at 4-14 Heysham Road and included in their list of events is the following. Every Tuesday morning there is a parent cafe where people can bring their toddlers and have a coffee and a chat whilst the children play in the supervised play area. Every Wednesday, 6.30pm to 8pm, the IMPACT Youth Group is held which includes various activities, snooker/pool, games, Wii on a big screen or can just be used to chill out with friends. Trips are organised such as visiting the fire station, Regent Park Studios, swimming and much more. Subs 50p, contact 01524 888929 for details.

Morecambe Community Church meets every Sunday at the IMPACT Centre from 10.30am, everyone welcome.

The Morecambe and Lancaster Branch of the Royal Air Forces Association will be holding its annual Battle of Britain Service this Sunday, September 15, at St Barnabas Church, Regent Road, at 6.30pm. Mustering of Standards will be at 6pm and the congregation is asked to be seated by 6.15pm. Light refreshments will be available after the service.

The St Barnabas Church Gilbert and Sullivan Singers will be performing HMS Pinafore on Friday, September 27, at 7.30pm. Tickets are £6 and are available from the church shop and the Lancaster and Morecambe Tourist Information offices. The St Barnabas Choir is affiliated to the Royal School of Church Music and is now recruiting boys and girls, aged eight and over, who would like to become choristers. For more details please contact the choirmaster Stephen Schofield.

Services at St Barnabas, are traditional Anglican and the service times are – Sunday: 8.30am Mass, 10am Sung Mass, 6pm Evening Prayer; Weekday Mass: Monday 7pm, Wednesday 10am, Thursday 11am and Friday noon. The charity shop opens from 10am to 2pm, Monday to Thursday, in the parish centre, so please call in. The service times are also on For any enquiries about baptisms, weddings, funerals or hire of our parish centre please contact Fr Tom on telephone 01524 415216.

Speakers at the Temple of Light Spiritualist Church on West End Road this weekend will be Jan Price and Ray Kay from Bacup who will be speaking on the Philosophy of Spiritualism and demonstrating their mediumship this Saturday, September 14, at 7.30pm, and Bob Love will visit this Sunday, September 15, at 2.30pm to conduct the Divine Service and demonstrate his mediumship.

There is the Open Circle every Wednesday at 7.30pm taken by local mediums. Mondays at 7.30pm and Wednesdays at 2.30pm there are Healing Services with Spiritualist National Union trained healers in attendance. No charge for healing just a donation for church heating. On Tuesdays at 2.30pm there is the Temple Bright Hour get together where spiritualist old and new come meet a chat with kindred minds to discuss spiritualism. All are welcome to these services, disabled access and facilities, wheelchair friendly.

Every Wednesday at 10am a Shoppers Fellowship is held at Sefton Road United Reformed Church. This Sunday, September 15, Family Worship at 10.30am will be conducted by Keith Tattersall. Everyone welcome. The next coffee morning will be held on Saturday, September 21, from 10am to 1pm.


At the last meeting of the Heysham Townswomen’s Guild members were entertained by What on Earth Four – four gentlemen with wonderful voices. The next meeting of the group will be held on Monday, September 16, at 2pm, at the Wesley Methodist Church, Middleton Road, when the speaker will be from Churchmouse Cheeses, Kirkby Lonsdale. The previous meeting saw new members joining the group and anyone interested is invited to attend, admission £1.50 including refreshments and a free raffle. A trip is being arranged to Boundary Mill in the near future.

Services at St John the Divine, Sandylands, this Sunday, September 15: 8am Holy Communion, 10.30am Parish Communion, 4pm Evensong.

The ninth annual Last Night of the Proms Concert will be held at the Platform this Friday, September 13, at 8pm, raising funds for Wesley Methodist Church. This popular event will feature the Pilling Jubilee Silver Band and well known local mezzo soprano Wendy Sharrock. Tickets are £9 obtainable from 01524 582803 or on the door.

The next Messy Church event at Wesley will be held this Saturday, September 14, from 3.30pm to 5.30pm. There will be various activities and a short act of worship followed by a tea. Children must be accompanied by an adult. There is no charge although any donations to defray expenses would be gratefully received.

Mr Paul Bowden will be the preacher at Wesley this Sunday, September 15, at 10.30am. Sunday night at Heysham at 6.30pm will feature the Bispham Parish Church Brass Band when the preacher will be Mr Bernard Vause.


Overton and District Horticultural Society’s 68th Annual Show, held on August 31, was a riot of colour.

There were 200 more entries than last year provided by 20 more exhibitors, of which a good proportion were new to the show – some new to showing.

The hall was crammed with flowers, vegetables, cookery and children’s exhibits. The photography section saw 112 entries from 17 exhibitors and almost every other section of the show had more entries than last year.

The sponsors were Ratcliffe and Bibby, Solicitors, and their practice manager Val Draycott presented the trophies at the end of the show.

