Community Beat: 15/10/13

Staff from NatWest Central promenade Morecambe, Claire Toone, Lynn Long, Margaret Dickinson and Alex Arkwright at the coffee morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support as part of the World's Biggest Coffee Morning.
Staff from NatWest Central promenade Morecambe, Claire Toone, Lynn Long, Margaret Dickinson and Alex Arkwright at the coffee morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support as part of the World's Biggest Coffee Morning.

This week’s Community Beat news.


Bare Methodist Church, Seaborn Road, will hold a Morning Service this Sunday, October 20, at 10.30am, led by Rev Geoffrey Lear. The coffee morning on Tuesday, October 22, 10am, will be hosted by Bob Nutall and Judith Shaw in aid of the Bible Society.

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.

At Morecambe Bay Movie Makers weekly meeting on October 7, club member Andrew Harrison talked about and demonstrated some of the latest technology available to the movie maker. He showed a number of cameras including DSLRs, I-phones and micro HDV. He also demonstrated apparatus for manoeuvring and remote controlling cameras and went on to explain new software that could be used to produce special effects. The show include numerous movies on screen showing time lapse, slow motion, colour effects and the improved quality of the pictures.

The club meets at St Christopher’s Church Hall, Bare, and next Monday, October 21, the meeting will include a review and planning for this year’s movie.

The Bay Organ and Keyboard Society meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at St Christopher’s Hall, St Christopher’s Way. Membership is £4 for the year, £2.50 on the Wednesday club nights, including refreshments. Members can play on the society’s Organ Roland.AT 45 or various keyboards are available for anyone who wants to have a go. The first Wednesday of attendance is free so why not give it a try. The society also holds concerts on the third Sunday of the month during the summer.

The last concert of the group’s 40th anniversary year will be held on Sunday, October 20, at 7.30pm, an evening of live music with Steven Wren. Steven has worked at Promenade Music since leaving school. He started played at 10-years-old and has played in various bands since being 16. He has also had a hit in the Top 40 with Blue Song with the band Mint Royale. Steven enjoys performing and his extensive knowledge and passion for music is portrayed on stage.

Concerts for 2014 will begin on April 20, 2014, at 7.30pm. The artist is to be announced at a later date. The After Market Cafe will be at Christ Church URC, Broadway, this Thursday, October 17, 10am to 12.30pm bacon or sausage butties, home-made soup and Audrey’s delicious.A note for the diaries, Christ Church Broadway Productions will be performing a Christmas Cracker Show on Thursday, December 12, and Friday December 13, 7.30pm each night, with comedy, song, dance and a Millionaire’s Christmas Quiz with fabulous prizes. Tickets available soon.


Breakthrough Breast Cancer is fundraising at The Trimpell Club, Out Moss Lane, on Sunday, October 20, 11am to 5pm, with an Avon Pink Pamper Party. The event will include beauty treatments, a raffle, tombola, bouncy castle and face painting. Further information from Tina on 07790 111748.

Services at Morecambe Parish Church this Sunday, October 20, the 21st Sunday after Trinity: 8am Holy Communion (1662), 9.50am Junior Church in the memorial hall, 10am Parish Eucharist, 6.30pm Youth Service.

On October 13, Morecambe and District HF Rambling Club walked in the Keswick area. The group’s next walks will be on Sunday, October 27, in the Staveley area. Further information from Mrs Pat Emerson on 01524 410702,

A guided walk, Poulton and Old Morecambe, starts from the Police Station in Poulton Square at 2pm this Saturday, October 19. The walk includes a Victorian cemetery, Morecambe’s first town hall and the early lives of the artist William Woodhouse and the geologist John Edward Marr. Places on the walk are priced £2.50 per person. For further details contact the tour guide, Peter Wade, 01524 420905.

Morecambe Christian Spiritualist Church meets at The Rainbow Centre, Clarence Street. This Sunday, October 20, at 6.30pm, the speaker will be Shirley Pitman from Workington. Further information from 01524 832919 or 824304.


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 four image knockout competition at Morecambe Camera Club produced a good entry of excellent images which were judged by the audience. An excellent entry with great images of a wide variety of subjects was won by David Greenwood, second Roger Gittins, third equal Peter Bagnall and Kate Mabson. The next meeting will be something different with a photographic quiz which has been arranged by Margaret Wellock. For further details of the club please contact Bryan Trigwell on 01524 422776 or visit the website which is The club meets at the Church of the Ascension Vestry.