John Hughes of Lancaster and Kendal Auctions was the auctioneer of produce and helped to raise almost £320 for the show’s funds and charities.

The blue ribbon for best exhibit in show went to Brian Noon of Lancaster for the top tray class of mixed vegetables.

Special awards – Westmorland and North Lancs Federation Blue Ribbon: Brian Noon; President’s Challenge Cup: John Speak; Memorial Hall Men’s Committee Cup: Lesley Casson; Harry Whiteside Cup: John Speak; Joe Knipe Cup: John Speak; Horticultural Trophy: Linda Wilson; Horticultural Cup (flowers): John Speak; Horticultural Cup (veg): Brian Noon; Mrs S Gardiner Trophy: Ann Brown; Chairman’s Ruby Cup: Hannah McDonagh; Geoffrey Knowles Cup: John Speak; Small Onion Trophy: D and R Birkett; Large Onion Trophy: Barry Goodley; Horticultural Cup (children’s): Hannah McDonagh; Edith Rose Trophy: Angela Rankin; Preserves Trophy: Kate Bargh; Photography Trophy: Margaret Taylor; Best Kept Flower Garden: Mr and Mrs Hutchinson; Best Baskets, Tubs and Containers: Mr and Mrs Hutchinson; Best Vegetable Garden: Mr and Mrs Hutchinson.


This Sunday, September 15, at 2pm, there will be a public meeting at the Christadelphian Meeting Room, Main Road, A6, Slyne, when David Evans will speak on the subject God’s answer to violence and fear. All welcome and refreshments at the conclusion of the meeting.

Little Lambs parent, baby and toddler group will meet on Monday, September 16, at the Christadelphian Meeting Room. Call Kate on 07739 031739 for further information.

The Kenyan Project workshops restarted on the first Tuesday of September with 15 ladies taking part and two visitors who popped in to the memorial hall’s Mawson Room to learn more about the work.

Although the workshops had closed for the summer the ladies had been busy making lots of delightful items, ready to be taken out by members of the group. One of the ladies celebrated her 80th birthday during the summer and still produces exquisite work. When everyone had a cup of tea or coffee they also enjoyed a piece of birthday cake as well as home-made ginger biscuits. Although this type of refreshment cannot be promised each session, there will be a warm welcome.

The Kenyan Project always has stalls at the Community Coffee Morning on the first Saturday in the month.

The craft workshops are held on the first and third Tuesday of the month in the memorial hall from 1.30pm to 3.30pm. For more information telephone Susan on 01524 823928.

For the September meeting Hest Bank Ladies enjoyed an informative talk by a specialist in asset management who provided advice about enduring power of attorney should the ladies or their spouses ail such they could not manage their own affairs and possible ways to avoid paying care costs.

Lancaster Beekeepers will be running their Honey Show on Saturday, October 12, in the memorial hall from 2pm to 4pm.

There will be free honey tasting, honey for sale and hand crafted honey and beeswax products.

Tea, coffee, home-made cakes and other refreshments will be on sale during the afternoon.

This is a competitive show with 20 classes for Lancaster Beekeepers and 16 open classes. Members of the public are welcome to enter any or all of the open classes. More details about Lancaster Beekeepers can be found at


The Friends of Carnforth Station are hosting their monthly film night on Monday, September 16, in the Furness and Midland Hall at Carnforth Station at 7.30pm. Programme details will be available from the website Admission is £3 on the door inclusive of light refreshments.

The Rotary Club of Carnforth is sponsoring a charity concert featuring the Guisborough Salvation Army Band and Carnforth Choral Society at St Oswald’s Church, Warton, on Saturday, September 21.

Tickets cost £8 on the door.


Warton held yet another successful Playfest with more than 600 attending and raising around £2,000 for the village. Well done and thanks to everyone involved.

The Children’s Society is to hold an Afternoon Tea in Warton Church Hall this Sunday, September 15, at 3.30pm.

All proceeds to the Children’s Society. Further information is available from Sue Brown on 01524 734014.

The Arnside/Silverdale AONB Landscape Trust is hosting a Welcome to Warton weekend on Saturday and Sunday, September 21 and 22, based at Archbishop Hutton’s School. Included will be an exhibition, guided walks, talks and tours, social and natural history, geology and landscape and much more. There will also be the Gardening Club garden and Craft Show and a concert by the Carnforth Choral Society.

For full details see posters in the village, AONB website or village website

A full programme of events is also available from Warton Post Office.

Warton Gardening Club meets on the second Wednesday of the month in the village hall. New members always welcome.

The next meeting of the Warton Crag WI will be held on Thursday, September 19, with a talk entitled Planning for the Future by Birchall-Blackburn Solicitors.

The competition is guess who, a school photo.

For membership details contact Hilary on 01524 730533.Warton Sports annual meeting will be held on Monday, November 4, at 8pm in the Methodist Church.

New members very welcome.