All Plums and No Cake made an excellent, varied programme ably presented by Raymond Faulkner at the latest meeting of the Morecambe and Heysham Recorded Music Society. Many unfamiliar yet fascinating pieces had been researched, including an early overture by Wagner, French frivolity from Jacques Ibert and a piece by Sibelius The Bard that kept everyone attentive and quiet.

Raymond also included a quirky Danish Folk Song Suite by Percy Grainger, a Swedish Rhapsody by Alfven, two short organ pieces for comparison and the evocative Little Train of Caipira by Villa Lobos. But the undoubted favourite was the Rossendale Male Voice Choir’s rendition of the Hippopotamus Song.

For their meeting tomorrow, Wednesday, October 16, the society will welcome members from Kendal RMS for a shared programme. All are most welcome to attend 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, October 16, at 2pm. Anyone with breathing problems is invited to attend.

A recent concert at the Ascension Church, A Feast of Music by Encore Opera, raised £302 for Morecambe’s Lifeboat and Hovercraft. A sincere thank you to all who gave support.

Services at the Ascension Church this Sunday, October 20, Harvest Festival: 8am Said Eucharist, 11am All Age Eucharist, 6.30pm the monthly Ecumenical Service for October. Families are encouraged to attend the 11am service when members of Junior Church will be performing special songs. This service will be followed by a buffet-style harvest lunch in the lounge, all welcome.Midweek services at the Ascension Church are as normal: 7pm Tuesdays, 10am Wednesdays and Saturdays, on October 22 and 23 led by Fr Phil Barber. All enquiries concerning marriages, baptisms, funerals or any pastoral matter should be addressed to Fr Chris on 01524 413144. Matters regarding the halls at the Ascension and St Martin’s Church Centre, Westgate, should always be raised with Alan on 01524 419174.


Services this Sunday, October 20, Gift Day, at St John the Divine, Sandylands: 8am Holy Communion, 10.30am Parish Communion, 4pm Evensong.Members and friends of Heysham Townswomen’s Guild will meet again at Wesley Methodist Church, Middleton Road, at 2pm, on Monday, October 21, when the speaker will be Jill Webster on Victoriana Plus. Admission is just £1.50 including refreshments and raffle. The trip to Boundary Mill will be held on Monday, October 28, monies please to Pauline Reeves. Names will be taken in the near future for the Christmas Lunch to be held at The Midland Hotel on Monday, December 16. New members always welcome at the guild. This Sunday, October 20, Parish Communion will be at St Peters at 9.30am and at 9.30am also the Sunday School meet at St James, followed at 11am by Morning Prayer. On Wednesday, October 23 (clergy permitting) there will be Holy Communion at 10am at St Peter’s, followed at 6pm by Parent Praise there.

Events at The Nazarene Church, Knowlys Road, tomorrow, Wednesday, October 16: 7.14am Prayer Meeting, 10am to noon refreshments and chat. This Sunday, October 20, at 10.30am, Alan Marsden will be the speaker.

A Domino Drive will be held at Wesley Methodist Church this Saturday, October 19, at 7pm. Admission for adults £2, no charge for children, and a light supper is included.

Rev George Barton will be the preacher at Wesley this Sunday, October 20, at 10.30am when the Sacrament of Holy Communion will be administered. There will not be an evening service at Wesley as the congregation is invited to join other churches in the North Lancashire Circuit at Brookhouse at 7pm.


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

A Harvest Celebration will be held at Families@Five at St Martin’s Church tomorrow, Wednesday, October 16, at 5pm. Families with children are invited to come along and enjoy crafts, Bible story, songs and a family meal. No costs involved. Children please bring your parent or carer.

An All Age Service celebrating Harvest will be held at St Martin’s Church this Sunday, October 20, at 9.30am. The preacher will be Captain David. Please bring along offerings of dried/tined food to support the work of local food banks.


It promises to be a memorable service this Sunday at Stanley Road Baptist Church as leaders from NISCU come to take an all-age gathering. Debbie Green works in schools across the district, sharing about the Christian faith in innovative ways, including with songs and with puppets. She will be joined at Stanley Road by others who are involved with NISCU. Everyone is welcome to come and hear about the work of NISCU this Sunday at 10.30am. Refreshments served afterwards. At 6.30pm members will be organising another darts night in The Cumberland View.

Galloway’s Choir is holding a charity concert at Stanley Road Baptist Church on Friday, November 8, at 7.30pm. They will be joined on the bill by other solo musicians. The event is part of Stanley Road’s 100th anniversary celebrations and all proceeds will be split between the church and Galloway’s Society for the Blind. Tickets are £5 each, which includes interval refreshments. They can be bought by calling 851208 or emailing

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.

Sefton Road Ramblers, only for the second time, started their walk near Ribchester Bridge. The return route took the party via Mercyfield Wood, Higher Studdlehurst and on to Nook House by the A59. It was then a couple of miles back passed Higher and Lower Cadshaw to the start point at Barker Brow car park. The 10 members of the B party, led by Tony Marston, walked from Settle taking in Stackhouse, Stainforth and Langcliffe. The next walk will be in the Troutbeck area, members to meet at Happy Mount Park at 9.30am.

On Saturday, October 26, there will be the St Barnabas Christmas Fair, Regent Road, from 2.30pm to 4.30pm, with various stalls. Please support this, as all proceeds help the church. If you’ve never been in St Barnabas before it’s also a great opportunity to have a look round. The 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, Friday noon. The charity shop opens from 10am to 1pm, Monday to Thursday, in the parish centre, so please call in. The service times are also on the web site For any enquiries about baptisms, weddings, funerals, hire of the parish centre, please contact Fr Tom on 01524 415216.

Church by the Bay would love to welcome new members on Sundays at West End Primary, Chatsworth Road. The meetings start at 10.30am. This term the church is looking at Matthew and finding out who Jesus really is and why it even matters. See their website for more information or contact Gerry, or 07597 386370.

Every Wednesday at 10am Sefton Road United Reformed Church holds their Shoppers’ Fellowship. This Saturday, October 19, the coffee morning will be hosted by the Devotional Hour, all welcome. On Sunday, October 20, Family Worship at 10.30am will be conducted by Rev Eileen Sambrook. President Anne Shackleton President and the committee of The Temple of Light Spiritualist Church on West End Road would like to thank everyone who helped to make the Harvest Festival such a success. The produce has been distributed to the homeless.

Jamie Donnelly will be speaking on the Philosophy of Spiritualism and demonstrating her mediumship this Saturday, October 19, at 7.30pm. Russell Moore from Preston will be visiting on Sunday, October 20, at 2.30pm to conduct the Divine Service and demonstrate his mediumship.

There is an Open Circle every Wednesday at 7.30pm taken by local mediums. On Mondays at 7.30pm and Wednesdays at 2.30pm there are Healing Services with Spiritualist National Union trained and trainee 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. MIDDLETON & OVERTON

The 47th Overton and District Horticultural Society Autumn Show will be held at Overton Memorial Hall from 2pm on Saturday, October 26. People are encouraged to enter the show – there are classes for chrysanthemums, other flowers, vegetables, fruit, eggs, cookery, preserves, handicrafts, painting, photography, floral art and numerous children’s classes. For a schedule of classes please ring the secretary Kate Bargh on 01524 858230 or visit website

An auction of produce after the show is always good fun, plus the raffle, and there will be a chance for a chat over a cup of tea or coffee with some rather delicious cakes and scones.


Sheila Makinson won the games of dominoes at the meeting of the Equipment Fund on the first Friday of October, with Eileen Massey second and Joan Hunter third. Concurrently, George Metcalfe managed to win the games of whist whilst Margaret Eccles earned second place, Isa Gibson third and Olive Bell fourth. The first high half was secured by Ted Staveley and Beryl Mason and Marjorie Bainbridge jointly won the second high half. There will be a murder mystery evening in St Luke’s Church Hall starting at 7pm this Saturday, October 19. Tickets, which cost £15 each and include a hot supper, are on sale from members of the United Reformed Church.

Marjorie Bainbridge won the games of whist at the first meeting of the Over 60s Club in October with George Barker second and Olive Spavin and Mari Anderson tying for third. At the same meeting Ruth Staveley won the games of dominoes with Joan Hunter second and Betty Rawsthorne third.

This Sunday, October 20, at 2pm, there will be a public meeting at the Christadelphian Meeting Room, Main Road, A6, when Mark Guntrip will speak on the subject What the Bible says about no more wars. All welcome, refreshments at the conclusion of the meeting.

Little Lambs parent, baby and toddler group meets on Mondays at the Christadelphian Meeting Room. Further information from Kate on 07739 031739.


On October 8, Bolton-le-Sands WI met when president Hazel Short welcomed the group including seven new members and guests. Hazel gave thanks for the flowers, tea hostesses and piano playing. Quite a few members had birthdays to celebrate and Ruth Pierce in particular had a very happy birthday at Coniston Mines YHA, with all her family including 10 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

Joan Baker gave details of various forthcoming activities arranged by the LFWI. Membership fees for 2014 are £34.70 due to be paid in January. The Horticultural Autumn Show will be held on Saturday, October 19, from 2pm to 4pm. On Saturday, November 9, Leeds Library Travelling Theatre will perform a play, Happy Jack, by John Godber, in the village hall at 7.30pm, tickets £5, hoping to raise lots of money for the group’s 2014 charity and support is needed, along with raffle prizes.

Judith Spotswood gave a report on the County Show and what a huge success it was. The group had 48 entries and gained 114 points. There were winners in all sections. Congratulations to Jennifer Creer with first in sugar craft; Mary Pearson first flower arranging; Hazel Short first soul cake; Judith Spotswood first patchwork; Ruth Pierce second photography; Wendy Hargreaves third tea cosy; Pat Davy third corsage; Jean Bayliss third honey cake.

Members welcomed speaker James Houghton, tour guide at Lancaster Castle. James’ knowledge of the history of the castle must be second to none.

During members time Jean Bayliss and Sylvia Cooper told of a recent visit to Denman. The competition was won by Liz Taylor with a wonderful display entitled Strictly Dancing Witches.

Footpath No 20 from Packet Bridge on the Main Road, Bolton-le-Sands, has been closed due to the likelihood of danger to members of the public using this footpath because of the dangerous condition of the retaining wall structure by the side of the Lancaster Canal.

Bolton-le-Sands Parish Council is opening the top green for the winter season. Bowling is limited to holders of annual or winter permits. Winter permits are now available from Geoff Forrest (01524 824346).

Bolton-le-Sands Horticultural Society is holding its 66th Autumn Show this Saturday, October 19, in the community centre from 2pm to 4pm. Contact Louise Belcher on 01524 824191 for more details.


The popular High Society Jazz Band will be performing at Carnforth Station’s Brief Encounter Refreshment Room this Friday, October 18, from 12.30pm to 2.30pm. Admission is free, although donations to offset costs are welcome.

The Brief Encounter Special, a diesel hauled rail excursion from Carnforth to Carlisle via the Settle to Carlisle railway, will depart from Carnforth at 8.38am this Saturday, October 19, and return to Carnforth at 5.48pm. Tickets can be purchased from Carnforth Station Heritage Centre’s Gift Shop.

This Sunday, October 20, the Carnforth Station Heritage Centre is holding an open day as part of their 10th anniversary celebrations. Greg Chapman, comedy performer, writer and author of the Condensed History series of books will be performing his one man show Steam throughout the day. The Friends of Carnforth Station will be hosting the world premiere of a special Telerail production entitled Carnforth’s Railway Heritage in conjunction with the Carnforth Station Heritage Centre in the Furness and Midland Hall at 7.30pm on Monday, October 21. Admission is £3 inclusive of light refreshments payable on the door.

Our Lady of Lourdes School will be holding a Charity Open Day on Thursday, October 24, from 1.30pm to 5.30pm.

Kitty Brown Boutique is holding a fashion show on Friday, October 25, at Christ Church, Carnforth, at 7.30pm. Admission £3 payable on the door.


The George Washington Pub held a Macmillan Coffee Morning on September 27, when landlords Janet and James sponsored the event for the local community and more than £260 was raised for this amazing charity.

Race Night will be held this Friday, October 18, at 7.30pm, at Warton Village Hall, with a prize for the best dressed At the Races. Tickets at £2.50 are available from Lindsey on 07766 708661. All proceeds to Archbishop Hutton’s School PTA.

The Children’s Society will hold a Children’s Nearly New Sale on Saturday, November 9, in Warton Church Hall, 10am to noon. There will be maternity and baby items, clothes, toys and books, together with a cake stall and refreshments. Entrance is £1. For information on selling items call Gina on 01524 736633 or email